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Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


Mandela

by Martin Meredith

The acclaimed biography by the author of The Fate of Africa—now with new chapters on Mandela’s post-presidential years


The Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II

by Nicholas Wapshott

Before Pearl Harbor, before the Nazi invasion of Poland, America teetered between the desire for isolation and the threat of world war.

May 1938. Franklin Delano Roosevelt—recently reelected to a second term...


Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan: Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan

by Ralph E. Weber & Ralph A. Weber

Ronald Reagan, one of America’s most beloved presidents, is now gone. But his voice lives on in this stirring and very personal collection of letters written during his presidency to his fellow Americans,...


1994-2014 Berlusconi’s new ventennio

by Vittorio Vandelli

A PORTRAIT OF ITALY AND ITS GODFATHER – FROM TODAY’S EROSION OF DEMOCRACY TO A NEAR-FUTURE NEW KIND OF NON-VIOLENT TOTALITARIANISM. This book is not only a portrait of Italy’s godfather, it is also a detailed...


Kennedy: His Life and Legacy

by Ben Nussbaum

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the untimely death of America’s most popular president, Kennedy: His Life & Legacy is a candid look at the charisma and excitement that captured the nation during...


Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

by Barbara Leaming

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

The untold story of how one woman’s life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma.

Barbara Leaming’s extraordinary and deeply sensitive...


Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey

by Gerald MacLean

Drawing on original research, including in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself as well as his wife and close circle of colleagues and friends, this fascinating account offers a portrait of...


Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

by Richard Brookhiser

Abraham Lincoln grew up in the long shadow of the Founding Fathers. Seeking an intellectual and emotional replacement for his own taciturn father, Lincoln turned to the great men of the founding—Washington,...


Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

by Jonathan Darman

In politics, the man who takes the highest spot after a landslide is not standing on solid ground.

 

In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the story of two giants of American...


Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation

by Adam Gorightly

The strange saga of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Marine Corps pal, Kerry Thornley, and his connections to the JFK assassination conspiracy.


The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns

New York Times Bestseller 

A vivid and personal portrait of America’s greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation, which expands on the hugely acclaimed seven-part PBS documentary series,...


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

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...


Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905

by Geoffrey C. Ward

 

Before Pearl Harbor, before polio and his entry into politics, FDR was a handsome, pampered, but strong-willed youth, the center of a rarefied world.  In Before the Trumpet, the award-winning historian Geoffrey...


Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

by Jack E. Levin

Jack E. Levin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of George Washington: The Crossing, presents a beautifully designed chronicle—complete with maps, portraits, and other Civil War illustrations—detailing...


Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War

by Todd Brewster

A brilliant, authoritative, and riveting account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, when he penned the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.

On July...


Two Lives of Charlemagne

by Einhard & The Monk of St. Gall

This work contains the two best-known early separate biographical accounts of Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, the man considered to be the father of Europe. This work contains the two best-known early separate...


Eisenhower: A Life

by Paul Johnson

Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson's lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today

In the rousing style he's famous for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson offers a fascinating...


Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant

by James U. Cross, Denise Gamino & Gary Rice

When Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to go somewhere, there was no stopping him. This dynamic president called for Air Force One as others summon a taxi-at a moment's notice, whatever the hour or the weather. And...


Lincoln Legends

by Edward Steers

The folklore surrounding history's towering figures often overshadows actual scholarship, both in terms of quantity and in terms of prevalence in the public consciousness. As one might expect with a revered...