Historical Figures

The Churchill Sisters as Politicians

by Rachel Trethewey

Winston Churchill dreamed of establishing a political dynasty that passed from father to son, but as I researched his daughters’ lives, I realized that any one of the women would have made better politicians than their brother … Read the article

Agatha Christie and Disappearing Women

by Nina de Gramont

On the morning of December 3rd, 1926, Agatha Christie’s husband announced he wanted a divorce for the most heart-shattering of reasons: he planned to marry his mistress. Late that night, the thirty-six-year-old author’s Morris Cowley was … Read the article

Abraham Lincoln: Orator Extraordinaire

by Diana Schaub

What would possess anyone to produce another book about Abraham Lincoln? Our 16th president is already more written about than any other individual who ever walked the earth, with the sole exception of Jesus (a special case, … Read the article

William Bullitt: The Champagne Ambassador

by David McKean

President-elect Franklin Roosevelt liked William Bullitt the moment they met. Bullitt was energetic, clearly intelligent, and there was a bold, dashing quality to the forty-year-old former diplomat that attracted Roosevelt, an immensely charismatic figure himself. … Read the article

The Birth of Muhammad

By Mohamad Jebara

Muhammad, the World-Changer is an accessible and fresh biography boldly arguing that Muhammad’s entrepreneurial mindset helped unleash the modern world. Read on for an excerpt.… Read the article

Who was Joe Kennedy?

by Susan Ronald

In the following excerpt from The Ambassador, acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald discusses the early life of Joseph Kennedy, foreshadowing his controversial stint as US Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II.… Read the article