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The Secretary of Defense

The Secretary of Defense

by Blackbirch Press Staff, Scott Ingram

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Children's Literature
From 1789 when Congress voted to establish a Department of War, to the current Defense Department, this book offers a painless and easy-to-understand introduction to the position of the United States Secretary of Defense. The book begins with a brief discussion of the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government, and goes on to include such varied topics as requirements for becoming secretary of defense, where the secretary works, and what it means to be the nation's chief military advisor. Two times of crisis for United States secretaries of defense are examined-the Vietnam conflict and the 1979 to 1980 Iranian hostage crisis-along with discussions about how the secretaries of defense handled these crises. Included is a list of interesting facts about different secretaries of defense, a schedule of a typical day for a modern defense secretary, a glossary and an index. As part of the "America's Leaders" series by Blackbirch Press, this book offers students of all ages a well-written, interesting jumping off point for understanding the workings of the United States government. 2002, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group Inc, Ages 8 to 12.
— Rebecca Watson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each of these titles provides general information on the history, responsibilities, and requirements of an important job in American government. While various individuals who held these positions are mentioned or pictured, the books are intended mainly as overviews of offices. Illustrated with black-and-white and color photos, diagrams, charts, and boxed "USA Facts," they are written in a clear yet spare style. Due to the limited scope and information included, and the availability of the material in general encyclopedias, these volumes are additional purchases for larger collections.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Cengage Gale
Publication date:
American Leaders Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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