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  • The Woman Behind the New Dealby Kirstin Downey

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95

    ?Kirstin Downey?s lively, substantive and?dare I say?inspiring new biography of Perkins . . . not only illuminates Perkins? career but also deepens the known contradictions of Roosevelt?s character.? ?Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air   One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on... more...

  • Helmet for my Pillowby Robert Leckie

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 14.38

    The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of World War 2. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the... more...

  • Samuel Adamsby John K. Alexander

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2011; US$ 23.99

    This full-life biography includes analysis of Adams's education, political philosophy, religious attitudes, social values, and family relationships. While his extraordinary role in achieving American independence is closely analyzed, the post-independence period, including his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, is not neglected. The core theme is... more...

  • Wings On My Sleeveby Captain Eric Brown

    Orion 2008; US$ 17.77

    Eric Brown was on a University of Edinburgh exchange course in Germany in 1939, and the first he knew of the war was when the Gestapo came to arrest him. They released him, not realizing he was a pilot in the RAF volunteer reserve: and the rest is history. Eric Brown joined the Fleet Air Arm and went on to be the greatest test pilot in history, flying... more...

  • They Poured Fire on Us From the Skyby Benjamin Ajak; Benson Deng; Alephonsian Deng; Judy Bernstein

    PublicAffairs 2006; US$ 15.99

    They were all under the age of seven when they were driven from a war-ravaged country. In this deceptively understated memoir, three boys recall in their own words their harrowing journey to safety. more...

  • Herculine Barbinby Michel Foucault

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.00

    With an eye for the sensual bloom of young schoolgirls, and the torrid style of the romantic novels of her day, Herculine Barbin tells the story of her life as a hermaphrodite. Herculine was designated female at birth. A pious girl in a Catholic orphanage, a bewildered adolescent enchanted by the ripening bodies of her classmates, a passionate lover... more...

  • Dreams from My Fatherby Barack Obama

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 14.95

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father?a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man?has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires... more...

  • Maoby Alexander V. Pantsov; Steven I. Levine

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 20.00

    This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao?s rise to power and his leadership in China. Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was champion... more...

  • Goldaby Elinor Burkett

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    Golda Meir was the first female head of state in the Western world and one of the most influential women in modern history. A blend of Emma Goldman and Martin Luther King Jr. in the guise of a cookie-serving grandmother, her uncompromising devotion to shaping and defending a Jewish homeland against dogged enemies and skittish allies stunned political... more...

  • My Bondage and My Freedomby Frederick Douglass; John David Smith

    Penguin Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.00

    My Bondage and My Freedom ,? writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, ?[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.? As his narrative unfolds, Frederick Douglass?abolitionist, journalist, orator, and one... more...