The Need to Read

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“I feel the need… the need to read.”

If you’re ever looking for a good book to read, I thought it’d be helpful to provide you with some reading suggestions. Listed below is my entire personal library. I’ve sorted them into five categories: Presidential, World War II, History & Travel, Sports, and Miscellaneous. Feel free to ask me about anything listed here and/or check out the provided Amazon links. Also feel free to throw out any of your own personal suggestions in the comments below!


Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Truman by David McCullough

John Adams by David McCullough

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? A Tour of Presidential Gravesites by Brian Lamb

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte

Presidential Sites: A Directory of Places Associated with Presidents of the United States by William G. Clotworthy

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Coolidge by Amity Shlaes

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine

World War II:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau by Jack Sacco

Devil at My Heels: A WW II Hero’s Epic Saga of Torment, Survival, and Forgiveness by Louis Zamperini with David Rensin

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer

The Nightmare Years: 1930-1940 by William L. Shirer

The Longest Day: The D-Day Story by Cornelius Ryan

The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors by Maurice Isserman

History & Travel:

The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens

On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery by Robert M. Poole

In Honored Glory: Arlington National Cemetery: The Final Post by Philip Bigler

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America by Erik Sass, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur

Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization’s Best Bits by Erik Sass and Steve Wiegand

The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral – And How It Changed the American West by Jeff Guinn

Pioneering Spirit: Upper Iowa University Celebrating 150 Years by Stephen D. Regan and Jerome W. Wadian

Upper Iowa University: Doc Dorman’s Peacocks by Fred Breckner

1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by Thom Hatch

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn by James Donovan

Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore by John Taliaferro

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Robert K. Massie

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles

Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI by Bryan Burrough

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

Edison by Edmund Morris


Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

Duke Slater: Pioneering Black NFL Player and Judge by Neal Rozendaal

Hayden Fry: A High Porch Picnic by Hayden Fry with George Wine

Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton and Don Yaeger

A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable with Scott Schulte

Evy and the Hawkeyes: The Glory Years by Brian Chapman and Mike Chapman

What It Means to Be a Hawkeye: Kirk Ferentz and Iowa’s Greatest Players by Lyle Hammes, Michael Maxwell and Neal Rozendaal

Positively Unstoppable: The Art of Owning It by Diamond Dallas Page

University of Iowa Football by Chuck Bright

The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker

Bobby the Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All by Bobby Heenan and Steve Anderson

Andre the Giant: A Legendary Life by Michael Krugman

75 Years with the Fighting Hawkeyes by Dick Lamb and Bert McGrane

One Magic Year 1939: An Ironman Remembers by Al Couppee

Dr. Eddie Anderson, Hall of Fame College Football Coach: A Biography by Kevin Carroll


The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts by Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide by Matt Groening

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin

Belushi: A Biography by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty


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