Dead Presidents

Full disclosure. I haven't read these. Or not very many anyway. But they are all on my list of books to read. Someday. If there's time.

- I have read this. Bought it at the Old Manse in Concord, very near the

rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

It doesn't cover Washington's presidency, but you get an idea of who he was and of how very close we came to losing that war.

- another by McCullough, on my list.

- The Little Madison, as he was known. One of the authors of , which I have read. Not exactly a page turner, but before you go off your nut about the intentions of the Founding Fathers, this will tell you what a few of them thought.

- I've heard Meacham on BookTV talking about Jackson. If Americans had a relationship status with Jackson, it might be "It's complicated." This one is on my list.

Abraham Lincoln - click for a close-up. If you can't find one in here, you aren't trying.

- the first in a trilogy. I heard Morris interviewed on NPR yesterday about the last in the series, and when I came home, I put them all on the list immediately.

And that's all I will encumber you with today. Your arms will drop off with what I've loaded you up with already. But with everyone talking these days about what our country has been like in years past and who its leaders have been and what any one of them intended, we've all got some research to do.