Vidal’s historical novel is a tale of ambition and corruption that spans the years between the New Deal and the McCarthy era. The story follows a conservative senator, a young congressional aide, and a newspaper tycoon as they all converge in the nation’s capital.
Engage with the political season by reading about the first president of the United States. Chernow’s acclaimed biography explores George Washington’s early years and his exploits in the army as well as his presidency. Chernow paints a portrait of Washington as a dynamic, passionate man of ambition.
Joseph J. Ellis
This book takes a fresh and fascinating perspective on the story of the Founding Fathers. Joseph Ellis masterfully weaves untold tales of secret meetings, duels, and fiery debates. He sheds new light on the personalities and passions of Hamilton, Burr, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Washington and Madison. With every election candidate invoking these men in their speeches, this book lets them speak for themselves.
The Plot Against America
In this chilling alternative history, Roth creates a United States that elected Charles Lindbergh in the 1940 presidential election, instead of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The novel follows the fictional Roth family throughout the Lindbergh presidency, as antisemitism takes hold over America. The author based the novel on Lindbergh’s real-life isolationist ideas.
It’s important to stay informed in an election, and now that it’s common for presidential candidates to write books before running, it’s easy to learn about their views. Long before she announced that she would be running in the 2016 election, Carly Fiorina wrote a book about her career as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
The 2016 presidential election season is well underway already, and it looks like we’re in for quite a year of debates, polls, and pundits. What better time to brush up on your American history and presidential biographies? Oh, and we threw some fun political dramas and thrillers in the mix, too, just for fun. This list will guide you as you exercise your liberty to read.
Bookshelf Curated by Brittany Goss