The American President: The Human Drama of Our Nation's Highest Office

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Now available in paperback-the lavishly illustrated, national bestselling companion volume to the acclaimed ten-part public television series.

"I absolutely loved reading this original and fascinating approach to the American presidency. The organizational structure is brilliant, the narrative is clear and...
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Overview

Now available in paperback-the lavishly illustrated, national bestselling companion volume to the acclaimed ten-part public television series.

"I absolutely loved reading this original and fascinating approach to the American presidency. The organizational structure is brilliant, the narrative is clear and thought-provoking, and the pictures are dazzling."-Doris Kearns Goodwin Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, author of No Ordinary Time

"Exceptional."-Publishers Weekly

"The Kunhardts have done a wonderful job giving us such a full sweep of the presidency."-Peter Jennings, co-author of The Century

"Fascinating...a magnificently illustrated history of the presidency, filled with rare and unfamiliar pictures that will captivate any reader. The American President comes together not merely as a superb job of condensing the lives of our presidents...but also as a fresh and original interpretation of the history of the presidency."-David Herbert Donald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lincoln

"A Visual Mount Rushmore."-Kirkus Reviews
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KLIATT
The companion volume to the PBS series, this handsome book presents material already familiar to the inveterate public television viewer. The novelty of the Kunhardts' approach lies in their arrangement of the presidents, not in chronological order but by groupings such as "The Candidate," "A Matter of Destiny," and "Executive Vision." This results in some unlikely groupings: Van Buren, Buchanan, Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson are joined under the heading "The Professional Politicians" while the quartet of Jefferson, Coolidge, Hoover and Reagan stand under the title "The American Way." On average, 10 to 12 pages are devoted to each president, pages that include a text replete with quotations from the president's own writings and liberally captioned pictures and inserts. To the text are added citations from the Constitution that pertain to the presidency and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources on each man. A valuable addition to any reference library. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Penguin Putnam/Riverhead, 481p, illus, index, 28cm, 99-30869, $25.00. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Academic Resource Ctr., Emmanuel College, Boston, MA (retired) January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573228329
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    PRESIDENTS MAVEN GRATIFIES FETISH!

    I've always loved this history of the presidency as a topic; from the time I was seven years old I has them memorized from first to last. I could also get into trivia-BIG TIME! This book, in particular , not only is beautiful to look at, but has a really shrewd organization to it. BRAVO!

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