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PRESIDENTS: All you need to know Paperback – March, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hylas Publishing; Revised edition (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592581234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592581238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Metallurgist TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a good overview of the Presidents of the US. It would make a good gift for a student; from high school through college and for anyone interested in American history.

Each president is covered in from four to ten pages, depending upon the number of terms that he served. Each president is covered using the same format. The review begins with a half page summary of his term or terms and biographical facts, including: birth and death data, ancestry, information about his mother, father, wife or wives, children, military service, religious affiliation, age at inauguration, profession before and after the presidency, place of burial, nickname and writings. Opposite to this first page is a full-page painting or photograph of the president. Information about their elections is provided as well as the members of their administrations. There is a section about their wives or social hostess (for the widowers and the one bachelor). Information about scandals is provided, as are political cartoons and additional photographs of the president or significant events that occurred during his presidency. There is a list of a few quotes by the president and about him (about evenly divided between complementary and derogatory). The bulk of each section is occupied with a chronology of the events that occurred during their presidency and a time line of events in their life and events in US and European history. The last 100 pages of the book are devoted to all of the inaugural addresses. All is all, a tremendous amount of information is provided, but given the limitation of the space allotted and the space given over to pictures the information is just an outline of the presidency.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Eisman II on July 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book from the Border's bargain bin and I think I know why it was there. Though I am not a practicing history scholar, I was a history major at Cornell and have had a lifelong fascination with our nation's history. I cannot even count how many inaccuracies I spotted in this book and I read it casually. From mispellings, to blatant omissions, to inaccurate maps (states are shown as voting in an election when they weren't even states yet) and incorrect facts (one, that the 22nd amendment only allowed a president who was inaugurated after the exiting president had served more than two years less than half to only one more term. According to the amendment, a president can maximally serve two elected terms plus (exactly) one half term - or ten years.)

The book could have been great - as an overview it did more than skim the events that took place in the past 231 years but now I wonder what inaccuracies I missed just because I wasn't familiar enough with a time period or event. You shouldn't have to know all the facts first before picking up a book of this type. The people who will buy this are often those who want to expand on their existing knowledge or (unfortunately) students who may be learning these facts for the first time. Both groups are terribly cheated by this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason K. Bell on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a couple years ago at Borders. It was on the bargain rack that most people walk by and give no attention. Also, I got another copy last year for Christmas from a family member. I am a political science major with a great love with presidential politics and presidential history. I was actually somewhat impressed by the book. However, there are many mistakes mostly with the presidential maps. The one that stood out the most to me was the one from the 1968 election. If Humphrey carried all the states it showed him carrying he would have been our president. Which would have actually been much better than Nixon. However, I am not here to engage in a political debate only to point out the mistakes. Also, it showed Clinton carrying my home state of Indiana! THAT NEVER HAPPENED EITHER!

The book is not bad. However, it is full of mistakes. There are probably several that I did not even see. There are many great books on presidential history. I would not consider this one of he better ones. However, it is full of great pictures of our leaders. I paid 5 bucks for it, I can say without any regret I am glad I did give it a look!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
My compliments to the authors of this book. It is quite a useful and readable overview of our presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. My compliments as well to the previous reviewer, Solomon. He has thoroughly and skillfully described the authors' style and structure used to profile each president. Please give this reviewer a "helpful" vote as I have done.

I'll add just one comment. This book is a great companion volume to a presidential biography. Some time spent with the John Adams chapter, for example, will provide you with a preview--an "advance organizer," if you will--to structure your understanding of a complex work like David McCullough's John Adams. You will enjoy any president's biography more with one of this book's chapters at hand.

Readers who enjoy these profiles may also like the perspective on presidential parents in Doug Wead's The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders. Those interested in the personalities of our nation's leaders may enjoy Rubenzer and Faschingbauer's Personality, Character, and Leadership In The White House: Psychologists Assess the Presidents.
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