What are the best US presidents biographies?

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    #1Theodore 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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    Michael Fields
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "A good biography I recoomend about a US President is Edmund Morris' biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It begins and ends with Roosevelt's time as two-term president of the US. One thing that stood out was he actually was the youngest person to assume the office. All these years I thought it was JFK."
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    #2Team 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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    Alice Wan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Are you a fan of Abraham Lincoln. This novel will bring you back to his time. Reliving history is quite nice"
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    #3Truman

    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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    Lawrence Vargas
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "If we could only have our current politicians, both democrat and republican, display as much love for our country and the American people as did Harry Truman. Our future would be bright, indeed. This book should be required reading for every member of government, whether local, state or federal."
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    #4American 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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    Shirley Oliver
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I never knew that Jackson was one of the most powerful presidents of the united states. Mr. Meacham succeeds in humanizing a very complicated figure. His narrative not only captures Old Hickory in all of his ambiguous luminosity, it also shows how understanding this President helps us to understand America -- even today. I highly recommend this book -- not only because the author is a masterful storyteller, but because he's a wise one, too, with an eye to America's struggles today and a sense of how history can help us to address them."
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    #5Washington: 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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    Alan Carlson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This reads like a decent book for people interested in history. I feel that it goes in-depth enough about Washington's life."
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    #6Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

    Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States by Helen Albee Monsell and illustrated by Kenneth Wagner focuses on the childhood of Tom Jefferson. The book is published in 1989 by publisher Aladdin.

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    Jesse Barrett
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Neat book about Thomas Jefferson, but a little more made for elementary students in my opinion. The cover of the book represents this, but honestly it is informative for whoever chooses to read it. Easy to understand which makes it suitable for all audiences."
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    #7Grant

    Grant
    This book is a complete biography of Ulysses S. Grant, the first four-star general in the entire history of the United States Army who was the president of the US for eight consecutive years. The author of the book manages to write down all the military an political achievements of the man who is, according to Jean Edward Smith, one of the most underrated presidents of the United States.




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    Marilyn Green
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Expensive book on amazon. It was interesting and I enjoyed it."
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    #8Eisenhower 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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    Marie Phillips
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This was a great biography of Eisenhower. It was a very interesting and thorough book."
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    #9Lincoln

    Lincoln
    Lincoln is a biography written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald. It chronicles the life of the 16th president of the United States, from his childhood in Kentucky to his presidency during the Civil War.
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    Brian Wright
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "People write these Lincoln books purely for the money. There is nothing new to add. It is just writing toward a particular group of people who will buy it."
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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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    Adam Hamilton
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I always liked Thomas Jefferson but I like him even more after reading this. I learned a lot about him that I did not know before. This is a truly good read."
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    #11Mornings 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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    Ashley Rose
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "If you want to learn about Theodore Roosevelt, this is the book for you. It's interesting and a definite page turner. I don't normally read these types of books but this one was really good and I highly recommend it. "
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    #12Decision 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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    Amit Trivedi
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Decision Points is a very interesting US president biography. Ever wonder what kind of decisions had to be made during the events of 9/11? In this book, George W. Bush Jr. describes his choices and why he made them."
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    #13His 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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    Ananya Patil
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is an excellent book and full of great information. It contained a lot of information I didn't know about Washington. It's a little hard to read sometimes because it could be technical, but that doesn't detract from the overall excellence of this book."
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    #14The 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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    Ruth Chavez
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Sometimes you think you've read every biography and know every detail about someone's life. Then you stumble upon a book that gives you new insight into their history. This is that book! The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is thoroughly researched, including many new details and information about him that I hadn't known before! Edmund Morris really delves into the man himself, as well as the history we've read about in books, and provides many interesting facts in such a way that he creates a beautiful (true) story."
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    #15Profiles 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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    Denise Dean
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "While a good book but it is not a US president biography. If you're expecting that, you'll be disappointed. "
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    #16Colonel 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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    Marie Evans
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "An American biography at its finest. I learned so much about this president. I also learned a lot about the state of America at that time. Fascinating read. "
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    #17With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

    With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
    The author of this book, Stephen B. Oates shares all his Civil War knowledge with everyone, focusing in the role Abraham Lincoln played in such war and every decision that it had to be made once the war was over. 




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    Emma West
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "As far as Presidential biographies go, this is one of the best. I was really happy with the level of detail in this book and the sheer amount of Civil War knowledge. "
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    #18The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    Even though nowadays private life of the Presidents of the United States are rather known for everyone, this wasn't common back in the 19th century. This book shares lots of anecdotes and stories of the Lincolns, the marriage of Mary Todd and Abraham that lasted many years. 

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    Tiffany Brooks
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I love this! I love learning about our presidents. I love that I don't have to physically have to have it in book form, but can even read on my phone. The price is good and not overly priced either. I encourage my children to learn as much as possible about our presidents, both past and present!"
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    #19Unreasonable Men

    Unreasonable Men

    Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics is written by Michael Wolraich. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Sara Arias
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is the best biography I have ever read. I read twice already and plan to read it again. He really was a great man with big visions for this country."
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    #20The Bully Pulpit

    The Bully Pulpit
    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism is written by Doris Kearns Goodwin which explores the relations of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.


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    Guadalupe Navarro
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Bully Pulpit goes on my books wishlist because of the recommendations from The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Economist but it's at the top of the list for not being a fluffy, everything is positive and roses account on Roosevelt. We need to put this book in the hands of every person who thinks everything done in the past was done with good intentions and a better moral standard."
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    #21FDR

    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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    Gerald Douglas
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This biography on Franklin Delano Roosevelt is very well-written. This book is a great representation of a presidential leader. FDR had an amazing connection with the citizens during his time. I read this book from front-to-back over the course of a month and am glad I did. I learned a lot about an interesting president. If you like biographies, give this one a read and you won't regret it!"
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    #22The War Lovers

    The War Lovers
    The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 is written by Evan Thomas. This book accounts the events after 1898 when the American ship USS Maine exploded. This book is published by Little, Brown and Company.
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    Stephen Elliott
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "i love war movies and novels so this article made me feel am in the action its really interesting and i love the action "
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    #23Theodore Roosevelt: A Life

    Theodore Roosevelt: A Life

    Theodore Roosevelt: A Life is a biography written by Nathan Miller on the 26th president of the United States. With over 600 pages, this book is published in 1994 by William Morrow Paperbacks.

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    Jerry Stewart
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "If you want a great book about US presidents, Theodore Roosevelt:A Life is what you are looking for. You will really understand Roosevelt after reading the book."
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    #24T.R.: The Last Romantic

    T.R.: The Last Romantic

    T.R.: The Last Romantic is a biography of Theodore Roosevelt written by Henry William Brands. With over 900 pages, this biography is published in 1998 by Basic Books.

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    Anthony Williamson
    Written on April 16, 2018
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Best What are the best US presidents biographies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Theodore RexBooks 45 Paid
2Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnBooks 41 Paid
3TrumanBooks 41 Paid
4American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White HouseBooks 39 Paid
5Washington: A LifeBooks 36 Paid
6Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United StatesBooks 34 Paid
7GrantBooks 30 Paid
8Eisenhower in War and PeaceBooks 27 Paid
9LincolnBooks 25 Paid
10American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas JeffersonBooks 23 Paid
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