Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of A. Lincoln: A Biography
(2009), a New York Times
, Washington Post
, and Los Angeles Times
bestseller. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post
, Christian Science Monitor
, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
, History Book Club, and Barnes & Noble. His Lincoln biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2010 which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
White is also the author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural
(2002), honored as a New York Times
Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post
and San Francisco Chronicle
bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words
(2005), a Los Angeles Times
bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
He is presently writing a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant — American Ulysses
— which will be published in the spring of 2015 by Random House.
He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour. Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, with a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He has studied at Lincoln Theological College in England. He has been honored with a D. H. L. [Doctor of Humane Letters] from Whitworth University. He has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.