Richard Aldous, biographer of Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in conversation with David Nasaw. Aldous’s book is the first major biography of this preeminent historian and intellectual. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007), redefined the art of presidential biography. His best-selling biography, A Thousand Days, remains immensely influential. In this vivid account of Schlesinger’s life and career, biographer Richard Aldous draws on oral history, rarely seen archival documents, and the official Schlesinger papers to craft an invaluable portrait of a brilliant and controversial historian who framed America’s rise to global empire.