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Craig Fehrman

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Craig Fehrman is a journalist and historian who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Indiana with his wife and children. Author in Chief is his first book.

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Craig Fehrman Thanks for the question! There are a bunch of them, actually, but John Adams stands out. Before I started my book, I had no idea he wrote the first pr…moreThanks for the question! There are a bunch of them, actually, but John Adams stands out. Before I started my book, I had no idea he wrote the first presidential autobiography. And Adams was such an impulsive, emotional person. Here's how he described the feeling of doing careful, thoughtful writing: "painful and distressing . . . almost like a blow on the elbow or the knee." Adams was always blurting out what he was thinking in that moment, which made him fun to study -- and probably explains why he was able to write such a revealing book.(less)
Craig Fehrman Great question! My book has thirteen chapters. Here are the presidents who star in those chapters:

1) Jefferson
2) Adams
3) Washington, plus Jefferson / …more
Great question! My book has thirteen chapters. Here are the presidents who star in those chapters:

1) Jefferson
2) Adams
3) Washington, plus Jefferson / Madison / Monroe
4) Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams
5) Lincoln
6) Grant
7) Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
8) Coolidge
9) Theodore Roosevelt / Coolidge / FDR
10) Truman
11) JFK
12) Reagan
13) Obama

There is a paragraph or two on a number of other presidents (Carter as the first to write on a personal computer, say, or Trump doing book signings at Waldenbooks). But this list shows the presidents who get extended treatment.(less)
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Welcome to my Goodreads profile!

Hi there -- and thanks for visiting! On February 11, Avid Reader will publish my first book, Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote.

I spent ten years writing and researching this book, which offers a completely new perspective on the presidency (and has tons of stuff for book lovers too). Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting about the books that influence Read more of this blog post »
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Thanks for a great question! This is an anthology that gathers 91 selections from 37 different presidents -- 500 pages of the best speeches and essays and autobiographies ever written by America's presidents, with some of them never appearing in prin See Full Answer
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This is still my favorite Morrison novel. I love how specific it is, like in the first section, when one of the girls comes down with a cold. Morrison takes this simple event and makes it overwhelming -- the house with not enough heat and not enough ...more
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Morris's books look like presidential biographies -- long, densely noted, stacked in the front of Barnes & Nobles -- but their prose hits a different level than anything else in this genre. While Morris really does the research, he uses all of those ...more
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Miller is my favorite book reviewer. (These days, you can find her work at Slate.) So it's no surprise that she wrote a terrific book -- and that her book focuses on books.

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This book explains so much about modern America, but the reason it does that so convincingly -- and the reason it's such a gripping, heartbreaking read -- is the way Wilkerson grounds her big narrative in the everyday. The Great Migration swept up mi ...more
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Bissell is a fantastic and versatile writer, and this book is worth reading even if you're not a regular gamer. (The last chapter, on Grand Theft Auto and addiction, is the best.) But the reason I kept coming back to Extra Lives while working on my o ...more
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Lillian Ross is my favorite nonfiction writer -- because of her simple and elegant prose, and because of her ability to capture the humanity of the people she writes about. Her most (in)famous example is a profile of the aging Ernest Hemingway, colle ...more
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