Annal: 1990 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1990.

Book:A First-Class Temperament

A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

Geoffrey C. Ward

Drawing upon thousands of original documents as well as interviews with Roosevelt family members and others who knew Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt intimately, this book provides a vivid, unsentimental, sometimes startling biography of the young lawyer who became our thirty-second president.

Book:The Five of Hearts

The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918

Patricia O'toole

Book:The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher

Hugo Young

A biography of Margaret Thatcher that follows Mrs. Thatcher’s political formation form her beginnings as a small-town alderman’s daughter to her emergence as the senior statesman of the Western World.

Book:Means of Ascent

Means of Ascent: Volume 2 of The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert A. Caro

MEANS OF ASCENT is the second book in the LBJ trilogy. It carries Johnson from his 1941 Senate defeat through WW II and on to the securing of his fortunes, both economic and political.

Caro tells this story with an eye for detail. He focuses not only on Johnson, but on Johnson’s “unbeatable” opponent, former Texas Governor Coke Stevenson. As the political duel between the two men quickens, it moves with all the drama of the perfect Western. Caro has us witness a momentous turning point in American politics: the tragic last stand of politics of issue versus politics of image.

Book:Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir: A Biography

Deirdre Bair

This definitive biography is based on five years of interviews with de Beauvoir, and is written with her full cooperation. Bair penetrates the mystique of this brilliant and often paradoxical woman, who has been called one of the great minds of the 20th century, and surely, one of the most famously unconventional figures of her generation.

“As a reference work…Simone de Beauvoir can be considered definitive”. —The Atlantic.

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