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Amanda Foreman is the author of the award-winning best seller, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Harper Collins UK; Random House US), and A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided (Allen Lane UK; Random House US). She is the daughter of Carl Foreman, the Oscar-winning screen writer of many film classics including, The Bridge on the River Kwai, High Noon, and The Guns of Navarone.

Born in London and brought up in Los Angeles, Amanda Foreman was educated in England and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University in New York. She received her doctorate in Eighteenth-Century British History from Oxford University in 1998.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was a number one best seller in England, and a best seller for many weeks in the United States. Translated into twelve languages, it was nominated for several awards and won the Whitbread Prize for Best Biography. It inspired a television documentary, a radio play starting Dame Judi Dench; and the movie, titled The Duchess – staring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

Foreman’s most recent book A World on Fire has been optioned by BBC Worldwide. One of the least known great stories of British and American history, Amanda Foreman brings to life the people who were swept up in the American Civil War: generals, statesmen, society hostesses, spies, diplomats, nurses, journalists and adventurers, as well as ordinary soldiers fighting for both North and South. An unforgettable saga of huge personalities, tense diplomacy and torn loyalties.

“An extraordinary book . . . this is a tale never previously told.” Stephen Graubard, Financial Times

“Magnificent . . . provides a completely fresh perspective on the first great modern conflict.”  Antony Beevor

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