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The American presidents
Magill, Frank N. (Frank Northen), 1907-1997.
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 813 pages, xxv pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
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The 42 essays are arranged chronologically by administration. An Alphabetical List at the beginning of each volume helps readers find a particular entry. Essays range from 6 to 40 pages and each includes a sidebar on the vice president and one on the Firs

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Booklist Review

The new edition of a title previously published in 1986 includes biographical sketches of all 41 presidents, with the addition of George Bush and Bill Clinton. Many articles have been revised, such as those for Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. Information is now current into 1999. Bibliographies have been updated to reflect the most recent publications, and new photographs have been added to bring the illustrations to more than 225. Ranging in length from 4 to more than 30 pages, each signed entry begins with biographical information: birth, death, party affiliation, vice president, and cabinet members. Following this, there is coverage of the early years of the president, his rise in politics, election, administration, defeat or retirement, and death. Each entry ends with an extensive bibliography, which includes some descriptions of the sources. Several useful appendixes have been added to this edition, including the U.S. Constitution and amendments, the Law of Presidential Succession, a detailed time line of each president from Washington to Clinton, and "Presidential Election Returns from 1789^-1996." There are also lists of the vice presidents, cabinet members, and First Ladies; a directory of presidential libraries; a glossary; and a general bibliography, citing books about the presidency, campaigns, First Ladies and families, presidential quotations, the White House, and each president. A comprehensive index notes main entries in bold type. Several other reference sources on U.S. presidents are available. Though The American Presidents is described as being suitable for grades six and up, middle-schoolers may prefer Grolier's heavily illustrated eight-volume The Presidents [RBB Ag 97]. Scribner's The Presidents [RBB S 1 96] is more scholarly than both of these titles. Facts about the Presidents (6th ed., Wilson, 1993) is a good ready-reference tool. However, the Salem Press volume is now more current than these titles and is recommended for public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries.

Choice Review

A revision and updating of The American Presidents: The Office and the Men, ed. by Frank N. Magill (3v., CH, Oct'86), this edition provides biographical profiles of all 41 US presidents, together with basic factual information such as date and place of birth and death, party affiliation, vice presidents, and cabinet members. Bibliographic references have all been updated to include the latest presidential scholarship, with brief evaluative comments. New to this edition are profiles of Presidents Bush and Clinton, as well as updated essays on Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Profile lengths vary considerably; FDR, Lincoln, Washington, LBJ, and Truman are covered in 25 pages or more, while the likes of Garfield and Fillmore have five pages or less. Essays, by academics from US institutions, discuss each man's youth and early political involvement, domestic and foreign policy achievements, and brief assessments of his contributions. This edition has more than 200 photographs and appendixes that include presidential election returns, cabinet members by administration, first ladies, presidential libraries, a time line, and a glossary. Recommended for academic and public libraries. L. Kong; California State University, San Bernardino