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Hey, Jon! Biography recommendation?
Topic Started: Feb 13 2018, 06:41 PM (61 Views)
George K
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Looking for a recommendation for my next presidential biography.

I've done Chernow's Washington (and Hamilton and Grant)
Brands Jackson
McCullough's Truman and Adams
Borneman's Polk
Wutokwits Eisenhower (ugh)


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If only Dr. Seuss had lived long enough to finish his profile of ______ _____

You can fill in the blank.


The Confederate soldier was peculiar in that he was ever ready to fight, but never ready to submit to the routine duty and discipline of the camp or the march. The soldiers were determined to be soldiers after their own notions, and do their duty, for the love of it, as they thought best. Carlton McCarthy
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How about my speculative autobiography as a future POTUS? Interested? You'd be the first (and presumably only) reader!
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McCullough’s Mornings on Horseback is a fascinating book about TRs youth from an author who never disappoints.
Edmund Morris’ TR Trilogy s awesome if you want to commit to it. The middle volume, Theodore Rex, is about the presidency.

It’s not presidential of course, but Chernow’s Rockefeller bio is exceptional and covers a lot of the post civil war era through the first decades of the 20th century.

Ambrose’s Eisenhower, again 2 volumes. But like his Nixon set the books stand alone nicely. And it’s not like Eisenhower’s pre-presidential life wasn’t as interesting as they get.

FDR. by Jean Edward Smith. Probably the best single-volume bio of him.

And of course there’s Caro’s Johnson.


Interested in a more modern president? Try Medcham’s GHWB, Maraniss’ Clinton or Brand’s Reagan bio.
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jon-nyc
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Seriously, though, just looking at the list you’ve read, I’d say “TR is next”
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I mean, there’s Lincoln too.... but you just finished Grant so I figured something a little different.
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jon-nyc
Feb 14 2018, 03:20 AM
I mean, there’s Lincoln too.... but you just finished Grant so I figured something a little different.
I did Team of Rivals - forgot to mention that, so, Lincoln.

Isaacson's Franklin, Bush's Decision Points, Part 1 of Nixon, Dallek's Kennedy.

Yeah, I think Rockefeller might be a nice continuation of the Grant story.
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