April 17, 2014

Miriam Pawel spoke about her book, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

In the first comprehensive biography of Chavez, Miriam Pawel offers a searching yet empathetic portrayal. Chavez emerges here as a visionary figure with tragic flaws; a brilliant strategist who sometimes stumbled; and a canny, streetwise organizer whose pragmatism was often at odds with his elusive, soaring dreams. He was an experimental thinker with eclectic passions—an avid, self-educated historian and a disciple of Gandhian non-violent protest. Drawing on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, this superbly written life deepens our understanding of one of Chavez’s most salient qualities: his profound humanity.

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ISBN: 9781608197132
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 10th, 2015


April 3, 2014

Mark Perry spoke about his book, The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

At times, even his admirers seemed unsure of what to do with General Douglas MacArthur. Imperious, headstrong, and vain, MacArthur matched an undeniable military genius with a massive ego and a rebellious streak that often seemed to destine him for the dustbin of history. Yet despite his flaws, MacArthur is remembered as a brilliant commander whose combined-arms operation in the Pacific--the first in the history of warfare--secured America's triumph in World War II and changed the course of history. In The Most Dangerous Man in America, celebrated historian Mark Perry examines how this paradox of a man overcame personal and professional challenges to lead his countrymen in their darkest hour. As Perry shows, Franklin Roosevelt and a handful of MacArthur's subordinates made this feat possible, taming MacArthur, making him useful, and finally making him victorious. A gripping, authoritative biography of the Pacific Theater's most celebrated and misunderstood commander, The Most Dangerous Man in America reveals the secrets of Douglas MacArthur's success--and the incredible efforts of the men who made it possible.

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ISBN: 9780465051687
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Basic Books - April 28th, 2015

BLOOD WILL OUT by Walter Kirn

April 1, 2014

Walter Kirn spoke about his book, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

More chilling than fiction—though it contained plenty of that—Kirn’s friendship with the wealthy Clark Rockefeller had lasted for fifteen years before Kirn discovered that Rockefeller was in fact Christian Gerhartstreiter, a con man, kidnapper, and murderer. Kirn, a novelist himself, had been taken in by a man who’d fabricated identities from fiction and films. How did this happen?

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ISBN: 9781631490224
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Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2015