The Best Presidential Writing: From 1789 to the Present

December 2, 2020
The Best Presidential Writing: From 1789 to the Present

A sweeping, groundbreaking, and comprehensive treasuryof the most essential presidential writings, featuring a richlyvaried mix of the beloved and the little-known, from stirringspeeches and shrewd remarks to behind-the-scenes drafts andunpublished autobiographies.From the early years of our nation's history, when GeorgeWashington wrote his humble yet powerful Farewell Address, to ourcurrent age, when Barack Obama delivered his moving speech on thefiftieth anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, America'spresidents have upheld a tradition of exceptional writing. Now, forthe first time, the greatest presidential writings in history areunited in one monumental treasury: the very best campaign orations,early autobiographies, presidential speeches, post-presidentialreflections, and much more.In these pages, we see not only the words that shaped ournation, like Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation andFranklin D. Roosevelt's Infamy speech, but also the words of youngpoliticians claiming their place in our history, including excerptsfrom Woodrow Wilson's Congressional Government and Obama'sDreams from My Father, and the words of mature leadersreflecting on their legacies, including Harry S. Truman'sMemoirs and George W. Bush's Decision Points. Weeven see hidden sides of the presidents that the public rarelyglimpses: noted outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt's great passion forliterature or sunny Ronald Reagan's piercing childhood memories ofescorting home his alcoholic father.Encompassing notable favorites like Lincoln's Gettysburg Addressand John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address as well as lesser-knowntexts like Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State ofVirginia and James Polk's candid White House diary, TheBest Presidential Writing showcases America's presidents asthinkers, citizens, and leaders.More than simply a curation of must-read presidential writings,this unique collection presents the story of America itself, toldby its highest leaders. What is America? Who is America for? Whatwill America become? Since our nation's founding, differentpresidents have offered different answers. In their writings, wesee frontiers expand, ideals transform, and novel ideas take root.Even the most famous speeches find new meanings or freshconnections when read in this sweeping context, making The BestPresidential Writing a trove full of insight and an essentialhistorical document.