Drinkers, cowboys, eccentrics Wed, 19th February 2020, 8:00 pm Trumps bizarre predecessor Ronald D. Barley Literature America has always been great. It is not only today that men with sometimes very unusual biographies arrive at the White House. We meet the only president who personally shot another man (Jackson), a bookworm who trimmed himself to a cowboy (Roosevelt) and a man who failed professionally and suddenly has to decide on the use of the atomic bomb (Truman). In an entertaining and informative way, Ronald D. Gerste illuminates an unknown side of US history: the lives of remarkable, eccentric and also tragic presidents – who acted far from the usual type of politician and were sometimes very successful. At the same time it gives surprising insights into little-known aspects of the most important office in the world. Barley is a doctor and historian. He has lived in Washington D.C. for many years, writing for the FAZ, the NZZ and the Damals magazine, among others.