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The dark side of Camelot
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.
The Chieftains: the authorized biography
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.
Succeeding with LD: 20 true stories about real people with LD
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.
Still me: A Life
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.
Ruth, a portrait: the story of Ruth Bell Graham
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.
Rhodes: The Race For Africa
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.
Reflected glory: the life of Pamela Churchill Harriman
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.
Philip of Spain
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.
Marshall McLuhan: escape into understanding : a biography
Par W. Terrence Gordon, Marshall McLuhan. 1997
A portrait of the controversial media philosopher who originated the dictum, "the medium is the message." Explores McLuhan's ideas and…their implications in the electronic age. Traces his childhood, his conversion to Catholicism, and his academic career. 1997.
Martha Graham, a dancer's life: A Dancer's Life
Par Russell Freedman. 1998
Biography of a modern dance pioneer who died in 1991 at ninety-six. Details her career as dancer, choreographer, and teacher.…Also describes her personal life, including her relationship with older musician Louis Horst and her marriage to much younger dancer Erick Hawkins. Junior and Senior High. c1998.
Mark Twain made me do it & other Plains adventures
Par Bryan Jones. 1997
A teacher reminisces about growing up in 1950s Nebraska as the son of a preacher. Jones writes of the boyhood…pranks and adventures he and his friends enjoyed in this fond remembrance of the way it was. Essays that evoke typical concerns of the times include "Baseball," "Pot Roast Every Sunday," and "Polio." c1997.
Par A. Scott Berg. 1998
The authorized biography of the pilot who became a symbol of the aviation age. Describes Lindbergh's 1927 transatlantic flight as…the defining moment of his life. Discusses his role in the development of aviation for use in war and peacetime. Explores facets of Lindbergh's public and private images. Pulitzer Prize winner. c1998.
Biography of hockey great Mario Lemieux, who was discovered to have Hodgkin's disease, cancer of the lymph nodes. One time,…after undergoing a radiation treatment, Lemieux caught a plane to his team's game and played hockey that night. Includes a glossary of hockey terms and a chronology of Lemieux's career. Grades 5-8. 1997, c1995.
Marcus: the autobiography of Marcus Allen
Par Marcus Allen, Carlton Stowers. 1997
Marcus Allen, a Heisman Trophy winner, describes his childhood and college days in southern California before eventually playing pro football…for the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Allen also discusses the business of professional sports and his relationship with O.J. and Nicole Simpson. c1997.
Man of the century: the life and times of Pope John Paul II
Par Jonathan Kwitny. 1997
Portrays Pope John Paul II as a man who has uniquely touched and been touched by great events of the…twentieth century. Discusses his theology, philosophy, and moral principles, describing his active efforts to promote his beliefs publicly. Avers that he was a primary influence in the collapse of Soviet communism. 1997.
Leaning into the wind: women write from the heart of the West
Par Linda M Hasselstrom, Gaydell M Collier, Nancy Curtis. 1997
An anthology of memories, reflections, and poems about the hardships and the joys of living on the Great Plains as…experienced by 125 women from six Western states. All are true accounts from the lives of ranchers, teachers, journalists, truck drivers, veterinarians, and females in other occupations. 1997.
Father, soldier, son: memoir of a platoon leader in Vietnam
Par Nathaniel Tripp. 1996
A writer's account of his combat experiences as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. Depicts the deteriorating morale of American…forces following the Tet Offensive in 1968. He interweaves stories of home and family with his war recollections. Includes strong language, violence, and sex. c1996.
Korolev: how one man masterminded the Soviet drive to beat America to the moon
Par James J Harford. 1997
A portrait of the genius and driving force behind the Soviet space program who developed that nation's first ballistic missile,…Sputnik satellite, and manned space shot. Traces his startling ascent from prisoner in a Siberian gulag in the 1930s to mastermind of the Soviet space effort. 1997.
John Ciardi: a biography
Par Edward M Cifelli. 1997
Portrait of a distinguished poet and man of letters, whose English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy is generally regarded as…exemplary. Traces his Boston childhood, his World War II service as a B-29 gunner, his teaching years at Rutgers and Harvard, and his renowned writing career. c1997.
Jackie Robinson: a biography
Par Arnold Rampersad. 1997
In the 1940s, Robinson broke the colour barrier in baseball and went on to play in six pennant seasons. With…his courage and grace, he later became a role model in the civil rights movement. This is the first biography of Robinson which is based on access to private papers owned by his widow. 1997.