From Civil War-era letters to emails from space, Dear Mr. President showcases a unique and touching collection of heartwarming, and often heartbreaking, correspondence from famous and infamous people to the most important man in the United States. Culled from the extensive holdings of the National Archives, this carefully selected collection of letters spans from the earliest days of the Republic to the present. Dear Mr. President reproduces 75 letters from everyday citizens and some quite famous people: John Glenn, Elvis Presley, Walt Disney, Ho Chi Minh, Nikita Kruschev, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Robert Kennedy, and many more. Savor this charming walk through American history through the eyes of ordinary and extraordinary people writing to their President.
An introduction by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and essays by Dwight Young illuminate the tenor of the times in which the letters were written. Full-size facsimiles of the letters are reproduced with transcripts of the text for easy reading, and letters are grouped thematically: Civil rights, the cold war, physical fitness, joblessness, World War II, the space race, western expansion, among many other topics.
Dwight Young has been actively involved in historic preservation for almost 30 years, joining the staff of the National Trust in 1977. He is the author of Alternatives to Sprawl, and Saving America's Treasures.
Brian Williams became the anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2004, taking over for Tom Brokaw. Williams has been awarded three Emmys, and in more than 20 years of broadcasting has reported from 23 countries on countless stories of national and international importance.