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Five Presidents – Book Review

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Clint Hill, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, reveals in his book Five Presidents stories from his time serving under President Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. The book follows Clint Hill through these five presidents and we learn about what things were like being a man on the inside who is assigned to protect these leaders of our country. Hill saw some of the most significant events in our country’s history as someone close to the person in a position making tremendously tough and significant decisions. He went through the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Hill shares his unique perspective on these events and five presidents who made decisions that had an impact on the United States, and sometimes the world. From the book you will learn interesting things about these five presidents the public did not know anything about during their time in the White House. You will also get an insider’s details about things some of the public knew. Things such as the fact that President Eisenhower liked playing golf at Augusta National Golf Club, and while there guarding him Secret Service agents carried golf bags outfitted with sub machine guns. Agent Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s time as president, and over time became one of her closest friends. When shots rang out on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, and President Kennedy was shot, Hill ran as fast as he could towards the president’s limousine, jumped onto the back of it, and threw his body on top of President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline to try and act as a shield and protect them in case more bullets were coming.

Discover some details about what happened on December, 21, 1970, when Elvis Presley showed up at the White House unannounced and met with President Nixon. Learn about what was happening as the Nixon presidency began and continued to unravel, culminating with President Nixon resigning from office. Also, find out what Clint Hill thought about each of the five presidents he served under during a career that ended with him retiring as the Assistant Director of the Secret Service.

100 Women Who Made History

Submitted by Jon Freeman

If you thought that it has only been a man’s world throughout history, think again! 100 Women Who Made History is an interesting book about 100 women who made history. It includes women from present day and the past. The book is divided into sections based on the fields the person made her significant impact. These include areas such as politics, science, business, and the arts. The book includes information about famous women you have heard of and are familiar with, such as J.K. Rolling and Oprah Winfrey, as well as others you probably don’t know – until you read about them. This is a great book of history for older elementary school kids and middle school readers as they discover women who had an impact and made history, and learn that it is not just a man’s world.

What kind of women will you discover in “100 Women Who Made History”:

Learn about America’s first female self-made millionaire. She was born into poverty to former slaves during the 1800’s. She got married as a teenager, but became widowed at the age of 20. Eventually she became an entrepreneur and started a successful business.

Discover the female German university student who, along with other students, formed the White Rose – a small non-violent resistance movement that carried out a campaign against Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.

Learn about the woman who was an expert in radioactivity and was asked to join the top secret Manhattan Project: the research project that created the atomic bomb. She was also the first person to prove that nuclear particles don’t always decay in the same way in an experiment that is now named after her.

Discover the story of a woman who was born with a condition that left her legs paralyzed, but she still became an accomplished athlete. She won a total of 16 medals, 11 of them gold, while competing in five Paralympic Games.

Learn about the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and Time magazine. She was also the first African-American woman to be in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Read about the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States in 1911.

Discover the female climber who became the first woman to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 1975. When she and her team set out to climb Mount Everest disaster struck. Nearly three quarters of the way up the mountain an avalanche engulfed their camp. She was knocked unconscious and had to be dug out of the snow. Only 12 days after that avalanche nearly killed her, she reached the top of Mount Everest.

Learn about the British skater who competed alongside men at the 1902 World Figure Skating Championships and earned a silver medal, and helped lead to the creation of a separate figure skating competition for women.

Read about the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in Science.

Discover the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Read about the African-American who became the first American woman to win three gold medals at an Olympic Games.

Discover the woman who invented a radio guidance system based on principles that are still used today, in technologies such as GPS and Bluetooth.

National Native American Heritage Month


In 1990, November was officially designated as Native American Heritage Month. During this time we celebrate the rich cultural history of our nation’s first inhabitants. In the Southeast, major groups consisted of the Chocktaw, Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminoles. These groups were expert hunters and farmers and many of our major landmarks (such as the Chattahoochee River) take their names from the languages of indigenous peoples.

GCPL has a wealth of resources to help your children learn more about the tribes and communities that are indigenous to the United States. Take a look through our streaming video content and digital resources such as ABC-CLIO, Britannica, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia for easy-to-access material for projects and reports. And don’t forget to check our catalog for books and DVDs that share tales, legends, traditions, and history! It’s never too early to learn, and we’ve got you covered!

Here are some titles to get you started:

Raven: A Trickster Tale From the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott

Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities by Karen Bush Gibson

Super Simple Native American Art: Fun and Easy Art From Around the World by Alex Kuskowski

A Native American Thought of It : Amazing Inventions and Innovations by Rocky Landon

The Cherokee People by Sarah Machajewski

Native American Heritage (DVD)

The Life and Times of the First Americans by Marissa Kirkman

Reading Rainbow: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (DVD)

Native American Heroines (Book on CD)