Adult Books

The American Presidents
Biographies of the Chief Executives from George Washington through Barack Obama

By David C. Whitney

Subject: History
Hardcover | 672 pages | 5 3/4 x 8 1/2
US$19.95 | CAN$21.95
Publication Date: 2009-08-20
ISBN: 9780762103461
With scrupulous scholarship and engaging immediacy, The American Presidents illuminates the lives, times, and legacies of the 44 men who have shaped the office and our nation.

This perennial best-seller is now completely up-to-date, including a full profile of the first African-American commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama.

  • Close-up portraits capturing each president's trials and triumphs, ambitions and fears, battles with Congress, bold decisions, and haunting mistakes
  • At-a-glance tables highlighting key facts about the presidents and their terms, first ladies, vice presidents, presidential elections, cabinets, and political control of Congress
  • A sweeping tour of presidential historic sites, including the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, Kansas and the Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont
  • Timelines at the start of each section, which provide a brief overview of each president's major life events
  • Lively anecdotes revealing the influence of each man's childhood, education, and previous career on his style, successes, and missteps in office
  • Quotes from the presidents and reflections from their contemporaries and historians


The late David C. Whitney was an author of American history. His books include Founders of Freedom, The American Legacy, Two Dynamic Decades, and The People of the Revolution: Colonial Spirit of '76.