When Donald Trump took the oath of office in January of 2017, he became the 45th president of the United States, a country unique not only in its founding but in its peaceful transition of power between leaders. Except in certain circumstances, such as in the case of death in office, every US president has had a predecessor and a successor that lived following their inauguration. That’s an astounding success for democracy and our world.

Because we have had forty-four unique individuals serve as president, including Donald Trump, there is a plethora of information out there about each and every one of them. Presidential biographies are a fruitful genre that garner wide acclaim when they are done properly and harsh criticism when they get the facts wrong. Some presidents make more interesting subject matter than others, and have thus had countless biographies written about them, while others have been relegated to a handful of unpopular biographies gathering dust on shelves.

Each and every US president is special, because the United States itself is special. They all deserve recognition, even the ones we don’t necessarily think did a great job in office. Here’s a list of the best biographies of every single president so far, from Washington to Trump, that you can find wherever books are sold. Broaden your horizons, learn to love the art of the biography, and dive into the life story of a president you may not know much about.


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George Washington – Washington: A Life

John Adams – John Adams

Thomas Jefferson – American Sphinx

James Madison –  James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

James Monroe – The Last Founding Father

John Quincy Adams – John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Andrew Jackson – American Lion

Martin van Buren – Martin Van Buren: The Romantic Age of American Politics

William Henry Harrison – Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer

John Tyler – John Tyler, the Accidental President

James K Polk – Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

Zachary Taylor – Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest

Millard Fillmore – The Remarkable Millard Fillmore

Franklin Pierce – The Life of Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan – James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln

Andrew Johnson – Impeached

Ulysses S Grant – Grant

Rutherford B Hayes – Rutherford B Hayes: Warrior and President

James Garfield – Destiny of the Republic

Chester A Arthur – The Unexpected President

Grover Cleveland – The Forgotten Conservative

Benjamin Harrison – Battlefield Presidents

William McKinley – President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

Theodore Roosevelt – Mornings on Horseback

William Howard Taft – William Howard Taft: An Intimate History

Woodrow Wilson-  Wilson

Warren G Harding – The Teapot Dome Scandal

Calvin Coolidge – Coolidge

Herbert Hoover – Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

Franklin D Roosevelt – FDR

Harry S Truman – Truman

Dwight D Eisenhower – Eisenhower in War and Peace

John F Kennedy – A Thousand Days

Lyndon B Johnson – Master of the Senate

Richard Nixon – Being Nixon

Gerald Ford – Gerald R Ford: An Honorable Life

Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at 90

Ronald Reagan – Ronald Reagan: A Life in Politics

George H. W. Bush – Destiny and Power

Bill Clinton – The Survivor

George W Bush – Bush

Barack Obama – Dreams from My Father

Donald Trump – Understanding Trump

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member