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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #4

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2012

by Robert A. Caro

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD,  THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE, THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK PRIZE

 ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TEN...


The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Pulitzer Prize for History 2011

by Eric Foner

“A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston Globe Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account...


Washington: A Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2011

by Ron Chernow

From Pulitzer-prize winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington.

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With...


American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2009

by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated...


Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2004, National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 2003

by William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs The definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who...


Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #3

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2002, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2002

by Robert A. Caro

The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve...


John Adams

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2002

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough....


Theodore Rex

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2001

by Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, “TR”...


Way Out There In the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2000

by Frances FitzGerald

Way Out There in the Blue is a major work of history by the Pulitzer Prize­winning author of Fire in the Lake. Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald...


No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Pulitzer Prize for History 1995

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary...


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1992

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth...


Truman

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1993, Lionel Gelber Prize 1992

by David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s...


Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson II

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #2

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1990

by Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the greatly acclaimed The Path to Power, also winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, continues -- one of the richest, most intensive and most...


A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1989

by Geoffrey C. Ward

In this classic of American biography, based upon thousands of original documents, many never previously published, the prize-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward tells the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt’s...


The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson I

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #1

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1982

by Robert A. Caro

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy,...


Grant

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1982

by William S. McFeely

"Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best."—Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The seminal biography of one of America's towering,...


Mornings on Horseback

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1981

by David McCullough

The National Book Award–winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president...


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1980

by Edmund Morris

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

Thirty years ago, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Although Theodore...


A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1966

by Jr.", Arthur M. "Schlesinger

As special assistant to the president, Arthur Schlesinger witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced the now legendary Kennedy administration. Schlesinger’s close relationship with...