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

One Man Against the World: The Traged...

Tim Weiner

A shocking and riveting look at one of the most dramatic and disastrous presidencies in US history, from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Tim Weiner.Based largely on documents declassified only in the last few years, One ...

Published: Jun 2016

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

These Few Precious Days: The Final Ye...

Christopher P. Andersen

They were the original power couple—outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, #1 New York Times bestselling biogr...

Published: Feb 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

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

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

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

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

The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up

Donald Gibson

Over the course of half a century, polls have repeatedly shown that most Americans refuse to accept the official story of the Kennedy Assassination. That story, set forth by the media and by a Presidential Commission dominated by repr...

Published: Dec 2014

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

The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Joh...

Joseph A. Califano

From Lyndon Johnson's closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which "Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory" (The New York Times Book Review) that's been called "a j...

Published: Feb 2015

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 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

The Unexpected President: The Life an...

Scott S. Greenberger

When President James Garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Vice President Chester A. Arthur to become a strong and effective president, a courageous anti-corruption reformer, and an early civil rights advocate.Despite his promisi...

Published: Jun 2019

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

His Final Battle: The Last Months of ...

Joseph Lelyveld

A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: Foreign Affairs, BloombergIn March 1944, as World War II raged and America's next presidential election loomed, Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with congestive heart...

Published: Oct 2017

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: Mar 2004

Kennedy: The Classic Biography

Ted Sorensen

A powerfully moving biography of JFK by one of his closest friends and advisors. Sorensen's work was first published in 1965 when the wounds caused by the assassination had barely time to heal. It has remained a classic and is indi...

Published: Nov 2009

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

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

The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank...

Brian Lamb

The complete rankings of our best -- and worst -- presidents, based on C-SPAN's much-cited Historians Surveys of Presidential Leadership. Over a period of decades, C-SPAN has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of Amer...

Published: Apr 2020
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