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by Mark Lurie

How he could now be forgotten seems unfathomable. Lewis Galantière guided Hemingway through his first years in Paris, when the author was unknown and desperate for recognition. He helped James Joyce and Sylvia...

History of the Black Hawk War

by Black Hawk & Charles M. Scanlan

The Black Hawk War was a conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of Sauks, Meskwakis, and Kickapoos, known...

Geronimo's Story of His Life

by Geronimo & Stephen Melvil Barrett

Geronimo was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. From 1850 to 1886 Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache bands—the Tchihende,...

Odyssey of the Unknown Anzac

by David Hastings

Ten years after the end of World War I, the Sydney Sun reported that an unknown Anzac still lay in a Sydney psychiatric hospital. ‘This man . . . was found wandering in a London street during the war,’ reported...

Gallipoli to the Somme

by Alexander Aitken & Alex Calder

Alexander Aitken was an ordinary soldier with an extraordinary mind. The student who enlisted in 1915 was a mathematical genius who could multiply nine-digit numbers in his head. He took a violin with him to...

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings

by Benjamin Franklin

A fascinating and unconventionally educated man, Benjamin Franklin imparts—in his own words—wisdom and remarkable life lessons on the art of living with great personal integrity. Taken from John Bigelow’s...

William Howard Taft

by Jeffrey Rosen

The only man to serve as president and chief justice, who approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders’ vision against new populist threats to American democracy

William Howard...

Radical Friend

by Nancy A. Hewitt

A pillar of radical activism in nineteenth-century America, Amy Kirby Post (1802–1889) participated in a wide range of movements and labored tirelessly to orchestrate ties between issues, causes, and activists....

Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust

by Planaria Price & Helen Reichmann West

A Junior Library Guild selection

Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Meet Barbara Reichmann, once known...

The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the...

Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing, 1590-1676

by Jessica Malay

Lady Anne Clifford (15901676) was a prominent noble woman in the seventeenth century. During her long life she experienced the courts of Elizabeth, James and Charles I. She fought a decades long battle to secure...

Ibn Khaldun

by Robert Irwin

Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world--a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the...

Leonardo da Vinci

by Sigmund Freud

Freud has boldly attempted to enter the field of biography from the standpoint of psychoanalytic interpretation, and has chosen as his victim the great Leonardo. Freud does not mince words in this discussion...

Theodore Roosevelt

by Theodore Roosevelt

By the 26th President of the United States, popularly known as T.R. or Teddy. He was also a widely respected historian, naturalist and explorer of the Amazon Basin; his 35 books include works on outdoor life,...

A Dangerous Woman

by Susan Ronald

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s Paris.

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French...


by Stella E Brooks

The word “unbelievable” defines the life of Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley. As a testament to grit, determination and faith, Dr. Moseley’s life exemplifies the good that can come from facing and surviving...

Narrative of the Life of J. D. Green: A Runaway Slave From Kentucky

by Jacob D. Green

"Narrative of the Life of J. D. Green" is one of the "lost" voices and his story is one of the many that should be heard. Jacob in particular gave lectures at schools after he became free and gave light to a...

Narrative of the Life and Adventures of an American Slave, Henry Bibb

by Henry Bibb

"Narrative of the Life and Adventures of an American Slave" is a self-published autobiography by an American abolitionist and former slave, Henry Walton Bibb. His book is considered to be one of the best-known...

Uncle Tom's Story of His Life: An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson

by Josiah Henson

"Uncle Tom's Story of His Life" is a slave narrative written by Josiah Henson, who would later become famous for being the basis of the title character from Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The...

Twenty-Two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

by Austin Steward

"Twenty-Two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman" is a slave narrative, detailing Austin Steward's early life of enslavement and escape, as well as his years of freedom and work at Wilber force Colony. Austin...