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Booknotes Life Stories
Brian Lamb
0812933397
June 2000
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Book Review
It wouldn't be entirely unfair--or necessarily a criticism--to call this anthology "Biography Lite." Not that the authors or protagonists of the 85 books it covers are by any stretch of the imagination lightweights. Such distinguished scholars as David Herbert Donald and Nell Irwin Painter share space with respected popular historians like David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin; those profiled include no fewer than 23 American presidents (from George Washington to Bill Clinton), such intellectual heavyweights as Albert Einstein, and capitalist titans on the order of John D. Rockefeller. Since the material is drawn from interviews the writers gave on the popular C-SPAN series Booknotes, however, it unsurprisingly tends to be "brief and anecdotal," as Lamb (the show's host) puts it in his introduction. Still, the anecdotes...


Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Adam Hochschild
0618619070
February 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
"Men from England bought and sold me,/ Paid my price in paltry gold;/ But, though theirs they have enroll'd me,/ Minds are never to be sold." So went "The Negro's Complaint" by noted 18th-century poet William Cowper—written, says Hochschild, as an op-ed piece would be today, to spread the message of England's fledgling movement to abolish the slave trade. Hochschild, whose last book, King Leopold's Ghost, was a stunning account of the ravages perpetrated by Belgium on the Congo, turns to a more edifying but no less amazing tale: the rich, complex history of a movement that began with just 12 angry men meeting in a printer's shop in London in 1787 and, within a century, had led to the virtual disappearance of slavery.The men who met in James Phillips's print shop included Quakers, Evangelical Anglicans and a...


Malcolm X
Jack Rummel
0791083365
Jan 2005
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Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Adam Hochschild
0618104690
January 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
"Men from England bought and sold me,/ Paid my price in paltry gold;/ But, though theirs they have enroll'd me,/ Minds are never to be sold." So went "The Negro's Complaint" by noted 18th-century poet William Cowper—written, says Hochschild, as an op-ed piece would be today, to spread the message of England's fledgling movement to abolish the slave trade. Hochschild, whose last book, King Leopold's Ghost, was a stunning account of the ravages perpetrated by Belgium on the Congo, turns to a more edifying but no less amazing tale: the rich, complex history of a movement that began with just 12 angry men meeting in a printer's shop in London in 1787 and, within a century, had led to the virtual disappearance of slavery.The men who met in James Phillips's print shop included Quakers, Evangelical Anglicans and a...


Crispus Attucks
Dharathula H. Millender
0020418108
Oct 1986
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Card catalog description
Focuses on the youth of the Massachusetts slave who, after joining the colonial patriots in their struggle for freedom, was the first man to die in the American Revolution.


Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture Series)
Barbara Ransby
0807827789
April 2003
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Library Journal
"Ransby's is a remarkable biography worthy of her remarkable subject."

Review
"[Ransby's] passionate and demanding book offers a striking, thorough exposition of Baker's expansive, radical, humanist vision. (Chicago Tribune)"
Ensures that all who wish to know about Baker's tireless work can find a detailed account in one volume. (Black Issues Book Review)
Moving and invaluable. (The Nation)
"An] excellent biograph[y] based on extensive research into manuscript collections, personal interviews, and secondary sources. . . . [A] significant biograph[y] of [a] significant wom[an]. . . . Show[s] what strong, dedicated women could do for social change during decades when women weren't supposed to do anything but support their husbands and care...


Booker T. Washington
Louis R. Harlan
0195019156
Feb 1975
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Book Description
This book begins in 1901, when Booker T. Washington at the age of forty-five was approaching the zenith of his fame and influence, and ends with his death in 1915. It is a biographical study in the sense that its focus is on the complex, enigmatic figure of Washington, the most powerful black minority-group boss of his time.


Famous People of Mexico
Roger E. Hernandez (Editor)
1590840763
March 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Profiles notable Mexican leaders, conquerors, soldiers, revolutionaries, politicians, intellectuals, artists, writers, and women.


Black Leaders of the Nineteenth Century
Leon F. Litwack
0252062132
Apr 1991
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From Library Journal
Another volume in an excellent series, this complements Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century ( LJ 4/1/82). Seventeen authors have contributed 16 unfootnoted essays (one is coauthored) on important American black leaders. Among the notable pieces are Peter Wood's on Nat Turner, Benjamin Quarles's on Harriet Tubman, Waldo Martin's on Frederick Douglass, and George Wright's on William Steward. Strongly recommended for most college and university libraries and others with black history collections. Joseph G. Dawson III, Texas A&M Univ., College StationCopyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Englishman's Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War One
Ben Macintyre
0385336799
February 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Innumerable soldiers were stranded behind enemy lines in World War I some injured, some lost, some sole survivors of decimated regiments. Macintyre (The Napoleon of Crime) has uncovered the story of a small band of English soldiers who, in 1914, were found and sheltered by the peasants of Villeret, a small French village near the Somme River. When the German occupiers became more intrusive in local life, billeting their troops in private homes and confiscating supplies, the French took a more collective approach to hiding the Brits sharing their food and housing among a network of families. One soldier was hidden in an armoire, another dressed as a girl; somehow, most did their best and eventually passed themselves off as locals. Private Robert Digby, the hero of this tale, blended in so successfully "It's almost...


Notable Men and Women of Spanish Texas
Donald E. Chipman
0292712189
Jan 1999
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Book Description
The Spanish colonial era in Texas (1528-1821) continues to emerge from the shadowy past with every new archaeological and historical discovery. In this book, years of archival sleuthing by Donald E. Chipman and Harriett Denise Joseph now reveal the real human beings behind the legendary figures who discovered, explored, and settled Spanish Texas. By combining dramatic, real-life incidents, biographical sketches, and historical background, the authors bring to life these famous (and sometimes infamous) men of Spanish Texas: ∑ Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca ∑ Alonso de León ∑ Francisco Hidalgo ∑ Louis Juchereau de St. Denis ∑ Antonio Margil ∑ The Marqués de Aguayo ∑ Pedro de Rivera ∑ Felipe de Rábago ∑ José de Escandón ∑ Athanase...


Turning Points: Stories of People Who Made a Difference
Max L. Christensen
0664253571
January 1993
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Transcending the Talented Tenth
Joy James
0415917638
Oct 1996
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From Library Journal
James is an African American intellectual who has written on U.S. foreign policy and the politics of state violence (Resisting State Violence, LJ 9/1/96). Her latest book examines the historic role of intellectual leadership in the black community, with special reference to the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ella Baker, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, and Cornell West. Her primary interest is in challenging the elitism and self-absorption of academic intellectuals and in recovering the work of "nonelite" community activists who have contributed to public life through their journalism, polemics, and public speaking. Despite her sharp critique of liberal academics, her conception of the relationship of black intellectuals to movements for social justice is ultimately hopeful, noting that black progressive intellectuals "shape...


In Tribute: Eulogies of Famous People
Ted Tobias
0810835371
January 1999
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Book Description
Collects eulogies given in memoriam of influential men and women of the twentieth century, including John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Cesar Chavez, and others.

About the Author
Ted Tobias resides in Beverly Hills, California, with his wife of 39 years, Tamar, and adult daughter and son.

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Thurgood Marshall
Wil Mara
0531120589
Mar 2004
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American Men and Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological and Related Sciences (8 Volume Set)
Pamela M. Kalte (Editor)
0787673927
December 2004
Hardcover
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Cesar Chavez
David Seidman
0531123197
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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The Englishman's Daughter: A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War One
Ben Macintyre
0374129851
January 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Innumerable soldiers were stranded behind enemy lines in World War I some injured, some lost, some sole survivors of decimated regiments. Macintyre (The Napoleon of Crime) has uncovered the story of a small band of English soldiers who, in 1914, were found and sheltered by the peasants of Villeret, a small French village near the Somme River. When the German occupiers became more intrusive in local life, billeting their troops in private homes and confiscating supplies, the French took a more collective approach to hiding the Brits sharing their food and housing among a network of families. One soldier was hidden in an armoire, another dressed as a girl; somehow, most did their best and eventually passed themselves off as locals. Private Robert Digby, the hero of this tale, blended in so successfully "It's almost...


The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Encounters in the South Seas
Anne Salmond
0300100922
August 2003
Hardcover
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Sitting Bull
Catherine Iannone
0613295102
Mar 1999
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Discusses the life the Hunkpapa chief who is remembered for his defeat of General Custer at Little Big Horn and provides a history of the Lakota Indians who were his people. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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