One of my projects — long on the back burner, but now moving forward again — is to survey American history by reading the biographies of the U.S. presidents (or as many as practical). Why biographies? Because people make history, and I find it more interesting to understand their experience, motivations and reactions to events than simply a chronicle of what happened and when it went down.
To get this project going again I spent some time trying to find one or two well-reviewed biographies for each president. You’ll find the results on my The Presidents Project page and I’ll continue to update the list based on recommendations and further research.
I also included the biographies of a few other notable non-presidents, and that list may also change over time.
Hopefully you’ll find this useful. Enjoy!