The great statesman Daniel Webster shaped history through his successful court cases and eloquent speeches, and as a congressman, a senator, and Secretary of State under three presidents. As a lawyer, he became known as "Defender of the Constitution." Although Webster never succeeded in his ambition to become president, he was influential in protecting the power of the federal government over the individual states. This towering statesman had much acclaim in his professional life but in his personal life suffered tragedies, including the death of several children, his first wife and a beloved brother. This title, which will draw readers in with its lively prose and black-and-white photos, is one in the publisher's "Historical American Biographies" series. 2001, Enslow Publishers, $20.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer:Jeanne K. Pettenati
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Gr 5-9-A solid biography of an important figure in American history. Harvey's chronological account covers Webster's life from his birth in 1782 to his death in 1852. The author includes information about the statesman's childhood, education, and years in politics as well as his oratory skills and personal life. Sidebars offer additional information. Readers will find Webster sufficiently detailed without being overwhelming. It is interesting to note that in the final chapter titled "Legacy" there is no mention of Stephen Vincent Bent's The Devil and Daniel Webster. It's an important omission given that Webster is known to many people today through that story rather than his powerful oratory. Lists for further information and Internet addresses provide a total of 11 other resources. Average-quality, black-and-white reproductions are scattered throughout.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.