Books by James M Deem

Published by Enslow (out of print)

Millard Fillmore. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2002.

This book explores the life and political career of Millard Fillmore, sometimes called the "second-hand President." Given the oath of office after the sudden, unexpected death of Zachary Taylor, Fillmore served less than three years as the thirteenth president before he left office without seeking election to a second term. 

Zachary Taylor. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2002.

This book explores the life and political career of Zachary Taylor, the distinguished soldier who was elected president in 1848 and died after only sixteen months in office. He was a man of many ironies: although he was a Southerner and a slaveholder, he did not support the continuation of slavery in new states admitted to the Union.  


Primary Source Accounts of the Revolutionary War. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2006.

This book draws the reader into America’s fight for independence from Great Britain through diaries, letters, and other primary source documents. From the Battles of Concord and Lexington to Yorktown, Deem presents the writing of soldiers, civilians, politicians, and others. A special chapter focuses on the role of women during the War. 

Primary Source Accounts of the Mexican-American War. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2006.

This book presents personal accounts of Americans in battle and on the homefront. From the Battle of Palo Alto to the Battle of Chapultepec, the book presents the war in personal detail, as recorded by soldiers and civilians. A special chapter focuses on a battalion, made up of Irish soldiers who left the American army to fight for the Mexican cause.


El Salvador. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2004.

This book examines the land and the people of El Salvador, one of the top ten countries of recent immigrants to the United States. The book also highlights the unique contributions to American life that El Salvadorans have made and the uncertain future they face until their immigration status is clarified by the government. 

The Vikings. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2004.

This book explores the ancient civilization of the Vikings. From their first major raid in 793 to their defeat at Stamford Bridge in 1066, the Vikings established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in Europe. Even though their rule lasted less than 300 years, their legacy was extremely important and still lives on today.