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Previous reader's companions by this publisher cover military history, US history, and women's history. This one provides interpretative essays on all 41 US presidents, along with basic reference information such as chronologies, electoral information, and key statistical data. Additional readings at the end of each essay cite works for further research with brief evaluative comments. Interesting sidebar essays treat such topics as "The First Family," "The Great Communicator" [Reagan], and "The Policies of Presidential Investigation" [Clinton]. Essays vary considerably in length; 16 pages or more are devoted to FDR, Lincoln, Washington, LBJ, and Truman, while "minor" presidents such as Tyler, Taylor, and Fillmore receive eight pages or less. Essays are written by academics from around the country and provide assessments of each president, and of great and small events. The authors specifically address issues relevant to perceptual gaps between the image and the reality of each presidency. This work is accessible to scholars and researchers, as well as general readers. Recommended for academic and public libraries. L. Kong; California State University, San Bernardino
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