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 among trivia 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 do less 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 the way 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, but some 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 of his 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
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Abraham Lincoln's World
by Genevieve Foster
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Historical Non-fiction for 7th-10th grade
1945 Newbery Honor Book
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HIS-19CACW)
$22.00 (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: LIT5-18)
$3.40
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: HIS-USREV)
$21.95
God and Ronald Reagan
by Paul Kengor
Reprint from Harper Perennial
for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$15.29
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: BIO-ANTH)
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: BIO-ANTH)
$15.00 (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: BIO-ANTH)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns
by Wilborn Hampton
from Candlewick Press
for 5th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Lives of the Presidents
by Kathleen Krull & Kathryn Hewitt
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-Adult
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$5.00 (3 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: HIS-USREV)
$7.50 (2 in stock)
My Fellow Americans
by Michael Waldman
Har/Com from Sourcebooks
for 9th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Presidential Anecdotes
by Paul F. Boller Jr.
14th edition from Penguin Putnam
for 8th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$6.50 (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: G7E-HIS)
$7.95
Presidents
by Jerry Aten
from Good Apple
for 7th-9th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Rough Riders
by Theodore Roosevelt
from University of Nebraska
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in Spanish-American War (1898) (Location: HIS-19CSpan)
$11.00 (1 in stock)
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times
by David Rubel
from Scholastic Inc.
for 7th-9th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents
by Cormac O'Brien
for 9th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
To the Best of My Ability
by James M. McPherson
from DK Publishing
for 7th-12th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$21.00 (1 in stock)
U.S. Presidents Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents
Dover Thrift Editions
by Joslyn Pine
from Dover Publications
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$2.13