15 Interesting Reads for Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is among us again. Here’s a list of 15 books of the current and former living United States Presidents recognizing the importance of the role, their personal and religious views, and some of their memoirs. Too see more books about presidents, please take a look at our catalog.

  1. Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents DB044037
    Explores the reasons some presidents are regarded as great national heroes while others become mere sidebars in history. Avers that vision, pragmatism, charisma, and the ability to gain trust and achieve consensus are critical to presidential success, though luck and circumstance also count.
  2. Trump vs. Clinton: In Their Own Words: Everything You Need to Know to Vote Your Conscience DB085532
    Donald Trump presidential portrait

    Donald Trump presidential portrait

    A conversation on issues relevant to the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Pulls direct quotes from the Republican and Democratic nominees for president of the United States. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

     

  3. Trump: The Art of the Comeback
    Business tycoon Donald Trump explains how he came back from financial ruin in 1990 by making deals and taking risks. Gives his top ten comeback tips. Trump also discusses his disastrous marriages and prenuptial agreements. Some strong language. Bestseller.
  4. Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise DB068229
    President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    President Barack Obama  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Details the changes Democratic nominee Obama proposed to implement if he were elected president of the United States. Topics include reviving the economy, restoring America’s place in the world, and embracing the country’s values. Includes a foreword by Barack Obama and seven speeches from his presidential campaign. Bestseller. 2008.

  5. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream DB063126
    Democratic senator from Illinois and author of Dreams from My Father (RC 43877) details his ideas to improve the country. Discusses American values, the U.S. Constitution, religion, globalization, race, and other subjects of interest to voters. Commercial audio book. Abridged. 2006.
  6. A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the WhiteHouse DB051903
    Autobiography of George W. Bush written during his campaign for president. Recalls his childhood in Texas,education, military service, business career, and political life. Describes his philosophy of “compassionate conservatism” and his hopes for the future. Bestseller. 1999.

    030114-O-0000D-001 President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

    President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

  7. Decision Points DB072023
    George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, describes pivotal decisions in his personal and political lives. Discusses his governance of Texas, the contested 2000 presidential election, and crises including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, wars in the Middle East, and Hurricane Katrina. Bestseller. 2010.
  8. Putting People First: How We Can All Change America DB035674
    An outline of the issues addressed by Clinton and Gore during their 1992 campaign. Includes their views on the environment, women’s rights, health care, and the economy. For each issue they list the specific steps they intend to take. Also included are Clinton’s and Gore’s candidate announcement speeches and the speeches they gave at the Democratic National Convention. Bestseller.

    President William J. Clinton

    President William J. Clinton

  9. My Life: Abridged Edition DB058101
    Abridged autobiography of William Jefferson Clinton, forty-second American president. Commercial audio book. 2004.
  10. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy DB073953
    In the wake of the 2010 elections, former U.S. president Clinton explains his views of what has happened to America in the past thirty years and why our political system has not met the challenges facing our nation. Provides forty-six specific proposals to restore economic growth. Bestseller. 2011.
  11. 41: A Portrait of My Father DB080060
    The author, the forty-third president of the United States, profiles his father, George H.W. Bush, the forty-first president of the United States. Details the elder Bush’s early life in Massachusetts, service during World War II, and career in the oil industry, the CIA, and politics. Unrated. Commercial audio book. 2014.

    George H.W. Bush presidential portrait

    George H.W. Bush presidential portrait



  12. Reflections: Life After the White House LT027330
    The first woman since Abigail Adams to be both the wife & mother of a president, Barbara Bush defied skeptics to become one of the most admired first ladies in history; and she remains a beloved public figure today. This inspiring memoir covers the momentous eight years between the end of President George H.W. Bush’s terms in office & President George W. Bush’s inauguration.
  13. A Government as Good as Its People DB010911
    Collection of President Carter’s campaign speeches, interviews, and informal remarks. His views on equal justice, women’s rights, education, foreign policy, and consumerism are included together with excerpts from news conferences and a “Playboy” interview.

  14. Living Faith LT028894
    Jimmy Carter presidential portrait

    Jimmy Carter presidential portrait


    The former president testifies on the influence of religious faith in his life. He recounts formative events of his past, including achievements and setbacks, and discusses how his Christian belief sustained and inspired him.

  15. The Blood of Abraham DB023146
    Carter’s experiences negotiating the Camp David Accords, his visits to the Middle East, and portraits of Arab and Israeli leaders. The former president maintains that peace in the Middle East must be based on Israeli recognition of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and Arab recognition of Israel’s right to exist. Bestseller 1985.
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