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If you enjoyed the novel Primary Colors by Anonymous (later revealed to be Time magazine columnist Joe Klein) you might enjoy some of these titles.

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Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989
This Pulitzer Prize winner examines the career of Willie Stark, a country lawyer, who becomes mayor in 1950's Louisiana. As his power grows, his ideals and morals are thrown by the wayside.
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Sittenfeld, Curtis.
The President's wife, Alice Blackwell, remembers her journey to the White House and the repercussions of her choices. As her husband begins his second term as President she questions her beliefs, her husband's politics and her public persona.
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Wallace, Nicolle.
A year in the White House is viewed through the perspectives of three women, White House chief of staff Melanie Kingston, White House correspondent Dale Smith, and President Charlotte Kramer. Each woman must struggle with personal and public lies, tragedies, and difficult decisions.
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Mallon, Thomas, 1951-
This novel focuses on the Reagan years of American history, dealing with the Cold War, the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, and anti-nuclear protests. Many unforgettable historical characters populate this book, including, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Pamela Harriman, Bette Davis, Richard Nixon, and of course at the centre of everything, President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
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McLaughlin, Emma.
Jamie McAllister is a young White House Intern, who finds herself drawn into an affair with President Gregory Rutland after an unexpected encounter late one evening. She tries to remove herself from the escalating relationship, after all, he is married with children and is constantly under media scrutiny, but Rutland keeps pulling her back in.
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Charyn, Jerome.
Lincoln's life is depicted from his youthful days as a lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, the horrors of the American Civil War, to his 1865 visit to war-torn Richmond days before his assassination. Relying on Lincoln's own letters and speeches, Charyn creates a moral, but troubled Commander-in-Chief.
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O'Brien, Timothy L., 1961-
In the spring of 1865, as America mourns the assassination of President Lincoln, police detective Temple McFadden discovers two diaries, strapped to the body of a dead man at the B&O Railroad station, which details the Lincoln conspiracy. Temple's mission to bring the conspirators to justice will put his life in jeopardy.
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Raynes, H.A. (Holly Archibald), author.
Set on the eve of the 2032 presidential election, the country is on the brink of a civil war. America has issued biochips containing citizens' medical information and this information was released to the public. The assassination of the Liberty Party's presidential nominee sets off a chain of events that will change the course of history forever.
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A fictionalized telling of the presidential election of 2012, written by an anonymous author. This novel contains illuminating portraits of many prominent political figures, some invented and some real.
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Carter, Stephen L., 1954-
In the summer of 1952, twenty prominent men hold a secret meeting at Martha's Vineyard to develop a plot to manipulate the President. Afterwards, Eddie Wesley, Harlem's rising literary star, discovers the body of one of these men. Suddenly, Eddie's younger sister mysteriously disappears. Eddie finds himself pulled into a quest for the truth that will stretch over the next twenty years and lead directly to the Oval Office.
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O'Connor, Stephen author.
This novel explores the many ways that slavery warps the human soul, illustrated through the story of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Sally was an enslaved woman of mixed race owned by President Jefferson, and had six children fathered by him. O'Connor gives Sally a voice, while examining the hypocrisy of the Founding Father and slaveholder who wrote, "all men are created equal."
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