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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

by John W. Dean

Former White House counsel and bestselling author John Dean reveals how the Bush White House has set America back decades--employing a worldview and tactics of deception that he claims will do more damage to...


Woodrow Wilson

by John Milton Jr Cooper

The first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America’s foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars.

A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of...


When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House

by Patricia O'Toole

A remarkable portrait of one of our most remarkable presidents, When Trumpets Call focuses on Theodore Roosevelt's life after the White House. TR had reveled in his power and used it to enlarge the scope of...


What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President

by Michael Lind

Countless books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, yet few historians and biographers have taken Lincoln seriously as a thinker or attempted to place him in the context of major intellectual traditions....


We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends

by David Herbert Donald

In this brilliant and illuminating portrait of our sixteenth president, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner David Herbert Donald examines the significance of friendship in Abraham Lincoln's life and the role it played...


Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency

by Lou Dubose & Jake Bernstein

Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in U.S. history. He has thrived alongside a president who from day one had little interest in policy and limited experience in the ways of Washington....


Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story

by Michael Isikoff

"I realized something that should have been apparent to me much earlier: I was in the middle of a plot to get the president."

A quarter of a century after Woodward and Bernstein's history-making expose All the...


Ulysses S. Grant

by Michael Korda

One of the first two volumes in Harper's Eminent Lives series, Korda brings his acclaimed storytelling talents to the life of Ulysses S. Grant – a man who managed to end the Civil War on a note of grace, serve...


Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games

by Mitt Romney & Timothy Robinson

Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts, built a career turning around troubled companies. As the CEO of Bain Capital and Bain & Company, he and his firm helped propel the success of hundreds of companies, from...


Thomas Jefferson

by Christopher Hitchens

In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within...


Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands: A Young Politician's Quest for Recovery in the American West

by Roger L. Di Silvestro

Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands chronicles the turbulent years

Roosevelt spent as a rancher in the Badlands of Dakota Territory,

during which the character and commitment of the future president and

conservationist...


The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President

by Mark Halperin

Who's ready for the oval office?

They call it a horse race, and in this election the candidates got out of the gate early. But it's still hard to tell them apart and make a choice. Mark Halperin, veteran reporter...


The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress

by William Jelani Cobb

A powerful, insightful examination of the impact of Barack Obama's candidacy and election.


The Revolution: A Manifesto

by Ron Paul

This Much Is True:

You Have Been Lied To.

The government is expanding.

Taxes are increasing.

More senseless wars are being planned.

Inflation is ballooning.

Our basic freedoms are disappearing.

The Founding Fathers...


The Real Romney

by Michael Kranish & Scott Helman

Mitt Romney has masterfully positioned himself as the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Even though he’s become a household name, the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma...


The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family

by Peter Firstbrook

"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage."

--David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com

On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in...


The Obamas

by Jodi Kantor

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they...


The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton

by Joe Klein

Joe Klein, best-selling author of Primary Colors and one of our most brilliant political analysts, now tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton. Astute, even-handed, and keenly intelligent, The Natural...


The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm

by Will Swift

In The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm, Will Swift presents a fresh, empathetic interpre­tation of the ambassadorship of Joseph Kennedy and explores the intricate, often shifting relation­ships among Kennedy,...


The Case for Big Government

by Jeff Madrick & Ruth O'Brien

Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this were true, noted economist Jeff Madrick argues, the nation would not be experiencing stagnant wages, rising...


The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1790

by Thomas Jefferson, Michael Zuckerman & Paul Ford

In 1821, at the age of seventy-seven, Thomas Jefferson decided to "state some recollections of dates and facts concerning myself." The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, introduced here by historian Michael...


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

by Barack Obama

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds,...


The Activist: John Marshall, <I>Marbury v. Madison</I>, and the Myth of Judicial Review

by Lawrence Goldstone

"A valuable review of a complex subject. It also has relevance for today, when...judges, in the name of adhering strictly to the words of the Constitution, use judicial review, which is not in the Constitution,...


Tell Newt to Shut Up: Prize-Winning Washington Post Journalists Reveal H

by David Maraniss & Michael Weisskopf

PRIZEWINNING WASHINGTON POST JOURNALISTS REVEAL HOW REALITY GAGGED THE GINGRICH REVOLUTION

Speaker Newt Gingrich and his troops promised a revolution when they seized power in January 1995. The year that followed...


Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy

by Charlie Savage

In 1789, the Founding Fathers came up with a system of checks and balances to keep kingly powers out of the hands of American presidents. But in the 1970s and '80s, a faction of Republican loyalists, outraged...


Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush

by Molly Ivins & Lou Dubose

When it comes to reporting on politics, nobody does it smarter or funnier than bestselling author Molly Ivins. In Shrub, Ivins focuses her Texas-size smarts on the biggest politician in her home state: George...


Showdown

by David Corn

The veteran political journalist and New York Times bestselling author goes behind the scenes at the White House to recount the dramatic tale of a pivotal period in the Obama presidency, from the game-changing...


Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster

by Martin Anderson & Annelise Anderson

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for...


Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid

by Joe Klein

People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn’t holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country...


Permanently Blue: How Democrats Can End the Republican Party and Rule the Next Generation

by Dylan Loewe

In 2008 Democrats accomplished the political trifecta that had eluded them for more than 40 years:  get a progressive president elected and win landslide victories in the House and Senate at the same time. ...


Obama Music

by Bonnie Greer

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, London based author and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's Presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. And that it is only...


Nixon and Kissinger

by Robert Dallek

With the publication of his magisterial biography of John F. Kennedy, An Unfinished Life, Robert Dallek cemented his reputation as one of the greatest historians of our time. Now, in this epic joint biography,...


Memo to the President Elect

by Madeleine Albright

The next president will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past eight years. In Memo to the President, former secretary...


Lincoln, Inc.: Selling the Sixteenth President in Contemporary America

by Jackie Hogan

Lincoln, Inc. is an engaging examination of the uses and abuses of the sixteenth president's image in America today. Whether in political campaigns, blockbuster films, school pageants, or soft drink advertisements,...


Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

by Ron Paul

In Liberty Defined, congressman and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with his most provocative, comprehensive, and compelling arguments for personal freedom to date. The term "Liberty" is...


John Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2002

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough....


Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

by Chris Matthews

“What was he like?”

Jack Kennedy said the reason people read biography is to answer that basic question. What was he like, this man whose own wife called him “that elusive, unforgettable man?” In this...


Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory

by Edward G. Lengel

An entertaining and erudite history that offers a fresh look at America's first founding father, the creation of his legend, and what it means for our nation and ourselves

George Washington's death on December...


In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

by Dick Cheney & Liz Cheney

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most...


Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

by Glenn Greenwald

A takedown of the GOP’s deceitful propaganda machine from the hugely popular blogger of Salon.com’s Unclaimed Territory and the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic...


Grant

by Jean Edward Smith

Ulysses S. Grant was the first four-star general in the history of the United States Army and the only president between Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve eight consecutive years in the White House....


Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

by Sally Bedell Smith

In GRACE & POWER: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed...


For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years

by Sally Bedell Smith

During their eight years in the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton worked together more closely than the public ever knew. Their intertwined personal and professional lives had far-reaching consequences–for...


First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton

by David Maraniss

Who exactly is Bill Clinton, and why was he, of all the brilliant and ambitious men in his generation, the first in his class to reach the White House? Drawing on hundreds of letters, documents, and interviews,...


Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington

by Rick Perry

Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great.

But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds...


End the Fed

by Ron Paul

In the post-meltdown world, it is irresponsible, ineffective, and ultimately useless to have a serious economic debate without considering and challenging the role of the Federal Reserve.

Most people think of...


Election 2012: The Battle Begins (The RealClearPolitics Political Download)

by Carl M. Cannon & Tom Bevan

Real Clear Politics’ first in a series of in-depth looks at the 2012 campaign.

With unsurpassed access to the White House, Republican candidates, and their respective staffs, Election 2012: The Battle Begins...


Core of Conviction: My Story

by Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann is one of the most compelling leaders in America. But despite all the magazine covers and cable television stories, most people don't know who she really is, where she comes from, or what she...


Conservatives Without Conscience

by John W. Dean

On the heels of his national bestseller Worse Than Watergate, John Dean takes a critical look at the current conservative movement

In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean places the conservative movement's...


Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise

by Barack Obama

At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change. After years of failed policies and failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim the American dream. Barack Obama has...


Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

by Lou Dubose & Molly Ivins

A simultaneously rollicking and sobering indictment of the policies of President George W. Bush, Bushwhacked chronicles the destructive impact of the Bush administration on the very people who put him in the...


Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches

by John W. Dean

The concluding volume of The New York Times bestselling trilogy

One of today?s most outspoken and respected political commentators asks: How can our democracy function when the key institutions of government...


Barack Obama: The Story

by David Maraniss

From one of our preeminent journalists and modern historians comes the epic story of Barack Obama and the world that created him.

In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational...


An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

by Robert Dallek

Everywhere acclaimed for its compelling narrative, its fresh insights, and its dispassionate appraisal of John F. Kennedy's presidency, this #1 national bestseller is the first full-scale single-volume biography...


An American Life: An Enhanced eBook with CBS Video: The Autobiography

by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life—public and private—told in a book both frank and compellingly readable.

Few presidents...


American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2009

by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated...


A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

by Glenn Greenwald

What will be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? In this fascinating, timely book, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long-term effect on the nation. What began on shaky, uncertain...


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