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As we remember those who have led our country, check out some great reads on the lives of those who have served.

Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

John P Avlon · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 354
Format: Print book

"A vivid portrait ... A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

George Washington's Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a "parting friend" to his fellow citizens about the forces...
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Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Gordon S Wood · Penguin Press
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

From the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America's most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much...
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The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

Noah Feldman · Random House
Pages: 816
Format: Hardcover

A surprisingly controversial look at how James Madison redefined the United States in each of his three political "lives"

James Madison is revered as "the Father of the Constitution" but rarely described as a radical. Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United...
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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Fred Kaplan · Harpercollins
Pages: 652
Format: Hardcover

Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams, an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history - a leader of sweeping perspective whose progressive values helped shape the course of the nation.In this fresh...
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The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics

David Stephen Heidler · Basic Books
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties his sole claim on the public's affections derived from his victory in a thirty-minute...
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Leadership in Turbulent Times

Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come...
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Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

Annette Gordon-Reed · Times Books; 1st edition
Format: Book

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the tale of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office Andrew Johnson never expected to be president. But just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, the events...
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RON CHERNOW · Penguin Press
Pages: 1104
Format: Hardcover

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,...
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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Doris Kearns Goodwin · Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. "A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue" (Associated...
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A. Scott Berg · Putnam Adult; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography“With the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington’s current state of affairs.”—Vanity Fair“A brilliant...
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Herbert Hoover: The American Presidents Series: The 31st President, 1929-1933 (American Presidents (Times))

Sean Wilentz · Times Books
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great DepressionCatapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to feed Europe during and after World War I, Herbert Hoover--an engineer by training--exemplified the economic optimism of the 1920s....
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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Pages: 704
Format: Hardcover

A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal maker

In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest...
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Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World

William Lee Miller · Knopf; 1ST edition
Format: Hardcover

Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, consecutive presidents of the United States, were midwesterners alike in many ways—except that they also sharply differed.  Born within six years of each other (Truman in 1884, Eisenhower in 1890), they came from small towns in the Missouri–Mississippi...
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Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights

Steven Levingston · Hachette Books
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

From journalist and author Steven Levingston, a gripping, detailed account of the contentious relationship between President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the tumultuous early years of the Civil Rights movement.

Kennedy and King traces the emergence...
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Reagan: The Life

H.W. Brands · Doubleday
Format: Hardcover

From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling Historian H. W. Brands comes the definitive biography of a visionary and transformative president In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth...
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Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Jon Meacham · Random House, 2015.
Pages: 836
Format: Print book

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first...
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Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency

Nigel Hamilton · PublicAffairs; Reprint edition
Pages: 784
Format: Paperback

From best-selling, award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton, this is an insightful, prodigiously researched, and wonderfully readable account of Bill Clinton’s first term in office. It shows how a well-meaning but naïve new president failed to assert true leadership in his first...
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George W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 43rd President, 2001-2009

James Mann · Times Books
Format: Hardcover

The controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the war on terrorGeorge W. Bush stirred powerful feelings on both sides of the aisle. Republicans viewed him as a resolute leader who guided America through the September 11 attacks and retaliated...
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Obama: The Call of History

PETER BAKER · New York Times/Callaway
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't...
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Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback

Newt Gingrich · Center Street
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

No one understands the Make America Great Again effort with more insight and more experience than former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich helped President Ronald Reagan "Make America Great Again" in 1980. He authored the Contract with America and spearheaded...
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