Presidents & Heads of State

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“FDR, as Gerhardt shows, was certainly one of the most consequential presidents in our nation’s history, but consequential and greatness are not the same thing.”

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An Unfinished Love Story is in large measure a book about loss, both personal and political, but it’s also a celebration of the power of research to reanimate the past and reshape

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“In True Believer, Traub traces not just Hubert Humphrey’s life but the rise and fall of mid-20th century liberalism with all of its courage, promise, triumphs, contradictions, com

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“This scholarship, written as a clear, engaging narrative, inspires the reader to take the ideas presented in Life After Power to look at other post-presidency lives.”

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Churchill had laid the groundwork for the courtship of America decades before World War II by forging an American network of friendly and influential elites to promote Bri

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“In his new book Mirrors of Greatness, Reynolds reflects on how Churchill’s contemporaries helped ‘shape’ his greatness.”

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“Reeves' book is more than an intimate study of Grant and his family in a critical period of the future president’s life; it is a study of a white middle-class America in which economics, p

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“In First Family, Good writes well of George Washington and the lives of the youngest of his step-grandchildren but without overreaching with the discussion of gossip.

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“A compelling sequel to Forging a President for anyone following Hazelgrove's spirited and imaginative account of Roosevelt's myth-infused life."

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Lincoln’s God contends that the Civil War and, more particularly, the struggle over slavery, affected a religious transformation in Lincoln—a per

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“Leebaert, to his credit, presents an unvarnished look at the policymakers he credits with saving America’s democracy and shaping the post-World War II world.”

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“Fire and Rain pretends to be military and diplomatic history—and there is some of that—but is mostly an anti-Vietnam War, anti-Nixon and Kissinger screed . .

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“brilliant. . . . Beyond tracing Putin’s career and delving into his psychology, his beliefs and values, Weiss places his character firmly in context.”

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“Cleveland’s personal history offered no foreshadowing of future greatness.

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“Jefferson Morley’s new book Scorpions’ Dance uses the relationship between CIA Director Richard Helms and President Richard Nixon as a window through which to take another look at

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“Alford tells the remarkable story of spiritualism as it affected the lives of the members of the respective families of Abraham Lincoln and his assassin John Wilkes Booth.”

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Brown’s Jackson is a dueler, a ‘slaveholder, architect of Indian removal, and a critic of abolitionism.’”

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“We all know of the heartbreaks that have struck President Biden, but this biography delivers critical understanding of the role Jill has played in his life.”

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Since Donald J. Trump is still a very active politician, it is good to have an initial review of his presidency by a team of experts on 19 different facets of his presidency.

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“Jeffrey Frank recounts Truman’s policy triumphs—ending the Second World War in the Far East, launching the Truman Doctrine (aid to Greece and Turkey) and the Marshall Plan, presiding over

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“A frightening indictment of the Russian president, this book traces the long road leading up to today’s headlines.”

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“Cost’s book seeks to relate Madison’s constitutional theory of government (he is often called the Father of the U.S.

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Nothing that Wheatcroft writes can erase Churchill’s greatness. At one of the darkest hours of human history, Churchill saved Western Civilization.”

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