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“[I]t’s a fun book to flip through: colorful, informative, funny and thought-provoking. It’s perfect for political junkies, or for anyone interested in history.”—The Wichita Eagle

“This handsome, 11” x 14” collection includes more than 100 suitable-for-framing reproductions of vintage one-sheet posters throughout American history (from Andrew Jackson’s 1828 campaign against John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s iconic 2008 “Hope”), plus several culturally significant parodies, in an entertaining, informative overview about “the art” of getting out the vote.”—American Profile

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The Library of Congress has been the guardian of the nation’s memory for more than two centuries. The writers and editors in its publishing office collaborate with curators, reference librarians, and subject specialists to produce books and other materials that open its ever-growing collections and activities to the nation and the world.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594745544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745546
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The one hundred posters of many USA presidential campaigns are well done, and worth framing for a historical office. Surprisingly both losers and third party posters are well represented. There is fascinating, eclectic data on each of the US presidential campaigns, along with smaller images of many more posters.

For a American History teacher who wants their student to feel the styles of the various periods with rotating images this would be an excellent investment. For an American History buff, this is a wonderful addition to the library.
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These posters provide a great view of the history of American presidential campaigns. I particularly liked the way that minor candidates like Ross Perot, Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs, and even comedian Pat Paulsen's posters are included.
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I bought this book as a reference for my graphic design classes and was not disappointed. It is quite large in size and full color throughout. The pull out posters are a bonus. Well documented and illustrated. A great book for research or just to look at.
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By Emily on December 11, 2012
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This book makes a great coffee table book. It also comes with large, removable poters if you would want to post them on your wall. The information is laid out well with the electoral vote, popular vote, posters, and background info on the major parties and campaigns. It's a very interesting and fun book to read or just flip through.
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This is a very large and heavy book that was beautifully produced by the Library of Congress full of colorful campaign posters and lots of information about losers as well as winners in Presidential elections. It is a perfect gift for anyone who loves Presidential politics like my brother, who is bouncing off the walls with excitement years before the next Presidential election & currently is avidly following the talk about 2016 (here's looking at you Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Christie). Of course he loved this book and is enjoying looking at it. It made a great birthday gift, since it's more of a lavish coffee table book than something one would buy for oneself.
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A physically large book with a whole lot of fun information. As a history teacher and self proclaimed political junkie I loved it. Lots of good information on the 19th century Presidential races and candidates that I knew little about. It seems as if many of the same smarmy tactics we are "enjoying" today are really not that new at all. I guess that might be a good thing, or then again, maybe it isn't. Not an overwhelming book. I found very little, if any, political bias in the book. For those who enjoy history and political history at that, this book merits a few hours of your time. Fun posters with background descriptions pertaining to the subject matter of said posters. Given the fact that it includes all Presidential elections the authors can be forgiven for not using more examples of posters. Sad side note is that the book was printed in China, but unlike other Chinese printed books I have read, this one doesn't contain a boat load of bad editing. Take the time if this is your field of interest.
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a great book very interesting and educational. it shows how much things have changed in wording thruout the years.this book tells you things about the pass generation that we would have never known if not for this book and things about this generation .great coffee table book a must have. love it.
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The Library of Congress has a long history of publishing important works in American history and culture, always on excellent paper and binding, and often, as in this wonderful example, in a format that can be easily and effectively framed.

The Library has a collection of over 100,000 of these posters, and one can criticize this relatively small sampling of 200 posters as not being representative, as being too political for one party or another, of missing a personally "essential" poster. But, as a beautiful overview of the art form, and as a historically accurate description of the campaign from which the posters have been drawn, this collection simply cannot be beat. A really nice touch are the side bar illustrations of other campaign materials that were used with, and sometimes in opposition to, the main poster.

A sample of the sort of text that accompanies these posters, this one published by the Clay forces against Jackson, shown as a king:

"In the early nineteenth century, many Americans still remembered firsthand the oppression of royal rule. That's why in this poster presidential candidate Henry Clay set out to paint the incumbent Andrew Jackson as a tyrant prone to letting his strong will run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution. Clay was certain that the image of a crowned, scepter-bearing Jackson standing in front of a throne would be like a bucket of cold water to voters. Instead, Jackson defeated Clay by a huge margin: Jackson won 219 electoral votes to Clay's 49 electoral votes.
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