Encyclopedia of the American Presidency

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In existence for fewer than 215 years, the American presidency has a rich and fascinating history. From George Washington, who became the first president of the United States in 1789, to George W. Bush, the 43rd and current president, American presidents have led the country to prominence through many difficult periods of transition. Charged with strengthening and defending the ideals and institutions of the U.S. government, the president is probably the most powerful figure in the world today. Certainly, no ...
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Overview

In existence for fewer than 215 years, the American presidency has a rich and fascinating history. From George Washington, who became the first president of the United States in 1789, to George W. Bush, the 43rd and current president, American presidents have led the country to prominence through many difficult periods of transition. Charged with strengthening and defending the ideals and institutions of the U.S. government, the president is probably the most powerful figure in the world today. Certainly, no other elected official exercises the same amount of responsibility with such wide-ranging influence. Throughout the world, political, social, and economic policies are determined to a great extent by the policies and concerns of the American president. In war and in peace, from the environment to health issues to fiscal policies to legal and legislative responsibilities, every American president faces the complex task of running the domestic and foreign policy of the world's preeminent superpower.

The most current reference of its kind, Encyclopedia of the American Presidency is the definitive guide to the role of the president throughout history. Organized alphabetically, the encyclopedia is a great first stop for students and general readers looking for information on the executive branch of America's government. The volume examines the U.S. presidency from the American Revolution through the present day. Its comprehensive scope spans the relationship between the executive and the other branches of government, court cases, elections, political opponents, scandals, and more. It offers a complete account of every presidential election in U.S. history. A valuable resource providing concise information on all aspects of this important branch of the U.S. government, Encyclopedia of the American Presidency contains approximately 600 entries and many wonderful illustrations.

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Gr 9 Up-In alphabetical entries running from a paragraph to two pages, this resource provides information about U.S. presidents, significant foreign developments, legislation, political issues, policies, court cases, cabinet members, congressional leaders, and events in U.S. history. While the balanced articles include information on events through 2003, some discussions are already dated. (Under "Iraq War,"one sentence begins: "While the war was won quickly and at minimal cost-.") A number of entries are followed by a short list of books for further reading. Supplemental materials include "Sections of the U.S. Constitution Dealing With the Presidency," "A Chronology of Presidential Elections," and a five-page selected bibliography for each president. The index is extensive. There are a few black-and-white photos and reproductions, mostly pictures of presidents and vice presidents. Students studying a particular leader or related topic (e.g., the media and the presidency, or speechwriters) will find this a good starting point for research. It will also serve as a useful ready-reference tool.-Karen Sutherland, Bartlett Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816073665
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Entries vi
Contributor List xi
Preface xiii
Introduction xiv
Entries A to Z 1
Appendix I Sections of the U.S. Constitution Dealing with the Presidency 505
Appendix II Chronology of Presidential Elections 509
Selected Bibliography 515
Bibliography by President 520
Index 527
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