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Our Country's Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  35 reviews
National Geographic presents the 43 individuals who have led the U.S., plus America's newest commander-in-chief, in this up-to-date, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated family, school, and library reference. It features comprehensive profiles of the 43 former presidents along with timelines and descriptions of crucial events during their terms. Information about the ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by National Geographic Society (first published February 1st 2001)
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Vera Godley
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! Designed to present each of the 43 individuals who have been elected to serve as America's President, it far surpasses a book of mini-biographies of people. It is a compilation of factual information relating to the Office of President of the United States of America, how the Presidency came to be, how the Electoral College works, voting rights, etc.

Sequenced chronologically, the reader can follow through how the country developed under the leadership of each of these
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Jenna Knepp
It was very helpful for someone who wanted to like learn a million things about each president but if you just wanted to know a couple of facts I would just look them up on the internet!:p
Krystle Kouture
I really liked the format of this book. However, I feel like they skimped on some. Any man (except perhaps Harrison) who led our country deserved more than a 1 page writeup.
Kristi Bernard
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
One by one readers will be introduced to the many presidents that have had a chance to make our country what it is today. It all started when a group of men held a meeting and voted in George Washington, the very first president of the United States.

This guide shares timelines of the presidents in chronological order. Each profile is key to the history of each president including their family background, childhood, education, their careers before the presidency and election highlights. There
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
No doubt we are facing some life changing events in history and National Geographic has, once again, put together a book that not only engages the brain, but teaches so much to readers about the presidents of the United States. What I love about this book is that it is stunning, filled with facts and photos that help kids learn about the history of the presidents and so much more. I love that my boys will be fully informed with up-to-date information and well researched facts, while being fully ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Beginning from 1789 through the 2016 presidential election, this book is a chronological, historical reference book perfect for all educational environments. Written for kids 10 years old & up, this book gives readers a comprehensive look into the history of our countries individual presidencies from it's very beginning through the our most recent elections. Great for teachers too, this book also includes an introduction About The Presidency of the USA, and a How To when using this book for ...more
Sara Jo
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book about our presidents that we found at our library. It is not opinionated, just factual. I love all the basic info and signatures on the first page of each.
Brandi Plumlee
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508
Bausum, A. (2012). Our country's presidents: All you need to know about the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Cost: $21.33 (Barnes and Noble)
Dewey Call Number: E176.1 .B28 2009 (Library of Congress)

Reading Level: Teen

Category: Secondary level Non-fiction Reference-Biography

Review Citation: (Could not find enough for a citation, review is below)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8
This update of the 2005 edition includes a
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LAWonder10
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must for any home, school, cityor county library!
In addition to beautifully illustrated information concerning our country presidents, there is a full size (8.9 x11 inch) photograph of each president, including our 45th President Donald Trump! Each President has many "tidbits" of information of their lives and accomplishments in a short bio. In between bios is additional information of interest, such as, the development of the presidency, ideals of America, First Ladies, landmarks,
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Stacie
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
What I noticed right away when I first flipped through the pages of this book is the attention to detail. This book features full pages of the official portraits of each President, including President Donald Trump. This book is large, a little bigger than computer paper and thick. It's more of a coffee table book. The very first page of the book includes a photo of the oval office and President Donald Trump's victory speech. After an overview of the history of the presidency, it takes you right ...more
Kelly Bowles
Bausum, A. (2013). Our Country’s Presidents: All you need to know about the Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Citation by: Kelly Bowles

Type of Reference: Encyclopedia

Call Number: Ref 973.09

Content/Scope: This encyclopedia is designed for grades 4-7. This title is absolutely stuffed full of information, presented in an inviting manner. It gives an overview of the Presidents, including personal lives, humorous stories, political backgrounds,
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Lena White
Bausam, A. (2013). Our country's presidents: All you need to know about the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Washington, DC: National Geographic Children's Books.

Citation by: Lena White

Type of Reference: Biographical Reference

Call Number: j973.099 baus

Content/Scope: This encyclopedia of presidents of the United States contains information on all the presidents from George Washington to Obama. It is 224 pages in length. It contains a bibliography, charts, and lists further
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Leah Clark
Bausum, A. (2013). Our country's presidents: All you need to know about the presidents, from George
Washington to Barack Obama (4th ed.). National Geographic.

Citation By: Leah Clark

Type of Reference: Biographical Reference

Call Number: Ref 973 ; E176.1

Content/Scope: A biographical reference book that contains facts and interesting information about all of the United States Presidents. The content includes basic facts, important events during their administration, and other information targeted to
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Jacob
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Public library copy.

I take my children every week to the library and I'm pleased to have discovered a book about all the of the U.S. President's that gets down to the bare necessities. The book was not as in-depth or dry as a Wikipedia page, but I learned a lot about past President's that I wasn't taught in school. Much of my public education was established with rinse-and-repeat for tests rather than soak-it-in-and-let-it-sit so unfortunately I never bothered to memorize the order of all 43
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Charity
Bausum, A. (2013). Our country's presidents: All you need to know about the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama 4th ed. National Geographic.

Reference Type: Biographical Reference

Call Number: 973.099 BAU

Content/ Scope: This biographical reference is targeted for students in grades 5 and above. The book includes information on each presidents’ personal lives, political backgrounds, and what they are most famous for. Dispersed throughout are facts about White House traditions, the
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Samantha
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a big U.S Presidents kick right now and found this book to be jam-packed full of great information.

The presidents are listed in order from 1 to 44 and each layout follows the same pattern. A full page color painting of the president appears on the left side mirroring a page of text that includes the president's signature, nickname, birth/death, political party, chief opponents, term of office, number of terms, vice president, first lady, children, number of states and number added during
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Amy
A fascinating look into the lives and presidencies of all of our presidents (including Barack Obama)!

Each entry provides the name of the president, a full-page picture, his rank, e.g. George Washington was the 1st and term(s) of office. There is also a fact box and an essay about each president.

The fact box provides details such as a copy of the president's signature, nickname, birthdate & place of birth, political party, chief opponents, term of office, age at innauguration, number of
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Katie Frakes
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books that I have read about presidents because it provides information about every single United States president, including President Obama. This information is given in the format of a full-page picture of a president, the rank of his presidency, a fact box, and an essay about him. This book would work great in an upper-level elementary classroom because it explains each president and what they accomplished during her term. I would use this book in a classroom ...more
Jaclyn
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and think it would be extremely useful in a classroom. This book discusses every president’s term and different aspects of being the president and is organized under different eras. The book begins with the presidency and how it grew with different important dates and small pictures at the bottom of the pages. Each president has a biography that is included and the history of his life along with a self portraits and different drawings or artifacts from their ...more
Michelle
This book is a great book for those who wish to learn about each president. Some presidents have more pages than others because of certain historical actions that occurred during their presidency. I love the quick facts about the presidents on the side next to a large portrait of every president for his page. It's a great reference book and I believe everyone should have it in their own personal library. It's a great book for children as well to teach them about the presidents. I have the ...more
Amy Dennehy
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave a concise description of each president’s term, including Obama. For each president there was a full-page picture, his rank, a fact box, and an essay about their presidency. I think this would be a great book to teach children about United State presidents and he wonderful things they accomplished in their terms. However, since this book reads somewhat like a textbook, it would be hard to read it aloud. It would be more suited for children looking at ...more
Jessica
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I thought this was a good, quick book to learn some interesting facts about each president. Of course, it was published several years ago, so there is a lot missing by way of the Bush administration, and of course the Obama presidency isn't mentioned at all. For the most part, I felt as though the authors were very objective and shared facts, pros and cons, and information without putting personal feelings into the book.
Se Jun Kim
I thought this book was very informational. I didn't like that the book was just information though. It was very boring like that and I wished that it was a bit more exciting to read. I think it would be a good book for a paper, but it definitely isn't something that would be fun to read. However, I enjoyed the book the most when it talked about where the presidents lived and how their lifestyles were like.
Andrew Park
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great, and a valuable resource to me. It had so much information I had never known from looking at other encyclopedias and online articles. The author does a good job of engaging the reader in the text, and even what I thought was "boring" wasn't boring at all. I recommend this for people of ages 11 and up, as this is a great guide, with a few difficult words, into the land of US presidency. Read this, and you will like this book-a lot!
Rob
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Jen
Initially I made fun of my wife for getting this book but ended up reading it since there are questions about the presidents at a weekly trivia event. The book was interesting and informative and I definitely plan to re-read it sometime in the future to commit the order of presidents and their various facts to memory.
Duane
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book for any reader who is interested in the history of our Presidents. With vivid illustrations and photographs, young readers will learn both the good and the bad that each President brought to us. Providing detailed information, this non fiction book will be a huge assett to your youth collection.
Sue
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very complete, very well laid-out. Loved it: just enough--not too much, not too little. Very nice little side stories throughout, not just presidential stuff.

Strangely, I was on page 126-127: "Presidents and the Supreme Court" when Justice Antonin Scalia died . . .
El
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, basic reference of the presidents. This isn't for history fans unless you're first starting out. It was enough for me, someone with only a basic knowledge of these guys when I first began researching them.
Lindsey
Good basic info on each president.
Ellen Bee
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's an encyclopedia of our Presidents...enough said.
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Ann Bausum writes about history for readers of all ages from her home in southern Wisconsin. Her works often focus on under-told stories from the past, and she frequently explores issues of social justice.

Her newest title, The March Against Fear (National Geographic: 2017), is her third work to examine the civil rights movement in the American South. In the case of these and other books, Bausum
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