Attorneys General: Enforcing the Law

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This 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.
—Barbara Youngblood
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Following an overview and history of this position, Emert focuses on eight "exceptional" people, whether good or bad. She begins with William Wirt, the ninth attorney general. He served for 12 years, the longest term in the history of the office. The book ends with Janet Reno, the first woman attorney general. John Mitchell comes across as a man who put politics before fairness and whose honesty was questioned many times. There is one chapter (about 15 pages) for each person, and the author presents a thorough, balanced look at the tenure of each. Black-and-white photos are placed on nearly every spread; political cartoons and sidebars with definitions or explanations of historical events are also included. The epilogue introduces John Ashcroft and Albert Gonzales. A balanced approach to update the 349s.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881508663
  • Publisher: Oliver Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: In the Cabinet Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: OLIVER PRESS, INC., THE
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 years

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