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  • Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Ohio Historyby Susan Sawyer

    Globe Pequot Press 2016; US$ 15.99

    Each volume in this series features fifteen to twenty short biographies of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of a given city, state, or region of the U.S. The villainous, the misguided, and the misunderstood all get their due in these entertaining yet... more...

  • Swami in a Strange Landby Joshua M. Greene

    Mandala Publishing 2016; US$ 29.99 US$ 20.99

    Discover the man behind the movement in this intimate biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). In 1965, a seventy-year-old man?soon to be known as Prabhupada?set sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his... more...

  • Steve Bikoby Tendayi Sithole

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 84.99

    Moving away from the domain of idolization and veneration, Tendayi Sithole situates Steve Biko within the existential repertoire of blackness as a site of subjectivity and not the object of study. Through an exploration of Biko's meditations, Sithole introduces Biko to readers as a decolonial philosopher, someone more than just a biographical subject.... more...

  • The Shaykh of Shaykhsby Yoav Alon

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 24.95

    Shaykh Mithqal al-Fayiz's life spanned a period of dramatic transformation in the Middle East. Born in the 1880s during a time of rapid modernization across the Ottoman Empire, Mithqal led his tribe through World War I, the development and decline of colonial rule and founding of Jordan, the establishment of the state of Israel and the Arab-Israeli... more...

  • The Confessions of a Rum-Runnerby Eric Sherbrooke Walker

    Dover Publications 2016; US$ 14.95

    The names have been changed to protect the guilty, but this is an otherwise-authentic firsthand account of liquor smuggling during Prohibition. Crackling with excitement and adventure, it ranges from "Rum Row" ? where boats anchor beyond the three-mile limit until their illicit cargo can be transferred to speedboats and delivered into the eager hands... more...

  • Thomas Goode Jonesby Brent J. Aucoin

    University of Alabama Press 2016; US$ 54.95

    This first comprehensive biography of Thomas Goode Jones records the life of a man whose political career reflects the fascinating and unsettled history of Alabama and the Deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.   Often overshadowed by the pharaonic antebellum period, the Civil War, and the luminous heights of the civil rights movement,... more...

  • Fighting ISISby Tim Locks

    Pan Macmillan 2016; US$ 16.40

    In February 2015, Tim Locks headed to Kurdistan to fight ISIS. After watching images of the Yazidi people being slaughtered, he couldn't sit back and do nothing. Having worked as a prison officer and a bouncer, he knew how to handle himself - and had a huge protective streak. He sold his house to raise money, put himself through arms training and... more...

  • The Emperor Neroby Anthony A. Barrett; Elaine Fantham; John C. Yardley

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 28.00

    Nero's reign (AD 54?68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians?not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the... more...

  • Hons and Rebelsby Jessica Mitford

    Orion 2016; US$ 10.99

    'Whenever I read the words "Peer's Daughter" in a headline,' Lady Redesdale once sadly remarked, 'I know it's going to be something about one of you children.' The Mitford family is one of the century's most enigmatic, made notorious by Nancy's novels, Diana's marriage to Sir Oswald Mosley, Unity's infatuation with Hitler, Debo's marriage to a duke... more...

  • Kickby Paula Byrne

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 17.99

    Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional?and nearly forgotten?young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be ?winners? from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy?s children were the embodiment of... more...