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Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

Presents the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who penned the theory of relativity and whose theories altered perceptions of time, energy, and the universe.

Jan 26, 2015
Chief Little Turtle Chief Little Turtle

Jan 26, 2015
Dirty chick - adventures of an unlikely farmer Dirty chick - adventures of an unlikely farmer

Jan 26, 2015
Eleanor - the years alone Eleanor - the years alone

Jan 21, 2015
Guantánamo diary Guantánamo diary

Jan 23, 2015
It was me all along - a memoir It was me all along - a memoir

All her life, Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself: her life was at stake. She tells us how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world, finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.

Jan 26, 2015
Lincoln's rise to the presidency Lincoln's rise to the presidency

"By describing Lincoln's rise from obscurity to the presidency, William Harris shows that Lincoln's road to political success was far from easy - and that his reaction to events wasn't always wise or his racial attitudes free of prejudice. Although most scholars have labeled Lincoln a moderate, Harris reveals that he was by his own admission a conservative who revered the Founders and advocated 'adherence to the old and tried.' By emphasizing the conservative bent that guided Lincoln's political

Jan 26, 2015
Lincoln's sword - the presidency and the power of words Lincoln's sword - the presidency and the power of words

Abraham Lincoln now occupies an unparalleled place in American history, but when he was first elected president, literary ability was the last thing the public expected from the folksy, self-educated "rail-splitter." Yet the forceful qualities of Lincoln's writing eventually surprised his supporters and confounded his many critics. In this study, Lincoln scholar Wilson tells how Lincoln developed his writing skills, how they served him for a time as a hidden presidential asset, how it gradually

Jan 23, 2015
Paul V. McNutt and the age of FDR Paul V. McNutt and the age of FDR

In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be presidential candidate. Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR explores McNutt's life, his era, and his relationship with Franklin Roosevelt.

Jan 26, 2015
Resilience - two sisters and a story of mental illness Resilience - two sisters and a story of mental illness

"When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo ... Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder, ... [embarking] on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side, going so far as to adopt Jessie's daughter w

Jan 22, 2015
Sophia - princess, suffragette, revolutionary Sophia - princess, suffragette, revolutionary

In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond. Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah t

Jan 23, 2015
The eloquent president - a portrait of Lincoln through his words The eloquent president - a portrait of Lincoln through his words

Jan 23, 2015
The remarkable education of John Quincy Adams The remarkable education of John Quincy Adams

A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "the greatest traveler of his age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a gr

Jan 22, 2015
The work - the search for a life that matters The work - the search for a life that matters

"Wes Moore's remarkable bestseller The Other Wes Moore ends when Wes completes his journey from a fatherless delinquent to college graduate and heads off to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. But what happens next? Next, he had to figure out the answer to the question: What is your work? More than finding a job, he had to find the work he was meant to do. For the next decade, Wes traced a path through some of the most fascinating and high-pressure workspaces in the world: an American student at Oxf

Jan 21, 2015