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American Caesars
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Suetonius The Twelve Caesars became a classic of classical times- a virtuoso literary imperial portrait gallery by an already distinguished author, not only remarkable for its frank dissections (in contrast to contemporary commemorations) of Rome s great emperors, but also because the twelve men whom he chose were the embodiment both good and bad of Rome s greatest century. The twentieth century has been called the American century , given its economic and military rise to superpower status in World War II, as well as its seemingly irresistible influence over global popular culture , politics and language ever since. The time is ripe for a new work on the U.S. presidents of our own lifetime- from FDR to George W. Bush. In what will become an essential book for our times, eminent biographer Nigel Hamilton offers an informative but intensely readable gallery of historical portraits that will encapsulate the age of American empire through the lives of its chief executives and the women they loved.
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A group biography of the twelve Caesars of our time: American Presidents from Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

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Nigel Hamilton is one of Britain's most distinguished biographers. He began his career with The Brothers Mann, a life of two of Germany's greatest 20th century authors. He then won the Whitbread Prize and Templer Medal for Monty, his definitive, three-volume official life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, following which his JFK- Reckless Youth proved an international bestseller and which was filmed as an ABC mini-series, starring Patrick Dempsey. He became the first Professor of Biography in Britain, at De Montfort University, and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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"A mighty president's-eye view of post-war US history" * Daily Express * "A provocative, stimulating, infuriating and readable history" * Herald * "Incisive and highly entertaining...engaging... American Caesars is a commanding study on the nature of personal authority and the presidency. It is also a poignant one" * Irish Times * "As Hamilton hits his straps, the book springs to life with an authentic feeling for each man...Rogues and (a few) heroes - they are all here in this impressive gallop through eighty years of US history. Here's hoping that Barack Obama ends up on the right side of the ledger" * Literary Review * "It is a brilliant idea to take Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars...and to make it the template for a 500-page collective portrait of the 12 emperors of America...The effect is a compelling rhythm and a good sense of proportion" * Prospect *

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