Government, politics, and leaders

Brezina AmericasRecession 237x300 Government, politics, and leadersBrezina, Corona America’s Recession: The Effects of Economic Downturn
High school 64 pp. Rosen 2011

Headlines! series. This useful hi-lo volume addresses the timely topic of America’s economic recession. Beginning with the housing boom that peaked in 2006, Brezina discusses predatory lending and other causes, then government efforts to combat recession. She also addresses topics such as foreclosure and unemployment, concluding with possible patterns of recovery. Good organization, clear writing, captioned photos, and sidebars deliver the information cleanly. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government/Economics/and Education

Connolly systems Government, politics, and leadersConnolly, Sean Communism
Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Connolly, Sean Democracy
Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Connolly, Sean Dictatorship
Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Connolly, Sean Monarchy
Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012
Connolly, Sean Theocracy
Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012

With a consistently objective tone, these volumes introduce five forms of government. Each system is clearly explained and accompanied by presentation of historical context, examples of the title systems, and social implications and effects. Clean design, text boxes (e.g., “voting booth” questions that engage readers), and crisp photographs support the rich text. Monarchy, Dictatorship, and Communism contain running timelines. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government/Economics/and Education; Politics; Communism; Democracy; Dictators; Monarchy; Kings, queens, and rulers; Religion

freedman lincolndouglass 297x300 Government, politics, and leadersFreedman, Russell Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
Gr. 4-6 119 pp. Clarion 2012

Despite meeting only three times, Lincoln and Douglass formed a lasting friendship based on mutual admiration, respect, and trust. Through this friendship–an extremely effective structure–Freedman surveys the tenor of the times regarding slavery, abolition, the Civil War, and emancipation. Included are period illustrations and a generous assortment of the subjects’ own words. Notes. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; African Americans; Slavery; History, American–Civil War; Douglass, Frederick; Lincoln, Abraham; Friendship; Abolitionists; Presidents–United States

keating georgewashington 226x300 Government, politics, and leadersKeating, Frank George: George Washington, Our Founding Father
Gr. K-3 32 pp. Simon/Wiseman 2012

Illustrated by Mike Wimmer. This picture book biography of George Washington provides a unique glimpse at his life and career, from childhood to his role in the American Revolution to his presidency. The first-person narration and supplemental quotations from his “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation” present an insightful introduction to the founding father’s character. Lush oil-on-canvas paintings add weight and drama. Bib.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Washington, George; History, American–Revolutionary War; Presidents–United States

wood franklinandwinston 250x300 Government, politics, and leadersWood, Douglas Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World
Gr. 4-6 40 pp. Candlewick 2011

Illustrated by Barry Moser. In December 1941, Winston Churchill spent the holidays with Franklin Roosevelt. They formed an alliance to fight the Axis Powers and crafted a charter for the United Nations. Wood’s snapshot of this moment in history includes a few humorous anecdotes that add levity to an otherwise solemn text. Moser based his impressive watercolors on photographs from the period.
Subjects: North America; Roosevelt, Franklin D.; Holidays–Christmas; Churchill, Winston; Presidents–United States; Prime ministers

From the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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