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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June 2018

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II (2016).

By | June 29th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Racism and war hysteria led to one of the darkest episodes in American history. But by recovering the past, Infamy has given voice to those who ultimately helped the nation better understand the true meaning [...]

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James Allen, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (2000).

By | June 5th, 2018|Bookshelf|

Lynching images are some of photography's most brutal, surviving to this day so that we may now look back on the terrorism unleashed on America's African-American community and perhaps know our history and ourselves better. [...]

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May 2018

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game (2017).

By | May 30th, 2018|Bookshelf|

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 obsession to [...]

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