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President's Day Biography Reading List


The White House, Digital ID 96343, New York Public Library

Presidents' lives have always been favorite subjects for biographers. Here is a list of the some of the latest examples at the NYPL branches.

A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson
Patricia Brady
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011




Madison and Jefferson
Andrew Burstein
Random House, 2010




Washington: A Life
Ron Chernow
Penguin Press, 2010




John F. Kennedy
Robert Dallek
Oxford University Press, 2011




Andrew Johnson
Annette Gordon-Reed
Times Books/Henry Holt, 2011




Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President
Ted McClelland
Bloomsbury Press, 2010




Colonel Roosevelt
Edmund Morris
Random House, 2010





Lyndon B. Johnson
Charles Peters
Times Books, 2010





My Father at 100
Ron Reagan
Viking, 2011




George W. Bush: A Biography
Clarke Rountree
Greenwood, 2011




Ronald Reagan
Michael Schaller
Oxford University Press, 2011





A Complicated Man: the Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him 
Michael Takiff
Yale University Press, 2010




Jimmy Carter
Julian Zelizer
Times Books, 2010



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Great list. Thank you!

Great list. Thank you!

a president's mistress

Or, try a book commissioned by former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, during her editorial career: SALLY HEMINGS (Viking, 1979): this historical novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud broke the true story of how Thomas Jefferson had a mistress who was also his slave. The full story is in READING JACKIE: HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN BOOKS (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2010). With apologies for shameless self promotion.

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