Next year, 2009, will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. I imagine there will be an avalanche of books and television programs coming out a year from now.
Lincoln is one of the most written about people in history, it's hard to imagine that there is anything new to cover, but there are always new interpretations of history and events. Here's a book covering an unusual aspect of the Lincoln presidency: Mr. Lincoln's T-mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War by Tom Wheeler [973.7092 WHE]. A Publisher's Weekly review states,
He succeeded as a war leader, says Wheeler, because he learned to manage the news and shape public thinking and policy by communicating directly with multiple interests. If Wheeler sometimes exaggerates the effects of the telegraph in "winning the war," he taps out a lively account that crackles with revealing anecdotes and insights, offering new ways to appreciate Lincoln's genius as a policymaker.
There is a companion website to visit, too.
George Washington is not nearly as popular a subject as Lincoln, but still, there are always books being written about him. Here's a fairly recent children's book: George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen [J B WAS]. Interested adults can go to this site for a quick overview of Washington, "spymaster."
For information about all the presidents, visit the Miller Center of Public Affairs site. The Miller Center has essays, papers, and audiovisual sources.