Celebrate Independence Day with the Presidents

If you’re looking for a way to show your patriotism this Independence Day, spend some time learning about our country’s presidents. We’ve compiled a list for you of some of our favorite presidential biographies!

Click the titles to browse and to put books on hold for pickup at curbside or the Circulation Desk. (You’ll see that some of these books are only available at other area libraries; you can just place a hold like you normally would and pick it up at our Library.)

If you’d like more information about any of these titles, call Adult Services at (423) 434-4454. You can also request a Book Bundle and our librarians will be happy to pick some books for you!


Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

John Adams by David McCullough

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Ketcham

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William J. Cooper

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Martin Van Buren by Edward L. Widmer

Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy by Robert M. Owens

John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward P. Crapol

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman

Zachary Taylor by John Eisenhower

Millard Fillmore by Paul Finkelman

Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt

President James Buchanan: A Biography by Philip S. Klein

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart

Grant by Ron Chernow

Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President by Ari Hoogenboom

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur by Scott Greenberger

Grover Cleveland: A Study in Character by Alyn Brodsky

Benjamin Harrison by Elizabeth P. Myers

President McKinley: Architect of the American Century by Robert W. Merry

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

William Howard Taft: An Intimate History by Judith Anderson

Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Warren G. Harding by John W. Dean

Coolidge by Amity Shlaes

Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Truman by David McCullough

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917–1963 by Robert Dallek

Lyndon B. Johnson by Charles Peters

Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell

Gerald R. Ford by Douglas Brinkley

Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Balmer

Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham

The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House by John F. Harris

Bush by Jean Edward Smith

Obama: The Call of History by Peter Baker

The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now by Evan Osnos


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold.

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