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The White House Historical Association released a new episode of “The White House 1600 Sessions” podcast today featuring a conversation with Iain Dale, award-winning British author, radio and podcast host, about a new book of essays he recently edited called The Presidents: 250 years of American Political Leadership. In the episode, Association president Stewart McLaurin and Dale discuss the fun and challenges of condensing the stories of all 45 American Presidents who make up 46 presidencies (President Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms) into a single volume.

“This book brings a fresh perspective to each of the men who have served as President of the United States,” said McLaurin. “From the election of our first president to the most recent, there’s so much that we can learn about each individual and their impact on our nation.”

The curated essays, written by academics, historians, political journalists and government officials, provide both historical and personal perspectives, as some of the authors actually knew their subject. McLaurin and Dale also discuss the nuance of the American experiment and the ensuing differences between British and US forms of government.

“You would think that Britain would be more interested in European countries, but we’ve always gravitated towards the states,” said Dale. “We have such a long history, and one of the main themes is how the relationship between Britain and the US has changed over the years. Prior to the First World War, we had a very fractious relationship, but after the Second World War, we developed a bridge that has since transformed into a special relationship.”

Watch the full video of this podcast episode on the Association’s YouTube channel here.

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White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin. McLaurin is the host of “The White House 1600 Sessions,” the Association’s official audio and video podcast devoted to exploring the history, cultural impact, untold stories, and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and highest office.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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