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Reading Presidential Fiction

With President's Day around the corner, why not delve into fictional portrayals of presidents to get ready? If the news brings you down, these seven novels offer an intriguing perspective on

politics through prose.

A John Hay historical thriller from award-winning political journalist Burt Solomon focused on one of America's most controversial presidents: Andrew Johnson.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

A moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

Set against the fading light of early-1980s Hollywood, our deeply flawed, bigoted, closeted antihero Elliot Weiner is a historian--Harvard BA, Columbia PhD--with a passion for Morris dancing and Warren Harding, "the shallowest President in history."

11/22/63 by Stephen King

What if you could change history and save John F. Kennedy from assassination? And if you did, what would the repercussions be? These are the exact questions Jake Epping, a high school English teacher, must face when he is introduced to a door to the past.

In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh.

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet.

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