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Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents (Sunlight Editions) by Margaret Kimberley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781586422486
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Published: Truth to Power - February 4th, 2020

American Presidents radically reassessed regarding race. Jefferson's legacy is known to be problematic; Andrew Johnson's legacy is manifestly a problem; but even Kennedy, Obama, and Franklin Roosevelt, in Kimberley's eyes, fell grievously short of advocating, advancing, or administering genuine racial equality. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

The Osage Nation's great wealth precipitated a stupefying series of illnesses, disappearances, then outright poisonings, shootings, and bombings. The perniciousness of the perpetrators sank far lower than the oil which ultimately afforded the Nation not riches, but misery. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335005564
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 5th, 2019

A rousing account of a most improbable life: a descendant of slaves, Eugene Bullard fled rural Georgia as a kid to become, among other things, a French citizen and its first black fighter pilot, a boxer, a nightclub owner, an associate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Josephine Baker, and a spy whose story strangely resembles Rick in the movie Casablanca, right down to Bullard's relationship with Dooley Wilson. By retrieving Bullard from the shadows, the authors have revealed a one-of-kind, unforgettable personality. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet by Will Hunt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812996746
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Published: Random House - January 29th, 2019

Will Hunt's profoundly wise book -- his first -- is much more than a history of underground spaces: the catacombs and sewers beneath paris, the subways beneath New York City, the ancient caves in the old world and the new world where humans have sought spiritual solace and access to the hidden world behind this one. This book is an interdisciplinary tour de force. It weaves edge-of-your-seat biographic adventure narrative with a fascinating tapestry of intellectual delights : the neuroscience of sensory deprivation, religious studies, cross cultural mythology from across space and time, anthropology, art history, and even a wonderful detour into the world of the legendary graffiti artist Revs. The result is immensely fulfilling journey into an often forgotten and unfairly denigrated dimension of our human experience: the dark world beneath our feet as well as deep in our subconscious minds! ~ Reviewed by Sam Baker


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743270755
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 26th, 2006

Lincoln's magnanimity, intelligence, compassion, wit, and empathy shine on every page. His utter lack of vindictiveness earned his rivals' respect, and, "with malice toward none, with charity for all," he gave the nation, and its people, an incandescent ideal. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Lannan Selection) by Svetlana Alexievich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781628973303
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - July 1st, 2019

Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich interviews survivors, soldiers, liquidators, and children in this powerful collection of narratives about Chernobyl and the nuclear disaster of 1986. An emotional yet educational read. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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