It’s hard to believe but three years have elapsed since I started this journey. When I began in December 2012 my library consisted of 125 of the best presidential biographies.
With your feedback and a constant stream of newly-released biographies, my collection of presidential biographies has nearly doubled (to 222 titles).
I originally expected to complete this journey by Presidents’ Day 2015. But as my list expanded, that date kept getting pushed back. It now appears I’ll be finished by December 2017.
Alas, a 2½ year project has blossomed into a 5 year project!
2015 Highlights and Observations:
* 42 presidential biographies read (~20,000 pages) covering 8 presidents: from Grover Cleveland to Calvin Coolidge. All I can say is: Thank goodness for Teddy Roosevelt!
* 61 posts (somehow it seemed like…more)
* Visitors from about 150 countries found my site, about two-dozen for the first time (hello Vatican City, Micronesia, Seychelles and Gabon!)
* Traffic to this website exploded this year. Significant credit goes to:
– Google: for its very well-paved information superhighway
– Fox News/Evan Axelbank: for producing a segment on my journey which was broadcast on Presidents’ Day 2015; an enormous amount of enthusiasm for presidential biographies ensued.
– Mashable/Marcus Gilmer: for referencing my site in his provocatively titled “Why I’m Spending a Year Reading About Every U.S. President.” When the article was published I felt a great disturbance in the Force…as if millions of Mashable readers suddenly found my website and cried out in delight!
Top 10 Most Popular Posts/Pages in 2015:
1. ***The Best Presidential Biographies***
2. The Best Biographies of Abraham Lincoln
3. The Best Biographies of Thomas Jefferson
4. Recent / Upcoming Releases
5. The Best Biographies of George Washington
6. The Best Biographies of Ulysses S. Grant
7. The Best Biographies of John Adams
8. The Best Biographies of Theodore Roosevelt
9. The Best Biographies of John Quincy Adams
Guess What’s on My Christmas List?!?
- Chronology of the U.S. Presidency (4 volumes)
- The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency
- 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her
- First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women
- Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation
- The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power
Note to my family: this was not intended as a hint and I’ve already ordered these for myself. But I could always use more chocolate.
Coming up in 2016:
Herbert Hoover (January)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (March-June)
Harry Truman (July)
Dwight Eisenhower (August)
John F. Kennedy (Sept-December)
See you next year!