The American Presidents

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John F. Kennedy
The American Presidents
Alan Brinkley; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The young president who brought vigor and glamour to the White House while he confronted cold war crises abroad and calls for social change at home John...


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William Henry Harrison
The American Presidents
Gail Collins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The president who served the shortest term—just a single month—but whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's...


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Millard Fillmore
The American Presidents
Paul Finkelman; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war In the summer of 1850, America was at...


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Andrew Johnson
The American Presidents
Annette Gordon-Reed; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the tale of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office...


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Jimmy Carter
The American Presidents
Julian E. Zelizer; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The maverick politician from Georgia who rode the post- Watergate wave into office but whose term was consumed by economic and international crises A peanut...


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Lyndon B. Johnson
The American Presidents
Charles Peters; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The towering figure who sought to transform America into a "Great Society" but whose ambitions and presidency collapsed in the tragedy of the Vietnam War Few...


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Franklin Pierce
The American Presidents
Michael F. Holt; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The genial but troubled New Englander whose single-minded partisan loyalties inflamed the nation's simmering battle over slavery Charming and handsome,...


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Herbert Hoover
The American Presidents
William E. Leuchtenburg; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The Republican efficiency expert whose economic boosterism met its match in the Great Depression Catapulted into national politics by his heroic campaigns to...


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Abraham Lincoln
The American Presidents
George S. McGovern; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

America’s greatest president, who rose to power in the country’s greatest hour of need and whose vision saw the United States through the Civil War Abraham...


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John Tyler
The American Presidents
Gary May; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The first “accidental president,” whose secret maneuverings brought Texas into the Union and set secession in motion When William Henry Harrison died in April...


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The Founding Fathers
The American Presidents
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., read by Richard Rohan
Macmillan Audio

This elegant boxed-set includes biographies of America’s first four chief executives in volumes compact enough for the busy listener....


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Harry S. Truman
The American Presidents
Robert Dallek; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century In April 1945,...


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Zachary Taylor
The American Presidents
John S. D. Eisenhower; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The rough-hewn general who rose to the nation’s highest office, and whose presidency witnessed the first political skirmishes that would lead to the Civil...


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George H. W. Bush
The American Presidents
Timothy Naftali; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors
Times Books

The judicious statesman who won victories abroad but suffered defeat at home, whose wisdom and demeanor served America well at a critical time George Bush...


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Richard M. Nixon
The American Presidents
Elizabeth Drew; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The complex man at the center of America’s most self-destructive presidency In this provocative and revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced...


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Gerald R. Ford
The American Presidents
Douglas Brinkley; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The “accidental” president whose innate decency and steady hand restored the presidency after its greatest crisis When Gerald R. Ford entered the White...


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Calvin Coolidge
The American Presidents
David Greenberg; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The austere president who presided over the Roaring Twenties and whose conservatism masked an innovative approach to national leadership He was known as...


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James A. Garfield
The American Presidents
Ira Rutkow; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The ambitious self-made man who reached the pinnacle of American politics—only to be felled by an assassin’s bullet and to die at the hands of his...


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Andrew Jackson
The American Presidents
Sean Wilentz; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The towering figure who remade American politics—the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege The Founding Fathers...


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James Monroe
The American Presidents
Gary Hart; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The former senator and presidential candidate offers a provocative new assessment of the first “national security president” James Monroe is remembered...


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Benjamin Harrison
The American Presidents
Charles W. Calhoun; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The scion of a political dynasty ushers in the era of big government Politics was in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the...


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Martin Van Buren
The American Presidents
Ted Widmer; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The first president born after America's independence ushers in a new era of no-holds-barred democracy The first "professional politician" to become...


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Ulysses S. Grant
The American Presidents
Josiah Bunting III; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely...


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Chester Alan Arthur
The American Presidents
Zachary Karabell; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

The Gilded Age bon vivant who became America's unlikeliest chief executive-and who presided over a sweeping reform of the system that nurtured him Chester...


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James Buchanan
The American Presidents
Jean H. Baker; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A provocative reconsideration of a presidency on the brink of Civil War Almost no president was as well trained and well prepared for the office as James...


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Warren G. Harding
The American Presidents
John W. Dean; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

President Nixon’s former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandal Warren G. Harding may be best known as America’s worst...


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George Washington
The American Presidents
James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

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


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James K. Polk
The American Presidents
John Seigenthaler; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

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...


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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The American Presidents
Roy Jenkins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A masterly work by the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill and Gladstone A protean figure and a man of massive achievement, Franklin Delano...


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William McKinley
The American Presidents
Kevin Phillips; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A bestselling historian and political commentator reconsiders McKinley's overshadowed legacy By any serious measurement, bestselling historian Kevin...


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John Adams
The American Presidents
John Patrick Diggins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A revealing look at the true beginning of American politics Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by...


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Woodrow Wilson
The American Presidents
H. W. Brands; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow...


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Thomas Jefferson
The American Presidents
Joyce Appleby; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

An illuminating analysis of the man whose name is synonymous with American democracy Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas...


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Dwight D. Eisenhower
The American Presidents
Tom Wicker; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

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 Eisenhower rode an...


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Rutherford B. Hayes
The American Presidents
Hans Trefousse; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A leader of the Reconstruction era, whose contested election eerily parallels the election debacle of 2000 The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford...


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John Quincy Adams
The American Presidents
Robert V. Remini; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A vivid portrait of a man whose pre- and post-presidential careers overshadowed his presidency. Chosen by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive...


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Grover Cleveland
The American Presidents
Henry F. Graff; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A fresh look at the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms. Though often overlooked, Grover Cleveland was a significant figure in American...


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James Madison
The American Presidents
Garry Wills; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

A bestselling historian examines the life of a Founding Father. Renowned historian and social commentator Garry Wills takes a fresh look at the life of...


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Theodore Roosevelt
The American Presidents
Louis Auchincloss; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor
Times Books

An intimate portrait of the first president of the 20th century The American century opened with the election of that quintessentially American adventurer,...


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James Madison by Garry Wills--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from bestselling historian Garry Wills' biography James Madison. Explore Madison's rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation if the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress. Madison oversaw the first foreign war under the constitution, and had to confront issues such as public morale, internal security, relations with Congress, and the independence of the military.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower by Tom Wicker--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Tom Wicker's biography Dwight D. Eisenhower, part of The American Presidents Series. A bona-fide American hero at the close of World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower rode an enormous wave of popularity into the Oval Office seven years later. Though we may view the Eisenhower years through a hazy lens of 1950s nostalgia, historians consider his presidency one of the least successful.

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Rutherford B. Hayes by Hans L. Trefousse--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Hans L. Trefousse's biography Rutherford B. Hayes, part of The American Presidents Series. Hayes was a leader of the Reconstruction era, whose contested election eerily parallels the election debacle of 2000. The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which Congress set up a special electoral commission, handing the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, brings recent events into sharp focus.

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John Quincy Adams by Robert V. Remini--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Robert V. Remini's biography John Quincy Adams, part of The American Presidents Series. Chosen by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive election against Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams often failed to mesh with the ethos of his era, pushing unsuccessfully for a strong, consolidated national government. Historian Robert V.

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William McKinley by Kevin Phillips--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Kevin Phillips' biography William McKinley. By any serious measurement, bestselling historian Kevin Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power.

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Grover Cleveland by Henry F. Graff--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Henry F. Graff's biography Grover Cleveland, part of The American Presidents Series. Though often overlooked, Grover Cleveland was a significant figure in American presidential history. Having run for President three times and gaining the popular vote majority each time -- despite losing the electoral college in 1892 -- Cleveland was unique in the line of nineteenth-century Chief Executives.

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John Adams by John Patrick Diggins--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from John Patrick Diggins' biography John Adams, part of The American Presidents Series. Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity.

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Harry S. Truman by Robert Dallek--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Robert Dallek's biography Harry S. Truman, about the plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. Few chief executives have had so lasting an impact.

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Woodrow Wilson by H.W. Brands--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from H.W. Brands' biography Woodrow Wilson, part of The American Presidents Series. Acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands offers a clear, well-informed, and timely account of Wilson's unusual route to the White House, his campaign against corporate interests, his struggles with rivals at home and allies abroad, and his decline in popularity and health following the rejection by Congress of his League of Nations.

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Theodore Roosevelt by Louis Auchincloss--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Louis Auchincloss' biography Theodore Roosevelt, 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 biography introduces us to the man behind the many myths of Theodore Roosevelt.

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Thomas Jefferson by Joyce Appleby--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Joyce Appleby's biography Thomas Jefferson, part of The American Presidents Series. Few presidents have embodied the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson. He was the originator of so many of the founding principles of American democracy. Politically, he shuffled off the centralized authority of the Federalists, working toward a more diffuse and minimalist leadership.

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