Author

Margaret Leslie Davis

Margaret Leslie Davis

Margaret Leslie Davis is a prolific author of books about the history of the American West. She has written three acclaimed biographies of the empire builders of the region including Golden Spur Award-winner Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, published by HarperCollins. Her recent book, Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci’s Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation, chronicles the Mona Lisa’s voyage to America in 1963 and the critical role Jackie Kennedy played in America’s first blockbuster museum show. The book has been excerpted in Vanity Fair, showcased on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and featured in the London Sunday Times. Davis is also the author of the critically acclaimed THE LOST GUTENBERG: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey, published in 2019 by Penguin Random House. In a starred review, Kirkus described the book as “Engrossing reading… A great read for any book lover.” Library Journal called the work, “A gripping account of the importance of books as cultural artifacts and of one particular work that transformed the world.” The book has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR and The New York Times Book Review. Visit the Author's website at: www.MargaretLeslieDavis.com

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