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Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency, 6-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Nancy Beck Young, Ph.D.
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816067449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6744-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $550.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2013
  • Dewey Number: 352
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 3056


No subject in American history has wider universal appeal than the presidency. Invented at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the institution of the presidency has evolved into the most powerful elected position the world has ever known. For many students and general readers, the presidency—and individual presidents—are the entryway into studying our nation's past, providing a face and personality for understanding an era and grasping the essential issues, themes, and events of American history.

Complete Coverage of Every U.S. President and Administration

The landmark reference to this important topic, the six-volume Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency devotes one comprehensive chapter to each U.S. president and his administration. Each presidential chapter—featuring a biography, an article on the presidential campaign, and an article on the president's administration—provides students and readers with all the information they need to understand the president and his era. Also included in each chapter are articles on every major event, law, incident, and action that took place during the president's term in office. In addition, every chapter contains biographical essays on the first lady and vice president, as well as a social history essay on a key innovation of the era. Vital reference features in each chapter include a presidential fact box; an election map with complete vote tallies by state; tables listing the president's cabinet, Supreme Court appointments, and congressional leaders; chronologies of the president's life and administration; a generous assortment of original documents; and an extensive bibliography.

Thematic Articles on Vital Topics

In addition, one volume of the encyclopedia features thematic articles on critical topics, including the origins of the presidency, evolution of presidential power, presidential election process, presidency and political parties, presidency and Congress, presidency and the judiciary, presidency and the military, presidency and the press, presidency and popular culture, "imperial presidency," and presidential powers compared with executive authority abroad.

Unparalleled Depth and Breadth

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency is the most comprehensive and detailed reference on the presidency ever published. Fully illustrated and covering more than 200 years of American history, this groundbreaking new resource offers a wealth of information for students, scholars, and the general public.


Black-and-white illustrations. Maps and charts. Index. Bibliographies. Chronologies. Primary sources. Tables. In six volumes.

About the Author(s)

Nancy Beck Young, Ph.D., is a professor of history and chair of the history department at the University of Houston. An award-winning biographer and expert in American government and the presidency, she has written and edited several books, including Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II; The Documentary History of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidency (16 vols.); Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture; and Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, and the American Dream, which won the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress.

Reviews and Awards

"Comprehensive...provides complete coverage of every president and administration...this work is well researched, well written, and easily understood...Highly recommended."


"This definitive scholarly resource is for serious students and teachers. These six volumes allow students to gain insight into...the presidency. Highly Recommended."

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