On Great Fields: The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain


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Ronald C. White

Ronald C. White’s definitive biography of Chamberlain will be published by Random House on October 31, 2023. The Bowdoin College professor, the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg, after the Civil War became Governor Maine, President of Bowdoin College, and the leading speaker in a contentious “Second Civil War” that stretched into the twentieth century. A national book tour will take place in November.

White is the author of two New York Times bestselling presidential biographies. USA Today said of A. Lincoln: A Biography [2009], “If you read one book about Lincoln, make it A. LINCOLN.American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant [2016] won the William Henry Seward Award for “Excellence in Civil War Biography.” He has also written Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural [2002], a New York Times Notable Book, The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words [2005], a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President [2021], recipient of the 2021 Barnondess/Lincoln award. He is the narrator of the Random House Audiobook for Lincoln in Private.

Dr. White, a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary, received a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in Washington, D.C. He has taught at UCLA, Whitworth University, Colorado College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS NewsHour. He has spoken on Lincoln in England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand. He lives with his wife Cynthia in Pasadena California.

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    2022 Events

    The year 2022 will mark the bicentennial of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant.

      Leadership Lessons from Lincoln & Grant

      Ronald C. White discussed what the lives and presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant can teach us about leadership with the Library’s Colleen Shogan.


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      Lincoln In Private

      What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President

      On Great Fields Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

      Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

      Ronald White is writing a comprehensive biography of Chamberlain to be published by Random House in September 2023

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      American Ulysses

      From the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents.

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