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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433973
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

American Caesars

Lives of the US Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush

A group biography of the twelve caesars of our time: American Presidents from Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

The twentieth century has been called 'the American Century'. Not since the days of the Roman emperors has there been such a succession of rulers holding the fate of the world in their hands. Now, award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton gives us the lives of the twelve men, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush, who presided over America's imperial fortunes - the good, the bad and the truly awful.

How did these American Caesars reach the White House? What were the challenges they faced when they got there and how did they meet them? And who were these men in their private lives?

Compulsively readable, packed with unforgettable characters as well as stories, lessons and revelations, American Caears is essential reading for our times.

  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433973
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

About the author

Nigel Hamilton

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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Praise for American Caesars

This is a delight of a summer book: history for the beach, politics for the deckchair, and waspish entertainment come rain or shine...Hamilton, like Suetonius, is full of curt dismissals and insouciant judgements. He hasn't produced one dull essay in 12.


A mighty president's-eye view of post-war US history

Daily Express

A provocative, stimulating, infuriating and readable history

Glasgow 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.


This is an excellent journey through recent American history, which serves another of history's most fundamental purposes: to help us better understand the present through the past.

Dan Jones, The Times, Christmas round up

I greatly enjoyed Nigel Hamilton's American Caesars

Richard Holloway, Herald, Christmas round up

These brisk studies of the 12 US presidents from "empathetic", "prescient" Franklin D Roosevelt to 'bullying, snide" George W Bush combine readability with concision and sharp judgements


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