Presidential Power

The following books examine the limits and boundaries of presidential power while also considering what has been achieved by past presidents. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Blumenthal, David. The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. 2009. (362.10973 B).

Farris, Scott. Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation. 2012. (324.973 F).

Gibbs, Nancy. The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity.
2012. (973.920922 G).

Goldsmith, Jack. Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11.
2012. (352.235 G).

Hamilton, Nigel. American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush. 2010. (973.099 H).

Healy, Gene. The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power. 2008. (352.23 H).

Kalb, Marvin. Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama. 2011. (973.92 K).

Merry, Robert W. Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians. 2012. (923.1 M).
     Also available: Large Type

Osgood, Charles. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail. 2008. (973.099 O).

Popkin, Samuel L. The Candidate: What it Takes to Win, and Hold, the White House. 2012. (324.973 P).

Presidential Powers. 2010. (352.235 P).

Raphael, Ray. Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive.
2012. (352.23 R).

Updegrove, Mark D. Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis. 2008. (973.099 U).

Walsh, Kenneth R. Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House. 2011. (305.800973 W).

Wills, Garry. Bomb Power: the Modern Presidency and the National Security State. 2010. (355.033073 W).
     Also available: CD

Yoo, John. Crisis and Command: the History of Executive Power, from George Washington to George W. Bush. 2009. (342.73062 Y).