Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush


"An impressive gallop through eighty years of U.S. history."--Literary Review

"Hamilton does a superb job of getting at [the presidents''] essences. . . . Anyone who enjoys reading history, and loves to look behind the curtain to see the wizards at work, will find this book well worth reading."--Internet Review of Books

In view of the rise of the U.S. to global superpower status, the twentieth century has been called “the American Century.” Best-selling biographer and historian Nigel Hamilton now gives us the lives of the twelve men who presided over America’s imperial fortunes – the good, the bad, and the truly awful.

Not since the days of the Roman emperors has there been such a succession of rulers holding the fate of the world in their hands. How did these American Caesars reach the White House? What were the challenges they faced, and how did they meet them? And who were these men in their private lives?

Nigel Hamilton’s short, candid, critical portraits of the twelve presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush are compulsively readable. Packed with unforgettable characters as well as stories, lessons and revelations, American Caesars is essential reading for our times.

After Words: Nigel Hamilton, "American Caesars," hosted by Richard Norton Smith, George Mason University
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"An outstanding book. . . . A commanding study on the nature of personal authority and the presidency."--Irish Times

"[A] provocative, stimulating, infuriating and readable history." Hugh MacDonald - Herald Scotland

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