List of autobiographies by Presidents of the United States

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Many United States Presidents have written autobiographies about their Presidencies and/or (some periods of) their life before their Presidencies. Some 19th century United States Presidents who wrote autobiographies are James Buchanan and Ulysses S. Grant, though Grant's autobiography is about his time as General during the U.S. Civil War and not about his Presidency. Out of the former U.S. Presidents since 1923, only George H. W. Bush has not written an autobiography.[1] Some of the more recent U.S. Presidential autobiographies, such as Bill Clinton's, George W. Bush's, and Barack Obama's (written and published before he was elected president) sold well enough to earn them millions of dollars.[2][3][4]

Autobiographies covering the period of their presidency[edit]

Note: Only publication information for the first edition is given.

Autobiographies not covering the period of their presidency[edit]

Title Author Publisher Date ISBN
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant Charles L. Webster & Company 1885–86
The Rough Riders Theodore Roosevelt Charles Scribner's Sons 1899
Crusade in Europe Dwight D. Eisenhower Doubleday 1948
Six Crises Richard Nixon Doubleday 1962 0-385-00125-8
Where's the Rest of Me? Ronald Reagan Duell, Sloan and Pearce 1965
Why Not the Best?: The First Fifty Years Jimmy Carter Broadman Press 1975
Dreams from My Father Barack Obama Times Books 1995 1-4000-8277-3
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama Crown/Three Rivers Press 2006 0-307-23769-9

Published diaries and papers[edit]

Title President Editor Publisher Date ISBN
The Eisenhower Diaries Dwight D. Eisenhower Robert Ferrell W W Norton & Co Inc 1976
The Reagan Diaries Ronald Reagan David Brinkley Harper Collins 2007 0-06-087600-X
White House Diary Jimmy Carter Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010 0374280991


  1. ^ "All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings: George H.W. Bush: 9780743200417: Books". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Americas | Clintons' earnings exceed $100m". BBC News. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  3. ^ Simon Mann, Washington. "'Man of Steel' barely rates a mention in Bush memoirs". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. 2007-05-27. 
  5. ^ The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman - Google Boeken. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 

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