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Author: Author Info Added Soon Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 13, 2020 ISBN: 9781797114316
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A must-have book for every serious library, The Best Presidential Writing is a richly varied treasury of presidential writings: an ideal mix of the widely beloved and the freshly rediscovered, from soaring speeches and shrewd remarks to behind-the-scenes drafts and unpublished poetry, edited by Craig Fehrman, a rising young presidential scholar and the author of Author in Chief.

From the early years of our nation’s history, when George Washington wrote his historic Farewell Address, a powerful yet humble letter sharing his faith in American democracy on the eve of his retirement, to our current age, when Barack Obama delivered his moving 2015 speech on the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma marches, America’s presidents have upheld a tradition of exceptional writing.

Now for the first time, the greatest presidential writings in history are united in one comprehensive treasury. In these pages, we see not only the words that shaped our nation, like Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Infamy” Speech, but also the words of young politicians claiming their place in our history, including excerpts from John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage and Barack Obama’s Dreams of My Father, and the words of mature leaders reflecting on their legacies, including Ulysses S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs and George W. Bush’s Decision Points. We even see hidden sides of the presidents that the public rarely glimpses: noted outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt’s great passion for literature, or sunny Ronald Reagan’s piercing childhood memories of escorting home his alcoholic father.

Encompassing notable favorites like the Gettysburg Address and John F. Kennedy’s inaugural as well as lesser-known texts like Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia and Andrew Jackson’s memo on the Battle of New Orleans, The Best Presidential Writing showcases America’s presidents as thinkers, citizens, and leaders. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining and illuminating…Fehrman’s deep research delivers a wealth of intriguing tidbits, which are complemented by a generous selection of illustrations. Bibliophiles and presidential history buffs alike will relish this gratifying deep dive into an underappreciated genre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A lively account of the literary achievements (and failures) of America’s presidents…The author covers a great deal of ground that even major biographers have skipped over in favor of ‘sexier’ storylines, yet to the book lover, these stories will be unquestionably enticing. Even the footnotes, appendix, and sources offer bookish gems. Fehrman’s illuminating blend of presidential and publishing history with literary criticism will appeal to amateur historians and bibliophiles alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “From the very beginnings of America’s experiment in republican government, its chief executives, both actual and aspiring, have put pen to paper (nowadays fingers to keyboard) in attempts to justify themselves and inspire others. Here, Fehrman records such literary efforts back to Jefferson and Adams…Both history buffs and politics enthusiasts will relish this.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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