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, John W. Dean, James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn, 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.

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Books in This Series

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Bios & Memoirs

James Madison

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

Bios & Memoirs

John Quincy Adams

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

Bios & Memoirs

Grover Cleveland

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

Bios & Memoirs

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Bios & Memoirs

Rutherford B. Hayes

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

Bios & Memoirs

Thomas Jefferson

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

Bios & Memoirs

Woodrow Wilson

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

Bios & Memoirs

John Adams

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

Bios & Memoirs

William McKinley

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

Bios & Memoirs

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

Bios & Memoirs

James K. Polk

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

Bios & Memoirs

George Washington

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

Bios & Memoirs

Warren G. Harding

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

Bios & Memoirs

James Buchanan

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

Bios & Memoirs

Chester Alan Arthur

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

Bios & Memoirs

Ulysses S. Grant

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

Bios & Memoirs

Martin Van Buren

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

Bios & Memoirs

Benjamin Harrison

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

Bios & Memoirs

James Monroe

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

Bios & Memoirs

Andrew Jackson

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

Bios & Memoirs

James A. Garfield

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

Bios & Memoirs

Calvin Coolidge

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

Bios & Memoirs

Gerald R. Ford

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

Bios & Memoirs

Richard M. Nixon

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

Bios & Memoirs

George H. W. Bush

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

Bios & Memoirs

Zachary Taylor

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

Bios & Memoirs

Harry S. Truman

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

Bios & Memoirs

John Tyler

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

Bios & Memoirs

Abraham Lincoln

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

Bios & Memoirs

Herbert Hoover

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

Bios & Memoirs

Franklin Pierce

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

Bios & Memoirs

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

Bios & Memoirs

Jimmy Carter

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

Bios & Memoirs

Andrew Johnson

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

Bios & Memoirs

Millard Fillmore

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

Bios & Memoirs

William Henry Harrison

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

Bios & Memoirs

John F. Kennedy

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

Bios & Memoirs

George W. Bush

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

Bios & Memoirs

Ronald Reagan

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

Bios & Memoirs

Bill Clinton

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

Bios & Memoirs

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