Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States. In a country with a rich history of racial animosities, Obama represents a notable deviation in the trajectory of America's presidential history. At the close of his second term in office, a survey of the personalities and events associated with his presidency is fitting. In this walk through recent history we will be keen to point out the president's successes, failures, and challenges. Governing in a society ripe with ideological and partisan polarization, the Obama Administration was surrounded by controversy, much of it manufactured by his opponents but salient nonetheless. This volume will attempt to provide perspective and clarity on the most important individuals and experiences connected to Obama during his eight years in office, but also his early life. Information included in this volume also includes discussion of his transition out of office and events taking place at the beginning of the Donald Trump Administration.
This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Barack Obama Administration contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, including the president, his advisors, his family, his opponents, and his critics, as well as members of Congress, military leaders, and international leaders. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Barack Obama.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 478
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 40 mm
Edition: Second Edition
Pomante (Tulane) and Schraufnagel (Northern Illinois) provide a valuable service to researchers with this expanded version of their historical handbook, published in 2014. It now incorporates President Barack Obama's second term. The benefits of edited volumes in print or electronic formats include the provision of context as well as valuable third-party fact-checking through peer review before publication. In addition to the A-Z entries, readers get a chronology, cross references, and useful appendices on the cabinet, presidential and mid-term election returns (and their analyses), executive orders, veto activities, and Roper Center-sourced public approval ratings. A bibliography, which will grow in time, and black-and-white photographs with descriptive captions join the list of this compendium's components. Although the evaluation of this period may change, this book provides an essential background of facts and figures. Curiously, other books in this series designate particular presidents' terms as "eras" (e.g., Nixon-Ford, Reagan-Bush, and George W. Bush); 44th's is described as "administration." Obama was a consequential president, and this apparently first complete dictionary on his presidency is an essential contribution to the fields of history and political science.
Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *