I’ve been trying to add books on U.S. presidents over the last couple of years. Yes, we’ve got a lot of books on Lincoln, especially with 2009 being the bicentennial of his birth. (60 books on Lincoln were published – or will be published – in 2009, according to an article in Publisher’s Weekly). A recent addition to our collection is Burlingame’s highly acclaimed Abraham Lincoln: A Life. Weighing in at two volumes, allow yourself some time to get through that one, but it’s worth it. Burlingame is known for attempting a little psychological analysis on our 16th president. We’ve also added some titles on Reagan and Nixon, another couple of recent Oval Office holders.
When you start quizzing people on the street (a la the Jay Leno comedy bit) about the lesser-known presidents and when they lived, you might get some interesting answers. Those presidents are getting the book-length treatment of late. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve added to the collection:
John Tyler – A Rare Career, E397 .J64 2008; Lyle Nelson, editor. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008.
Polk : the man who transformed the presidency and America, E417 .B67 2009 / by Walter R. Borneman; New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2009.
Herbert Hoover, E802 .I48 2008 by William E. Leuchtenburg. New York : Times Books, 2009.
Mr. Adams’s last crusade: John Quincy Adams’s extraordinary post-presidential life in Congress, E377 .W47 2008 / by Joseph Wheelan. New York: PublicAffairs, c2008.
Zachary Taylor, E422 .E57 2008. by John S.D. Eisenhower. New York : Times Books, c2008.