The fall is always my favorite time of year. Leaves turning. Sweater weather coming back. And, most importantly, a slew of great presidential history books coming out just in time for Christmas shopping.
I wanted to share the handful of books about which I am particularly excited this year. And if you're reading this blog, I assume you'll be excited as well.
9/12 Scott Greenberger - The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur
One of the titles I'm most excited about, as I feel like I don't know nearly enough about Arthur and his presidency. The little I've read, though, has been fascinating, so I have high hopes for this one
10/10 Ron Chernow - Grant
If this were anyone else, I'd probably take a pass for now as I just read a new Grant bio. But Chernow is in another league and his books have become events not to be missed.
10/31 Noah Feldman - The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President
Madison has always been something of an enigma to me, so I'm looking forward to Feldman's approach. I'm hoping that he can do for Madison what John Boles did in some ways for Jefferson earlier this year.
11/7 Robert Merry - President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
I've yet to read a book on McKinley that I really enjoyed, so I'm hoping that Merry can bring him to life in a way that others seem unable to accomplish.
11/7 Robert Dallek - Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life
One of my favorite biographers writing on one of my favorite presidents. This is a no-brainer for me.
11/7 - Jeffrey Engel - When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
Along with the Arthur book, this is probably the title about which I'm most excited. I loved Meacham's book on HW and am eager to read more about the man who was one of the last truly decent men to serve in the White House.