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Notable Women in American History
Lynda G. Adamson
0313295840
Aug 1999
Hardcover
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CHOICE
"Recommended for academic reference collections and larger public libraries."

Review
“Recommended for academic reference collections and larger public libraries.”–Choice
“Like the companion volume, this work deserves a place on the shelves even with the large number of biographical sources that are now available on women. It would be useful in collection development and for answering biographical queries and is an important acquisition for high-school, public, and academic libraries.”–Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
“This resource is an excellent place for students to begin an organized information search. With clear writing and competent editing, the format and selection criteria make this title an easy-to-use and helpful biographical...


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
James L. Swanson
0060518499
February 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Greatest Manhunt in American History For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit. Get a taste of the daily drama from this timeline of the desperate search.

April 14, 1865 Around noon, Booth learns that Lincoln is coming to Ford's Theatre that night. He has eight hours to prepare his plan.
10:15 pm: Booth shoots the president, leaps to the stage, and escapes on a waiting horse.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders the manhunt to begin. April 15 About 4:00 am: Booth seeks treatment for a broken leg at Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm near Beantown, Maryland. Cavalry patrol heads south toward Mudd farm.
Confederate operative...



Notable Women in World History
Lynda G. Adamson
0313298181
Feb 1998
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The original plan for this work was to select 500 important women in history and the five best biographies on each published in English since 1970. The author discovered that only 250 women had three or more biographies in English and 150 had two. The remainder had only one biographical source. The four main criteria for inclusion became being born outside the U.S., making an important contribution, having at least one book-length biographical source, and listing of that source in the Library of Congress catalog.The entries are arranged alphabetically by last name with appropriate cross-references for alternative designations. Each contains the woman's name, key dates, occupation or avocation, and birthplace. A short biographical sketch about parents, education, general achievement, and recognition or awards follows....


Night
Elie Wiesel
0374500010
January 2006
Paperback
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Amazon.com
In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.

The New York Times
"A slim volume of terrifying power"

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History Makers
Myra Zarnowski
032500434X
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Zarnowskis practical text focuses on a questioning approach to teaching history. Rather than merely memorizing facts, students engage in historical sense making using the biography as an entryway into the larger issues of history.

About the Author
MYRA ZARNOWSKI is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York, where she teaches courses in literacy, childrens literature, and social studies. A former classroom teacher, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels. She is particularly interested in making history a vibrant subject for teachers and children.


The Jesus Papers : Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
Michael Baigent
0060827130
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description

What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent reveals the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion. Despite -- or rather because of -- all the celebration and veneration that have surrounded the figure of Jesus for centuries, Baigent asserts that Jesus and the circumstances leading to his death have been heavily mythologized.

As a religious historian and a leading expert in the field of arcane knowledge, Baigent has unequaled access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients. Using that access to full advantage, Baigent explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, examining not only the conflicts between the Romans and the Jews,...



Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
0684824906
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do. Though she can't help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln's leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln's political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860: William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. These men, all accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at...


American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Kevin Phillips
067003486X
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The title of political analyst Phillips's latest book may overstate his case (in the text, he prefers the term "theocratic direction"), but his analysis likely will strike chords among those troubled by our current political moment. Phillips (American Dynasty) expounds upon historical parallels for each of his three subjects. In his section on "Oil and American Supremacy," for example, he points to Britain's post-WWI involvement in the Middle East as an analogy to Iraq, and in his section on radicalized religion, he warns of "the pitfalls of imperial Christian overreach from Rome to Britain." The five major measures of U.S. debt—from national to household—keep setting records, he observes in his section on "Borrowed Prosperity," and the real estate boom spurred by the Federal Reserve, he argues,...


History of the Violoncello
Edmund Sebastian Joseph Van De Straeten
040413100X
Jan 1915
Hardcover
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American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird
0375726268
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
In American Prometheus, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin delve deep into J. Robert Oppenheimer's life and deliver a thorough and devastatingly sad biography of the man whose very name has come to represent the culmination of 20th century physics and the irrevocable soiling of science by governments eager to exploit its products. Rich in historical detail and personal narratives, the book paints a picture of Oppenheimer as both a controlling force and victim of the mechanisms of power.

By the time the story reaches Oppenheimer's fateful Manhattan Project work, readers have been swept along much as the project's young physicists were by fate and enormous pressure. The authors allow the scientists to speak for themselves about their reactions to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, avoiding any sort of preacherly tone...



Dramatizing 17th Century Family History of Deacon Stephen Hart & Other Early New England Settlers
Anne Hart
0595343457
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Here is a step-by-step guide to writing historical skits, plays, or monologues for all ages from true life stories, genealogy records, oral history, DNA-driven anthropology, social issues, current events, and personal history of early colonial era settlers. Put direct experience in a small package and launch it worldwide.

You could emphasize the early New England 17th century settlers and their diaries of family life, food, clothing, marriage, spirituality, customs, or significant life events, migrations, work, lifestyle, or turning points.

Write your life story or your ancestor’s or favorite historical person in short vignettes of 1,500 to 1,800 words. Write a longer novel or a short play for school audiences. Write a children’s book with illustrations.

Write a skit, a monologue, or a play based...



My Life in France
Julia Child
1400043468
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. With Julia Child's death in 2004 at age 91, her grandnephew Prud'homme (The Cell Game) completed this playful memoir of the famous chef's first, formative sojourn in France with her new husband, Paul Child, in 1949. The couple met during WWII in Ceylon, working for the OSS, and soon after moved to Paris, where Paul worked for the U.S. Information Service. Child describes herself as a "rather loud and unserious Californian," 36, six-foot-two and without a word of French, while Paul was 10 years older, an urbane, well-traveled Bostonian. Startled to find the French amenable and the food delicious, Child enrolled at the Cordon Bleu and toiled with increasing zeal under the rigorous tutelage of éminence grise Chef Bugnard. "Jackdaw Julie," as Paul called her, collected every manner of...


Islam Beyond Terrorists and Terrorism
PH. D. Iftekhar Mahmood
0761822755
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
In Islam Beyond Terrorists and Terrorism, Dr. Iftekhar Mahmood provides readers with a brief introduction to the life and contributions of the most influential Muslims throughout history. Dr. Mahmood details the lives of various Muslim scholars, scientists, philosophers, writers, politicians, rulers, religious figures, and military commanders, in an effort to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims.


Sweet and Low : A Family Story
Rich Cohen
0374272298
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Rich Cohen's Sweet and Low bills itself as "the unauthorized true story of one Brooklyn family." And what a family. Cohen, the disinherited grandson of the artificial sweetener Sweet'N Low's inventor, combines two parts Horatio Alger memoir, one part cultural commentary, and three parts personal criticism into a fascinating snapshot of American life, the immigrant experience, and a broad sermon on the perils of fortune.

Cohen's maternal grandfather, Ben Eisenstadt, a mid-grade inventor and Brooklyn restaurateur concocts the idea of selling sugar in individual packets--a revolutionary concept in the age of crusty, unsanitary sugar dispensers. His idea stolen by the big sugar companies, Cohen squeaks out a post-war living selling his packets in their shadow until he and his son Marvin invent the formula for the...



Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Immaculee Ilibagiza
1401908969
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis in the country. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days. This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza's experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated, including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires. Her account of the miracles that protected her is simple and vivid. Her Catholic faith shines through, but the book will...


The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Candice Millard
0385507968
October 18, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a gripping account, Millard focuses on an episode in Teddy Roosevelt's search for adventure that nearly came to a disastrous end. A year after Roosevelt lost a third-party bid for the White House in 1912, he decided to chase away his blues by accepting an invitation for a South American trip that quickly evolved into an ill-prepared journey down an unexplored tributary of the Amazon known as the River of Doubt. The small group, including T.R.'s son Kermit, was hampered by the failure to pack enough supplies and the absence of canoes sturdy enough for the river's rapids. An injury Roosevelt sustained became infected with flesh-eating bacteria and left the ex-president so weak that, at his lowest moment, he told Kermit to leave him to die in the rainforest. Millard, a former staff writer for National Geographic, nails the...



The Cold War Reference Guide
Richard Alan Schwartz
0786401737
Dec 1996
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up. A thorough reference book that provides a detailed overview of this period. Twelve chapters summarize 7 periods of cold war history and important issues of the times. These chapters range from America's relationship with the USSR after World War II to the implications of the atom bomb to the effects of McCarthyism. Each chapter is concise, 3-to-10 pages long, and clearly written. Chronologies highlight specific events during the time periods covered and superpower leadership during the cold war. The last section offers alphabetically arranged biographies of important individuals of the era: diplomats and policy makers such as George Kennan, controversial figures such as Alger Hiss, and superpower leaders from Ronald Reagan to Mao Zedong.?Lawrence Kapture, New York Public LibraryCopyright 1997...


Man in the Shadows : Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad
Efraim Halevy
031233771X
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Never mind the dramatic title and jacket: readers expecting fireworks from the former head of the Israeli secret service will be disappointed. Written with the dispassion of an intelligence report, Halevy's memoir turns out to be a 20-year political history that includes much secret maneuvering but little skullduggery. Born in London in 1934, Halevy joined the Mossad in 1961 and quickly moved up to become a deputy division chief. His book opens in 1988-89, when the end of the Iran-Iraq war and the invasion of Kuwait suddenly changed the terms of Mideastern politics. The U.S. increased pressure on Israel to settle its Palestinian problem, and the first intifada heated up. Diplomatic progress was glacial; most of it involved careful political negotiations, dully detailed. The text perks up when Halevy becomes head...


Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
H. R. McMaster
0060929081
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war. McMaster stresses two elements in his...


And the Skipper Bats Cleanup
Fred Stein
0786412283
Jan 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The player-manager has gone the way of the inexpensive baseball ticket, but in former times players with plenty of smarts and leadership skill often filled a key dual role. In each of this book's 19 chapters, Stein (Mel Ott: The Little Giant of Baseball) describes a couple of such leaders, including John McGraw, Bill Terry, Mickey Cochrane, and Lou Boudreau. This informed, insightful study would best suit the real student of the sport. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
At least as far back as 1842 through about the late 1930s and mid–1940s, before baseball became commercialized and teams were able to hire one man to manage the entire team, it was not uncommon for one person to fill the roles of player and manager simultaneously....


Becoming Myself : Reflections on Growing Up Female
Willa Shalit
1401301398
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sculptor and Vagina Monologues producer Shalit asked a group of celebrities and writers to recall a significant memory of growing up female. The result is an uneven collection of 67 short pieces, with unfocused or perfunctory contributions by such notables as J.K. Rowling, Kate Winslet, Vanessa Williams, Brooke Shields and Janis Ian. A few of the pieces, such as those by Patti LaBelle, Rue McClanahan and Lily Tomlin are frustratingly short. Longer and more literary pieces by Joyce Carol Oates, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Tawni O'Dell stand out as moving, thought provoking and completely to the point. Oates writes about her disturbing experiences as a sexually naïve undergraduate in the late 1950s trying to navigate the chaotic rituals of a fraternity party at which her drunken female peers were taking sexual...


The Cold War Reference Guide
Richard Alan Schwartz
078642608X
Feb 2006
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up. A thorough reference book that provides a detailed overview of this period. Twelve chapters summarize 7 periods of cold war history and important issues of the times. These chapters range from America's relationship with the USSR after World War II to the implications of the atom bomb to the effects of McCarthyism. Each chapter is concise, 3-to-10 pages long, and clearly written. Chronologies highlight specific events during the time periods covered and superpower leadership during the cold war. The last section offers alphabetically arranged biographies of important individuals of the era: diplomats and policy makers such as George Kennan, controversial figures such as Alger Hiss, and superpower leaders from Ronald Reagan to Mao Zedong.?Lawrence Kapture, New York Public LibraryCopyright 1997...


Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers
Michael Connelly
031615377X
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Book Description:
From No. 1 bestseller Michael Connelly's first career as a prizewinning crime reporter--the gripping, true stories that inspired and informed his novels. Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends--and, of course, the killers--to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath. Connelly's firsthand observations would lend inspiration to his novels, from The Black Echo, which was drawn from a real-life bank heist, to Trunk Music, based on an unsolved case of a man found in the trunk of his Rolls Royce. And the vital...


Slavery Throughout History Biographies

0787631779
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Two of a proposed three-volume set (a primary sources volume will appear later), the Almanac and Biographies share almost identical time-line and "words to know" sections. Both volumes attempt to cover the subject worldwide, from ancient times to the present, yet both suffer from generalizations, poor editing, and careless scholarship.Biography has a more specific focus; it presents "30 men and women who made an impact . . . on slavery or who were profoundly affected by it." Alphabetically arranged from Afonso I of Kongo to Denmark Vesey, it is an attractive work whose text is sprinkled with black-and-white photos and sidebars. "Further reading" at the end of each entry includes books, periodicals, and Web sites. Controversial issues, such as Sally Hemings' relationship to Thomas Jefferson, are...


Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam
Mark Bowden
0871139251
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Philip CaputoWith Iran fingered in the latest National Security Assessment as America's number one enemy, Mark Bowden's new book is particularly timely. Guests of the Ayatollah chronicles the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by student militants, who held 66 American staffers hostage from November 1979 till January 1981, seizing this nation's attention in the process.In the aftermath of 9/11, with wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, that event seems to belong to the remote past, but as Bowden points out, it was "America's first confrontation with Islamo-fascism," while the hostages (who were released alive) were "the first victims of the inaptly named War on Terror."Although some may dispute those points, his portrayal of the hostage takers and their fanatical...

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