Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Classic of the Month: Presidential Inaugural Addresses

Cosimo's November classic of the month explores the depths of history. Through times of peace, prosperity, war, and uproar, inaugural addresses have shed light onto points of tranquility, while spreading hope onto periods of transition and fear. It is within this book, Inaugural Addresses of the United States by The Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies, that has captured the speeches of each of the nation's new and continued leaders. From George Washington in 1789 to Barack Obama in 2013, inaugural addresses have been their first voiced words as a leader, setting the stage for their work to follow. Now that the U.S. mid-term elections are behind us, it would behoove many of us to re-read these inaugural addresses and compare the Presidents' visions with daily reality.

The Joint Congressional Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) coordinates the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony of the President and Vice President of the United States, the traditional Inaugural luncheon that follows, and all other Inaugural activities at the U.S. Capitol. It is comprised of the Senate Majority Leader, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the House of Representatives.

This collection of historical documents is a must-read for any historian, an excellent reference tool for librarians and students, and an educational informant for all. Cosimo is proud to offer this title in both paperback and hardcover at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (hardcover, paperback) and Amazon (hardcover, paperback).

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