Taylor & Francis Publishing This fascinating multi-volume set illuminates the panorama of American history through the personal and professional stories of the nation's presidents. Arranged chronologically, and covering George Washington to George W. Bush, it juxtaposes the lives of each year's current, former, and future living presidents against each other and the historical backdrop of their times. Each chapter opens with a summary of the year and describes the major issues and events the incumbent president faced. Separate sections within each chapter - "Former Presidents" and "Future Presidents" - detail important developments in the lives of past and future presidents month by month during that same year, highlighting political, social, and personal decisions that helped shape the course of American history.
Book News This three-volume reference offers an unusual approach to history. In a brief introduction, which is included in each volume, Nelson (whose credentials are not stated) enthusiastically explains his interest in presenting snapshot-like profiles of each year, beginning with 1732 and ending with 2000. For each, narrative entries describe what was happening in terms of the administration's activities as well as what was happening in the lives and careers of former presidents, and of future presidents. Entries range in length from a single line (e.g. "Ulysses S. Grant, 2, was an infant in Ohio") to many paragraphs. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)