Review by Choice Review
This volume is the third book in the "Historical Dictionary of U.S. Politics and Political Eras" series by presidential scholar Conley (Univ. of Florida). His previous volumes are Historical Dictionary of the George W. Bush Era (CH, May'10, 47-4783) and Historical Dictionary of the Reagan-Bush Era (2007). A to Z entries feature the "main people, events, politics, social issues, institutions, and policies" of the Clinton presidency, with concise entries that capture the essence of the topic, but little more; e.g., "Whitewater" gets half a page with a reference to "impeachment," which merits a page and a half. Helpfully, the book makes liberal use of boldface print for main ideas, and see also references are common. Conley shows off his expertise in a well-written, 11-page introduction that encapsulates the high and low points of the two-term presidency, along with a fascinating 7-page chronology. Surprisingly, almost half the pages consist of appendixes, mostly transcripts of Clinton's State of the Union addresses, which are readily available online through The American Presidency Project (CH, Oct'07, 45-1042) and other news sources, some with audio and video. Appendixes also include records of Clinton's success rate in Congress, his vetoes, and his approval ratings. An ample 24-page bibliography covers 1993-2011 scholarship. This is a balanced and excellent, but also very basic, resource on the Clinton presidency. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. L. B. Harris University of South Carolina Lancaster
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