From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10-An overview of Perot's life that describes his childhood, education, military career, his business successes, and his 1992 candidacy for the presidency. The authors also include some of the controversial ventures that have made him famous, such as his work on Texas education reform, the rescue of some of his employees who were held hostage in revolutionary Iran, and his gargantuan battle with General Motors Chairman Roger Smith. Perot is quoted frequently, but no sources are provided. His story is an interesting one, and the authors remain objective about him. Although they clearly admire his hard work and business enterprise, they do not engage in the fawning praise so common in Perot supporters. When they discuss some of his more controversial actions, they offer criticisms without the personal attacks that some of his detractors have used. The layout of the book is attractive, but the black-and-white photos are very dull and add little to the text. The best word to describe this book is adequate.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 5-8. From Perot's simple beginnings in Texarkana to his rise to wealth and his presidential candidacy, this highly readable account provides insights into the personality and accomplishment of one of America's most colorful contemporary figures. The authors devote some attention to Perot's childhood and adult family life, but they focus mainly on his business ventures, on his presidential campaign, and on his involvement in such issues as the POWs in Vietnam and educational reform in Texas. Despite the occasional laudatory tone, the narrative does present Perot as a contradictory figure, unable to work with others and unwilling to share power. Photographs show Perot's public persona; a chronology and a list of further readings are appended. Karen Hutt