New Arrivals · Biography

July 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Nigeria revisited : my life and loves abroad

July 24, 2015
Onyemelukwe, Catherine, author.
©2014.
xiv, 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Peace Corps Writers book."

Driven by desperation : how a Jamaican-born child overcame extreme poverty and adversity to live the American dream

July 22, 2015
Folkes, Michael A., 1968- author.
©2014
ii, 165 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Everyone loves a great rags-to-riches story, but Michael Folkes' tale is far more than that. It's a chronology that sounds almost more make-believe than real. Born into poverty and abuse in Jamaica, Michael could have become just one more underprivileged statistic, condemned to a life of punishing labor, were it not for his mother's throwing up her hands in despair one day and taking him to live with his paternal grandparents. That changed everything. Melbourne Folkes taught his grandson the values of honor, commitment and faith in God. Michael listened and learned..."--Amazon.com

That's Muhammad Ali's brother! : my life on the undercard

July 21, 2015
Ali, Rahaman, 1940- author.
New York, NY : Page Publishing ; 2015.
163 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Last to die : a defeated empire, a forgotten mission, and the last American killed in World War II

July 21, 2015
Harding, Stephen, 1952-
Boston : Da Capo Press, 2015.
vii, 253 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of plates, maps ; 24 cm
Son and gunner -- The second-string super bomber -- Crisis in Tokyo -- Ceasefire, or not? -- A desperate fight -- Peace, or war? -- Homecoming.

Steve Jobs : insanely great

July 21, 2015
Hartland, Jessie, author.
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2015]
223 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
This biography in graphic format presents the story of the ultimateAmerican entrepreneur, who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones and more, this unique and stylish book is sure to appeal to the legions of readers who live and breathe the techno-centric world Jobs created.

You won't believe it : an autobiography

July 21, 2015
Moore, Thurston, 1926-
©2013
512 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.) and 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.).
Title from book jacket and spine.
"Thanks to Dale and Marion Carrison for editing the book, and to Dean Dowell for putting it all together"--Unnumbered introductory page.
Disc 1. "Here for you" / lyrics by Hollis Summers ; music by Thurston Moore (CD) -- disc 2. Tennessee Players Highlights. 1. Evening of entertainment, WDCN, Nashville, Tenn., August 28, 1988; grand finale of Fall fund campaign ; 2. Lincoln & the Civil War highlights, featuring Georgianna as Mary Todd Lincoln -- disc 3. The Theatre scene highlights, volume 4, host: Georgianna: Meredith Wilson's The Music Man.
"Thurston Moore has had a multi-faceted life of 87 years--from a newsboy to the President of Tennessee Players, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1987, by him and his late wife, Georgianna. Many chapters have opened and closed. Their Multimedia Musical Dramatization, Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach, has been presented in more than 150 churches and schools, including a presentation at The Washington National Cathedral. When it was presented at the Holy Trinity Church in New York City in 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation for Albert Schweitzer Day, and said "Further establishes the Tennessee Players' reputation as one of the nation's most innovative and conscientious arts organizations." In 2000 Moore conceived and produced a landmark 16-day international peace event, Symposium 2000-- World Peace Through Reverence for Life, sponsored by Vanderbilt University, which drew worldwide attention. In 2002 he delivered the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Universal Harmony through Reverence for Life, in New Delhi, India. Moore has enjoyed success in many careers and has rubbed elbows with countless personalities... For 25 years Moore published many books in country music...including the coveted Country Music Who's Who... In 136 chapters, readers will find many fascinating stories."--Book jacket.

The last full measure of devotion : ARSOF fallen from the War on Terrorism, 2001-2014.

July 21, 2015
Washington, DC : U.S. Government Printing Office, [2015]
203 pages : color illustrations, 29 cm
Shipping list no.: 2015-0249-P.
"Printed March, 2015"--Page [i].

Yes! : my improbable journey to the main event of WrestleMania

July 20, 2015
Bryan, Daniel, 1981- author.
©2015.
vi, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
One of the most popular WWE champions. This behind the scenes story is told for the first time by Bryan himself.

My first hundred years in show business

July 20, 2015
Wilson, Mary Louise.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
219 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one-woman play, Full Gallop, portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. But before and since, her life and her career--including the Tony Award for her portrayal of Big Edie in Grey Gardens--have been enviably celebrated and varied. Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City in the late 1950s; lived with her gay brother in the Village; entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review; and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since. My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down. Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor. In her inimitable voice--wry, admirably unsentimental, mordantly funny--Mary Louise Wilson has crafted a work that is at once a teeming social history of the New York theatre scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor"-- Provided by publisher.

Barbarian days : a surfing life

July 20, 2015
Finnegan, William, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
447 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Off Diamond Head (Honolulu, 1966-67) -- Smell the ocean (California, ca. 1956-65) -- The shock of the new (California, 1968) -- 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky (Maui, 1971) -- The search (The South Pacific, 1978) -- The lucky country (Australia, 1978-79) -- Choosing Ethiopia (Asia, Africa, 1979-81) -- Against dereliction (San Francisco, 1983-86) -- Basso profundo (Madeira, 1994-2003) -- The mountains fall into the heart of the sea (New York City, 2002-15).
Describes the author's experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.

Gone in a heartbeat : a physician's search for true healing

July 20, 2015
Spector, Neil, author.
©2015
255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Oasis : conversion stories of Hollywood legends

July 20, 2015
Kendall, Mary Claire, 1959-
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, [2015]
xvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion-- intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood. Some had deathbed conversions, others underwent a gradual process of conversion; each found solace in embracing the Catholic faith"-- Provided by publisher.

One righteous man : Samuel Battle and the shattering of the color line in New York

July 20, 2015
Browne, Arthur, 1950-
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
ix, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Quest -- Struggle -- Betrayed -- Command -- Respect -- Forgotten.
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910 to 1960 as told through the life of the city's first black police officer who, fearing his racist colleagues just as much as the criminal element, became an unheralded figure in the fight for civil rights,"--Novelist.

Being Berlusconi : the rise and fall from cosa nostra to bunga bunga

July 17, 2015
Day, Michael, 1966-
New York : Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2015.
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"People from all walks of life are appalled and fascinated in equal measure by the stratospheric political career of the tycoon and three-time Italian Prime Minister. Michael Day provides an in depth look at the life and crimes of the shameless media mogul until his nine lives ran out and he faced definitive conviction which signaled his irreversible decline. He tells the story of a bright and ambitious man from a lower-middle class family who shook off his humble origins and rose to become rich and powerful beyond most people's dreams--a multi-billionaire whose Mediaset company remains one of Europe's largest television and cinema conglomerates. Along the way, amid the election victories, business triumphs, and womanizing, he became bogged down by his hubris, egotism, sexual obsessions, as well as his flagrant disregard for the law. And yet how and why did Italy and Italians put up with him for so long? With the 78-year-old's legal woes ongoing, including further trials for bribery, after a recent nine-month community service stint, Being Berlusconi is well-timed to mark the final chapters of a notorious--and astonishing--life and career"-- Provided by publisher.

A thousand miles to freedom : my escape from North Korea

July 17, 2015
Kim, Ŭn-ju, 1986- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
228 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Corée du Nord : 9 ans pour fuir l'enfer.
"Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country--despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated ... Her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete ... Now Eunsun is sharing her ... story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of a madman : the Geto Boys, life, death, and the roots of Southern rap

July 17, 2015
Scarface, author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2015.
223 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Whitney & Bobbi Kristina : the deadly price of fame

July 17, 2015
Halperin, Ian, author.
©2015
298 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An unauthorized biography"--Jacket.
Investigative journalist Ian Halperin tells the tragic story of Whitney Houston, exploring the devastating , self-destructive secrets that plagued the singer and led Whitney--and later her daughter--down a dark and dangerous road.

Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South

July 16, 2015
Dickey, Christopher.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue -- An Englishman of the Americas -- Observations on the price of Negroes -- Quasi-war -- First shots -- Wicked designs -- Epilogue: the reign of error.
"Between the Confederacy and recognition by Great Britain stood one unlikely Englishman who hated the slave trade. His actions helped determine the fate of a nation. When Robert Bunch arrived in Charleston to take up the post of British consul in 1853, he was young and full of ambition, but even he couldn't have imagined the incredible role he would play in the history-making events to unfold. In an age when diplomats often were spies, Bunch's job included sending intelligence back to the British government in London. Yet as the United States threatened to erupt into Civil War, Bunch found himself plunged into a double life, settling into an amiable routine with his slavery-loving neighbors on the one hand, while working furiously to thwart their plans to achieve a new Confederacy. As secession and war approached, the Southern states found themselves in an impossible position. They knew that recognition from Great Britain would be essential to the survival of the Confederacy, and also that such recognition was likely to be withheld if the South reopened the Atlantic slave trade. But as Bunch meticulously noted from his perch in Charleston, secession's red-hot epicenter, that trade was growing. And as Southern leaders continued to dissemble publicly about their intentions, Bunch sent dispatch after secret dispatch back to the Foreign Office warning of the truth--that economic survival would force the South to import slaves from Africa in massive numbers. When the gears of war finally began to turn, and Bunch was pressed into service on an actual spy mission to make contact with the Confederate government, he found himself in the middle of a fight between the Union and Britain that threatened, in the boast of Secretary of State William Seward, to 'wrap the world in flames.' In this masterfully told story, Christopher Dickey introduces Consul Bunch as a key figure in the pitched battle between those who wished to reopen the floodgates of bondage and misery, and those who wished to dam the tide forever. Featuring a remarkable cast of diplomats, journalists, senators, and spies, Our Man in Charleston captures the intricate, intense relationship between great powers on the brink of war"-- Provided by publisher.

'74 and sunny

July 16, 2015
Benza, A. J., author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm.

Common warfare : parallel memoirs by two World War II GIs in the Pacific

July 16, 2015
Becker, Carl M.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©1992.
xiv, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The flavor of favor : quest for the American dream : a memoir

July 16, 2015
Olawale, Emmanuel, 1977- author.
©2015
366 pages ; 23 cm
"This memoir is an inspirational story of an African immigrant and his journey from his country of birth, Nigeria to his dream country, the United States. Olawale tells a gripping story of a child raised in an economically unstable environment, in which his parents tried desperately to shield him from the reality of the changing times. However, at the age of fourteen he started seeking a way out of penury by secretly doing odd jobs without his parents' knowledge. By the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States and began the pursuit of the American dream with the belief that the United States was the "promised land" and that with hard work and dedication, he will succeed. He worked multiple jobs, juggling two to three jobs while also trying to obtain a college degree. He struggled to adapt in his newly adopted homeland as he lost one job after another, experienced prejudice and social isolation. The dreamland was rapidly becoming the land of nightmare. Yet, he was grounded by his faith and comforted by the hope of a better future in this land of opportunities. Olawale details the experience of a young immigrant growing up in a world that was rapidly changing and in which he has to either fend for himself to survive or fail woefully. He eventually graduated from college with honors and subsequently earned a law degree. He became an attorney and was nominated as a candidate for judge by a major political party in the United States. It is a story of faith, faithfulness, determination, discipline and survival in spite of the odds."--Amazon.com

Big Klu : the baseball life of Ted Kluszewski

July 15, 2015
Cook, William A., 1944-
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2012.
vii, 186 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"Ted Kluszewski played little baseball in his youth, making a name for himself instead as a hard-hitting football player at Indiana University. Between 1953 and 1956, no other player in major league baseball hit more home runs. This biography chronicles the unusual odyssey that took Kluszewski to the big leagues and ultimately made him an icon"--Provided by publisher.

Diane von Furstenberg : a life unwrapped

July 15, 2015
Diliberto, Gioia, 1950- author.
©2015
312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A sweeping biography of one of the most influential and controversial legends of late twentieth-century fashion, an iconic designer whose colorful creations, including the "wrap dress," captured the modern feminist spirit.

Daisy Turner's kin : an African American family saga

July 15, 2015
Beck, Jane C., 1941- author.
©2015
295 pages : illustrations, genealogical table, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
The Turner narrative and memory -- Meeting Daisy -- African roots -- Jack Gouldin and Robert Berkeley -- Plantation life -- Civil War -- Postwar -- Vermont -- Journey's end -- Daisy's last years -- Appendix. turner family genealogical chart.
"A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her-- "a well-polished artifact, an heirloom that had been carefully preserved"-- began among the Yoruba in West Africa and continued with her own long lifetime. In 1983, folklorist Jane Beck began to interview Turner, then one hundred years old and still relating four generations of oral history"--Page 4 of cover.

New ideas from dead economists : an introduction to modern economic thought

July 15, 2015
Buchholz, Todd G.
New York : Plume, ©2007.
xxi, 346 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction: The plight of the economist -- The second coming of Adam Smith -- Malthus : prophet of doom and population boom -- David Ricardo and the cry for free trade -- The stormy mind of John Stuart Mill -- The angry oracle called Karl Marx -- Alfred Marshall and the marginalist mind -- Old and new institutionalists -- Keynes : bon vivant as savior -- Milton Friedman and the monetarist battle against Keynes -- The Public Choice school : politics as a business -- The wild world of rational expectations and behavioral economics -- Dark clouds, silver linings.
A reexamination of the major economic theories of the past two hundred years discusses how long-dead, famous economists such as Adam Smith and others would handle today's economic problems.

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