Henry Wiencek

Henry Wiencek
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Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999, and, most recently, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves.


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An Imperfect God by Henry Wiencek--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Henry Wiencek's biography An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his "only unavoidable subject of regret."

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Master of the Mountain

Henry Wiencek
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Henry Wiencek’s eloquent, persuasive Master of the Mountain—based on new information coming from archival research, archaeological work at Monticello, and...


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An Imperfect God

Henry Wiencek
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery When George Washington wrote his will, he made the...


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The Hairstons

Henry Wiencek
St. Martin's Griffin

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award The Hairstons is the extraordinary story of the largest family in America, the Hairston clan. With several...


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