All Time Faves: Our favorite...Presidential Biographies

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John Adams
By McCullough, David
2001/01 - Simon & Schuster
9780684813639 Find It

Winner-2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
In his first book since "Truman", one of America's most distinguished and popular biographers breathes life into history with this compelling look at the second president of the United States, John Adams. More than just a biography, this book looks at the birth of a young republic and explores the extraordinary factors that transformed 13 colonies into a united nation. of illustrations, many in color.
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By Nagel, Paul C.
1999/04 - Harvard University Press
9780674479401 Find It

 

John Quincy Adams was raised, educated, and groomed to be President, following in the footsteps of his father, John. At fourteen he was secretary to the Minister to Russia and, later, was himself Minister to the Netherlands and Prussia. He was U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and then President for one ill-fated term. His private life showed a parallel descent. He was a poet, writer, critic, and Professor of Oratory at Harvard. He married a talented and engaging Southerner, but two of his three sons were disappointments. This polymath and troubled man, caught up in both a democratic age not to his understanding and the furies of passion, was an American lion in winter. ...More

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Eisenhower: Soldier and President
By Ambrose, Stephen E.
2005/03 - Simon & Schuster
9780671747589 Find It

Stephen E. Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, and numerous interviews with Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, richest, and most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president. ...More

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Grant
By Smith, Jean Edward
2001/04 - Simon & Schuster
9780684849263 Find It

Winner - 2002 ALA Non-Fiction Notable Selection
Jean Smith has written a complete one-volume life of Ulysses S. Grant, the triumphant Union general and--in Smith's opinion--the underestimated president. He defends Grant's generalship, showing how his strategy brought victory to the Union, and offers a convincing reevaluation of Grant's two terms in office. Grant will stir controversy among historians and will be avidly read by anyone with an interest in the Civil War. Photos. Maps.
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Herbert Hoover
By Leuchtenburg, William E.
2009/01 - Times Books
9780805069587 Find It

Renowned New Deal historian Leuchtenburg offers a frank, thoughtful portrait of the lifelong public servant, and shrewdly assesses Hoover's policies and legacy in the face of one of the darkest periods of American history--the Great Depression. ...More

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
By Meacham, Jon
2008/11 - Random House
9781400063253 Find It

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From the New York Times-bestselling author of Franklin and Winston and American Gospel comes a magnificent portrait of Andrew Jackson, the man who shaped the modern presidency.
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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
By Ellis, Joseph J.
1997/02 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780679444909 Find It

Winner - 1997 National Book Award for Nonfiction
In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts shrewdly from the legends and the rumors, treading a path between vilification and hero worship in order to formulate a plausible portrait of the man who still today "hover(s) over the political scene like one of those dirigibles cruising above a crowded football stadium, flashing words of inspiration to both teams". For, at the grass roots, Jefferson is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist. He is all things to all people. We watch him exhibiting both great depth and great shallowness, combining massive learning with extraordinary naivete, piercing insights with self-deception on the grandest scale. We understand why we should neither beatify him nor consign him t
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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream
By Goodwin, Doris Kearns
1991/06 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312060275 Find It

Doris Kearns Goodwin's classic life of Lyndon Johnson, who presided over the Great Society, the Vietnam War, and other defining moments the tumultuous 1960s, is a monument in political biography. From the moment the author, then a young woman from Harvard, first encountered President Johnson at a White House dance in the spring of 1967, she became fascinated by the man--his character, his enormous energy and drive, and his manner of wielding these gifts in an endless pursuit of power. As a member of his White House staff, she soon became his personal confidante, and in the years before his death he revealed himself to her as he did to no other.
Widely praised and enormously popular, "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream" is a work of biography like few others.
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An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
By Dallek, Robert
2003/05 - Little Brown and Company
9780316172387 Find It

An Unfinished Life" is the first major, single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. The author draws upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives to tell Kennedys' story. 50 photos. ...More

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With Malice Toward None: Life of Abraham Lincoln
By Oates, Stephen B.
1994/01 - Harper Perennial
9780060924713 Find It

This masterful and moving biography follows Lincoln's bitter struggle with poverty, his self-made success in business and law, his early disappointing political career, and his leadership as President during one of America's most turbulent periods. 48 halftone illustrations. ...More

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Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & the War Years
By Sandburg, Carl
2005/08 - Galahad Books
0883658321 Find It

The definitive biography of one of America's greatest presidents recounts the fascinating log-cabin-to-the-White House success story and describes the complex individual who became an outstanding leader. ...More

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FDR
By Smith, Jean Edward
2007/05 - Random House
9781400061211 Find It

From Pulitzer finalist Smith comes another lucid, well-written, tightly organized biography. The Roosevelt that emerges from this book is a man of enormous complexity. ...More

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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
By McCullough, David
1982/05 - Simon & Schuster
9780671447540 Find It

"Mornings on Horseback" is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, "Newsday)," it is the winner of the "Los Angeles Times" 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of "Truman," this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised. ...More

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Harry S. Truman
By Dallek, Robert
2008/09 - Times Books
9780805069389 Find It

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Dallek, the bestselling biographer of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, shows how the unassuming yet supremely confident Harry Truman rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.
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Truman
By McCullough, David
1993/06 - Simon & Schuster
9780671869205 Find It

Winner - 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
A monumental biography of an extraordinary president, Harry Truman--the man who brought the country solidly into the 20th century. Drawing from archival materials and extensive interviews, McCullough chronicles Truman's life, but it is Truman's emergence as a decisive and confident president that forms the heart of this book.
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His Excellency: George Washington
By Ellis, Joseph J.
2005/11 - Vintage Books USA
9781400032532 Find It

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With careful attention to detail and lyrical prose, Ellis draws from the newly catalogued Washington papers at the University of Virginia to present a full portrait of George Washington's life and career--from his military years through his two terms as president.
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Woodrow Wilson
By Brands, H. W.
2003/06 - Times Books
9780805069556 Find It

An acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist offers a clear, comprehensive, and timely account of Wilson's unusual route to the White House, his campaign against corporate interests, and his decline in popularity and health following the rejection by Congress of his League of Nations. ...More

 

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