Category: Biographies

Biographies and autobiographies, especially those of past Presidents and statesmen, should be regular reading for our current President. There is, perhaps, no better means by which the President can avoid the mistakes of the past and build upon those who came before than to understand what our past leaders have done and why they did it.

  1. John Adams by David McCullough

    Overview (from In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose … Continue reading

  2. Life by Keith Richards

    Overview (from Wikipedia) Life is a memoir by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, written with the assistance of journalist James Fox. Published in October 2010, in hardback, audio and e-book formats, the book chronicles Richards’ love of music, charting influences … Continue reading

  3. The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine

    General Overview THE SECRET SERVICE. An elite team of men who share a single mission: to protect the president of the United States. On November 22, 1963, these men failed—and a country would never be the same. Now, for the … Continue reading

  4. James Madison: The Founding Father by Robert Allen Rutland

    General Description In this very human portrait of Madison and his role in the early, problem-fraught years of the new republic, University of Virginia professor Rutland, editor of the Madison Papers, not ony depicts him as a fervent patriot, combining … Continue reading

  5. Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner

    General Description (from After more than two decades, this dramatic and concise single-volume distillation of James Thomas Flexner’s definitive four-volume biography George Washington, which received a Pulitzer Prize citation and a National Book Award for the fourth volume, has … Continue reading

  6. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

    General Description Newsweek editor and bestselling author Meacham (Franklin and Winston) offers a lively take on the seventh president’s White House years. We get the Indian fighter and hero of New Orleans facing down South Carolina radicals’ efforts to nullify … Continue reading

  7. Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

    General Description (from Even before the book was out, its juiciest bits were everywhere: Sarah Palin was serene when chosen for V.P. because it was “God’s plan.” Hillary didn’t know if she could control Bill (duh). Elizabeth Edwards was … Continue reading

  8. Churchill by Paul Johnson

    From Publisher’s Weekly In this enthusiastic yet first-rate biography, veteran British historian Johnson (Modern Times) asserts that Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was the 20th century’s most valuable figure: No man did more to preserve freedom and democracy…. An ambitious, world-traveling soldier … Continue reading

  9. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    General Description (from Franklin’s writings span a long and distinguished career of literary, scientific, and political inquiry–the work of a man whose life lasted for nearly all of the 18th century, and whose achievements ranged from inventing the lightning … Continue reading

  10. Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

    Description (from Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as “a masterpiece” (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National … Continue reading