Books Cleopatra A Life by Stacy Schiff Paperback, 432 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $16.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleCleopatraSubtitleA LifeAuthorStacy Schiff Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Other editions available for purchase: Hardcover, 347 pages, Little Brown & Co, $29.99, published November 1 2010 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleCleopatraSubtitleA LifeAuthorStacy Schiff Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of Cleopatra, revealing her as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world. Genres: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Awards and Recognition 27 weeks on NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List Also by Stacy Schiff The Witches Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Cleopatra New In Paperback History, With Heart: Cleopatra Reimagined, First Family Love Letters, All The President's Spies September 14, 2011 In fiction, Brad Meltzer imagines a presidential spy ring, and the latest installment in the popular Naruto manga series arrives. In nonfiction, Stacy Schiff reconstructs Cleopatra, Justice Stephen Breyer contemplates democracy, and Joseph Ellis finds an abiding love story in the letters of John and Abigail Adams. Aaron Meshon Best Books Of 2010 Best Books Of Winter: Alan Cheuse Makes His List November 30, 2010 Literary Santa delivers his list of favorite fiction, nonfiction and poetry — a box of the best books from 2010 that he'd like to bring to your house on a snowy morning. Best Books Of Winter: Alan Cheuse Makes His List Listen · 7:50 7:50 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/131361090/132087341" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Books We Like How History And Hollywood Got 'Cleopatra' Wrong November 1, 2010 The Egyptian queen is most often remembered as a beautiful seductress. But in Cleopatra: A Life, biographer Stacy Schiff explains how the well-educated, enormously wealthy, powerful female pharaoh was actually a canny political strategist and tough negotiator.