Historical Figures

The Watergate Girl: Joining the Team

by Jill Wine-Banks

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire in The Watergate Girl as a Watergate prosecutor. Read an excerpt below.

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Bush Family Matters

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

From biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli comes Grace & Steel, the epic, hidden history of the exceptional women behind one of the greatest political dynasties of all time—the Bush family. Read an excerpt below.

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Ghost in the Memorabilia

by Joe Pappalardo

Inferno tells the true story of the men who flew the deadliest missions of World War II, and Maynard Harrison Smith, an unlikely hero who received the Medal of Honor in the midst of the bloodiest military campaign … Read the article

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