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Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote Based On A Decade Of Research And Reporting, Author In Chief Tells The Story Of America S Presidents As Authors And Offers A Delightful New Window Into The Public And Private Lives Of Our Highest Leaders Most Americans Are Familiar With Abraham Lincoln S Famous Words In The Gettysburg Address And The Eman Cipation Proclamation Yet Few Can Name The Work That Helped Him Win The Presidency His Published Collection Of Speeches Entitled Political Debates Between Hon Abraham Lincoln And Hon Stephen A Douglas Lincoln Labored In Secret To Get His Book Ready For The Election, Tracking Down Newspaper Transcripts, Editing Them Carefully For Fairness, And Hunting For A Printer Who Would Meet His Specifications Political Debates Sold Fifty Thousand Copies The Rough Equivalent Of Half A Million Books In Today S Market And It Reveals Something About Lincoln S Presidential Ambitions But It Also Reveals Something About His Heart And Mind When Voters Asked About His Beliefs, Lincoln Liked To Point Them To His Book In Craig Fehrman S Groundbreaking Work Of History, Author In Chief, The Story Of America S Presidents And Their Books Opens A Rich New Window Into Presidential Biography From Volumes Lost To History Calvin Coolidge S Autobiography, Which Was One Of The Most Widely Discussed Titles Of To Ones We Know And Love Barack Obama S Dreams From My Father, Which Was Very Nearly Never Published Fehrman Unearths Countless Insights About The Presidents Through Their Literary Works Presidential Books Have Made An Enormous Impact On American History, Catapulting Their Authors To The National Stage And Even Turning Key Elections Beginning With Thomas Jefferson S Notes On The State Of Virginia, The First Presidential Book To Influence A Campaign, And John Adams S Autobiography, The First Score Settling Presiden Tial Memoir, Author In Chief Draws On Newly Uncovered Information Including Never Before Published Letters From Andrew Jackson, John F Kennedy, And Ronald Reagan To Cast Fresh Light On The Private Drives And Self Doubts That Fueled Our Nation S Leaders We See Teddy Roosevelt As A Vulnerable First Time Author, Struggling To Write The Book That Would Become A Classic Of American History We See Reagan Painstakingly Revising Where S The Rest Of Me , A Forgotten Memoir In Which He Sharpened His Sunny Political Image We See Donald Trump Negotiating The Deal For The Art Of The Deal, The Volume That Made Him Synonymous With Business Savvy Alongside Each Of These Authors, We Also Glimpse The Everyday Americans Who Read Them Combining The Narrative Felicity Of A Journalist With The Rigorous Scholarship Of A Historian, Fehrman Delivers A Feast For History Lovers, Book Lovers, And Everybody Curious About A Behind The Scenes Look At Our Presidents

10 thoughts on “Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

  1. says:

    A good citizen is a good reader The reverse is also true, with the most bookish Americans being 31 percentlikely to vote than their peers In other words, a good reader is also a good citizen When I saw the premise of this book, I knew that it was in my wheelhouse I love biographies of presidents and have read several of their autobiographies as well I usually prefer the biographies because in many cases the autobiographies are politically motivated and conceived as vehicles to eith A good citizen is a good reader The reverse is also true, with the most bookish Americans being 31 percentlikely to vote than their peers In other words, a good reader is also a good citizen When I saw the premise of this book, I knew that it was in my wheelhouse I love biographies of presidents and have read several of their autobiographies as well I usually prefer the biographies because in many cases the autobiographies are politically motivated and conceived as vehicles to either get the man elected or justify his presidency Ulysses S Grant, an unlikely candidate to be a gifted writer, still penned one of the best presidential autobiographies ever written Maybe the reason his autobiography is so good is because it ends right after the Civil War and doesn t cover his political years, although I would love to read how he would have discussed the scandal riddled years of his administration It did seem like Grant might have been the only honest man in his own government Another compelling aspect to Grant s odyssey to finish writing his book was the poor health he was experiencing and his determination to finish before the Grim Reaper caught up with him Craig Fehrman split the presidents into four parts and discussed how involved each president was with the writing of his own autobiography Ghost writers were employed in most cases Few were as dedicated to the project as Grant, and none contributed as many words There was a handwritten note from Lincoln wanting reassurances that what was being written would be as if from his own hand John F Kennedy also went to great lengths to maintain the public image of his own talented writing skills, but you might be surprised to discover that the reality is far removed from the skillfully cultivated lie The subterfuge did not end with who actually wrote what Donald J Trump funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through Super Pacs to buy copies of his books to ensure they stayed on the bestseller list This wasn t a new idea by a presidential candidate, but it was certainly one that fit perfectly with the temperment of a president who feels the need to make himself look larger andsuccessful than he actually is Fehrman also introduced us to some of the great book readers of different eras who gobbled up presidential biographies and autobiographies as soon as they hit the bookstoresI keep no money in my pocket very long, Michael Floy confessed in his diary For when I see a book that takes my fancy, have it I mustEx presidents also had the book collecting bug James Madison owned four thousand volumes Thomas Jefferson had eighteen hundred Even John Adams confessed to his wife Abigail,I ve spent an estate in booksI would venture a guess that many readers of this review will identify very strongly with Mr Floy and Mr Adams One of my favorite moments, I actually laughed out loud, was when Fehrman revealed to me that the oldest remaining writing by Andrew Jackson is a letter he wrote at age 21, challenging a man to a duel Of course, it is Jackson, love him or hate him, he was a man who never backed down from anything I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that Nathanial Hawthorne wrote Franklin Pierce s autobiographyThe story is true, Hawthorne told a friend Yet it took a romancer to do itThe book is filled with great little stories like these that add color to what you already knew about the presidents and the writers who helped them.I took scads of notes because this book will be a reference tool that I will revisit many times in the future to refresh my memory about certain presidential nuggets Fehrman shared and to experience again the pleasure of a writer deftly handling a large amount of information and giving it to us in useful, enjoyable slices I appreciated the fact that Fehrman gave a nod to fiction and its influence on some of the great men who rose to the highest level of power in the United States Grant enjoyed novels Wilson devoured detective stories But Obama readfiction than any previous president, and that reading shaped his mind, his books even, in the end, his politics Highly Recommended If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    An interesting look at Presidential books from the very beginning Background on the various leaders, and their writing processes, as well as why they were writing Andrew Jackson wrote the first book that helped him win the presidency, a campaign treatise at a time when candidates didn t campaign for themselves Since it is women s month, I need to mention that Abigail Adams own book sold better than her husbands Go Abigail Clinton actually wrote over a thousand pages by hand, trying to inclu An interesting look at Presidential books from the very beginning Background on the various leaders, and their writing processes, as well as why they were writing Andrew Jackson wrote the first book that helped him win the presidency, a campaign treatise at a time when candidates didn t campaign for themselves Since it is women s month, I need to mention that Abigail Adams own book sold better than her husbands Go Abigail Clinton actually wrote over a thousand pages by hand, trying to include everybody he had contact with, despite his editors effort to reign him in Obama, of course was a reader and writer before he became President He was extremely loyal to his neighborhood bookstore and his reading of fiction, proved s boon to many authors There was only a small section on Trump, was kind of amusing but not surprising Will let you read the book to find out what was said.A very informative look at all our Presidents, the good and bad.Narrated by Fred Sanders who did an excellent job

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    I know that most presidents were prolific readers and some were skilled writers One of the presidents on top of my list of reader writers is Theodore Roosevelt I always felt a kindred spirit with him after reading one of his comments about reading Reading is living I have also read it as Reading is life Probably the most famous president that was a reader writer was John Adams He was a prolific letter writer as well as an author of books Much of what we know about those early days com I know that most presidents were prolific readers and some were skilled writers One of the presidents on top of my list of reader writers is Theodore Roosevelt I always felt a kindred spirit with him after reading one of his comments about reading Reading is living I have also read it as Reading is life Probably the most famous president that was a reader writer was John Adams He was a prolific letter writer as well as an author of books Much of what we know about those early days comes from the pens of the Adams family.The book was well written and researched Many of the presidents that wrote one orbooks are well known, but a few Fehrman discussed such as Silent Calvin Coolidge were a surprise It is amazing just how many presidents were also writers as well as readers The author also showed the evolution of the biography and autobiographies as well as the campaign book This book was a learning experience for me I found this a fun book to read I enjoy reading about what key people in the past have read I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible Fred Sanders does a good job narrating the book Sanders is a well known audiobook narrator and is known as The Master of Pacing

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    I like presidential books, and this was a great read So many historical nuggets in each of the president s reading and writing choices makes an interesting book and a place to inspire additional reading of a particular president I noticed a common thread through most all of the president s lives in devoting their reading time to history material The presidents of the 18th and 19th century made it a priority to accumulate books for their own libraries Grant and Lincoln s writings were among m I like presidential books, and this was a great read So many historical nuggets in each of the president s reading and writing choices makes an interesting book and a place to inspire additional reading of a particular president I noticed a common thread through most all of the president s lives in devoting their reading time to history material The presidents of the 18th and 19th century made it a priority to accumulate books for their own libraries Grant and Lincoln s writings were among my favorites

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    Author in Chief Rating 5 5I m going to be honest I did not expect a book about presidents and their books to beso damn fascinatingAuthor in Chief tells the story of the American presidents as readers and authors It was fascinating to see how books shaped the presidents as children and how a love for the written word carried over into adulthood and ultimately into their presidency From Washington to Trump, Author in Chief dives into what motivated each president to write a book and whether Author in Chief Rating 5 5I m going to be honest I did not expect a book about presidents and their books to beso damn fascinatingAuthor in Chief tells the story of the American presidents as readers and authors It was fascinating to see how books shaped the presidents as children and how a love for the written word carried over into adulthood and ultimately into their presidency From Washington to Trump, Author in Chief dives into what motivated each president to write a book and whether or not that motivation transitioned into a best selling book or a flop What surprised me most about Author in Chief was how charming the book was Each president s personality shines through Author in Chief includes so many personal anecdotes that bring the presidents to life Some of these anecdotes had me laughing out loud at the antics of the presidents Other s broke my heart A couple of my favorite passages included The rivalry both politically and literary between Adams and Jefferson Ulysses S Grant rushing to finish Personal Memoirs on his deathbed How Eleanor Roosevelt told Truman that her husband had died and he was now president JFK winning a Pulitzer price for a book he essentially didn t write The use of ghost writers in the publishing industry.As an added bonus, Author in Chief tells how both authorship and the publishing industry slowly grew and then finally flourished in the United States If you are a fan of history, politics, or just books in general, Author in Chief is the book for you Thanks to Avid Reader Press for the ARC

  6. says:

    I generally find reading history books dry or slow reading, but I found this book to be a fascinating read about the presidents and the books they have written It really opened the window for this reader into the lives of our country s leaders Excellent book for history lovers and book lovers, too.

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    It was nice to get the flavor and explore the common themes of all the books without having to read them all I did not realize there were so many There will be several I WILL be reading thanks to this taste Well researched this book looks at our presidents, their writings and the impact of those on both future presidents and society.

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    A fun little book on the presidential books geared to a political junkie with centrist normie politics That s okay it is still fun if your politics aren t quite that.

  9. says:

    Terrific As some one interested in both American history andespecially in books, this work hit a real sweet spot for me Fehrman delves into the literary outputs of presidents and presidential hopefuls , and along the way his book becomes not only a look at history through an interesting lens, but also the story of how American publishing developed and a cultural history of reading I was engrossed far beyond my expectations 4.5

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    I loved this book and found it an insightful primer for understanding not only the literary works of past presidents, but also something about the American psyche It would be tough to pick a favorite president chapter, since Fehrman was basically my introduction to all of them, ignorant Canadian that I am, but I will say that the book is anything but dry AUTHOR IN CHIEF has all the things I want in non fiction airtight, compelling research combined with beautiful writing and A story mecha I loved this book and found it an insightful primer for understanding not only the literary works of past presidents, but also something about the American psyche It would be tough to pick a favorite president chapter, since Fehrman was basically my introduction to all of them, ignorant Canadian that I am, but I will say that the book is anything but dry AUTHOR IN CHIEF has all the things I want in non fiction airtight, compelling research combined with beautiful writing and A story mechanics After reading, I did some rooting around on Google and, lo, I found this excellent interview with the author for the NYT this interview I learned that, like me, Fehrman loves Milch s DEADWOOD, so he must have great taste Moreover, while the book is a perfect addendum to the election stuffs happening in America right now, AUTHOR IN CHIEF strikes me as a timeless addition to American political and literary thought

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