Nigel Hamilton’s Books
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 528 pages) Order the book from Amazon.com
About The Mantle of Command
Hamilton conducted research using the president's own notes and interviewed Roosevelt family members and surviving presidential aides in writing this first volume of a two-volume set. Recounting stories of opposing opinions from allies like Winston Churchill and FDR’s own military advisors, the biography depicts 14 key periods in the first two years of the war that demonstrate Roosevelt’s tactical genus in selecting personnel and planning military tactics.
Publishers Weekly praises the book as “a definitive volume on this aspect of Roosevelt’s career and essential reading for anyone interested in WWII, the Roosevelt Presidency, and presidential leadership."
Critics at the Library Journal also gave the biography a starred review. “This convincingly written and gripping volume is essential for historians, political scientists, and history buffs, for a deeper understanding of the principle of civilian supremacy of the military in the U.S. political system."
Hamilton is currently working on the second volume, Commander in Chief: FDR at War, 1943-1945.
AMERICAN CAESARS: Lives of the Presidents, From Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush
Yale University Press, 624 pages. Order the book from Amazon.com
About American Caesars
Modeled on one of the most famous histories of ancient Rome (Suetonius' The Twelve Caesars penned in 200 BC), Nigel Hamilton’s new book, American Caesars, looks afresh at the lives and careers of the twelve leaders of the American empire since World War II, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush.
One by one, Hamilton relates and examines the presidents’ unique characteristics,their paths to Pennsylvania Avenue,their effectiveness as global leaders, and their lessons in governance, both good and bad. With uncompromising candor he looks at how these powerful men responded to the challenges that defined their presidencies, includingFDR’s role as a war leader, Harry Truman’s decision to mount a Berlin Airlift, Lyndon Johnson’s controversial Civil Rights legislation and war in Vietnam, Jimmy Carter’s handling of the Iran hostage crisis, Bush Senior ’s effectiveness during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and George W's fateful invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the Suetonian manner, Hamilton also looks at the presidents’ private lives—some noble, some flawed, some deeply moving.
In this essential book for our times, Hamilton strips away myths and wishful thinking to record our most recent presidents as they really were: leaders guiding the fortunes of an unruly empire, on a world stage. In its scope, clarity, readability, and empathy, American Caesars is destined to become a modern classic.
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Featured Videos on American Caesars
- A Conversation with Nigel Hamilton about American Caesars
Interviewed by David Sparks, UMass Boston
Hamilton discusses presidential biographies on MSNBC "morning joe" with Joe Scarborough
Other Books by Nigel Hamilton
- Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency (2007)
“Hamilton ably illustrates Clinton’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader, how he thrived whenever the occasion called for him to inspire or commiserate, and how time and again his failures could be traced to what Hamilton calls his ‘inability to function as a manager of men and women in a structured environment.’” – Washington Post Book World Book description and order form
- Biography: A Brief History (2007)
" This zesty romp through millennia of biographical portraits comes from the pen of a master biographer (JFK: Reckless Youth). Hamilton's a friendly spectator to his own art, undaunted by its age, variety or the number and skill of the practitioners who've gone before him...It's hard to think of a better introduction to one of the most popular genres of literature and art today." - Publishers Weekly Book description and order information
- Montgomery: D-Day Commander (2006)
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- The Full Monty: Montgomery of Alamein 1887 – 1942 (2001)
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- JFK: Reckless Youth (1995)
“Nigel Hamilton’s story, told with great intelligence and sympathy, is of how Kennedy came to terms with his inheritance and frightful upbringing...He has done a splendid job...enthralling reading.” - Daily Telegraph
“Rich, gripping...easily takes its place beside the best of recent presidential portraits...It is a book not only about a remarkable young John F. Kennedy, but also about democracy’s own still-reckless age.” – Roger Morris, The New York Times Book Review Book description and order information
- Monty: The Battles of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (1994)
- Frontiers (1991)
- Monty: the Man behind the Legend (1988)
- Monty: Final Years of the Field-Marshall 1944 – 1976 (1986)
- Monty: The Making of a General (1981)
- The Brothers Mann (1979)
- America Began at Greenwich (1976)
- Guide to Greenwich (1972)
- Greenwich in Colour (1971)
- Royal Greenwich (1969)