I’m an investment banker, the father of two teenagers and an avid fan of American history. Somewhat inexplicably, I also own and manage a wedding flower farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains… And I absolutely love great biographies.
About fifteen years ago I began traveling overseas regularly and found myself spending countless hours on long-haul flights. To fill the time 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 consumed six years: presidential biographies.
In 2012, I started reading the 240 best presidential biographies I could find, beginning with George Washington and ending with Barack Obama. I’ve been documenting that journey at www.bestpresidentialbios.com.
As of February 2019 – after 2,243 days and 123,000 pages of reading – I finished the first round of that adventure. Now I’m branching out and reading the very best biographies of anyone…and documenting this phase of my adventure here!