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History & Politics from the 2012 Winter Newsletter

Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham

Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Meacham turns his mighty pen to our third president and founding father in his new book. Cutting through the mythology that surrounds Jefferson, Meacham exposes a complex and formidable man with a great love of power and progress. This is a thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and incisive biography that illuminates one of the most important figures in our nation’s history.
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ISBN: 9781400067664
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Published: Random House - November 13th, 2012

Listening In by Caroline Kennedy & Ted Widmer

In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies, and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material. The selected recordings on Listening In cover watershed events including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, and Vietnam on two 75-minute CDs.
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ISBN: 9781401324568
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

The Man Who Saved the Union by H.W. Brands

Best-selling author H. W. Brands (The First American) has written a captivating biography of the Civil War general and two-term president who held the country together at two critical turning points in our history. “A wonderful portrait of a great leader who endured and prevailed in hours of stress and strain. Brands’ U.S. Grant is a compelling figure, a man too often overlooked by history. This book rectifies that with grace and insight.” —Jon Meacham
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ISBN: 9780385532419
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 2nd, 2012

Across Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen

Across Many Mountains is a moving portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her 6-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom. “This book paints a vivid picture of Tibetan experience over the last eight decades, one of the most difficult periods in our history. Through the personal stories of three women from one Tibetan family, it recalls the imposition of Chinese rule in Tibet and the subsequent efforts of many Tibetans to preserve their identity and treasured values in exile.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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ISBN: 9781250012036
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 30th, 2012

The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin

Just in time for the 2012 election, this book is on your required reading list. Starting with how politically conservative Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed President Obama’s inaugural oath, Jeffrey Toobin draws upon his vast experience as a legal analyst and political commentator to show exactly how the Obama administration and the current Supreme Court—and the men who head them—have been at odds, while predicting where and how the conflict will go next. Intelligent and important.
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ISBN: 9780385527200
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 18th, 2012

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

Energized by the 2008 elections, artist Maira Kalman set out across America to explore facets of our democracy. From the Lincoln Memorial to Jefferson’s Monticello, from town hall meetings to the Supreme Court, Kalman’s beautiful, colorful paintings and text are simultaneously whimsical and poignant. “[C]reating a work of art that is both political and devoid of cynicism is a tricky prospect. Maira Kalman doesn’t back down, though: her new book is unabashedly optimistic and thoughtful.” —The New Yorker. Absolutely inspiring and one of my favorite books ever.
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ISBN: 9780143122036
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

Don’t Shoot by David M. Kennedy

This powerful book about one man’s efforts to curb inner-city violence quickly became a staff favorite. Thinking outside the box, Kennedy’s program (adopted by numerous cities around the country) promotes a common understanding between gangsters, law enforcement, social services, and policy makers, and is anchored by two key concepts: legitimacy and communication. We can only hope that Malcolm Gladwell was right when he said, “Don’t Shoot will do for the fight against violence what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environmental movement a generation ago.” A riveting and inspirational read.
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ISBN: 9781608194148
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 2nd, 2012

Black Fire by Robert Graysmith

“Mark Twain fanatics and firefighter-history buffs alike will flock to the tale of the real-life Tom Sawyer’s adventures fighting fires in the Gold Rush–era city, depicted in remarkable detail by Graysmith. Black Fire captures the spirit of rugged adventure so beloved in Twain’s work and so characteristic of the undaunted city built—time and time again—on the hopes of fortune-hunters.” —Booklist
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ISBN: 9780307720566
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 30th, 2012

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