Meet the Author

Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman is a nonfiction writer who prefers to be called a "factual author." He says that's because lots of people think "nonfiction" is less interesting and less important than fiction. Freedman tries to stamp out that myth with every book he writes.

Freedman chooses only topics that he is interested in and wants to learn more about. He likes to write about people in history who have character traits that stand out and make them memorable. For example, he has said, he chose to write about Eleanor Roosevelt because of her big-heartedness, and Crazy Horse because of his courage and integrity. Freedman has also written more than 20 books about animal behavior, a topic that's fascinated him since he was a kid.


Russell Freedman writes biographies about people he admires. If you were going to write a biography of a famous person, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

Other Books Written by Russell Freedman

  • Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
  • Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
    (photographs by Lewis Hine)
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
    (photographs by Wilbur and Orville Wright)
  • Immigrant Kids
  • Children of the Wild West
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography
  • Cowboys of the Wild West
  • The Life and Death of Crazy Horse
    (photographs by Amos Bad Heart Bull)
  • Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life