By Brenda Wineapple


The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

“The relevance of this riveting and absorbing book is clear enough… literary and incisive… vivid and perceptive … ” 
—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

“Brenda Wineapple’s riveting new account of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson contains no mention of President Trump. But Wineapple has written a stunningly well-timed book on a question ripped from the headlines.  Compulsively readable”
  — John Fabian Witt, The Washington Post

“Superbly lyrical… A landmark study.” 
— Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Grant.

Walt Whitman Speaks

New Release

A New & Noteworthy title in the New York Times


Other Books

ECSTATIC NATION: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America’s past, chronicaling the years surrounding the Civil War, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery.

WHITE HEAT: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

A radiant portrayal of one of the most remarkable friendships in American letters—between Emily Dickinson, the elusive, original poet and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the radical abolitionist, reformer, and writer whom we have to thank for the publication of Dickinson’s poetry.


“The best biography of Hawthorne, the Hawthorne for our time.  Beautifully conceived and written.”

SISTER BROTHER Gertrude and Leo Stein

The first glimpse into the relationship of two of the century’s most unusual figures, who collaborated in one of the great art and literary journeys of this century.

News & Events

Walt Whitman Speaks Excerpt

An excerpt from the Introduction of Walt Whitman Speaks is available in The New York Review of Books, spring issue:

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American Scholar Feature

Brenda Wineapple’s THE IMPEACHERS is featured in the Spring 2019 issue of The American Scholar. The magazine includes an excerpt of the new book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.

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Brenda Wineapple, a superb literary critic, has a historian’s soul.

– Sean Wilentz


Wineapple’s analysis is insightful, her meticulous documentation unobtrusive.

The Washington Post Book World


She is a beautiful writer, at once lyrical and measured.

– Christian Science Monitor