U.S. Presidents For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 12, 2011 - 408 pages
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Forty-three Americans have held the job of President of the UnitedStates. Each has a story, be it one of vision, accomplishment,conflict, scandal, triumph, or tragedy. And each story is at thecenter of the national story, a part of what we all experience.History buffs find endless fascination – and agreater understanding of America today – in thecolorful personalities and momentous events that surround the OvalOffice.

If you want the complete take on U. S. presidents, from GeorgeWashington to George W. Bush, you’ll appreciate U. S.Presidents for Dummies. Written in a lively style by a historyprofessor at the University of Texas, this fun guidebook of chiefexecutives is packed with information, factoids, and memorablequotes. Inside, you’ll find out which president:

  • Promised to only serve one term, and kept his word!
  • Was a great person but a rotten president
  • Campaigned on nothing but image – in the nineteenth century!
  • May be the most underrated president in history
  • Had his own distributor bringing liquor to the WhiteHouse – during Prohibition!
  • Appointed the first female cabinet member
  • Pushed through the first civil rights legislation after the endof the Civil War
  • Said of himself, “I am a man of limited talents from asmall town. I don’t seem to grasp that I ampresident”

U. S. Presidents for Dummies offers a wealth of knowledgeon what it takes to be the leader of the free world, and who hasstepped up to the challenge. Dividing the ranks of presidents intochronological groups for a broader, historical understanding of theoffice, this book discusses:

  • The birth and evolution of the presidency
  • Ineffective presidents
  • Forgettable presidents
  • Working up to the Civil War
  • Reconstruction presidents
  • Becoming a force in the world
  • Instituting the Imperial Presidency
  • Today’s changing dynamics and the Presidency

A treasury of information, this book features aneasy-to-comprehend style and sharp historical analysis. Sidebars,photos, timelines, and best and worst lists make U. S.Presidents for Dummies a historical blast to read and amust-have for understanding the state of both yesterday’s andtoday’s union.

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Reviewed July 2006 Stadelmann is an associate professor of poli sci at a university in Texas. the book is well written and researched giving all necessary elements of a “Dummies” book. I love reading ... Read full review

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Marcus Stadelmann is the author of The Dependent Ally: German Foreign Policy 1949--1990 and a contributor to Political Leaders of Contemporary Western Europe.

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