The Presidents

The Presidents

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs“: Thomas Jefferson and the empire of the imagination / Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian clarifies philosophical questions about the Founding Father tracing his youth and development through theinconsistencies attributed to his character and his old age, sharing insights into his intellectual influences and formative experiences.

First Entrepreneur: how George Washington built his–and the nation’s–prosperity / Edward G. Lengel

The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington.

Herbert Hoover in the White House: the ordeal of the presidency / Charles Rappleye

Describes the uphill battle faced by the thirty-first president, who served his single term during the Great Depression, portraying the man as bright, well-meaning, and energetic but ultimately lacking inthe tools of leadership.

John Quincy Adams: militant spirit / James Traub

Drawing on Adams’ diary, letters, and writings, chronicles the diplomat and president’s numerous achievements and failures, revealing his unwavering moral convictions, brilliance, unyielding spirit, and political courage.

Profiles in Courage / John F. Kennedy

Profiles eight historical figures who demonstrated particular integrity in the face of opposition, including John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.

All the Best, George Bush: my life in letters and other writings / George H.W. Bush

A former president shares his life in correspondence, diary entries, and memos, from a letter home as an eighteen-year-old Navy pilot during World War II to one written to his children during the eve of Desert Storm.

Richard Nixon: the life / John A. Farrell

Traces Nixon‘s early political ambitions in his post-military years, his achievements as a senator and vice-president and his forward-thinking ideas in health care, poverty, civil rights, the environment, and foreign affairs.

Grant / Ron Chernow

Presents a portrait of the Civil War general and eighteenth president, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration, and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

Presidents of War / Michael Beschloss

A fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory.

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the land of America / Douglas Brinkley

Chronicles FDRs essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands.

The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, a lifetime of exploration, and the triumph of American natural history / Darrin Lunde

A biography of Theodore Roosevelt focusing on his career as a naturalist, his role as a pioneer for wilderness engagement, and an early advocate for museum building.

Leadership in Turbulent Times / Doris Kearns Goodwin

Draws on five decades of scholarship to offer an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership as demonstrated by Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.