Biography & Autobiography - Historical

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The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinar...

Caroline P. Murphy

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere became one of the most powerful and accomplished women of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold story of a rare woman who moved with ...

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Published: Nov 2006

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains' is one of the many accounts of Isabella L. Bird's amazing travels and adventures. At the age of twenty-two in 1854 Isabella left a comfortable life in England for a life of adventurous travel. 'A ...

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Published: Apr 2003

Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Anto...

Susan Nagel

The first major biography of one of France's most mysterious women—Marie Antoinette's only child to survive the revolution.Susan Nagel, author of the critically acclaimed biography Mistress of the Elgin Marbles, turns her attention ...

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Published: Aug 2009

And the Band Played On . . .: The Tit...

Christopher Ward

The amazing true story of one of the band members who famously played as the Titanic sank, written by his grandson On April 14, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, 1,500 passengers and crew lost t...

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Published: Apr 2012

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

Alison Weir

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE brNew York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sist...

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Published: Sep 2012

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 10,000 definitions to the book was in fact a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane. Rep...

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Published: Jul 2005

Elizabeth & Leicester

Elizabeth Jenkins

An absorbing and illuminating account of the relationship between Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I-a dramatic romance that has inspired countless films. Leicester's influence on the Queen was constant and incalculable, though he wa...

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Published: Oct 2002

The Emperor Charlemagne

Russell Chamberlin

Few men have exerted such a lasting influence on the course of Western history as Charlemagne (742-814). At the height of his power in the early ninth century Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards and Emperor of the Romans, rul...

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Published: Aug 2004

The World I Live In

Helen Keller

Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller's most personal and intellectually adventurous work—one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements. Here this preternaturally gifted ...

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Published: Dec 2003

The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr...

Linda Himelstein

Vodka pioneer Pyotr Smirnov is one the most fascinating salesmen and entrepeneurs the world has ever known, and his life as recreated by Linda Himelstein, set against the Russia of Tolstoy and tsars, is a stirring chronicle of ambitio...

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Published: Dec 2010

As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me: The ...

Josef M. Bauer

Reminiscent of S_avomir Rawicz's classic The Long Walk, an amazing narrative of escape and survival.In 1944, German paratrooper Clemens Forell was captured by the Soviets and sentenced to twenty-five years of labor in a Siberian lead ...

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Published: May 2008

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbe...

The Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarv...

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Published: Dec 2011

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1...

Christopher Hibbert

The first major biography of the Borgias in thirty years, Christopher Hibbert's latest history brings the family and the world they lived in—the glittering Rome of the Italian Renaissance—to life.  The name Borgia is synonymous w...

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Published: Oct 2009

Sword and Blossom: A British Officer'...

Peter Pagnamenta

In 1904, when thirty-four-year-old British Army captain Arthur Hart-Synnot was sent to Japan to learn the language of his country's new ally, romance was the furthest thing from his mind. At least five generations of the Hart family h...

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Published: May 2007

The Last Days of Richard III and the ...

John Ashdown-Hill

A fully revised and expanded edition includes the discoveries of the Leicester dig, Richard III's burial location, and the DNA results of the skeleton found A uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days details these ...

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Published: Apr 2013

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious...

Mark Kurlansky

While working as a fur trapper in Labrador, Canada, Clarence Birdseye encountered an age-old problem: bad food and an unappealing, unhealthy diet. However, he observed that fresh vegetables wetted and left outside in the Arctic winds ...

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Published: Feb 2013

Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the ...

Jean-Vincent Blanchard

DIVChief Minister to King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu was the architect of a new France in the seventeenth century and the force behind the nation's rise as a European power. One of the first statesmen to clearly understand the nec...

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Published: Feb 2013

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

Anthony Everitt

Acclaimed author Anthony Everitt, whose Augustus was praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a narrative of sustained drama and skillful analysis," is the rare writer whose work both informs and enthralls. InHadrian and the...

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Published: Sep 2010

Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-R...

Lucinda Hawksley

Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed biography of the Pre-Raphaelite artists' museThe supermodel did not arrive when Twiggy first donned false eyelashes; the concept began more than 100 years previously, with a young artists' model...

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Published: May 2014

Romanovs

Robert K. Massie

MASTERFUL.'--The Washington Post Book World'RIVETING . . . UNFOLDS LIKE A DETECTIVE STORY.'--Los Angeles Times Book ReviewIn July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from...

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Published: Oct 1996

The Travels of Marco Polo

Marco Polo

One of the ten best adventure books of all time (National Geographic Adventure). Liveright is proud to make available in paperback its reissue of the classic 1926 edition of The Travels of Marco Polo. Working from the traditional lyr...

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Published: Oct 2003

John Quincy Adams

Harlow Giles Unger

He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supr...

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Published: Aug 2013

Queen Victoria's Children

John Van der Kiste

Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort, had nine children who, despite their very different characters remained a close-knit family. Inevitably, as they married into European royal families their loyalties were divided and thei...

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Published: Jun 2010

The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of ...

Richard Zacks

aptain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have th...

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Published: Jun 2003

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Antonia Fraser

France's beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and specula...

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Published: Nov 2002

Mistress Anne

Carolly Erickson

As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn 'was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Ms. Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and politica...

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Published: Sep 1998

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign o...

Nancy Goldstone

The riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial-and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle A ges. On March 15, 1348, Joanna I , Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the Pope and his court in...

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Published: Oct 2010

Sisters of Fortune: America's Caton S...

Jehanne Wake

As gripping as the best historical novel, Sisters of Fortune is the story of the exuberant Marianne, Bess, Louisa, and Emily Caton, the American sisters who enthralled the highest levels of English Regency society decades before the n...

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Published: Feb 2012

The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Ita...

Elizabeth Lev

Wife, mother, leader, warrior. Caterina Riario Sforza was one of the most prominent women in Renaissance Italy—and one of the most vilified. In this glittering biography, Elizabeth Lev reexamines her extraordinary life and accompli...

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Published: Oct 2012

Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban E...

Mirta Ojito

A New York Times reporter recounts her childhood in Cuba before the events of the Mariel boatlift rendered her a teenage refugee in Miami, describing the Cuban revolution, the beliefs about el norte that prompted her family’s im...

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Published: Apr 2006
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