Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Presidents of America

Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Presidents of America

by Jon Roper
     
 

This unparalleled illustrated reference book is a fascinating guide to the 44 statesmen who have held the highest-ranking political office in the United States government.

The book opens with a brief history of the events that led to the Thirteen Colonies declaring independence from Britain. It recounts the details of how a new union of states was forged and a

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This unparalleled illustrated reference book is a fascinating guide to the 44 statesmen who have held the highest-ranking political office in the United States government.

The book opens with a brief history of the events that led to the Thirteen Colonies declaring independence from Britain. It recounts the details of how a new union of states was forged and a system of government established in which the head of state would be checked and balanced by the Houses of Congress and the Supreme Court.

As ceremonial head of state, head of government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the office of president is one of the most powerful and influential in the world. Beginning with George Washington, the author provides a factual analysis of each of the men who have held high office, and how each has shaped the presidency and been defined by the role. Many have become synonymous with major events of world history, for example Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Teddy Roosevelt and the building of the Panama Canal, and Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. Some presidents have disappeared quietly from public life, while others have courted controversy, or have been infamously impeached, or assassinated.

Key facts about each president, his term in office and his life story are presented within the context of the domestic and international events of the time.

More than 460 photographs, fine-art paintings, election campaign posters and maps help to provide a visual account for each presidency, making this book a valuable reference source for every reader interested in the social and political history of the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435144330
Publisher:
Hermes House
Publication date:
08/10/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Professor Jon Roper received a BA honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and a doctorate at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., before becoming a lecturer in the Department of Political Theory and Government at Swansea University, Wales. In 1996 he was made head of the Department for American Studies and was appointed professor of the department in 2005. He has a special interest in the presidency, the impact of war on politics and society, and Anglo-American political ideas.

Professor Roper is the author of The Contours of American Politics; The American Presidents: Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton; and Democracy and Its Critics: Anglo-American Democratic Thought in the Nineteenth Century. He has edited several books on American political history and contributed to many others.

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