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Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1997

by Sam Tanenhaus

Whittaker Chambers is the first biography of this complex and enigmatic figure. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on materials from forty archives in the United States and abroad--including still-classified...


The Vacant Seat

by Branislav Jaksic

Branislav Jaksic almost didn't make it into this world, and when he did arrive, his alcoholic father disowned him and his uncle said he was "ugly." Born in communist Yugoslavia in 1938, Branislav had a rough...


Jerry Goldsmith. Music Scoring for American Movies

by Mauricio Dupuis

This essay represents the first organic study about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), emblematic American film composer in the second half of the 20th century. Goldsmith was also a brilliant conductor. He conducted...


V. L. Parrington: Through the Avenue of Art

by H Lark Hall

"Consciously I was neither radical nor conservative, and yet my reading was drawing me inevitably out of the narrower field of polite literature into the new world of social thought that was rising about me....


Blood, Sweat, & Bears: Putting a "dent" in the Game I Love

by Richard Dent & Fred Mitchell

Richard Dent, a cornerstone of the Bears' overwhelming defense during their Super Bowl run, and a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was an 8th-round draft pick out of tiny Tennessee State in...


Rashi

by Elie Wiesel & Catherine Temerson

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

From Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, comes a magical book that introduces us to the towering figure of Rashi—Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki—the great biblical and...


The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

by Samuel Heilman & Menachem Friedman

From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson--revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe--built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism...


Going to the Dogs

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

by Howard Zinn

Beacon Press is proud to publish a new edition of the classic memoir by one of our most lively, influential, and engaged teachers and activists. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States,...


Written Lives

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

An affectionate and very funny gallery of twenty great world authors from the pen of "the most subtle and gifted writer in contemporary Spanish literature" (The Boston Globe).In addition to his own busy career...


Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

by Geoffrey Canada & Jamar Nicholas

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

 

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack...


Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

by David Roberts

“An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian...


Barney Ross: The Life of a Jewish Fighter

by Douglas Century

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Born Dov-Ber Rasofsky to Eastern European immigrant parents, Barney Ross grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood and witnessed his father’s murder, his mother’s nervous...


The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight

by J.B. Staniforth

The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight charts the rise and gentle fall of Canada's greatest band. Unwilling to bow to industry demands, the Deadly Snakes instead made records they were proud of and played...


Scars Don't Hurt: A Story of Triumph Over Sexual Abuse

by Blake Davidson

Based on the author’s compelling true story of being freed from years of sexual abuse by her brother and forgiving him, Scars Don’


From New Age To New Life: A Passage from Darkness to the Light of Christ

by Sandra Clifton

For those who love a good-triumphs-over-evil storyline, From New Age to New Life is the perfect read. Author Sandra Clifton tells the heartwarming story of her victory over the seductive grip of Satan’s occults...


Lois Marshall: A Biography

by James Neufeld

Soprano Lois Marshall (1925-1997) became a household name across Canada during her 34-year career. This first-ever biography recounts her dazzling career and paints an intimate portrait of the woman, her childhood...


Dancing Naked in the Mind Field

by Kary Mullis

Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world's most eccentric Nobel-Prize winning scientist. Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and...


American Heroines

by Kay Bailey Hutchison

As long as there has been an America, the indomitable spirit of American women has shaped both the country's history and society. Regardless of the time and place these women were born each excelled in her respective...


Avoid the Void: A Struggle for Decency: A Journey from a Soviet Asylum to Paradise Forgotten

by Gunnar Gjengset

Avoid the Void demonstrates why and how you can master the void that accompanies your decision to control the drinking that is about to take over your life. You'll find an interesting story that is meant to...