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Presidents of the United States

See also: Abraham Lincoln

Selected Books

Dallek, Robert
Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power
E856.D35 2007
Bestselling author Dallek (An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy) delivers what will quickly become recognized as a classic of modern history: the definitive analysis of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's complex, often troubled partnership in running American foreign policy from January 1969 through August 1974. - Publisher's Weekly
 
Dallek, Robert
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
E842.D28 2003x
Drawing upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives, An Unfinished Life includes revelations about JFK's health, his love affairs, RFK's appointment as Attorney General, what Joseph Kennedy did to help his son's election to the presidency, and the path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived.
 
Gordon-Reed, Annette
The Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family
E332.74.G67 2008
This epic work, the multigenerational story of Thomas Jefferson's hidden slave family, tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Winner of the 2008 National Book Award for nonfiction.
 
Fischer, David Hackett
Washington's Crossing
E263.P4 F575 2004
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in History.
"At the core of an impeccably researched, brilliantly executed military history is an analysis of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in December 1776 and the resulting destruction of the Hessian garrison of Trenton and defeat of a British brigade at Princeton." - Publishers Weekly
 
Lash, Joseph P.
Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers
E807.1.R48 L355 1971x
Joseph Lash was secretary and confidant to Eleanor Roosevelt. His book won a Pulitzer prize and was made into the PBS special of the same name.
 
McCullough, David G.
John Adams
E322.M38 2001
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who rose to become the second President of the United States.
 
McCullough, David G.
Truman
E814 .M26 1992
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man -- a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined -- but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.
 
 

Videos

The Adams Chronicles
Television mini-series from 1976 by WNET that dramatizes four generations of Adamses and 150 years of American history from the birth of the Revolution through the Gilded Age. Includes John Adams, a passionate revolutionary and second president, and John Quincy Adams, proud son of a famous father and sixth president.
 
The American President
Ten one-hour documentaries that focus on different aspects of character and governing style of the men who have served as president of the United States.
 
George Washington: The Unknown Years
(DVD) E312.2.G46 2006x
With reenactments and commentary by historians, this Learning Channel video tells the story of George Washington's coming of age, as he abandoned his comfortable life as a country squire and pursued a career in the military.
 
Jimmy Carter
(DVD) E873.J53 2006x
This PBS production examines the failings of Carter's political leadership in the context of the turbulent 1970's and explores the role religion played in his career.
 
John Adams
Originally broadcast on HBO as a seven-part mini-series in 2008 based on the book by David McCullough. While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers -- General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson -- in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.
 
The Presidents
(DVD) E176.1.P9198 2005x
This collection of 3 DVDs from the History Channel presents the lives and legacies of the 43 leaders of the United States including insight from journalists, scholars, and politicians, as well as rare and unseen photographs and footage.
 
Warm Springs
This HBO movie tells the inspiring true story about Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, who seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
 

Browse the Catalog

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the last names of individual presidents and under the subjects:

 

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