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Real Life Heroes and Badder Than Bad Villains

Branch Perryville Branch

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  • Details about Long walk to freedom : the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

    Long walk to freedom : the autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

    Nelson Mandela.

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa'……more

  • Details about Jackie Robinson : a biography

    Jackie Robinson : a biography

    Arnold Rampersad.

    The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad, who was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachel, to tell her husband's story, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we have ever been to the great ballplayer, a man of courage and quality who became a pivotal figure in the areas of race and civil rights. Born in the rural South, the son of a sharecropper, Robinson was reared in southern ……more

  • Details about Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln

    James M. McPherson.

    Marking the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must-have volume for anyone interested in American history or in our greatest president. Best-selling author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly succ……more

  • Details about Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks

    Douglas Brinkley.

    In "Rosa Parks, " "the best of the new generation of American historians" (Stephen Ambrose) brilliantly examines an American heroine in the context of the tumultuous time of the Civil Rights movement.…more

  • Details about Lion in the White House : a life of Theodore Roosevelt

    Lion in the White House : a life of Theodore Roosevelt

    Aida D. Donald.

    New York State Assemblyman, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, New York City Police Commissioner, Governor of New York, Vice President and, at forty-two, the youngest President ever-in his own words, Theodore Roosevelt “rose like a rocket.” He was also a cowboy, a soldier, a historian, an intrepid explorer, and an unsurpassed environmentalist-all in all, perhaps the most accomplished Chief Executive in our nation’s history. InLion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt,……more

  • Details about Walt Disney : the triumph of the American imagination

    Walt Disney : the triumph of the American imagination

    Neal Gabler.

    From Neal Gabler, the definitive portrait of one of the most important figures in twentieth-century American entertainment and cultural history. Seven years in the making and meticulously researched?Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives?this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth. Gabler shows us the young Walt Disney breaking free of a heartland childhood of disc……more

  • Details about First man : the life of Neil A. Armstrong ; [the authorized biography]

    First man : the life of Neil A. Armstrong ; [the authorized biography]

    James R. Hansen.

    On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment.Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also -- as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important authorized biography -- misunderstood. ……more

  • Details about Emily Dickinson : a biography

    Emily Dickinson : a biography

    Connie Ann Kirk.

    In a biography accessible to high school and undergraduate students, Kirk (English, Mansfield U., Pennsylvania), offers an account of Dickinson's life (1830-86) that sorts out realities from myths about the poet's life. Auxiliary material includes a historical timeline, list of the few poems published in her lifetime, index of first lines, key holdings in Dickinson studies, Web sites, and photos. A portion of the book's proceeds go toward preserving the Dickinson family homes in Amherst, MA. Ann……more

  • Details about Hitler : a biography

    Hitler : a biography

    Ian Kershaw.

    "The Hitler biography of the twenty-first century" (Richard J. Evans), Ian Kershaw's Hitler is a new, distilled, one-volume masterpiece that will become the standard work. From Hitler's origins as a failed artist in fin-de-siècle Vienna to the terrifying last days in his Berlin bunker, Kershaw's richly illustrated biography is a mesmerizing portrait of how Hitler attained, exercised, and retained power. Drawing on previously untapped sources, such as Goebbels's diaries, Kershaw addre……more

  • Details about American terrorist : Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing

    American terrorist : Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing

    Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck.

    At 9:02 A.M. on April 19, 1995, in the largest terrorist act ever perpetrated on American soil, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the explosion of a homemade truck bomb. One hundred and sixty-eight people -- including nineteen children -- were killed by the blast, and more than five hundred others were injured. Timothy J. McVeigh, an antigovernment activist, was tried and convicted of the bombing. But to Americans everywhere, the story has remained a ……more

  • Details about The Osama Bin Laden I know : an oral history of the making of a global terrorist

    The Osama Bin Laden I know : an oral history of the making of a global terrorist

    Peter L. Bergen.

    No one knows more about Osama bin Laden than Peter Bergen. In 1997, well before the world suddenly became aware of the world's most sought-after terrorist, Bergen met with him and has followed his activities ever since. In Bergen's own experience, bin Laden 'presented himself as a soft-spoken cleric, rather than as the firebreathing leader of a global terrorist organization.'Today, years after President Bush swore to get him dead or alive and despite haunting the popular imagination since Septem……more

  • Details about Zodiac unmasked : the identity of America's most elusive serial killer revealed

    Zodiac unmasked : the identity of America's most elusive serial killer revealed

    Robert Graysmith.

    The San Francisco Chroniclehailed Robert Graysmith's Zodiacas "provocative...the taut narrative brings the horror back jolt upon jolt." And that wasn't even the whole story. When the Zodiac killings began in 1968, Robert Graysmith, employed at the San Francisco Chronicle, became fascinated with the case. Before the murder spree was over, Zodiac claimed 37 victims. His mocking notes to authorities dared them to catch him. They never did. Now after following the clues for thirty years, Graysmith p……more

  • Details about Case closed : Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of JFK

    Case closed : Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of JFK

    Gerald Posner.

    The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, continues to inspire interest ranging from well-meaning speculation to bizarre conspiracy theories and controversial filmmaking. But in this landmark book,reissued with a new afterword for the 40th anniversary of the assassination, Gerald Posner examines all of the available evidence and reaches the only possible conclusion: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. There was no second gunman on the grassy knoll. The CIA was not involved. And altho……more

  • Details about Goombata : the improbable rise and fall of John Gotti and his gang

    Goombata : the improbable rise and fall of John Gotti and his gang

    by John Cummings and Ernest Volkman.

    The Dapper Don A cocky kid from the streets of East New York, he rose to become one of the most feared men in the nation. Establishing a power base through brilliant politicking and blood-chilling ruthlessness, at 45 he took control of America's richest, most powerful crime family following the gangland-style execution of his predecessor. Though the target of almost contionous FBI and police surveillance, he has spent little time in prison . . . and has never been convicted of racketeering,……more