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Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   18.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/10/2017


The Imperial Historian

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688534
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688541


Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian is the first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy's White House.

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Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007), known today as the architect of John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy—and the myth of Camelot—blazed an extraordinary path from Harvard University to wartime London to the West Wing. The son of a pioneering historian—and a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner in his own right—Schlesinger redefined the art of presidential biography. A Thousand Days, his bestselling record of the Kennedy administration, remains immensely influential and has cemented Schlesinger's place as one of the nation's greatest political image makers.

In this vivid account of Schlesinger's life and career, biographer Richard Aldous draws on oral history, rarely seen archival documents, and the official Schlesinger papers to craft an invaluable portrait of a brilliant and controversial historian who framed America's rise to global empire. Schlesinger promises to transform our understanding of one of the key figures of the twentieth-century American intellectual elite.


"A judicious, balanced account that focuses on the high points of Schlesinger’s career." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A solid, well-researched life of one of ‘America’s finest narrative historians.’" —Kirkus

“Aldous provides a well-researched and balanced examination of Schlesinger and his academic and political achievements.” —Booklist

“In this elegant biography, Richard Aldous reveals the fascinating story of the ‘knee-pants genius’ who won his first Pulitzer Prize at the age of twenty-eight and went on to become the Kennedys’ court historian." —David Reynolds, author of The Long Shadow

Author Bio

Richard Aldous is the author and editor of eleven books, including The Lion and the Unicorn and Reagan and Thatcher. Aldous is a contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic, and his writing appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and the American Interest.