200 Best Books About American Presidents

On July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

American Presidents have kind of become modern royalty, and this has more or less not been a good thing for the world. Personality culture in politics is never good. Anyways, these are the top books about American presidents (some of whom have been good - Lincoln and FDR, for example) of Goodreads readers.

John Adams by David McCullough
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Truman by David McCullough
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt
Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
Grant by Jean Edward Smith
John Quincy Adams: A Public Life
With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
Decision Points by George W. Bush
Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years by Carl Sandburg
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk
A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
Wilson by A. Scott Berg
Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History by Fawn M. Brodie
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S. Grant
My Life by Bill Clinton
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson
An American Life by Ronald Reagan
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield by Kenneth D. Ackerman
The Life of Andrew Jackson by Robert V. Remini
Write It When I’m Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford by Thomas M. DeFrank
A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr.
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger
Eisenhower: The White House Years by Jim Newton
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H.W. Brands
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Empire
James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Louis Ketcham
FDR by Jean Edward Smith
Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton
The President and the Assassin: McKinley
T.R.: The Last Romantic by H.W. Brands
John Adams: A Life by John Ferling
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr.
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris
Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom
Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America by David O. Stewart
The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter
1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza
Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper Jr.
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney
Thomas Jefferson by R.B. Bernstein
Jefferson and the Rights of Man by Dumas Malone
Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty by Dumas Malone
The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
Jefferson the President: First Term
The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It by Richard Hofstadter
Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone
Jefferson the President: Second Term
The Age of Jackson by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Eisenhower: Soldier And President by Stephen E. Ambrose
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson
James Madison by Garry Wills
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly
The Coming of the New Deal 1933–35 (The Age of Roosevelt
Chester Alan Arthur (The American Presidents
Arguing about Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller
The First of Men: A Life of George Washington by John Ferling
Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade: The Extraordinary Post-presidential Life of John Quincy Adams by Joseph Wheelan
The Politics of Upheaval 1935–36 (The Age of Roosevelt
The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton by Joe Klein
The Sage of Monticello by Dumas Malone
Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling
The Crisis of the Old Order 1919–33 (The Age of Roosevelt
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic by Charles N. Edel
Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom
John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan
Franklin Pierce: Martyr for the Union by Peter A. Wallner
In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity by Harry Ammon
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon by John Ferling
A Wicked War: Polk
President Kennedy: Profile of Power by Richard Reeves
Garfield by Allan Peskin
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom by Conrad Black
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution by James M. McPherson
The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s by Gil Troy
Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency by John C. Waugh
41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
Bush by Jean Edward Smith
The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton by Joe Conason
Two Americans: Truman
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John W. Dean
Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel
Theodore Roosevelt (The American Presidents
John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward P. Crapol
Andrew Jackson (The American Presidents
Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths by Stephen B. Oates
The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President by Taylor Branch
A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland by Charles Lachman
State of Denial by Bob Woodward
The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren G. Harding in His Times by Francis Russell
Presidents of the United States: Biographies in Brief by Nathan Lee
The Presidents of the United States by Richard S. Hartmetz
Barack Obama: A Detailed Response to Benghazi by Illumination Publishing
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek
Warren G. Harding (The American Presidents
Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy by Vincent Michael Palamara
George Washington: Life and Death by George Roseman
All Cloudless Glory Boxed Set by Harrison Clark
Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America by Eric Rauchway
John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit by James Traub
Presidential Inaugural Addresses 1789–2009 by Richard S. Hartmetz
The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son by Peter A. Wallner
In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age by John William Ward
The Age of Reagan: A History
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The American Presidents
Andrew Johnson: Plebeian and Patriot by Robert W. Winston
RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon
President Nixon: Alone in the White House by Richard Reeves
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham
The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980–1989 by Steven F. Hayward
Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life by Carlo D’Este
Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation by Richard Norton Smith
An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover by Richard Norton Smith
Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur by Thomas C. Reeves
The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order
Millard Fillmore by Robert Scarry
A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford by Gerald R. Ford
Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era by David Herbert Donald
Grover Cleveland: A Study in Courage by Allan Nevins
The Young Jefferson 1743–1789 by Claude Gernade Bowers
Jefferson and Hamilton the Struggle for Democracy in America by Claude Gernade Bowers
John Tyler (The American Presidents
Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Keneally
Jefferson in Power — The Death Struggle of the Federalists by Claude Gernade Bowers
FDR: A BIOGRAPHY by Ted Morgan
The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine
Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full by Conrad Black
James K. Polk (The American Presidents
Martin Van Buren and the American Political System by Donald B. Cole
Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House by Richard Wolffe
Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda
Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner
George Washington and Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots by Dave R. Palmer
Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician by Roger Morris
John Adams by Page Smith
Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward
Herbert Hoover: A Public Life by David Burner
Bush at War by Bob Woodward
Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington by Peter R. Henriques
Harry S. Truman: A Life by Robert H. Ferrell
The War Lovers: Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage by Joseph E. Persico
The War Within: A Secret White House History
James Madison and the Making of America by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
General George Washington: A Military Life by Edward G. Lengel
The Conquerors: Roosevelt
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington by Richard Brookhiser
The Rough Rider (Teddy Roosevelt Centennial Classics Illustrated 1957 special issue comic) (HRN-141) (№149) by Theodore Roosevelt
Inventing a Nation: Washington
George Washington by Ingri d’Aulaire
Lincoln for Beginners by Paul M. Buhle
Abraham Lincoln (with panel zoom) — Classics Illustrated by Classic Comic Store
Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President (C-Span Books) by Brian Lamb

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