US Presidents Challenge (USPC)


Reading about all the former presidents will show what has lead up to the historical events that are being made in 2009.
My sister and I are both members here and have an interest in history. We decided to read about all the previous presidents to see how history was affected by this office of government. We thought we would open the challenge to everyone else and see who else was interested. We didn't want to interfere with all the yearly challenges that are out there, so we thought we would make ours a little more flexible so that some of these books could be used in other challenges. That said, here are the rules of the great US Presidential Challenge:
1.Read a Biography or Autobiography of each of the men who have served as President of the United States of America. Some may be harder to find than others so if you find a good account for a particular president, please let the rest of us know.
2. No fictional accounts can be counted.
3 .The books can be read in any order you want.
4. Previously read bios can be counted provided you remember the name of the book.
5. The 45 books should be finished before the next Presidential election in 2024. (I know that Obama is going to be the 44th President but Grover Cleveland is in there twice.) Should Mr. Obama be re-elected we will extend the deadline.

***It's been decided to extend to 2024. Who ever is President at that time should also be included.

We are going to have a separate thread for each President as well as a thread where we can post our tickers to show how far we have gotten. I have also added a thread for any books that we read related to the First Ladies and books that are great background for a particular President but not a biography.
As we get more interesting suggestions/ideas we can improve our group.

We resolve to avoid displaying a pro or con stand on the actions of specific presidents (especially the recent ones). Let's limit ourselves to learning about the issues each man faced and how he handled them, and gaining an understanding of how those actions affected the nation and the world - and stay away from labeling them right or wrong.

If you come across any interesting insights, be sure to let us all know

THERE ARE ALSO INDIVIDUAL TICKERS ON EACH PRESIDENT'S THREAD TO SHOW HOW THE 97 GROUP MEMBERS ARE PROGRESSING ON EACH PRESIDENT TOWARD ACHIEVING OUR GROUP GOAL.

Happy reading!

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
35 - John F Kennedy21 unread / 21varielle, Monday 10:23pm
18 - Ulysses S. Grant19 unread / 19etinoco375, Saturday 6:34pm
Anyone still reading?79 unread / 79etinoco375, Saturday 11:33am
38- Gerald R Ford9 unread / 9Hamburgerclan, July 18
46- Joe Biden1 unread / 1cyderry, July 12
45 - Donald Trump1 unread / 1cyderry, July 12
Beyond the presidents21 unread / 21cyderry, July 12
8 Martin Van Buren26 unread / 26tututhefirst, February 20
37 - Richard M Nixon28 unread / 28Hamburgerclan, February 3
36 - Lyndon B. Johnson19 unread / 19Hamburgerclan, October 2020
16 - Abraham Lincoln69 unread / 69rocketjk, September 2020
First Ladies34 unread / 34swimmergirl1, July 2020
9 William Henry Harrison29 unread / 29LisaMorr, April 2020
10-John Tyler25 unread / 25LisaMorr, April 2020
Presidential Scandals13 unread / 13LisaMorr, July 2019
17 - Andrew Johnson15 unread / 15morryb, April 2019
3 - Thomas Jefferson105 unread / 105morryb, April 2019
7 - Andrew Jackson39 unread / 39swimmergirl1, February 2019
34 - Dwight D Eisenhower17 unread / 17Hamburgerclan, October 2018
33 - Harry S Truman42 unread / 42Hamburgerclan, October 2018
41 - George Herbert Walker Bush9 unread / 9swimmergirl1, May 2018
40 Ronald Reagan19 unread / 19swimmergirl1, April 2018
Books related at the Presidents - not biographies52 unread / 52swimmergirl1, April 2018
43 - George W. Bush18 unread / 18swimmergirl1, April 2018
39 - James Carter8 unread / 8swimmergirl1, February 2018
2 John Adams102 unread / 102Powderfinger69, December 2017
4- James Madison76 unread / 76Powderfinger69, December 2017
1 George Washington116 unread / 116Powderfinger69, December 2017
32 - Franklin D. Roosevelt19 unread / 19Hamburgerclan, September 2017
31 - Herbert Hoover26 unread / 26Hamburgerclan, November 2016
Presidential Dinner Party13 unread / 13Tess_W, October 2016
Presidential Biographies reviews - resource6 unread / 6LisaMorr, October 2016
Presidential In-Laws in the White House2 unread / 2Tess_W, October 2016
30 - Calvin Coolidge13 unread / 13Tess_W, October 2016
29 - Warren G Harding14 unread / 14Tess_W, October 2016
28 - Woodrow Wilson30 unread / 30Tess_W, October 2016
Books by the Presidents2 unread / 2swimmergirl1, September 2016
15 - James Buchanan35 unread / 35Bill_Masom, March 2016
26 - Theodore Roosevelt41 unread / 41rosalita, December 2015
27 - William Howard Taft9 unread / 9weejane, October 2015
President's Families2 unread / 2gmillar, June 2015
25 - William McKinley10 unread / 10swimmergirl1, May 2015
44 - Barack Obama28 unread / 28gmillar, March 2015
23 - Benjamin Harrison10 unread / 10swimmergirl1, March 2015
22- Grover Cleveland9 unread / 9swimmergirl1, March 2015
21 - Chester A. Arthur8 unread / 8swimmergirl1, February 2015
20 - James A Garfield23 unread / 23swimmergirl1, January 2015
Presidential Tickers53 unread / 53Bill_Masom, November 2014
19 - Rutherford B Hayes12 unread / 12swimmergirl1, July 2014
14 - Franklin Pierce18 unread / 18Bill_Masom, April 2014
13 - Millard Fillmore26 unread / 26Bill_Masom, March 2014
12 - Zachary Taylor24 unread / 24Bill_Masom, March 2014
11- James K. Polk25 unread / 25swimmergirl1, January 2014
6 John Quincy Adams69 unread / 69swimmergirl1, January 2014
5 - James Monroe38 unread / 38swimmergirl1, January 2014
Joining group & starting Presidents with our first; George Washington3 unread / 3gmillar, September 2013
General89 unread / 89tututhefirst, February 2013
Rank the Presidents and compare41 unread / 41tloeffler, January 2013
Washington Post Picks the "Best" Presidential Bios!3 unread / 3JBD1, November 2012
Ticker topic still active?6 unread / 6Samantha_kathy, September 2012
Also Rans2 unread / 2TopekaRev, February 2012
Lincoln/Obama as readers3 unread / 3morryb, May 2011
42 - William Clinton14 unread / 14varielle, February 2011
World Yellow Pages for Higher studies5 unread / 5Garp83, February 2011
Children in the White House8 unread / 8varielle, October 2010
Vice Presidents4 unread / 4infopump, October 2010
C-Span's presidential rankings11 unread / 11Garp83, September 2010
Just joined up and found this group...4 unread / 4auntmarge64, July 2010
Easton Press Library of the Presidents2 unread / 2billiejean, April 2010
American Presidents series20 unread / 20corgiiman, April 2010
List of all the Presidents18 unread / 18infopump, October 2009
Procedural Question re: The Glory and the Dream5 unread / 5tututhefirst, October 2009
reading in order?26 unread / 26gmillar, August 2009
Ranking Presidents by Their Lifetime Contributions to the Country12 unread / 12Garp83, August 2009
Presidential Buddies1 unread / 1GoofyOcean110, April 2009
Presidential In-Laws1 unread / 1Prop2gether, January 2009
11- Jaes K. Polk1 unread / 1cyderry, December 2008
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