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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot - 2011-03-07
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells--taken without her knowledge in 1951--became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yes she remains...
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Alexander Hamilton
Ron Chernow - 2005-03-29 (first published in 2004)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scanda...
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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson - 2011-10-24
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, a...
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2009-02-01 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
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His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson - 2008-05-13
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How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an i...
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - 1975-07-12 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
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Eisenhower in War and Peace
Jean Edward Smith - 2013-05-07 (first published in 2012)
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Christian Science Monitor • St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Magisterial.”—The New York Times  In this extraordinary volume, Jean Edward Smith presents a portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower that is as full, rich, and revealing as anything ever written about America’s thirty-fourth president. Here is Eisenhower the ...
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Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight - 2018-05-01 (first published in 2016)
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
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Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson - 2018-10-02 (first published in 2017)
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"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weav...
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John Adams
David McCullough - 2002-09-03 (first published in 2001)
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The enthralling, often surprising story of John Adams, one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thom...
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Tetsuko Kuroyanagi - 2012-03-23
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
Churchill by Martin Gilbert
Washington by Ron Chernow
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Accidental President by A. J. Baime
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Destiny and Power by Jon Meacham
Boyd by Robert Coram
Edison - A Biography by Matthew Josephson
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Custer's Trials by T. J. Stiles
Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Truman by David McCullough
Washington by Douglas Southall Freeman
Napoleon by Andrew Roberts
Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Frida by Hayden Herrera
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
Socrates by Paul Johnson
Alan Turing by Andrew Hodges
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Grant by Ron Chernow
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
On Writing by Stephen King
Night by Elie Wiesel
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
The Last Lion by William Manchester
Titan by Ron Chernow
Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr.
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 by Plutarch
The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen
The Snowball by Alice Schroeder
Being Nixon by Evan Thomas
The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
FDR by Jean Edward Smith
Beethoven by Jan Swafford
Ida by Paula J Giddings
John Adams by John Ferling
Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha
Reagan by H. W. Brands
John Quincy Adams by Fred Kaplan
All the Great Prizes by John Taliaferro
Pablo Neruda by Monica Brown
Updike by Adam Begley
Reagan by Bob Spitz
President without a Party by Christopher J. Leahy
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Days of Fire by Peter Baker
Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek
The Survivor by John F. Harris
The Unfinished Presidency by Douglas Brinkley
James Madison by Lynne Cheney
Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron de Hart
Roosevelt by James Burns
Wilson by A. Scott Berg
An Honest President by H. P. Jeffers
Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
John Tyler The American Presidents Series by Gary May
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Gentleman Boss by Thomas C. Reeves
President James Buchanan by Philip S. Klein