In this lively, authoritative collection, Thomas J. McInerney
presents famous and lesser-known speeches, letters, and other
important documents from every U.S. president from George
Washington to Barack Obama.
Whether printed in full or excerpted, these history-making
documents are an invaluable resource as well as a fascinating
browse. Including familiar documents such as the Emancipation
Proclamation, to personal correspondence such as a letter from
George H.W. Bush to his children, this collection brings together
the famous statements that came to represent each administration
with intimate glimpses into the thought processes of various
Now in its second edition, "Presidential Documents "has been
re-designed to increase its usefulness in the classroom. Part
openers introduce each era of the American presidency with a
concise political and historical overview, highlighting the
challenges each leader faced, and placing the documents in context.
Whether used as a complement to an American history survey text or
as a collection of primary documents for courses on the American
Presidency, "Presidential Documents" provides an engrossing look at
the work of the leaders of the United States, in all their
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