Right From Left: Engaging With Conservative Presidential History

At the moment, I have roughly 175 books on presidents and the presidency in my library. Out of that collection, I count 6 whose authors I would identify as conservative or right-of-center. I must admit to being surprised by this wide disparity. While I consider myself to be left-of-center, I certainly didn't create this gap intentionally. I'm sure there are a number of opinions on how this might happen, but what I'm more interested in is how this affects me as a reader. 

The conservatives in my library. 

The conservatives in my library. 

I would have to assume that this imbalance affects my view of the presidency and its occupants. Which makes me wonder: Would a larger proportion of conservatives in my reading lead me to reconsider some of my long-held views? Would their work seem biased or overly ideological? Would my own biases cause me to dismiss their arguments unfairly?

The only way to begin to answer these questions is to create a reading list and keep track of my reactions. So I'm doing that here in a series of posts I'm calling "Right From Left." I've compiled a working list of right-wing/conservative historians I will be reading below. If I've missed anyone obvious, please let me know. You can reply in the comments below or you can reach my by email on the contact page. 

Forrest McDonald
Steven Hayward
Harry Jaffa
Chris DeRose
Richard Brookhiser
Amity Shlaes
Lee Edwards
David Pietrusza
Craig Shirley
Richard Norton Smith
George Nash
Kevin Gutzman
Harlow Giles Unger
Rich Lowry
James Broussard
Stephen Knott
Irwin Gellman
Conrad Black

Please be sure to check back and see how this project evolves!