American presidents [electronic resource] : year by year /
Lyle Emerson Nelson.
Armonk, NY : Sharpe Reference, c2004.
3 v. (vi, 734 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.
0765680467 (set : alk. paper)
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Armonk, NY : Sharpe Reference, c2004.
0765680467 (set : alk. paper)
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v. 1. 1732-1860 -- v. 2. 1861-1932 -- v. 3. 1933-2000.
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
Nelson's unique reference work contributes a new perspective on the public and private lives of American presidents not only by documenting factual data but also exploring the personal decisions and life stories of each individual. Using chronological order, the author weaves together the personal life, policy initiatives, and political activities of each current, former, and future president for every year in order, from the birth of George Washington (1732) through the "election" of George W. Bush (2000). The work allows readers to follow a single president through his personal life and political career, or to review the actions of more than one president to explore how different presidents reacted to or influenced specific events in American history at key moments in their lives. For example, the chapter covering 1973 not only documents the actions of President Nixon during the Watergate scandal but reveals how this event influenced future President Bill Clinton's desire to pursue a career in Arkansas politics. Each chapter briefly surveys the year and highlights key issues and events faced by the incumbent president. Separate sections outline month by month the lives of former and future presidents in relation to historical developments in American society. Each volume has a comprehensive index, and illustrations are scattered throughout the text. The set's value for research is reduced by the absence of references to source material. Readers will have to look elsewhere--to personal memoirs, biographical works, presidential papers series, and other secondary sources--to verify statements made in the text or to obtain further information about a specific event or issue. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. R. V. Labaree University of Southern California
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-02-01:
Historian Nelson presents an interesting time line, 1732 to 2000, of the lives of American Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. Readable and engaging, the short descriptive biographical entries portray what the current, former, and future Presidents did in a given year. For example, in 1888, when Grover Cleveland was President, Rutherford B. Hayes was the only living former President and six-year-old Franklin Delano Roosevelt and four-year-old Harry Truman were among the future Presidents. Volume 1 opens with George Washington's birth in 1732; Volume 2 spans 1861-1932; and Volume 3 covers 1933-2000. Each volume contains illustrations and an extensive name and subject index. This resource works well if the reader wants to know who did what in a certain year. However, it is neither a quick reference nor an exploration into political and ideological issues. It lacks useful enhancements, e.g., a selective bibliography, a table giving in one location basic data such as the President's birth and death years, spouse and children's names, education and occupational background, party affiliation, political offices other than the presidency, etc. Libraries would do better to purchase solid, proven, standard references like Alan Brinkley's The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency or Joseph Kane's Facts About the Presidents.-Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., College State (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, February 2004
Reference & Research Book News, February 2004
Booklist, March 2004
Choice, April 2004
School Library Journal, April 2004
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