Appendix A General Bibliography of the Presidency - Presidents and first ladies on the presidency



Adams, John. Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, 1755–1804. Ed. by L. H. Butterfield et al. Cambridge, Mass., 1961.

Adams, Abigail. Letters of Mrs. Adams, the Wife of John Adams. Boston, 1840.

——. New Letters of Abigail Adams, 1788–1801 Ed. by Stewart Mitchell. Worcester, Mass., 1947.

Madison, James. Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. by Max Farrand. 4 vols. Rev. ed. New Haven, Conn., 1966.

Madison, Dolley. The Memoirs and Letters of Dolly [sic] Madison. Ed. by Lucia B. Cutts. Boston, 1886.

Monroe, James. A View of the Conduct of the Executive in the Foreign Affairs of the United States. . . . Philadelphia, 1797.

Adams, John Quincy. Memoirs of John Quincy Adams, Comprising Portions of His Diary from 1795 to 1848. Ed. by Charles Francis Adams 12 vols. Philadelphia, 1874–1877. Abridged version, The Diary of John Quincy Adams, 1794–1845: American Diplomacy, and Political, Social, and Intellectual Life, from Washington to Polk. Ed. by Allan Nevins. New York, 1951.

Van Buren, Martin. The Autobiography of Martin Va n Buren. Ed. by John C. Fitzpatrick. Washington, D.C., 1920.

Polk, James K. The Diary of James K. Polk During His Presidency, 1845–1849. Ed. by Milo M. Quaife. 4 vols. Chicago, 1910. Abridged version, Polk: The Diary of a President, 1845–1849. Ed. by Allan Nevins. New York, 1929.

Fillmore, Millard. Millard Fillmore Papers. Ed. by Frank H. Severance. 2 vols. Buffalo, N.Y., 1907.

Buchanan, James. The Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion: A History of Four Years Before the Wa r. London, 1865.

——. The Diary of a Public Man: An Intimate View of the National Administration, December 28, 1860 to March 15, 1861. 1945.

Grant, Julia Dent. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant). Ed. by John Y. Simon. New York, 1975.

Hayes, Rutherford B. Hayes: The Diary of a President, 1875–1881. Ed. by T. Harry Williams. New York, 1964.

Cleveland, Grover. Presidential Problems. New York, 1904.

——. Letters of Grover Cleveland, 1850–1908. Ed. by Allan Nevins. Boston and New York, 1933.

Harrison, Benjamin. This Country of Ours. 2d. ed. New York, 1897.

——. Views of an Ex–President. Indianapolis, Ind., 1901. Roosevelt, Theodore. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography. New York, 1913.

Taft, William H. Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers. New York, 1916.

——. The Presidency: Its Duties, Its Powers, Its Opportunities, and Its Limitations. New York, 1916.

Taft, Helen Herron. Recollections of Full Years. New York, 1914.

Wilson, Woodrow. Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics. Boston, 1885.

——. Constitutional Government in the United States. New York, 1908.

Wilson, Edith Bolling. My Memoir. New York, 1939. Coolidge, Calvin. Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge. New York, 1929.

Coolidge, Grace. Articles in Good Housekeeping, beginning February 1935.

Hoover, Herbert. The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover. 3 vols. New York, 1951–1952.

——. The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson. New York, 1958.

Roosevelt, Franklin D. FDR: His Personal Letters. Ed. by Elliott Roosevelt. 4 vols. New York, 1947–1950.

Roosevelt, Eleanor. This I Remember. New York, 1949.

——. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Boston, 1984.

Truman, Harry S. Dear Bess: The Letters from Harry to Bess Truman, 1910–1959. Ed. by Robert H. Ferrell. New York, 1983.

——. Memoirs. 2 vols. Vol. 1, Year of Decisions. Vol. 2, Years of Trial and Hope, 1946–1952. Garden City, N.Y., 1955.

——Off the Record: The Private Papers of Harry S. Truman. Ed. by Robert H. Ferrell. New York, 1980.

——The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman. Ed. by Robert H. Ferrell. Boulder, Colo., 1980.

——Truman Speaks. New York, 1960.

——Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman. Ed. by Margaret Truman. New York, 1989.

Eisenhower, Dwight D. The White House Years. 2 vols. Vol. 1, Mandate for Change, 1953–1956. Vol. 2, Waging Peace, 1956–1961. Garden City, N.Y., 1963–1965.

Johnson, Lyndon B. The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963–1969. New York, 1971.

Johnson, Lady Bird. A White House Diary. New York, 1970.

Nixon, Richard. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York, 1978.

——In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, Defeat, and Renewal. New York, 1990.

Ford, Gerald R. A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford. New York, 1979.

Ford, Betty. The Times of My Life. With Chris Chase. New York, 1978.

——Betty: A Glad Awakening. With Chris Chase. Garden City, N.Y., 1987.

Carter, Jimmy. Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President. New York, 1983.

Carter, Rosalynn. First Lady from Plains. Boston, 1984.

Reagan, Ronald. An American Life. New York, 1990.

Reagan, Nancy. My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. With William Novak. New York, 1989.

Bush, George. All The Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings. New York, 1999.

Bush, George, and Brent Scowcroft. A World Transformed. New York, 1998.

Bush, Barbara. Barbara Bush: A Memoir. New York, 1994.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. New York, 1996.


Note: The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, ed. by Dumas Malone (New York, 1959), and The Autobiography of James Monroe, ed. by Stuart G. Brown (Syracuse, N.Y., 1959), do not deal with the presidential years of their authors and only tangentially with the presidency itself. The most famous of all autobiographies by a president, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, 2 vols. (New York, 1885–1886), covers only the general's Civil War experiences.



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