Monday, December 3, 2012

The POTUS Diaries: Books Written by Presidents

"They are international superstars, and yet they are public servants. We are united by the ideal they represent, but we are often divided by the policies they enact. As the 2012 election concludes, take a look beyond the ballots and past the process."
~Robin Rothman, "Penned by Presidents"

Many of our former presidents have written books.  Most are autobiographies, but a few, such as John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, have written histories, a novel, even poetry.   Some have had their writings collected by editors, such as Harry S. Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Since we just finished election season and with the latest Lincoln biopic currently in theaters (based in part on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin), we thought this might be a good time to revisit the writings of some of our presidents of recent memory.

#32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR's Fireside Chats

#33 Harry S. Truman
Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman

#34 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Crusade in Europe

#35 John F. Kennedy
Profiles in Courage

#37 Richard M. Nixon
In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, Defeat, and Renewal

# 38  Gerald R. Ford
A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford

#39  Jimmy Carter
An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of My Rural Boyhood

#40 Ronald Reagan
An American Life

#41 George H. W. Bush
All the Best, George Bush:  My Life in Letters and Other Writings

#42  Bill Clinton
My Life

#43  George W. Bush
Decision Points

#44  Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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