"To the Best of My Ability": The American Presidents

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James M. McPherson, David Rubel
Dorling Kindersley, 2000 - History - 480 pages
From George Washington to the current Bush administration this is an engaging examination of each of the forty-two Presidents of the United States. Exploring the campaigns, elections, presidency and legacy of each of its leaders, a compelling history of America is revealed. Illustrated with timeless photographs and personal stories, the triumphs and turmoil of a nation are laid bare.

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Introduction Zacmary Taylor
The Presidents by Jean Harvey Raker
i oik i Washington Franklin Pierce

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James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

David Rubel is the author of the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times and the Scholastic Atlas of the United States. He lives in Chatham, New York.

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