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  1. Book ImageGoethe: Life as a Work of Art

    Rüdiger Safranski, David Dollenmayer

    This sterling biography of Germany’s greatest writer presents Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as if we are seeing him for the first time.More

  2. Book ImageBe Like the Fox: Machiavelli In His World

    Erica Benner

    The dramatic, myth-shattering story of how Machiavelli—arguably the most misunderstood thinker of all time—fought to change his corrupt world.More

  3. Book ImageThe Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

    Ben S. Bernanke

    A New York Times Bestseller

    “A fascinating account of the effort to save the world from another [Great Depression]. . . . Humanity should be grateful.”—Financial TimesMore

  4. Book Image"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

    Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

    "An important book…[R]ichly rewarding. It is full of fascinating insights about Jefferson." —Gordon S. Wood, New York Review of BooksMore

  5. Book ImageSearching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet

    Philip Freeman

    An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.More

  6. Book ImageBeing Elvis: A Lonely Life

    Ray Connolly

    On the fortieth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death comes this rocking biography of an iconic artist who fundamentally transformed American culture.More

  7. Book ImagePontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory

    Aldo Schiavone, Jeremy Carden

    A world-renowned classicist presents a groundbreaking biography of the man who sent Jesus of Nazareth to the Cross.More

  8. Book ImageJonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

    John Stubbs

    A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, by a “vivid, ardent, and engaging” (New York Times Book Review) author.More

  9. Book ImageA Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

    Steve Kemper

    “Rich, detailed, and pitch-perfect, with the witty and wonderful skipping off every page.”—Maxwell Carter, Wall Street JournalMore

  10. Book ImageThe Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives

    Plutarch, James Romm, Pamela Mensch, Et Al.

    A brilliant new translation of five of history’s greatest lives from Plutarch, the inventor of biography.More

  11. Book ImageLet the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

    Geoffrey Cowan

    The exhilarating, prescient story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever.More

  12. Book ImageThe Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

    Michael Lewis

    How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.More

  13. Book ImageApproaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts

    Davis Miller

    The single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s retirement, told through the story of an unexpected, powerful and life-changing friendshipMore

  14. Book ImageHank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

    Mark Ribowsky

    A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.More

  15. Book ImageCast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker

    Thomas Vinciguerra

    “Exuberant . . . elegantly conjures an evocative group dynamic.” —Sam Roberts, New York TimesMore

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