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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Franklin Benjamin

Franklin's Autobiography has received widespread praise, both for its historical value as a record of an important early American and for its literary style. It is often considered the first American book to...


Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs

by Deborah Willis & Kevin Merida

Through 150 striking color photographs, Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs charts the road to Barack Obama's nomination as the first African American to lead the presidential ticket of a major party....


The Notes

by Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan left behind a legacy that America willnever forget. Now, in this one-of-a-kind collection of his most intimatethoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectiblejokes, all...


Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

by Barbara Leaming

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

The untold story of how one woman's life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma.

Barbara Leaming's extraordinary and deeply sensitive...


Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams

by Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince

Despite her unprecedented fame, most Americans know very few details about Jackie's emotional and romantic life in the aftermath of her marriages to and American president and subsequently to one of the world's...


Playing President: My Close Ecounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush

by Robert Scheer

Award-wnning L.A. Times columnist Scheer offers unique insider perspectives on every president from Nixon to Bush Jr.


Dwight D. Eisenhower

by Tom Wicker & Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

An American icon and hero faces a nation--and a world--in transition

A bona-fide American hero at the close of World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office...


American Ideal: Theodore Roosevelt's Search for American Individualism

by Paul M. Rego

This book takes Theodore Roosevelt seriously as a man of ideas, a thinker who was deeply committed to addressing the problems of his generation. It also is a study of TR as a leader, one who used rhetoric and...


Lincoln's Other White House: The Untold Story of the Man and His Presidency

by Elizabeth Smith Brownstein

The Lincolns spent the summer of 1862 north of the White House at the Soldiers' Home. The lush, cool hill overlooking the squalid capital promised the Lincolns an escape from the "city of stink." Despite fears...


First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

by Harold I. Gullan

A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents

After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This...


James K. Polk

by John Seigenthaler & Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

The story of a pivotal president who watched over our westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy

James K. Polk was a shrewd and decisive commander in chief, the youngest president elected...


Presidential Facts for Fun! Washington to Polk

by Wyatt Michaels

In Presidential Facts for Fun! Washington to Polk, you'll find a veritable library of information about numerous American presidents, all of which is presented in a fun, game-like format. The book contains numerous...


Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationist

by R. L. Wilson, Lowell E. Baier, John Milius & Archibald Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist reflects the zest for life that was so powerfully characteristic of TR. For decades, Roosevelt's big game hunting books have been among the most often quoted and reprinted...


Vaclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern Age

by James F. Pontuso

More than any other public figure, VOclav Havel has reflected on the opportunities and dilemmas facing humankind as a result of the collapse of Communism. In VOclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern...


George Washington

by James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn & Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

A premier leadership scholar and an eighteenth-century expert define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president

Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young...


Theodore Roosevelt

by Louis Auchincloss & Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

An intimate portrait of the first president of the 20th century

The American century opened with the election of that quintessentially American adventurer, Theodore Roosevelt. Louis Auchincloss's warm and knowing...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


Jane Means Appleton Pierce: U.S. First Lady (1853-1857): Her Family, Life and Times

by Ann Covell

This book offers insight into the life of Jane Appleton, wife of President Franklin Pierce. Through family letters and anecdotes, it details Jane’s complex life and family history. This book also reveals the...


Thomas Jefferson

by Joyce Appleby & Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

An illuminating analysis of the man whose name is synonymous with American democracy

Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding...


Nasser

by Said K. Aburish

Since the death of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970 there has been no ideology to capture the imagination of the Arab world except Islamic fundamentalism. Any sense of completely secular Arab states...