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Guide to the presidency
Nelson, Michael, 1949-
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
Volume I: Part I. Origins and development of the presidency -- Part II. Selection and removal of the President -- Part III. Powers of the presidency -- Part IV. The President, the public, and the parties -- Index -- Volume II. Part V. The White House and the executive branch -- Part VI. Chief executive and federal government -- Part VII. Biographies of the Presidents and Vice Presidents -- Reference materials.
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Leading reference source on those who have occupied the White House and the institution of the presidency. In the two decades since it was first published, CQ's Guide to the Presidency has become the leading reference source on the persons who have occupied the White House and on the institution of the presidency itself. The Guide is extensively updated to bring the story of the presidency: yen] through the partisan and tumultuous second term of Bill Clinton that was defined by only the second impeachment action in the nation's history yen] through the controversial elections of 2000 eventually decided by a Supreme Court decision yen] into the remarkable early months of President George W. Bush, who witnessed his presidency transformed in a single day on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the United States, the Bush presidency, and perhaps the institution itself, were changed in ways that were both immediately apparent and continually evolving. Nearly as remarkable, the bitter partisan atmosphere of Washington politics for more than a decade fell away - at least temporarily - as Democrats and Republicans closed ranks behind the nation's only single lead

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Congressional Quarterly has made a concerted effort to revise and keep current its guides to the three branches of the federal government. The first edition of the Guide to the Presidency was published in 1989 in one volume and covered only the very beginnings of the Bush administration. The second edition covers all the Bush administration and the first three years of the Clinton presidency. The contents have increased by almost 300 pages, and it is now in two volumes, making it easier to use. The coverage of the revised edition is the same: origins and development of the presidency; selection and removal of the president; powers of the presidency; the president, the public, and the parties; the White House and the executive branch; chief executive and federal government; and biographies of the presidents and vice presidents. These are followed by two appendixes (documents and texts and tabular and graphical data) and the index. The chapters and subchapters reflect some minor rearrangements but essentially follow the same pattern as the first edition. For example, the first-edition subchapters, "Taking Office" and "Chronology of Presidential Elections," are chapters in the new edition; and the first edition chapter, "Chief of Party," has been renamed "The President and Political Parties." This new edition includes the Persian Gulf War, the 1992 presidential campaign and election, NAFTA and GATT, the effects of the collapse of the former Soviet Union, U.S. troops in Bosnia, the 1994 congressional elections, and the budget impasse. It also includes a more detailed table of contents and has larger/clearer photographs accompanying the biographies of the presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies. One question arises: Why didn't CQ wait one more year and issue an edition that covered all of Clinton's first term? In spite of this, Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the Presidency is the most complete and most up-to-date source on this office. Academic and public libraries will find the amount of revision certainly justifies purchase.

Choice Review

This edition contains several significant improvements over the first (CH, May'90) while maintaining a high level of overall quality. The presentation of information has been enhanced by expanding into two volumes, printing a complete index in each volume, redesigning the layout of text, numbering each chapter, and extending coverage to include the entire Reagan and Bush administrations and the first half of Clinton's first term. The editors are careful to incorporate research about the presidency produced after the first edition was published (e.g., chapter 2, "History of the Presidency," contains a substantial essay covering the implications of the 1994 Republican victories in Congress and their effect on the electorate). They also pay special attention to "the challenges of the post-Cold War era." The work is arranged under six broad categories associated with the executive office, subdivided by chapters covering more specific topics. A section of key historical documents and statistical data ends the second volume. This edition retains the overall quality of the first and its value to researchers, with informative and readable essays, comprehensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter, and appropriate use of photographs, charts, tables, and other illustrations throughout the text. Like the first edition, the guide has a conceptual framework, hence does not include detailed biographical information, a strength of Leonard W. Levy and Louis Fisher's Encyclopedia of the American Presidency (CH, Feb'94). This edition is highly recommended for all libraries. R. V. Labaree University of Southern California