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John Quincy Adams
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John Quincy Adams

By Robert V Remini

This book is in very good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. There is no bumping or fraying. The pages are white, crisp, and clear of any markings. "Toward the end of the presidential campaign of 1824, John Quincy Adams, one of the four candidates for the office, left his duties as secretary of state in Washington and returned to his home in Quincy, Massachusetts, there to roam around the cemetery and look at tombstones of his ancestors and meditate on the past and future. He walked among the graves of the four generations of his father's family. He singled out the tomb of Henry Adams, the first to come from England and settle in Braintree, now Quincy, around 1640; then there was Joseph Adams, Sr., and his wife Abagail Baxter, and Joseph Adams, Jr., and his second wife, Hannah Bass...." - Chapter One from John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents

$35.22

The Fourth President
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The Fourth President

By John Patrick Diggins

This book is in very good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the coverboards. There is no bumping, or fraying on the coverboards, and the pages are clear of any markings. The pages are white, crisp, and in excellent condition. "John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on October 19, 1735, the fourth-generation descendent of Henry Adams, who arrived in America with his wife, Edith, about 1636. Of yeoman stock, pious, frugal, and hardworking, Henry died a decade after settling in Braintree, leaving eight sons and a daughter, a house with two rooms, a farm of forty acres on which ranged a cow, heifer, and swine, and a modest library of treasured books. One son, Joseph, followed in his father's footsteps and, married to Abigail Baxter, had no less then twelve children. Their son Joseph Adams, Jr. married Hannah Bass, great-granddaughter of John and Priscilla Alden of the Plymouth landing and Mayflower epic. Their son, the first John Adams, married Susan Boylston, the daughter of a family in Massachusetts medical history. Into the Adams-Boylston marriage was born John Adams, the eldest of the three sons...." -Chapter One from John Adams (The American Presidents Series, No. 2)

$31.13

James K. Polk
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James K. Polk

By Thomas M Leonard

This book is in very good condition. There is minimal wear on the covers, There is no bumping or fraying. The pages are clear of any markings. "A steady rain fell upon the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1845, forty-one year-old James K. Polk took the oath of office as the eleventh president of the United States. The youngest chief executive until that time, Polk brought with him twenty-two years of political experience that gave him the confidence to successfully deal with the national challenges before him. But, could he? Did Polk understand the immense changes that the United States had undergone since 1823 when he began his political career? The Jeffersonian America into which Polk was born in 1795 differed greatly from the America of 1845 when he assumed the presidency. From the original thirteen states, the country now numbered twenty-seven, with Texas awaiting admission to the Union, By the 1840s people had moved into the Louisiana Territory and many Americans learned about the wonders of the Far West from their reading of Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, and the reports from the Navy's Charles Wilkes and the Army's Captain John C. Fremont...." - Chapter One from James K. Polk A Clear and Unquestionable Destiny

$57.57

Chester Alan Arthur
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Chester Alan Arthur

By Zachary Karabell

This book is in very good condition. There is no wear on the front, back. edges and spine of the coverboards. There is no bumping or fraying on the coverboards. The pages are white, crisp and clear of any markings. "Chet Arthur? President of the United States? Good God!" It was not exactly what he wanted to hear, but then again, it was not exactly the best way to become president. Chester Alan Arthur hadn't wanted to become the nation's chief executive. He certainly hadn't aspired to be Vice President - after all, who did? But he had been asked, and he had said yes, never imagining that he would inadvertently set in motion a series of events that would culminate with the assassination of President James A. Garfield and his own elevation to the presidency...." - Chapter One from Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885

$12.59

With Kennedy
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With Kennedy

By Pierre Salinger

This book is in good condition. There I some wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners are bumped. There are markings on the inside of the front cor board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but free of any markings. "On the morning of November 19, 1963, I received a letter from a woman in Dallas, Texas. She wrote: Don't let the President come down here. I'm worried about him. I think something terrible will happen to him...." - From Chapter I, Lancer to Wayside, With Kennedy

$22.22

A Call To Action
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A Call To Action

By Jimmy Carter

This book is in good condition.The dust jacket is fair condition. There is significant wear on the front, back and spine of the dust jacket. There are also stains on the dust jacket as well as wear on the edges and bumping on the corners. The cover boards have a minimal amount of wear on all sides. There is little to no wear on the edges of the cover boards and slight bumping. The pages are beginning to yellow and tan, but are clear from any markings. "All the elements in this book concerning prejudice, discrimination, war, violence, distorted interpretations of religious texts, physical and mental abuse, poverty, and disease fall disproportionately on women and girls. I saw the ravages of racial prejudice as I grew up in the Deep South, when for a century the U.S. Supreme Court and all other political and social authorities accepted the premise that black people were, in some basic ways, inferior to white people. Even those in the dominant class who disagreed with the presumption remained relatively quiet and enjoyed the benefits of the prevailing system. Carefully selected Holy Scriptures were quoted to justify this discrimination in the name of God...." - Introduction from A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

$20.03

Robert E. Lee
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Robert E. Lee

By Earl Schenck Miers

This book is in good condition. The cover has some wear on the front, back, spine, edges and cover. There is a stain on the front cover of the book. The binding is tight and solid. The pages inside are yellowed and tanned. This book is signed by author, Hudson Strode, a very famous historical writer, and not the actual author. This book has no dust cover. The Army of Northern Virginia is the best-known and most successful of all the Confederate armies in the American Civil War. Its mark on the popular consciousness is so strong that many people believe that it was the Confederate Army; that General Robert E. Lee was the ranking Confederate general for the entire war; and that Appomattox, where it surrendered to its Union foes in the Army of the Potomac in April 1865, was the place where the war ended.

$12.50

The Presidency of Franklin Pierce
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The Presidency of Franklin Pierce

By Larry Gara

This book is is very good condition. The previous owners name is written inside the front board and stamped on the front end page. But other than this and a missing dust jacket it is near perfect. Franklin Pierce was one of the least known, least liked, and least successful presidents in American history. In this new study of his administration, historian Larry Gara makes no attempt to revive Pierce's reputation. Instead he provides a clear analysis of Pierce's shortcomings as well as his few successes. Franklin Pierce's administration (1853-1857) spanned a turbulent period in the life of the nation: North-South polarization reached new extremes due, in part, to Pierce's failure to understand the depth of Free Soil sentiment in the North; the Kansas-Nebraska Act and its aftermath made civil war likely, if not inevitable; and Pierce's apology for southern actions served only to widen the rift. The term "Bleeding Kansas" came to symbolize the failures of Pierce's administration. Pierce's few achievements were in the realm of foreign policy. In fact, Gara points out, the Pierce years were an important chapter in the history of American imperialisma time when Japan was opened to the West, U.S. trade in Central America and Asia was expanded, and additional land was acquired from Mexico. Pierce also initiated discussions on acquiring Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Nicaragua, Formosa, the Dominican Republic, the Guano islands of the Pacific, and Cuba. In this twenty-fourth volume of the American Presidency Series, Gara provides a clear, tough-minded analysis of the Pierce administration and a fair, though generally negative, assessment the man and the president.

$28.81

Jefferson Davis (Three Volume Set)
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Jefferson Davis (Three Volume Set)

By Hudson Strode

This is a three volume set. American Patriot has slate gray cloth spine, black boards; light rubbing and a few spots of white discoloration to both boards, silver and dark orange stamping to front board and spine remains bright. Burgundy top edge; slight toning/foxing to fore-edge and bottom edge; toning to blank endpapers. Interior pages are, overall, quite clean. Binding is firm. Previous owners stamp occurs on front board and Hudson Strode's signature occurs on front page. Confederate President has dark red cloth spine, deep purple boards; silver and black stamping to front board and spine remains bright. Bluish-gray top edge; slight foxing to fore-edge and bottom edge. Light gray endpapers with front endpapers having map illustration "Theater of Operations in the East 1861-1865" and rear endpapers having map illustration "Theater of Operations in the West 1861-1865." Some foxing to b/w frontispiece portrait leaf with adjoining pages affected likewise. Interior pages are otherwise clean. Binding is firm. Tragic Hero has Light blue cloth spine, dark aquamarine boards; silver and black stamping to front board and spine remains bright. Dull green top edge; touch of foxing to fore-edge and corners. Faint toning evident to aquamarine endpapers; some foxing to b/w frontispiece portrait leaf with adjoining pages affected likewise. Interior pages are otherwise clean. Binding is loose but still intact. This set of 3 books will require additional postage with this purchase.

$100.00

The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr.
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The Presidency of James Earl Carter, Jr.

By Burton I. Kaufman

This book is in very good condition. The only problem is the previous owners name is written on the inside front cover and stamped on the front end page and stamped also on page 215. Also, included with this book is an actual invitation from the Inauguration of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. He has been called America's greatest ex-president, a man who lost the White House after one term but went on to become a respected spokesman for peace and human rights. Burton Kaufman's book on the Carter years was hailed as the best account of his administration. This new edition probes more deeply into Jimmy Carter's approach to the presidency and the issues that he faced, placing his tenure in that office more squarely in the context of the fundamental changes taking place in America while he served. It features more information on his foreign and environmental policies and expanded coverage of his personal background-both his upbringing and naval career-along with insights into his wife's activist role. Drawing on Carter's previously unavailable Handwriting File, as well as on new oral histories and Carter's own books, Burton and Scott Kaufman show the ways in which Carter had the opportunity—but failed—to be a successful transitional president for the Democrats. They argue that by the fall of 1978 he had become a more effective leader than during the first part of his presidency but could not undo his earlier mistakes and continued to make serious errors of political judgment. Weighing achievements such as the Alaska Land Bill with shortcomings such as disarray within the White House and strained relations with Congress, the authors re-examine the world events that shaped Carter's presidency, from Koreagate and the Cuban boatlift to the Camp David accords and the Iran hostage crisis. They explore bureaucratic infighting over his human rights policies, describing how the administration's position changed with greater emphasis on security issues after 1979; they also examine the issue of arms control in the light of newly opened Soviet archives and argue that the Vance-Brzezinski dispute was more profound than had originally been thought.

$52.80

The Presidency of John Quincy Adams
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The Presidency of John Quincy Adams

By Mary W. M. Hargreaves

This book is in very good condition. The only problem is the previous owners name is stamped on the front end page and on page 303. Historians have not been generous in judging the presidency of John Quincy Adams. Those who have most conspicuously upheld Adamss fame have, at the same time, virtually ignored his service in the White House. Critics, on the other hand, have described his administration as a failure, founded upon bargain and corruption and marked by exclusion of the United States from the British West Indian trade, the ineffectiveness of its efforts to promote strong Pan-American relationships, and the enactment of the tariff of abominations. Some analysts have even argued that it generated the sectionalism which terminated the Era of Good Feelings. Mary Hargreaves contends, instead, that the basic effort of Adamss presidency was to harmonize divergent sectional interests. To ignore the Adams administrations commitment to nationalism, she argues, is to overlook a fundamental stage in the establishment of the federal government as guardian of the general interest. The volume contains new information on the development of United States commercial policy, the nations early relationships with Latin America, and difficulties of local and regional adjustment to the growth of the national economy. It will be of keen interest to all students of the economic and political history of the early national period.

$24.27

Grover Cleveland
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Grover Cleveland

By Allan Nevins

The hard cover has seen a good amount of wear. The lettering on the cover is worn. The previous owner's name is written on the first page. The pages are tanning. With 766 pages of text, this biography quickly proves comprehensive, scholarly and extremely detailed. The breadth of the author's knowledge of Cleveland and his era is breathtaking and I can hardly imagine a more thorough or thoughtful review of this former president.Published twenty-four years after Cleveland's death, this biography benefits from a chronological proximity to its subject but lacks the perspective which can only be derived from the passage of time. Some bias in favor of Cleveland is clear and in the end Nevins overestimates the durability of Cleveland's legacy and lasting impression.

$50.50

Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson

By Fawn M. Brodie

The cover has some wear. The previous owner's name is marked on the inside front cover. The outside of the pages are dark. Based on family correspondence and "unused newspaper and manuscript sources", Brodie "illuminates the relationship between Jefferson's inner life and his public life".

$8.05