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These men and women changed the shape of society and our world by their actions.

 

Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War

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...


Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India

by Narendra Jadhav

Every sixth human being in the world today is an Indian, and every sixth Indian is an untouchable. For thousands of years the untouchables, or Dalits, the people at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, have...


The Story of my Life (100th Anniversary Edition)

by Helen Keller

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


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

by Alex Heard

A gripping saga of race and retribution in the Deep South and a story whose haunting details echo the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird

In 1945, Willie McGee, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi,...


The Electric Life of Michael Faraday

by Alan Hirshfeld

Michael Faraday was one of the most gifted and intuitive experimentalists the world has ever seen. Born into poverty in 1791 and trained as a bookbinder, Faraday rose through the ranks of the scientific elite...


The Dangerous Book of Heroes

by Conn Iggulden & David Iggulden

Discover stories of heroism and adventure in this next installment of the blockbuster series Dangerous Book for Boys

Brothers Conn and David Iggulden present their big book of heroes: the men and women who have...


The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches

by Myrlie Evers-Williams & Manning Marable

One of America’s leading black intellectuals teams up with Myrlie Evers-Williams to bring us the first-ever definitive look at the life, work, and tragic death of civil rights hero Medgar Evers


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...


Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

by James McGrath Morris

Like Alfred Nobel, Joseph Pulitzer is better known today for the prize that bears his name than for his contribution to history. Yet, in nineteenth-century industrial America, while Carnegie provided the steel,...


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...


Nellie McClung

by Margaret Macpherson

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


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth

Truth's landmark slave narrative chronicles her experiences as a slave in upstate New York and her transformation into an extraordinary abolitionist, feminist, orator, and preacher. Based on the complete 1884...


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History

Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the WorldTrade 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...


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...


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,...


Heroes for My Son

by Brad Meltzer

When Brad Meltzer's first son was born eight years ago, the bestselling writer and new father started compiling a list of heroes whose virtues and talents he wanted to share with his son: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa...


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...


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...


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