You probably never think twice about President's Day, right? It's just a nice Monday off from work, a time when appliances and cars you're not looking to buy are all 40% off. You probably think your high school history textbook provided you with enough soul crushing information about the presidency to last you a lifetime, right? But with the unexpected popularity of Lin Manuel-Miranda's Hamilton (based on a very long and very intimidating biography by Ron Chernow) over the last couple of years, more and more non-fiction books about the leaders of our country have been published, and many of them are just as interesting as any novel.
We've compiled a list below of some books about the presidents and about the men and women surrounding them, from our nation's founding to modern day. These books delve deeper into the stories you probably only heard about at surface level in school, from the Washington during the Revolution to the secret histories of the nation's first ladies, from sex scandals to sweet memoirs, and including an account of the insane and shocking election that led to the current disastrous state of our nation's highest office. There's really no better time to take a look at what has driven the presidency from its infancy to now.