The 10 Best Presidential Biographies

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American Ulysses: A Life of Uly...
Truman Biography
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Whether you're a history buff or a casual reader, this curated list of presidential biographies includes tomes that will leave you both enthralled and informed. By engaging with the stories of some of America's most prominent and memorable leaders, you'll learn about the political process and how the United States as we know it came to be, during its best and worst moments alike. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best presidential biography on Amazon.

10. President Coolidge

9. Reagan: The Life

8. Mornings on Horseback

7. Truman Biography

6. John Adams

5. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

4. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

3. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

2. Washington: A Life

1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln


Daniel Goldstein
Last updated on July 19, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.


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