Appeared in Choice on 2003-02-01:
Their presidents are a source of endless fascination for the American people. To some extent, television shows like The West Wing satisfy the need for more information about what goes on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but many Americans crave the facts, which this user-friendly volume satisfies. Now in its third edition (1st ed., CH, Sep'84; 2nd ed., Jan'97; both ed. by Graff, Columbia Univ.), this popular title incorporates several important additions including a full assessment of the Clinton presidency and an early appraisal of the G.W. Bush administration. This edition also includes an evaluation of the presidency as a whole written by Graff and a history of the White House by noted historian William Seale. The entries for each president have been reviewed for errors, and recent titles have been added to the bibliographies that end each entry. Three appendixes provide updated bibliographical, biographical, political, and historical data on the presidents and the presidency. This new edition remains a useful volume for academic and large public libraries. T. Walch Hoover Presidential Library
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-09:
The second edition of this important reference work, originally reviewed in LJ 7/84, includes four new articles that treat Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the changing role of the First Lady. Each presidential essay ranges in length from 15 to 20 pages and covers the early political career, the presidential campaigns, and major events or accomplishments during that president's term(s). There is also a brief bibliography attached to each essay, though a good general bibliography is provided in the appendix. An impressive new appendix gives a table of biographical, political, and historical data for each president; election results, major appointments, and key events are included here. A third appendix describes the activities of the Executive Office of the President. This is a major reference work on the presidency, with contributions from eminent historians, political scientists, and journalists (e.g., Fred Greenstein, Arthur S. Link, Gaddis Smith, and David Maraniss). It also serves as a useful companion to the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Presidency (LJ 1/94), which contains many long, scholarly essays on theoretical aspects of the presidency. Essential for all academic and larger public libraries.Â‘Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.