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William Jefferson Clinton (Profiles of the Presidents)

by Ann Heinrichs

Publisher: Coughlan Publishing
Pages: 24
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780756502072






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Synopsis of William Jefferson Clinton (Profiles of the Presidents)

Discusses the life and accomplishments of the Democrat who was elected president to two successive terms, 1992 and 1996.

Karen Leggett - Children's Literature

Americans old and young have heard about Clinton's birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. Here we learn how his father lost his life in a truck accident on his way to a better job in Chicago; we learn a bit about the abusive life he lived with his stepfather along with the glory and significance of such early experiences as meeting President John F. Kennedy. "Politics was the life for him," Clinton decided. There is an apologetic, defensive and sometimes very supportive tone to much of this particular biography: "Few presidents have suffered more public attacks than Clinton did. Yet no president gave the nation a longer period of economic good times." Each profile is indexed with a list of historical sites, websites, additional books, and a glossary. The type is large, with frequent photos and other illustrations. The timeline for each president offers two columns with personal and world events side by side. Students can see, for example, that when Clinton was their age, Disneyland opened and Fidel Castro first came to power in Cuba. The style and writing quality vary from book to book, but the series provides interesting reading and a good resource for student research. 2002, Compass Points Books,

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Children's Literature

Americans old and young have heard about Clinton's birthplace in Hope, Arkansas. Here we learn how his father lost his life in a truck accident on his way to a better job in Chicago; we learn a bit about the abusive life he lived with his stepfather along with the glory and significance of such early experiences as meeting President John F. Kennedy. "Politics was the life for him," Clinton decided. There is an apologetic, defensive and sometimes very supportive tone to much of this particular biography: "Few presidents have suffered more public attacks than Clinton did. Yet no president gave the nation a longer period of economic good times." Each profile is indexed with a list of historical sites, websites, additional books, and a glossary. The type is large, with frequent photos and other illustrations. The timeline for each president offers two columns with personal and world events side by side. Students can see, for example, that when Clinton was their age, Disneyland opened and Fidel Castro first came to power in Cuba. The style and writing quality vary from book to book, but the series provides interesting reading and a good resource for student research. 2002, Compass Points Books,
— Karen Leggett

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Good-quality photographs and clear, accessible texts create instant appeal for these presidential profiles. Each volume provides insightful chapters about each man's youth, family, and education, revealing not only how they launched him into politics but also sustained him through his political life. Burgan describes FDR's rapid ascent to national prominence in 1932, explaining how that election centered on Americans' hope of finding a leader to help them survive the Great Depression. There is a candid discussion of his bout with polio that crippled his body yet molded his belief that he could overcome anything. Subsequent chapters chronicle the war years and his legacy as the country's only four-term president. Disappointingly, there is little mention of Eleanor Roosevelt, a gross omission in light of her active involvement in his domestic and foreign policies. The presence and power of the First Lady are more evident in Heinrichs's volume. It chronicles our nation's 42nd president's bumpy personal and political life as well as his two tumultuous terms in the White House, where he by turns ennobled and disgraced the office. Whether discussing Clinton's intellectual prowess, his enormous personal charm, or his impeachment, the author is evenhanded and concludes that "Few presidents have suffered more public attacks than Clinton did. Yet no president gave the nation a longer period of economic good times." Both of these compact volumes are broad enough in scope to be useful to general readers and to students seeking information for reports.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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