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Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

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Dubya

George W. Bush
Wukovits
2000

Submitter: This book found in my local public library is a 2000 biography on George W. Bush. The last page of the bio states that Mr. Bush has just lost the Michigan primary to John McCain. So this book predates his win in the first election, 9/11, two wars, and his second term. However, my library sees enough here to have 5 copies in its system! Yikes!

Holly: Show some respect, people! Whether you love or hate any former president, at least have the decency to offer a biography that tells the whole story. In Bush, Jr’s case, significant events happened during his presidency that changed life as we know it. Personal politics aside, he’s important. Kids writing reports are going to fail if they work off of this book. It’s complicated enough that there are two President Bush’s. Give a kid a chance!

(Five copies? Really?)

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Let’s Impeach Tricky Dick

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The Living White House

 

The Living White House
Aikman
1966

Submitter: You can see by the date written in pen at the bottom of the [copyright] page that this book was added to the collection in May 1975. Gerald Ford was already the president by then and he came after Richard Nixon!

Holly:  A nice little piece of White House history here, but there are lots of White House history books out there. An archive or museum or some sort of special collection might like this, though.

 

More Presidential Picks:

Citizen President

Let’s Impeach Tricky Dick

Tipper Gore

What Does a Congressman Do?

Yoonited States of Uhmurica

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“Discovery” of North America

Discovery of North America
A Grosset All-Color Guide
Byam
1972

Direct from the kid nonfiction section, all you want to know about the “discovery” of America. (I guess it didn’t exist until some white guys “found” it.) It is a weeder just on the title ALONE. However, if that isn’t enough, check out the pictures and text. My personal favorite is the Viking in the metal bra.

Mary

More history for the kids:

Cotton and the Spinner

Make History Fun With Cartoons!

Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

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