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Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush
This book draws on interviews with senior White House and Cabinet officials conducted under the auspices of the Bush Oral History Project to provide a multidimensional portrait of the first President Bush and his...



Albert Camus
Elements of a Life
Robert Zaretsky
Like many others of my generation, I first read Camus in high school. I carried him in my backpack while traveling across Europe, I carried him into (and out of) relationships, and I carried him into (and out of) difficult periods of my life. More...



The Anxiety of Freedom
Imagination and Individuality in Locke's Political Thought
Uday Singh Mehta
The enduring appeal of liberalism lies in its commitment to the idea that human beings have a "natural" potential to live as free and equal individuals. The realization of this potential, however, is not a matter of nature, but requires that people be molded by a complex constellation of political and educational institutions. In this eloquent...



Birth Certificate
The Story of Danilo Kis
Mark Thompson
An engaging and experimental biography of Danilo Kis (1935–89), the Yugoslav novelist, essayist, poet, and translator whose work generated storms of controversy in his homeland but today holds classic status.



Bones around My Neck
The Life and Exile of a Prince Provocateur
Tamara Loos
In Bones around My Neck, Tamara Loos recounts the personal and political adventures of Prince Prisdang Chumsai (1852–1935), who served as Siam's first diplomat to Europe during the most dramatic moment of Siam’s political...



Charles Austin Beard
The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism
Richard Drake
Richard Drake presents a new interpretation of Charles Austin Beard’s life and work. The foremost American historian and a leading public intellectual in the first half of the twentieth century, Beard participated actively in the debates about American politics and foreign policy surrounding the two world wars. Drake takes this famous man’s...



Community Architect
The Life and Vision of Clarence S. Stein
Kristin E. Larsen
Clarence S. Stein (1882–1975) was an architect, housing visionary, regionalist, policymaker, and colleague of influential public figures. Kristin E. Larsen's biography of Stein comprehensively examines his built and unbuilt projects and his intellectual legacy as a proponent of the "garden city" for a modern...



Creativity/Anthropology
Creativity and play erupt in the most solemn of everyday worlds as individuals reshape traditional forms in the light of changing historical circumstances. In this lively volume, fourteen distinguished anthropologists explore the life of creativity in social life across the globe and within the study of ethnography itself. Contributors include...



Dagger John
Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America
John Loughery
Acclaimed biographer John Loughery tells the story of John Hughes, son of Ireland, friend of William Seward and James Buchanan, founder of St. John’s College (now Fordham University), builder of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, pioneer of parochial-school education, and American diplomat. As archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York...



The Death of Tolstoy
Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910
William Nickell
In the middle of the night of October 28, 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the most famous man in Russia, vanished. A secular saint revered for his literary genius, pacificism, and dedication to the earth and the poor, Tolstoy had left his home in secret to embark...



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