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Especially timely in this presidential election season, this book contains all 55 presidential inaugural addresses, word for word, from George Washington in 1789 through George W. Bush in 2005. Editors Remini (historian, U.S. House of Representatives; Andrew Jackson), and Golway (curator, John Kean Center for American History, Kean Univ.; Washington's General) provide excellent, readable historical context and pertinent facts prior to each address, as well as in an introduction. The supplied context and commentary make the book shine, for example, that Grover Cleveland, for his first address in 1885, recited the entire speech from memory, or that it was the custom, begun by Jefferson, for presidents to step down after two terms, until FDR ran for a third term in 1940 (with the 22nd Amendment preventing it thereafter). A pleasure to read, even for those who don't think they're history buffs; recommended for public and college libraries.