Suitable for understanding the presidency, both historically and today and for appraising how it and the executive branch have responded to the challenges facing the nation, this title provides readers with quick information and in-depth background on the presidency through a comprehensive encyclopedia of over 300 easy-to-read entries.
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Gerhard Peters is the co-creator, along with John T.Woolley, of The American Presidency Project. Peters is a frequent lecturer on American politics and the presidency at various colleges in southern California. John T. Woolley is professor of political science and department chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. One of the creators of the American Presidency Project,Woolley has written extensively on the president's management of the economy, presidential vetoes, and the study of change in the presidency. Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College. He is also a senior fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and senior contributing editor and book editor of the Cook Political Report. His recent books include Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government (2014), which won the Richard e. Neustadt Award for Best Book on the American Presidency and How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (with John Mason; 2008), which won the V. O. Key Award for outstanding book on southern politics. More than fifty of his articles have been reprinted in anthologies of political science, history, music, sports, and English composition.From Library Journal:
The Presidency A to Z provides a firm reminder that the presidency is not just one person but an entire branch of American government. The second volume in CQ's "Encyclopedia of American Government" series (Volume 1, Congress A to Z, 2d ed. will be published in June and Volume 3, The Supreme Court A to Z , is scheduled for April), this is a browsable, nontechnical reference tool. What makes it unique is the easy-to-use alphabetical arrangement. While the expected biographies of all the presidents from George Washington to George Bush are presented here, the bulk of the book covers the vocabulary (e.g., inauguration), procedures (e.g., veto power), precedents (e.g., Humphrey's Executor v. United States ), and broader concepts relating to the office itself, such as campaign financing, presidential commissions, diplomatic powers, executive orders, and White House departments. None of the articles is more than five pages long, and they are all nicely interrelated by terms printed in capital letters that are treated elsewhere. For example, in the article on "Chief of State," the reader is referred to other articles on "Party Leader," and "Salary and Perquisites." Several appendixes include charts of all the presidents and vice presidents, election summaries, presidential approval graphs, party affiliation and Congress, presidential cabinet members, a flow chart of the U.S. government, a copy of the U.S. Constitution, and a bibliography. Black-and-white photographs and drawings are scattered throughout the text. The Presidency A to Z is a companion to the more comprehensive Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the Presidency ( LJ 3/15/90). Those libraries needing an in-depth reference would probably prefer that work. But public and school libraries will find this version an excellent and well-used source, especially if it is updated on a regular basis. Highly recommended.
- Barbara Keen, Spokane Community Coll. Lib., Wash.
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