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Kennedy

by Ted Sorensen

The classic, intimate, and magisterial biography of JFK

In January 1953, freshman senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts hired a twenty-four-year-old from Nebraska as his Number Two legislative assistant—on...


The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

by Douglas Brinkley

"Douglas Brinkley brings to this magnificent story of Theodore Roosevelt's crusade on behalf of America's national parks the same qualities that made TR so fascinating a figure—an astonishing range of knowledge,...


Best Little Stories from the White House: More Than 100 True Stories

by C. Brian Kelly & Ingrid Smyer

Behind the White House's impressive facade lies the long history of the men who have lived and governed within it's walls. From births to deaths, weddings to funerals, the White House has seen it all. In Best...


The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents: Top Ten Rankings of the Best, Worst, Largest, and Most Controversial Facets of the American Presidency

by Thomas R. Flagel

Did you know that Warren G. Harding played poker in the White House at least once a week? Or that Richard Nixon was a Quaker? The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents takes a peek behind the scenes, revealing...


George Washington

by Paul Johnson

By far the most important figure in the history of the United States, George Washington liberated the thirteen colonies from the superior forces of the British Empire against all military odds, and presided...


How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

by Peter Robinson

As a young speechwriter in the Reagan White House, Peter Robinson was responsible for the celebrated "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech. He was also one of a core group of writers who became informal...


Saddam: King of Terror

by Con Coughlin

Insightful, penetrating, and shocking, the defining biography of Iraq's deposed tyrant

Drawing on an unparalleled network of sources, contacts, and firsthand testimonies, Con Coughlin takes us to the center of...


To Move the World: JFK's Quest for Peace

by Jeffrey D. Sachs

An inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F. Kennedy’s presidency—the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office—by the New York Times bestselling author of The...


Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II

by Joseph E. Persico

All American presidents are commanders in chief by law. Few perform as such in practice. In Roosevelt’s Centurions, distinguished historian Joseph E. Persico reveals how, during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt...


Abraham Lincoln

by Stephen B. Oates

“There is no better introduction to current thinking about Lincoln and his place in history.” —Newsday

“Here, in these pages, Lincoln is still alive.” —Los Angeles Times

From Stephen B. Oates comes...


101 Amazing Nelson Mandela Facts

by Jack Goldstein

Do you want to know all of the important facts about Nelson Mandela? Amongst many other things, the first democratically elected president of South Africa spent 27 years in jail, brought an end to apartheid...


The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop

by Chip Bishop

A New York Times Bestseller

Theodore Roosevelt, accidental president, and Joseph Bishop, newspaper editor, met when the future Rough Rider was police commissioner of New York City. This is the remarkable story...


The Making of the Great Communicator: Ronald Reagan's Transformation from Actor to Governor

by Kenneth Holden

One week after Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for governor of California, the San Francisco Chronicle gibed: “It was simply a flagrant example of miscasting.” Reagan was tanking, and his businessmen...


Being Poppy: A Portrait of George Herbert Walker Bush

by Richard Ben Cramer

The most intimate portrait of George H.W. Bush ever published.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first president of the United States and the patriarch of America’s most powerful political dynasty, never...


A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him

by Michael Takiff

Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but shockingly, no single-volume biography...


Pope Francis

by Staff of The Wall Street Journal, The

On March 13, the cardinals of the Catholic Church, gathered to elect a successor to a living Pope for the first time in 600 years, announced a dramatic shift. By elevating Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina...


Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President

by Jimmy Carter

Available for the first time in paperback, Keeping Faith is Jimmy Carter's account of the satisfaction, frustration, and solitude that attend the man in the Oval Office.


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1992

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth...


His Excellency: George Washington

by Joseph J. Ellis

National Bestseller

To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the...


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...