The best presidential biographies

Talmage Boston Author Of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about Our Presidents
By Talmage Boston

The Books I Picked & Why

A. Lincoln: A Biography

By Ronald C. White Jr.

A. Lincoln: A Biography

Why this book?

It’s the best cradle-to-grave biography of Lincoln, quite an accomplishment, given that over 16,000 books have been written on him. The book goes deep on a special interest I have in our 16th president: his long and winding faith journey. White’s passion for his subject serves to energize the reader.


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George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father

By David O. Stewart

George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father

Why this book?

This book delivers a full appreciation of Washington’s unique and unappreciated political skills which led to his being the unanimous choice for leading the American military during the Revolution, the Constitutional Convention, and two presidential terms. The author makes the Father of our Country come alive as a human being who was always a cut above his colleagues.


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The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I

By Robert A. Caro

The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I

Why this book?

This book is the first of four on LBJ by Caso (and, we're waiting on the fifth and final volume), the series is spectacular, though the Path to Power is my favorite. No one goes deeper in researching his subject than Caro, and he’s quite simply the most dazzling non-fiction writer in the world. LBJ is a fascinating study in how someone will do whatever it takes to acquire and use power, with absolutely no regard for ethical considerations.


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Being Nixon: A Man Divided

By Evan Thomas

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Why this book?

Although Nixon has been our most disgraced president, pre-Trump, he (like LBJ) is a marvelously complicated study of a person with major strengths and weaknesses, and a refusal to be defeated by any obstacles or setbacks. Thomas is discerning in his understanding of what made his subject tick—which is quite an achievement.


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Edmund Morris's Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy Bundle: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt

By Edmund Morris

Edmund Morris's Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy Bundle: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt

Why this book?

No one has ever attacked life with fervor like Theodore Roosevelt, and that caused him to descend into increasing darkness every year after his presidency. Morris spent the better part of his adult life researching and writing about his subject, and he found the core of TR and painted the ultimate work picture of him with a marvelous flair for description.


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