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Author to Discuss “Words from the White House” at Sully

Paul Dickson

Paul Dickson, one of the Washington area’s most prolific writers of non-fiction, will appear at Sully Historic Site on Sunday, September 22, from 4 to 5 p.m., to discuss his latest book, Words from the White House, which deals with words and phrases created by U.S. presidents. Admission is free.

This book is one of 60 that Dickson has produced in a writing career that began in the 1960s.  Words from the White House will be available for purchase and autographing.  During his talk, Dickson will tell how Theodore Roosevelt concocted “loose cannon,” “frazzle,” “pack rat” and “lunatic fringe.”

Sully Historic Site

Practically all the presidents have made their own contributions. Dickson’s favorite is George W. Bush’s invention of “misunderestimate.”

In addition to books about words, such as slang and words internal to a single family, Dickson has written extensively about history and baseball. Baseball books include Bill Veeck, Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, which has won every major award given in the sports book category. Dickson’s history books have covered Sputnik, the Bonus Army, and the Civil Rights struggle.

This program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd.  Light refreshments will be served.  To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.


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