Gerald R. Ford: President

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-9 This biography of the 38th president is useful but not particularly distinguished. Randolph traces Ford's life from his Middle Western childhood to his successful congressional career to his unexpected succession to the presidency. She briskly takes readers through his brief presidency from its even briefer honeymoon period to the pardon and acrimonious backlash to the two assassination attempts (she follows Ford's lead in playing them down) to the unsuccessful run for his own elected term in office. She includes a final chapter highlighting Mrs. Ford's successful battle against chemical dependency. Readers of Ford's autobiography will recognize many incidents and quotes and will not be surprised at the point of view, which is understanding more than critical. Randolph highlights traits of Ford's which have become familiarhis frankness, his ability to bring about consensus, his image of basic decency. She takes no stand on the Nixon pardon, choosing instead to mirror Ford's bewilderment at the outcry against it. She describes Watergate and the Agnew resignation almost in passing and does not go into their historical, political, or constitutional significance. Further there is little about Ford's reactions to Nixon or his policies. In short, this survey of Ford's life is a pedestrian effort, useful for school assignments but hardly worthwhile for much else. Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802766663
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Series: Presidential Biography Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years

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