Books by Nigel Hamilton

WAR AND PEACE by Nigel Hamilton
Released: May 7, 2019

"Of considerable interest to students of presidential and American military history, though likely to court criticism from the Churchill camp."
The final installment of the biographer's significant study of Franklin Roosevelt's sine qua non leadership in World War II. Read full book review >
COMMANDER IN CHIEF by Nigel Hamilton
Released: June 7, 2016

"The book is strongly pro-Roosevelt, but Hamilton gives a solid inside view of the strategic thinking that went into the campaign against Hitler as America laid the groundwork for the D-Day invasion the following year."
A detailed look at Franklin Roosevelt's role in the Allied strategy midway through World War II, with an emphasis on his relations with Winston Churchill. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lively, elucidating, elegant and highly knowledgeable."
A deeply engrossing study of the first year of Franklin Roosevelt's prescient military leadership in World War II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY by Nigel Hamilton
Released: March 1, 2007

"A vast subject confined in a small but well-illuminated room."
The story of life stories, from cave paintings and Gilgamesh to Michael Holroyd and James Frey. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Nigel Hamilton
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Still, for the moment it's the most complete life yet of the man, and though it will at turns puzzle both fans and detractors of Clinton and his legacy, it's well worth reading for all concerned."
An overblown (and this is but the first volume, ending with the crushing defeat of Bush I), often out of tune, but oddly fascinating account of William Jefferson Clinton's pre-White House life and career. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 1994

A one-volume edition of Hamilton's (JFK: Reckless Youth, 1992) three-volume biography, which won the Whitbread Award. This is, strictly speaking, history made personal—which is just the way Montgomery saw it. Montgomery's relations with Churchill, de Gaulle, and Eisenhower give Hamilton more than enough fodder for a grand tale that hews to the Great Man theory of history. Epic, engrossing, big. Read full book review >
JFK by Nigel Hamilton
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

Perhaps the most revealing biography yet of Jack Kennedy coming of age, up to his election to Congress in 1946. Hamilton (Monty, 1986, etc.) has made the most of interviews with JFK's closest surviving relatives and friends, newly opened FBI and medical files, and, most importantly, unusual access to the future President's often raunchy, irreverent letters. Hamilton's most sensational contention—that Kennedy contracted gonorrhea at Harvard—probably will distract attention from the rest of this serious, revelatory study. In Hamilton's telling, the Kennedys were the most dysfunctional family this side of The Prince of Tides, characterized by an unhealthy competitiveness and a clannish loyalty that left them suspicious of outsiders. Hamilton finds it no wonder that JFK became a narcissistic womanizer: Rose Kennedy, with her ``sterile, convent-school values'' and trips away from her philandering husband and brood of nine, left him starved for parental attention. Sometimes, such resort to pop psychology is too automatic in explaining Kennedy's actions (e.g., that JFK was not simply attracted to the beauty of a Danish-born reporter wrongly suspected of spying, but was seeking maternal warmth missing from his own life). But Hamilton gradually develops JFK in all his charm and intelligence, an American Prince Hal awakening to his destiny: A young man cracking jokes at agonizing physical pain that would depress anyone else; engaging in bawdy boarding-school high jinks; soaking up political knowledge at college; and emerging carefully from the shadow cast by bullying father Joe and the equally narrow- minded, doomed heir-apparent Joe, Jr. A well-rounded, compelling biography that points the way for future scholars and will leave readers eager for Hamilton's planned future volumes on JFK. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.) Read full book review >