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Presidential administration profiles for students
Sisung, Kelle S.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2000]

Physical Description:
xlii, 687 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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JK511 .P78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Aimed at students needing information on a specfic presidential administration, this title focuses on the issues that each administration faced and looks at their lasting impact.

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Booklist Review

Presidential Administration Profiles for Students is the third volume in Gale's U.S. Government for Students series, following Federal Agency Profiles for Students [RBB Jl 99] and Special Interest Group Profiles for Students (1999). This volume provides biographical profiles of each president, from George Washington to Bill Clinton, and shows how each president's administration influenced the government and the American people. The volume begins with a chronology of more than 750 events of historical significance, from Christopher Columbus discovering America in 1492 through NATO and Yugoslavia's representatives signing an agreement for Serb troop withdrawal on June 9, 1999. The 41 profiles are arranged in chronological order by administration and average approximately 13 pages in length. Each includes a biographical data summary that lists full given name and popular name; place and date of death and burial place; religion; education; spouse; children; political party; occupations; and age at inauguration. The narrative biography covers early life, education, family life, career, and postpresidential years. The profile then focuses on the administration of each presidency, discussing the election to the office, presidential advisors, interactions with Congress and the judiciary, changes that occurred within the government, domestic and foreign issues, and legacy. Each profile concludes with a solid bibliography listing sources and additional readings. Most of the profiles contain sidebars highlighting interesting facts or describing significant people. For example, Chief Justice John Marshall is accorded a sidebar in the chapter on Jefferson, and Douglas MacArthur is featured in the article on Truman. The first of six appendixes includes the Presidential Seal, the Oath of Office, and the U.S. Constitution. Following this are charts illustrating the organization of the federal government and the system of government checks and balances and maps showing the number of electoral college votes in each state and U.S. territorial growth before and after 1820. A glossary of more than 400 political terms used throughout the profiles, such as bilateral negotiations and scalawags, is included. A detailed subject index completes the text. Throughout the book, one finds black-and-white photos depicting people and events. High-school, public, and undergraduate libraries will want to add this volume to their "For Students" collections. Biographies of presidents are easy to find, but this volume provides a wealth of additional information on each presidency.

Choice Review

Presidents Washington through Clinton are included in these ten- to 20-page profiles (biographical sketches and essays) focusing on each president's administration. Biographies include the president's personal and professional life before and after his presidency; the administrative portion discusses domestic and foreign policies and events and the cabinet; a portrait, other illustrations, sources, and additional readings are included. The contributors are mostly faculty or researchers in history and political science; unidentified contributors of factual sidebars are probably editorial staff. Appendixes include presidential oath and seal, US Constitution, federal government organization, system of checks and balances, electoral college system, territorial growth to 1820, a glossary of 400 terms, and a chronology of 750 key events in US history. The compilation is "geared for high school, undergraduate college students, and teachers." Similar compilations include Daniel Diller and Stephen Robinson's Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents: White House Biographies, 1789-1997 (1997) with briefer one- to two-page biographies; William DeGregorio's inexpensive The Complete Book of US Presidents (1997); larger works that include essays on other aspects of the presidency but have briefer biographies--e.g., Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, ed. by Leonard Levy and Louis Fisher (4v., CH, Feb'94); Guide to the Presidency, ed. by Michael Nelson (2nd ed., 2v., CH, Mar'97); and more general compilations like US Government Leaders, ed. by Frank Magill (3v., 1997), which includes presidents among its 150 "most influential" government leaders. High school libraries may find adequate either Complete Book or Presidents, First Ladies (both listed above), or general encyclopedias with essays of four to eight pages. The present work is suitable for high schools, but its coverage of domestic and foreign administrative policies and issues recommends it for college libraries. L. Treff-Gangler; University of Colorado at Denver