New Biography

The Battle for Bonhoeffer by Stephen Haynes. Eerdmans, paper.  Secular, radical, liberal, evangelical; Bonhoeffer can be shaped to suit variously shaped legacy that suits pet agendas.

 Stalin Waiting for Hitler, 1929 to 1941 by Stephen Kotkin. Penguin, paper. Joseph Stalin, with dictatorial powers over the Soviet Empire, and having launched the collectivization of Russia’s peasant agriculture, now faced his German rival to the west. 

The Invisible Emperor; Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape by Mark Braude. Penguin. A dramataic jailbreak, Bonaparte’s ten-month exile on the Isle of Elba and its end.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg; A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart. Knopf. A full biography – her private and public life. This 107th Supreme Court Justice is also an interesting person with an interesting life.

 

Becoming. Michelle Obama. Crown, paper. .An inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the U.S.

 

Young Frederick Douglass by Dickson Preston & David Blight, forward. Johns Hopkins University Press, paper. The spokesman for nineteenth-century black America.

 

Comrade Haldane Is Too Busy to Go on Holiday; The Genius Who Spied for Stalin by Gavan Tredoux. Encounter Books. JBS Haldane (1892 to 1964) was a leading scientist of the last century, renowned for helping to reconcile Darwin’s theory of natural selection with Mendel’s discovery of genes. He was also a spy.

 

Mathew Brady; Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson. Bloomsbury, paper. This famous photography who established the importance of the camera in warfare.

Ansel Adams; A Biography by Mary S. Alinder. Bloomsbury, paper. An updated biography of this photographer’s work and life, 1902 – 1984

A World Ablaze ; The Rise of Martin Luther and the birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline. Oxford University Press. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in Germany.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know; The Fathers of Wilde, Years, and Joyce by Colm Toibin. Scribner. An intimate study of Irish literature, culture, and history through the lives of three fathers.

A World Ablaze; The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline. Oxford University Press. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in Germany.

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