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Par Seymour M Hersh. 1997
This biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy discusses how his upbringing and morals influenced his professional life. Citing the president's indiscretions…with various women, his liaisons with organized crime, and his use of violence as a political weapon, Hersh contends that the security of the country and the integrity of the presidency were threatened. 1997.
Par David Nasaw. 2000
An account of publishing-heir Hearst's childhood as the wealthy son of a California gold miner, his own family with five…sons, life with his mistress Marion Davies, his acquisition of fabulous homes and artifacts, as well as his political views and use of power. c2000.
Par John Glatt. 1997
A portrait of the popular musical group known for reinventing traditional Irish music. Traces the band's evolution from obscure beginnings…in the 1960s to become the internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning performers of the 1990s. Strong language. 1997.
Par David Rains Wallace. 1999
Account of the historical feud between two nineteenth-century American paleontologists -Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. After the Civil…War both men amassed large collections of dinosaur bones discovered in the West, but their intense rivalry led to muckraking and scandal rather than scientific cooperation. 1999.
Par Jill Lauren. 1997
Profiles of twenty individuals who prevailed over various learning differences (LD), such as dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. Each narrative account…describes a particular LD, the obstacles it presented, and efforts to overcome its limitations. Grades 5-8. c1997.
Par Christopher Reeve. 1998
Best known for his role as Superman, actor Reeve discusses his life and career before and after the 1995 horseback…riding accident that left him paralyzed. Reeve has faith that his injured spinal cord can eventually be repaired and is active in raising funds for research. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.
Par Nancy Milford. 2001
Biography of the twentieth-century American poet - the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize - whose life mirrored her…verses: "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-- / It gives a lovely light!" Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.
Par Patricia Daniels Cornwell. 1997
Written by a popular crime novelist -- a family friend -- this account of the wife of evangelist Billy Graham…begins with Ruth Bell's early life in China as a child of missionaries. Because she wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps, it took persuasion on Graham's part to convince her to marry him and become his helpmate. 1997.
Par Rita Mae Brown. 1997
Autobiography of the openly lesbian novelist who has co-authored mysteries with her cat, Sneaky Pie. Describes her illegitimate birth, adoption…by relatives, and southern childhood; how she became an advocate for women's rights; and her relationships with tennis star Martina Navratilova and author Fannie Flagg. Some strong language. c1997.
Par Antony Thomas. 1997
The life of Cecil Rhodes, who was born in 1853 and sailed to Africa at sixteen because of poor health.…Describes his modest beginning as a cotton farmer and his transformation into a diamond magnate, who also earned a fortune in gold. Rhodes annexed much of Africa for Great Britain and became one of the most powerful, and mistrusted, men of his time. 1997.
Par Dennis Smith. 1999
Recounts the experiences of Fireman First-Grade Dennis Smith and his colleagues in the New York City Fire Department. In the…South Bronx, the crew not only fights fires but handles drug overdose cases, settles marital spats, breaks up brawls, and waters down the streets on hot summer nights. Bestseller. 1999.
Par Sally Bedell Smith. 1996
Portrait of a woman the author describes as a twentieth-century courtesan who, through the shrewd use of wealth and position,…lived in the brilliance of world luminaries in politics, media, business, and theatre. Chronicles Harriman's privileged youth, her marriages to three powerful figures, and her own political ascent to the post of ambassador to France. 1996.
Levy discusses the rise and fall of the group originally named by Lauren Bacall. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis…Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop became some of the most popular entertainers in the early 1960s. Strong language. c1998.
Par Ravi Shankar, George Harrison. 1997
Memoirs of the classical sitar player from India who became popular in the U.S. in the 1960s. Recalls important events…and people who influenced him or vice versa. Discusses his professional growth and details from his private life, and explains the history and principles of Indian music. 1997.
Par Myriam Anissimov, Steve Cox. 1999
Biography of the Italian chemist and writer Primo Levi (1919-1987). Recalls his sense of duty as a survivor of a…Nazi extermination camp to bear witness to the horror of the Holocaust. Describes his Jewish childhood under fascism, his lifelong devotion to family, and his eventual suicide. 1999. Uniform title: Primo Levi, ou, La tragédie d'un optimiste.
Par David Halberstam. 1999
Examines the basketball superstar's career and character from high school to the professional ranks. Describes championship games and fellow players.…Discusses 1980s and 1990s changes in media coverage and how Jordan evolved from athlete to cultural phenomenon. 1999.
Par Henry Arthur Francis Kamen. 1997
A portrait of the controversial monarch who ruled the Spanish empire through most of the sixteenth century. Traces his solitary…childhood, his early years as a Renaissance prince, and his troubled reign as king during the Inquisition and the colonization of the New World. c1997.
Par Peter J Conn. 1996
Describes the life of the humanitarian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and her work in China during…the early twentieth century. Provides the historical backdrop against which she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Good Earth." Covers her later advocacy of the rights of women, children, and racial minorities. 1996.
Par Jane Fletcher Geniesse. 1999
A biography of the romantic and intrepid travel writer. Describes her love of learning, travel, and adventure--she learned Arabic and…ventured into the Middle East at a time when unmarried women usually stayed home. Recalls how her fame grew after the 1934 publication of her first book. 1999.
Par Julia Scully. 1998
A woman's coming-of-age memoir recalls the two years she and her sister spent in an orphanage, her impoverished youth in…a remote Alaskan town, and her teenage years during World War II, working in her widowed mother's roadhouse that served a rough trade of gold miners. 1998.