The Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents: White House Biographies, 1789-2009 Paperback Edition / Edition 1

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VOYA - Paula Brehm-Heeger
The Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents is an understandable and informative, if not particularly visually appealing, reference guide. Featuring black and white portraits and relatively brief biographies of each subject, this utilitarian guide will support both school assignments and teens interested in quickly learning more about famous and not-so-famous leaders in U.S. history. The guide is divided into three sections with the first covering Presidents, followed by First Ladies and ending with Vice Presidents. Each section includes a multi-page introduction and overview of the responsibilities associated with the position. The introductions offer several fascinating, often little-known facts, such as a section detailing the "Origins of the Secret Service" as an anti-counterfeiting effort rather than an operation created to provide protection to Presidents. The highly readable biographies of the Presidents vary in length, though all are under six pages and include highlights from the subjects' careers and personal lives. Biographies of the First Ladies and Vice Presidents are generally shorter, with most one to two pages in length. The most appealing element of this guide is the concentration of information about First Ladies and Vice Presidents in one easy-to-find spot. This function title will be most useful for middle and high school libraries needing to enhance their U.S. History reference information. Reviewer: Paula Brehm-Heeger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604265453
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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