American presidents not only change the face of the world with their personal political and moral visions of how modern civilization should rise, and sometimes fall, but often their contributions to the evolution of society reaches us, beyond their decisions made within the Oval Office, in the form of philosophical and autobiographical literary reflections. The sculpting of analytical biographies of our leaders has always been a focus of historians, placing each era of power beneath a microscope to dissect the dichotomy between the defining successes and failures. However, many of the our elected country leaders take up the pen, most once they have left office, but some, such as with our current president Barack Obama, while their term is still in its infancy. The contents of these books range from personal critiques of their fellow politicians and tell-all confessionals of what really occurred behind the conspiracies and scandals, to patriotic rallies to reclaim the American Dream and Nobel Prize winning visions of world peace.
Here is a short list of selections written by a few of the recent presidents for you to pick up and peruse this 4th of July, while you are lounging by the pool enjoying your freedom to consume mass quantities of libations and barbeque. No matter your political orientation, there are selections running the gamut from Jimmy Carter to Richard Nixon, each particuarly interesting and insightful in their own right.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings
George H.W. Bush
The China Diary of George H. W. Bush: The Making of a Global President
Jeffrey A. Engel and George H. W. Bush
The Reagan Diaries
Ronald Reagan and Douglas Brinkley
An American Life
We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work
Memoirs of Richard Nixon
Richard Milhous Nixon