Monday, March 14, 2011

Presidential Challenge

Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents

I decided last month that I was going to take up a Presidential Challenge that I'd heard about somewhere on the Internet.  The challenge: read a biography of each president in the order they served.  I started off with George Washington by reading a biography written by Henry Cabot Lodge, another historical figure.  A few days ago I started reading John Adams by David McCullough and I realized I could have chosen a much better biography about George Washington, something like His Excellency by Joseph Ellis, where I could actually learn something new about Washington.  I'm not going to start over, but at some point I am going to go back and redo Washington.  Anyway, this will be a slow going challenge, it will probably take me a few years to complete it.  Right now I'm reading one chapter a day in John Adams just because I still want to devote my time to all the other books I have to read.  So you can look forward to a review of McCullough's book in a few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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