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An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


Master of the Mountain

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2012)

Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book—based on new information coming from archaeological...


The Essential Lincoln

by Orville Vernon Burton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2009)

Eloquent, humble, and shrewd, Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest presidents, and The Essential Lincoln brings together his most defining speeches, public and private correspondence, and personal notations...


The Clinton Wars

by Sidney Blumenthal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 20, 2003)

An invaluable history of an extraordinary presidency, and the chronicle of a generation's political odyssey

When in 1997 Bill Clinton appointed Sidney Blumenthal as a senior advisor, the former writer was catapulted...


The Thirty-first of March

by Horace Busby, Scott Busby & Hugh Sidey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 21, 2006)

An intimate, compulsively readable memoir by LBJ's closest aide and chief speechwriter.

"I have made up my mind. I can't get peace in Vietnam and be President too." So begins this posthumously discovered account...


Murdering McKinley

by Eric Rauchway Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2007)

When President William McKinley was murdered at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, Americans were bereaved and frightened. Rumor ran rampant: A wild-eyed foreign anarchist...


Troublesome Young Men

by Lynne Olson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 29, 2008)

A riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War II

On May 7, 1940, the House of Commons began perhaps the most crucial debate...