William Jefferson Clinton (Profiles of the Presidents)

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A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the forty-second President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Discusses the life and accomplishments of the Democrat who was elected president to two successive terms, 1992 and 1996.

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Overview

A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the forty-second President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Discusses the life and accomplishments of the Democrat who was elected president to two successive terms, 1992 and 1996.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Americans old and young have heard about Clinton's birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. Here we learn how his father lost his life in a truck accident on his way to a better job in Chicago; we learn a bit about the abusive life he lived with his stepfather along with the glory and significance of such early experiences as meeting President John F. Kennedy. "Politics was the life for him," Clinton decided. There is an apologetic, defensive and sometimes very supportive tone to much of this particular biography: "Few presidents have suffered more public attacks than Clinton did. Yet no president gave the nation a longer period of economic good times." Each profile is indexed with a list of historical sites, websites, additional books, and a glossary. The type is large, with frequent photos and other illustrations. The timeline for each president offers two columns with personal and world events side by side. Students can see, for example, that when Clinton was their age, Disneyland opened and Fidel Castro first came to power in Cuba. The style and writing quality vary from book to book, but the series provides interesting reading and a good resource for student research. 2002, Compass Points Books,
— Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Good-quality photographs and clear, accessible texts create instant appeal for these presidential profiles. Each volume provides insightful chapters about each man's youth, family, and education, revealing not only how they launched him into politics but also sustained him through his political life. Burgan describes FDR's rapid ascent to national prominence in 1932, explaining how that election centered on Americans' hope of finding a leader to help them survive the Great Depression. There is a candid discussion of his bout with polio that crippled his body yet molded his belief that he could overcome anything. Subsequent chapters chronicle the war years and his legacy as the country's only four-term president. Disappointingly, there is little mention of Eleanor Roosevelt, a gross omission in light of her active involvement in his domestic and foreign policies. The presence and power of the First Lady are more evident in Heinrichs's volume. It chronicles our nation's 42nd president's bumpy personal and political life as well as his two tumultuous terms in the White House, where he by turns ennobled and disgraced the office. Whether discussing Clinton's intellectual prowess, his enormous personal charm, or his impeachment, the author is evenhanded and concludes that "Few presidents have suffered more public attacks than Clinton did. Yet no president gave the nation a longer period of economic good times." Both of these compact volumes are broad enough in scope to be useful to general readers and to students seeking information for reports.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756502072
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: BIG Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and lives in Chicago. She is the author of more that one hundred books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and culture. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. She is an award-winning martial artist, specializing in t’ai chi empty-hand and sword forms.

Ann has traveled widely throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In exploring each state for this series, she rediscovered the people, history, and resources that make this a great land, as well as the concerns we share with people around the world.

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