Tag: historical biography

Review: Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire – Tom Chaffin

I picked up this book hoping for a biography of John Charles Frémont, a man whose exploits and explorations I’d come across numerous times in other biographies, other history books. An explorer, a presidential candidate, a Civil War general – a fascinating figure for a biographer! What I got was a book very much more about Frémont’s expeditions than it… Read more →

Review: Eleanor Roosevelt: The Defining Years: 1933-1938 – Blanche Wiesen Cook

This book, the second volume of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s three-part biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, covers the first five years of her role as First Lady of America, from 1933-1938. It’s quite a brief interlude in a life, considering the first volume covers the first forty-plus years of ER’s life before the White House, and the final volume covers the next… Read more →

Review: Eleanor Roosevelt, vol. 1, 1884-1933: The Early Years – Blanche Wiesen Cook

It’s a rare individual for whom I could stand to read a three-volume biography but I think Eleanor Roosevelt deserves one. Her life was so full, so involved and dynamic and controversial than any less would simply not be doing her justice. In many ways Eleanor’s life can very easily be divided into three parts this biography takes – her… Read more →

Review: ‘So High a Blood: The Story of Margaret Douglas, the Tudor That Time Forgot’ – Morgan Ring

Margaret Douglas is buried in Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey, close to the tomb of her great-grandmother Margaret Beaufort, with whom she has much in common. History remembers both, if they are remembered at all, as dominant, forceful women, scheming and plotting to see their children crowned. How true a portrait that is can only ever be a… Read more →