"An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century"—
The best-selling author of Hello Goodbye Hello shares a portrait of the sister of Elizabeth II that draws on eclectic sources to explore her controversial relationships, the contradictory aspects attributed to her character and the tragedies that overshadowed her life.
An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade — abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.
Draws on private journals, personal correspondence, and interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions to profile the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood's Golden Age.
In a much-anticipated follow-up to the universally acclaimed first volume of a comprehensive Bing Crosby biography, an NBCC Winner and preeminent cultural critic focuses on Crosby's most memorable period, the war years and the origin story of White Christmas. 20,000 first printing.
The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants
"From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how America's second generation of political giants—Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun—battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the shape of our democracy. In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together this second generation of American founders took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and tasked themselves with finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Above all, they sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its fudge on where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation; and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the union as a free state, "the three great men of America" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But by then they were never further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy"—
Adapted from Jon Lee Anderson's original biography, Che vividly transports us from young Ernesto's medical school days as a sensitive asthmatic to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution. Renowned Mexican artist José Hernández's drawings bring to life the bullets winging past the young rebel's head, the thick smoke of his and Fidel Castro's cigars, and his proud face as he's called "Comandante" for the first time.
This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas' now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late 19th-century Parisian life.
Reveals the deeply complicated, gregarious and eccentric man whose darkly hilarious and whimsically morbid art filled over a hundred books and illustrated the works of Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike and Bram Stoker.
An award-winning memoirist describes her experience with insomnia and the lows and highs brought about by sleeplessness and illuminates the condition with material from literature, art, philosophy, psychology, pop culture and more.
The You Must Remember This podcaster and author of Hollywood Frame by Frame draws on the stories of iconic actresses to reveal how Howard Hughes' obsessions with sex, power and publicity made and destroyed Hollywood careers. 60,000 first printing.