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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 7, February 11, 2001, Article 9

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 

   Jan Monroe writes: "I wish to recommend two books that 
   are outside of the mainstream of numismatics that E-sylum 
   readers may wish to consider. 

   The first is the McKenney-Hall Portrait Gallery of American 
   Indians by James D. Horan by Crown Publishers, 1972.  This 
   book includes a "full length" biography of Col. Thomas L. 
   McKenney, who published the famous Indian Chief Portraits 
   and was appointed superintendent of the Indian Trade by 
   President James Madison in 1816.  One interesting tidbit 
   offered in this book is that McKenney also collected indian 
   peace medals and the book describes some of his efforts to 
   obtain them.  Any collector of Indian Peace medals would be 
   interested in this book. 

   The second book that I would recommend is Popular Images 
   of the Presidency from Washington to Lincoln by Noble E. 
   Cunningham, Jr. published by the University of Missouri Press 
   in 1991.  This book includes an entire chapter on presidential 
   medals (Chapter VI, pp.164-179).  While this chapter is short 
   it includes much information not included in numismatic literature 
   on presidential medals from a historians standpoint and also 
   includes  two full pages illustrating the obverse and reverse of 
   the Lovett medals of the first 16 presidents.  This is excellent 
   material for those interested in presidential medals (as is the 
   whole book)." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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