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Without precedent - John Marshall and his times Without precedent - John Marshall and his times

"The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of the U

Feb 19, 2018
Secrets we kept - three women of Trinidad Secrets we kept - three women of Trinidad

"There, in a lush landscape of fire-petaled immortelle trees and vast plantations of coffee and cocoa, where the three hills along the southern coast act as guardians against hurricanes, Krystal A. Sital grew up idolizing her grandfather, a wealthy Hindu landowner. Years later, to escape crime and economic stagnation on the island, the family resettled in New Jersey, where Krystal's mother works as a nanny, and the warmth of Trinidad seems a pretty yet distant memory. But when her grandfather la

Feb 19, 2018
The food explorer - the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats The food explorer - the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats

"In the nineteenth century American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. Agriculture yielded stable, basic crops like soybeans, corn, and barley, and few growers considered variety or flavor. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable hunger to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Boarding a steamship, Fairchild embarked with li

Feb 19, 2018
The gambler - how penniless dropout Kirk Kerkorian became the greatest deal maker in capitalist history The gambler - how penniless dropout Kirk Kerkorian became the greatest deal maker in capitalist history

"The rags-to-riches story of one of America's wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian--the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business."--Jacket flap.

Feb 23, 2018
Eisenhower - becoming the leader of the free world Eisenhower - becoming the leader of the free world

Feb 23, 2018
Diversifying diplomacy - my journey from Roxbury to Dakar Diversifying diplomacy - my journey from Roxbury to Dakar

"The firsthand account of Harriet Elam-Thomas, or "the little Elam girl" from Boston, whose decades-long effort as a woman of color distinguished her as a successful diplomat"--

Feb 23, 2018
The art of vanishing - a memoir of wanderlust The art of vanishing - a memoir of wanderlust

"At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, [the author] began to feel trapped ... by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. [She] wanted her life to be different. She wanted her marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge, Barbara Newhall Follett ... [who] in December 1939, when she was not much older than Laura, walked out o

Feb 23, 2018