Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-5381-1151-2 • Hardback • April 2018 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
978-1-5381-1152-9 • eBook • April 2018 • $110.00 • (£85.00)
Michael J. Pomante II received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northern Illinois University in 2016. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University. He is the co-author of research that has been published in American Politics Research.
Scot Schraufnagel is a former Peace Corp volunteer serving in Sierra Leone West Africa; he has a PhD in political science from Florida State University and has been studying the United States Congress and the Presidency for the past 20 years. His research appears in leading political science journals and he is the author of the Historical Dictionary of the United States Congress.
Editor’s Foreword Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
A. Barack Obama’s Cabinet
B. Barack Obama’s Presidential Election Victories in Historical Context
C. Barack Obama’s Midterm Election in Historical Context: Contemporary Era
D. Barack Obama’s Executive Orders in Historical Context: Contemporary Era
E. Barack Obama’s Veto Activity in Historical Context: Contemporary Era
F. Public Approval Rating of Barack Obama in Historical Context: Contemporary Era
G. Barack Obama’s Legislative Success in Historical Context: Contemporary Era
About the Authors
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 Reviews
Concise and clearly written, the information provided here will be very useful to all those interested in this landmark time in American political history. Academic, school, and public libraries should certainly consider adding this work, either in paper or as an e-book.
— American Reference Books Annual
• Winner, Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2018)