H.W. Brands “The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr”

May 21st, 2012

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That ill-conceived duel with Alexander Hamilton has given Revolutionary War hero and prominent New York politician Aaron Burr his lasting one-line description in history books.

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Now bestselling historian H.W. Brands returns to the life of Aaron Burr and finds a seldom-told perspective — Burr as a loving, devoted father. Through letters preserved over the centuries, Brands finds a new clarity to Burr’s life, and fresh context for the life Burr made for himself.

Brands’s book is called “The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr.”

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James Curtis “Spencer Tracy: A Biography”

December 16th, 2011

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Decades after his death, Spencer Tracy remains one of the most towering figures in American movie history. Clark Gable once quipped that “there’s nobody in this business who can touch him.”

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Now veteran biographer James Curtis goes deeper and wider than anyone before him in telling the story of the Catholic boy from Milwaukee who became an American film icon.

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Drawing heavily upon the unique access Tracy’s daughter gave him to her dad’s personal papers and journals, Curtis reconstructs the life of the man who always made it look so easy. Curtis calls his book “Spencer Tracy: A Biography.”

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David O. Stewart “American Emperor”

November 9th, 2011

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He was an ambitious politician, but also an accused murderer. He was nearly elected president, but was also put on trial for treason. He deftly avoided taking positions on controversial questions, but would have relished the role of emperor.

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Aaron Burr was perhaps America’s most bizarre founding father, and is the subject of the new biography “American Emperor” by David O. Stewart.Stewart became intrigued with Burr’s life and exploits, including, apparently, an audacious scheme to divide the nascent United States and become leader of the new nation that would result.

Stewart’s publisher calls this “a rare and eye-opening description of the brand-new nation struggling to define itself.”

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Gilad Sharon “Sharon: The Life of a Leader”

November 3rd, 2011

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In Israel, soldier-politician Ariel Sharon is a legend. From his youthful military exploits in the 1948 War of Independence to his leadership during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, to his transition to statesman and politician, Sharon has become an icon.

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In 2001 Sharon became Israel’s eleventh Prime Minister, but was felled by a stroke in early 2006 that has left him in a persistent vegetative state.

Now his youngest son, Gilad Sharon, gives us an unprecedented look inside his father’s life and career. In his book “Sharon: The Life of a Leader,” he draws from never before seen documents and diaries to pull back the curtain.

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Alexandra Fuller “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness”

September 22nd, 2011

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A decade ago Alexandra Fuller‘s memoir “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” her story of growing up in Africa, established her as a vital new voice. But her mother hated it. Called it “that awful book.”

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She’s more enthusiastic about Fuller’s new book, “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.” It is her parents’ story, described by her publisher as “a story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness.” And in a way this is a book Alexandra Fuller could only write after undergoing a metamorphosis aided by her book editor….

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