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Willard Sterne Randall

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After a successful seventeen-year career as a feature writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, magazine writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, investigative journalist forPhiladelphia Magazine and stringer for Time-Life News Service, Willard Sterne Randall pursued advanced studies in history at Princeton University. Biographer of Benjamin and William Franklin, of Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Ethan Allen, he has co-authored collections of biographies and e-books with his wife, the biographer and award-winning poet, Nancy Nahra. As a journalist, Randall won the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Standard Gravure Award, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and the John Hancock Prize. His Benedict Arnold biography received four national awards and was a New York Times Notable Book. Publishers Weekly chose his biography of Jefferson as one of the ten best biographies of 1993. He received the Award of Merit of the American Revolution Round Table. He taught American history at John Cabot University in Rome and at the University of Vermont and Champlain College, where he was a Distinguished Scholar in History and is a Professor Emeritus. He is a contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He lives, writes, teaches, lectures and likes to swim in Burlington, Vermont.

Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250111838
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 27th, 2017

Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.

Alexander Hamilton: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060954666
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 4th, 2014

From his less than auspicious start in 1755 on the Caribbean Island of Nevis to his untimely death in a duel with his old enemy Aaron Burr in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, despite his short life, left a huge legacy.

Thomas Jefferson: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060976170
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 4th, 2014

Combining firsthand scholarship and material drawn from the Jefferson Papers, Willard Sterne Randall calls on his skills as an investigative journalist to challenge long-held assumptions about the reasoning, motives, and works of this sage, philosopher, politician, and romantic.

Ethan Allen: His Life and Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393342291
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 6th, 2012

"Nuanced, multidimensional…Randall’s book feels like it’s charting territory as unexplored as the acreage that Allen…snapped up." —Los Angeles Times

Forgotten Americans: Footnote Figures Who Changed American History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738201504
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Published: Da Capo Press - April 30th, 1999

In 1779 a Philadelphia belle, Margaret Shippen, married a hero of the ongoing Revolution, General Benedict Arnold. Within months Peggy was sending coded messages to an old suitor from England, conveying Arnold's promise to defect. When their plot was discovered, the general fled. Peggy distracted George Washington with hysterics before following her husband.

George Washington: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805059922
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - November 15th, 1998

George Washington is the human story of a man who turned an impoverished childhood and the frequent humiliations at the hands of a mother he feared and the British generals he admired into a career of rebellion and creation.

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