New Yorker editor David Remnick moderates a panel discussion among biographers of U.S. presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. Authors include Ron Chernow, Annette Gordon-Reed, David Maraniss, and Edmund Morris.
Ron Chernow won the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the American History Book Prize for "Washington: A Life," which came out in 2010. His previous books include "The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance," which won a National Book Award for Nonfiction, "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.," and "Alexander Hamilton."
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Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, and a professor of history at Harvard. Her books include "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for history and the National Book Award for nonfiction; "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy"; and "Andrew Johnson."
David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and the author of "Barack Obama: The Story," which came out in June. His many previous books include "First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton," "Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World," and biographies of Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente. His work at the Post has earned two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1993 and 2008.
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Edmund Morris won the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Award for Biography in 1980 for "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," the first installment of a trilogy that includes "Theodore Rex" and "Colonel Roosevelt." His other books include "Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan" and "Beethoven: The Universal Composer." A volume of his literary essays, "This Living Hand," will appear in October.
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David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. He is the author of several books, including "Lenin's Tomb," which won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award, and "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama."
David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story, analyzes President Obama's performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney and traces his failure back to behavioral patterns from his earlier life and, in particular, the fact he doesn't like confrontation.