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Bolivar: American Liberator

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2013

by Marie Arana

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback...


I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2007

by Karolyn Smardz Frost

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring--and successful--daylight...


The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2007

by Debby Applegate

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings—especially...


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England

Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army...


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Duff Cooper Prize 2008, Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2006, National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2005

by Martin J. Sherwin & Kai Bird

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting...


Jefferson Davis, American

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2000

by William J. Cooper

From a distinguished historian of the America South comes this thoroughly human portrait of the complex man at the center of our nation's most epic struggle.

Jefferson Davis initially did not wish to leave the...


Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1997

by Sam Tanenhaus

Whittaker Chambers is the first biography of this complex and enigmatic figure. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on materials from forty archives in the United States and abroad--including still-classified...


American Sphinx

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1997

by Joseph J. Ellis

National Bestseller 

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight--and not only during his active political...


An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1996

by James Carroll

An American Requiem is the story of one man's coming of age. But more than that, it is a coming to terms with the conflicts that disrupted many families, inflicting personal wounds that were also social, political,...