The Handy Presidents Answer Book [NOOK Book]


A complete look at every Presidents' who, what, when, where, why, and, how …

Offering an engaging overview of the U.S. presidency and all past presidents, this valuable tome asks a variety of questions, from the trivial to the topical, that further expands one's understanding of America's highest office. With an intriguing range of questions about religious affiliations, unusual backgrounds, and tidbits of odd trivia—from "Which president ...
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A complete look at every Presidents' who, what, when, where, why, and, how …

Offering an engaging overview of the U.S. presidency and all past presidents, this valuable tome asks a variety of questions, from the trivial to the topical, that further expands one's understanding of America's highest office. With an intriguing range of questions about religious affiliations, unusual backgrounds, and tidbits of odd trivia—from "Which president killed a man in a duel?" to "Who was the first Baptist to become president?"—this reference also covers former presidential candidates, first ladies, key appointments, and election results. Revealing important answers to foreign policy questions and decisions made during times of war, as well as presidential actions in times of economic boom and bust, isolationism and expansion, and economic policies and unusual anecdotes, this fun and absorbing anthology provides a thorough overview of more than 200 years of U.S. presidents.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Using the same question-and-answer format found in the 2004 edition, this book's opening three chapters, which provide background about the origins and duties of the American presidency, White House history and the evolution of political parties, and campaigns and elections, are similar to their earlier counterparts. However, the rest of the book has been completely reorganized, offering thematic chapters that trace the evolution of presidential duties and powers and separate chapters about each president. Coverage is to the midpoint of the Obama administration, and questions are arranged so that the three- to five-sentence answers provide roughly chronological information about each president's childhood and family life, education, career and political paths, term(s), and post-presidential life. They also discuss policy positions and initiatives, cabinet and Supreme Court appointments, and successes and failures. Each chapter includes a black-and-white presidential portrait as well as a few dark, minimally captioned illustrations or photographs about text topics. Although the material, which offers some interesting tidbits, will have some appeal to trivia buffs, content is superficial and this edition does not improve upon its predecessor, which included a bibliography and list of additional resources that are missing here. Ann Bausum's more readable and comprehensive Our Country's Presidents (National Geographic, 2009) is a better choice.—Mary Mueller, formerly at Rolla Junior High School, MO
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." — (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." —

"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)

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.
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
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: 9781578593606
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Handy Answer Book Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,074,953
  • File size: 16 MB
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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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