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The Presidents Fact Book

The Achievements, Campaigns, Events, Triumphs, and Legacies of Every President

By Roger Matuz

  • Paperback
  • £20.99

Published in time for the 2017 inauguration, this revised paperback edition is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide on the presidents and includes the milestones of the 2016 election.

The Presidents Fact Book is a complete compendium of all things presidential and a sweeping survey of American history through the biographical lens of every president from George Washington through Barack Obama.

Organized chronologically by president, each entry covers the major accomplishments and events of the presidential term; cabinet members, election results, groundbreaking legislation, and Supreme Court appointments; personality and personal habits; career before the presidency; a behind-the-scenes look at the wives, families, friends, and foes; and much more, including hobbies, odd behaviors, and outlandish penchants. Major primary documents from each administration-from the Bill of Rights to Barack Obama's speech on race in America-provide a glimpse into the crucial moments of America's storied past in the words of those who were at the helm.

Perfect for students, history buffs, and political junkies, The President's Fact Book is at once an expansive collage of our nation's 45 individual presidents and a comprehensive view of American history.

Biographical Notes

Roger Matuz writes about American History and culture and develops electronic resources in conjunction with school, academic, and trade publishers. His areas of specialty include popular culture and media. He lives in Michigan.

Bill Harris is a freelance editor and the author who worked at The New York Times for twenty-five years. He currently lives in Texas.

Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of several nonfiction books, including Failures of the Presidents and Stealing Lincoln's Body, which was adapted into a documentary by the History Channel. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780316435284
  • Publication date: 26 Jan 2017
  • Page count: 832
  • Imprint: Black Dog & Leventhal
Hachette Australia

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Authors:
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Hachette Australia

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Hachette Australia

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