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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume Four

From Senate majority leader to vice president to president, Lyndon Johnson's political metamorphosis during the years between 1958 and 1964 is captured in this masterpiece of historical biography.

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Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

The complicated woman who pioneered family planning and advocated population control.

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"Something Urgent I Have to Say to You"

A new biography of the poet, doctor, and plainspoken revolutionary.

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The Keats Brothers

A new life of the poet explores the unsung role his sibling George played in John's creative development.

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Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

The elusive private life of the man whose ideas transformed the world.

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Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast

A legal genius with a penchant for making mischief.

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

A major reassessment of perhaps the most misunderstood figure of the civil rights era.

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Great Soul

A new life of Mahatma Gandhi reveals the power and paradox of one of the century's towering figures.

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J. D. Salinger: A Life

A new biography plumbs the depths of a literary enigma.

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Colonel Roosevelt

The final volume of this majestic biography follows "TR" into jungle adventure and Progressive leadership.

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First Family

A gifted historian portrays the marriage of John and Abigail Adams—"the premier husband-and-wife team in all American history."

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How to Live

An investigation of the life, thought, and wisdom of Michel de Montaigne, inventor of the essay and "the first modern man."

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The Hard Way Around

A master biographer goes in pursuit of Joshua Slocum, first solo voyager around the globe and author of the classic Sailing Alone Around the World.

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Washington: A Life

"Far and away the best biography of George Washington ever written," Ron Chernow's life offers a surprising portrait of a man of fierce temper—and tears, too.

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Jane Addams

A new life of the trailblazing activist and peace advocate who founded Hull House.

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The Price of Altruism

A biography of George Price, an enigmatic figure in evolutionary biology—visionary, showman, scientist, gadfly.

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Radical

Before Saul Alinsky, there was no such thing as a "community organizer."

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Lives Like Loaded Guns

The familial passions, jealousies, and deceit that swirled around the Belle of Amherst accentuate the rareness of her gifts.

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Edward Said: The Charisma of Criticism

A new book on the life of the controversial writer, teacher, and thinker is a labor of thwarted scholarly love. Read more...

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The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was the richest and most successful writer of his time, but his life—as this superlative biography reveals—was a mess.

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Muriel Spark: The Biography

A new life of the novelist reveals a life of personal struggle held in check by steely wit.

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Lonelyhearts

A new dual biography focuses on the lives and times of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney. Read more...

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The Devil and Mr. Casement

The global odyssey of one of the founders of the modern human rights movement. Read more...

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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

A new biography puts the spotlight on the legendary publisher's understanding of the true value of the news media in ordinary lives. Read more...

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.