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Subject: US Book publishing last 50 years...
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: oldfox33-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 25 Oct 2003 13:50 PDT
Expires: 24 Nov 2003 12:50 PST
Question ID: 269669
I need to produce a list of sitting White House Cabinet officers who
wrote the Foreward, Preface, Introduction or other frontmatter to a
book published during the Cabinet officer's term.  The Vice President
is a Cabinet
Officer and I know that Gore wrote a book in office, but I need to
find all the recent (last 50 years) instances where a sitting cabinet
officer contributed to a book in this way and the title of the book. I
will pay $25 for a good (verifiable) list of at least six, $50 for a
comprehensive list of them all since LBJ. I cannot figure out how to
search this question.

Request for Question Clarification by knowledge_seeker-ga on 27 Oct 2003 06:22 PST
So, you are looking for something like this?

"Our Stolen Future" by Theo Colborn
Forward by Al Gore

If so, I may be able to search out a short list to meet your minimum
requirements for an answer, but to search every type of frontmatter
against every cabinet member for the past 50 years and then cross
check the date of publication against the dates that officer was
sitting, would take too many hours, even for the price increase you
are offering.

For example, Clinton had 30 cabinet officers during his terms in
office. Reagan had 36. Nixon 31. That's almost 100 officers and we're
only back to 1969. I assume we're going back to Eisenhower?

I'm also not sure how many of the older (as in further back in
time)cabinet members will have any kind of web reference to their
writings. The few I did find in my *very* brief search were forwards
written well after the cabinet member left office.

Let's do it this way -- If the above example is the kind of thing that
would meet your needs, I'll start the research and see where an hour
or so leads me. If it seems that I'm able to compile a good list, I'll
keep going. If I come up empty handed or with only 1 or 2 more
references, I'll let you know and we can take it from there. Ok?

Let me know if I'm on the right track.


Request for Question Clarification by knowledge_seeker-ga on 27 Oct 2003 08:00 PST
Oh, I just reread your question. You said, "since LBJ."  Got it. :-)


Request for Question Clarification by knowledge_seeker-ga on 28 Oct 2003 17:28 PST
Hi again oldfox,

I did a preliminary search of “well-known” cabinet members of several
random administrations and here’s what I’ve found.

Some cabinet members are rather prolific. For example, there look to
be at least three forwards written by Al Gore during his time in
office. I found another recent cabinet member who wrote 5 forwards and
introductions during her time in office.(plus several on either side)

In addition I found several other references that qualify and I
eliminated probably 12-15 cabinet members out of the several hundred
that have held office.

So, essentially I could answer your question and meet your minimum
requirements with just what I’ve done. But that hardly scratches the
surface of what’s out there and I’m sure the results of two prolific
writers is not what you’re looking for in an answer.

Most cabinet members have done nothing. A few wrote either before or
after their terms in office. The search to sort through them and to
qualify their writing by date is extremely arduous. It took more than
an hour just to find what I found. To do this comprehensively is going
to be a huge undertaking.

I guess if I had to throw an estimate at it, I'd say 12-14 hours of
work to research it, plus a couple hours to write it up -- so 2 full
working days.

I’m afraid, that until I hear from you, I’m going to have to put this
project on hold. We need to work out how much data you really need,
how much you want to spend, what you expect for your money, and what I
think I can do within those parameters.

Please get back to me and let me know how you’d like to proceed. 


Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 28 Oct 2003 19:22 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello oldfox33,

I wasn't going to tackle this question until probonopublico posted a
comment about it being impossible...and so the gaunlet was tossed.

I did manage to find a list of half a dozen books or so which I've
posted below...I'm sure there are many more, but as several commenters
noted, it's not easy digging these things out.

If anything here is unclear, or requires elaboration, just let me know
by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist
you further.



The list I found is:

The Business of E-Commerce 
by Paul May, 
Foreword by William M. Daley 
Secretary of Commerce
Cambridge University Press 
February 2000, 


Enriching the curriculum through service learning 
Kinsley, Carol W., and Kate McPherson 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1995 
Foreword by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley


Aging and competition: rebuilding the U.S workforce
James A. Auerbach, Joyce C. Welsh, editors
with an introduction by Robert B. Reich.
National Planning Association, 1994.


Murphy, Robert
Foreword by Udall, Stewart L., Secretary of the Interior).
E.P. Dutton 1968


School Choice 2003:
How States are Providing Greater Opportunity Through Education
by Krista Kafer
Foreword by Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education
The Heritage Foundation, 2003

Converging Infrastructures: Intelligent Transportation Systems and the
National Information Infrastructure,
Lewis M. Branscomb and James Keller, eds.,  
Foreword by Frederico Pena, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
MIT Press 1996 

SILENT SPRING  by Rachel Carson
Introduction by Vice President Al Gore  
Boston Houghton Mifflin Company 1994  


Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and
by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers
Foreword by Vice President Al Gore
Dutton, 1996


Critical Issues in Early Second Language Learning: Building for Our
Children's Future.
M. Met, Ed. 
Foreword by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. 
Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley, 1998


[Does this one count...?  Intro by a sitting President]
Assuring freedom to the free; a century of emancipation in the USA
Rose, Arnold M 
Introduction by President Lyndon B. Johnson. 
Wayne State University Press, Detroit. 1964


And here are a few oldies that I thought might be of interest as well:

Introduction by FRANK KNOX Secretary of the Navy 


Foreword by Frank Knox SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Harper & Brothers, 1944 


The Foreign Service of the United States 
Foreword BY CHARLES EVANS HUGHES (Secretary of State)


My search strategy consisted of searches at Google along with other
specialty databases such as Lexis-Nexis for any of the following

"introduction by secretary"
"foreword by secretary"

and then substituting secretary with:

US Secretary
vice president
the honorable

I am very intrigued by the new search capabilities at, but
didn't find a way to put them to use in this particular quest.

Hope you eventually wind up with the comprehensive list you are of luck in your project.

oldfox33-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $15.00
This is an outstanding response because he or she not only caught a
nice batch of fish for me that I could not find, but he or she told me
and taught me how to catch these fish for myself in future.  This is
the best of reference work.  Beautifully and completly presented and
revealing an enthusiasm and curiosity about the process and the tools.
 Thank you.

Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: probonopublico-ga on 26 Oct 2003 01:51 PDT
The Researchers are pretty amazing but I think that this will be impossible.
Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: oldfox33-ga on 26 Oct 2003 20:58 PST
I'm not so sure. I think a fairly good list of cabinet officers with
their years of office can be gleaned from Presidential Library sites. 
OCLC data does not seem to offer Prefatory material, unless someone
can correct me, but Amazon is now offering "text inside" searches and
that might produce a result depending on how far back Amazon is
loading their "text inside" content.
I think it is more likely some person will remember an example than
this being susceptible to a machine readable search.
It certainly is a stumper however.
Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 Oct 2003 22:12 PST
Hi, Pafalafa

I'm pleased that you proved me wrong.

Well done!

Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: pafalafa-ga on 29 Oct 2003 05:01 PST
Thanks so much for the kind words and generous tip.

And have fun "fishing".

Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: knowledge_seeker-ga on 29 Oct 2003 06:36 PST
Hey, nice job paf!


I may as well give you what I found, and my search strategy which was
different from Paf’s. Maybe between the 2 you’ll get yourself a full
set of cabinet members.

I started here: 

List of Cabinet Members

What I intended to do was start with the most recent and work my way
back and, at least to start, stick to the more well-known figures. But
first I just grabbed a random sampling to see what was out there. My
results, below, are a bit of a mess and I haven’t cross-checked with
what Paf gave you. I’m just tossing it onto the table for you to

Search terms looked like this:

SEARCH: “introduction by Edwin Meese”
SEARCH: “preface by Edwin Meese”
SEARCH: “forward by Edwin Meese”

Remember to search with and without middle initials. Do not include
3rd, Jr, General, etc. No need to.

Also, if you include the words -- ---  in your
search, you will get all the results from the Addall book site where
you can then click on the person’s name and find everything attributed
to that author.

For example search: "by al gore"

You can eliminate all of the author references by including the term
“preface” or whichever. "preface by al gore"

So, here’s what I came up with in my prelim search -----


Edwin Meese III – 1985-1988

Story J. A Familiar Exposition of The Constitution of the United
States, 1840. Reprinted by Regency Books, Lake Bluff, IL, 1986, pp.
68-70. Forward by Edwin Meese III, p. 12


James A. Baker 1985-1988

No returns


Alexander M. Haig, Jr 1981

4 returns, none within correct time span


Al Gore

"forward by al gore" 


“Internet Companion: A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking is
probably the first Internet book ever to be aimed specifically at
computer illiterates and technophobes. It explains electronic mail,
news readers, FTP file access, and "netiquette" in terms that even a
sixth-grade Valley Girl can easily understand. The book is published
in a handy pocket-sized quick-reference format and includes a forward
by Al Gore”

14. Preventing Crime and Promoting Responsibility: 50 Programs That
Help Communities Help Their Youth
ISBN: 0788186302 - Paperback - List Price: $20.00 
Publisher: Diane Pub Co - Published Date: 11/01/1995 - Paperback 
Foreward By: Al Gore

more here "by al gore"


Warren M. Christopher



Janet Reno, 1993 – 2000

Heritage Resources Law: Protecting the Archeological and Cultural
by National Trust for Historic Preservation; Anthony Antonellis, Sloan
& Walsh, Boston Univ. Law School, and Suffolk Univ. Law School,
Boston, Massachusetts; and David Tarler, National Parks Service.
Forward by Janet Reno
0-471-25158-5 10/98 328 pp cl $95.00

“preface by” 

Janet Reno
1. Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement
ISBN: 075670944X - Paperback - List Price: $25.00 
Publisher: Diane Pub Co - Published Date: 04/01/2001 - Paperback 
Contributor*: Janet Reno

2. Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement
ISBN: 0756709431 - Paperback - List Price: $20.00 
Publisher: Diane Pub Co - Published Date: 12/01/1999 - Paperback 
Contributor*: Janet Reno

3. Ishmael Alone Survived
ISBN: 0838751717 - Hardcover - List Price: $32.50 
Publisher: Associated Univ Pr - Published Date: 12/01/1990 - Hardcover
Author: Janet Reno

4. Postconviction DNA Testing: Recommendations for Handling Requests
ISBN: 0788188836 - Paperback - List Price: $25.00 
Publisher: Diane Pub Co - Published Date: 06/01/1999 - Paperback 
Editor: Ronald Reinstein
Foreward By: Janet Reno

5. Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
ISBN: 078818203X - Paperback - List Price: $40.00 
Publisher: Diane Pub Co - Published Date: 08/01/1999 - Paperback 
Editor: Shay Bilchik
Foreward By: Janet Reno

Janet Reno - Addall

*where Addall says “contributor” that means, preface. 


Colin L. Powell 2001 - 2003
1. George Washington, First in War
ISBN: 0931917336 - Paperback - List Price: $9.95 
Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr - Published Date: 08/01/2002 -
Author: Dave R. Palmer
Foreward By: Colin L. Powell

2. Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers
ISBN: 1591148405 - Paperback - List Price: $18.95 
Publisher: Naval Inst Pr - Published Date: 05/01/2003 - Paperback 
Editor: Paul Stillwell
Foreward By: Colin L. Powell

This is a paper cover book or booklet "Joint Warfare of the US Armed
Forces", published by the National Defense University Press and dated
With preface by Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


John Ashcroft

**outside of dates

Results in Education: 1988
by Author: National Governors Association Staff

Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Council of Governors Policy
Published Date: 08/01/1988
List Price: USD $12.50
ISBN: 1558770135

National Governors Association Staff Introduction by: John Ashcroft.


Tommy G. Thompson, 2001 – 2003

*** outside of dates

List Price: $18.95 Publisher: Wiley, John and Sons, Incorporated -
Date: 04/01/1994 Author: Roger E. Axtell Foreword by: Tommy G.
Thompson. ...



Paul H. O'Neill, 2001–2002



John Snow, 2003



Donald H. Rumsfeld, 2001

***outside of dates

War Powers 
The President, the Congress, and the Question of War 
By Donald L. Westerfield 
Foreword by Donald H. Rumsfeld 
Praeger Publishers. Westport, Conn. 1996. 272 pages 
LC 95-43774. ISBN 0-275-94701-7. C4701 $73.95 
Available (Status Information Updated 10/27/2003)


Gale A. Norton, 2001


Ann M. Veneman, 2001


Donald L. Evans, 2001



So anyway, that was to be my approach. As I said, arduous, but
comprehensive. Hope it helps!

Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: probonopublico-ga on 29 Oct 2003 08:34 PST
Wow, Old Fox

TWO answers ...

You are indeed an Old Fox.

An example to us all!
Subject: Re: US Book publishing last 50 years...
From: oldfox33-ga on 29 Oct 2003 22:23 PST
Thank you. This was a great experience for me.  Thank you both for so
much great work and great search strategies. I am sorry, I had to pick
just one. Great strategies and I hope we interact again, folks.

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