What are the best books about American presidents?

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    #1His Excellency: George Washington

    His Excellency: George Washington

    Joseph J. Ellis' account of George Washington's life focuses on three aspects: Washington's service in the military, his generalship during the American revolution, and his time as the first president of the United States. 


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    Ai Dai
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is an easier book to read about him than some others. It does leave some things out but it's a nice starting point to learn a few things about the man."
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    #2The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the Pulitzer Prize-winning first volume of a three-part biography by Edmund Morris. It recounts Roosevelt's life before becoming the youngest president of the United States.

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    Gerardo Chávez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This book is about one of the best known US presidents, and very much what I am looking for. I haven't personally heard of this author, but the quality of the book appears to be very high. The user reviews are also extremely positive, and there are a large number of reviews, which tells me this is a popular pick for this genre."
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    #3Profiles in Courage

    Profiles in Courage
    Profiles in Courage is a book by John F. Kennedy that compiles eight of his colleagues' insights about integrity and other noble acts. He compiled it along with vintage photographs and his extensive biography.

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    Thomas Thompson
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Although many Presidents have made for fantastic authors John F Kennedy's book Profiles in Courage really helps highlight what a special individual and communicator he was. Not only is it written in a way which it feels like he is reading to you personally but it feels like it is him telling you about himself in his own special way. I very interesting and informative book that I recommend to anyone interested in JFK himself."
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    #4Mornings on Horseback

    Mornings on Horseback

    Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt is a biography written by David McCullough. This book is a National Book Award-winning biography.


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    Amanda Larson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "What an interesting read about an extraordinary man and the family that built him. It is the biography of Theodore Roosevelt but told in the most riveting novel form. This is as good as it gets, history in the form of entertainment."
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    #5Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    In this book, popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains what made Abraham Lincoln such a political genius: the 16th president of the United States, had the ability to put himself in the place of other men, something that allowed him to lead the United States through the Civil War. 


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    Ronald Price
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "You had me at "Doris Kearns Goodwin." I love this woman, and her writing about Abraham Lincoln is particularly inspired. "
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    Truman by David McCullough is a biography of Harry S. Truman, who was the president of the United States during the historic events of World War II and the Cold War.

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    Vibhore Saxena
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great book about one of the most interesting time periods for the American Presidency. David McCullough masterfully brought Harry S. Truman to life. It was a fantastic way to learn about Truman's life and how it shaped his time in the Oval Office. I wish all history books were as good as this."
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    #7Theodore Rex

    Theodore Rex
    Theodore Rex is the second volume of Edmund Morris' biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It begins and ends with Roosevelt's time as two-term president of the US. This book is published in 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Julio Monroy
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "My favorite book about Teddy Roosevelt and American presidents is Theodore Rex, which is the 2nd volume of Edmund Morris's biography of Roosevelt. I think it is marvelously written and it really brings history to life. It covers Teddy's time in the White House. "
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    #8John Adams

    John Adams
    As told by the multi-awarded historian David McCullough, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. 


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    Matthew Boyd
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A fantastic look at John Adams. From birth through Presidency until his death every part of his life is covered. A really intriguing read and I learned so much about the man and what he did for our country. "
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    #9Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life

    Washington: A Life is a biography written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Rob Chernow. It chronicles the life of the founding father and the first man to be the president of the United States of America, George Washington.


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    Ai Jin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great biography of the first president."
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    #10American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    Years after his retirement from the public eye, and even with his political career over, Thomas Jefferson was still a very popular man, and his house was a very important tourist destination even when he was still alive. This book, tries to explain his character, and what allowed him to become one of the most popular presidents of all time. 


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    Joe Sims
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is one of the most interesting biographies I have ever read. Rather than reading like a life story it focuses on the psychology and evolution of Jefferson. It also gave insight into other politicians that interacted with one of most interesting founding fathers. I highly recommend it."
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    #11Decision Points

    Decision Points

    In this book, President George W. Bush Jr. describes every choice he had to made in both his personal and political life. This memoir of the 43th President of the US, is a journey through every decision he made, and how they changed and affected him, his life and those who he loves most.


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    Gregory Smith
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Decision Points is a book about American presidents, it helps in making our history great"
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    #12American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

    American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
    American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House is a biography written by Jon Meacham. It narrates the life of Andrew Jackson as the 7th president of the United States and founder of the Democratic Party. 

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    Ralph Soto
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This is a book gives a thorough analysis of the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. It gives a lot of insight in the the decisions he made in the context of the time he served as president."
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    #13Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
    Founding Brothers follows the lives of six men—Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and Adams—through ideological struggle and their staunch fight for democracy 

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    Scott Collins
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a great book to read on American History and the presidents. The author fills the book with great analysis on several presidents and important men behind the revolution. The author also paints some of these men in a different light than you might have read before. Your view of these men and the revolution will be totally different after reading this. "
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    #14Colonel Roosevelt

    Colonel Roosevelt

    Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris is the last installment on Morris' Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy that won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. With over 700 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Random House Trade.


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    Sanvi Jhadav
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "What A great read! I felt I really got to know President Roosevelt through reading this book. To see him a light that was not just political was heartwarming. I laughed and cried throughout reading this biography. Very good book. "
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    #15All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    All the President's Men is a non-fiction political book written by Carl Bernstein. This political book is first published in 1974. 


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    Alice Porter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a great book to help get a grasp on what is currently happening as well. It is smooth reading and I have enjoyed it."
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    #16The Inner Circle

    The Inner Circle

    The Inner Circle is a mystery crime fiction by brad Meltzer which follows the story of Beecher White, an archivist for the U.S. government who gets involved in a web of deception and murder. It was published in 2011 by Grand Central Publishing.


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    Louis Fields
    Written on May 13, 2018
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    In this portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt we can know more about the life of this president of the United States, and of course the decision -both good and bad- that he had to take, and what made him one of the best presidents ever. 


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    Samuel Kelley
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Great influential book for young people or people looking to be inspired. Available in various outlets (audiobook, kindle and physical copy). "
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    Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America is a non-fiction American history book written by Rick Perlstein. It is published in 2008 by Scribner. 


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    Donna Contreras
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "While this book is decent in the respect of going very detailed on President Nixon it does not in any way involve any of the other 44 presidents! A book focusing on one president would not be anywhere near the running of an all time best book about presidents. I am still looking for a book that fits the bill but until this time I will let this one sit on my nightstand or eventually on the goodwill pile "


Best What are the best books about American presidents
1His Excellency: George WashingtonBooks 31 Paid
2The Rise of Theodore RooseveltBooks 28 Paid
3Profiles in CourageBooks 27 Paid
4Mornings on HorsebackBooks 26 Paid
5Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnBooks 23 Paid
6TrumanBooks 22 Paid
7Theodore RexBooks 21 Paid
8John AdamsBooks 19 Paid
9Washington: A LifeBooks 18 Paid
10American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas JeffersonBooks 16 Paid

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