School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-Vice President Coolidge became president after the unexpected death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. This dramatic transfer of power to the Republican former Massachusetts governor in the middle of the night opens the book and a general biography follows. For a leader who was born during Reconstruction and reached the peak of his power during the Roaring Twenties, his life and time in public office is less than captivating; he is basically just what Allen summarizes as a "good- citizen" with a "positive legacy." His presidential tenure saw U.S. tensions with Japan, a strike by coal miners, and the resurgence of not only the KKK, but also speculation in the stock market. An ironic note is that while "Improved Relations with Mexico" is touted on the cover, that nation does not even appear in the index. The final chapter offers a good summary of the man and his arguable importance. While the book is not visually appealing, the elements that make a solid nonfiction title are here in satisfactory amounts: reproductions of source documents, footnotes and source notes, and a further reading list (even if many titles are inaccessible).-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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