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In illuminating and compelling narrative histories including the acclaimed Last Hope Island, Those Angry Days, and Citizens of London, Lynne Olson has deftly explored the multi-faceted political history of the World War II-era. Her new book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War (Random House, $30), tells the story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade (1909-1989), who in 1941 became the only woman to lead a French Resistance organization. In charge of the Alliance, a vast network of some three thousand spies and secret radio operators, Fourcade was instrumental in procuring some of the war’s most valuable intelligence. The Alliance’s effectiveness drove the Nazis to hunt down its agents relentlessly, and they killed hundreds of members. They captured Fourcade twice—she escaped both times, and survived the war and occupation to become active in French politics. Olson’s dramatic account, which includes a history of the role of the Vichy government, details on just how MI6 used the intelligence the Alliance gathered, and extended the stories of Fourcade’s associates, introduces a brave and unconventional woman who deserves to be better known.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780812994766
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2019

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In his Peer-to-Peer Conversations for The David Rubenstein Show on PBS, David M. Rubenstein, a philanthropist and financier, has engaged with top figures in the business world to explore the question of what makes a good leader. Extending the discussion to American historians, The American Story (Simon & Schuster, $30) is a collection of dynamic exchanges with preeminent writers and scholars. Covering the pivotal events and people from the founding to the late 20th century, the collection features Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Caro on LBJ, Ron Chernow on Hamilton, Doris Kearns Goodwin on Lincoln, David McCullough on Adams, as well as a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts and a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

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By David M. Rubenstein, Carla Hayden (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982120252
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 29th, 2019

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In two previous books, Lose Your Mother and Scenes of Subjection, Saidiya Hartman pioneered “critical fabulation,” an approach combining archival research, critical theory, and fictional narrative to explore the afterlife of slavery and the effects of racism and exile on African-American identity. In her new book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (W.W. Norton, $28.95), she uses a similar methodology to examine a generation of young Black women who rebelled against traditional social and cultural constraints. Focusing on the urban experience of Black women in the early twentieth century, Hartman, a Guggenheim Fellow and professor at Columbia, uses history and literary imagination to trace the lives of women who rejected both degrading conditions of work and normative gender roles in personal relationships, showing how these experiments in work, sex, and marriage constituted a radical transformation of Black intimate and social life.

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ISBN: 9780393285673
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 19th, 2019

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