The Handy Presidents Answer Book

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Previous ed.: The handy presidents answer book / Roger Matuz with Gina Misiroglu and Lawrence W. Baker. c2004.
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Overview


Previous ed.: The handy presidents answer book / Roger Matuz with Gina Misiroglu and Lawrence W. Baker. c2004.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Informative resource"— American Reference Books

"Single volume standout ... excels at presenting a great deal of information in a succinct, manageable question and answer format."— Asheville Citzen-Times

"In question-and-answer format, Hudson (first amendment scholar, Vanderbilt U.) concisely explains key facts about US presidential campaigns, cabinets, and policies as well as trivia about the First Family."— Book News

"[C]hapters feature not only historical data but a personal look at the man who was president in a manner that will keep the interest of young readers. Students will be particularly interested in the personal aspects of the men who seem so removed from our lives in most history books. Many first ladies are mentioned, which is refreshing. Placing the president within the happenings of the period supports understanding, as well. A comprehensive index is included."— Children's Literature

"A beefy contribution to presidential studies, the kind of resource from which one could easily build an interesting term report for school. A serious piece of presidential scrutiny."— Kirkus Reviews

"...a storehouse of information about all aspects of the presidents' lives."— Oklahoma City Oklahoman

"If there’s something you need to know, if you’re selected for a presidential trivia game show, if you want to impress people with White House facts, you want to own this book."— The Children's Book Review

"Hudson has done an excellent job."— VOYA

From the Publisher

"A storehouse of information about all aspects of the presidents' lives."  —Oklahoma City Oklahoman

"A beefy contribution to presidential studies, the kind of resource from which one could easily build an interesting term report for school. A serious piece of presidential scrutiny." —Kirkus Reviews (June 15, 2011)

"Hudson has done an excellent job." —VOYA (October 2011) 

"In question-and-answer format, Hudson (first amendment scholar, Vanderbilt U.) concisely explains key facts about US presidential campaigns, cabinets, and policies as well as trivia about the First Family." —Book News (October 2011) 

"The Handy Presidents Answer Book should be popular with students." —www.RickLibrarian.com (November, 2011)

"If there's something you need to know, if you're selected for a presidential trivia game show, if you want to impress people with White House facts, you want to own this book." —Children's Book Review (February 2012)

"This informative resource will suit public and school library users, especially those who are writing political science or history term papers." —www.ARBAonline.com

"Single volume standout . . . excels at presenting a great deal of information in a succinct, manageable question and answer format." —Asheville Citizen-Times (November 4, 2012)

VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Each president of the United States of America, from George Washington to Barack Obama, has a fascinating story. Though readers may be most familiar with the lives of the famous presidents, they likely will not know how those presidents got where they did or what happened after they left the White House. In The Handy Presidents Answer Book, Hudson presents each president in chronological order. An introduction explains the origins of the presidency and the official duties of the chief executive, the roles played by political parties, and presidential elections. Written in the form of questions and answers, each presidential entry features the man's early life and career, any political office he held before running for president, major events of his presidency, and his postpresidency. Each entry is concise and hits the highlights of the individuals' lives. Presidential opponents are presented, along with notable politicians, family members, and other actors who went on to influence the course of history. Hudson has done an excellent job of synthesizing all of the important information about each of our nation's forty-three presidents. This volume is complemented by a presidential biography section and provides many useful facts and trivia. Readers interested in presidential history will enjoy this book, but it will require some promotion to appeal to a larger audience. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One in the series of "Answer Books," this second edition updates questions about the Office of the President of the United States, and ones asked about individual presidents, political parties, platforms and elections. Beginning with the official duties of president, parties, platforms and elections, the book goes on to feature questions about each president concerning their early life and family, early career, political offices, presidency, and post-presidency. The questions vary among these headings, depending on the president and historical time in which he served. Averaging from eight to twelve pages long, the chapters feature not only historical data but a personal look at the man who was president in a manner that will keep the interest of young readers. Black and white photos and period illustrations give insight into the changing times; it is a refreshing way to look at history and government for an audience that can find it irrelevant at times. Students will be particularly interested in the personal aspects of the men who seem so removed from our lives in most history books. Many first ladies are mentioned, which is refreshing. Placing the president within the happenings of the period supports understanding, as well. A comprehensive index is included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews

A beefy contribution to presidential studies, the kind of resource from which one could easily build an interesting term report for school.

Set amidst a wash of artwork and photographs is Hudson's friendly but purposeful text: He's got information to impart, and this is meaningful stuff everyone should know. He starts off in his most professorial mode, squiring readers through the creation of the presidency, explaining vetoes and pardons and the evolution of parties (including the Whigs, Anti-Masonics and Dixiecrats), as well as campaigns, debates and disputed elections. The long central section is comprised of vest-pocket histories of each president. Here, Hudson relaxes to a more avuncular style as he explores the early lives of the presidents, their families and the work they did before entering politics, then goes on to note themes of presidencies and highlights, low points and singular occurrences in each career. The author concludes with a short blast of trivia to keep things light, but not game-show light. This is trivia that concerns cabinet posts and the Supreme Court and who closed the debtor's prisons, though he does throw in the president who shot a hole-in-one and one strange switcheroo: "President Dwight David Eisenhower was born David Dwight Eisenhower. He switched when he went to West Point." Which begs the question: Why, Dwight, why?

A serious piece of presidential scrutiny.(Reference. 10 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578593170
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,379,378
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hudson Jr., JD, is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including The American Bar Association Guide to Credit and Bankruptcy, The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book. He works as a First Amendment scholar at the First Amendment Center and teaches at Vanderbilt Law School, the Nashville School of Law, and Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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