The American Presidents

Author:

Jeffrey Rosen, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Sean Wilentz, Michael Tomasky, Jacob Weisberg, James Mann, Alan Brinkley, Gail Collins, Paul Finkelman, Annette Gordon-Reed, Julian E. Zelizer, Charles Peters, Michael F. Holt, William E. Leuchtenburg, George S. McGovern, Gary May, Richard Rohan, Robert Dallek, John S. D. Eisenhower, Timothy Naftali, Elizabeth Drew, Douglas Brinkley, David Greenberg, Ira Rutkow, Gary Hart, Charles W. Calhoun, Ted Widmer, Josiah Bunting III, Zachary Karabell, Jean H. Baker, James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn, John W. Dean, John Seigenthaler, Roy Jenkins, Kevin Phillips, John Patrick Diggins, H. W. Brands, Joyce Appleby, Hans Trefousse, Tom Wicker, Henry F. Graff, Robert V. Remini, Garry Wills, Louis Auchincloss

About this Series

“I regard The American Presidents Series as an exciting educational opportunity, telling the history of the United States in terms of forty-two men who at one time or another led  or misled  the republic.”
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, is the publisher of the landmark series The American Presidents. The acclaimed presidential historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., served as general series editor until his death in February 2007. Sean Wilentz, the distinguished Princeton University historian, has taken over the reins as series editor. It is the aim of the series to present the grand panorama of our chief executives in volumes compact enough for the busy reader, lucid enough for the scholar. Each volume will be an incisive, meditation-length biographical essay that focuses on the subject’s presidency, even as it offers a distillation of his life, character, and career.

To undertake the biographies of the American Presidents, Times Books has engaged a wide variety of distinguished contributors, including Garry Wills on James Madison, John Dean on Warren G. Harding, Douglas Brinkley on Gerald R. Ford, and Joyce Appleby on Thomas Jefferson.

The American Presidents Series will present the forty-four Americans who have served as president, to help tell the story of a nation.

Visit the American Presidents Series website

Books in This Series

Theodore Roosevelt

By Louis Auchincloss; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

James Madison

By Garry Wills; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

John Quincy Adams

By Robert V. Remini; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Grover Cleveland

By Henry F. Graff; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Dwight D. Eisenhower

By Tom Wicker; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Rutherford B. Hayes

By Hans Trefousse; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Thomas Jefferson

By Joyce Appleby; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Woodrow Wilson

By H. W. Brands; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

John Adams

By John Patrick Diggins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

William McKinley

By Kevin Phillips; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By Roy Jenkins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

James K. Polk

By John Seigenthaler; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

George Washington

By James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Warren G. Harding

By John W. Dean; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

George Washington

By James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn; Edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.; Read by Richard Rohan

Autobiography

James Buchanan

By Jean H. Baker; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Chester Alan Arthur

By Zachary Karabell; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Ulysses S. Grant

By Josiah Bunting III; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Martin Van Buren

By Ted Widmer; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Benjamin Harrison

By Charles W. Calhoun; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

James Monroe

By Gary Hart; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Andrew Jackson

By Sean Wilentz; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

James A. Garfield

By Ira Rutkow; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Calvin Coolidge

By David Greenberg; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Gerald R. Ford

By Douglas Brinkley; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

Richard M. Nixon

By Elizabeth Drew; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

Autobiography

George H. W. Bush

By Timothy Naftali; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Zachary Taylor

By John S. D. Eisenhower; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Harry S. Truman

By Robert Dallek; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

John Tyler

By Gary May; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Abraham Lincoln

By George S. McGovern; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Herbert Hoover

By William E. Leuchtenburg; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Franklin Pierce

By Michael F. Holt; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Lyndon B. Johnson

By Charles Peters; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Jimmy Carter

By Julian E. Zelizer; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Andrew Johnson

By Annette Gordon-Reed; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Millard Fillmore

By Paul Finkelman; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

William Henry Harrison

By Gail Collins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

John F. Kennedy

By Alan Brinkley; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

George W. Bush

By James Mann; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Ronald Reagan

By Jacob Weisberg; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

Bill Clinton

By Michael Tomasky; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Sean Wilentz, General Editors

Autobiography

About the Author

About the Author