What are the best presidential biographies?

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    #1Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson

    This book is a complete biography of Woodrow Wilson's road to the White House, and of course the decisions he took while he was President of the United States. It puts special emphasis on his foreign policies, during and after the first World War. 

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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Just what I was looking for! I love biographies about our presidents and Woodrow Wilson is one of the most interesting. This was a nice short biography but it doesn't skimp on the details of this fascinating man's life. Great choice, thanks!"
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    #2FDR

    FDR

    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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    Marina Ávalos
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The book FDR is one of the best presidential biographies I have read in a long time! I found the book easy to read, exciting, and full of details I never knew about FDR. Jean Edward Smith is an excellent writer and kept me intrigued throughout the book."
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    #31776

    1776
    Written by the well-known historian David McCullough, 1776 recounts the birth of America as a free and independent nation. It chronicles the American Revolution until the Declaration of Independence.
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    Wayne Richards
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a great history book that is full of great information about our nation's history. It's well written and fun to read, and doesn't drag on like some history books. "
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    #4Theodore 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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    Roger Hart
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a good biography book of Edmund Morris. Highly recommend."
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    #5Truman

    Truman
    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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    Joyce Riley
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Truman was a President during WWII. This is an interesting look at him and the times surrounding his presidency. I found it entertaining and informative. I think it is one of the best biographies about a president due to the times and the man he was. It took a little while to read the entire book but it was well worth it. "
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    #6Mornings 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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    Debra Johnson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "An extraordinary look into a man who defied the odds. One of the best new books of our times. If all the history teachers taught this way we would all be history majors. This book is a must read. "
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    #7Colonel 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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    Adam Moore
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This biography by Edmund Morris is a great book that will inform you on anything you need to know about Theodore Roosevelt. It has won awards as one of the best biographies of our time. I highly recommend it"
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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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    Rachel Zhao
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "One of the best historically correct presidential biographies written. Facts are proven out with this book and not hiding the unpleasant things. Written extremely well and gave me a new insight into Adams and his presidency."
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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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    Víctor Espinosa
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I enjoy presidential biographies, and wanted to read about George Washington. I checked out Washington: A Life, and it was an amazing book! I would highly recommend it for history buffs!"
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    #10The Triumph of Improvisation

    The Triumph of Improvisation

    The Triumph of Improvisation is a book by the historian James Graham Wilson. It chronicles the events of the Cold War through an analysis of the decisions made by Gorbachev and Reagan that ultimately lead to the end of the war.

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    Peter Taylor
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a good biography! I just wish it included more of the President since it showed both sides so we didn't get to see as much as I would of liked."
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    #11Eisenhower in War and Peace

    Eisenhower in War and Peace

    This book is a perfect portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America. In in, the author chronicles Eisenhower's beginnings in the political world, as well as his presidential years, where he managed to keep the peace and improve his country's reputation all over the world. 

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    Austin Wilson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "After falling in love with the show Band Of Brothers, I decided to learn more about Eishenhower and his work. I am glad I did because this book changed my perception of how the war was fought from a macroscopic scale. The strategy that went into every single engagement alone makes this book a fascinating read."
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    #12Team 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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    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a historical novel focused on the rise of Abraham Lincoln from obscurity to famous US president. This focuses more on the political operations behind Lincoln's rise than on his life itself, but nevertheless it is a comprehensive look into the life of one of America's most well recognized presidents. I would recommend this to any history and political buff who is interested in learning more about Lincoln's rise"
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    #13The 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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    Richard Munoz
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is an interesting look at one of our most colorful presidents. Many details about stories I already knew and a few I didn't kept me burning through page after page."
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    #14Profiles 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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    Andrea Willis
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Profiles in Courage is a book by John F. Kennedy that discusses eight of his colleagues'. If you enjoy presidential biographies then you will find this book to be fascinating and enjoyable. There are many vintage photographs included as well."

Summary

Best What are the best presidential biographies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Woodrow WilsonBooks 45 Paid
2FDRBooks 42 Paid
31776Books 41 Paid
4Theodore RexBooks 37 Paid
5TrumanBooks 35 Paid
6Mornings on HorsebackBooks 34 Paid
7Colonel RooseveltBooks 31 Paid
8John AdamsBooks 27 Paid
9Washington: A LifeBooks 21 Paid
10The Triumph of ImprovisationBooks 13 Paid
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