2017-2018 Presidential Reading Goal




This (is the second) year (in a row) I want to read a book about each president NOT named Washington, Lincoln, or Kennedy. I will still read books about them I am sure, but I need to branch out and learn about all of these great and not-so-great men who were chosen at various times in history to lead the greatest nation on earth.

**EDIT** 1-1-18: Here we go again, wish me luck! Sometimes I may choose to not write a full review of the book, for lack of time. I may write up something short, in which case the link will take you to Goodreads.

**EDIT** 12/20/17: I think we can agree that this goal was a colossal failure. Never fear, 2018 is right around the corner!

**EDIT** 3/29/17: With me now working on my own book project, I have decided that while attempting this goal, I will not necessarily being doing a full review for all of the books. I will still rate them and say a few things or make a few notes, but to try to maximize my time, something has to give. I am juggling reading president books with Eleanor of Aquitaine jumping about inside my brain and while I enjoy the busy-ness of it all, I have to be realistic about what I can accomplish while also being a momma and an educator.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

1. George Washington

2. John Adams

3. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson by Joyce Appleby 3 Stars (2018)

4. James Madison

5. James Monroe

6. John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary by David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason 4 Stars (2018)

7. Andrew Jackson

8. Martin Van Buren

9. William Henry Harrison

10. John Tyler

11. James K. Polk

12. Zachary Taylor

13. Millard Filmore

14. Franklin Pierce

15. James Buchanan

16. Abraham Lincoln
Father Lincoln: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Boys - Robert, Eddy, Willie, and Tad by Alan Manning 4 Stars (2018)

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams, 5 Stars (2018)

Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era by David Herbert Donald, 3 Stars (2018)

Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln by Francis Bicknell Carpenter, 4 Stars (2018)

17. Andrew Johnson

18. Ulysses S. Grant

19. Rutherford B. Hayes

20. James Garfield

21. Chester A. Arthur

22. and 24. Grover Cleveland

23. Benjamin Harrison

25. William McKinley

26. Theodore Roosevelt:
Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner 4 Stars (2017)

27. William H. Taft

28. Woodrow Wilson

29. Warren. G. Harding

30. Calvin Coolidge

31. Herbert Hoover
Herbert Hoover by William Leuchtenburg 2 Stars (2018)

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

33. Harry Truman

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower:
Eisenhower: A Life by Paul Johnson 3 Stars (2017)

35. John F. Kennedy:
If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield 3 Stars (2017)

36. Lyndon B. Johnson

37. Richard Nixon:
Watergate: The Scandal that Brought Down a President by Charles River Editors 3 Stars (2017)

38. Gerald Ford

39. Jimmy Carter

40. Ronald Reagan

41. George H.W. Bush

42. Bill Clinton

43. George W. Bush

44. Barack Obama:
The Obamas by Jodi Kantor 1 Star (2017)

Books about Multiple Presidents

8 comments:

  1. Um, isn't there someone missing at the end of your list, Sarah?

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    1. He's not in office yet, and I would never consider him worthy of reading about anyway! That's saying a lot, considering I always thought W would be the worst.

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    1. Thank you! As I have read about some of my favorite presidents over the years, I have come to realize how little I know about others. I am excited to accomplish this goal.

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  3. Great idea! I've been playing with the idea of reading a book on each president (at least those who were in office long enough to do something....no love for you, Harrison!), but it's a back-burner kind of thing. Good luck to you in your quest, though!

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    1. Thank you! I've fallen hopelessly behind in my attempt and this will soon become the 2017/2018 Presidential Goal, but it is one I still hope to complete. Poor Harrison, always left out of everything!

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  4. I remember really liking Ford's autobiography "A Time to Heal", especially the letter he wrote to his son, but when I read it I didn't know a thing about his presidency ,and I was REALLY young -- 17, 18. He and Carter have remained in my head as two of the more genuinely decent people to be in office in the 20th, although they weren't good at the job. It may be not a post fit for genuinely nice people.

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    1. I will look for that biography. I don't think I have one in mind yet for Ford. But give me ten minutes in Half Price Books and then it will be a completely different story!

      I definitely agree at least a bit that genuinely nice people don't make good presidents. When you truly want to help people, and you're working against a Congress and lobbyist who are out for themselves, it is hard to get things done.

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