You might have heard something about an election next month. In fact, you might be pretty tired of hearing anything about that election or the candidates. While politics can be divisive, most people can agree on this: books are basically the greatest things to ever exist in the whole entire universe. (I have no scientific data to back up this claim, but I feel good about it.)
If you’re curious about politics or want to learn more about some of our nation’s former leaders, swing by the library and check out some of these great books.
THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL: FREDERICK DOUGLASS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AND THE END OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA BY DWIGHT JON ZIMMERMAN AND WAYNE VANSANT:
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a graphically illustrated dual portrait of the 16th President and the literary activist that traces the history of slavery, the Civil War and the Emancipation era while illuminating their respective and shared views."
LISTENING IN: THE SECRET WHITE HOUSE RECORDINGS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY EDITED BY TED WIDMER:
"Available for the first time to the general public, the transcripts and recordings of John F. Kennedy's time in office reveal his decision-making process and thoughts on world events, including the Cuban Missile crisis and the Civil Rights movement, giving a rare opportunity to step inside the Oval Office and Cabinet Room."
GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME BY JOHN HEILEMANN AND MARK HALPERIN:
"Political reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin offer a behind the scenes look at the 2008 presidential campaign, discussing how Barack Obama rose from a virtual unknown to win the election, how the relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton shaped her campaign, why McCain chose a novice governor for his running mate, and other related topics."
LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY: HOW DEPRESSION CHALLENGED A PRESIDENT AND FUELED HIS GREATNESS BY JOSHUA WOLF SHENK:
"A dramatic reassessment of the life and era of Abraham Lincoln argues that America's sixteenth president suffered from depression and explains how Lincoln used the ailment and the coping strategies he had developed to deal with the crises of the Civil War and personal tragedy."
THE BIG BURN: TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND THE FIRE THAT SAVED AMERICA BY TIMOTHY EGAN (A LOCAL AUTHOR!):
"Describes a forest fire that erupted in August of 1910 in the Bitterroot Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border, discussing efforts to combat it and how the actions of individuals fighting the fires had a positive influence on popular opinion about Teddy Roosevelt's notion of conservation."
ASSASSINATION VACATION BY SARAH VOWELL:
"Presents a humorous exploration of the historical events surrounding the assassinations of three United States presidents--McKinley, Garfield, Lincoln--and travels to various sites, monuments, and museums, examining the role of death and violence in popular culture."