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Guide Picks - Top 5 Books on US Presidents
"The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." - Article II, Section 1 - US Constitution. On the other hand, "No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it." - Thomas Jefferson, 1796. Please enjoy this selection of books about great men and mere mortals who have held the Oval Office.
1) "John Adams, by David McCullough"
  Master biographer David McCullough backs up his excellent "Truman" with this best-selling look at America's second president. McCullough highlights Abigail  Adams, who once wrote John "If perticular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."
   
2) "Truman, by David McCullough"
  You decide to drop the first atomic bomb, take on Stalin and fire General Macarthur, and you will have a story to tell. Who better to tell the story of our 33rd president than David McCullough? "I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense enough to do without my persuading them...That's all the powers of the President amount to." - Harry S Truman
   
3) "Presidential Trivia Book Every Household Should Have"
Don't you just love trivia? What can beat the feeling that comes from knowing something nobody else knows? Trouble is, sometimes they say "prove it." Then what do you do? That's right... if it says it in a book, it must be right. The huge compendium of presidential information will not only keep you saying "I never knew that!" for hours, it will settle many an argument and decide many a bet.
   
4) "The Big Book of U.S. Presidents"
An excellent introduction to the presidents and the presidency for younger readers from 9-12 years of age from Todd Davis and Marc E. Frey. Features a unique timeline tying the tenure of each president to facts and fads of their time.
  
5) "Executive Orders: Truman to Clinton"
Presidents often use Executive Orders to direct those agencies under their direct control. However, Executive Orders can be use for much more powerful purposes. NASA was created by Executive Order and President Bush used one to create the Office of Homeland Security. This unique CD-ROM book features all Executive Orders issued by Presidents Truman through Clinton, as well as many by George W. Bush.
   
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