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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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Colonel Roosevelt — Edmund Morris

In 1884, Roosevelt lost his mother and his wife within hours of each other on February 14th. His response was to run away to North Dakota for a few years, abandoning his infant daughter (he would resume his parental responsibilities … Continue reading

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Theodore Rex — Edmund Morris

Volume 2 of Edmund Morris’ three-volume series on Theodore Roosevelt begins in 1901 with the death of William McKinley and Theodore’s journey to Washington to assume the position of President of the United States. Looking back, it’s a little odd … Continue reading

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt — Edmund Morris

Theodore Roosevelt must be one of the more recognisable presidents in US history: his image is one of few that most people could instantly identify, even if they might not know much about his presidency itself. Unlike other giant figures … Continue reading

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William McKinley and His America — H. Wayne Morgan

McKinley is a fascinating president. It’s easy to forget how momentous his presidency was but that short burst of time from 1897 to 1901 was what catapulted the US onto the world stage. While McKinley definitely seems like a decent … Continue reading

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Benjamin Harrison — Charles W. Calhoun

As president, Benjamin Harrison seems to have been thoroughly unmemorable. People seem to remember the bad presidents, and they remember presidents who have significant achievements to their name, who looked distinctive, or who died while incumbent. None of these could … Continue reading

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Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President — Ari Hoogenboom

Hayes was many things in his life: lawyer, general, congressman, governor, president, and education reformer, but one thing he failed to be while reading Hoogenboom’s biography was interesting. Which is a shame, since there’s clearly potential. Hayes is one of … Continue reading

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