Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

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An essential text of 19th century America, Harriet Jacobs's telling of her own life story is at once lovely, gripping, and hard to read--lovely, because her prose is simple, pure, and clear; gripping, because her lifelong quest to free herself from bondage is so compelling; and hard to read, because she unflinchingly depicts the cruelty and heartlessness of the world into which she was born.  Harriet seeks her freedom from the day she understands what freedom is and persists over many years until she finally achieves it, though at a steep price.  Her observations on the antebellum South are sympathetic, sharp and, because they are on the terms of the ostensibly Christian slaveowners, deeply damning. This is a quietly powerful portrait of a society that has, thankfully, passed away.

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By Harriet Jacobs, Nell Irvin Painter (Editor), Nell Irvin Painter (Introduction by), Nell Irvin Painter (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140437959
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Published: Penguin Classics - July 1st, 2000

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M.McPherson

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The Civil War is a live issue in contemporary American life and politics, with heated public disputes over why it occurred, how it was fought, and what it means for us now.  There is no better way to sort through those questions than to read Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson's judicious, comprehensive, and lucid history shows how the war grew out of American expansion into the west, the war with Mexico, political polarization, cultural differences, and above all the inability to resolve the question of slavery.  Throughout he shows not only the politicians and generals, but lives of the people--rich and poor, north and south, free and slave--who were swept into and fought the most terrible war in American history.  Beautifully composed, this is a great book that will stay with you long after you've put it down.

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ISBN: 9780195168952
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 11th, 2003

Neuromancer by William Gibson

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One of the first and still the very best of the cyberpunk sci-fi novels, Neuromancer is an intelligent and inventive story of greed and corruption in a noir-ish world of big data, pervasive surveillance, virtual experience, and artificial intelligence.  Writing nearly 40 years ago, William Gibson not only anticipated the world in which we live but influenced it culturally and aesthetically.  The book has the first depiction in fiction of cyberspace--a word Gibson coined--and what that word now evokes is what he described. Most importantly, Neuromancer is a gripping, fast-paced story, a great read, and a genuine page-turner: a terrific, seminal work of science fiction.

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ISBN: 9780441007462
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000