Leaders/Politicians

For biographies I’ve read, ratings are on a scale of 0 to 5 stars with equal weight given to my subjective assessment of: (1) how entertaining the biography proved to be and (2) the biography’s historical value.

Links to third-party reviews may be provided for biographies I’ve not yet read. If I’m missing a great biography about a political leader that you’ve read, please let me know! Last updated October 12, 2016.

Adams, Sam Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution by Mark Puls 2006
Adams, Sam Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll 2008
Augustus Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy 2014
Bryan, Wm Jennings A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazon 2006
Caesar, Julius Caesar: The Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy 2006
Calhoun, John C. John C. Calhoun: A Biography by Irving Bartlett 1994
Catherine the Great Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie 2011
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory (1874-1932) (Vol 1) by William Manchester 1983
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone (1932-1940) (Vol 2) by William Manchester 1988
Churchill, Winston The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm (1940-1965) (Vol 3) by William Manchester 1991
Churchill, Winston Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert 1967
Churchill, Winston Churchill by Roy Jenkins 2001
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: A Statesman for the Union by Robert Remini 1991
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: The Essential American by David Heidler 2010
Clay, Henry Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman by Harlow Unger 2015
Davis, Jefferson Jefferson Davis, American by William Cooper 2000
De Gaulle, Charles The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved by Jonathan Fenby 2010
Franklin, Ben Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson 2003
Franklin, Ben The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H.W. Brands 2000
Franklin, Ben The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon Wood 2004
Franklin, Ben Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren 1938
Gandhi Gandhi Before India (Vol 1) by Ramachandra Guha 2013
Genet, Jean Genet: A Biography by Edmund White 1993
Hamilton, Alexander Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 2004
Hay, John All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay by John Taliaferro 2013
Henry VIII The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir 1980
Henry, Patrick Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Unger 2010
Hitler, Adolf Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography by John Toland 1976
Hitler, Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw 1991
Hoover, J. Edgar J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry 1991
Houston, Sam The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston by Marquis James 1929
Houston, Sam Sam Houston by James Haley 2002
Hume, David Hume: An Intellectual Biography by James Harris 2015
Isabella, Queen Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey 2014
Jay, John John Jay: Founding Father by Walter Stahr 2005
Kennedy, Joseph P The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw 2012
Kennedy, Robert Robert Kennedy and His Times by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. 1978
Kennedy, Robert Robert Kennedy: His Life by Evan Thomas 2000
Kennedy, Ted Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Peter Canellos 2009
Kissinger, Henry Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson 1992
Kissinger, Henry Kissinger: The Idealist, Volume 1 (1923-1968) by Niall Ferguson 2015
Lafayette Lafayette by Harlow Unger 2002
Lafayette The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio 2014
Marshall, John John Marshall: Definer of a Nation by Jean Edward Smith 1996
Moses, Robert The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro 1974
Napoleon Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts 2014
Napoleon Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers 2014
O’Neill, Tip Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography by John Farrell 2001
Peter the Great Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie 1980
Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel 1999
Putin, Vladimir The New Csar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers 2015
Rockefeller, Nelson On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith 2014
Seward, William Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr 2012
Stalin, Josef Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Montefiore 2003
Stanton, Edwin Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel 2015
Thatcher, Margaret Margaret Thatcher, The Grocer’s Daughter (Vol 1) by John Campbell 2000
Thatcher, Margaret Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady (Vol 2) by John Campbell 2003
Thatcher, Margaret Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Faulklands:The Authorized Biography (Vol 1) by Charles Moore 2010
Thatcher, Margaret Margaret Thatcher: Everything She Wants: The Authorized Biography (Vol 2) by Charles Moore 2015
Webster, Daniel The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill Peterson 1987
Webster, Daniel Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time by Robert Remini 1997
Xioping, Deng Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel 2011

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