Biography & Autobiography - Historical

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography sho...

Unabridged CD
Published: Apr 2007

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Jon Meacham

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson t...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2012


Elie Wiesel

In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jan 2006

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Makin...

William Kalush

Draws on newly uncovered archives and the co-author's expertise in magic to reveal Houdini's secret work as a spy for the United States and England, his post-war efforts to expose the fraudulent activities of spiritualist mediums, and...

Abridged CD
Published: Oct 2006

The True Adventures of the Rolling St...

Stanley Booth

[Read by Nick Sullivan]This account has been called - by Robert Stone, among others - the best book ever written about the sixties. Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, met the band just a few months before Bri...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2013

The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

Allan W. Eckert

The bloody battle for the conquest of the Northwest territory between the English settlers and the native Indian warriors comes to life in Allan W. Eckert's dramatic history.

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Feb 2011

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale ...

Simon Winchester

The shocking story of the single greatest contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary in 1857 reveals that the man who contributed some ten thousand definitions to the book was in fact a patient in an asylum for the criminally ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2005

Children of Jihad: Journeys into the ...

Jared Cohen

Classrooms were never sufficient for Jared Cohen; he wanted to learn about global affairs by witnessing them firsthand. While studying on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, he took a crash course in Arabic, read voraciously on the histor...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2007

Quarrel with the King: The Story of a...

Adam Nicolson

The renowned, bestselling author of God's Secretaries and Seize the Fire explores questions of loyalty, power, betrayal, and rebellion witnessed through the life and times of one of England's richest and most influential families.

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2008

Between You and Me: A Memoir

Mike Wallace

A t the age of 87, Mike Wallace is a legendary figure in broadcast journalism. Now, after 60 years of reporting on important events around the world, he shares his personal stories about the incredible range of celebrities, newsmakers...

Abridged CD
Published: Oct 2005

The Glitter and the Gold: The America...

Consuela Vanderbilt Balsan

Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful and the heir to a vast family fortune. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfill her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. Leavi...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2012

Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's S...

Evan Thomas

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. As Evan Thomas reveals in hi...

Unabridged CD
Published: Sep 2012

Searching for Schindler: A Memoir

Thomas Keneally

In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and...

Unabridged CD
Published: May 2012

Anne Frank Remembered

Miep Gies

For the millions moved by Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, here at last is Miep's own astonishing story. For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes o...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jan 2009

The Autobiography of Martin Luther Ki...

Clayborne Carson

Drawing on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unpublished writings and other materials housed in Stanford University's archives, a civil rights scholar assembles a continuous first-person narrative of King's life. Read by Levar Burton. Book av...

Abridged CD
Published: Dec 2005

Narrative of an American Slave

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, prominent abolitionist, civil rights activist and reform journalist, was raised in the malicious system of slavery. Frederick was brought to the nearby wheat plantation of Colonel Edward Lloyd. Two years later he w...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jul 2006

Champlain's Dream

David Hackett Fischer

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington's Crossing offers a sweeping, enthralling biography as dramatic and exciting as the life it portrays.Soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New Franc...

Abridged CD
Published: Oct 2008

Cleopatra: A Life

Stacy Schiff

Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra, the wealthiest ruler of her time and one of the most powerful women in history, was a canny political strategist, a brilliant manager, a ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Sep 2011

A. Lincoln: A Biography

Ronald C. White Jr

In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity — what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" — whose internal moral compass is th...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Aug 2011

The Autobiography of Benjamin Frankli...

Benjamin Franklin

The American statesman, philosopher, and scientist records his personal life, career, and philosophy, and offers satirical observations on American society and a witty account of his involvement in American public life. Book available...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2005

His Excellency: George Washington

Joseph J. Ellis

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With...

Unabridged CD
Published: Oct 2004

Young Men & Fire

Norman MacLean

On August 5, 1949, a crew of 15 of the U.S. Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in Montana wilderness. Less than an hour later, all but three were dead or fat...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jul 2008

A Promised Land

Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN B...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2020

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: Th...

Karen Abbott

With the critically acclaimed Sin in the Second City, bestselling author Karen Abbott "pioneered sizzle history" (USA Today). Now she returns with the gripping and expansive story of America's coming-of-age—told through th...

Unabridged CD
Published: Dec 2010

Lost in America: A Journey with My Fa...

Sherwin B. Nuland

The author of the National Book Award-winning How We Die offers a poignant account of his father's life, from his turn-of-the-century arrival as a young immigrant from Russia to his struggle to succeed in the face of poverty, tragedy,...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jan 2003

Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor Englan...

Thomas Penn

[Read by Simon Vance] Rich with incident and drama, filled with wonderfully drawn characters, Winter King is an unforgettable account of pageantry, intrigue, the thirst for glory, and the fraught, unstable birth of Tudor England. A f...

Unabridged CD
Published: Mar 2012

Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of Am...

M. William Phelps

Few Americans know much about Nathan Hale other than his famous last words: "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."But who was the real Nathan Hale?M. William Phelps charts the life of this famed pat...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Oct 2008

A Year in the Life of William Shakesp...

James Shapiro

A lavishly detailed portrait of a year in the life of the bard traces his career in 1599, which marked the building of the Globe Theater, the English invasion of Ireland, and the creation of the plays, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You L...

Abridged CD
Published: Oct 2005

Brief Lives

John Aubrey

John Milton, Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, and William Shakespeare are among the personalities investigated by Aubrey in this classic work of biographical shorts. At once gossipy and scholarly, these biographies draw a vivid picture ...

Abridged CD
Published: May 2006

A Life of Dante

Benedict Flynn

Dante's vision, The Divine Comedy, has profoundly affected every generation since it first appeared in the early 14th century. This brief account sets the known facts of Dante's life against the turmoil of the times, and puts the very...

Abridged CD
Published: Aug 2001
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