Shirley Chisholm, by Anastasia C. Curwood

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Leading the way for AOC and The Squad, Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was elected by Brooklyn voters in 1968 as the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Just three years later she sought to become the first Black presidential candidate nominated by a major political party. With this compelling biography, Curwood shows how Chisholm's vision--which included advocating for minimum wage improvements, passing the ERA, boycotting apartheid South Africa, partnering with LGBTQ and Native American activists--formulated what we now call intersectionality--just one of the many reasons she should be celebrated as the true political heroine she was.



Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics By Anastasia C. Curwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469671178
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - January 10th, 2023

And There Was Light, by Jon Meacham

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In recent years, Jon Meacham has written and spoken a lot about the essence of America and our country’s ability to renew itself and emerge even from the most turbulent and divisive eras with a reaffirmation of guiding principles. That inspiring notion runs through his latest book as he sees in Abraham Lincoln’s life not just the story of an extraordinary leader but also the story of this country. There is much to learn in Meacham’s portrayal of Lincoln as someone who practiced a politics not just of compromise but of faith, who experienced his own complex moral journey, and who was hardly perfect but who maintained a conviction against slavery and a devotion to democracy. Meacham also makes clear the resonances between a president who led a divided country a century-and-a-half ago and the present-day moment of polarization, differing understandings of reality, and threats of insurrection.

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle By Jon Meacham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553393965
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Published: Random House - October 18th, 2022

Our Man, by George Packer

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Atlantic staff writer Packer illuminates both beltway veterans and policy newcomers alike with his vivid portrait of senior American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, the only person to have been Assistant Secretary of State for two separate regions. From his early days in the Foreign Service in Vietnam, climbing the administrative ladder in Foggy Bottom, and negotiating an end to the Balkan Wars in the 1990s, Holbrooke’s unbridled ambition to become the most accomplished American statesman of his generation ultimately contributed to his untimely death in 2010, while serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Classic Washington intrigue is reinvented in this page-turning journalistic biography.

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century By George Packer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307948175
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2020