Tag Archives: American presidents

Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders

My word. This book was made for my dual projects! A Man Booker shortlisted book about the president I probably hold highest in my estimation and, even better, it’s amazing. Just under a year into the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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FDR — Jean Edward Smith

FDR is an impressive man. I had a high regard for him going into this project, and reading Jean Edward Smith’s biography only elevated my opinion. Between the New Deal and the US war record, FDR left a formidably strong … Continue reading

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Herbert Hoover — Eugene Lyons

As this project has developed, some presidents have come across as somewhat laclustre. Others have struck me as being singularly unfortunate. A number of the antebellum presidents could be considered both. So, I think, could Hoover. Hoover’s presidency cannot help … Continue reading

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Coolidge: An American Enigma — Robert Sobel

Coolidge managed to escape from the Harding administration with his reputation unscathed and, after serving half a term following Harding’s death, won reelection predominantly on the back of the country’s strong economic performance. Coolidge had a reputation for being quiet, … Continue reading

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The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren G. Harding in His Times — Francis Russell

Harding’s administration is almost exclusively known for the scandals that happened within it and Harding’s presidency is frequently seen as the worst to date. I feel “to date” may be an important qualifier, but it’s hard to disagree with the … Continue reading

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Wilson — A. Scott Berg

Woodrow Wilson is one of the few US Presidents about whom my school days gave me some preparation. UK history teaching at the secondary level places a significant emphasis on 20th century history, and in particular on the two World … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of William Howard Taft — Henry F. Pringle

Taft was a middling president who had an impressive career both before and after his time in office. Pringle’s biography does an excellent job in portraying the early Taft, up to his return from the Philippines, but deteriorates somewhat after … Continue reading

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