U.S. Presidents For Dummies, 2nd Edition

U.S. Presidents For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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    U.S. Presidents For Dummies, 2nd Edition
  • Author:
    Marcus A. Stadelmann
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    2 edition
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    June 30, 2020
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    480 pages
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Book Description
Discover how the Oval Office’s occupants have made and make history
Which one was the tallest? Which one fought a duel? Which had liquor smuggled into the White House during Prohibition? And why is the president even called the president in the first place? From periwigs and knee breeches to the 24-hour news cycle and presidential Tweets, the fascinating and colorful stories of the 45 incumbents are a powerful lens through which to view U.S. history and get insight into the present.
Taking readers on a fact-filled journey through two centuries, this book examines how each individual obtained their dream (or nightmare) position, what they stood for (or against), achieved (or didn’t), and how their actions affected the country―for better or worse. And―remembering that presidents are people too―it shows how the personal really can be political, exploring how each president’s vision, strengths, and foibles helped or hindered them in building the country and their own legacy. 
  • Accessible biographies of all presidents
  • Sidebars, timelines, and photos
  • Lists of best and worst administrations
  • Bonus online content, including quizzes galore to help build retention
Whether you’re a student, a history buff―or are even interested in becoming president yourself one day―U. S. Presidents For Dummies is the perfect guide to what it takes to be leader of the free world, who has stepped up to that challenge, and how those personal histories can help us understand yesterday’s, today’s, and even tomorrow’s union.


Part 1: Understanding U.S. Presidents
Chapter 1: Presidents and the Presidency
Chapter 2: Presidential Rankings and Evaluations

Part 2: Starting with Known Quantities: Washington to John Quincy Adams
Chapter 3: Starting Well with George Washington
Chapter 4: The Authoritarian and the Philosopher: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Chapter 5: Prominent but Ineffective: Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams

Part 3: Enduring the Best and the Worst: Jackson to Buchanan
Chapter 6: Standing Firm: Andrew Jackson
Chapter 7: Forgettable: Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and Tyler
Chapter 8: Dreaming of California: James K. Polk
Chapter 9: Working Up to the Civil War: Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan

Part 4: Becoming a Force in the World: Lincoln to Hoover
Chapter 10: Preserving the Union: Abraham Lincoln
Chapter 11: Reconstructing the Country: Johnson, Grant, and Hayes
Chapter 12: Closing Out the Century: Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison
Chapter 13: Influencing the World: McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft
Chapter 14: Protecting Democracy: Woodrow Wilson
Chapter 15: Roaring through the ’20s with Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover

Part 5: Instituting the Imperial Presidency: Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon
Chapter 16: Boosting the Country and Bringing Back Beer: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chapter 17: Stopping the Buck at Harry Truman
Chapter 18: Liking Ike: Dwight David Eisenhower
Chapter 19: Fulfilling Family Expectations: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Chapter 20: Fighting for Might and Right: Lyndon Johnson
Chapter 21: Covering Up: Richard Nixon

Part 6: Changing the Dynamics: Gerald Ford to Donald J. Trump
Chapter 22: The Career Politician and the Peanut Farmer: Ford and Carter
Chapter 23: A Starring Role for Ronald Reagan
Chapter 24: Acting Out: George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
Chapter 25: Getting the Call: George W. Bush
Chapter 26: Breaking Tradition: Barack H. Obama
Chapter 27: A Billionaire in the White House: Donald John Trump

Part 7: The Part of Tens
Chapter 28: The Ten Best Presidents
Chapter 29: The Ten Worst Presidents
Chapter 30: Ten Presidential Libraries Worth Visiting

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