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Willard Sterne Randall is the author of thirteen books, including five biographies and two biographical readers. A former investigative reporter, he received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, and the Loeb Award during his seventeen-year journalism career in Philadelphia. After graduate studies in history at Princeton University, he turned to writing biographies. His first, Benjamin Franklin and His Son, won a Frank Luther Mott Award for research from University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor, was a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Thomas Jefferson, A Life, was also selected as one of Publishers Weekly's best biographies of 1993. George Washington, A Life, was included in Readers Digest's Best Nonfiction of 1997, World's Greatest Biographies (2002). Randall recently received the Award of Merit from the American Revolution Roundtable in New York City, only awarded twice before in that organization's 50-year history. Alexander Hamilton, A Life, was published by HarperCollins in 2003. His latest biography, Ethan Allen, His Life and Times, will be published by W.W. Norton in August 2011. He has co-authored four books with his wife, the poet Nancy Nahra, including American Lives, a two volume collection of short biographies that has been used in more than 100 colleges and universities. A contributing editor to American Heritage Magazine and to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, he regularly reviews biographies for New York Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe and the Journal of American History.

"Biographer Willard Sterne Randall has undertaken the study of some of the most difficult and mysterious figures from the American Revolution, producing titles on Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, ... he received the highest award of the American Revolution Round Table in 2001, making him the third person ever to be honored with the award."

--- Contemporary Authors

Interviews: Professor Randall has been interviewed on NBC's "Today Show," and "One on One;" and on Brian Lamb's " Booknotes" and "Washington Journal" on C-Span. He also participated with other Presidential Scholars in C-Span's 2000 and 2009 "Rating the Presidents." His speech on President Washington was part of C-Span's Peabody Award-winning series, "American Presidents." He has been interviewed by CNN, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Talk of the Nation." He played a major role in PBS's series, "Benjamin Franklin," which was based in part on his 1984 dual biography, Benjamin Franklin and His Son, and in the History Channel's "Spies of the American Revolution", and the 13-part series, "The Revolution".

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Willard Sterne Randall
c/o W.W. Norton Publishers
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110
p: 802.922.0088
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