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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...


The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2013

by Tom Reiss

Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo...


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2010

by Laura Hillenbrand

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies...


Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Samuel Johnson Prize 2007

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by...


The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness

PEN/Ackerley Prize 1996

by Eric Lomax

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The Railway Man is a remarkable memoir of forgiveness—a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally,...


A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1989, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1988

by Neil Sheehan

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize...