"Riding briskly through the summer of 1776, [Revolutionary Summer] portrays the birth of independence as untidy, improvised, and at times, miraculous. . . . A lucid and revelatory read."
—Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"The Black Count is a dazzling achievement. . . . No one who reads this magnificent biography will be able to read The Count of Monte Cristo or any history of slavery in the New World in the same way again."
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Intricate, elegant and laced with dry humor. . . . [Margaret Thatcher] immensely adds to our knowledge and understanding of the longest-reigning prime minister of the democratic age."
—The Observer (London)
"A masterful and profoundly moving novel that employs exquisite language to explore the limits of language and the tricks of memory. . . . Epic in ambition . . . audacious in format." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Eggers understands the pressures of American downward-mobility, and in the protagonist of his novel, Alan Clay, has created an Everyman, a post-modern Willy Loman. . . . [A Hologram for the King] operates on a grand and global scale, but it also is intimate."
—The Chicago Tribune
Cool War is a bold and thought-provoking look at the future of U.S.-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world.
Please join us in congratulating the four Random House authors that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2013! Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son won in the fiction category, Fredrik Logevall's Embers of War won in the history category, Sharon Olds's Stag's Leap won in the poetry category, and Tom Reiss's The Black Count won in the biography category. Four of our authors were also named as finalists in their category: Bernard Bailyn's The Barbarous Years in history, Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers in general nonfiction, Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank in fiction, and the late Jack Gilbert's Collected Poems in poetry. For a full list of previous Random House winners please click here.
We are saddened by the death of the "Father of African literature" Chinua Achebe; he was 82. Achebe was an acclaimed and best-selling novelist, poet, and essayist whose works include the classic Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, and Arrow of God. Achebe, whose novel Things Fall Apart was one of the first African novels, famously said: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." We are grateful that he told his story and left us with a legacy of great literature and a better understanding of Africa.
The Passage of Power, the fourth volume of Robert Caro's monumental biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson, has been awarded the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. The third installment of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate was previously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2003. Please join us in congratulating Robert Caro on another great achievement.
Congratulations to Sharon Olds who has won the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for her newest collection of poems, Stag's Leap. U.K. Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, chair of the final judging panel, said: "This was the book of her career. There is a grace and chivalry in her grief that marks her out as being a world-class poet. I always say that poetry is the music of being human, and in this book she is really singing. Her journey from grief to healing is so beautifully executed." Sharon Olds is the first American woman to win the prestigious award which comes with a £15,000 award.
The 2012 National Jewish Book Award winners were announced this week by the Jewish Book Council. Four Random House authors were recognized: Jonathan D. Sarna's When General Grant Expelled the Jews was a finalist for the American Jewish Studies category; Joshua Henkin's The World Without You was a finalist for the Fiction category; Matthew Brzezinski's Isaac's Army was a finalist for the Holocaust category; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' The Great Partnership was a finalist for the Modern Jewish Thought and Experience category.