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John Adams
John Adams John Adams by David McCullough
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thomas Jefferson called him -- who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
Susan Brownwell Anthony
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
A look at the friendship of two extraordinary women, leaders of the first wave of feminism, which produced women's suffrage. Together, for more than half a century, they led the struggle to win the most basic civil rights for women. Yet although their work immeasurably bettered the lives of a majority of American women, their names and deeds have been largely forgotten. This is a companion volume to the documentary by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson: The Mind on Fire Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson Jr.
This scholarly biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most important men in the history of American thought, religion and literature, reveals the mind and spirit of the "American Coleridge." Access to previously unavailable private letters & manuscripts allows Richardson to bring this passionate, complex man to life. Bryse Christensen of "Booklist": "A masterful work, this biography will attract the attention of scholars and serious general readers for decades."
Emerson Among the Eccentrics: A Group Portrait Emerson Among the Eccentrics: A Group Portrait by Carlos Baker
Chosen by "The New York Times Book Review" editors as a "Notable Book of 1996." Concord, Massachusetts became a mecca for progressive thinking on Slavery, Women's Rights and Religious Tolerance and this book places Ralph Waldo Emerson among the brilliant minds of one of America's most distinguished and accomplished cultural periods. Eccentrics of the title include Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Amos Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman and abolitionist John Brown.
The Portable Emerson The Portable Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Carl Bode in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley
The writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson is satisfying. At least one of us at NETSTATE keeps a copy of this book in the top drawer of the nightstand. If you want to see Emerson from the inside/out, this is an excellent starting point. This volume includes his first book "Nature" in its entirety, his essays Self-reliance, Compensation and Circles as well as over twenty poems. There is so much to be found in this inexpensive volume.
Benjamin Franklin
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by H. W. Brands  
One of the most delightful, bawdy, brilliant, original, and important figures in American history. This researched account of Franklin's life and times, his clever repartee, generous spirit, and earthy wisdom are brought compellingly to the page. Drawing on previously unpublished letters to and from Franklin, as well as the recollections and anecdotes of Franklin's contemporaries, H. W. Brands has created a portrait of the eighteenth-century genius who was in every respect America's first Renaissance man, and arguably the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America. Buy this book now
The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Giblin
Indeed, this book beautifully tells the story of the remarkable Benjamin Franklin. He indulged himself in his passion for science, worked for public improvements, such as libraries and hospitals, and, of course, became one of the nation's founding fathers as he tirelessly devoted himself to the affairs of a fledgling nation. This book in text, art, and format is a worthy tribute to Franklin's genius. For readers 9 to 12 years old.
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren
From Benjamin Franklin's beginnings as a journalist at age sixteen to his retirement from public affairs at eighty-two, there was no break in his activity and accomplishments. As a writer, inventor, and statesman, he was unsurpassed by anyone in the range of his natural gifts and the important uses to which he put them. In this biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize when first published in 1939, Carl Van Doren incorporates materials from Franklin's letters, manuscripts, journals, and published works to give the most accurate and comprehensive portrait of this great American.
Franklin: The Autobiography Franklin: The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Scientist, statesman, philosopher, businessman and civic leader, Benjamin Franklin was also one of the most powerful and controversial American writers of his time. This book, written as a letter to his son, this book hold lessons for all of us.
Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
A carefully researched biography and one of the most important of one of America's greatest literary figures. Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman has written an absorbing biography of Poe the professional writer.

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