Children's LiteratureFrom the founding of the United States to the days of Dick Cheney, this book offers a painless and easy-to-understand introduction to the office of the vice president of the United States. 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 where the vice president works, who can become vice president, and what happens when the president dies. Two times of crisis for United States vice presidents are examined-the elections of 1800, after which vice president Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton because of a dispute over the election, and the 1973 resignation President Nixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew-along with discussions about how the presidents handled these crises. Included are a list of interesting facts about vice presidents, a schedule of a typical day for a modern U.S. vice president, 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.