US Presidents

Relative to the scale of my Man Booker ambitions, the goal of reading a biography of every US President in chronological order is a minor goal. This is a list of those biographies I intend to read, informed by the very helpful Steve at bestpresidentialbios, Christopher Cillizza’s The Fix at the Washington Post, and any other reviews or suggestions I encounter. Titles I have read contain a hyperlink to my review, and Presidents’ names with no book details are Presidents for whom I have not yet decided on a biography (and am therefore open to suggestions).

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

John Adams by David McCullough

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

James Madison by Richard Brookhiser

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger

John Quincy Adams: A Personal History of an Independent Man by Marie B. Hecht

The Life of Andrew Jackson by Robert Remini

Martin van Buren and the American Political System by Donald B. Cole

Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time by Freeman Cleaves

John Tyler: Champion of the Old South by Oliver P. Chitwood

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman

Zachary Taylor by John S. D. Eisenhower

Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President by Robert J. Rayback

Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt

President James Buchanan: A Biography by Philip S. Klein

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart

Grant by Jean Edward Smith

Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President [Garfield] by Candice Millard

Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell

Grover Cleveland: A Study in Character by Alyn Brodsky

Benjamin Harrison by Charles W. Calhoun

William McKinley and His America by H. Wayne Morgan

Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy by Edmund Morris
1. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
2. Theodore Rex
3. Colonel Roosevelt

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

Wilson by A. Scott Berg

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

Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel

Herbert Hoover

FDR by Jean Edward Smith
Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History by Robert E. Sherwood

Truman by David McCullough

Dwight Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy

The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
1. The Path to Power
2. Means of Ascent
3. Master of the Senate
4. The Passage of Power

Richard Nixon
Nixon Agonistes by Garry Wills

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

George H. W. Bush

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Barack Obama

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