The Presidency of the United States: A Student Companion / Edition 2

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The Presidency of the United States is an illustrated A-to-Z guide to the U.S. Presidency, including biographical sketches of each President and Vice President, along with articles on presidential powers, presidential history, theories about the presidency, presidential elections, advisors and agencies, and information about the daily workings of the White House.

The second edition is completely revised up to March 2001, with new biographies of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and completely updated biographies of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. There are also new general articles on African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Women in the Executive branch and existing articles have been fine-tuned to include memorable events of the 7 years since publication of the first edition of this book. Illustrations include portraits, cartoons, and Presidential memorabilia. Articles are cross-referenced with suggestions for further reading listed at the end of each article as well as at the end of the book. Websites are now provided in the updated appendix of Presidential Libraries and Museums.

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Editorial Reviews

The three hefty volumes in the updated Oxford Student Companions to American Government series discuss the three branches of federal government in the United States. Students searching for well-written and concise information about all aspects of the executive office will find The Presidency both helpful and easy to use. In addition to lengthy entries covering the political careers of all presidents up to and including Bill Clinton, there are articles on such diverse topics as campaign reform, third parties in American politics, the Electoral College, and the impeachment process. An extensive bibliography will be useful to students who wish to delve more deeply. New in this edition is an overview of African Americans, women, and Hispanic Americans in the executive branch. Black-and-white photographs and numerous appendixes detailing presidential election results, terms, historic sites, and libraries make this compendium an excellent starting point for report research. This series provides an excellent starting point for junior high and high school students doing research and is up-to-date as of the start of the 107th Congress in January 2001. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. Appendix. 2001, Oxford University Press, 320p. PLB
— Cindy Lombardo
Children's Literature
Can anyone imagine a job with more inherent pressure and stress than being President of the United States? Over the years, the majority of Presidents have died years before the average age expectancy of their generation. Presidents are called upon to be political stewards and military leaders. They are responsible for budgets that contain hundreds of billions of dollars. They spearhead the economy and set policies that will affect generations around the world. In foreign policy, presidents control a nuclear arsenal that could destroy civilization. In general, the President of the United States heads up the government of what can arguably be called the only "superpower" in the world. Here, in this comprehensive resource guide, the various elements of presidential history are chronicled in A to Z format. Richard Pious provides readers with detailed information about each man who has held the office of the president. In addition, entries dealing with topics such as presidential health, retirement benefits, campaigning, ethics, and vice presidents are presented in a lucid fashion. Students with any sort of question about the Presidency may well find what they need in this valuable reference book. 2001, Oxford University Press, $45.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195150063
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/7/2002
  • Series: Student Companions to American History Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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