Children's LiteratureThis informative book is part of the "In the Cabinet" series. It gives the reader a broad look at the development of the Office of Attorney General of the U.S. The first attorney general was appointed by George Washington. He had no staff and was expected to pay any expenses he incurred out of his $1500 per year salary. The current Department of Justice has a $25 billion dollar budget and employs about 120,000 people. It is interesting to see how each new attorney general brought special skills and ideas to the office. The history of the United States emerges from the pages of this book as it details nine people who served at various periods of history. This would be great supplemental reading for history studies, giving emphasis to the legal cases that came before various attorney generals. It is up-to-date in covering the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the measures that have been taken to "protect" America from future incidents. There are extensive source notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. 2005, The Oliver Press, Ages 12 up.