Category Archives: Biography

The Politics of Deception

The Politics of Deception book description: Beneath the myths of Camelot lies the truth of the presidency of John F. Kennedy. Patrick J. Sloyan, a young wire-service reporter during the Kennedy administration, revisits the last year of JFK’s presidency to reveal a ruthless politician. As the president prepared for his 1964 reelection bid that never was, he buried… Read More »

The Girls of Atomic City

The Girls of Atomic City book description: At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the… Read More »

Mourning Lincoln

Mourning Lincoln book description: The news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is… Read More »

Hard Choices

Hard Choices book description: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. “All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of… Read More »

The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses book description: The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself… Read More »

Van Gogh: A Power Seething

Van Gogh: A Power Seething book description: “I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and—of the artistic life,” Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888. “And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there’s a chance that our hopes won’t be in vain.” His… Read More »

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions book description: When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300… Read More »