I’m an investment banker, private pilot and avid fan of American history. I also enjoy Thai food, camping, Robert Ludlum novels and almost anything made with chocolate. And somehow I’ve ended up with a flower farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains…
Three decades ago I left my homet state of Texas to attend Brown University. Four years later I left Rhode Island with a Chemical Engineering degree and the realization that snow is seriously overrated.
The first of my family to arrive in the “New World” left Wales in 1623 on the Bona Nova and docked at Jamestown, near where I currently live – and not far from the homes of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taylor, Wilson and William Henry Harrison.
A little over a decade ago I started collecting the best presidential biographies I could find. And in 2012 I began a quest to read them all – starting with George Washington. This site was initially created to log my journey and embarrass my kids. But it has evolved into something much larger.
With your suggestions and a steady flow of new releases, my initial list of “must read” presidential biographies grew to 240 titles (plus a large follow-up list). I finished my first pass through the presidents on Presidents’ Day 2019 – after six fascinating years.
Now I’m reading presidential biographies from my follow-up list as well as great biographies of non-presidents. That journey is being documented at http://www.thebestbiographies.com.