Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times

Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times

by DAVID RUBEL
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Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times by DAVID RUBEL


This updated edition of the SCHOLASTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THEIR TIMES features updated information about the 2008 presidential election and a brand-new, full-color design!

The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times documents the tenure of each of the American presidents. It also includes information about the headlines, people, and fads that were defining America during each presidency. It is an easy-to-use resource that reflects events through the election of the next president in 2008.

Each profile includes a fact box that lists the president's birthday, birthplace, vice president, wife, children, and nickname. It also lists the president's full name and years he was in office.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545101493
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


A nationally recognized author, speaker, and historian, David Rubel writes enduring books of American history. His collaborators have included Pulitzer Prize-winners Joseph J. Ellis and James M. McPherson, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, and President Jimmy Carter.

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Musie More than 1 year ago
This is not a book for children. Its bias is so prevalent that only older young people and adults who are capable of discernment should be reading this. Also, I cannot see how Barack Obama can be included in this book as this update was published before he took office. I much prefer that my children be exposed to the neutrality of politics such as the importance of our government structure or the importance of the balance of power, rather than the extreme prejudices that exist today as evidenced in this book. Give children time to form a foundation before exposing them to the intolerance of politics today.
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kyle_x_1991 More than 1 year ago
When I was 7 years old in 1998, I discovered an old dictionary in a bookcase at my aunt and uncle's house. In the back of the dictionary was a list of past presidents of the United States, going up to Ronald Reagan (it was a VERY old dictionary). Before then, the only presidents I knew about were the three big ones that my parents and teachers had taught me about (Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy) and the one who was president at the time (Clinton). Learning the names, times and histories of the other 38 presidents was a rewarding experience for me. At the time I had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and absorbing all this information about past leaders of the United States satisfied that thirst greatly. I became enthralled with U.S. Presidential history. I finally convinced my mother to take me to the bookstore so I could buy an in-depth book about the presidents with the allowance I had scraped together, and purchased the 1997 edition of Encyclopedia of the Presidents and their Times, recently updated with a brand-new section on Clinton's victory in the 1996 presidential election (wow!) Although, as a child, I tended to overlook the more complicated facets of the book (I couldn't for the life of me figure out what "Teapot Dome" or "Credit-Mobilier" were) I quickly absorbed every little tidbit of basic, clever information I could about each president. I was educated on the events that were affecting the nation during each president's term, the campaigns wherein each president was elected, and their lives prior to holding the presidency. I wowed (and started to bug) my parents with my seemingly endless databank of often-useless facts about each president. Then I amazed my first-grade class by being able to recite all 42 presidents by heart, as well as the years that they were president. After all of this, I was labeled a genius by my parents and my teachers, and I attribute part of this to this book's uncanny ability to absorb me in the world of U.S. History. As I got older, my interest in the presidents faded, and this book sat on the shelf for the better part of 10 years, during which time George W. Bush was elected (and then re-elected) as our 43rd president. At around fall 2008, now 16 years old (turned 17 in December) I rediscovered this book on my bookshelf, and thought its contents to be somewhat relevant to current events, as an historic election/campaign cycle was underway. Once again I pored over the facts and statistics of this book, and used the trends that I saw in the book's accounts of past campaigns to try and predict the 2008 election. Even at 16-going-on-17, I was still as fascinated by this book as I was 10 years ago, staying up late reading about the way that Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, among others, were elected and what they did during their term(s) that affected future elections, absorbing the information that I had once been too young to understand. This book is timeless. A child or an adult can pick up this book and enjoy it. Children will enjoy the fun facts and newspaper-style accounts of past events, while adults will appreciate the wealth of information that can be found within the small text. I have this book to thank for my reading and thinking skills, which grew exponentially. No exaggeration. I kind of want to purchase this new edition to see what it'll have written for Bush and Obama.