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Say the words "reference book" and most people think of something boring. But DK Eyewitness Books proves that doesn't have to be the case by showing readers in pictures what other books only tell them in words. What makes DK Eyewitness Books so compelling is a "lexigraphic" design style developed by Peter Kindersley. He created a design approach that integrated words to give meaning to the pictures. Rich with content, Eyewitness Books use a lively mix of full-color photographs and illustrations, cutaway and cross-section views, 3-D models, and maps to help the reader visualize the subject. Parents and educators quickly embraced the lexigraphic approach. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The second edition of this important reference work, originally reviewed in LJ 7/84, includes four new articles that treat Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the changing role of the First Lady. Each presidential essay ranges in length from 15 to 20 pages and covers the early political career, the presidential campaigns, and major events or accomplishments during that president's term(s). There is also a brief bibliography attached to each essay, though a good general bibliography is provided in the appendix. An impressive new appendix gives a table of biographical, political, and historical data for each president; election results, major appointments, and key events are included here. A third appendix describes the activities of the Executive Office of the President. This is a major reference work on the presidency, with contributions from eminent historians, political scientists, and journalists (e.g., Fred Greenstein, Arthur S. Link, Gaddis Smith, and David Maraniss). It also serves as a useful companion to the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Presidency (LJ 1/94), which contains many long, scholarly essays on theoretical aspects of the presidency. Essential for all academic and larger public libraries.Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
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Gr 10 Up-A thorough, authoritative resource. The articles, written by presidential scholars, include personal information but concentrate more on the political aspects of each administration. They are detailed and interesting but readability varies with each author. Illustrations are limited to black-and-white portraits. Extensive bibliographies for each of the presidents include scholarly materials. An interesting feature is the section on "The Role of First Ladies," which acknowledges the influence that a wife/confidant can have on the presidency. The index is excellent and the appendixes include a useful "Table of Presidential Data." Published just before the 1996 presidential election, this book does not include those elections results. Although it serves as an impressive bridge between encyclopedic information and individual biographies, sources such as Richard M. Pious's Young Oxford Companion to the Presidency of the United States (Oxford Univ., 1994) or Joseph Nathan Kane's Facts about the Presidents (Wilson, 1993) are more readable and would better serve the research needs of YAs.Deborah Mason, Chicago Public Library
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<:st>Cited in and , this standard reference, accessible to high school students and above, presents the life and political careers of all the American presidents. Arranged chronologically, the 20-plus page essays written by scholars, historians, and journalists are preceded by a general introduction on the nature of the presidency and followed by a chapter on the role of the first ladies from Martha Washington to Laura Bush. New information includes the second term of the Clinton administration and the first year of George W. Bush's tenure. The appendices include a general bibliography of the presidency; a table of biographical, political and historical data; and a description of the executive office of the president. Includes 100 b&w illustrations and two eight-page color inserts. Edited by Graff (emeritus history, Columbia U.). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684804712
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 815
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
List of Contributors
Color Plates: Presidential Campaigns
Color Plates: The Social History of the Presidency
A History of the Presidency
The White House
George Washington 1
John Adams 23
Thomas Jefferson 39
James Madison 57
James Monroe 71
John Quincy Adams 87
Andrew Jackson 101
Martin Van Buren 125
William Henry Harrison and John Tyler 139
James K. Polk 153
Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore 171
Franklin Pierce 185
James Buchanan 193
Abraham Lincoln 209
Andrew Johnson 225
Ulysses S. Grant 241
Rutherford B. Hayes 257
James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur 269
Grover Cleveland 281
Benjamin Harrison 293
William McKinley 307
Theodore Roosevelt 325
William Howard Taft 347
Woodrow Wilson 365
Warren G. Harding 389
Calvin Coolidge 401
Herbert Hoover 415
Franklin D. Roosevelt 427
Harry S. Truman 445
Dwight D. Eisenhower 461
John F. Kennedy 481
Lyndon B. Johnson 499
Richard M. Nixon 517
Gerald R. Ford 537
Jimmy Carter 553
Ronald Reagan 571
George Bush 591
William J. Clinton 611
George W. Bush 639
The Role of First Lady: Martha Washington to Laura Bush 657
App. A: General Bibliography of the Presidency 679
App. B: Table of Biographical, Political, and Historical Data 687
App. C The Executive Office of the President 743
Index 749
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