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My Colombian War

by Silvana Paternostro

A timely, evocative account of a reporter's reckoning with her homeland's volatile past Growing up in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana Paternostro indulged in the typical concerns of a privileged...


Giap

by James A. Warren

General Vo Nguyen Giap was the commander in chief of the communist armed forces during two of his country's most difficult conflicts—the first against Vietnam’s colonial masters, the French, and the second...


Franco

by Gabrielle Ashford Hodges

General Francisco Franco came to prominence during the days of David Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson and was able to cling to absolute political power until his death in 1975. Over his fifty-year career, he...


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon

“Welcome to Rockwell Land,” writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself....


Wife of the Life of the Party: A Memoir

by Lita Grey Chaplin & Jeffrey Vance

The memoir of the late Lita Grey Chaplin (1908-1995), the only one of Chaplin's wives to have written an account of life with Chaplin. Her memoir is an extraordinary Hollywood story of someone who was there...


The Marsh Arabs

by Wilfred Thesiger & Jon Lee Anderson

During the years he spent among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq-long before they were almost completely wiped out by Saddam Hussein-Wilfred Thesiger came to understand, admire, and share a way of life that...


Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

by Sarah Turnbull

The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure--and the love of her life--in Paris. "This isn't like me. I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly...


C.D. Jackson: Cold War Propagandist for Democracy and Globalism

by John Allen Stern

This book is a study of U.S. propaganda strategy and some of its major proponents during the seminal Cold War period of the 1950s, including Dwight Eisenhower and C.D. Jackson, his chief adviser for psychological...


Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis

by Mark J. White

The causes and consequences of the 1962 crisis as well as a day-by-day narrative of the confrontation, based on up-to-date scholarship and newly released documents. American Ways Series.


When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963

by Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer & George Phenix

The minutes, hours, and days after JFK was shot on November 22, 1963, provided no ready answers. For millions of Americans transfixed by the incomparable breaking news, television—for the first time—emerged...


You Only Want Me for My Mind and Other Bedtime Stories

by John Rynn & John Corrigan

'You Only Want Me For My Mind' reveals a quirky boy born not only with cerebral palsy but with an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles and mobilise people. From a controlling and oppressive background, we watch...


Sawdust... When the dust has settled

by Deborah Kay & Barry Levy

Sexual abuse of children is all too common in society today. Media reports focus on the crime and its consequences without offering constructive advice on how victims can come to terms with their past and transcend...


Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One

by Ellen Stimson

After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont—its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming—Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis:...


Johnny Cash: The Life

by Robert Hilburn

The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone

In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn...


Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

by Peter Baker

In Days of Fire, Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force...


Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

by The Countess Of Carnarvon

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous...


Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power

by Kevin Peraino

A captivating look at how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents—and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power.

 

This is the story of one of the most breathtaking...


In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

by Kim Barnes

Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short...


Fields of Grace: Faith, Friendship, and the Day I Nearly Lost Everything

by Hannah Luce & Robin Gaby Fisher

In this remarkable tale of hope and survival, Hannah Luce tells how, as the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash, she came to grips with her faith: “a calamitous, fascinating memoir, written with surprising...


Before the Year Dot

by June Brown

At sixteen I was very interested in palmistry. The fate line on my right palm had a distinct break at the age of thirty.

It broke into two parts that ran for a quarter of an inch on parallel tracks. I used to...