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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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: COL-DOV)
$4.49
American Heritage Books of the Presidents and Famous Americans - 12 Book Set
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$35.00 (1 in stock)
American Presidents & Presidential First Ladies Notebooking Pages
from Notebooking Pages
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$8.00 (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: COL-DOV)
$3.74
Book of American Presidents
by Valden Madsen
from Mud Puddle Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
20 Anv from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$8.00 (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: HISA-PRE)
$16.99 $9.00 (1 in stock)
DK Ultimate Sticker Book Presidents
by DK Publishing
from DK Children
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.50 (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: HISA-PRE)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: First Ladies
from Workman Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$10.95 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents
by Steven Aronson
from Workman Publishing
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$12.95 $8.00 (2 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: COL-DOV)
$3.74
First Children: Growing Up in the White House
by Katherine Leiner
1st edition from Tambourine Books
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$7.50 (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: HISA-PRE)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Focus on Presidents
by Cynthia Holzschuher
for 3rd-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
George Washington
by Laurence Santrey
from Troll Publishing
Picture Book Biography for 4th-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Ghosts of the White House
by Cheryl Harness
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Grover Cleaveland, Again!
by Ken Burns
First Edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$15.00 (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: COL-DOV)
$3.74
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: HISA-PRE)
$5.00 (3 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: HISA-PRE)
$13.99
New Big Book of U.S. Presidents
by Marc Frey, Todd Davis
from Courage Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Office of President
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Our Country's First Ladies
by Ann Bausum
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Our Country's Presidents
by Ann Bausum
from National Geographic
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Our Presidents Rock!
by Juliette Turner
from Zonderkidz
for 5th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Our White House
by David McCullough
1st edition from Candlewick Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
President's Cabinet and How it Grew
by Nancy Winslow Parker
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$6.00 (1 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: HISA-PRE)
$7.95
Presidential Elections
by Syl Sobel
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Presidential Elections
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Presidents in a Time of Change
by Editor Carter Smith
from Millbrook Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Presidents of the United States
by Simon Adams
from Two-Can Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
So You Want to Be President?
by Judith St. George & David Small
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-8th grade
2001 Caldecott Medal winner
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Story of Ford's Theater & the Death of Lincoln
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Zachary Kent
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Election of Abraham Lincoln
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Powers of the Presidency
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Presidential Elections
by Jim Hargrove
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natali Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natalie Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$3.00 (6 in stock)
Story of Watergate
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Jim Hargrove
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
U. S. Presidents: Past & Present
by George R. Lee
from Mark Twain Media
for 5th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
U.S. Presidents Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
Who Was?...Series
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
from Grosset & Dunlap
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
in Who Was? biographies (Location: BIO-WHO)
World of Young Andrew Jackson
by Suzanne Hilton
for 3rd-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$4.00 (1 in stock)