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Historian and journalist Marc Leepson is the author of seven books, including Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General, a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011); Desperate Engagement, the story of the little-known but crucial July 9, 1984, Civil War Battle of Monocacy (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007); Flag: An American Biography, a history of the American flag from the beginnings to today (Thomas Dunne Books, 2005); and Saving Monticello, the first complete history of Thomas Jefferson's House (Free Press, 2001, University of Virginia Press, 2003, paperback).

He is working on a biography of Francis Scott Key, which will be publishing on July 4, 2014.

A former staff writer for Congressional Quarter...more


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Volume VI, Number 6 June 1, 2009


The New Film: I wholeheartedly agree with the positive reviews from the critics and from just plain folks about the new introductory film and the four extensive new exhibits at the new Monticello Visitor Center (below). I had a good conversation abou... Read more of this blog post »
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It seems that you either like this book or loathe it. Put me solidly in the latter category. Why? It is way too long and overwritten. The setting in Washington is pathetically rendered. And why do I want to read about the despicable chronic child abu...more
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It's probably too long by a third, but this is a brilliant novel of small town America with a great evocation of place and mental landscapes. The plot worked for me. And most of the characters were full realized, although a few of the narrow-minded,...more
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A great novel. Fully realized characters, both real and imagined. A wild, careening plot that illuminates the horrors of Stalinism as well as any history book--better, in fact.
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E.M. Forster is a brilliant writer who zeroes in on upper class British society and its mores and skewers its snobbery and class consciousness. Plus he creates great characters, has them go through reeling, compelling plots, and evokes place amazingl...more
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