September 2018

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game

By | September 4th, 2018|Bookshelf|

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong [...]

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August 2018

Ron Stallworth, Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime.

By | August 27th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back. During the months-long investigation, detective [...]

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James Reichley, The Life of the Parties: a History of American Political Parties.

By | August 20th, 2018|Bookshelf|

This classic work traces the decline of political parties resulting in divided government and an ineffectual political process―but he also shows us what it will take to restore the party system and how it could [...]

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Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army.

By | August 14th, 2018|Bookshelf|

In Marching Masters, Colin Woodward explores not only the importance of slavery in the minds of Confederate soldiers but also its effects on military policy and decision making. Beyond showing how essential the defense of [...]

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July 2018

Michael Bess, Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II (2008)

By | July 31st, 2018|Bookshelf|

World War II was not a conflict free of moral ambiguity, painful dilemmas, and unavoidable compromises. Michael Bess brings a fresh eye to these difficult issues.

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Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2011).

By | July 25th, 2018|Bookshelf|

This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she [...]

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Eric Schlosser, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (2014).

By | July 17th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Based on newly declassified archives and paced like a thriller, Command and Control catalogues a series of accidents and near misses, celebrates the heroic efforts of scientists, military planners and ordinary servicemen and women to [...]

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Alston Purvis, The Vendetta: Special Agent Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger, and Hoover’s FBI in the Age of Gangsters (2009).

By | July 9th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Alston Purvis recounts the story of his father, Melvin Purvis, the iconic G-man and public hero made famous by his remarkable sweep of the great Public Enemies of the American Depression.

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