Historical Figures

Roosevelt the Rancher

by Erin Lindsey

“I do not believe there ever was any life more attractive to a vigorous young fellow than life on a cattle ranch in those days.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

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How Norma Became Marilyn

by Charles Casillo

In this excerpt from his ground-breaking biography, Charles Casillo explores how the actions of one army photographer sparked the transition of Norma Jeane into Marilyn Monroe.

Monroe photographed arriving at Ciro’s nightclub for a soirée celebrating Louella… Read the article

Annie Smith Peck’s Revolutionary Climb

Annie Smith Peck

by Hannah Kimberley

I first came across Annie Smith Peck on a black-and-white poster from an antiques shop in 2007. The image displayed a woman wearing a long tunic sweater, canvas knickerbockers, and leather boots. She sported a hat fastened … Read the article

The Unexplored Life of George Washington, Entrepreneur

by John Berlau

John Berlau’s biography presents a fresh take on George Washington’s pursuits as a private citizen after his life as America’s most renowned general, covering his many innovations across several industries. The following excerpt discusses Washington’s initial interest … Read the article

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire

by Susan Ronald

Condé Nast might have wondered why a publisher should feel like the ringmaster of a circus that would put Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s to shame. True, he aimed to create the “most excellent and stunning … Read the article

The Kennedy Heirs: A Legacy of Courage

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

As is well known by now, the Kennedys have always been a family of dreamers. Long-standing prejudices against the Irish combined with anti-Catholic sentiment had imbued them with great strength and resiliency and also a desire … Read the article

Lyndon Johnson: The Making of a Politician

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Updated for 2019 with a new foreword from the author, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is an extraordinary and insightful biography of the former president. This book traces the 36th president’s life … Read the article