Biography & Autobiography - Historical - U.s.

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The Dark Side of Camelot

Seymour M. Hersh

If the Kennedys are America's royal family, then John F. Kennedy wasthe nation's crown prince. Magnetic, handsome, and charismatic, his perfectlycoifed image overshadowed the successes and failures of his presidency, and hisassassinat...

Published: Sep 1998

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. She re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share ...

Published: Jun 1998

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raise...

Cokie Roberts

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their fam...

Published: Mar 2005

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

Among the autobiographies of generals and presidents, the Personal Memoirs of U.U. Grant ranks with the greatest. It is even more impressive in light of the circumstances in which it was created: Faced with terminal cancer, virtual ba...

Published: Oct 2001

Benjamin Franklin (Yale Nota Bene)

Edmund S. Morgan

The greatest statesman of his age, Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneering scientist, a successful author, the first American postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant. In addition, he was a man of vast contradictions. This best-sel...

Published: Aug 2003

Passionate Sage: The Character and Le...

Joseph J. Ellis

A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding Brothers. 'The most lovable and most laughable, the warmest and possibly the wisest of the founding fathers, John Adams knew h...

Published: Jan 2001

Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare...

Kenneth D. Ackerman

On June 2, 1919, bombs exploded simultaneously in nine American cities, and the nation suddenly found itself facing a new threat-radical terrorism. Then-Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer vowed a crackdown to be led by his youngest a...

Published: Apr 2008

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harr...

Daniel James Brown

In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for California...

Published: Jun 2010

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Catherine Clinton

Every schoolchild knows of Harriet Tubman's heroic escape and resistance to slavery.But few readers are aware that Tubman went on to be a scout, a spy, and a nurse for the Union Army, because there has never before been a serious biog...

Published: Jan 2005

The Kennedys: An American Drama

Peter Collier

The Kennedys may well be the most photographed, written about, talked about, admired, hated, and controversial family in American history. But for all the words and pictures, the real story was not told until Peter Collier and David H...

Published: Jan 2002

After the Revolution: Profiles of Ear...

Joseph J. Ellis

Through portraits of four figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis provides a unique perspective on the role of culture in post-Revolutionary America, both its high expe...

Published: Jan 2002

Looking Back: The Final Tale of Life ...

Linda K. Hubalek

In this fourth book of the Butter in the Well series, Kajsa Svensson Runeberg, now 75, looks back at the changes she has experienced on the farm she homesteaded 51 years ago. She reminisces about the past, resolves the present situati...

Published: Jun 1994

Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography

Jack Hurst

Amid the aristocratic ranks of the Confederate cavalry, Nathan Bedford Forrest was untutored, all but unlettered, and regarded as no more than a guerrilla. His tactic was the headlong charge, mounted with such swiftness and ferocity t...

Published: Mar 1994

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who ...

Megan Marshall

Fascinating, insightful, and wholly engrossing, The Peabody Sisters is a landmark biography of three women who made American intellectual history.Though theirs may not be household names, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody had an ext...

Published: May 2006

Abraham Lincoln: Man Behind the Myths...

Stephen B. Oates

Stephen B. Oates discerns the historical truth from the mythical legend that surrounds Lincoln in this original and fascinating portrait of America's 16th president.

Published: Jan 1994

Grant and Twain: The Story of an Amer...

Mark Perry

In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their ...

Published: May 2005

John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father...

Evan Thomas

John Paul Jones, at sea and in the heat of the battle, was the great American hero of the Age of Sail. He was to history what Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey and C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower are to fiction. Ruthless, indomitable,...

Published: May 2004

Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir

D. J. Waldie

Waldie's account of growing up in Lakewood, California, is by turns touching, eerie, funny, and encyclopedic in its handling of what was gained and lost when thousands of blue-collar families were thrown together in the suburbs of the...

Published: Apr 2005

How I Became Hettie Jones

Hettie Jones

Greenwich Village in the 1950s was a haven to which young poets, painters, and jazz musicians flocked. Among them was Hettie Cohen, who'd been born into a middle-class Jewish family in Queens and who'd chosen to cross racial barriers ...

Published: Dec 1996

All the Presidents' Children: Triumph...

Doug Wead

From Abigail 'Nabby' Adams to Chelsea Clinton, George Washington Adams to John F. Kennedy, Jr., the children of America's presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their powerful fathers and the glare of t...

Published: Jan 2004

Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Sava...

Albert Castel

Nowhere was the Civil War as savage as it was in Missouri--and nowhere did it produce a killer more savage than William Anderson. For a brief but dramatic period, 'Bloody Bill' played the leading role in the most violent arena of the ...

Published: Mar 2006

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Sto...

Amanda MacKenzie Stuart

When Consuelo Vanderbilt's grandfather died, he was the richest man in America. Her father soon started to spend the family fortune, enthusiastically supported by Consuelo's mother, Alva, who was determined to take the family to the ...

Published: Jan 2007

Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My ...

Thomas M. Armstrong

In the Segregated Deep South, When Lynching and Klansmen and Jim Crow laws ruled, there stood a line of foot soldiers ready to sacrifice their lives for the right to vote, to enter rooms marked 'White Only,' and to live with simple di...

Published: May 2011

A Year in the South: 1865: The True S...

Stephen V. Ash

A slave determined to gain freedom, a widow battling poverty and despair, a man of God grappling with spiritual and worldly troubles, and a former Confederate soldier seeking a new life. They lived in the South during 1865 -- a year t...

Published: May 2004

Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffr...

Jean H. Baker

They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion in 1920, t...

Published: Aug 2006

The First American: The Life and Time...

H. W. Brands

He was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is little more than a mythic caricature in the public imagination. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in thi...

Published: Mar 2002

Founding Father: Rediscovering George...

Richard Brookhiser

In this thought-provoking look at George Washington as soldier and statesman, Richard Brookhiser traces the astonishing achievements of Washington's career and illuminates how his character and his values shaped the beginnings of Amer...

Published: Feb 1997

The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Fami...

Joy Day Buel

Combining the skills of a gifted writer and a scholar's grasp of early America, The Way of Duty draws readers into a vividly evoked world. The Buels have used a rich trove of documents to tell the story of a Connecticut woman, Mary...

Published: Apr 1995

An American Requiem: God, My Father, ...

James Carroll

Joe Carroll was an Air Force lieutenant general who chose Vietnamese targets for American bombs. Joe's son James began adulthood by fulfilling his father's abandoned dream of joining the priesthood. But soon a father's hopes for his s...

Published: Apr 1997

The Lee Girls

Mary Price Coulling

A biography of Robert E. Lee's four daughters

Published: May 1996
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