There are hundreds of books published on American presidents. To save you time trying to find your next read, we pull together 10 of the most popular titles with updated prices for delivery to your door.
First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas E. Ricks
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a revelatory new book about the founding fathers, examining their educations and, in particular, their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics--and how that influence would shape their ideals and the new American nation. On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, Thomas Ricks awoke with a few questions on his mind: What kind of nation did we now have? Is it what was designed or intended by the nation's founders? Trying to get as close to the source as he could, Ricks decided to go back and read the philosophy and literature that shaped the founders' thinking, and the letters they wrote to each other debating these crucial works--among them the Iliad, Plutarch's Lives, and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero. For though much attention has been paid the influence of English political philosophers, like John Locke, closer to their own era, the founders were far more immersed in the literature of the ancient world. The first four American presidents came to their classical knowledge differently. Washington absorbed it mainly from the elite culture of his day; Adams from the laws and rhetoric of Rome; Jefferson immersed himself in classical philosophy, especially Epicureanism; and Madison, both a groundbreaking researcher and a deft politician, spent years studying the ancient world like a political scientist. Each of their experiences, and distinctive learning, played an essential role in the formation of the United States. In examining how and what they studied, looking at them in the unusual light of the classical world, Ricks is able to draw arresting and fresh portraits of men we thought we knew. First Principles follows these four members of the Revolutionary generation from their youths to their adult lives, as they grappled with questions of independence, and forming and keeping a new nation. In doing so, Ricks interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man, and how that shaped our constitution and government, but offers startling new insights into these legendary leaders.
The Complete Book of US Presidents: Third Edition by Bill Yenne
Publisher: Crestline Books
Inform your vote with the history and personal stories of 45 US Presidents in this beautifully illustrated volume. From the first president, George Washington, to the most recent president, Donald Trump, the United States has seen a host of extraordinary men take office. Their stories are all included in The Complete Book of US Presidents by journalist and historian Bill Yenne. This book features short, biographical essays about the lives of 45 presidents, jam-packed with unusual details and expounding on the significant roles each commander-in-chief played in the shaping of the United States and its relations with the world. Lavishly illustrated, including each president's official White House portrait, sidebars about each and every vice president and First Lady, and interesting anecdotes, this book is accessible to a broad audience and will captivate any history lover during election season. The Complete Book of US Presidents is an expansive collection that reflects on America's rich presidential history, telling the story of a nation through the biographies of some of its greatest political leaders.
Our Country's Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency by Ann Bausum
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
"[F]eatures comprehensive profiles of the 44 former presidents along with timelines and descriptions of crucial events during their terms. Information about the 2016 president-elect is also included."--
The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents 2020 Edition: Fascinating Facts About Each and Every President, Including an American History Timeline by Running Press
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Updated for 2020, readers can easily relive the course of American history through a detailed timeline, more than 50 vivid photographs and illustrations, information about each president's term in office, and the major political issues of each era.
Presidents of the United States of America: A History of America's Leaders by Franklin Taylor
Publisher: Independently published
A history of the office of the President of the United States, from 1789 to the present... This book is a perfect introduction to America's Presidents and the United States Government. Each chapter takes an education look at the life of an American President, how they rose into power, and what the country was like during their time in office. Never before has so much information been packed into one easy to read book. In Presidents of the United States of America, you will learn: Biographical details about each President's birthplace, family life, political party and other interesting trivia The headlines, scandals, heroes, and villains that defined America Presidential nicknames, famous quotes and detailed stories of ruthless Presidential Campaigns The fascinating history of the White House And so much more... Presidents of the United States of America is perfect for readers of all ages. Clear, easy to use, and full of valuable information, this book is a must for anyone interested in American history. Relive the fascinating course of the United State's history through the lives of its Presidents, from George Washington all the way up to its present leaders. A perfect resource for home and school.
In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler
Publisher: Crown Forum
A behind-the-scenes account of the experiences of Secret Service agents draws on interviews with more than 100 current and former agents who served during the administrations of such presidents as JFK, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Reprint. A best-selling book.
The Presidents Fact Book: The Achievements, Campaigns, Events, Triumphs, and Legacies of Every President by Roger Matuz
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
An All-New Edition! The Presidents Fact Book is a complete compendium of all things presidential and a sweeping survey of American history through the biographical lens of every president from George Washington through Donald Trump. Organized chronologically by president, each entry covers the major accomplishments and events of the presidential term; cabinet members, election results, groundbreaking legislation, and Supreme Court appointments; personality and personal habits; career before the presidency; a behind-the-scenes look at the wives, families, friends, and foes; and much more, including hobbies, odd behaviors, and outlandish penchants. Major primary documents from each administration-from the Bill of Rights to Barack Obama's speech on race in America-provide a glimpse into the crucial moments of America's storied past in the words of those who led the nation. Perfect for students, history buffs, and political junkies, The President's Fact Book is at once an expansive collage of our nation's 45 individual presidents and a comprehensive view of American history.
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