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Dreadnought

by Robert K. Massie

"A classic [that] covers superbly a whole era...Engrossing in its glittering gallery of characters."

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert K. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping...


The Duchess

by Amanda Foreman

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

Now a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes

Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous...


Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories

by Katha Pollitt

Celebrated for her award-winning political columns, criticism, and poetry, Katha Pollitt now shows us another side of her talent. Learning to Drive is a surprising, revealing, and entertaining collection of...


Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero

by Marco Martinez

At the age of seventeen, Marco Martinez was a thug—a gun-toting, car-stealing gang member.

At the age of twenty-two, he was a hero—the recipient of the Navy Cross, the second-highest honor a U.S. Marine...


Seen and Unseen Worlds: Private Memoirs of a Former Jesuit

by J. Richard Murray

This touching memoir is a very human introduction to living faith by a young man who was part of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) for nearly twelve years. The book culminates with J. Richard Murray’s decision...


Brigham Young

by Leonard J. Arrington

Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources,...


Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

by David Remnick

One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped...


In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer

by Robert S. Bennett

Robert S. Bennett has been a lawyer for more than forty years. In that time, he’s taken on dozens of high-profile and groundbreaking cases and emerged as the go-to guy for the nation’s elite. Bob Bennett...


Road to Valour: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

by Aili Mcconnon & Andres Mcconnon

Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II. 

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The Bronte Myth

by Lucasta Miller

In a brilliant combination of biography, literary criticism, and history, The Bronté Myth shows how Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronté became cultural icons whose ever-changing reputations reflected the obsessions...


The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

by Kitty Kelley

From the First Lady of unauthorized, tell-all biography, this is the first real inside-look at the most powerful–and secretive–family in the world. From Senator Prescott Bush's alcoholism, to his son George...


Walt Disney

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2006

by Neal Gabler

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed...


My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa

by John Dramani Mahama

From the Vice President of Ghana, a coming-of-age memoir in the form of fable-like tales of the little-written-about post-colonial years in the country widely hailed as Africa's success story-- and of the burgeoning...


Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

by Lois Banner

Like her art, Marilyn Monroe was rooted in paradox: She was a powerful star and a childlike waif; a joyful, irreverent party girl with a deeply spiritual side; a superb friend and a narcissist; a dumb blonde...


Romney's Way: A Man and an Idea

by T. George Harris

George Romney built an unconventional political career that inspired and moved many, including his son Willard Mitt Romney. Romney's Way: A Man and An Idea is George Romney's story, from his Mormon upbringing,...


Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

by Dan O'Brien

For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert...


Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

by Cynthia Carr

The first full biography of legendary East Village artist and gay activist David Wojnarowicz, whose work continues to provoke twenty years after his death.


As Always, Jack: A World War II Love Story

by Emma Sweeney

Near the end of WWII, a Navy pilot meets and falls in love with a beautiful California girl. They have a brief two weeks together before he is shipped off to the South Pacific. This is an engaging collection...


Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford

by Scott Eyman

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." This line comes from director John Ford's film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but it also serves as an epigram for the life of the legendary filmmaker.

Through...


Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

by Pope Brock

In 1917, after years of selling worthless patent remedies throughout the Southeast, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen young con man–arrived in the tiny town of Milford, Kansas. He set up a medical...