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
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and 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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Andrew Jackson
Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents
by Mike Venezia
from Children's Press
for 1st-5th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
DK Ultimate Sticker Book Presidents
by DK Publishing
from DK Children
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$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: G7E-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Focus on Presidents
by Cynthia Holzschuher
for 3rd-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.00 (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: HIS-USREV)
$21.95
Ghosts of the White House
by Cheryl Harness
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
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)
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)
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: G7E-HIS)
$13.99
Presidency From A to Z
by Kathryn Leventis-Molesa & Helen L. Hess
from Univ Editions
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$3.00 (3 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
Presidential Scrapbook
by Joel King
from Knowledge Quest
for 2nd-5th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
Presidents
by Jerry Aten
from Good Apple
for 7th-9th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Presidents in a Time of Change
by Editor Carter Smith
from Millbrook Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$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: G7E-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Presidents Sticker Book
by John P. Holms
from Learning Horizons
for 1st-4th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Rough Riders
by Theodore Roosevelt
from University of Nebraska
Historical non-fiction for 9th-Adult
in Spanish-American War (1898) (Location: HIS-19CSpan)
$11.00 (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)
Smart About the Presidents
by Jill Weber, Jon Buller, Susan Schade
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-3rd grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$2.00 (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: G7E-HIS)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
So You Want To Be President?
by Judith St. George
Reprint from Philomel Books
for 2nd-5th grade
2001 Caldecott Medal winner
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
U. S. Presidents: Past & Present
by George R. Lee
from Mark Twain Media
for 5th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
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)