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Biography: general

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Digit and the Gorillas of Rwanda

Digit and the Gorillas of Rwanda

Author: Ian Redmond Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2019

Ian Redmond knew Digit the gorilla intimately, having worked with Dian Fossey among the forrested volcanoes on the border of Rwanda and Zaire. He also advised Sigourney Weaver when she played the tragic role of Dr Fossey in the award-winning film, Gorillas in the Mist . It was he who found Digit after the young gorilla was killed by poachers. That killing led directly to a surge of conservation activity to save the species that Dian Fossey called the greatest of the great apes . Ian Redmond gives a dramatic account of Digit's early years and of gorilla family life. He describes the forging of remarkable friendships between gorillas and humans based on mutual trust and respect. After Digit's death he would return from time to time to the forest and be accepted as honorary member of wild gorilla families. When civil war came to Rwanda he raised international support for his African friends who protected the gorillas until even they had to flee for their lives. Accompanied by a BBC television film crew, he returned to a land strewn with rotting corpses, where he endeavoured to find out if the gorillas had survived. Their joyful reunion stands in stark and moving contrast to the human degradation in Rwanda.

The Banished Immortal A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

The Banished Immortal A Life of Li Bai (Li Po)

Author: Ha Jin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2019

According to Kate The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate, Love of Doc Holliday

According to Kate The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate, Love of Doc Holliday

Author: Chris Enss Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Over the fifty years Mary Kate Cummings, alias Big Nose Kate, traversed the West she saved letters from her family, musings she had written about her love interests, and life with the notorious John Henry Holliday. Using rare, never before published material Big Nose Kate stock-piled in anticipation of writing the tale of her days on the Wild Frontier, the definitive book about the famous soiled dove will finally be told.

Geoffrey Blainey Writer, Historian, Controversialist

Geoffrey Blainey Writer, Historian, Controversialist

Author: Richard Allsop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

The Mysterious Sofia One Woman's Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Mexico

The Mysterious Sofia One Woman's Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Author: Stephen J. C. Andes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Who was the Mysterious Sofia, whose letter in November 1934 was sent from Washington DC to Mexico City and intercepted by the Mexican Secret Service? In The Mysterious Sofia Stephen J. C. Andes uses the remarkable story of Sofia del Valle to tell the history of Catholicism's global shift from north to south and the importance of women to Catholic survival and change over the course of the twentieth century. As a devout Catholic single woman, neither nun nor mother, Del Valle resisted religious persecution in an era of Mexican revolutionary upheaval, became a labor activist in a time of class conflict, founded an educational movement, toured the United States as a public lecturer, and raised money for Catholic ministries-all in an age dominated by economic depression, gender prejudice, and racial discrimination. The rise of the global south marked a new power dynamic within the Church as Latin America moved from the margins of activism to the vanguard. Del Valle's life and the stories of those she met along the way illustrate the shared pious practices, gender norms, and organizational networks that linked activists across national borders. Told through the eyes of a little-known laywoman from Mexico, Andes shows how women journeyed from the pews into the heart of the modern world.

Ellen Browning Scripps New Money and American Philanthropy

Ellen Browning Scripps New Money and American Philanthropy

Author: Molly McClain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Molly McClain tells the remarkable story of Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932), an American newspaperwoman, feminist, suffragist, abolitionist, and social reformer. She used her fortune to support women's education, the labor movement, and public access to science, the arts, and education. Born in London, Scripps grew up in rural poverty on the Illinois prairie. She went from rags to riches, living out that cherished American story in which people pull themselves up by their bootstraps with audacity, hard work, and luck. She and her brother, E. W. Scripps, built America's largest chain of newspapers, linking midwestern industrial cities with booming towns in the West. Less well known today than the papers started by Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, Scripps newspapers transformed their owners into millionaires almost overnight. By the 1920s Scripps was worth an estimated $30 million, most of which she gave away. She established the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine after founding Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also provided major financial support to organizations worldwide that promised to advance democratic principles and public education. In Ellen Browning Scripps, McClain brings to life an extraordinary woman who played a vital role in the history of women, California, and the American West.

The Mysterious Sofia One Woman's Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Mexico

The Mysterious Sofia One Woman's Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Author: Stephen J. C. Andes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Who was the Mysterious Sofia, whose letter in November 1934 was sent from Washington DC to Mexico City and intercepted by the Mexican Secret Service? In The Mysterious Sofia Stephen J. C. Andes uses the remarkable story of Sofia del Valle to tell the history of Catholicism's global shift from north to south and the importance of women to Catholic survival and change over the course of the twentieth century. As a devout Catholic single woman, neither nun nor mother, Del Valle resisted religious persecution in an era of Mexican revolutionary upheaval, became a labor activist in a time of class conflict, founded an educational movement, toured the United States as a public lecturer, and raised money for Catholic ministries-all in an age dominated by economic depression, gender prejudice, and racial discrimination. The rise of the global south marked a new power dynamic within the Church as Latin America moved from the margins of activism to the vanguard. Del Valle's life and the stories of those she met along the way illustrate the shared pious practices, gender norms, and organizational networks that linked activists across national borders. Told through the eyes of a little-known laywoman from Mexico, Andes shows how women journeyed from the pews into the heart of the modern world.

VEERAPPAN Chasing the Brigand

VEERAPPAN Chasing the Brigand

Author: K. Vijay Kumar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Charles Sobhraj

Charles Sobhraj

Author: Raamesh Koirala Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2019

Scorpion on the Ceiling A Scottish Colonial Family in South East Asia

Scorpion on the Ceiling A Scottish Colonial Family in South East Asia

Author: Roderick Martine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Eva and Otto Resistance, Refugees, and Love in the Time of Hitler

Eva and Otto Resistance, Refugees, and Love in the Time of Hitler

Author: Tom Pfister, Kathy Pfister, Peter Pfister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Eva and Otto is a truestory about German opposition and resistance to Hitler as revealed through the early lives of Eva Lewinski Pfister (1910-1991) and Otto Pfister (1900-1985). It is an intimate and epic account of two Germans-Eva born Jewish, Otto born Catholic-who worked with a little-known German political group that resisted and fought against Hitler in Germany before 1933 and then in exile in Paris before the German invasion of France in May 1940. After their improbable escapes from separate internment and imprisonment in Europe, Eva obtained refuge in America in October 1940 where she worked to rescue other endangered political refugees, including Otto, with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt. As revealed in recently declassified records, Eva and Otto later engaged in different secret assignments with the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in support of the Allied war effort. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, Eva and Otto gave each other hope and strength as they acted upon what they understood to be an ethical duty to help others threatened by fascism. The book provides a sobering insight into the personal risks and costs of a commitment to that duty. Their unusually beautiful writing-directed to each other in diaries and correspondence during two long periods of wartime separation-also reveals an unlikely and inspiring love story.