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So far, there have been twelve women to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir was the first environmentalist and the first African woman to win the prize. Her work on behalf of the environment and human rights earned her jail time, beatings and death threats. Then, Judith Hicks Stiehm, Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize discusses some of the other extraordinary women who have won the Prize including Mother Teresa, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and Sherin Abadi.
The Journey to Jihad
Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 spent five years writing this Pulitzer Prize winning book. He chronicles the road to 9/11 through the lives of the men that made it happen and those that failed to stop it. Then... Fawaz Gerges, Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy is an academic who studied jihadism for many years, their origins and their internal rifts. He travels across the Middle East and conducts one on one interviews with jihadists examining the future of the movement. He also describes his own experiences during the Lebanese Civil War.
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Today's military must protect the sea-lanes, provide disaster relief, contend with the military rise of China, fight the war in Iraq, and craft contingency plans for war with North Korea and Iran, among other responsibilities. Given unprecedented access, Robert Kaplan, Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground spent time embedded with elite military missions all over the world. Then, Alex Kershaw, The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain, describes the American pilots who joined the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and fought in the greatest air battle recorded in history. These pilots fought to save Britain and influenced the outcome of World War II.
Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave
According to Barry Lando, Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, From Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush, America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq is just the latest in a series of cynical and duplicitous acts by Western leaders beginning after World War I, when the country was cobbled together by foreign interests. Lando spent 25 years as an award-winning producer of CBS's 60 Minutes.
Behind Every Successful Man ...
Historical biographer Alison Weir, Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England turns her attention to Isabella of France, the wife of Edward II. She was known as medieval England's most notorious queen.
David Bellavia, House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
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