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Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439121184
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2013

Today he's remembered as the front runner who lost the nomination, as Lincoln's secretary of state, and the man who bought Alaska. But he was much more: a national and international player whose decisions and policies still resonate. In this superb biography Deward doesn't just emerge from the shadows - he smilingly and confidently takes center stage. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124078
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

America's fascination with the Kennedys has lasted for a half-century. How odd that so little is known about the most fascinating Kennedy of them all...and what is known is so incomplete and often wrong. David Nasaw to the rescue. Scrupulously fair, exhaustively researched, and nearly impossible to put down. Riveting, surprising, and important. Highest Recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Halik Kochanski - Book Review

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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674284005
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Published: Harvard University Press - May 12th, 2014

This book has an obvious flaw: It does not probe deeply into questions of Polish-Jewish experience. BUT what it does do, it does very well: Makes understandable a big complex story of a nation trying to survive incredible brutality. Should lead many readers to further study. Forgive the flaw (seek other books) and you'll find this one compelling, enlightening and beneficial. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Master of the Mountain

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Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534028
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 3rd, 2013

One of our finest scholars and writers about early American slavery and race uses his superb research skills to give a penetrating study of the enigmatic Jefferson's engagement with both, revealing much that is new, carefully supporting his judgments and leaving the reader vastly more informed. Perhaps the most important study of Jefferson in years. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Last Lion

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316547703
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 6th, 2012

At last! The final volume of Manchester's biography of a towering historical figure. Before Manchester's death in 2004, he chose Reid to complete the project. Reid uses Manchester's stupendous research to bring Churchill to life during the time when his nation, its empire, its very ideals faced a life and death struggle. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

American Phoenix

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American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, a Man Who Turned Disaster Into Destiny Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451671803
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2014

Although New England's manufacturing mills shut down years ago, many of the brick buildings with the tall windows are still standing. This beautifully written and irresistible biography of a penniless immigrant who never gave up represents a history of Yankee achievement and American success. Older New Englanders may remember when the mills still hummed...younger folks need to learn. Both groups will be fascinated. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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