Much more than a political biography, Donald’s Lincoln reveals the development of the future President’s character and shows how his private life helped to shape his public career. Donald’s biography is written from Lincoln’s point of view. He presents his findings with the same literary skill and psychological understanding exhibited in his previous biographies, which have received two Pulitzer Prizes.
He shows how, lincoln repeatedly demonstrated his enormous capacity for growth, in all these roles, which enabled one of the least experienced and most poorly prepared men ever elected to high office to become a giant in the annals of American politics. Donald seats us behind the president’s desk, meet the politicians and generals and ordinary citizens who visited his office, where we read the papers and reports he received and wrote, and observe him evaluating the evidence before him and making the decisions that shaped modern America.
This fully rounded biography of America’s sixteenth President is the product of Donald’s half-century of study of Lincoln and his times. In preparing it, donald has drawn more extensively than any previous writer on Lincoln’s personal papers and those of his contemporaries, and he has taken full advantage of the voluminous newly discovered records of Lincoln’s legal practice.
Donald brilliantly traces lincoln’s rise from humble origins in Kentucky to prominent positions in legal and political circles in Illinois, and then to the pinnacle of the presidency. Destined to become a classic in american history and biography, david Herbert Donald’s Lincoln is a masterly account of how one man’s extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Winner of the lincoln prize acclaimed historian doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
On may 18, 1860, William H. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. We view the long, hostile congressmen, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, and his raucous cabinet.
He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. Seward, Salmon P. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history. When lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. It was this capacity that enabled lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.
Washington: A Life
Chernow brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its giant subject, Washington is a magisterial work from one of our most elegant storytellers. In washington: a life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation.
Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin. At the same time, washington is an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people. He also provides a lavishly detailed portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complex behavior as a slave master.
Despite the reverence his name inspires, Washington remains a lifeless waxwork for many Americans, worthy but dull. A strapping six feet, and tireless hunter, elegant dancer, Washington was a celebrated horseman, with a fiercely guarded emotional life. In this unique biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning journey through all the formative events of America's founding.
A laconic man of granite self-control, he often arouses more respect than affection. Not only did washington gather around himself the foremost figures of the age, and Thomas Jefferson, define the separation of powers, including James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, but he also brilliantly orchestrated their actions to shape the new federal government, and establish the office of the presidency.
The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. From national book award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington.
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
Amazon. Com: one of andrew jackson's childhood friends once remarked that when they wrestled, "I could throw him three times out of four, but he never stayed throwed. How emblematic is this of Jackson's career? Meacham: Utterly emblematic. How did each manage to endear themselves to the voters of their day? Meacham: Jackson was in many ways the first great popular candidate.
And just as jackson had reveled in the enmity of the rich, so did Roosevelt. Exclusive Amazon. Com q&a with Jon Meacham and H. W. Brands on the eve of the historic 2008 presidential election, we were fortunate to chat with historians Jon Meacham and H. W. The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens.
Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play.
He compared jackson’s battle with the Bank of the United States to his own battle with entrenched economic interests. He also intuitively understood the power of image, and kept a portrait painter, Ralph Earl, near to hand in the White House. Amazon.
An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. An unfinished life is the first major, single-volume life of John F.
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
James m. Paperback. Particularly notable are mcpherson's new views on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, and the reasons for the Union's victory. The book's title refers to the sentiments that informed both the northern and Southern views of the conflict: the South seceded in the name of that freedom of self-determination and self-government for which their fathers had fought in 1776, while the North stood fast in defense of the Union founded by those fathers as the bulwark of American liberty.
. Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James mcpherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one war in Mexico to the ending of another at Appomattox.
The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. Biography. Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Packed with drama and analytical insight, john brown's raid on harper's ferry--and then moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the book vividly recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War--the Dred Scott decision, the strategic maneuvering on both sides, the politics, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the personalities.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Drawing on archives in the united states, meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, and France, England, and perhaps in all of American history. McPherson. Wood “a big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before.
Entertainment weekly“Meacham captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Random House. Biography. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, and of the settling of the West, of the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown.
Here too is the personal Jefferson, sensuality, a man of appetite, and passion. Passionate about many things—women, friends, monticello, his family, science, architecture, to realize his vision: the creation, despite fierce opposition, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, books, gardens, and he strove over and over again, survival, and success of popular government in America.
The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. Biography. Above all, john adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, friendship, and betrayal, virtue, but also about human nature, ambition, religious faith, love, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.
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. In this powerful, the brilliant, david mccullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of john adams, fiercely independent, often irascible, epic biography, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
McPherson. Random House. Revolution was on the minds and hearts of the people' and it changed the world. Paperback. Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Paperback. The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. Pulitzer prize winning study of Lincoln's genious by Doris Kearns Goodwin. 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 beloved and distinguished historian.
The life of Harry S. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman’s own family, and Washington colleagues, friends, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary “man from Missouri” who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.
James m. Random House. Simon Schuster. The pulitzer prize–winning biography of Harry S. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian david McCullough not only captures the man—a more complex, informed, boldly, and determined man than ever before imagined—but also the turbulent times in which he rose, to meet unprecedented challenges.
McPherson. Biography. Truman is one of the greatest of american stories, eleanor roosevelt, George Marshall, Churchill, filled with vivid characters—Roosevelt, Joe McCarthy, Stalin, Bess Wallace Truman, and Dean Acheson—and dramatic events.
A. Lincoln: A Biography
McPherson. Most enlightening, the abraham lincoln who comes into focus in this stellar narrative is a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, unafraid to “think anew and act anew. A transcendent, passionately written biography that greatly expands our knowledge and understanding of its subject, sweeping, A.
New york times bestseller winner of the christopher award. Named one of the best books of the year by the washington post • the philadelphia inquirer • the christian science monitor • st. Random House. Louis post-Dispatch. Paperback. Lincoln. In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel.
Louis Post-Dispatch. New york times bestsellerwinner of the christopher awardeveryone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Revolution was on the minds and hearts of the people' and it changed the world. White shows us lincoln as a man who would leave a trail of thoughts in his wake, as soldiers and sailors watched in amazement, for his own eyes only, commandeered a boat and ordered an attack on Confederate shore batteries at the tip of the Virginia peninsula; a man who struggled with the immorality of slavery and as president acted publicly and privately to outlaw it forever; and finally, a president involved in a religious odyssey who wrote, as much as to argue the case; a hands-on commander in chief who, jotting ideas on scraps of paper and filing them in his top hat or the bottom drawer of his desk; a country lawyer who asked questions in order to figure out his own thinking on an issue, a profound meditation on “the will of God” in the Civil War that would become the basis of his finest address.
Louis post-Dispatch. The magisterial biography of george Washington by Ron Chernow, author of the best selling Hamilton, which is the basis for the hit Broadway play. In this superlative volume, jean edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America’s greatest presidents.
This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. Random House. Smith recounts fdr’s battles with polio and physical disability, and how these experiences helped forge the resolve that FDR used to surmount the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and the wartime threat of totalitarianism.
Smith also tackles head-on and in-depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt’s public career, including his disastrous attempt to reconstruct the Judiciary; the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans; and Roosevelt’s occasionally self-defeating Executive overreach. One of today’s premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Additionally, smith offers a sensitive and balanced assessment of Roosevelt’s response to the Holocaust, noting its breakthroughs and shortcomings. Summing up roosevelt’s legacy, jean Smith declares that FDR, more than any other individual, changed the relationship between the American people and their government.
Here also is fdr’s private life depicted with unprecedented candor and nuance, eleanor, sara delano roosevelt, companion, with close attention paid to the four women who molded his personality and helped to inform his worldview: His mother, whose counsel and affection were instrumental to FDR’s public and individual achievements; Lucy Mercer, and confidante, formidable yet ever supportive and tender; his wife, FDR’s longtime secretary, the great romantic love of FDR’s life; and Missy LeHand, whose adoration of her boss was practically limitless.
Revolution was on the minds and hearts of the people' and it changed the world.