As we celebrate Presidents’ Day,
we’re pleased to bring you five of our favorite presidential biographies.

Truman

David McCullough’s magisterial of Harry S. Truman recounts how a Midwestern boy who didn’t graduate college rose to the presidency and steered the nation through some of its most trying times.

LEadership

Pulitzer Prize winner and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the leadership qualities of four consequential presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Presidents Club

For the first time “the presidents club” is chronicled with inside detail, examining the bonds, relationships, and conversations between presidents, from Eisenhower to Obama.

The Age of Eisenhower

We like Ike and you will, too, after this absorbing biography of the 34th president who now gets proper recognition as not just a steady leader but also a prescient one with regard to race, civil rights, technology, and the military.

A Self-Made Man

The first in this masterful multivolume series on Abraham Lincoln starts with the future president’s hardscrabble youth, including the toils under his taskmaster father, his voracious reading habit, and his courtship of Mary Todd.

What’s 5 more, right? Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

President McKinley

An overlooked president known only for his murder, William McKinley built the very platform that led his successor, Teddy Roosevelt, to great success.

No Ordinary Time

Perhaps the most complete portrait of FDR’s White House as well as his complex relationship with his wife, Eleanor.

John Adams

David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize winner reveals and restores John Adams to his proper place as a leader of men and architect of America.

Washington’s Farewell

From political correspondent John Avlon, a biography of George Washington as he prepares to leave the office but not without a dire warning to the young nation, one that rings true today.

A Country of Vast Designs

James Polk? Yes, that’s right. Long relegated as an afterthought of a president, Polk was actually as critical to the direction of America as he was controversial to its policies and Manifest Destiny.

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We like Ike and you will, too, after this absorbing biography of the 34th president who now gets proper recognition as not just a steady leader but also a prescient one with regard to race, civil rights, technology, and the military.