Wow - quite an undertaking, but of course one a lot of us wish we had the time for. Some of the best presidentail bios I've ever read include the aforementioned "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and its sequel, "Theodore Rex", both by Edmund Morris (with a final volume yet to come), Robert Caro's magnificent 3 (soon to be 4) volume bio of LBJ, MCCullough's "Truman", and "Richard Milhous Nixon" by Roger Morris.
There are just so many great bios of FDR its difficult to choose just one; many have won major awards in past years. Some of the best include the 5 volume set by Kenneth S. Davis, a 2 volume bio by Geoffrey Ward, and (fairly recently), "FDR" by Jean Edward Smith. Then there's Doris Kearns Goodwin's magnificent and Pulitzer Prize winning "No Ordinary Time. Goodwin, of course, has gained renewed fame since President Obama announced that he's reading her book on Lincoln and his cabinet, "Team of Rivals", which is excellent in its own right.
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