Presidents and Presidency (US)

Newsbook: Ahead of the State of the Union, Read About the People Behind the Words

Three books about presidential speeches and speechwriters.

Kavanaugh, Kanye, Beyoncé, ‘Black Panther’: Washington on Pop Culture in 2018

Three reporters and The Times’s politics editor shed light on moments that revealed deeper truths about politics this year.

Nonfiction: Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration

The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.

Nonfiction: The True Grit of Four American Presidents

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership in Turbulent Times” looks at Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.

Books of The Times: Republican Senator Jeff Flake Rails Against Trump, but to What End?

In “Conscience of a Conservative,” Jeff Flake of Arizona crosses a rhetorical Rubicon to excoriate the president — and the lawmakers who support him.