Rosalie Deastis // FEATURES EDITOR
A COD alumnus, Pierce Word, has recently published a book, “Wisdom from the Oval Office.” It is the largest collection of presidential quotations ever assembled with 40 chapters of various life themes, human behaviors and perspectives that Word gathered from many library catalogs, forums and surveys.
Word completed his BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After returning to the U.S., he went for his graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Boston University. It took Word three years to research and examine speeches, letters and diaries of the American presidents.
He has not only visited local libraries, he also traveled to D.C. to explore archives at the Library of Congress and to Ohio to research at more presidential libraries as well.
“[I first came up with the idea] when I was writing a paper for one of my history classes at COD,” said Word.
“I wanted to conclude my essay with a quote and you’ll be surprised there is no quote book in the market,” he added. Word has sourced every single quote in his book and said it is very comprehensive and candid.
“I didn’t sugar coat anything. I wanted to give people a good idea of who the presidents were and I think that’s what people will appreciate about the book.”
“Wisdom from the Oval Office” went on sale July 4 this year on Amazon and Word just recently signed off with Barnes and Noble. He said the book has also been used by professors, newspapers columnists and will be featured on Chicago’s National Public Radio on Oct. 14.
“The main group that will benefit from the book is college students, so I’d love to see it sold on college campuses [in the future],” said Word, who admits to kicking off his day by skimming through the book every morning.
He will be holding his first book signing at Barnes and Noble – Oak Brook Mall, this President’s Day (Feb. 17).