Presidents' Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies (PHOTOS, POLL)

04/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The recent success of such award-winning and bestselling presidential biographies as "American Lion" by Jon Meacham, "John Adams" by David McCullough as well as Doris Kearns Goodwin's portrait of Lincoln's Cabinet, "Team of Rivals", are all tributes to the value of great historians.

In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some other great books about the Presidents and presidency, is a short list of some of my favorite Presidential biographies -- all what I call "must reads." Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, and some may already be familiar. Not all of them focus on the presidential years of the subjects. But this is a good place to start with a collection of accessible and fascinating views of the lives and careers of some of the most significant Commanders in Chief -- all told by great storytellers, great writers and great historians.

A comprehensive reading list of these and Presidential biographies can also be found in "Don't Know Much About History".