About The Collection
After finding it to be very difficult to easily locate anything but the most popular titles about the most popular presidents, we decided to initiate a focused and systematic effort to find every book written about a president of the United States. The result is presidentlibrary.com which houses the most comprehensive collection of books ever written about U.S. Presidents and a search engine that makes the collection easily accessible for the interested reader, student, or researcher. We searched numerous online sites for content, and then cross-referenced against bibliographies from an extensive number of individual biographies. The collection totals more than 5,000 books, ranging from the 19 about Chester Arthur to the 633 that feature Abraham Lincoln. While we recognize that our collection is undoubtedly incomplete, we have captured every presidential book we could find that meets our criteria (see below). We hope you enjoy discovering the untold treasures that appear in this collection.
In performing our research, we established criteria that would determine what we would include on presidentlibrary.com. All books about U.S. presidents were included, except in the following circumstances:
• We did not include “short stories” or “pamphlets” using a page count of approximately 200 pages as our guideline for the minimum necessary to be included in the collection.
• We included books that were specifically about up to 4 presidents, but did not include collections that covered more than that number of individual presidents. Those kinds of books tend to include brief sketches of the presidents rather than comprehensive biographies or in depth stories about these American leaders.
• We did not include any children’s books about presidents, except for those that are included in the 9 series that feature books about most, if not all, of the presidents in separate volumes. Children’s books from these series are included in the collection.
• We did not include many of the memoirs written by presidential aides that have become increasingly popular in recent years, unless we determined that the book was principally about the president and not the author.
• We also opted not to include some of the more conspiratorial books that focused on particular events more so than the individual presidents themselves. For example, we decided not to include most of the large volume of books written over the years about the JFK assassination and the many conspiracy theories that have been documented in book form. In each of these instances, we used our best judgment as to whether or not to include the book, to maintain the integrity of the collection.
For each book we have captured the following data elements, each of which can be used to query specific books:
• Book Title
• Book Author(s)
• Book Cover Image (or Title Page if we couldn’t locate the cover)
• Book Volume (if it’s part of a multi-volume series)
• Publication Year
• Original Year (this is only populated when the original year in which the book was published is not the same as the version of the cover image that we located – for example, for book reprints that were originally published in the 19th century)
• Series (if the book is part of one of the five adult or nine children’s series we featured)
• Book Description (based on what we could find online)
We have also included a link to Amazon.com where you may find many of these books for purchase, although we have no affiliation with that, or any other, web site. For many of the older volumes, they can be downloaded for free via Google Books.