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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Buck Stops Here
by Alice Provensen
20 Anv from HarperTrophy
for 1st-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$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: G7E-HIS)
$16.99
First Children: Growing Up in the White House
by Katherine Leiner
1st edition from Tambourine Books
for 4th-7th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Grover Cleaveland, Again!
by Ken Burns
First Edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 3rd-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
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)
Meet John F. Kennedy
by Nancy Bean White
from Random House
for 1st-4th grade
in Step Up Books (Location: VIN-STEP)
$5.00 (1 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)
New Big Book of U.S. Presidents
by Marc Frey, Todd Davis
from Courage Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Our Country's First Ladies
by Ann Bausum
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Our Country's Presidents
by Ann Bausum
from National Geographic
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$12.50 (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: HIS-USLAND)
$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: G7E-HIS)
$6.00 (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)
So You Want To Be President?
by Judith St. George
from Philomel Books
for 2nd-5th grade
2001 Caldecott Medal winner
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natali Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HIS-USLAND)
$3.20 (6 in stock)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natalie Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Story of Watergate
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Jim Hargrove
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
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)
White House
by Mary Kay Phelan
First Edition from Holt, Rinehart and Winston
for 2nd-5th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VINTAGE)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
World of Young Andrew Jackson
by Suzanne Hilton
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)