Biography & Autobiography - Presidents & Heads Of State

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the ...

Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Ja...

Published: Apr 2009

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevel...

Candice Millard

Theodore Roosevelt is remembered for having been one of the more active and robust of the presidents; the former Rough Rider boxed, hiked, and went on safari. He was also interested in nature, science, and exploration. Following his i...

Published: Oct 2006

My Life: The Presidential Years Vol. ...

Bill Clinton

People see Bill Clinton's two-term presidency either as a tumultuous one from the start that ended ignominiously in scandal, or as a very ambitious and successful eight years of service that left the economy strong and increased Ameri...

Published: Jun 2005

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Ma...

Candice Millard

The extraordinary New York Times-bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Mi...

Published: Jun 2012

Assassination Vacation

Sarah Vowell

A tour of key historic sites in America where incidents of political violence have occurred reveals lesser-known points of interest pertaining to each and shares information about how history has been shaped by popular culture and tou...

Published: Jan 2006

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abrah...

Thomas J. Dilorenzo

A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary WarMost Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books...

Published: Dec 2003

The Presidents Club: Inside the World...

Nancy Gibbs

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history...

Published: Feb 2013

Eisenhower: Soldier and President (Th...

Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose draws upon extensive sources, an unprecedented degree of scholarship, and numerous interviews with Eisenhower himself to offer the fullest, richest, most objective rendering yet of the soldier who became president. ...

Published: Mar 2005

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. P...

Robert W. Merry

A highly acclaimed biography of a much neglected president, a gripping narrative that illuminates a crucial epoch in U.S. history.

Published: Nov 2010

My Life: The Early Years

Bill Clinton

Many readers of Bill Clinton's large, one-volume autobiography MY LIFE said that their favorite sections were the early parts of the book, in which Clinton recorded his struggles as a young boy to overcome deficits that could have sto...

Published: May 2005

Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Lives)

Thomas Keneally

The ideal concise biography of an American icon— now available in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth The self -mad e man from a log cabin, the great orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr—Lincoln's s...

Published: Jan 2009

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Bara...

David Remnick

No story has been more central to America's history this century than the rise of Barack Obama, and until now, no journalist or historian has written a book thatfully investigates the circumstances and experiences of Obama's life or e...

Published: Jan 2011

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

H. W. Brands

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in. An orphan at a young age and without formal...

Published: Oct 2006

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Stor...

Betty Boyd Caroli

This "smartly written…stunning" (The Boston Globe) portrait of Lady Bird as the essential strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, and ballast for her husband Lyndon offers "a penetrating analysis…of a marriage that pai...

Published: Oct 2016

A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals ...

Charles Lachman

A Secret Life sets the record straight on the sex scandal that nearly took down a president. Famed as a pugnaciously honest leader, Grover Cleveland set the tone for what a politician should do when caught in scandal: "Whatever ...

Published: Jan 2013

The Faith of George W. Bush

Stephen Mansfield

In this study of the unique role that religion plays in George W. Bush's life and presidency, author Mansfield looks at how Bush credits his faith for bringing him through several life crises, and the role that faith plays in his dail...

Published: Apr 2004

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

Lynne Cheney

A major new biography of the fourth U.S. president, from New York Times–bestselling author Lynne CheneyJames Madison was a true genius of the early republic, the leader who did more than any other to create the nation we know today....

Published: May 2015

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

Jimmy Carter

In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and "reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian" (Bo...

Published: Jul 2016

American Sphinx: The Character of Tho...

Joseph J. Ellis

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight--and not only during his active political career. After 1809, his longed-for reti...

Published: Apr 1998

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (...

Christopher Hitchens

In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America'...

Published: May 2009

Eisenhower: A Life

Paul Johnson

Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson's lively, succinct profile of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores his life and enduring legacyIn the rousing style he's famous for, Paul Johnson offers a fascinating biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower, with p...

Published: Aug 2015

Young Stalin

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless poli...

Published: Oct 2008

Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His F...

Peter Schweizer

Reagan's War is the story of Ronald Reagan's personal and political journey as an anti-communist, from his early days as an actor to his years in the White House. Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan as an empty suit who playe...

Published: Oct 2003

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Evan Thomas


Published: Mar 2016

Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicola...

Joshua Zeitz

An intimate look into Lincoln's White House and the aftermath of his death, via the lives of his two closest aidesIn this timely look into Abraham Lincoln's White House, and the aftermath of his death, noted historian and political ad...

Published: Dec 2014


Elinor Burkett

The first female head of state in the Western world and one of the most influential women in modern history, Golda Meir was a member of the tiny coterie of founders of the State of Israel, the architect of its socialist infrastructur...

Published: Jul 2009

Theodore Rex

Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt's two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, "TR" succeeded to power ...

Published: Oct 2002

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams...

John Adams

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail...

Published: Dec 2003

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Edmund Morris

Described by the Chicago Tribune as 'a classic,' The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest biographies of our time. The publication of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt on September 14th, 2001 marks the 100th annivers...

Published: Nov 2001

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Pre...

Walter R. Borneman

In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment.James K. Polk occupied the White House for only four years, from 1845 ...

Published: Apr 2009
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