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Student's atlas of American presidential elections, 1789-1996
Israel, Fred L.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1997]

Physical Description:
vi, 202 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
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JK524 .I85 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
JK524 .I85 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This volume tells the story of each of the 53 presidential elections in the history of the USA, in chronological order. The text discusses the essence of each election, giving information about the candidates, the issues, and the significance of the election for the nation.

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Booklist Review

An author and editor of other books on presidential elections conveys the highlights of each election through 1996. Beginning with two pages on each of the early elections, the coverage is expanded to four pages in 1824 as more states enter the nation, the issues become more complex, and the popular votes are counted separately from the electoral votes. Each entry begins with a color-coded map of the states, reflecting statewide voting at the time of the election. It is followed by a chart of the number of votes cast for each candidate, arranged alphabetically by state. Minor party tallies and percentages in the popular count are also provided. The maps, charts, and narrative portions express the facts clearly, and a balanced, nonpartisan approach creates a readable, objective work. Finding information on the nation's elections in standard sources is a straightforward process. The advantage here is that not only are the data and description contained in a single, clear source, saving the time of librarian and patron, but data on the minor parties are included for the elections where they mattered. The final effect is a more diverse expression of the electorate than many people imagine, making the user aware of how a small number of voters (or nonvoters!) can shape the nation for four or more years. A helpful two-page list of suggested reading and a brief index complete the work. The words student's atlas in the title should not mislead book selectors into considering it for a children's collection in a public library. Rather, the longer lines of text and more challenging vocabulary show it is for older students, as well as the general public. High-school and medium to large public libraries will find it useful, regardless of other works they have on hand.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘Through text and graphics, this resource describes each of the 53 presidential elections in the history of the U.S. Starting with the election of 1824, popular votes are also included. One or two pages of text discuss important aspects of and background information leading up to the election and the various issues that helped decide it. A comprehensive index adds to the research value of this title. Students will find it an easy-to-use tool. The line-drawn, colored-shaded maps offer graphic representation of election results, while charts and tables provide, in one handy source, the statistics that so often elude students.‘Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.