10 Great Presidential Biographies

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You can only learn so much about a person with ticker tape style news. You see bits if information on CNN or hear about someone in the 15 minutes of history class that may be devoted to a person or event.  However, this is hardly enough to understand truly what makes them who they are and what considerations lay behind some of the decisions they make. Presidential biographies were created to fill just this need.

In honor of President’s Day I have gathered what I consider to be 10 great novels written about, and sometimes by, presidents. This list is in no particular order and is in no way exhaustive. If I were tasked to choose my absolute favorite, my brain would most likely melt.

Without further ado:

10 Great Presidential Biographies

  1. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

2. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

3. 41: A Portrait of My Father

4. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

5. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey

6.  Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You’ve Never Seen Him

7. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism

8. John Adams

9. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

10. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Honorable Mentions

These are all amazing biographies however I would be remiss if I didn’t include two honorable mentions. The following two books aren’t about a specific president, however they are two of the most interesting books on presidencies I have read.

11. The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (I wrote a review of this one.  Check it out here.)

12. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

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One thought on “10 Great Presidential Biographies

  1. Rowan

    February 22, 2017 at 10:32am

    While this isn’t something I would normally be interested in, I do feel like the bottom two books sound incredibly interesting!

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      June 2, 2017 at 1:38pm

      Have you had the chance to read one of them? What did you think?

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