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It is a long-term ambition of mine to read a full-length biography of every dead American president, and I confidently assume that the good folk at Ricochet can help me with some recommendations.
I do not want a definitely ‘conservative’ or right-wing selection, please; I want, as far as possible, a decently scholarly and balanced series of historical-biographies. Conservative correction of hagiography – as, I suspect, with JFK – I understand may be necessary.
Thus far, I have read (and for the most part enjoyed):
David McCullough, John Adams
Richard Brookhiser, James Madison
Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Walter R. Borneman, Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
Jean Edward Smith, Grant
Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex
David McCullough, Truman
Conrad Black, Richard Milhous Nixon
What other volumes would you recommend?