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American Heiress tells the fascinating and incredibly odd story of the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst by the "Symbionese Liberation Army" (SLA) in 1974. Over the course of the next year, Hearst goes from being a victim to a gun toting, bank robbing member of the group before finally being discovered and apprehended. As hilariously ridiculous as the central characters and some of their situations are, this book is interesting and the story is hard to pass up.

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ISBN: 9780385536714
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Published: Doubleday - August 2nd, 2016

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ISBN: 9780345803153
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Published: Anchor - April 4th, 2017

Follow radio journalist Brady Carlson as he visits presidential gravesites across the US, from Massachusetts to California, from Millard Fillmore to Ronald Reagan. The unadulterated joy of a man indulging his obsession is palpable and infectious, thanks to the author’s gift for sly humor and fluid prose. In this form of entertaining travelogue is couched an exploration into the way past generations have venerated the presidential office and its inhabitants, which makes the reader wonder what our own relationship to the presidency says about us. It’s thought-provoking without being dry, fun without seeming frivolous. It’s learning that is effortless, which is the best kind.

Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393243932
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2016

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393353679
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

The Hemingeses of Monticello; An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a very long time. Gordon-Reed goes into incredible detail about this large family and if you're not in a hurry that's all the more reason to love it. I learned so many interesting facts about Jefferson and the norms of the late 1700s, Jefferson's time in Paris, his destructive appetite for acquiring things, and how he became one of the largest slave owners in Virginia in his time. While much of the book is dedicated to Sally Hemings, this book is about the entire Hemings family and includes many rather fascinating stories. The Jefferson and the Hemings’ families were very much intertwined and you really come to know these people who all lived at Monticello for generations until Jefferson's death. I think Annette Gordon-Reed has written a true masterpiece.

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$21.95
ISBN: 9780393337761
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2009

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