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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

Daughter of Empire: My Life As a Moun...

Pamela Hicks

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father who was Grace Kelly's pinup, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the fine...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Jan 2014

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

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise o...

Richard Snow

Every century or so, our republic has been remade by a new technology: 170 years ago the railroad changed Americans' conception of space and time; in our era, the microprocessor revolutionized how humans communicate. But in the early ...

Unabridged CD
Published: Jun 2013

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

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

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

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

David Starkey

No one in history has a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII.He took his first bride, Catherine of Aragon, when he was 17. Their 24-year union was relatively stable, but Catherine failed to produce a male heir. Henry then...

Abridged CD
Published: Jul 2003

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life an...

David Nasaw

Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in this, the first and only biography based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers Joseph Patrick Kennedy—whose life...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2012

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

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

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

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

How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne i...

Sarah Bakewell

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, perhaps the first recognizably modern individual. A nobleman, public official, and winegrower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought an...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Mar 2015

The Seamstress

Sara Tuvel Bernstein

Growing up, Sara (Seren) Tuvel was the smartest, most ambitious girl in her Romanian mountain village. When she won and accepted a scholarship to a Gentiles-only Gymnasium, she was forced to make a decision that would change her path ...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Dec 2011

The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

Allan W. Eckert

The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly...

Unabridged CD
Published: Feb 2011

Antony & Cleopatra

Adrian Goldsworthy

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, Adrian Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop o...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Jun 2015

Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Cowar...

Paul Johnson

In Intellectuals, Paul Johnson offered a fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In Creators, he examined a host of outstanding and prolific creative spirits. And in Heroes, he brought together a galaxy of...

Unabridged CD
Published: Nov 2010

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War

Artemis Joukowsky

In 1939, Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, a social worker, accepted a mission from the American Unitarian Association: They were to leave their home and young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts...

Unabridged MP3-CD
Published: Sep 2016
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