Geoffrey C. Ward

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General Information

Name: Geoffrey C. Ward

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: 1940 in Newark, Ohio


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Illinois Connection

Ward grew up on the south side of Chicago and in New Delhi, India. He was senior picture editor at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago during the mid-1960s.

Biographical and Professional Information

Geoffrey C. Ward is an editor, author, biographer, historian and writer of scripts for American history documentaries for public television. He is the winner of seven Emmy Awards.

Ward has collaborated with Ken Burns since 1984 and has been the sole or principal script writer for Huey Long; Statue of Liberty; Thomas Hart Benton; The Civil War; Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio; Baseball; The West; Thomas Jefferson; Frank Lloyd Wright; Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; Jazz; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and The War. Ward also wrote or co-wrote companion volumes for seven of these series.

He was the principal or sole writer of Nixon; Lindbergh; Reminiscing in Tempo; The Kennedys; The Last Boss; TR; and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided - all part of PBS’s “American Experience” series. For his work in documentary films, Ward has won two Writers’ Guild Awards, seven Christopher Awards and six Emmys.

Today, Geoffrey Ward lives in New York City with his wife, writer Diane Raines Ward.


Published Works

  • Lincoln’s Thought and the Present: Lincoln and the Law, Lincoln and His Family, Lincoln and the Right to Rise, Lincoln and His Legend, Lincoln and the Union, Sangamon State University, 1976
  • Treasures of the World: The Maharajas, Time/Life, New York, 1983
  • Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905, HarperCollins, 1985
  • A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, Harper & Row, 1989
  • The Civil War: An Illustrated History, Alfred A. Knopf, 1990 - written with Ric and Ken Burns; based upon PBS television series
  • American Originals: The Private Worlds of Some Singular Men and Women 1991, HarperCollins
  • Tiger-Wallahs: Encounters with the Men Who Tried to Save the Greatest of the Cats HarperCollins, 1993 - written with Diane Raines Ward
  • Baseball: An Illustrated History, Alfred A. Knopf, 1994 - written with Ken Burns
  • Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley, Houghton Mifflin, 1995
  • The West: An Illustrated History, Little, Brown & Co, 1997
  • Year of the Tiger, National Geographic Books, 1998 - written with Michael Nichols
  • Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Alfred A. Knopf, 1999 - written with Ken Burns
  • Jazz: A History of America’s Music, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000 - written with Ken Burns
  • Mark Twain, Alfred A. Knopf, 2001 - written with Dayton Duncan
  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
  • The War: An Intimate History, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007 - written with Ken Burns
  • Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, Random House, 2008 - written with Wynton Marsalis
  • A Disposition to be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
  • A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1882 - 1905, Vintage, 2014

Titles at Your Library

The Maharajas (Treasures of the world)

ISBN: 0867060492
Release Date: 1983

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Before the Trumpet: Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905

ISBN: 0060154519
Release Date: 1985-05

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A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928

ISBN: 0804173354
Release Date: 2014-09-09

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The Civil War: The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series

ISBN: 0679755438
Release Date: 1994-09-06

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Tiger-Wallahs: Encounters With the Men Who Tried to Save the Greatest of the Great Cats

ISBN: 0060167955
Release Date: 1993-11

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Baseball: An Illustrated History

ISBN: 037571197X
Release Date: 2010-09-21

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Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley

ISBN: 1439103143
Release Date: 2009-07-21

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The West: An Illustrated History

ISBN: 0316922366
Release Date: 1996-09

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Year of the Tiger

ISBN: 079227377X
Release Date: 1998-11-01

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Jazz: A History of America's Music

ISBN: 067944551X
Release Date: 2000-11-07

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Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography

ISBN: 0375405615
Release Date: 2001-11-13

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A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States First edition by Ward, Geoffrey C. (2012) Hardcover

ASIN: B011MENI06
Release Date: 1709


Literary Awards

A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1882 - 1905

  • National Book Critics Circle
  • Los Angeles Times Award for Best Biography
  • Francis Parkman Award, Society of American Historians, 1989
  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Geoffrey C. Ward on WorldCat

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