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The Best Books To Learn About President Martin Van Buren

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Martin Van Buren Quick Facts

President Number8
Terms In Office1
Years1837-1841
Political PartyDenocratic
Vice PresidentRichard Mentor Johnson
Home StateNew York
Slaves Owned1
Presidential Pet 2 Tiger Cubs
Articles Used in Ranking12
Number of Unique Books11

 

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The Best Book About Martin Van Buren (Tie)
(Appears on 5 Lists Each)



Martin Van Buren : The Romantic Age of American Politics by John Niven

Martin Van Buren- The Romantic Age of American Politics by John Niven, Katherine Speirs
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mandi Lindner
  • Presidents USA
  • The Washington Post

Based upon extensive use of the Van Buren papers and other basic primary sources of the period, this is a readable, authoitative biography of the 8th President of the United States and a close political ally of Andrew Jackson, and later upholder of the Jacksonian tradition.

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Martin Van Buren (The American Presidents Series) by Ted Widmer

Martin Van Buren (The American Presidents #8) by Ted Widmer, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • All The Presidents Books
  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA
  • The Tailored Man
  • The Washington Post

The first “professional politician” to become president, the slick and dandyish Martin Van Buren was to all appearances the opposite of his predecessor, the rugged general and Democratic champion Andrew Jackson. Van Buren, a native Dutch speaker, was America’s first ethnic president as well as the first New Yorker to hold the office, at a time when Manhattan was bursting with new arrivals. A sharp and adroit political operator, he established himself as a powerhouse in New York, becoming a U.S. senator, secretary of state, and vice president under Jackson, whose election he managed. His ascendancy to the Oval Office was virtually a foregone conclusion.

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#3 Book
(Appears on 4 Lists)



Martin Van Buren and the American Political System by Donald Cole

Martin Van Buren and the American Political System by Donald B. Cole
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mashable
  • Presidents USA

Donald Cole analyzes the political skills that brought Van Buren the nickname Little Magician,” describing how he built the Albany Regency (which became a model for political party machines) and how he created the Democratic party of Andrew Jackson.

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#4
(Appears on 3 Lists)



Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics by Joel Silbey

Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics by Joel H. Silbey
Lists It Appears On:

  • At Times Dull
  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

Martin Van Buren was a one-term president whose public life has long been overshadowed by the more fiery personalities of his day—Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. Nevertheless, Van Buren was a transforming political figure in American history, one of the first of the new republic’s professional politicians.

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#5
(Appears on 2 Lists)



The Presidency of Martin Van Buren by Major L. Wilson

The Presidency of Martin Van Buren (American Presidency Series) by Major L. Wilson
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

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#6-11
(Appear on 1 List)



Martin Van Buren and the Making of the Democratic Party by Robert Vincent Remini

Martin Van Buren and the making of the Democratic Party
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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Martin Van Buren: Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology by Jerome Mushkat

Martin Van Buren- Law, Politics, and the Shaping of Republican Ideology by Jerome Mushkat
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

In 1828, Martin Van Buren discontinued his profession as a lawyer to become a full-time politician, yet his formative years as an attorney provided the critical ideological basis for his presidency. Mushkat and Rayback offer the first historical investigation of the nature, scope, and significance of Van Buren’s legal practice as they trace the development of his republican ideology.

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The American Talleyrand; the Career and Contemporaries of Martin Van Buren, Eighth President by Holmes Moss Alexander

The American Talleyrand- The Career and Contemporaries of Martin Van Buren, Eighth President, by Holmes Moss, Alexander
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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The autobiography of Martin Van Buren by Martin Van Buren

The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren by Martin Van Buren, John Clement Fitzpatrick
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

Martin Van Buren, the eight president of the United States, wrote this autobiography years after his time in American politics had come to an end. He was living in Europe and decided that it was time to defend his record as head of the political operation in New York and as Andrew Jackson’s second Vice-President after John C. Calhoun.

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The Fox at Bay; Martin Van Buren and the Presidency, 1837-1841 by James C. Curtis

The Fox at Bay- Martin Van Buren and the Presidency, 1837-1841 by James Campbell Curtis
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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The Idea of a Party System; the Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 by Richard Hofstadter

The Idea of a Party System- The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States 1780-1840 by Richard Hofstadter
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

This work traces the historical processes in thought by which American political leaders slowly edged away from their complete philosophical rejection of a party and hesitantly began to embrace a party system. In the author’s words, “The emergence of legitimate party opposition and of a theory of politics that accepted it was something new in the history of the world; it required a bold new act of understanding on the part of its contemporaries and it still requires study on our part.” Professor Hofstadter’s analysis of the idea of party and the development of legitimate opposition offers fresh insights into the political crisis of 1797-1801, on the thought of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, and other leading figures, and on the beginnings of modern democratic politics.

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The Best Martin Van Buren Book Lists Consulted



SourceArticle
All The Presidents BooksOne Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
At Times DullJanet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Presidential BiosThe Best Presidential Biographies
Huffington PostPresidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Library of CongressSelected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
MashableWhy I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
Presidential HistoryPresidential Resources
Presidential History (Again)Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USAFURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MARTIN VAN BUREN
The Tailored ManThe 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Washington PostThe Fix’s list of best presidential biographies

 

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