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Presidents and Their Books

What They Read & Wrote; From the Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane

A richly illustrated look at the book collections of all 46 American presidents to date—and what we can learn from them about their owners.

With a few exceptions, American presidents have been readers. This book surveys an outstanding collection by Susan Jaffe Tane that encompasses books every US president owned and collected as a part of their personal libraries, as well as books they wrote. From a 1793 Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan that once belonged to George Washington, to Promise me, Dad, a 2017 memoir by Joe Biden, these books provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of our presidents and offer insight into their private personalities and, consequently, their political personae.

104 pages | 150 color plates | 8 x 11 | © 2023

History: American History

Library Science and Publishing: Library Science

Political Science: American Government and Politics

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Table of Contents

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
James Carter
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
William Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Joseph R. Biden

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