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  Cover Art: Devil in the Grove : Thurgood Marshall the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America 2013
King, Gilbert
Devil in the Grove : Thurgood Marshall the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America
In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming with cheap Jim Crow labor. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, vicious Sheriff McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves. Then the Ku Klux Klan rolled into town, burning homes and chasing hundreds of blacks into the swamps. So began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," into the fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates and Marshall had endured threats that he would be next. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader against a heroic backdrop. --From publisher description.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Swerve : How the World Became Modern 2012
Greenblatt, Stephen
The Swerve : How the World Became Modern
A humanities professor describes the impact had by the translation of the last remaining manuscript of "On the Nature of Things" by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers, and scientists.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer 2011
Mukherjee, Siddhartha
The Emperor of All Maladies : a Biography of Cancer
A magnificently written "biography" of cancer--from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy 2010
Hoffman, David E.
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy
A history of the end of the arms race describes the Soviet Union's development of an automatic retaliatory attack system, the United States's efforts to create space-based missile defenses, and the struggle to prevent nuclear weapons from being acquired by terrorists.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book 909.825 H 2009
  Cover Art: Slavery By Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II 2009
Blackmon, Douglas A.
Slavery By Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II
Bringing to light a shameful chapter in American history, a shocking study reveals how, from the late 1870s through the mid-twentieth century, thousands of African-American men were arrested and forced to work off the outrageous fines by serving as unpaid labor to small-town businesses, provincial farmers, and even large corporations.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945 2008
Friedlander, Saul
The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945
Examines the anti-Semitism that led to Nazi Germany's attempts to exterminate Europe's Jewish population, focusing on the people and events from the Nazi accession to power in 1933 to the onset of World War II.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 940.5318 F
  Cover Art: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 2007
Wright, Lawrence
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book 973.931 W
  Cover Art: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya 2006
Elkins, Caroline
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Reveals how, after the Kenyans fought alongside Allied forces in World War II, the British colonial government detained more than one million Kenyan minorities in prisons and work camps where many met their deaths as a result of a British attempt to destroy official records of the attempt to stop the Mau Mau uprising.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 967.62 E
  Cover Art: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 2005
Coll, Steve
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Provides an overview of CIA and other covert operations in Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, detailing efforts to capture or kill bin Laden and the failure to stop the events of September 11th.
2004
958.1045 C
  Cover Art: Gulag: A History 2004
Applebaum, Anne
Gulag: A History
Chronicles the history of the Soviet concentration camp system from its start after the Russian Revolution to its collapse, discussing its creation and the way of life for those who lived there.
2003
947.084 A
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AUTHORS
• Aiken, Conrad
poetry
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poetry
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composer
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poetry
• Brooks, Gwendolyn
poetry
• Caro, Robert A.
biography
• Carter, Elliott
composer
• Dove, Rita
poetry
• Friedman, Thomas L.
nonfiction
• Frost, Robert
poetry
• Frost, Robert
poetry
• Gershwin, Ira
plays
• Gluck, Louise
poetry
• Hammerstein, Oscar
plays
• Inge, William
plays
• Kaufman, George S.
plays
• Leech, Margaret
history
• Lowell, Robert
poetry
• MacLeish, Archibald
poetry, plays
• Mailer, Norman
fiction, nonfiction
• Mamet, David
plays
• Mauldin, Bill
cartoons
• McCullough, David G.
history, biography
• Menotti, Gian Carlo
composer
• Millay, Edna St. Vincent
poetry
• Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005
plays
• O'Neill, Eugene
plays
• Oliver, Mary, 1935-
poetry
• Plath, Sylvia
poetry
• Robinson, Edwin Arlington
poetry
• Rodgers, Richard
plays
• Roethke, Theodore
poetry
• Sandburg, Carl
poetry, biography
• Sexton, Anne
poetry
• Shadid, Anthony
nonfiction
• Shepard, Sam
plays
• Sherwood, Robert E.
plays
• Simon, Neil
plays
• Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
nonfiction
• Updike, John
fiction, nonfiction
• Warren, Robert Penn
poetry, fiction
• Wasserstein, Wendy
plays
• Weingarten, Gene
nonfiction
• Wilbur, Richard
poetry
• Wilder, Thornton
plays, fiction
• Williams, Tennessee
plays
• Williams, William Carlos
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plays
• Wilson, August
plays
• Wilson, Edward O.
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