Into the Amazon by Larry Rohter

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A Brazilian with Indigenous ancestry, Cândido Rondon became a highly effective political voice for the rights of the Amazon's Indigenous people, a task he undertook while rising to Grand Marshall in his nation's military and also leading dangerous missions into the jungle on scientific and cartographical research as well as to bring roads, hospitals, and electricity to its remoter corners. If Rondon’s example of moral leadership doesn’t force you to reevaluate your life, you are either a saint or a sociopath. And if his funeral doesn’t make you cry, you may not be human at all.  


Into the Amazon: The Life of Cândido Rondon, Trailblazing Explorer, Scientist, Statesman, and Conservationist By Larry Rohter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324021261
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 30th, 2023

A Mystery of Mysteries, Mark Dawidziak

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Dawidziak's outstanding biography presents its subject through a winning combination of Poe research and the perspectives of creators influenced by his work. While vividly conveying Poe as both a person and a writer, the book also takes a stab at solving the mystery of his death; this is compelling reading for Poe aficionados as well as those who've yet to read a word of his poetry or fiction.                                                      

A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe By Mark Dawidziak Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250792495
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 14th, 2023

In the Nation's Service, by Philip Taubman

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George Shultz played a pivotal role in shaping economic and foreign policy in the late 20th century. He passed away two years ago at age 100 after distinguished careers in government, academia, and business. Philip Taubman, a former New York Times journalist, had access to Shultz’s papers for this revealing, comprehensive biography. Taubman makes clear we should care about Shultz not just for what he accomplished, but also for how. Shultz was, in Taubman’s words, a model of “quiet, effective leadership” and of public service characterized by “common sense, trust, a human touch, openness to new ideas and the muting of ideology, partisanship and histrionics.” But Taubman, in this deeply researched and insightful work, also details Shultz’s shortcomings, blind spots, and unflattering aspects.

In the Nation's Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz By Philip Taubman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503631120
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Published: Stanford University Press - January 10th, 2023