About Book Reviews

There are many thousands of books written about USA Presidents. According to Businessinsider.com there are about 15,000 books on Abraham Lincoln alone!  USAPresidents has taken on the mission to help narrow this down,  not just for Lincoln, but for every president. By consulting 40+ various website lists, (Shown with links at bottom of this page) we have listed what we feel is only the best! The book reviews (mostly from Amazon)  under each president’s page are in order from best to worst. We base this on how many times they appeared on the various website lists consulted. The book appearing at the top of each page was on the most lists but every book reviewed is on least one of these lists.

Best Of The Best

Of all the books written about the US Presidents, 29 have won a Pulizer Prize.  These are listed below:

2011 Washinton: A Life  By Ron Chernow 

2011 The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery  By Eric Foner 

2009 The American Lion: Andrew Jackson In The Whitehouse  By John Meacham 

2009 The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family  By Annette Gordon-Reed 

2005 Washington’s Crossing  By David Hackett Fischer  

2003 Master Of The Senate (LBJ)  By Robert A. Caro 

2002 John Adams  By David McCullough   Amazon Review

2001 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation  By Joseph J. Ellis   Amazon Review

1995 No Ordinary Time:Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II   By Doris Kearns Goodwin   Amazon Review

1993 Truman  By David McCullough   Amazon Review

1993 Lincoln At Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America   By Garry Wills   Amazon Review

1992 The Fate Of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties  By Mark E. Neely   Amazon Review

1982 Grant: A Biography  By William McFeely   Amazon Review

1980 The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt  By Edmund Morris   Amazon Review

1975 Jefferson and His Time, Volumns I-V   By Dumas Malone   Amazon Review

1972 Eleanor and Franklin By Joseph P. Lash   Amazon Review

1971 Roosevelt the Soldier of Freedom  By James MacGregor Burns   Amazon Review

1966 A Thousand Days (JFK)  By Arthur M. Schlesinger   Amazon Review

1962 The Making Of the President 1960  By Theodore H. White   Amazon Review

1960 In the Days of McKinley  By Margaret Leech   Amazon Review

1959 Woodrow Wilson  By Arthur Walworth   Amazon Review

1958 George Washington Volumns I-VI  By Douglas Southhill Freeman   Amazon Review

1950 John Quincy Adams and the foundations of American Foreign Policy  By Samuel Flagg Bemis   Amazon Review

1949 Roosevelt and Hopkins  By Robert E. Sherwood   Amazon Review

1940 Woodrow Wilson, Life and Letters, Volumns VII and VIII  By Ray Stannard Baker   Amazon Review

1940 Abraham Lincoln: The War Years  By Carl Sandberg   Amazon Review

1938 Andrew Jackson (Two Volumns)  By Marquis James   Amazon Review

1933 Grover Cleveland  By Allan Nevins   Amazon Review

1932 Theodore Roosevelt  By Henry F. Pringle   Amazon Review


Other Books of note

Not every good book written about the Presidents focus on just one.  Listed below are some great books about multiple presidents.  Some of these books also appear on individual pages and some do not.

“the Presidents-a Reference History” edited by Henry Graff.

Backstairs at the whitehouse

The Presidents Fact Book: The Achievements, Campaigns, Events, Triumphs, and Legacies of Every President

by Roger Matuz , Bill H

Lists Consulted In Determining Best Books:

A Commonplace BlogFive Books of Reagan
AbeBooksThe 25 Best Books about Abraham Lincoln
About Great Books30 Great Books about Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee
All The Presidents BooksOne Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
America’s StoryGood Books About Thomas Jeferson
Art of ManlinessSome Book Recommendations in Honor of Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday
At Times DullJanet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Books 4 MenTop 10 Ronald Reagan books
Best Presidential BiosThe Best Presidential Biographies
BooktribReading up on the Roosevelts: Great books about the historic trio
Business InsiderThere are about 15,000 books on Abraham Lincoln — here are the 7 you should read
Christian Science MonitorTo celebrate Washington’s birthday: 5 best books about George Washington
Englewood Review of BooksAbraham Lincoln – Ten of the Best Biographies
EsquireThe Best Novels About JFK’s Death
Exploring the PastAnalyzing Mediocre, Good, and Great U.S. Grant Biographies
Five BooksH W Brands recommends the best books on American Presidents
Flashlight WorthyEverything I Wanted to Know About Abraham Lincoln, I Learned From These Books
Foreign AffairsFive Books on Barack Obama
Huffington PostPresidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Jungle FindBiographies of James Madison on Amazon
Jungle FindBest Books about Andrew Jackson on Amazon
Library of CongressSelected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
MashableWhy I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
NewsmaxBiography of FDR: The 5 Books All Presidential Historians Should Read About Franklin Roosevelt
NPRThe Lives Of Geniuses: Five Brilliant Biographies
NPRBest Books (And Surprising Insights) On Lincoln
NY TimesGood Books About Bad Presidents
PatheosFive Great Books on George Washington
PoliticoThe Presidential Books Worth Reading
Presidential HistoryPresidential Resources
Presidential History (Again)Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USAPresidents USA
ShmoopShmoop Books
SignaturePenguin Randomhouse
The Christian Science Monitor5 great books about obscure presidents
The Daily BeastThe Best Books on President Lincoln
The Daily CallerThe 4 Best Thomas Jefferson Books To Read On His Birthday
The Dallas Morning NewsOur picks for the best JFK books, movies and other resources
The Tailored ManThe 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Wall Street JournalBooks on Abraham Lincoln
The Wall Street JournalA Prismatic View Of John F. Kennedy
The Washington PostThe Fix’s list of best presidential biographies
The Week6 must-read books about John Kennedy
Wall Street JournalEssential Books on FDR
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