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Robert V. Remini, historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been teaching and writing about American history for more than half a century. He has written more than 20 books, including the definitive three-volume biography "The Life of Andrew Jackson," which won the National Book Award (1984). His other books include biographies of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams and Joseph Smith. His "Andrew Jackson" and "His Indian Wars" (2001) won the Spur Award for best western nonfiction from the Western Writers of America; and his most recent book is "The House: The History of the House of Representatives" (Smithsonian Books in association with HarperCollins, 2006). He lives in Illinois.