The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents

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Fascinating Facs about Each and Every President, including an American History Timeline and Portraits from the Smithsonian Institution! This perennial childhood favorite combines presidential portraits from the National Portrait Gallery with fun, engrossing text written by two historians. A continuous timeline flowing through the book notes milestones in literature, invention, and politics within each president's tenure.

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Overview

Fascinating Facs about Each and Every President, including an American History Timeline and Portraits from the Smithsonian Institution! This perennial childhood favorite combines presidential portraits from the National Portrait Gallery with fun, engrossing text written by two historians. A continuous timeline flowing through the book notes milestones in literature, invention, and politics within each president's tenure.

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Children's Literature
You can come along and join the presidents marching through time, from George Washington to George W. Bush, when you open this oversized book. The book features presidential portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. A large-print table of contents makes finding a specific president easy, or you may choose to learn about all the presidents in the order in which they led the United States. To begin with, two comprehensive pages spell out the system of government used to run the country. The main text of the book follows, as all presidents receive extensive coverage beginning with a portrait and biographical information. Sidebars hold historical information from events played out during each president's term. The entire book is augmented with a timeline running across the bottom of the pages. The line consists of dates and short sentences that allow you to maintain a focus as U.S. history unfolds. Slavery, triangular trade, manifest destiny, and human rights are some of the topics covered. Interesting historical figures included are Davy Crockett, P.T. Barnum, John Brown, Clara Barton, Jackie Robinson, and Gloria Steinem. This informative book is a must when learning about the presidents and the history surrounding them. 2000, Courage Books/Running House,
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
VOYA
These two new books will be useful for students researching United States presidents and the times in which they served. Frey and Davis's contribution, The New Big Book of Presidents, devotes one or two pages to each president, providing interesting and well-written bibliographical information that is necessarily concise. For each president there is also a fact box with an illustration and summary, and additional fact boxes give cultural, social, or political information. On the page for Chester Arthur, who served from 1881-1885, there is a description of the Gilded Age and the chief accomplishments of Thomas Alva Edison, both current to the administration of the twenty-first president. George W. Bush is included, with side boxes on the computer age and education. A time line runs across each page, giving significant dates and events during each presidency. The book begins with a two-page summary of the American system of government and concludes with a brief glossary of terms. A foreword by President Bush introduces Bausum's book, Our Country's Presidents, which features the glossy paper and highly attractive photos and period artwork typically seen from this publisher. Each president is shown in a full-page color picture, and a nearby fact box gives essential biographical information. The book is divided into six chronological sections, with discussions and illustrated time lines of each period. There are ten short essays placed throughout the book on topics such as the White House, presidents who died in office, and the 2000 election. Also of interest is a chart of presidential election results, from 1789 to the present. Although Our Country's Presidents is the more attractive andinclusive of the two volumes, the overall quality and low cost of The New Big Book make it a worthwhile purchase as well. Illus. Photos. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Running Press, 56p, $9.98. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Rayna Patton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762408498
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Mark E. Frey teaches history at Temple University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Biased Account

    The 'advertizing' for GW Bush versus the excoriation of Clinton shows that no account of history is separable from the prejudice of the author. This book has an agenda separate from reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Fascinating Facts ???????

    Quotation from the book: 'Because the government spent more money than it earned, the U.S. Economy began to slump in the early 1990s.' ¿Earned?¿ What¿s this ¿earned¿ thing? Now we¿re teaching our children that government ¿earns¿ the money it spends? Share this with those children we¿ve sent off to the government to be educated: Government doesn¿t EARN money. Government SEIZES money from the people who actually did earn it. Government cannot spend one single dollar on any program, legitimate or not, without first seizing that dollar from the person who earned it. Any authors who purport such ill-concieved notions as considered and truthful facts are highly suspect. Beware of what schools are teaching your children.

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