Facts About the Presidents

H. W. Wilson. 9th ed. ed. Jan. 2022. 1,085p. ISBN 9781642658958. Tr. REF
This ready-reference classic, last published when Barack Obama was Commander in Chief, retains its status as a comprehensive and authoritative single volume source of statistics and factual details related to the American presidency and the men who served in the office. Part I contains extensive biographical information on all 46 presidents in chronological order, including Joe Biden (through November 2021). Each profile is packed with pages of family history, election statistics, cabinet appointments, important dates, and key moments. It concludes with a list of resources for further reading. More than 200 images depicting the presidents, vice presidents, first ladies, and other people, places, and events associated with them supplement the text. For example, Thomas Jefferson’s profile has pictures of Aaron Burr, George Clinton, Monticello, and the Declaration of Independence. Part II contains comparative data on both the presidents and the office of the presidency. The fun begins as political information and details about the politics of the time give way to unique and esoteric personal data, such as that on White House weddings, favorite foods, nicknames, Zodiac signs, and last words. Presidential salaries, a description of the presidential seal, and requirements to be president are representative of presidential office topics. The compilation is fun to browse and a wonderful source of trivia for presidential buffs. Moreover, having all this information in one place saves researchers time from searching online or consulting multiple print sources. Equally important, it works extremely well as a dependable source for student reports at all levels with multiple examples of MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style citations.
VERDICT Remains a standard of excellence for readers who never tire of learning things about American presidents and for researchers who want a well-organized and up-to-date source on the topic.
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