Books in 100: The Presidents by Iain Dale

The Presidency must be the most written subject of our age. However, Iain Dale’s epic stands out in the crowded field.

As editor, Dale oversees a highly accessible book penned by 45 authors on the 46 US Presidents (Grover Cleveland served twice). While each writer provides their own tone, the book is never dry academia.

After a strong general analysis by Scott Lucas, each chapter is a delight. Often forgotten Presidents like Chester Arthur or Zachary Taylor are given the attention they deserve, while some of the most loved such as FDR or Reagan are given fair assessments.

Overall, so few words cannot do justice to an essential book.

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