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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

by Paul Rusesabagina & Tom Zoellner

April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide--Read more about the conflict and the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda in this remarkable account

Readers who were...


At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Powe

by Danielle L. Mcguire

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955...


Heroes for My Son

by Brad Meltzer

Since the birth of his son in 2003, bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Book of Fate, The Tenth Justice, The Book of Lies) has been collecting heroes from whom his son can learn how to live a good life. In...


In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

by Irene Opdyke & Jennifer Armstrong

IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it.

“No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read,...


John Brown

by W.E.B. Du Bois & David R. Roediger

A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century.

In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms...


Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

by Richard Picciotto & Daniel Paisner

On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers...


Let the Trumpet Sound

by Stephen B. Oates

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award and the Christopher Award, this brilliant examination of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. portrays a very real man and his dream that shaped America's history....


Living My Life

by Emma Goldman

Anarchist, journalist, drama critic, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman was the most famous—and notorious—woman in the early twentieth century. This abridged version of her two-volume...


Long Walk Up

by Denise Turney

Long Walk Up is the gripping tale of a young girl's journey from poverty and despair en route to her remarkable and triumphant destiny as Africa's first woman president. The poignant story examines the life...


Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

by Nelson Mandela

The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to...


Louis Armstrong: The Soundtrack of the American Experience

by David Stricklin

In the twentieth century, African Americans not only helped make popular music the soundtrack of the American experience, they advanced American music as one of the preeminent shapers of the world's popular...


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history...


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth is one of the most important documents of slavery ever written, as well as being a partial autobiography of the woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual...


Nellie McClung

by Margaret Macpherson

A strong voice for the womens movement, writer and politician Nellie McLungs court challenge in the Persons Case led to women in Canada being declared legal "persons" in 1929.


On the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation

by Robert Whitaker

They shot them down like rabbits . . .

September 30, 1919. The United States teetered on the edge of a racial civil war. During the previous three months, racial fighting had erupted in twenty-five cities. And...


Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

by James McGrath Morris

This epic biography, with its remarkable new research and vivid, fast-paced writing, will delight anyone who wants to understand the tangled history of politics and the press in modern America.” —Debby Applegate,...


Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women

by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Throughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcées, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning...


The Dangerous Book of Heroes

by Conn Iggulden & David Iggulden

Conn Iggulden, co-author of the phenomenally successful The Dangerous Book for Boys, and David Iggulden now bring us The Dangerous Book of Heroes—featuring great stories of courage and adventure to thrill...


The Electric Life of Michael Faraday

by Alan Hirshfeld

In The Electric Life of Michael Faraday, Alan Hirshfeld presents a portrait of an icon of science.


The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South

by Alex Heard

In this gripping saga of race and retribution, Alex Heard (editorial director of Outside magazine) tells a moving and unforgettable story of the deep South that says as much about Mississippi today as it does...


The Story of my Life (100th Anniversary Edition)

by Helen Keller

Helen Keller's triumph over her blindness and deafness has become one of the most inspiring stories of our time. Here, in a book first published when she was young woman, is Helen Keller's own story—complex,...


Woman of Valor

by Stephen B. Oates

When the Civil War broke out, Clara Barton wanted more than anything to be a Union soldier, an impossible dream for a thirty-nine-year-old woman, who stood a slender five feet tall. Determined to serve, she...


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