Getúlio (1930-1945)

Lira Neto
Companhia das Letras, 2013, 683 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Nesta segunda parte da grandiosa trilogia biográfica de Getúlio Vargas, Lira Neto reconstitui a trajetória do político gaúcho entre o momento de consolidação do poder após a Revolução de 1930 e o golpe militar que encerrou o Estado Novo em 1945."

Getúlio (1882-1930)

Lira Neto
Companhia das Letras, 2012, 729 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Ao longo de dois anos e meio, o autor se debruçou sobre uma vastíssima gama de documentos - muitos deles inéditos ou pouco explorados - para ajudar a decifrar a "esfinge Getúlio" e mostrar como foi possível que convivessem no mesmo indivíduo o revolucionário, o ditador, o reformador social e o demagogo."

A Vida do Barão do Rio Branco

Luís Viana Filho
UNESP, 2008, 552 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"O biógrafo constrói o perfil do Barão graças à intensa pesquisa e ao mergulho no arquivo do Itamarati e nas correspondências ativa e passiva disponíveis de uma personalidade recatada e, por isso, difícil de ser conhecida."

A Arte da Política

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Civilização Brasileira, 2006, 700 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Uma obra fundamental para quem quer conhecer por dentro o jogo político e máquina governamental. Vai muito além dos escritórios palacianos. Mergulha fundo em um período chave da vida do país que vai do auge do regime militar até a posse do presidente Lula.

Caesar

Adrian Goldsworthy
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013, 593 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"From the very beginning, Caesar's story makes dazzling reading. In his late teens he narrowly avoided execution for opposing the military dictator Sulla. He was decorated for valour in battle, captured and held to ransom by pirates, and almost bankrupted himself by staging games for the masses."

Augustus

Adrian Goldsworthy
Yale University Press, 2014, 598 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Caesar Augustus’ story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar."

Gladstone

Roy Jenkins
Random House, 2011, 768 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"William Gladstone was, with Tennyson, Newman, Dickens, Carlyle, and Darwin, one of the stars of nineteenth-century British life. He spent sixty-three of his eighty-nine years in the House of Commons and was prime minister four times, a unique accomplishment."

From Third World to First

Lee Kuan Yew
HarperCollins Publishers, 2000, 752 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world's number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world's fourth–highest per capita real income?"

Deng Xiaoping

Ezra Vogel
Belknap, 2013, 876 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist."

FDR

Jean Smith
Random House, 2007, 914 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"One of today’s premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this superlative volume, Jean Edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America’s greatest presidents."

Eisenhower

Jean Smith
Random House, 2012, 976 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Derided by his detractors as a somnambulant caretaker, Eisenhower emerges in Smith’s perceptive retelling as both a canny politician and a skillful, decisive leader. He managed not only to keep the peace, but also to enhance America’s prestige in the Middle East and throughout the world."

Theodore Roosevelt

Edmund Morris
Modern Library, 2010, 960 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"This book, the only full study of TR’s pre-presidential years, shows that he was an inevitable chief executive, and recognized as such in his early teens. His apparently random adventures were precipitated and linked by various aspects of his character, not least an overwhelming will."

Thomas Jefferson

Jon Meacham
Randon House, 2012, 800 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power."

Truman

David McCullough
Simon & Schuster, 2003, 1120 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman’s own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary “man from Missouri” who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history."

John Adams

David McCullough
Simon & Schuster, 2001, 752 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas."

Emperor of Japan

Donald Keene
Columbia University Press, 2010, 928 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"This is the extraordinary story of how Japan was dramatically transformed during the long reign of Emperor Meiji, from an isolated island nation to one of the five great powers of the world, poised as a rival in Asia to Russia and the European colonial powers."

Kissinger

Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, 2013, 897 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including U.S. presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger's private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story."

Benjamim Franklin

Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, 2003, 608 pp.
Descrição da editora:

"In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century."