Search - List of Books by Ted Morgan

"Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it." -- Ted Morgan
Ted Morgan is a French-American writer, biographer, journalist, and historian. He was born Comte St. Charles Armand Gabriel de Gramont on March 30, 1932, in Geneva. He was the son of Gabriel Antoine Armand, Comte de Gramont (1908-1943), a hero of the French Resistance who became a French diplomat. Gramont is an old French noble family, whose name is connected to the city Gramont, Agramont in Spanish, in the south French province of Lower Navarre.

After his father's death in a training flight, Morgan began to lead two parallel lives. He attended Yale University and worked as a reporter. But he was still a member (albeit a reluctant one) of the French nobility. He was drafted into the French Army where he served for two years from 1955 to 1957 during the Algerian War, initially as a second lieutenant with a Senegalese regiment of Colonial Infantry and then as a propaganda officer. He subsequently wrote in frank detail of his brutalising experiences while on active service in the bled (Algerian countryside) and of the atrocities committed by both sides during the Battle of Algiers .

Following his military service, Morgan returned to the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 1961 for what was described as "his moving account of the death of Leonard Warren on the Metropolitan Opera stage." At the time, Morgan was still a French citizen writing under the name of "Sanche De Gramont."

In the 1970s, Morgan stopped using the byline "Sanche De Gramont." He became an American citizen in 1977, renouncing his titles of nobility. The name he adopted as a U.S. citizen, "Ted Morgan," is an anagram of "De Gramont." The new name was a conscious attempt to discard his aristocratic French past. He had had settled on a "name that conformed with the language and cultural norms of American society, a name that telephone operators and desk clerks could hear without flinching" (On Becoming American, 1978). Morgan was featured in the CBS news program 60 Minutes in 1978. The segment explored Morgan's reasons for embracing American culture and showed him eating dinner with his family in a fast food restaurant.

Morgan has written much-admired biographies of Winston Churchill (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 1983), William S. Burroughs, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was named a 1982 National Book Award Finalist for his biography Maugham. He has also written for newspapers and magazines.

In My Battle of Algiers, Morgan says that John Negroponte is his first cousin.

Quotes   more �

Books (partial List)   more �

Notes   more �

This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ted Morgan", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
Total Books: 45
Literary Outlaw The Life and Times of William S Burroughs
Valley of Death The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War
My Battle of Algiers A Memoir
2007 - My Battle of Algiers a Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780061205767
ISBN-10: 0061205761
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

My Battle of Algiers  A Memoir
2006 - My Battle of Algiers a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780060852245
ISBN-10: 0060852240
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History

How To Marry A Multi-millionaire The Ultimate Guide To High Net Worth Dating
2005 - How to Marry a Multi-millionaire the Ultimate Guide to High Net Worth Dating (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781561718801
ISBN-10: 1561718807
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Reds  McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America
2004 - Reds Mccarthyism in Twentieth-century America (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812973020
ISBN-10: 081297302X
Genres: History, Nonfiction

A Covert Life Jay Lovestone Communist Anti-Communist and Spymaster
1999 - A Covert Life Jay Lovestone Communist Anti-communist and Spymaster (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780679444008
ISBN-10: 0679444009
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Shovel Of Stars  The Making of the American West 1800 to the Present
1996 - Shovel of Stars the Making of the American West 1800 to the Present (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780684814926
ISBN-10: 0684814927
Genre: History
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Wilderness at Dawn The Settling of the North American Continent
1994 - Wilderness at Dawn the Settling of the North American Continent (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671882372
ISBN-10: 0671882376
Genre: History
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.

Literary Outlaw Life and Times of William S Burroughs
1991 - Literary Outlaw Life and Times of William S Burroughs (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780712650403
ISBN-10: 0712650407
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

An Uncertain Hour
1990 - An Uncertain Hour (Hardcover)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780370315041
ISBN-10: 0370315049

An Uncertain Hour The French the Germans the Jews the Klaus Barbie Trial and the City of Lyon 1940-1945
Literary Outlaw The Life and Times of William SBurroughs
FDR A Biography
1986 - Fdr a Biography (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671628123
ISBN-10: 0671628127
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

1984 - Maugham (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671505813
ISBN-10: 0671505815
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Churchill  Young Man in a Hurry 1874-1915
1982 - Churchill Young Man in a Hurry 1874-1915 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671253035
ISBN-10: 0671253034
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History

1981 - Maugham P [Touchstone Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1981 - Rowing Toward Eden (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780395297148
ISBN-10: 0395297141
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

1980 - Maugham (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671240776
ISBN-10: 0671240773
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

On becoming American
1978 - On Becoming American (Other)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780395262832
ISBN-10: 0395262836
Genres: History, Nonfiction

Somerset Maugham
Somerset Maugham (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780224018135
ISBN-10: 0224018132

Churchill 1874-1915
Churchill 1874-1915 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780224020442
ISBN-10: 0224020447
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs