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Presidential Fiction

The 2012 presidential election is in full swing. Will it produce stories stranger than fiction? These books are fictional, but based on actual commanders-in-chief and their families.

Braver, Adam
Mr. Lincoln's Wars: A Novel in Thirteen Stories
Thirteen voices give their impressions of and experiences with Lincoln including his undertaker, a father whose son was killed in the Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth.
 
Brown, William Wells
Clotel, or The President's Daughter
William Wells Brown wrote Clotel in 1853 and bought his own release from slavery in 1854. Based on the rumor of Thomas Jefferson's liaison with one of his slaves and the daughter supposedly born of that union, this novel is written from a unique nineteenth century African American point of view.
 
Clark, Mary Higgins
Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
No mystery here - Clark's novel imagines the courtship and married life of George and his beloved wife Patsy a.k.a. Martha Custis Washington.
 
Ford, Susan
Double Exposure: A First Daughter Mystery
Gerald Ford's daughter penned this thriller about a young woman living in the White House who attempts to clear her father of scandal. If you like this book, try her follow-up, Sharp Focus.
 
Lowy, Jonathan
Elvis and Nixon
A wild ride through the 70s, with Elvis Presley becoming involved in the Nixon White House. Really.
 
Lowy, Jonathan
The Temple of Music
William McKinley and the Gilded Age are the subjects of this novel of late nineteenth century American life. Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie make cameo appearances.
 
Parry, Richard
That Fateful Lightning: A Novel of Ulysses S. Grant
U. S. Grant tells his own story as he tries to salvage his reputation as a general and a president.
 
Poyer, David
The Only Thing to Fear
The time is 1945 and a young naval officer named Kennedy becomes involved with Franklin D. Roosevelt's White House. Intrigue, Russians, scandal, Hollywood, and audacious portraits of two presidents.
 
Sittenfeld, Curtis
American Wife
Laura Bush is the model for the First Lady in this book, from her accidental killing of a classmate to her career as a librarian to her marriage to a wealthy, Republican politician.
 
Stone, Irving
The President's Lady
The lady is Rachel Donelson Jackson, wife of Andrew Jackson and the subject of quite a scandal during Jackson's presidential race. (Check out the 1958 movie of the same name starring Susan Hayward and Charleston Heston.)
 
Stone, Irving
Those Who Love
John Adams has been the subject of many biographies and this year a TV miniseries. This biographical novel of the love story of John and Abigail Adams set the standard for historical fiction.
 

Updated: 7/25/2012