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T.J. Stiles is the author most recently of Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History. It received the Spur Award for Best Western Biography and the William H. Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, and the California Book Award. It was published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf and in paperback by Vintage. He also wrote The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. He is currently working on a biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

The First Tycoon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and the Washington Post.

Jesse James won the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. It was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Custer's Trials and The First Tycoon are available in hardcover from Knopf, and as audiobooks from Books On Tape. All three titles are available in paperback or as e-books from Vintage.