The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
The author of the best-selling The Orientalist traces the story of the mixed-race swordsman and father of novelist Alexandre Dumas, discussing his rise to the French aristocracy, his military triumphs and the adventures that inspired such classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Washington : a life
The National Book Award-winning author of The House of Morgan offers a comprehensive account of the life of George Washington, disposing of the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man and instead bringing to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods who fiercely guarded his private life. 600,000 first printing.
American lion : Andrew Jackson in the White House
A thought-provoking study of Andrew Jackson chronicles the life and career of a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, critically analyzing Jackson's seminal role during a turbulent era in history, the political crises and personal upheaval that surrounded him, and his legacy for the modern presidency. 250,000 first printing.
Eden's outcasts : the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father
An evaluation of the complicated relationship between the classic author and her idealistic father considers how Louisa's exuberant personality often challenged Bronson's intricate child-rearing philosophies, describes his failed Fruitlands utopia, and considers how Louisa eventually came to support her family through writing.
The most famous man in America : the biography of Henry Ward Beecher
Presents the life of the nineteenth century orator, noted for his support of the abolition of slavery and the suffrage of women, as well as his friendships with some of the century's most famous writers such as Henry Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.
American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
A definitive portrait of legendary scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father" of the atomic bomb, discusses his seminal role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his lesser-known roles as family man, supposed communist, and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies. 50,000 first printing.