The American President by Kathryn Moore

The American President by Kathryn Moore

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Kathryn Moore

Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis
History News
Network - 4/03


The Myth of Tom and Sally
The Washington Times - 1/8/99


Half a Million Purple Hearts
American Heritage - Dec/Jan 2001



Other books by
Kathryn Moore

Dear Harry...
Truman's Mailroom, 1945-1953



(Chapter "Half a Million Purple Hearts")


Books on the Presidents by Kathryn Moore and her friends and colleagues

The American President
A Complete History
From George Washington to Barack Obama

by Kathryn Moore


Softcover - 678 pages
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
ISBN: 978-1-4351-4602-0

With Detailed Biographies
and Historical Timelines

Covers the administration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, through his first term in office.

New $14.09 Can $23.95



Digital and Hardcover - 807 pages
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
ISBN: 978-0-7607-8095-4

With Detailed Biographies, Historical Timelines, and Inaugural Speeches
Covers the final years of the George W. Bush administration and Barack Obama through his inauguration as our 44th president.

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From the Publisher
After four years in the White House, Martin Van Buren quipped, "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." Even Thomas Jefferson--one of the country's Founding Fathers--struggled with the realities of the job, saying, "No man will ever bring out of the presidency the reputation which carried him into it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends."

An American president must ultimately take responsibility for the direction of the country, an ideal succinctly expressed by Harry S. Truman, who told his fellow citizens that "the buck stops here." Embracing that sense of responsibility may have been easier for some presidents--Calvin Coolidge and William Jefferson Clinton, for instance, both held the office during economic booms--than for others, who served during more trying times. But even presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who occupied the White House at a time of war, nonetheless resolutely took up the gauntlet of protecting and improving the social and economic welfare of the American people.

Of course, hard times test the mettle of every president, however golden the age in which he serves, because the problems of the country--and the world--are often left at the president's feet. And though he can rely on the counsel of his Cabinet as well as the Congress and Senate, the burden of making each decision, not to mention accepting the consequences, rests squarely on his shoulders alone. As John F. Kennedy remarked, "No easy problem ever comes to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them."

And what is life like after a president's term ends? After the inaugural speeches, State of the Union addresses, summits and conferences, bills passed or vetoed, a president leaves office feeling an enormous sense of relief. But, of course, this isn't the only emotion these men deal with in retrospect. Frequently, with more time to contemplate the past, regret also becomes a companion for some ex-presidents. In his memoirs, Lyndon B. Johnson confided, "I regretted more than anyone could possibly know that I was leaving the White House without having achieved a just, an honorable, and a lasting peace in Vietnam."

Within the pages of The American President: A Complete History--perhaps the most authoritative and readable single-volume reference work of its kind--historian Kathryn Moore presents a riveting narrative of each president's personal and political experiences in and out of office, along with illuminating facts and statistics about each administration, fascinating timelines of national and world events, astonishing trivia, and much more besides. These details are here woven together to present a complex and nuanced portrait of the American presidency, from the nation's infancy to today.

The American President is a ready reference that any teacher of American history or American government will find useful to have. The layout provides quick access to key facts, e.g, members of a president's cabinet, personal data, inaugural addresses, plus both U.S. and world timelines. Each chapter provides a quick refresher before a lecture on a topic relevant to a particular president.
The American President is a very useful, one-volume encyclopedia. It contains a comprehensive index and has the added advantage of even being cheaper than even the average trade paperback book.
The American President is a fact-filled, easy-to-navigate reference well suited for library use. It should be in all school libraries ranging from middle and high school to college and university collections.
Harry S. Truman:
of Hiroshima

Monthly Features:
September -- It’s “Back to School” time.  Discover what kind of students our presidents were in their early days.
October-- Celebrate the birthday of Theodore Roosevelt who was of one of our nation’s most gregarious leaders.  He truly had a “bully time“ as president.
November -- Last years election was historic in many ways.  Take a look back at other presidential elections that were anything but usual.
December -- Over the years, the White House has become not only the presidential home but the site of numerous traditions, not the least of which is Christmas.  See how first families have celebrated this holiday in this most special home.
January -- Begin the start of a new year by learning how different presidents made their own historic "firsts."
February -- "Love is in the air" when three of our presidents become bridegrooms.  See how Cupid's arrow struck Presidents Tyler, Cleveland, and Wilson, who found time to woo and wed their brides while also running the country.

March -- In honor of Women's History month, learn more about our first triumverate of First Ladies--Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison.

April -- Spring is here.  Discover what pasttimes have been favored by our chief executives.

May -- “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!” became his campaign slogan, and it aptly fit the man from Independence, Missouri.  Learn more about Harry Truman, and how he came to be one of the twentieth century’s key presidents.


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