Children's LiteratureThe backdrop for the development of the political Reform Party is the story of Ross Perot's and Pat Buchanan's presidential campaigns. The book chronicles the Reform Party movement from 1992 to 2000. Brief biographies of Perot and Buchanan and their contributions to the party leadership are presented. A fair and accurate report of the 1992 and 1996 elections is offered. Although published in 2000, information is given about the early days of the 2000 presidential election, when Buchanan left the Republican Party to run as the Reform Party candidate. Supportive players in this third party movement are featured, such as David Duke, Jesse Ventura and NAFTA. The writing is clear and concise, with appropriate news-making quotes and excellent sidebars of excerpts from speeches and books by Perot and Buchanan. Photographs illustrate the five brief chapters. An introduction, chronology, books and web sites for further reading, index and author's note about sources are included. Middle school students interested in our current political scene will find useful reading here. 2000, The Millbrook Press, $19.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library JournalGr 5-8-This compact book skims over the party's history, emphasizing the roles played by its most prominent leaders, including Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, and Jesse Ventura. Andryszewski provides limited biographical information about the men, supplemented by excerpts from their autobiographies, and discusses why Perot formed the party and describes Buchanan's journey as a presidential candidate. She also explains how the Reform Party influenced the 1992, 1994, and 1996 elections and describes Perot's 1993 campaign against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The author is objective about her topic, including material about the party's strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of its leaders. Full-color and black-and-white photos largely depict people mentioned in the text. Although this book is readable and accurate, its brevity precludes either comprehensive background or strong analysis, and coverage ends before the party's 2000 presidential nominating convention. Most libraries would be better served by titles that offer a broader perspective on third-party movements.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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