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American Presidency

You can't say the United States hasn't had its share of oddballs and characters in the White House. Well, you could say it, but you'd be wrong. Andrew Jackson liked fighting duels and destroyed the presidential mansion during his election celebration; Ulysses Grant was issued speeding tickets for riding his horse too fast; Herbert Hoover's son had pet alligators. But you'd probably have to be a little crazy to want to—or even to agree to—become the leader of the most powerful nation in the world.

It's easy to forget about the less flashy presidents, the ones who "didn't do anything."But with the possible exception of William Henry Harrison (who was president for just 30 days before dying of pneumonia), everyone who has held the presidential office has influenced the development and growth of the nation. James K. Polk, for instance—today not even a household word, but the only president to achieve everything he promised. Or William Howard Taft—if he is known at all it's as the fattest president (and the last to sport facial hair), not as the man responsible for establishing the model of all subsequent interactions between the Federal government and business owners.

Ultimately it's these accomplishments that give presidents their significance, even though most of them are forgotten or unknown except in academic circles or amongtrivia buffs. Of course, in an age when men are elected on their physical appearance and not their ability to govern, we see them increasingly assessed in terms of celebrity rather than intellect or work ethic. It's not that presidents do less than their predecessors—they're increasingly busy, they just doless and less of real significance. Which should remind us as Christians, that no matter what our political affiliation, we are instructed to pray for our leaders that they would pursue righteousness and justice, not just fulfill their agendas.

Political bias aside, it's important to understand the role of the president and what each one has done to shape our nation, not just to know a lot of fun facts about them. Not only will this help us understand why things are theway they are, it will help us make informed decisions about who to vote for in the future, and what ordinary citizens can do to influence the chief of state. The books in this category provide overviews of the presidency and those who have occupied the White House rather than individual biographies.Many of them are just for fun, butsome will genuinely aid your understanding of (arguably) the most important political office in the world.

There's another occupant of the White House all-too-often overlooked, or at best, undervalued:the First Lady. Whether the president's relationship with his wife is characterized more by tender love letters or the throwing of lamps, she remains one ofhis most important influences, if not the most important. Despite what secularists say, a marriage relationship remains the most intimate of relationships, and it is just as true of presidents and their wives. No one can say great political decisions are completely uninfluenced by personal concerns, and who influences a man's personal concerns more than his wife? So we also offer books about First Ladies, not just because they're presidents' wives, but because many of them were brilliant, successful individuals in their own right.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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America's First Ladies - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Leslie Franz
Revised Edition from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
American Presidents & Presidential First Ladies Notebooking Pages
from Notebooking Pages
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
American Presidents - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
Andrew Jackson
Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 1st-5th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Book of American Presidents
by Valden Madsen
from Mud Puddle Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
from Trumpet Club
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.45 (1 in stock)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$3.15 (2 in stock)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
20 Anv from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$5.60 (1 in stock)
Coloring Book of our Presidents
by Bellerphon Books
from Bellerophon Books
for 1st-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
Dear Mr. President
by Jennifer Armstrong
1st edition from Winslow Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History
Dover Thrift Editions
by John Grafton, editor
from Dover Publications
Primary Source Documents for 9th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: CLT-18C)
$2.10
DK Eyewitness: First Ladies
DK Eyewitness Series
by Amy Pastan
from DK Publishing
American HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$7.20 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Presidents
DK Eyewitness Series
by James Barber
3rd edition from DK Publishing
American History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$13.59
DK Ultimate Sticker Book Presidents
by DK Publishing
from DK Children
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$3.15 (1 in stock)
Don't Know Much About the Presidents
by Kenneth C. Davis
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 3rd-4th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
Electing Our Presidents
by Nancy Gill
from Fearon Teacher Aids
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$1.75 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times
by David Rubel
First Edition from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Famous Presidents
Eyes on America
by Philip Koslow
from KidsBooks, Inc.
for 2nd-4th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$1.60 (2 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: First Ladies
from Workman Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$8.76
Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents
by Steven Aronson
from Workman Publishing
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$10.36 $6.40 (1 in stock)
Fashions of the First Ladies - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Ming-Ju Sun
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
First Children: Growing Up in the White House
by Katherine Leiner
1st edition from Tambourine Books
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$5.25 (1 in stock)
First Ladies: The Women Who Called the White House Home
by Beatrice Gormley
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$3.15 (2 in stock)
Focus on Presidents
by Cynthia Holzschuher
for 3rd-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.80 (2 in stock)
George Washington
by Laurence Santrey
from Troll Publishing
Picture Book Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
$1.05 (2 in stock)
George Washington's World
by Genevieve Foster
from Beautiful Feet Books
History Reference/Biography for 7th-10th grade
1942 Newbery Honor Book
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: B01-09C)
$17.95
Ghosts of the White House
by Cheryl Harness
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$1.40 (1 in stock)
God and Ronald Reagan
by Paul Kengor
Reprint from Harper Perennial
for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Paperback, First Printing from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: A12-07B)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
2nd edition from Tolle Lege Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: A12-07B)
$11.25 (1 in stock)
Hero Tales from American History
by Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
Fir from McConnell Center
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: A12-07B)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Homes of the American Presidents - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
John Adams & Thomas Jefferson - Boxed Set
by Francis Russell, Page Smith
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Lives of the Presidents
by Kathleen Krull & Kathryn Hewitt
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-Adult
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$3.50 (2 in stock)
Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
by Benson J. Lossing
from WallBuilder Press
Biography for 7th-10th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: B01-09C)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Look-It-Up Book of Presidents
by Wyatt Blassingame
Revised from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$11.19
Meet John F. Kennedy
by Nancy Bean White
from Random House
for 1st-4th grade
in Step Up Books (Location: A10-04G)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
My Fellow Americans
by Michael Waldman
Har/Com from Sourcebooks
for 9th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Office of President
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
Our Country's First Ladies
by Ann Bausum
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Picture Book of George Washington
by David A. Adler
from Scholastic Inc.
Picture Book Biography for Preschool-3rd grade
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
Presidency From A to Z
by Kathryn Leventis-Molesa & Helen L. Hess
from Univ Editions
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.40 (4 in stock)
Presidency of George Washington
by Jack D. Warren, Jr.
from University of Virginia Press
Biography for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: A12-05)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
President's Cabinet and How it Grew
by Nancy Winslow Parker
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$4.20 (1 in stock)
Presidential Anecdotes
by Paul F. Boller Jr.
14th edition from Penguin Putnam
for 8th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$5.20 (2 in stock)
Presidential Elections
Perspectives on History Series
by D. Antonio Cantu, editor
from History Compass
Non-fiction for 6th-9th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$6.36
Presidential Elections
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
Presidential Scrapbook
by Joel King
from Knowledge Quest
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
Presidents
by Jerry Aten
from Good Apple
for 7th-9th grade
in American Presidency (Location: B03-00E)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Presidents - Activity Book
Stk from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Dover Little Activity Books (Location: A02-DLA)
$1.39
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