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Old 01-18-2017, 06:08 PM
 
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Kind of a nice story that was actually on the front page.

I really liked "Dreams from My Father."


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/b...ooks.html?_r=0
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:28 PM
 
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Barbara Bush: A Memoir, by Barbara Bush. she may not have been the actual president but as First Lady, Second Lady and the Mother of a President, her story is fascinating.

The section where she talks about the loss of her little girl is heartbreaking.
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Old 01-19-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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I really liked "Dreams from My Father."
I have not read that, though it is notable for being a book written by a President before he began his political career - thus, it is not tainted as so many books by Presidents are with the spin that human beings cannot help but put on their own political stories.

Three very good Presidential biographies I highly recommend:

Washington: A Life (Ron Chernow)
Eisenhower in War and Peace (Jean Edward Smith)
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (Jon Meacham)

These are warts-and-all biographies of men who are all the more interesting because they were not perfect.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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I have not read that, though it is notable for being a book written by a President before he began his political career - thus, it is not tainted as so many books by Presidents are with the spin that human beings cannot help but put on their own political stories.

Three very good Presidential biographies I highly recommend:

Washington: A Life (Ron Chernow)
Eisenhower in War and Peace (Jean Edward Smith)
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (Jon Meacham)

These are warts-and-all biographies of men who are all the more interesting because they were not perfect.

I recently decided to embark on a reading project of reading a biography of each of the U.S. presidents in the order in which they served. So I will be picking one up on George Washington first. My short list includes the one you noted:
  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  • Washington: The Indispensible Man by James Thomas Flexner
  • George Washington: A Biography by Washington Irving
Anyone else have any views on any of these that can help me pick a good one and get my project off right?


Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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I recently decided to embark on a reading project of reading a biography of each of the U.S. presidents in the order in which they served. So I will be picking one up on George Washington first. [/list]Anyone else have any views on any of these that can help me pick a good one and get my project off right?

Thanks!
I'd suggest asking in the History forum.
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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I recently decided to embark on a reading project of reading a biography of each of the U.S. presidents in the order in which they served. So I will be picking one up on George Washington first. My short list includes the one you noted:
  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  • Washington: The Indispensible Man by James Thomas Flexner
  • George Washington: A Biography by Washington Irving
Anyone else have any views on any of these that can help me pick a good one and get my project off right?


Thanks!
That is a great endeavor. There are SO many books on FDR, I don't know how to possibly narrow it down to just one.

I read an excellent biography of Florence Harding, which shed light on Warren, as well. (Florence Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age, And The Death Of America's Most Scandalous President by Carl Sferrazza Anthony)

Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel was a pretty good one on Calvin Coolidge.

I haven't yet read any of Washington, but I'd go with the Chernow one. He's a great author and this had been on my Of Interest list, but I don't know if it will ever make it to the top.

Also - just saw this on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/...al_Biographies
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:31 PM
 
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This isn't a biography, but you might like it - Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to their Children by Dorie McCullough Lawson (David McCullough's daughter)


Each letter is preceded by a short biography of the author and his/her relationship to the child. Some of the letters are heartbreaking, others are funny and still others (just a few, though, are quite boring).


The surprising thing is that so many of these great Americans are begging their children to listen to their advice while they are often writing the letter during a period of time where they hold great political or social power.


I gave this book to my Dad for Father's Day several years ago and he loved it.
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