I’m an investment banker, the father of two teenagers and an avid fan of American history. And I absolutely love great biographies.
Just over a decade ago I began traveling overseas regularly and found myself wasting countless hours on long-haul flights. To fill the void I read everything by Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. Then I turned to great biographies.
I began searching for the best biographies of history’s most fascinating people: famous explorers, entertainers, sports figures and other colorful personalities. But I quickly focused on a genre which has consumed the last six years: presidential biographies.
In 2012, I started reading the 240 best presidential biographies I could find, beginning with George Washington. I’ve been documenting that journey at www.bestpresidentialbios.com.
After more than 2,200 days and 120,000 pages I’m nearly finished with the first round of that adventure. Now I’m planning to branch out and read the very best biographies of anyone… starting with Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton!