Best books on USA president(s)
Biography, autobiography, comparisons or rivalries with other national leaders, public or private lives, all and more included, as long as a substantial focus is on at least one USA president.
1 John Adams
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2 Team of Rivals: The Politic...
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3 Theodore Rex
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4 Truman
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5 The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
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6 Washington: A Life
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7 The Passage of Power (The Y...
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8 Master of the Senate (The Y...
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9 Battle Cry of Freedom: The ...
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10 All the President's Men
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11 American Lion: Andrew Jacks...
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12 Mornings on Horseback
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13 American Sphinx: The Charac...
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14 Colonel Roosevelt
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15 The Path to Power (The Year...
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16 Survivor's Guilt: The Secre...
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17 Decision Points
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18 His Excellency: George Wash...
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19 Destiny of the Republic: A ...
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20 Abraham Lincoln: The Prairi...
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21 The Making of the President...
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22 A Thousand Days: John F. Ke...
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23 Eisenhower: Soldier and Pre...
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24 What Hath God Wrought: The ...
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25 Thomas Jefferson: The Art o...
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26 Means of Ascent (The Years ...
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27 Eleanor and Franklin
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28 The Making of the President...
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29 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The ...
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30 Where the Presidents Were B...
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31 The Echo from Dealey Plaza:...
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32 Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Int...
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33 Washington's Crossing
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34 Within Arm's Length: The Ex...
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35 Founding Brothers: The Revo...
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35 One Minute to Midnight: Ken...
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37 Roosevelt: The Lion and the...
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37 Dark Horse: The Surprise El...
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37 Five Days in November
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40 The Kennedy Detail: JFK's S...
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41 Dutch : A Memoir of Ronald ...
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42 No Ordinary Time: Franklin ...
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43 Jefferson's War: America's ...
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44 Writings (Library of Americ...
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45 Abraham Lincoln
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46 Passionate Sage: The Charac...
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46 James Madison
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48 The Audacity of Hope: Thoug...
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49 Writings (Library of Americ...
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50 Tried by War: Abraham Linco...
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51 The Year of Decision 1846
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52 Profiles in Courage
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53 Shadow
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54 Presidents of the United St...
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54 Against Them: How & Why Ale...
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54 Reassessing the Presidency ...
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54 The Presidents of the Unite...
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54 Barack Obama: A Detailed Re...
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59 Leading from the Center: Wh...
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59 Freedom Betrayed: Herbert H...
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59 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Ta...
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59 Inside the Assassination Re...
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59 Presidential Inaugural Addr...
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59 The President and the Assas...
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65 Morning in America: How Ron...
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65 Writings (Library of Americ...
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65 John Tyler: Champion of the...
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65 Roosevelt: The Soldier of F...
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69 The Bush Tragedy
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69 Recarving Rushmore: Ranking...
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69 The Age of Reagan: The Fall...
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69 Dreams from My Father: A St...
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73 Hustler: The Clinton Legacy
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73 The Age of Reagan: The Cons...
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73 What Happened: Inside the B...
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76 The Bush Betrayal
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76 Letters and Speeches (Libra...
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76 11/22/63
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76 The Kennedy Assassination--...
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80 My Brother, Lyndon
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80 Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: T...
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80 Killing Kennedy: The End of...
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80 1920: The Year of the Six P...
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84 JFK and the Unspeakable: Wh...
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84 Grant's Final Victory: Ulys...
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86 Jefferson's Great Gamble: T...
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86 The President Is a Sick Man...
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88 John Quincy Adams: A Public...
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89 The White House Looks South...
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89 Adams-Jefferson Letters
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89 A Country of Vast Designs: ...
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92 My Dearest Friend Letters o...
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93 Revolutionary Writings, 175...
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94 Revolutionary Writings, 177...
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95 Jefferson the President: Fi...
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96 James Madison (The American...
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96 Jefferson the President: Se...
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98 Speeches and Writings
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98 Jefferson the Virginian
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100 Jefferson and the Rights of...
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Is correspondence fair game as well?


message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben sure -- as long as focus remains on at least one USA president..

also, feel free to add more books -- these 19 are clearly not a full listing


message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben Has anyone written a book about the 8 presidents between Andrew Jackson and Abe Lincoln? Not a single one of them made two terms, some were significantly less, and William Henry Harrison was dead after 30 days in office! I'm always interested in speactacular failures, and I think these 8 clowns certainly qualify!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm of two minds about adding The Year of Decision 1846 - Polk is a focus, but far from the only one.


message 6: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Aug 23, 2011 01:11PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Well, there's also Zachary Taylor if I recall correctly ... If you would add it, I'd vote for it as well -- unless Ben considers it too far afield. (Ben? It's your list!)


message 7: by Ben (new)

Ben I haven't read that one - if you think Polk and Taylor are substantial and other presidents receive substantial focus/analysis, then go ahead and add it


message 8: by Jared (new)

Jared Perkins Definitely think Caro's books on LBJ need to be added on here.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 10: by Nathaniel (new)

Nathaniel Caro's volume 4 is a terrible book for an infantilized age.http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


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