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

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

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Bur...

Nancy Isenberg

A controversial challenge to the works of Ron Chernow and David McCullough With Fallen Founder , Nancy Isenberg plumbs rare and obscure sources to shed new light on everyone's favorite founding villain. The Aaron Burr whom we meet thr...

Published: May 2008

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

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

Andrew Jackson

Robert Vincent Remini

By 'the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time' (New York Times), the critically acclaimed and most concise biography of Andrew Jackson that takes a comprehensive look at the political, personal, and military life of our seventh pres...

Published: Feb 1969

Stonewall of the West: Patrick Clebur...

Craig L. Symonds

To Jefferson Davis, he was the 'Stonewall of the West'; to Robert E. Lee, he was 'a meteor shining from a clouded sky'; and to Braxton Bragg, he was an officer 'ever alive to a success.' He was Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, one of the gre...

Published: Oct 1998

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

Revolutionary Characters: What Made t...

Gordon S. Wood

In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, "What made these men great?"—and shows us, among...

Published: Jun 2007

The Americanization of Benjamin Frank...

Gordon S. Wood

From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of America...

Published: Jun 2005
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