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Q: Objective biographies of US presidents ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Objective biographies of US presidents
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: senatorshakes-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 04 Dec 2005 11:01 PST
Expires: 03 Jan 2006 11:01 PST
Question ID: 601295
Where can I find a complete selection of strictly objective US
presidential biographies?

I want accounts without extensive interpretation. I don't want an
emphasis on the positive or negative aspects of each presiden's history. I want
strictly factual histories centering around the policy and character
of each presidential administration.

The ideal answer will explain the search terms you used to find or
construct your list, as well as a brief justification for the terms.

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 04 Dec 2005 11:10 PST
Would the White House biographies do?

Clarification of Question by senatorshakes-ga on 04 Dec 2005 12:19 PST
I should have been more explicit. I mean autobiographical books. I
want much more detail. Scanning a few of the White House biographies,
I also see little in the way of critical information.

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 04 Dec 2005 13:02 PST
Hi senatorshakes,

This looks like a good possibility.

"The purpose of this site is to provide researchers, teachers,
students, politicians, journalists, and citizens a complete resource
guide to the US Presidents."


Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 04 Dec 2005 13:06 PST

Would this book meet your needs?

The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents--6th Edtion : Includes Material
through 2004 (Complete Book of Us Presidents) (Paperback)
by William DeGregorio

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Objective biographies of US presidents
From: myoarin-ga on 04 Dec 2005 13:13 PST
"Where can I find a complete selection of strictly objective US
presidential biographies?"

Sorry, but I don't think that you can.  "Strictly objective" is a term
that may apply to scientific reports but not to biographies, although
the individual biographers may feel that they are being "strictly
objective".  The existance of biographies presenting a different view
of the individual demonstrates that objectivity is a figment of each
biographer's interpretation.  The opinions of book critics may or may
not help recognize this.
Biographers choose to write their books because they believe that they
have additional new insight into the individual's motives or an
interpretation of the influences on the person.

"Scanning a few of the White House biographies, I also see little in
the way of critical information."

"Critical information" can be two things:  critical = significant; 
critical = criticism.  Either way, the choice in including "critical
information" is of itself subjective.

This comment is no help to find what you are seeking, but I hope it
helps explain why a list of books that are "objective biographies"
would be a subjective selection.

Regards, Myoarin

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