What I hoped to be an excellent collection is rendered nearly useless by the lack of an index. There is no way to easily find a Presidential speech, let alone easily move from chapter to chapter; you are forced to move through this collection page by page. This is a poor execution of a great idea.
While we now tend to ignore public speeches, they weren't always something to dismiss as a product of political ambition, void of truth or deep belief. Many of the speeches and critical documents are very inspirational and can help ground you in the underlying belief and assumptions on which this country was founded and on which it has evolved. Each president gets a minimum of attention and more controversial or historically important presidents get more space. Lincoln, for example, gets ample space beyond The Gettysburg Address and deservedly so since his historical impact is so great. Lincoln, like many of our previous presidents, lived in a time where political speeches could galvanize and move a nation toward great changes. The whole book is well laid out. It is easy to find specific speeches or just browse around. A must have for anyone studying American history or just interested in the political process.
Good collection for 2 bucks. Use the table of contents to find your president(s) and speeches. Lack of index doesn't bother me, as you can find everything in the TOC. This a big collection and worth the whole 2 bucks and then some.