The American president is the world’s most powerful and influential political leader. This visual directory of the early presidents looks at the men who were voted to its high office. Each presidency has its own detailed analysis, presented within the context of the key events that shaped the nation – national and international tensions, wars and social developments, as well as the expansion of America Westward. There are fascinating insights into the key figures of American political history such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln, including their social backgrounds, training and career path to the presidency. In addition there is an illustrated overview showing the early history of American politics from which the union of 13 colonies emerged to form a nation. This engrossing volume explores the formation of the United States and the political leaders who helped to steer a course through an historic century. Jon Roper has a special interest in the American presidency, the impact of war on American politics and society, and Anglo-American political ideas. He has edited several books on American political history and contributed to many others.