James Buchanan is not portrayed as a monster, or bad administrator. He was a very capable, gentleman, excellent lawyer, and active in his community
Impeached by David O. Steward explains complex legislative and legal issues in a clear, conscience manner, staying away from legalese or academic language
Lincoln’s ability to let go of personal slights is one of his attributes, infusing his administration with talented individuals, albeit with large egos
The Rail Splitter is expertly researched, books like this should be the standard for historical fiction. One could learn a lot from books like this
Historian Ron Chernow takes the time to dispel the many rumors, innuendos, and flat-out misinformation campaigns levied against President Grant
Ida Tarbell (5 November, 1857 – 6 January, 1944) was an author, biographer, lecturer, educator and an early pioneer of investigative journalist.
John George Nicolay (26, February, 1832 – 26 September, 1901) served as the private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, and co-authored his biography.
Most of these gems are well known, but I think the authors would have done well if they were more discreet, anyone can say a comeback, but there is an art in doing it like Churchill or Lincoln. Unfortunately many of today’s politicians that are quoted in this book are not anymore witty than the average middle school student, and some are less.
The book immediately caught my attention since I really enjoy these min-biographies which delve in depth into a short, but meaningful time in the subject’s life
Hamlin Garland (14 September, 1860 – 4 March, 1940) was an award winning American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer.