9781624039096. ea vol: 112p. (America's Great Political Families). bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. ABDO. 2016. lib. ed. $24.95. ebk. $37.95.
Gr 6–8—This series explains how forebears influenced recent presidents and their families who assumed the same or similar government positions, shaping politics thereafter. A conversational, encouraging tone and large font promote fast reading, but the language is occasionally melodramatic. Interest is heightened with anecdotes and quotes. Personal flaws, scandals, and gaffes committed in office are included but sometimes given short shrift, as are some of FDR's major policies. While always respecting the chief executives and their legacies, the authors' consistent use of given names helps readers relate personally. Volumes are visually striking, with dramatic dark red, black, and white design elements; excellent photos; colored captions; and many informative sidebars and spreads.
VERDICT A clear, straightforward examination of some 20th-century leaders. Recommended for government, politics, and contemporary American history units.
This well-written, thoroughly researched series delves into the lives and careers of presidential families, providing in-depth looks at multiple family members. From family histories and drama to political scandals, criticisms, and maneuvers, each subject is explored in a clear, objective, and engaging way. Each volume includes archival photos, a family tree, and appended "fun facts." Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind. Review covers the following America's Great Political Families titles: The Kennedys, The Roosevelts, The Bushes, and The Clintons.

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