The President Has Been Shot!

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Nothing stuns the country like the death of its leader. Four U.S. presidents have been killed in office, and attempts have been made on six other presidents' lives. These events are covered in a highly readable style, with fascinating details about the assailants and the attacks, straightforward presentation of conspiracy theories, and abundant use of prints and photographs from newspapers and magazines. Jones brings a lively approach to a serious and interesting topic. -- Booklist Rebecca C. Jones lives in ...
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Overview

Nothing stuns the country like the death of its leader. Four U.S. presidents have been killed in office, and attempts have been made on six other presidents' lives. These events are covered in a highly readable style, with fascinating details about the assailants and the attacks, straightforward presentation of conspiracy theories, and abundant use of prints and photographs from newspapers and magazines. Jones brings a lively approach to a serious and interesting topic. -- Booklist Rebecca C. Jones lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Liberally studded with anecdotes and morsels of little-known trivia, Jones's The Believers detailed accounts of assassination attempts on American presidents benefit from her insightful, accessible presentation. Going far beyond the facts as chronicled in standard history texts, the author delves into the lives and minds of the various assailants, probing their often warped reasoning and motives, revealing as well their devious plans and their fates after their arrests. For example, before he fatally shot James Garfield, Charles Guiteau checked out District of Columbia jail facilities just in case he landed there for awhile; he expected that Chester Arthur, Garfield's v-p, would be grateful for the promotion and would "rescue" him. Jones includes copious quotes from the victims and their families, including Garfield's courteous comment when his doctor, trying not to alarm his patient, said the chief executive's injury wasn't serious "I thank you, Doctor, but I am a dead man"; and Jacqueline Kennedy's response to a suggestion that she change out of her clothes, stained with her late husband's blood "Let them see what they've done". Period drawings and photos, some of them highly dramatic, add to this volume's considerable appeal. Ages 8-13. July
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Considering that there have only been 42 presidents of the United States, that four were assassinated, and attempts were made on six more, the ability of our American government to continue without faltering is impressive. Jones provides a factual and balanced account of each assassination and attempted assassination, and she reminds readers of the twenty-year curse-every twenty years the country has elected a president who later died in office. She brings us a look at the personal side of these tragedies through the words of the dying presidents, their friends and family. We also learn about the growth of the Secret Service and how advances in medical technology allowed Ronald Reagan to finally break the twenty-year curse on the presidency. Black and white illustrations, suggested readings and an index round out the text.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Since January 30, 1835, when Richard Lawrence shot two guns at President Andrew Jackson both misfired at point blank range!, nine would-be assassins have aimed their guns at U.S. Presidents. Rebecca C. Jones's book is an engrossing account of their attempts-four successful and six foiled. She discusses the assailants' motives, the attacks and their aftermath illustrating all with archival prints and photographs.
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Gr 7-9Jones presents the often-tragic history of attacks on 10 U.S. presidents, 4 of which have been fatal. She describes each incident in a clear narrative style and in considerable detail, explaining the motivations of the assailant, the particulars of the attack, and the immediate and far-reaching effects of it. Some of the theories that have arisen about the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations are put forth but no conclusions are drawn as to which ones are more accurate. The well-written text informs readers without resorting to sensationalism. The layout is attractive, with large margins and numerous black-and-white illustrations and photos. Edmund Lindop's Assassinations That Shook America (Watts, 1992) includes other political figures such as Huey Long and Martin Luther King, Jr., providing less detail about the attacks themselves and devoting more time to their consequences and the changes that followed them. Jones's book is sure to draw general readers as well as report writers.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140385052
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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