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Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple's most recent book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation (Random House) recounts the first-ever impeachment of an American president. Ron Chernow called The Impeachers "superbly lyrical...a landmark study." "Literary and incisive...vivid and perceptive," writes The New York Times; "riveting," says the Washington Post.

Wineapple is also the author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877, a New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2013" that the Wall Street Journal hailed as "magnificent." Among her many other books are White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, and published just last spring, her Whitman Speaks, an edition of the poet's pithy observations about writing, literature, and America.

The recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, two National Endowment Fellowships in the Humanities, Wineapple was honored with an NEH Public Scholars Award for The Impeachers. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, she regularly contributes to major publications such as the New York Times Book Review and The New York Review of Books and teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia and the New School.