- George Washington
- John Adams
- Adams National Historic Site
- Thomas Jefferson
- Monticello (Jefferson)
- John Quincy Adams
- Adams National Historic Park
- Millard Fillmore
- Millard Fillmore House in East Aurora, NY
- Abraham Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library
- Rutherford B. Hayes
- Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
- James A. Garfield
- James A. Garfield monument (Long Branch, NJ commemorating where Garfield died)
- Benjamin Harrison
- Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
- William McKinley
- McKinley Memorial Library, Museum & Birthplace Home
- Woodrow Wilson
- Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum (Staunton, VA)
- The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson (Augusta, GA)
- Herbert Hoover
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
- Harry S Truman
- Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
- John F. Kennedy
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- Lyndon B. Johnson
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
- Richard M. Nixon
- Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace
- Gerald R. Ford
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
- Jimmy Carter
- Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
- Ronald Reagan
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
- George H.W. Bush
- George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
- Bill Clinton
- William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
- Miscellaneous Presidential Sites
- The President’s House in Philadelphia (Washington and Adams)
- My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies. Rather duplicating the good work being done by my friend Stephen Floyd, I am simply linking to his website for up-to-date information about upcoming Presidential biographies. It also includes recently released Presidential biographies, going back to 2012.
- His Excellency: George Washington, by Joseph J. Ellis
- Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader, by Robert Middlekauff
- The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, by Edward Larson (William Morrow, October 7, 2014)
- Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington, by Adrienne Harrison (Potomac Books, Inc., October 15, 2015)
- John Adams, by David McCullough
- Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham
- Thomas Jefferson: From Boy to Man, by Jayne Alessandro-Cox
- Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary – A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America, by Kevin R.C. Gutzman (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)
- Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America, by David O. Stewart (Simon & Schuster, February 10, 2015)
- Becoming Madison, The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father, by Michael Signer (PublicAffairs, March 10, 2015)
John Quincy Adams
- John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life, by Paul C. Nagel
- The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, by Phyllis Lee Levin (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, January 6, 2015)
- John Quincy Adams, American Visionary, by Fred Kaplan (Harper, 2014)
- John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, by James Traub (Basic Books, March 22, 2016)
- The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, A Digital Collection, Massachusetts Historical Society
- Andrew Jackson – Southerner, by Mark R. Cheathem (LSU Press, October 7, 2013)
- American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham (Random House Trade Paperback, Reprint edition April 30, 2009)
- Andrew Jackson, by Robert V. Remini (Harper Perennial, 1999)
- The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books, 2013)
- Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald
- Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz (Penguin Books, Reprint edition December 30, 2014)
- Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History, by Richard Wrightman Fox (W.W. Norton & Company, February 9, 2015)
- President Lincoln Assassinated!! The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning, by Harold Holzer (Library of America, February 24, 2015)
- Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, edited by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (Lyons Press, April 1, 2015)
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris
- Theodore Rex, by Edmund Morris
- Colonel Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris
- The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, by Douglas Brinkley
- Mornings on Horseback, by David McCullough
- Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey: The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard
- Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, by Nathan Miller
- When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, by Patricia O’Toole
- Woodrow Wilson, by August Heckscher
- Wilson, by A. Scott Berg
- Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times, by Kenneth Whyte
Franklin D. Roosevelt
- No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- FDR’s Funeral Train, by Robert Klara. Click here for a review of this book on my Presidential History Blog.
- The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott (W.W. Norton & Company, November 10, 2014)
- Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century, by Alonzo Hamby (Basic Books, September 22, 2015)
Harry S. Truman
- The Hidden White House, Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence, by Robert Klara, Published October 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York. Click here for a review of the book on my Presidential History Blog.
- Truman’s Grandview Farm, by Jon Taylor, Published by The History Press, 2011
- The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World, by A.J. Baime, Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2017
Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Eisenhower: A Life, by Paul Johnson (Viking, September 4, 2014)
- The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961, by Irwin F. Gellman (Yale University Press, July 28, 2015)
- The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, by William I. Hitchcock (Simon & Schuster, March 20, 2018)
John F. Kennedy
- Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, by Gerald Posner
- The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, by Larry J. Sabato
- The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography, by Michael J. Hogan (Cambridge University Press, March 3, 2017)
- Kick: The True Story of JFK’s Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth, by Paula Byrne (HarperCollins, 2016)
Lyndon B. Johnson
- The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power, by Robert A. Caro
Richard M. Nixon
- Pat and Dick – The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage, by Will Swift Published January 2014 by Threshold Editions, New York.
- One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, by Tim Weiner (Henry Holt and Co., June 16, 2015)
- Being Nixon: A Man Divided, by Evan Thomas (Random House, June 16, 2015)
Gerald R. Ford
- A Time to Heal, by Gerald R. Ford
- Jerry Ford Up Close: An Investigative Biography, by Bud Vestal
George H.W. Bush
- George H.W. Bush: Character at the Core, by Curt Smith, Published November 2014 by Potomac Books, Inc.
- 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush, Published November 11, 2014 by Crown Publishers
- The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, by John Sununu, Published June 9, 2015 by Broadside Books
- Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham (Random House, November 10, 2015)
- The Post-Presidency from Washington to Clinton, by Burton I. Kaufman (published November 1, 2012)
- Second Acts, Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House, by Mark K. Updegrove (published October 1, 2006) Covers Truman through Clinton
- Citizen-in-Chief: The Second Lives of the American Presidents, by Leonard Bernardo and Jennifer Weiss (published February 10, 2009) Thematic treatment of all former presidents
- Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, by Jimmy Carter (published October 2, 2007) Carter’s description of his work at the Carter Center since leaving the Presidency.
- Farewell to the Chief: Former Presidents in American Public Life, edited by Richard Norton Smith and Timothy Walch
Other Books About the Presidents
- The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence, by Robert Klara, Published October 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, New York. Click here for a review of the book on my Presidential History Blog.
- Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency — 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories, by Paul Brandus (Lyons Press, September 29, 2015)
- Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents, by Paul Dickson, Published January 8, 2013 by Walker & Company
- Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage, by Jeffrey Frank, Published February 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
- Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents, by Kenneth G. Davis, Published September 18, 2012, by Hyperion
- Campaigning for President – Political Memorabilia From the Nation’s Finest Private Collection, by Jordan M. Wright, Published January 2, 2008 by Smithsonia
- The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President, by Aaron David Miller, Published October 7, 2014, by Palgrave Macmillan Trade.
- Kennedy & Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure, by Scott Farris (Lyons Press, November 5, 2013)
- The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952 – 1961, by Irwin F. Gellman (Yale University Press, July 28, 2015)
- Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary (W.W. Norton & Company, January 11, 2016)
- Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency, From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama, by Ronald L. Feinman (Rowman & Littlefield, August 6, 2015)
- Franklin Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 “day that will live in infamy” speech asking Congress to declare war on Japan
- Kennedy’s June 26, 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. 9:36 minutes.
- Kennedy-Nixon, First Presidential Debate, September 26, 1960. 58:34 minutes.
- Gerald Ford’s August 9, 1974 inauguration and speech. “Our long national nightmare is over.” 9:47 minutes.
- Gerald Ford’s Pardon of Richard Nixon. September 8, 1974. 9:33 minutes.
- Reagan’s June 12, 1987 speech from the Brandenburg Gate (Berlin Wall). “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall.” 26.38 minutes.
- Presidential History Blog by Feather Schwartz Foster (Independent writer of Presidential and First Ladies history)
- The Best Presidential Biographies by Stephen Floyd (Reading all Presidential biographies and reviewing them)
- At Times Dull by Janet (Presidential biography project)
- Following the Presidents by David Cross (author of book “Chasing History: One Man’s Road Trip Through The Presidential Libraries”)
- Plodding Through The Presidents, by Howard Dorre (Reading Presidential biographies and more)
- Collection of more than 2,700 books spans US presidency, by Holly Ramer, The Associated Press (Seattle Times), June 9, 2017
- All the Way, Play about LBJ at ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas from April 8, 2015 to May 10, 2015. Click here for more details.
- 2015 Warren G. Harding Symposium, July 17-18, 2015, at the Harding Home in Marion Ohio. The theme for this 6th annual symposium will be “The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast.” Click here for more details.
- Seminar: Barely Avoiding Disaster: Lessons Learned from the White House Reconstruction During Harry Truman’s Presidency. Speaker: Mike Purdy. April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Seattle, Washington (Bell Harbor International Conference Center). Sponsored by Puget Sound Chapter of CSI.
- The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson. Discussion with author Joseph A. Califano, Jr. of the new edition of his book. Moderated by CBS News journalist and anchor Bob Schieffer. March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the LBJ Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Click here for more information.
- Hofstra University’s 12th Presidential Conference will be held March 24-26, 2015, this one focusing on the George W. Bush Presidency.
- Ford’s Theatre 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination. A Virtual Experience online. March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm ET.
- Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Through March 6, 2015.
- World Premiere of The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. January 24-February 22, 2015.
- Woodrow Wilson in War and Peace: 1917 – 1920. Miller Center’s Historical Presidency Series on January 15, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm ET. Presented by Margaret Macmillan. This event will be webcast live.
- FDR Library adds more than 400,000 documents to digital collection, more than doubling digital collections with Franklin: Access to FDR Library’s Digital Collections, December 15, 2015.
- On the Relativity of Being Remembered as a US President, by Bruno Van de Casteele, December 7, 2014. An interesting study conducted over time shows that people remember the more recent presidents, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, but that in between, there are large gaps in the knowledge people have of the presidents and their order.
- A Conversation with Jimmy Carter on November 20, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on his new book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” on politics, foreign policy, human rights, privacy, and a host of other issues. Whether you agree or disagree with him, he is a very articulate 90 year old elder statesman. 1:06 hour video.
Presidential Study and Research Centers
- Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, at American University, Washington, DC
- American Presidency Center, at University College London
- Presidential Powers (National Paralegal College)
- Teaching American History (primary speeches and documents from the Presidents, plus more)
- John Hanson Memorial Association (1st President of the United States under the Articles of Confederation)
- Presidential Memorabilia
- Museum of Democracy – Presidential Memorabilia
- Real Clear Politics
- Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire
- 270 To Win
- U.S. Election Atlas
- 2016 Election Central
- Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight Politics
- The Hill
- West Wing Reports
- Smart Politics
- The Politics and Elections Portal
- Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball
- POTUS 2016
- 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions (great resource site!)
- Ballot Access News
- Frontloading Headquarters
- The Run 2016 – U.S. News & World Report
- BallotPedia – The Encyclopedia of American Politics
- Federal Election Commission – 2016 Presidential Campaign Finance
- A Guide to Presidential Elections (many helpful links)
- Republican and Democratic Debate schedule from 2016 Election Central
Primaries and Caucuses:
- Republican and Democratic Primary and Caucus schedule from 2016 Election Central
Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18 to 21, 2016
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 25 to 28, 2016
- Loser! Jerk! Insults Fly on the Republican Campaign Trail, by Alana Wise (Reuters) (02-13-16) Dr. Michael Artime and Mike Purdy both quoted in this article
- The spin room goes mobile as campaigns capitalize on debate ‘moments’ (9-15-15)
- Ben Carson is a great doctor, but that wouldn’t make him a good President (9-15-15)
- GOP voters seem drawn to Presidential candidates who never won an election. They should be careful what they wish for (9-13-15)
- 6 charts compare background of U.S. Presidents with that of 2016 hopefuls – and one trend stands out (July 2015)
- These candidates can’t take a joke: Inside the baffling humorlessness of presidential politics (8-25-15)
- Presidential candidates ranked from smallest to tallest (9-3-15)
- The Electoral College Primer, by Lawrence D. Longley and Neal R. Peirce (Yale University Press, 2000)
- When No Majority Rules: The Electoral College and Presidential Succession, by Michael J. Glennon ( Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1992)
- Presidential Campaigns, by Paul F. Boller, Jr. (Oxford University Press, 1984)
- Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary (W.W. Norton & Company, January 11, 2016)
Lectures at University of Puget Sound: “Who Will Win the White House?” is a series of ten free community lectures held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, offering contemporary analysis of the 2016 campaign and historical insights of previous presidential elections.
- Presenters: Mike Purdy (that’s me!) and Dr. Michael Artime
- January 21, 2016 – The Long Road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Watch video of lecture)
- February 18, 2016 – Who Wants to be President? (Watch video of lecture)
- March 10, 2016 – What do the Candidates Believe? (Watch video of lecture)
- March 24, 2016 – What Voters & States Will Elect the Next President? (Watch video of lecture)
- April 14, 2016 – How Accurate Are the Polls? (Watch video of lecture)
- April 28, 2016 – Media, Marketing & the Making of the President (Watch video of lecture)
- June 7, 2016 – The Final Primaries: Who Will Win the Nominations? (Watch video of lecture)
- September 19, 2016 – The Current State of the Presidential Race (Watch video of lecture)
- October 24, 2016 – The Final Sprint to the White House (Watch video of lecture)
- November 14, 2016 – Scorched Earth: Making Sense of the 2016 Political Storm (Watch video of lecture)