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  1. Book ImageThe Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives

    Plutarch, James Romm, Pamela Mensch, Et Al.

    “Plutarch regularly shows that great leaders transcend their own purely material interests and petty, personal vanities. Noble ideals actually do matter, in government as in life.” —Michael Dirda, Washington PostMore

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

    Michael Lewis

    “Brilliant. . . . Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” —William Easterly, Wall Street JournalMore

  3. Book ImageSchlesinger: The Imperial Historian

    Richard Aldous

    The first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy’s White House.More

  4. Book ImageYou Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

    Rachel Corbett

    Winner of the 2016 Marfield PrizeMore

  5. Book ImageA Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

    Jane Kamensky

    "A stunning biography…[A] truly singular account of the American Revolution." —Amanda Foreman, author of A World on FireMore

  6. Book ImageChester B. Himes: A Biography

    Lawrence P. Jackson

    Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work
    A Washington Post Notable Book

    The definitive biography of the groundbreaking African American author who had an extraordinary legacy on black writers globally.More

  7. Book ImageDefiance: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Anne Barnard

    Stephen Taylor

    The first major biography of eighteenth-century writer and socialite Lady Anne Barnard.More

  8. Book ImageWilliam Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life

    James Lee McDonough

    The New York Times best-selling biography of one of America’s most storied military figures.More

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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