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The supreme court (2010) by jeff Shesol review (4 stars) Nothing to fear: fdrs Inner Circle and the 100 days that Created Modern America (2009) by Adam Cohen review (3 stars) fdr: Champion of Freedom (2003) by conrad Black review (3 stars) The defining Moment. Roosevelt: Rendezvous with Destiny (1990) by Frank Freidel review (3 stars) fdr: a biography (1985) by ted Morgan review (3 stars) The roosevelts: An American Saga (1994) by peter Collier review (3 stars) James MacGregor Burnss two-volume series : roosevelt: The lion and the fox. S three-volume series : The Crisis of the Old Order (1919-1933) (Vol 1) (1957) review (3 stars) The coming of the new deal (1933-1935) (Vol 2) (1958) review (3 stars) The politics of Upheaval (1935-1936) (Vol 3) (1960) review (2 stars) *summary review: The best. Roosevelt * Follow-Up : man of Destiny: fdr and the making of the American Century (2015) by Alonzo hamby franklin. Roosevelt: road to the new deal, (Vol 1) (2015) by roger Daniels Franklin. Roosevelt: The war years, (Vol 2) (2016) by roger Daniels Kenneth daviss 5-volume series on fdr published between 19 The mantle of Command: fdr at War (1941-42) (Vol 1) by nigel Hamilton (2014) commander in Chief: fdrs Battle with Churchill, 1943 (Vol 2) by nigel.

Harding: The American Presidents Series (2004) by write john. Dean review (3 stars) The harding Era: Warren. Harding and His Administration (1969) by robert Murray review (2 stars) The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren g harding in His Times (1968) by Francis Russell review (2 stars) The available man: The life behind the masks of Warren Gamaliel Harding (1965) by Andrew Sinclair. Adams Calvin coolidge : Calvin coolidge: The quiet President (1967) by donald Mccoy review (3 stars) Calvin coolidge: The man From Vermont (1939) by Claude. Fuess review (3 stars) coolidge: An American Enigma (1998) by robert Sobel review (3 stars) coolidge (2013) by Amity Shlaes review (3 stars) The life of Calvin coolidge (1924) by horace Green review (3 stars) The Preparation of Calvin coolidge (1924) by robert. Woods review (3 stars) a puritan in Babylon: The Story of Calvin coolidge (1938) by william Allen White review (2 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Calvin coolidge * Herbert hoover : Herbert hoover: a biography (1947) by eugene lyons review (3 stars) The. Nash The life of Herbert hoover: Master of Emergencies, (Vol 3) (1996). Nash The life of Herbert hoover: Imperfect Visionary, (Vol 4) (2011) by k clements The life of Herbert hoover: Fighting quaker, (Vol 5) (2012). Jeansonne the life of Herbert hoover: keeper of the torch, (Vol 6) (2013) by gary best Franklin. Roosevelt : fdr (2007) by jean Edward Smith review (4 stars) Traitor to his Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of fdr (2008). Brands review (4 stars) no ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor roosevelt (1994) by doris kearns goodwin review (4 stars) Supreme power: Franklin roosevelt.

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Review (3 stars) Grover Cleveland: a study in courage (1932) by Allan nevins review (3 stars) bourbon leader: Grover Cleveland and the democratic Party (1957) by horace samuel Merrill review (2 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Grover Cleveland * Benjamin Harrison : The. Sieverss three-volume series : Benjamin Harrison: hoosier Warrior (Vol 1) (1952) review (4 stars) Benjamin Harrison: hoosier Statesman (Vol 2) (1959) review (4 stars) Benjamin Harrison: hoosier President (Vol 3) (1968) review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Benjamin Harrison * William paperless McKinley. Wayne morgan review (4 stars) The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror and Empire (2011) by Scott Miller review (3 stars) In the days of McKinley (1959) by margaret leech review (3 stars) The Presidency of William McKinley (1980) by lewis gould review (3 stars). Brands review (3 stars) When Trumpets Call: Theodore roosevelt after the White house (2005) by patricia otoole review (3 stars) Theodore roosevelt: a life (1992) by nathan Miller review (3 stars) Theodore roosevelt: a strenuous Life (2002) by kathleen Dalton review (3 stars) Theodore roosevelt. Taft * woodrow Wilson : woodrow Wilson: a biography (1991) by august Heckscher review (4 stars) Wilson (2013). Scott Berg review (4 stars) The warrior and the Priest: woodrow Wilson and Theodore roosevelt (1983) by john Milton cooper review (4 stars) woodrow Wilson: a biography (2009) by john Milton cooper review (3 stars) woodrow Wilson: World Statesman (1987) by kendrick Clements review (3. Link The moralist: woodrow Wilson and the world he made (2018) by patricia otoole warren Harding : Warren.

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Hayes: Warrior and President (1995) by Ari hoogenboom review (3 stars) Rutherford. Hayes (2002) by hans Trefousse review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Rutherford. Hayes * Follow-Up : Rutherford. Hayes: And His America (1954) by harry barnard James Garfield : Garfield: a save biography (1978) by Allan Peskin review (4 stars) Dark horse: the surprise Election and Political Murder of President James. Garfield (2003) by kenneth Ackerman review (4 stars) Destiny of the republic: a tale of Madness, medicine and the murder of a president (2011) by candice millard review (4 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of James Garfield * Follow-Up : The garfield Orbit (1978). Arthur (2017) by Scott Greenberger Grover Cleveland : Grover Cleveland: a study in Character (2000) by Alyn Brodsky review (4 stars) An Honest President: The life presidencies of Grover Cleveland (2000). Paul Jeffers review (3 stars) The Presidencies of Grover Cleveland (1988) by richard.

Grant: Soldier president (1997) by geoffrey perret review (4 stars) Ulysses. Grant (2004) by josiah Bunting review (3 stars) Grant: a biography (1981) by william McFeely review (3 stars) Ulysses. Grant: Triumph over Adversity (2000) by Brooks Simpson review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Ulysses. Grant * Follow-Up : Lewis/Catton series: Captain Sam Grant (1950) (Vol 1) by Lloyd Lewis, Grant moves south (1960) by Bruce catton, and Grant takes Command (1969) by Bruce catton. Grant: American Hero, american Myth (2009) by joan waugh American Ulysses: a life of Ulysses. Grant (2016) by ronald. The Presidency of Ulysses. Grant (2017) by Charles Calhoun Grant (2017) by ron Chernow Rutherford. Hayes : Rutherford.

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Richards John quincy Adams (1949/1956) by samuel Flagg Bemis (2 volumes) John quincy Adams: American Visionary (2014) by Fred Kaplan John quincy Adams: Militant Spirit (2016) by james Traub The lost founding Father: John quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics (2017) by william. Brands review (3 stars) The Age power of Jackson (1945) by Arthur Schlesinger the review (3 stars) Robert Reminis three-volume series : Andrew Jackson: The course of American Empire (Vol I) (1977) review (4 stars) Andrew Jackson: The course of American Freedom (Vol II) (1981) review (4. Jeffersons Hammer: William Henry harrison (2007) by robert Owens review (4 stars) Old Tippecanoe: William Henry harrison and His Time (1939) by Freeman Cleaves review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of William Henry harrison * John Tyler : John Tyler (2008) by gary may. Polk (2009) by robert Merry review (3 stars) James. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse (1996) by sam haynes review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of James Polk * Follow-Up : James. Polk: a political biography (2 volumes) (1922) by eugene McCormac Zachary taylor : Zachary taylor (2008) by john.

Eisenhower review (3 stars) Zachary taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old southwest (1985) by jack bauer review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of Zachary taylor * Follow-Up : Zachary taylor: Soldier of the republic (Vol 1) and Zachary taylor: Soldier in the. Scarry Franklin pierce : Franklin pierce: New Hampshires favorite son (2004) by peter Wallner review (4 stars) Franklin pierce (2010) by michael Holt review (4 stars) Franklin pierce: Martyr for the Union (2007) by peter Wallner review (3 stars) Franklin pierce: young Hickory of the. Lincoln: a biography (2009) by ronald. Review (4 stars) Lincoln (1995) by david Herbert Donald review (4 stars) Abraham Lincoln: a biography (1952) by benjamin Thomas review (4 stars) With Malice toward None (1977) by Stephen Oates review (3 stars) Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999) by Allen guelzo review (3 stars). Grant : Grant (2001) by jean Edward Smith review (4 stars) The man Who saved the Union: Ulysses. Grant In War and peace (2012). Brands review (4 stars) Ulysses.

Buy, barnes noble, indiebound, amazon ibooks. Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 5 stars, with equal weight given to my subjective assessment of: (1) how enjoyable the biography was to read and (2) the biographys historical value (including its comprehensive coverage and critical analysis of its subject). Blue titles indicate, pulitzer Prize winners. Blue italicized titles indicate pulitzer Prize finalists. This list was most recently updated June 12, 2018. . If Im missing a great presidential biography that youve read, please let me know!


George washington : Washington: a life (2010) by ron Chernow, review (5 stars). Washington: The Indispensable man (1974) by james Flexner, review (4 stars his Excellency: george washington (2004) by joseph Ellis. Review (4 stars the Ascent of george washington (2009) by john Ferling, review (3 stars). Patriarch: george washington and the new American Nation (1993) by richard Norton Smith, review (3 stars james Flexners four-volume series: george washington: The forge of Experience (1965). Review (3 stars george washington in the American revolution (1967 review (4 stars george washington and the new Nation (1970 review (4 stars george washington: Anguish and Farewell (1972 review (4 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of george washington follow-Up : Washington by douglas. Jefferson: The tumultuous Election of 1800 (2004) by john Ferling review (4 stars) Passionate sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (1993) by joseph Ellis review (3 stars) John Adams: Party of One (2005) by james Grant review (3 stars) *summary review: The best. Bernstein Thomas Jefferson: a life (1993) by willard Sterne randall Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (2017) by john Boles James Madison : James Madison (2011) by richard Brookhiser review (4 stars) Madison and Jefferson (2010) by Andrew Burstein review (4 stars) James Madison: a biography. Adamss Last Crusade (2008) by joseph Wheelan review (4 stars) John quincy Adams: a personal History of an Independent Man (1972) by marie hecht review (3 stars) John quincy Adams (2012) by harlow Unger review (3 stars) *summary review: The best biographies of John quincy.

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He goes back to for the 1960s to describe the social forces that shaped Nixons policies and beliefs, and contrasts the presidents time in office with what was happening in the country at large. Controversially, he comes to the conclusion that Nixon was in fact a liberal, not the reactionary conservative hes come to be remembered as in the public imagination. Taking into account events around the globe, including the vietnam War and the anti-war movement at home, wills shows Nixon as both victim and emblem of the 1960s and 70s. Buy, amazon, barnes noble, indiebound ibooks, nixon's White house wars. The battles That Made and Broke a president and divided America forever. This riveting memoir explores the historic victories and deplorable crises of Nixons presidency during his time in the White house. Buchanan, a senior adviser to three american presidents, including Nixon, exposes the untold stories that took place behind the scenes during Nixons campaign. Buchanan tells readers what it was like to work closely with Nixon before his political comeback, after the scandals, and during his final days in office.

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In this review of Nixons life, black seeks to paint an even-handed portrayal, and separate nixons achievements and positive attributes from his legacy as a liar and a crook. He praises Nixons work in foreign diplomacy, and as an anti-communist crusader, while conjecturing that his domestic problems stemmed from his personal paranoia. He even suggests that Nixon would have been justified in erasing homework the tapes incriminating him in the watergate scandal, and that the whole affair was overblown. Buy, amazon, barnes noble, indiebound ibooks, kennedy and Nixon. In 1960, the two presidential nominees were a study in contrasts: the sunny, ebullient, affable kennedy, and the dark, brooding, prickly nixon. But the outcome of the election was not nearly as inevitable as it now seems, even after the tv debate where nixons profuse sweating made him look guilty and untrustworthy a decade before watergate. In this book, matthews describes how the two rivals went from a relationship of mutual respect (Kennedy planned on voting for Nixon if he didnt get the democratic nomination) to outright loathing, and how Nixons hatred of Kennedys administration shaped his own time in the. Buy, amazon, barnes noble, indiebound ibooks, nixon Agonistes. In this sweeping book, historian Wills considers Nixon not just as a flawed individual, but as a product of his times and culture.

political fund caused some republicans to demand he be dropped from the ticket, nixon went on air to plead his case. In a heartfelt, humble speech, he spoke of his wife, pats respectable republican cloth coat and his dog, Checkers, a political gift he refused to return because his daughter, Tricia, would be heartbroken to lose the pet. In this book, mattson describes how the speech secured Nixons place on the ticket and set the stage for his role in American politics in the decades to come. Buy, amazon, barnes noble, indiebound ibooks, richard. Nixon: a life in Full. Its hardly a coincidence that Conrad Black, a newspaper titan who was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice, would take a more sympathetic view of Nixon than most biographers.

Looking for more books on presidents? Best Presidential biographies series. The conviction twist of Richard Nixon, the Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews. A month after he resigned from the presidency, nixon was pardoned for his involvement in the watergate scandal by President Ford. Three years later, he negotiated a one million dollar paycheck to be interviewed by the British talk show host david Frost. Nixon assumed the show would be a puff piece that would help rehabilitate his image with the public. Instead, Frost, working with advisor James Reston, grilled the former president mercilessly about his role in the break-in to the watergate hotel and subsequent cover-up. Rather than burnish his image, the show sealed Nixons fate. In this memoir, reston writes about his work with Frost to convict Nixon in the court of public opinion.

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Richard Nixon may have been one of the unlikeliest presidents in American history. Lacking charisma, not a people person, bad on tv, shy and suspicious, he would seem congenitally unsuited for plan public office, and, indeed, his first candidacy, in 1960, solidified in the American imagination what a modern president should be: not Nixon, but his opponent, john. Kennedy, who was everything Nixon was not. Eight years later, however, nixon got himself elected, and managed to hold on to the job for almost two terms. While in office he improved relations with China, developed an anti-missile treaty with Russia, and created the Environmental Protection Act. There was also a little matter of what he called a pipsqueak thing and we know as Watergate, which lead to his resignation in the middle of his second term. Nineteen years ago today he died at the age of 81, and history still hasnt decided if he got a bad rap or was actually worse than we knew. Read these bios to decide for yourself.


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