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Editor's Note: The following is a list of select books and biographies on each of our nation’s 43 unique presidents. This list is neither definitive nor comprehensive, but it is chronological. 

1.  George Washington (1789-1797) -- Washington: A Life (2010) by Ron Chernow

 

2.  John Adams (1797-1801) -- John Adams (2008) by David McCullough

 

3.  Thomas Jefferson (1801-1817) -- Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012) by Jon Meacham

 

4.  James Madison (1809-1817) -- James Madison: A Life Reconsidered (2015) by Lynne Cheney

 

5.  James Monroe (1817-1825) -- The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness (2009) by Harlow Giles Unger

 

6.  John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) -- John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life (1999) by Paul C. Nagel

 

7.  Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) -- American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (2009) by Jon Meacham

 

8.  Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) -- Martin Van Buren: The American Presidents Series (2004) by Ted Widmer and Arthur Schlesinger

 

9.  William Henry Harrison (1841) -- Mr. Jefferson's Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy (2011) by Robert M. Owens

 

10.  John Tyler (1841-1845) -- John Tyler: The American Presidents Series (2008) by Gary May, Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz

 

11.  James K. Polk (1845-1849) -- Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (2009) by Walter Borneman

 

12.  Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) -- Zachary Taylor: The American Presidents Series (2008) by John D. Eisenhower, Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz

 

13.  Millard Fillmore  (1850-1853) -- Millard Fillmore: Biography of a President (1992) by Robert Rayback

 

14.  Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) -- Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire's Favorite Son (2004) by Peter Wallner

 

15.  James Buchanan (1857-1861) -- President James Buchanan: A Biography (1995) by Philip Klein

 

16.  Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) -- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2006) by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

17.  Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) -- Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy (2009) by David Stewart

 

18.  Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) -- Grant (2002) by Jean Edward Smith

 

19.  Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) -- Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President (1995) by Ari Hoogenboom

 

20.  James A. Garfield (1881) -- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (2012) by Candice Millard

 

21.  Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) -- Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series (2004) by Zachary Karabell and Arthur Schlesinger

 

22.  Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) -- Grover Cleveland: A Study in Character (2001) by Alyn Brodsky

 

23.  Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) -- Benjamin Harrison: The American Presidents Series (2005) by Charles Calhoun and Arthur Schlesinger

 

24.  Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) -- Grover Cleveland: A Study in Character (2001) by Alyn Brodsky

 

25.  William McKinley (1897-1901) -- The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century (2013) by Scott Miller

 

26.  Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) -- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (2010) by Edmund Morris

 

27.  William H. Taft (1909-1913) -- The Life and Times of William Howard Taft (1986) by Henry Pringle

 

28.  Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) -- Woodrow Wilson: A Biography (2011) by John Milton Cooper Jr.

 

29.  Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) -- The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Warren G. Harding in His Times (1968) by Francis Russell

 

30.  Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) -- Coolidge, An American Enigma (2000) by Robert Sobel

 

31.  Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) -- Herbert Hoover: The American Presidents Series (2009) by William Leuchtenburg, Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz

 

32.  Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) -- No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1995) by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

33.  Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) -- Truman (1993) by David McCullough

 

34.  Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) -- Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012) by Jean Edward Smith

 

35.  John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) -- A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (2002) by Arthur Schlesinger

 

36.  Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) -- The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (2012) by Robert Caro

 

37.  Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) -- Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2009) by Rick Perlstein

 

38.  Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) -- Gerald R. Ford: The American Presidents Series (2007) by Douglas Brinkley and Arthur Schlesinger

 

39.  Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) -- The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Quest for Global Peace (1998) by Douglas Brinkley

 

40.  Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) -- President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (2000) by Lou Cannon

 

41.  George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) -- George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series by Timothy Naftali, Arthur Schlesinger and Sean Wilentz

 

42.  William J. Clinton (1993-2001) -- First in His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton (1996) by David Maraniss

 

43.  George W. Bush (2001-2009) -- Decision Points (Memoir, 2011) by George W. Bush

 

44.  Barack Obama (2009-) -- The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (2010) by David Remnick



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