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Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

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Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

The first major biography of preeminent historian and intellectual Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a defining figure in Kennedy’s White House.
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 best-selling 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 20th-century American intellectual elite.

Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian
by Richard Aldous

  • Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  • Genres: Biography, History, Politics, Textbook
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN-10: 0393244709
  • ISBN-13: 9780393244700