James McGrath Morris

James McGrath Morris is author of The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War, as well as several biographies, including the New York Times bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press and Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, PBS's NewsHour, and C-Span's Book TV. He was the founding editor of the monthly Biographer's Craft and has served as both the executive director and president of Biographers International Organization (BIO). Morris lives in Tesuque, New Mexico.


15 entries by James McGrath Morris

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An astute account of the United States’ futile struggle to stay out of WWI.

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The biographer recounts Leon Trotsky's brief yet pivotal time in New York City.

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A selection of must-reads from the autumn publishing season, which runs September through February

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The celebrated biographer explains why the mystery of Ronald Reagan's success is no mystery at all.

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A must-attend annual conference comes to the District in June.

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Biography lovers will gorge on a feast during this spring’s publishing season, which runs from March through August.

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Wonks will love fall this year. Here is a baker’s dozen political biographies that will soon brighten the windows of Washington bookstores.

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It might feel like winter will never end, but publishers are already shipping out their spring/early summer biographies (normally, the heftiest bios are launched in the fall). And while this year’s release selection isn’t as robust as in the past, there’s still plenty to attract the attention of readers. Here’s a baker’s dozen of new biographies bound to get noticed.

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A baker's dozen of the most anticipated biographies of the year.

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Biographer James McGrath Morris chooses the year's best biographies.

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A richly textured historic account reverberates with lessons about the public fallout of corporate greed and the power of the pen.

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Presidential lives top the list of major biographies slated for publication this spring, which should keep Washington readers happy.

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More than 100 biographies will compete for reader interest this fall. But here are a dozen that, based on industry buzz, are likely to attract the most attention.

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This engaging tale from American history follows the paths of two men, William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz. The author postulates that the industrial revolution and political climate of the time caused their paths to cross and drove one to assassinate the other.

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A sneak preview of a marvelous and healthy crop of biographies coming to stores this season.