A Promised Land
In the highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.
You Never Forget Your First
You Never Forget Your First is an unvarnished look at this nation’s first president that also happens to be mercifully free of the generations of whitewashing that accompany the legend of George Washington. From his earliest days raised by a single mother to his complicated military career and presidency, he did not want his final days spent confronting what may have been the largest sin of his life—his legacy as a slave-owner. Alexis Coe paints the portrait of a complicated and imminently fallible man.
Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
The Roosevelt I Knew
She would go on to be named the first woman ever appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, serving as Secretary of Labor for FDR’s administration, but Frances Perkins began as a young social worker who met the future president at a dance in 1910. She became his trusted advisor and friend and her account of the interior life of the 32nd President is fascinating. In turn, we learn more about Perkins and her unflappable cool as she fought for labor rights—including the adoption of social security, unemployment insurance, and minimum wage—in the United States.
George W. Bush
An intimate biography of George H. W. Bush, America’s 41st President, as told through the eyes of his son, 43rd President George W. Bush. The biography spans the elder Bush’s life, from his service in World War II to his early career in Texas oil to his political ascent and his eventual two-term presidency, and touches on the ways he influenced his son. A unique look at this political figure.
David Remnick, Pulitzer-Prize winner and longtime editor of The New Yorker, applies his journalistic sensibilities to the life of our first African-American president Barack Obama. Through in-depth interviews with Obama’s teachers, mentors, friends, and family, he paints a nuanced portrait of a man whose meteoric path from law student to Commander-in-Chief was inspired by the work of black leaders who came before him.
In honor of Election Day today (Go vote!), we’ve rounded up six Presidential biographies that we couldn’t put down. So after you cast your ballot for the Commander-in-Chief, dive into one of these biographies, which remind us about the inspiring leaders that have helped write our nation’s history. Read them when tonight’s election coverage becomes unbearable.
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