The American President Project


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As I charge on through a book about Alexander Hamilton (not a U.S. President - see below), I was reminded of a blog project that's been floating around in my head for a while, which is to read at least one book about each U.S. President.  Not necessarily a straight up door step biography, but a book in which they feature in some way (even fiction if necessary - I'm looking at you Warren Harding & Carter Beats the Devil).  I reserve the right to be political, and I may read more the one about some (Lincoln, Washington) and just the bare minimum about others (Hayes, Bush).  As a person whose favorite ride growing up at Disneyworld was the Hall of Presidents, I think this project was basically fated to be.  P.S. we  dragged the kids back last time I was at Disney at it was as awesome as ever.

And, I thought I'd also start a "Not A President" section, for famous Americans who never quite grabbed the brass ring (or for people who people think were presidents - a shocking number of people asked me when AH was president.  C'mon folks - just because he's on the money doesn't make him a President).  

So here we go -

                          THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS

George Washington - 1776, David McCullough

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson - The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon Reed

James Madison

James Monroe

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren

William Henry Harrison

John Tyler

James K. Polk 

Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore

Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan

Abraham Lincoln - Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin; American Brutus, Michael W. Kauffman

Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James A. Garfield - Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard

Chester A. Arthur

Grover Cleveland

Benjamin Harrison

Grover Cleveland

William McKinley - The President and the Assassin, Scott Miller

Theodore Roosevelt - The Roosevelts: An American SagaPeter Collier with David Horowitz

William Howard Taft

Woodrow Wilson

Warren Harding

Calvin Coolidge

Herbert Hoover

Franklin Roosevelt- The Roosevelts: An American SagaPeter Collier with David Horowitz

Harry Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson - The Path to Power, Robert Caro

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

George H.W. Bush

William Jefferson Clinton

George W. Bush

Barak Obama - Dreams from My Father, Barak Obama 

Collections!

Hidden Power, Kati Morton (Wilson, F. Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, W. Bush)

                                                      Not A President (in chronological order)

James Hay! - All the Great Prizes, John Taliafairo (but so much on Lincoln, and Teddy R!).

**Image by Jasonwyates

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017