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Max Byrd is the author of many historical novels and a Contributing Editor at the Wilson Quarterly.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

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A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.

The Greater Journey

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The Greater Journey

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Following in the footsteps of nineteenth-century Americans in the City of Light.

Washington: A Life

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Washington: A Life

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"Far and away the best biography of George Washington ever written," Ron Chernow's life offers a surprising portrait of a man of fierce temper—and tears, too.

Mrs. Adams in Winter

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Mrs. Adams in Winter

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The fascinating chronicle of a First Lady's journey across Europe—as an escaped Napoleon makes a renewed bid for power.

An Artist in Treason

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An Artist in Treason

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The youngest general in the Continental Army was also an inventive schemer who nearly engineered the breakup of the fledgling Union.
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon

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The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon

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How the man made himself into a living monument.
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

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Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

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How Lincoln invented the role of commander in chief.
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

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The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

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Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership?