About the book: The Presidents is a collection of brief stories from the lives of the 44 American presidents, each transcribed from one of C-SPAN's interviews. These accounts vary as much as the men who have inhabited the office. Not intended as definitive biographies, the scholarship of each featured author provides snapshots into life events that shaped our leaders, challenges they faced, and the legacies they've left.
About the website: To accompany The Presidents, we built this website to help you continue your exploration into the office of the presidency. Learn more about the historians we interviewed and watch them discuss the presidents with links to their full interviews; discover more about each chief executive with facts and links; and test your knowledge with a fun quiz.
Presidents, in the book and on the website, are not listed in chronological order. Instead, they are organized by their most recent score in C-SPAN's widely recognized Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership. In 2017, presidential historians rated each leader on 10 qualities of presidential leadership. Prior surveys were conducted in 2000 and 2009. Contemporary presidents are not included in the survey until they leave office, so President Trump has not yet been ranked.
Join us as authors Brian Lamb and Susan Swain, along with some noted historians, discuss The Presidents. Each event link provides more information on how to attend. C-SPAN will televise some of these events, and the link to the video will be added once the events have taken place.
- April 23, 2019Mount Vernon, Virginia
- April 27, 2019Washington, District of Columbia
- April 28, 2019Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- May 2, 2019New York, New York
- May 3, 2019New York, New York
- May 23, 2019Washington, District of Columbia
- June 10, 2019Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- June 13, 2019Boston, Massachusetts
- July 25, 2019Springfield, Illinois
- July 3, 2019
Slate's The Gist: Let's Rank the Presidents
- June 25, 2019
Chatter on Books: Let's Get Presidential
- June 7, 2019
Publishers Weekly: The Making of
- June 6, 2019
Penn Live: Presidents of the United States ranked, from best to worst: where did Pa.
- May 28, 2019
Shepherd Express: American Lives Featured (and Reconsidered) from Slavery through Obama
- May 25, 2019
The Augusta Chronicle: Summer reading? Here are three recommendations
- May 21, 2019
The New York Times: New & Noteworthy
- May 9, 2019
Morano Whenever: Brian Lamb and Susan Swain Discuss 'The Presidents'
- May 5, 2019
Penn Live: America's Presidents have been far from perfect, but many historians say ours was the worst
- May 2, 2019
KGO Radio: Historians Rank Best & Worst Chief Executives
- May 1, 2019
New York Journal of Books: Book Review: The Presidents
- April 30, 2019
The Virginia Gazette: Presidents from Virginia rank high - well, mostly
- April 29, 2019
KVEC Radio: C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb Discusses his New Book, "The Presidents"
- April 24, 2019
The Black Eagle Show: Joe Madison and Brian Lamb talk about 'The Presidents'
- April 23, 2019
KMOX Radio: Brian Lamb Discusses 'The Presidents' on the Charlie Brennan Show
- April 23, 2019
WPHT Radio: The Presidents | The Dom Giordano Program
- April 21, 2019
History News Network: The Value of Rating Presidents
- March 7, 2019
Kirkus Review: Kirkus Review of 'The Presidents'
- February 26, 2019
Alexandria Living: Historians Rank U.S. Presidents in New Book