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  • Lincolnby Fred Kaplan

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    “Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books “A fine, invaluable book. . . . Certain to become essential to our understanding of the 16th president. . . . Kaplan meticulously... more...

  • The Insurgentsby Fred Kaplan

    Simon & Schuster 2013; US$ 16.00

    A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize The Insurgents is the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by General David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize one of the largest, oldest, and most hidebound institutions—the United States military. Their aim was to build a new Army that could fight the new kind of war in the post–Cold War... more...

  • John Quincy Adamsby Fred Kaplan

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 12.99

    Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams , an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history—a leader of sweeping perspective whose progressive values helped shape the course of the nation. In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new... more...

  • Gore Vidalby Fred Kaplan

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 8.99

    Novelist, culture critic, essayist, historian, comic satirist, image maker, actor, homosexual, bisexual, controversial, confrontational - finding words to describe Gore Vidal is never difficult. And yet, an accurate picture of this multifaceted chameleon has eluded us until now. This book provides a biography of a literary icon. more...

  • Henry Jamesby Fred Kaplan

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    A stunning biography of the magisterial author behind  The Portrait of a Lady  and  The Ambassadors Henry James is an absorbing portrait of one of the most complex and influential nineteenth-century American writers. Fred Kaplan examines James’s brilliant and troubled family—from his brother, a famous psychologist, to his sister, who fought... more...

  • Dickensby Fred Kaplan

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    The engaging biography of one of the most celebrated and enduring authors of Western literature Charles Dickens grew up in harsh poverty and became one of the world’s most beloved authors. Biographer Fred Kaplan takes a brilliant, multifaceted approach in his examination of Dickens’s life: his fraught marriage and relationships; the ever-present... more...

  • Thomas Carlyleby Fred Kaplan

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist: A portrait of the Victorian writer and historian Thomas Carlyle. A Pulitzer finalist that draws upon years of research and unpublished letters,  Thomas Carlyle  examines the life of the Victorian genius. Carlyle was the author of  Sartor Resartus  and  The French Revolution: A History , and he possessed... more...

  • Sacred Tearsby Fred Kaplan

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 9.99

    An absorbing study of the evolution of sentiment in Victorian life and literature What is sentimentality, and where did it come from? For acclaimed scholar and biographer Fred Kaplan, the seeds were planted by the British moral philosophers of the eighteenth century. The Victorians gained from them a theory of human nature, a belief in the innateness... more...

  • Dark Territoryby Fred Kaplan

    Simon & Schuster 2016; US$ 16.99

    “An important, disturbing, and gripping history” ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review), the never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and White House policymakers who invent and employ cyber wars—where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer. In June 1983, President Reagan watched the... more...

  • Lincoln and the Abolitionistsby Fred Kaplan

    HarperCollins 2017; US$ 23.19

    The acclaimed biographer, with a thought-provoking exploration of how Abraham Lincoln’s and John Quincy Adams’ experiences with slavery and race shaped their differing viewpoints, provides both perceptive insights into these two great presidents and a revealing perspective on race relations in modern America. Lincoln, who in afterlife became mythologized... more...