American Presidents in World History [5 volumes]

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Overview

From the moment George Washington assumed the presidency, the world watched, and in the aftermath of the Cold War, the U.S. president has been considered the most powerful leader on Earth. This innovative new series looks at the American presidents from a global perspective. Written at the 6th- through 8th-grade reading level, entries feature biographical information and a narrative explanation of the major world events with which American presidents have grappled.

Now more than ever, the nations of the world are part of one community. Modern transportation, communication, and economic interdependence mean that every country is connected to the others. George W. Bush's War on Terrorism is a global effort, and America's dealings with the Middle East are felt throughout the world. The president of the United States has never simply been a national figure. Lincoln's decision to suppress the South in 1861 not only affected the economic markets of Europe, but also ultimately changed the way the world thought of about slavery and democracy. Would Hitler have won without FDR leading America into war? What if Truman hadn't dropped the bomb? From the moment George Washington assumed the presidency, the world watched, and in the aftermath of the Cold War, the U.S. president has been considered the most powerful leader on Earth. This innovative new set looks at the American presidents from a global perspective. Arranged chronologically from Washington to G. W. Bush, entries feature biographical information and a narrative explanation of major world events that American presidents have grappled with.

Included are:

• Details of the event

• The president's views of the event

• Policies and responses to the event

• The results of the event

• Interpretations of U.S. involvement.

Volume 1: George Washington to Martin Van Buren

Volume 2: William Henry Harrison to Abraham Lincoln

Volume 3: Andrew Johnson to William H. Taft

Volume 4: Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy

Volume 5: Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush

Set Features:

• 720 pages in 5 volumes

• 7 x 10

• 2-color interior

• 250 Photographs

• Sidebars and Fact boxes

• Glossary

• Pronunciation key

• Source list books, Web sites, etc.

• Primary source references

• Index

Curriculum Themes:

• Biographies of U.S. Presidents

• Significant contributions to United States history

• Influence on world events during their presidency

• Impact on global conflicts

Reading Level: 6th-8th Grade

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This five-volume series covers the history of the presidency from George Washington to George W. Bush, up until the threat of a war in Iraq. Each entry begins with a brief overview of the president's impact on the country and the world. The story continues with biographical information on the president's early years and rise to political power, but the meat of the entries is in the descriptions of foreign and domestic policy issues, including wars and treaties seldom discussed in literature for the young adult age group. Chapters range from ten to twenty pages, and include black-and-white images as well as "Fast Facts" and longer sidebars about little-known historical figures who affected the presidency-and the world-in significant ways. Each book contains a bibliography that includes both books and Web resources and an index covering that volume. Titles such as Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times Scholastic, 2001 cover biographical information about the presidents for a younger audience, but few resources bring together discussion of policy issues along with biography. The editors of this comprehensive reference series have correctly identified a need for books that deal with the presidents and their policies for students in middle school. The books are written in terse, coherent prose, and the descriptions of domestic and foreign policy issues are compelling. Although not an essential purchase for public libraries, this series is strongly recommended for middle and high school libraries. 2003, Greenwood, 670p. in 5 vols.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio., Ages 11 to Adult.
—Deborah Fisher
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Each chronological entry is introduced with a "Fact File" and discusses the man's childhood, rise in the political arena, events and policies during his presidency, the legacies of those policies, and return to civilian life. The profiles vary in length, but each one is straightforward and gives a clear picture of the president's term of office. Sidebars include "Famous Figures" and other pertinent information on amendments, treaties, and events. Wide margins, plenty of white space, and blue highlights make for an overall pleasing design and easy reading. Each volume includes average-quality, captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions and occasional political cartoons, maps, and charts. This set will be an excellent reference for students looking to go beyond the information provided in resources such as Ann Bausum's Our Country's Presidents National Geographic, 2001.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Riverdale Park, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313325649
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Series: Middle School Reference Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I: George Washington to Martin Van Buren

Volume II: William Henry Harrison to Abraham Lincoln

Volume III: Andrew Johnson to William H. Taft

Volume IV: Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy

Volume V: Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush

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