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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