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Welcome to The Once Lost Wanderer. The name is derived from two poems: Amazing Grace by reformed slave trader John Newton, and All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Presidents


I haven’t started this yet, though I've read a few in the past, but I intend to start over. Read and reviewed biographies will be identified by orange hyperlink. 





George Washington: Ordinary Man, Extraordinary Leader
     by Robert E. Jones

John Adams
     by David McCullough

Thomas Jefferson: A Life
     by Willard Sterne Randall

James Madison: A Biography
     by Ralph Louis Ketcham

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
     by Harlow Giles Unger

John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life
     by John C. Nagle

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
     by John Meacham

Martin Van Buren: The Romantic Age of American Politics
     by John Niven

Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Times
     by Freeman Cleaves

John Tyler: Champion of the Old South
     by Oliver P. Chitwood

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidencey and America
     by Walter R. Borneman

Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest
     by Jack Bauer

Millard Fillmore
     by Robert Scarry

Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire's Favorite Son          
     by Peter A. Wallner

President James Buchanan: A Biography
     by Philip S. Klein

Lincoln
     by David Herbert Donald

Andrew Johnson: A Biography
     by Hans L. Trefousse

Grant
     by Jean Edward Smith

Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President
     by Ari Hoogenboom

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (James A. Garfield)
     by Candice Millard

Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur
     by Thomas C. Reeves

A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland
     by Charles Lachman

Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier Statesman
     by Harry Joseph Sievers

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the
American Century
     by Scott Miller

Theodore Rex
     by Edmund Morris

The Life & Times of William Howard Taft
     by Harry F. Pringle

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
     by John Milton Cooper Jr.

The Shadow of Blooming Grove: Waren G. Harding in His Times
     by Francis Russel

Coolidge
     by Amity Shlaes

Herbert Hoover: A Public Life
     by David Burner

FDR
     by Jean Edward Smith

Truman
     by David McCullough

Eisenhower in War and Peace
     by Jean Edward Smith

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy
     by Robert Dallek

Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President
     by Robert Dallek

Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full
     by Conrad Black

Write it When I'm Gone (Gerald R. Ford)
     by Thomas M. DeFrank

Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter
     by Randall Balmer

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
     by Lou Cannon

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
     by Jon Meacham

The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House
     by John F. Harris

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush
     by Robert Draper

Barack Obama: The Story
     by David Maraniss

Donald Trump
     by TBD

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