Carleton Mabee was an American author and historian, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography 'The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F.B. Morse.' He was a prolific writer who focused on American history, with a particular interest in the fields of communication, technology, and civil rights. Mabee's work was characterized by thorough research and a commitment to understanding the social context of his subjects.
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This book is a comprehensive biography of Samuel F. B. Morse, a renowned American inventor and artist. It provides an in-depth look into Morse's life, detailing his contributions to the world, including the invention of the telegraph and the Morse code. The book also explores his lesser-known career as a painter, his involvement in politics, his personal life, and the struggles he faced along his journey. The narrative offers a balanced view of Morse, acknowledging his genius while also highlighting his flaws and controversies.