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A noteworthy review of The United States Presidents from School Library Journal on November 1, 2020

Cover: George Washington: Our 1st President

Young readers learn about each president’s childhood, their introduction to politics, and time in office. Significant world events that occurred during the president’s tenure are highlighted in boldface to facilitate comprehension and provide historical context. Each title includes a time line, information on the branches of government and the election process, and a glossary. The role of the First Lady is discussed, featuring a page dedicated to her biography and official work. Fun anecdotes are included to humanize the presidents. For example, when Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard, he once rescued a set of false teeth. Above all, this series does not glorify the presidents. Their flaws and failures are mentioned as well as their successes. Andrew Jackson was known as the ’people’s president,’ but he was also a racist who terrorized Native Americans. Thomas Jefferson publicly disavowed slavery, but he enslaved Black people and directly profited from the institution of slavery. VERDICT The United States presidents get a fresh treatment in this fair and informative biography series. Readers will understand that no human is perfect, including the presidents.

—Cathy DeCampli

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George H. W. Bush: Our 41st President NEW
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Harry S. Truman: Our 33rd President NEW
Herbert Hoover: Our 31st President NEW
James A. Garfield: Our 20th President NEW
James Buchanan: Our 15th President NEW
James Earl Carter: Our 39th President NEW
James Madison: Our 4th President NEW
James Monroe: Our 5th President NEW
James Polk: Our 11th President NEW
John Adams: Our 2nd President NEW
John F. Kennedy: Our 35th President NEW
John Quincy Adams: Our 6th President NEW
John Tyler: Our 10th President NEW
Lyndon Baines Johnson: Our 36th President NEW
Martin Van Buren: Our 8th President NEW
Millard Fillmore: Our 13th President NEW
Richard M. Nixon: Our 37th President NEW
Ronald Reagan: Our 40th President NEW
Rutherford B. Hayes: Our 19th President NEW
Theodore Roosevelt: Our 26th President NEW
Thomas Jefferson: Our 3rd President NEW
Ulysses S. Grant: Our 18th President NEW
Warren G. Harding: Our 29th President NEW
William Clinton: Our 42nd President NEW
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William Howard Taft: Our 27th President NEW
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