July 29, 2013

Barbara A. Perry spoke about her book, Rose Kennedy, at Politics & Prose on Monday, July 29, 2013.

Overshadowed by the prominence of her husband and sons, Rose Kennedy was in fact a strong-willed woman. She defied her father—Boston mayor John Fitzgerald—to marry Kennedy, stage-managed media events with her family, and campaigned for her sons. Perry, a senior fellow in the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and a biographer of Jacqueline Kennedy, draws on her subject’s previously unavailable diaries and letters to give an intimate, multi-faceted picture of the matriarch’s life.

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ISBN: 9780393349467
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 21st, 2014

July 19, 2013

Maury Klein spoke about his book, A Call to Arms, at Politics & Prose on Friday, July 19, 2013. In this clip, Klein explains the inspiration for his new book and importance of entrepreneurs and the working man.

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts. The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

You can watch the entire Politics & Prose event below.

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ISBN: 9781608195008
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - May 5th, 2015

April 28, 2013

Jonathan Rieder spoke about his book, Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

1963 is memorable for many reasons, not least of them Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Arrested on Good Friday to galvanize the civil rights struggle, King composed an essay in response to eight clergymen who disagreed with the movement. Rieder, a Barnard sociology professor and author of The Word of the Lord is Upon Me, considers the “Letter” from historical, biographical, and literary angles.

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ISBN: 9781620400593
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - April 8th, 2014

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