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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lily Koppel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (2013, Jun 11th).
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Boris Johnson
Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition (2013, May 7th).
The exhilarating story of how London came to be one of the most exciting and influential places on earth—from the city’s colorful, witty, and well-known mayor. Once a swampland that the Romans could hardly be bothered to conquer, over the centuries London became an incomparably vibrant metropolis that has produced a steady stream of ingenious, original, and outsized figures who have shaped the world we know. Boris Johnson, the internationally beloved mayor of London, is the best possible guide to these colorful characters and the history in which they played such lively roles. Erudite and entertaining, he narrates the story of London as a kind of relay race. Beginning with the days when “a bunch of pushy Italian immigrants” created Londinium, he passes the torch on down through the famous and the infamous, the brilliant and the bizarre—from Hadrian to Samuel Johnson to Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones—illuminating with unforgettable clarity the era each inhabited. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Cynthia Hurn
Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 Reprint edition (2012, Nov 6th).
How the love of a stray dog or cat rescued in the combat zone helps U.S. troops deal with thetrauma of war, and how one woman risks everything to bring these soldiers’ buddies home. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daniel Bukszpan
Publisher: Udon Entertainment (2013, Apr 9th).
Behold the Power of Rock! The Art of Brutal Legend is the monumental collection of metal-themed paintings, drawings, and sketches from the creative talents of Tim Schafer and the Double Fine Art Team. Lavishly reproduced artwork is complemented by candid commentary about the vision, inspirations, and black-magic artistry used to bring this fiendish nightmare to life. With more than 600 pieces of concept art and the complete illustrated lore of the game, The Art of Brutal Legend will melt your face with its sheer awesomeness! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kenneth W. Porter
Publisher: University Press of Florida (2013, May 21st).
“A powerful and stirring story.”—San Antonio Express-News “An epic tale of desperate, unwitting fugitives who would—without exaggeration—defeat armed forces both white and Indian, make possible settlement of the West, earn the country’s highest military honors, and have nothing to show for it.”—Miami Herald “This fascinating story chronicles the lives of fugitive slaves who aligned themselves with Seminole Indians in Florida beginning in the early 1800s, fought with them in the Second Seminole War, and were removed, along with them to Indian Territory, where they struggled to remain free. To prevent reenslavement, their remarkable leader, John Horse, led much of the group to Mexico. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Thomas Sowell
Publisher: Basic Books (2013, Mar 12th).
Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense of one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The views of individual intellectuals have spanned the spectrum, but the views of intellectuals as a whole have tended to cluster. Indeed, these views have clustered at one end of the spectrum in the early twentieth century and then clustered at the opposite end of the spectrum in the late twentieth century. Moreover, these radically different views of race in these two eras were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were very similar in both eras.Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, economic and statistical evidence-- all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially intellectuals at the highest levels. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Revised edition (2013, Jun 4th).
Those preparing for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) enlistment exam, used by all branches of the U.S. military, will find all they need to know in this valuable manual.Kaplan’s ASVAB, Tenth Edition prepares students by offering detailed information about the test and reviewing the different subjects a recruit needs to know; including Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, and more. In addition to determining enlistment eligibility, ASVAB scores are combined into composites and used to assign new recruits into military occupations (e.g., mechanical, electronics, or administrative jobs).Kaplan ASVAB includes:* 3 full-length ASVAB practice tests with detailed answer explanations* An overview of important key math concepts* An extensive list of key vocabulary words* Effective test taking strategies for the computer–adaptive ASVAB* Content review for each of the subjects covered on the ASVAB testKaplan ASVAB is an invaluable study tool for both students interested in the military and high school guidance counselors determining the occupational aptitudes of students. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Robert Kuttner
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Knopf (2013, Apr 30th).
One of our foremost economic thinkers challenges a cherished tenet of today’s financial orthodoxy: that spending less, refusing to forgive debt, and shrinking government—“austerity”—is the solution to a persisting economic crisis like ours or Europe’s, now in its fifth year. Since the collapse of September 2008, the conversation about economic recovery has centered on the question of debt: whether we have too much of it, whose debt to forgive, and how to cut the deficit. These questions dominated the sound bites of the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the fiscal-cliff debates, and the perverse policies of the European Union. Robert Kuttner makes the most powerful argument to date that these are the wrong questions and that austerity is the wrong answer. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Chris Kyle
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: William Morrow (2013, May 14th).
Chris Kyle—fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper—reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history.At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing one of the most exciting missions of his life: a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully shows how guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often underappreciated role in our national story."Perhaps more than any other nation in the world," Kyle writes, "the history of the United States has been shaped by the gun. Firearms secured the first Europeans' hold on the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, kept law and order, and defeated tyranny across the world. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age AmericaAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: James Green
Publisher: Anchor (2007, Mar 13th).
On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a Chicago labor rally, wounding dozens of policemen, seven of whom eventually died. A wave of mass hysteria swept the country, leading to a sensational trial, that culminated in four controversial executions, and dealt a blow to the labor movement from which it would take decades to recover. Historian James Green recounts the rise of the first great labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and brings to life an epic twenty-year struggle for the eight-hour workday. Blending a gripping narrative, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability