I’m an investment banker, private pilot and avid fan of American history. I also enjoy Thai food, camping, gardening, Robert Ludlum novels and almost anything made with chocolate.
About 30 years ago I left Texas to attend Brown University. Four years later I left Rhode Island with a Chemical Engineering degree and a recognition 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.
About a decade ago I started collecting the best presidential biographies I could find. In late 2012 I began a quest to read them all – starting with George Washington. This site was created to log my journey and, quite possibly, embarrass my kids.
With your suggestions and a steady flow of new releases, my list of “must read” presidential biographies grew to 240 titles (plus a large follow-up list). I finished my first pass through the presidents (Washington through Obama) on Presidents’ Day 2019 – after six fascinating years.
Now I’m reading presidential biographies from my follow-up list as well as great biographies by non-presidents (that journey is being documented as http://www.thebestbiographies.com).