New Biographies

Shoot like a girl : one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Hegar, Mary Jennings.
Publisher New American Library, [2017]
First edition.
viii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number 958.1047 HEG

Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:39
by Rabinovich, Itamar, 1942-
Publisher Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
272 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Call Number 956.94054 RAB
Summary An insider's perspective on the life and influence of Israel's first native-born prime minister, his bold peace initiatives, and his tragic assassination. More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation's pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author's recollections as one of Rabin's closest aides. An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides new insights into Rabin's relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin's murder: Netanyahu's ensuing election and the rise of Israel's radical right wing.

Henry David Thoreau : a life

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Walls, Laura Dassow,
Publisher The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
xx, 615 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call Number B THOREAU

The secrets of my life

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:04
by Jenner, Caitlyn, 1949-
Publisher Grand Central Publishing, 2017. ©2017
First edition.
x, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Call Number B JENNER
Summary "Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn't until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing"--Book jacket.