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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Barbara Winslow
Publisher: Westview Press (2013, Nov 26th).
<DIV>An accessible and engaging look into the trailblazing life of Shirley Chisholm and her lifelong advocacy for fair treatment, access to education, and equal pay for all American minority groups.</div> moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Husain Haqqani
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (2013, Dec 9th).
Publishers Weekly10/07/2013 On December 27, 2007, a suicide bomber fired three shots at Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, at an election rally in Rawalpindi before detonating explosives. Based on his year-long inquiry into Bhutto's assassination, U.N. assistant secretary general Muñoz (The Dictator's Shadow) offers a well-researched account of Pakistan's politics and the difficulties his commission faced during the investigation. To contextualize Bhutto's assassination, Muñoz explores Pakistan's turbulent history, including other unsolved political assassinations; the dominance of the military and intelligence services; the country's longstanding, often acrimonious alliance with the U.S.; rivalries in the charismatic Bhutto family; General Musharraf and Bhutto's mutual antipathy; and the rise of the Taliban and global terrorism. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jan CullinaneMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2013, Oct 16th).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: James Buchan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Sep 10th).
The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran was one of the seminal events of our time. It inaugurated more than thirty years of war in the Middle East and fostered an Islamic radicalism that shapes foreign policy in the United States and Europe to this day. Drawing on his lifetime of engagement with Iran, James Buchan explains the history that gave rise to the Revolution, in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters displaced the Shah with little difficulty. Mystifyingly to outsiders, the people of Iran turned their backs on a successful Westernized government for an amateurish religious regime. Buchan dispels myths about the Iranian Revolution and instead assesses the historical forces to which it responded. He puts the extremism of the Islamic regime in perspective: a truly radical revolution, it can be compared to the French or Russian Revolutions. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Julian Cox
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (2013, Apr 18th).
Controversy and Hope commemorates the civil rights legacy of James Karales (1930-2002), a professional photojournalist who documented the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights with a dedication and vision that led the New York Times to deem his work "a pictorial anthem of the civil rights movement." Equipped with ambition and a B.F.A. in photography from Ohio University in 1955, Karales headed to New York and found work as a darkroom assistant to master photographer W. Eugene Smith. Karales's earliest photo-essays had already come to the attention of Edward Steichen, curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which acquired two of Karales's photographs from his series on the Greek American community of Canton, Ohio. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Thom Hartmann
Publisher: Twelve (2013, Oct 1st).
The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before-including during the Great Depression and the Civil War-because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play. In THE CRASH OF 2016, Thom Hartmann argues that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sara Wheeler
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013, Sep 24th).
In O My America!, the travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler embarks on a journey across the United States, guided by the adventures of six women who reinvented themselves as they chased the frontier west.Wheeler’s career has propelled her from pole to pole—camping in Arctic igloos, tracking Indian elephants, contemplating East African swamps so hot that toads explode—but as she stared down the uncharted territory of middle age, she found herself in need of a guide. “Fifty is a tough age,” she writes. “Role models are scarce for women contemplating a second act.” Scarce, that is, until she stumbled upon Fanny Trollope.In 1827, Fanny, mother of Anthony, swapped England for Ohio with hopes of bolstering the family finances. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jennifer Worth
Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (2013, Jan 22nd).
The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the MidwifeWhen twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane's spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jonathan Allen
Publisher: Crown (2014, Feb 18th).
The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circleHillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history. The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daniel T. Rodgers
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition (2014, Feb 4th).
Publishers Weekly11/25/2013 As James Meredith walked along Highway 51 on day two of the titular June 1966 march, a white Mississippian named Aubrey Norvell shot him three times. Initial news reports erroneously declared Meredith's wounds fatal. Less than two months earlier, President Lyndon Johnson had submitted a new civil rights bill to Congress, and in early June he sponsored the White House Conference on Civil Rights. There, Meredith, an African-American Air Force veteran who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, announced his plan to walk on his own, unaffiliated with any particular organization, from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., to call attention to the pervasive fears of discrimination and racially motivated violence against African-Americans and to the continuing need for voter registration. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability