best_presidential_biographies

1) George Washington

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Washington

By James Thomas Flexner

2) John Adams

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John Adams

By David McCullough

3) Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

By Jon Meacham

4) James Madison

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James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

By Lynne Cheney

5) James Monroe

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The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness

By Harlow Giles Unger

6) John Quincy Adams

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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary,

By Harlow Giles Unger

7) Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

By H.W. Brands

8) Martin Van Buren

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Martin Van Buren

By Ted Widmer

9) William Henry Harrison

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Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time

By Freeman Cleaves

10) John Tyler

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John Tyler

By Gary May

11) James K. Polk

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Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

By Walter R. Borneman

12) Zachary Taylor

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Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest

By K. Jack Bauer

13) Millard Fillmore

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Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President

By Robert J. Rayback

14) Franklin Pierce

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Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son and Franklin Pierce: Martyr for the Union

By Peter A. Wallner

15) James Buchanan

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President James Buchanan: A Biography

By Philip S. Klein

16) Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln Reconsidered

By David Herbert Donald

17) Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson

By Hans L. Trefousse

18) Ulysses S. Grant

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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

By Ulysses Grant

19) Rutherford B. Hayes

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Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President

By Ari Hoogenboom

20) James A. Garfield

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

By Candice Millard

21) Chester A. Arthur

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Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur

By Thomas C. Reeves

22) Grover Cleveland

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The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland

By John Pafford

23) Benjamin Harrison

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Benjamin Harrison

By Charles W. Calhoun

24) Grover Cleveland

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An Honest President: The Life and Times of Grover Cleveland

By H.P. Jeffers

25) William McKinley

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The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century

By Scott Miller

26) Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt Series

By Edmund Morris

27) William Howard Taft

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

28) Woodrow Wilson

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Wilson

By A. Scott Berg

29) Warren G. Harding

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Warren G. Harding

By John W. Dean and Arthur M. Schlesinger

30) Calvin Coolidge

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Coolidge

By Amity Shlaes

31) Herbert Hoover

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Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency

By Charles Rappleye

32) Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox

By James MacGregor Burns

33) Harry S. Truman

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Truman

By David McCullough

34) Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Eisenhower: A Life

By Paul Johnson

35) John F. Kennedy

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John Kennedy

By James MacGregor Burns

36) Lyndon Baines Johnson

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Buy Being Nixon: A Man Divided at Amazon

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

By Evan Thomas

38) Gerald R. Ford

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Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life

By James Cannon and Scott Cannon

39) James Earl Carter

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The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House

By Douglas Brinkley

40) Ronald Wilson Reagan

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Reagan: The Life

By H.W. Brands

41) George H.W. Bush

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Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

By Jon Meacham

42) William Jefferson Clinton

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The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House

By John F. Harris

43) George W. Bush

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Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

By Peter Baker

44) Barack Obama

Buy The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama at Amazon

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

By David Remnick

45) Donald Trump

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TrumpNation

By Timothy L. O'Brien

Published on 15 Feb 2019