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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Phyllis Chesler
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2013, Oct 1st).
Few westerners will ever be able to understand Muslim or Afghan society unless they are part of a Muslim family. Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl from Brooklyn, embarked on an adventure that has lasted for more than a half-century. In 1961, when she arrived in Kabul with her Afghan bridegroom, authorities took away her American passport. Chesler was now the property of her husband’s family and had no rights of citizenship. Back in Afghanistan, her husband, a wealthy, westernized foreign college student with dreams of reforming his country, reverted to traditional and tribal customs. Chesler found herself unexpectedly trapped in a posh polygamous family, with no chance of escape. She fought against her seclusion and lack of freedom, her Afghan family’s attempts to convert her from Judaism to Islam, and her husband’s wish to permanently tie her to the country through childbirth. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Wendy Lower
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013, Oct 8th).
Wendy Lower’s stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. The long-held picture of German women holding down the home front during the war, as loyal wives and cheerleaders for the Führer, pales in comparison to Lower’s incisive case for the massive complicity, and worse, of the 500,000 young German women she places, for the first time, directly in the killing fields of the expanding Reich.Hitler’s Furies builds a fascinating and convincing picture of a morally “lost generation” of young women, born into a defeated, tumultuous post–World War I Germany, and then swept up in the nationalistic fervor of the Nazi movement—a twisted political awakening that turned to genocide. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kevin Peraino
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Crown (2013, Oct 29th).
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 feats in the annals of American foreign policy—performed by one of the most unlikely figures. Abraham Lincoln is not often remembered as a great foreign-policy president. He had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages. And yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to stare down the Continent’s great powers—deftly avoiding European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In the process, the United States emerged as a world power in its own right. Engaging, insightful, and highly original, Lincoln in the World is a tale set at the intersection of personal character and national power. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was ThereAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Sgt. Morgan Jones
Publisher: Threshold Editions (2013, Sep 10th).
September 11, 2012: Hundreds of fanatics from Al Qaeda’s Shariah Brigade descend on the American Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, in a meticulously timed, flawlessly staged nighttime assault that resulted in the brutal murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. In its sheer audacity alone, the attack was a shattering pronouncement that America’s enemies will take every opportunity to spill innocent blood for their cause. But why was the Embassy such a vulnerable target? Who was responsible for safeguarding the ambassador and why couldn’t they come to his aid? How could the terrorists’ plan be allowed to succeed in an era when our foreign agencies should be more protected than ever before? While fundamental questions like these have gone unanswered by the Obama administration, the outrage of so many Americans at Ambassador Stevens’s death has only deepened in the year since the Benghazi siege. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Piers Morgan
Publisher: Gallery Books (2013, Oct 15th).
As host of the CNN show Piers Morgan Live, Piers Morgan has come a long way from his days as a British tabloid editor and judge on America’s Got Talent. Love him or hate him, it’s undeniable that Morgan is one of the most talked-about, controversial figures in the media today. From gun control and gay marriage to religion and pop icons, he tackles the hot-button topics head on. In Shooting Straight, he discusses candidly his refusal to bend to public pressure or political correctness, from his childhood in England to his career as a tabloid editor to his meteoric rise to fame in the United States. Offering an inside view of the real-time drama behind covering huge breaking news stories such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hurricane Sandy, and the massacre at Newtown, Morgan’s account is a riveting, no-holds-barred depiction of an adrenaline-fueled life anchoring a nightly news show in the world’s most ruthless, competitive, and pressurized media marketplace. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Vincent Bugliosi
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Movie Tie-In Edition edition (2013, Sep 23rd).
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times"[A] riveting, 'Rashomon'-like dissection of the assassination." Read More Show Less Product Details ISBN-13: 9780393347333 Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Publication date: 9/23/2013 Edition description: Movie Tie-In EditionPages: 688Sales rank: 59490Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d) Related Subjects United States History - 20th Century - General & Miscellaneous United States History - 20th Century - 1945 to 2000 True Crime Meet the Author Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Alain de Botton
Publisher: Phaidon Press (2013, Oct 14th).
What is art's purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and - above all else - therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusions of everyday life. Chapters on Love, Nature, Money, and Politics outline how art can help with these common difficulties - for example, Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter helps us focus on what we want to be loved for; Serra's Fernando Pessoa reminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; and Manet's Bunch of Asparagus teaches us how to preserve and value our long-term partners. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability