Saturday, October 15, 2011


American History, Presidents, Politics

Destiny of the Republic : A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
This one is tells the story of our 20th President James A. Garfield and the story of his assassin, Charles Guiteau. 19th Century medicine and names of the day play a role in this deftly written page-turner which reads like a thriller.

Killing Lincoln : the Shocking Assasination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Political commentator O'Reilly and author/adventurer Dugard offer a point-of-view take on the Lincoln assasination.

Jacqueline Kennedy : Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy : Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964
Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy began the task of documenting and preserving her husband's legacy.  The interviews with Arthur Schlesinger were sealed for half a century.  (Annotated book plus eight CD set.)

In My Time : A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney
The former Vice President tells his life story and dicusses his forty year career at the highest levels of American power and politics.

The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane
The author describes the mansion's place in African American history, from George Washinghton to today.

That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
A Pulitzer Prize winner and a foreign policy expert examine 21st century challenges.

Confidence Men by Ron Suskind
Draws on hundreds of hours of interviews and in-depth research to relate the complete story of the nation's financial meltdown, from the trading floors of lower Manhattan to the power corridors inside the Beltway.

Washington by Ron Chernow
A National Book Award winning author offers a page-turning examination of our nation's founding and our accomplished and politically savvy first president.