December 30th, 2014


The Best Books of 2014 for US History Geeks

Here is a link to a post I wrote in potus_geeks summarizing the books I read in 2014, relating to that community. I won't repeat everything I said in that post, but I will restate that this past year was an exceptional one for potus_geeks literature, so much so that I couldn't keep up with all of it. A summary of individual reviews of the books I read are contained in the post linked above, but let me leave you with my list of the 10 best potus_geeks themed books that I read which came out in 2014:

1. The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents And The Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose, reviewed here.

2. America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation by John Bicknell, reviewed here.

3. Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America by Jonathan Darman, reviewed here.

4. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan, reviewed here.

5. James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney, reviewed here.

6. An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Todd S. Purdum, reviewed here.

7. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein, reviewed here.

8. Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion by Harold Holzer, reviewed here.

9. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John Dean, reviewed here.

10. Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman by Philip White (Disclaimer: I still haven't read this, but I trust this review by gm_1787).

2014 was such an exceptional year for great books for geeks like me. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I hope that 2015 isn't as good of a year - it might give me a chance to catch up on my reading!