Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Chronology of the U.S. Presidency

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Chronology of the U.S. Presidency

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Chronology of the U.S. Presidency. Ed. by Mathew Manweller. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 4 vols. acid free $399 (ISBN: 9781598846454). E-book available (ISBN: 9781598846461), call for pricing.

The highest office of the US government, the presidency, has been held by forty-three men. Each of these presidents came to office with their own vision of the presidency, which would not only help shape the nation, but would also shape and expand the powers of the executive branch. Chronology of the U.S. Presidency, a four volume reference set, chronicles each United States president from George Washington to Barack Obama. Edited by Mathew Manweller, associate professor of political science at Central Washington University, this set is targeted toward high school and undergraduate students.

Organized chronologically, entries for each of the forty-three presidents follow an identical format, with each including the following sections: basic statistics, presidential biography, first family biography, cabinet member overview, chronological list of key dates and events, primary source documents, and a bibliography. Chronology also includes an excellent introductory essay expounding upon the history and extraordinary growth of the American presidency and its expansion of powers. Finally, this work concludes with an equally important essay that further explains the powers, structure, and process of the presidency and how the office has changed over time.

Chronology stands out for its uniform organization, inclusion of basic electoral statistics, and a superb overview of the key elements of each administration including the role of the commander-in-chief's cabinet members and the contributions of each First Lady. This work not only includes information about the first families and cabinet members, it also provides the reader with several abridged primary source documents from each president. …

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