Item description for The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections (Routledge Atlases of American History) by Yanek Mieczkowski...
From the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 through the election of 2000, "The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections" traces every presidential race in U.S. history. A variety of colorful, clearly presented maps, graphs and illustrations place national results at the reader's fingertips and provide insights into local and regional trends that played decisive roles in determining who was elected and how. This atlas also illuminates major themes in electoral politics ranging from the role of status, voter anxiety, and ethnic conflict to the influence of corporations and campaign contributors. Historically accurate and up-to-date, "The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections" offers a refreshing treatment of the political contests that have shaped the nation. Also inlcludes 25 color maps.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections (Routledge Atlases of American History) by Yanek Mieczkowski has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Rec Ref Bks for Small/Med Libr - 01/01/2002 page 138
Booklist - 07/01/2001 page 2036
Library Journal - 08/01/2001 page 92
School Library Journal - 11/01/2001 page 90
American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2002 page 337
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.98" Width: 7.02" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 21, 2001
ISBN 0415921392 ISBN13 9780415921398
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More About Yanek Mieczkowski
Yanek Mieczkowski received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He teaches at Dowling College.
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An excellent resource Jun 19, 2003
Having the privilege of studying under Dr. Mieczkowski for 2 full years, as well as having worked as research assistant and having him as my Undergraduate advisor at Dowling College on Long Island, I can affirm to you that Dr. Mieczkowski is definitely a well-educated and intelligent person. This book helps to prove that point.
I agree with other reviewers that the book did require some better editing. There are noticable errors in it, particularly in the maps. Otherwise, this book is very handy. The summarizations of each election, dating back to the first ever Presidential election to the most recent Presidential election of 2000, are short, concise and well-researched. Some of the more pivotal and landmark elections generally have more information. The accuracy and detail of each summary definitely shows the extensive research that went into the book.
This book proved to be a very handy and crucial resource to me in my studies at Dowling College, and is an excellent resource to any Presidential or general American Historian. Despite minor flaws, this is a worthwhile book and I highly recommend it to any professor looking for a secondary class resource or to any student looking for a resource to help them in their studies.
A helpful, albeit flawed, resource Oct 22, 2002
I agree with the other reviews: this is a useful and attractive book, but more care could have been taken with it. To add to the errors that have already been pointed out, the map for the 1988 election erroneously gives the DC electoral votes to Bush rather than Dukakis, and no explanation is given about Bentsen's single electoral vote. Also, Millard Filmore is not included in the list of presidents at the end of the book, even though the other "unelected" presidents are. The text does not mention that he succeeded Zachary Taylor, and his partial term as president is only mentioned in passing in relation to his later presidential bid.
Pretty, and pretty useful, but needed better editing Jun 7, 2001
As the previous reviewer pointed out, the atlas called West Virginia for Gore last year, which would have given him the election. On the other hand, in the foreword, the author states Gore received 300,000 more votes than Bush, when actually it was a more than 500,000 vote margin - so perhaps he was trying to compensate.
These were far from the only mistakes.
The Atlas also gave Louisiana to Stevenson in 1956 (despite saying in the accompanying text "Louisiana went for a Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1876"), one of many occasions in which the maps contradict the text.
In its summary of 1936, the text says "Maine had been a bellwether state, voting for the winning candidate since 1860" (in fact, it voted for the losing candidate in 1884, 1892, 1916 and 1932), and "Landon even lost his home state of Kansas, which had voted Republican in every election since its entry into the Union in 1861" (in fact, it voted Populist in 1892 and Democratic in 1896, 1912, 1916 and 1932).
In its summary of 1928, the text says "Smith won only seven states, six in the South plus Massacuhsetts." In fact, Smith won eight states, including Rhode Island, which is also missed on the map.
The map gives Pennsylvania to Cleveland in 1888, when it voted Republican.
There are numerous other errors and omissions - the text leaves out Washington when mentioning the states Bryan lost from 1896-1900; it claims Filmore carrying Maryland in 1856 was the first time a third party won votes in the Electoral College, when the Anti-Masons carried Vermont in 1832; it claims Pierce failed to win a majority of the popular vote in 1852, when the pie chart next to the text gives him 50.9%; it gives Adams instead of Burr four states in the Congressional balloting that decided the election of 1800.
Concise, colorful, but one glaring error. May 25, 2001
You can tell a lot of painstaking research and time went into this atlas...which makes the one glaring error especially surprising. In the map of the 2000 election, the author has West Virginia colored in for the Democrat, Al Gore. Normally, this would be the case, but this was no normal election. WV went handily for Bush this time. And with the electoral vote so close, this is significant because the map as colored in the book indicates a Gore victory. How soon we forget...
Excellent resource! May 19, 2001
This thin, significant book has a wonderful layout in regards to presenting the information for each presidential election in our nation's history. There are maps, pictures, charts and writings pertaining to each presidential election. The information provided in the book is of great value and quite easy to find.
The book can be used with a wide array of individuals with different reading levels. A superb book to have for a class, and a must-have for any political scientist, historian, or avid student of politics.