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READs: Biographies: Politics

Real People's Stories

Africa/Asia

Gandhi: my life is my message : my life is my message

How did this shy, unassuming lawyer transform himself into the leader of India's freedom movement? Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger 205 pages.

Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the first African politician to acquire a world following, remains in the 21st century an iconic figure. 

Americas

Destiny and Power: the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

'He was the last of a kind, and his rise, his fall, and his rebirth in the twilight of his life offers a window on a great deal of American history. 836 pages,

Being Nixon: a man divided

What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Evan Thomas tackles this fascinating question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. The result is both insightful history and an astonishingly compelling psychological portrait of an anxious introvert who struggled to be a transformative statesman. 619 pages.

Becoming

Becoming takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. 426 pages.

A Fighting Chance

Elizabeth Warren tells the story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works and really doesn't. 377 pages.

The rise of a prairie statesman : the life and times of George McGovern

This "is the first volume of a major biography of the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate who became [an American] critic of the Vietnam War. In this ... book, Thomas Knock traces George McGovern's life from his rustic boyhood in a South Dakota prairie town during the Depression to his rise to the pinnacle of politics at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago where police and antiwar demonstrators clashed in the city's streets. 553 pages.

The Making of Donald Trump

Love him or hate him, Trump's influence is undeniable. A man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout, Trump's career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy. Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, Johnston gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president. 263 pages.

Hillary Rodham Clinton : a woman living history

Presents the life and career of Hillary Clinton, discussing her childhood in Illinois, her college and law school years, her life as First Lady, her time as a New York Senator, and her achievements as Secretary of State. 472 pages.

A Promised Land

  In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Europe

The new tsar : the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin

The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president--of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history. 572 pages

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