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The president of the United States is a highly visible public figure, a bearer of immense responsibility, and the subject of intense scrutiny. The president is held accountable for war, the economy, domestic harmony, and national security. Presidents: A Biographical Dictionary, Third Edition closely examines the hopes and disappointments, the victories and defeats, and the strengths and weaknesses of those who have held this office. Featuring up-to-date information, including the administration of Barack Obama, this new edition is an expertly written, detailed reference that narrates and explains the lives and careers of America's presidents.

Each profile presented in this book traces the points at which presidential character, the exercise of power, and external events intersect. It is an essential guide for anyone seeking a complete understanding of the development and workings of the U.S. government, as well as a great read for those who are fascinated by the interplay of politics, power, career, and legacy. Comprehensive and accessible, Presidents, Third Edition contains biographies and portraits of all presidents; a detailed chronology of the life of each president; an appendix that contains personal facts, election results, and details of the presidential cabinets; and suggested further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Other fact books and biographical publications that encompass American political leaders and members of the executive branch exist, as do lengthier biographies of individual Presidents, but few fill the niche that this volume will. Authored by Hamilton (history, Spring Hill Coll.) and revised by Friedman (Education Reform), this edition contains alphabetically arranged biographical entries for each U.S. President, including President Barack Obama. Entries are seven to 12 pages in length and begin with a portrait and a quote from the subject's inaugural speech. Entries also contain both a chronology of events pertinent to the individual's personal life (e.g., birth date, education, military service) and political life (e.g., other political offices held, military service) as well as bibliographic references for those seeking further information about each President. An appendix follows the main entries, containing data that describe each President's election to the office, a list of the members of each administration, further personal information, such as about marriages and children, and little known, popular facts. A general bibliography follows the appendix and contains references to both written and electronic works with detailed biographical and statistical information on the Presidents. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource for high school students and undergraduates in history as well as for general readers interested in U.S. and presidential history.—Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ. Lib.-Corpus Christi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077083
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Political Biographies Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments to the First Edition vi

Introduction vii

George Washington 1

John Adams 12

Thomas Jefferson 21

James Madison 31

James Monroe 40

John Quincy Adams 49

Andrew Jackson 58

Martin Van Buren 68

William Henry Harrison 76

John Tyler 83

James K. Polk 90

Zachary Taylor 98

Millard Fillmore 105

Franklin Pierce 113

James Buchanan 120

Abraham Lincoln 128

Andrew Johnson 139

Ulysses S. Grant 148

Rutherford B. Hayes 158

James A. Garfield 167

Chester A. Arthur 175

Grover Cleveland 183

Benjamin Harrison 193

William McKinley 201

Theodore Roosevelt 210

William Howard Taft 221

Woodrow Wilson 229

Warren G. Harding 239

Calvin Coolidge 247

Herbert Hoover 255

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 263

Harry S. Truman 276

Dwight David Eisenhower 286

John Fitzgerald Kennedy 295

Lyndon Baines Johnson 304

Richard M. Nixon 314

Gerald Ford 325

James Earl Carter, Jr. 333

Ronald Reagan 344

George H. W. Bush 356

William Jefferson Clinton 365

George Walker Bush 379

Barack H. Obama 405

Appendix 416

Bibliography 478

Index 481

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