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  • Witness Of Combines

    Witness Of Combines

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kent Meyers
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (1998, Aug 15th).
    Pages:   

    The author reminisces about growing up on a 200-acre farm in the southern Minnesota prairie during the 1960s and 1970s, depicting a youth filled with curiosity and fascination about his world. more

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  • Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

    Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kevin Henkes
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2013, Oct 8th).
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    Inspired by a true account, here is the compelling story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad —and eventually makes her way home to Africa.When a drought hits her homeland in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold as a pawn by her father in exchange for rice. But before she can work off her debt, an unthinkable chain of events unfolds: a capture by slave traders; weeks in a dark and airless hold; a landing in Cuba, where she and three other children are sold and taken aboard the Amistad; a mutiny aboard ship; a trial in New Haven that eventually goes all the way to the Supreme Court and is argued in the Africans’ favor by John Quincy Adams. Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child — from seeing mirrors for the first time and struggling with laughably complicated clothing to longing for family and a home she never forgets. more

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  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rush Limbaugh
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    Publisher:   Threshold Editions (2013, Oct 29th).
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    MEET RUSH LIMBAUGH’S REALLY GOOD PAL, RUSH REVERE! Okay, okay, my name’s really Rusty—but my friends call me Rush. Rush Revere. Because I’ve always been the #1 fan of the coolest colonial dude ever, Paul Revere. Talk about a rock star—this guy wanted to protect young America so badly, he rode through those bumpy, cobblestone-y streets shouting “the British are coming!” On a horse. Top of his lungs. Wind blowing, rain streaming. . . . Well, you get the picture. But what if you could get the real picture—by actually going back in time and seeing with your own eyes how our great country came to be? Meeting the people who made it all happen—people like you and me? Hold on to your pointy triangle hats, because you can—with me, Rush Revere, seemingly ordinary substitute history teacher, as your tour guide across time! “How?” you ask? Well, there’s this portal. more

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  • The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living

    The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Fritjof Capra
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Anchor (2004, Jan 6th).
    Pages:   320


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  • America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since the Cold War

    America's Failing Empire: U.S. Foreign Relations Since the Cold War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Warren I. Cohen
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (2005, Sep 2nd).
    Pages:   216


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  • Isaac's Storm : A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

    Isaac's Storm : A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erik Larson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Crown; 1st edition (1999, Aug 24th).
    Pages:   336

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. more

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  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ishmael Beah
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2007, Feb 13th).
    Pages:   240

    My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life."Why did you leave Sierra Leone?""Because there is a war.""You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?""Yes, all the time.""Cool."I smile a little."You should tell us about it sometime.""Yes, sometime."This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. more

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  • Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

    Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Neufeld
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Vintage; Reprint edition (2008, Nov 11th).
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    Michael J. Neufeld, curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of Wernher von Braun. Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal, he was a man of profound moral complexities, whose intelligence and charisma were coupled with an enormous and, some would say, blinding ambition. Based on new sources, Neufeld's biography delivers a meticulously researched and authoritative portrait of the creator of the V-2 rocket and his times, detailing how he was a man caught between morality and progress, between his dreams of the heavens and the earthbound realities of his life. more

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  • Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio

    Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Floyd Cooper
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Carolrhoda Books (2013, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   32

    In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to test a hot prospect named Joe DiMaggio to see if he was ready for the big leagues. They knew just the ballplayer to call Satchel Paige, the best pitcher anywhere, black or white. For the game, Paige joined a group of amateur African American players, and they faced off against a team of white major leaguers plus young DiMaggio. The odds were stacked against the less-experienced black team. But Paige's skillful batting and amazing pitching with his "trouble ball" and "bat dodger" kept the game close. Would the rookie DiMaggio prove himself as major league player? Or would Paige once again prove his greatness and the injustice of segregated baseball? more

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  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ari Shavit
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Spiegel & Grau (2013, Nov 19th).
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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMISTWinner of the Natan Book Award • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winner, Nonfiction • National Jewish Book Award Winner: the Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award in HistoryAn authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today   Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. more

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