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Willard Sterne Randall

Willard Sterne Randall, the Distinguished Scholar in History at Champlain College, has written twelve books. Between his careers as an author and investigative journalist, Randall received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and three Pulitzer Prize nominations. 

His books include A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin & His Son (1984), Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor (1990), Thomas Jefferson: A Life (1993), Alexander Hamilton: A Life (2003), and Ethan Allen: His Life and Times (2011), to name a few.


Articles by this Author

A new look at a famous Revolutionary figure questions whether history’s long-standing judgment is accurate
First Encounters, Spring 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 1
The journeys 400 years ago of a French and Dutch explorer would forever alter the history of North America
March On Quebec, Fall 2008 | Vol. 58, No. 5
ON IT HE GAVE THE NEW nation a new industry, wrote a protoguide to New England inns and taverns, (probably) did some secret politicking, discovered a town that lived up to his hopes for a democratic society, scrutinized everything from rattlesnakes to rum manufacture—and, in the process, pretty much invented the summer vacation itself
To the end of his life America’s most infamous traitor believed he was the hero of the Revolution