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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game W. W. Norton & Company 1ST edition Michael Lewis


30th June 2012 History Books 52 Comments
By the author of the bestselling Moneyball: in football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school such as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football. What changes? He takes up ...
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Wager with the Wind: The Don Sheldon Story St. Martin’s Griffin James Greiner


30th June 2012 History Books 40 Comments
Don Sheldon has been called 'Alaska's bush pilot among bush pilots', but he was also just one man in a fragile airplane who, in the end, was solely responsible for each mission he flew, be it a high-risk landing to the rescue of others from certain death in the mountains of Alaska or the routine delivery of supplies to a lonely homesteader. Read this book to learn how a hero was born, and also how he made his courageous journey to the unknown skies of dealing with cancer. "Don Sheldon is the unchallenged guardian angel of the mountain climber and downed aviator in distress...his story is a ...
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Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65 Current Events Civil Rights & Liberties Taylor Branch Simon & Schuster


30th June 2012 History Books 39 Comments
Pillar of Fire is the second volume of Taylor Branch's magisterial three-volume history of America during the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Branch's thesis, as he explains in the introduction, is that "King's life is the best and most important metaphor for American history in the watershed postwar years," but this is not just a biography. Instead it is a work of history, with King at its focal point. The tumultuous years that Branch covers saw the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the beginnings of American disillusionment with the war in Vietnam, and, of course, ...
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Andrea Del Sarto Antonio Natali Abbeville Press First U.S. Edition edition


30th June 2012 History Books 3 Comments
Natali, director of Renaissance and Mannerist paintings at Florence's Uffizi Gallery, presents a summation of decades of work on del Sarto (1486-1530), one of the creators of the Mannerist style in Florence and France. Natali sets his vision of the artist against the traditional view, begun by Vasari, that del Sarto was a timid soul who wasted his talent. Instead, he shows del Sarto to have chosen a path that he rigorously followed in light of his humility and in a circle of like-minded friends and fellow artists. Not a catalogue raisonn?e (Natali defers to Sydney J. Freedberg's Andrea ...
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Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands Juliana Barr The University of North Carolina Press


30th June 2012 History Books 5 Comments
"An important analysis of Spanish-Indian relations in a borderlands region where Indian power stayed remarkably strong. Through her recovery of the stories of women, Barr shows that, at least until the nineteenth century, gender remained a stronger influence than race on those always volatile relationships."--Church History"A field-changing work. . . . The first to show how really essential gender is to contact studies." William and Mary Quarterly"Rich, complex, and detailed. . . . A well-crafted and thoughtful work that does much to alter the landscape of American history." ...
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Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death Roger Manvell Skyhorse Publishing


30th June 2012 History Books 16 Comments
Manvell and Fraenkel have produced...biographies of Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, and the men who tried to kill Hitler in 1944....To the best of my knowledge there are no better biographies in existence. (The New York Review of Books ) Roger Manvell was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph Goebbels. He co-wrote (with Heinrich Fraenkel) Heinrich Himmler, The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler, and Doctor Goebbels.Heinrich Fraenkel was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph ...
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Listening to Salsa: Gender Latin Popular Music and Puerto Rican Cultures Frances R. Aparicio Wesleyan 1st edition


30th June 2012 History Books 10 Comments
Two new books on popular music present contrasting approaches to the diverse world of Hispanic music. Aparicio's (Spanish and American culture, Univ. of Michigan) work, aimed at an academic audience, deals with salsa and Puerto Rican culture in a feminist context. McGowan, targeting a general audience, presents a comprehensive history of popular music in Brazil. Aparicio analyzes salsa, boleros, and other popular musical forms in terms of cultural issues (race, gender, class), drawing on her own experiences, and those of typical listeners, to explore these issues. Readers may find their ...
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Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy Partha Chatterjee Columbia University Press


30th June 2012 History Books 3 Comments
Partha Chatterjee is one of the most important writers and theorists of our time, a voice as fresh and original as it is powerful and necessary. (Nicholas Dirks, Columbia University, author of The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain ) Partha Chatterjee is honorary professor of political science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and professor of anthropology at Columbia University. His books include Empire and Nation: Selected Essays; The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World; A Possible ...
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The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation Harper Paulo Coelho


30th June 2012 Literature & Fiction 52 Comments
A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by the ghosts of his painful past. A young woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose a path. Will they choose good or evil? In the remote village of Viscos -- a village too small to be on any map, a place where time seems to stand still -- a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? ...
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White Egrets: Poems Farrar Straus and Giroux Derek Walcott


30th June 2012 Literature & Fiction 33 Comments
A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of his careerthe Caribbeans complex colonial legacy, his love of the Western literary tradition, the wisdom that comes through the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural worldwith an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening the possibilities of rhyme and ...
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