New Arrivals · Biography

March 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gray day : my undercover mission to expose America's first cyber spy

March 22, 2019
O'Neill, Eric, author.
©2019
viii, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Tipping points -- The tyranny of secrets -- Lay down your sword -- Mousetrap -- The weakest link -- The worst possible place -- Trust but verify -- Diligence is the mother of good luck -- Truth is a splendid wild stallion -- Straight lines -- Punch in the mouth -- Open your eyes -- Jersey walls and airplanes -- The art of thievery -- A flaw in the system -- Not a bear -- In the middle -- Making a spy -- Have faith -- Break the routine -- Out on a limb -- The worst offense is defense -- Shenanigans -- Smoking gun -- Understanding -- The future is yesterday -- There are no hackers, only spies -- Up all night.
"A cybersecurity expert and former FBI "ghost" tells the thrilling story of how he helped take down notorious FBI mole Robert Hanssen, the first Russian cyber spy. Eric O'Neill was only twenty-six when he was tapped for the case of a lifetime: a one-on-one undercover investigation of the FBI's top target, a man suspected of spying for the Russians for nearly two decades, giving up nuclear secrets, compromising intelligence, and betraying US assets. With zero training in face-to-face investigation, Eric found himself in a windowless, high-security office in the newly formed Information Assurance Section, tasked officially with helping the FBI secure its outdated computer system against hackers and spies--and unofficially with collecting evidence against his new boss, Robert Hanssen, an exacting and rage-prone veteran agent with a disturbing fondness for handguns. In the months that follow, Eric's self-esteem and young marriage unravel under the pressure of life in Room 9930, and he questions the very purpose of his mission. But as Hanssen outmaneuvers an intelligence community struggling to keep up with the new reality of cybersecurity, he also teaches Eric the game of spycraft. Eric will just have to learn to outplay his teacher if he wants to win. A tension-packed stew of power, paranoia, and psychological manipulation, Gray Day is also a cautionary tale of how the United States allowed Russia to become dominant in cyberespionage--and how we might begin to catch up"-- Provided by publisher.

The lady is a spy : Virginia Hall, World War II hero of the French resistance

March 21, 2019
Mitchell, Don, 1957- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Focus, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.
xvii, 265 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Virginia Hall's war -- The fighting blade -- Student of Europe -- State Department years -- The gathering storm -- Wartime London: wearing life like a loose garment -- The new recruit -- Virginia's intelligence circle -- Wartime France through a spy's eyes -- Taking care of British agents -- Abbé Alesch: friend or foe? -- The river is rising: Virginia's final days in Lyon -- Virginia's escape -- On the sidelines in Spain -- The OSS : America's wartime spy service -- The great adventure: Virginia's return to France -- Setting up shop -- Virginia transfers to OSS -- Supporting D-Day and operations in the Haute-Loire -- Virginia goes her own way -- Rafael and Hemon fall from the sky -- Hoping for a final mission -- The Austria mission -- A final accounting -- The true story of Abbé Alesch -- Recognition -- Cold warrior at the CIA -- A new beginning -- Retirement.
"When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, instead of returning home, she headed to France. In a country divided between freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Special Operations Executive and the US Office of Strategic Services. Working as a spy in the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, assisting in the sabotage of Nazis, and rescuing downed Allied soldiers. She passed in plain sight of the enemy, and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and daring escapes. Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win"-- Provided by publisher.

Unbecoming : a memoir of disobedience

March 21, 2019
Bhagwati, Anuradha Kristina, 1975- author.
New York : Atria Books, [2019]
xii, 321 pages ; 24 cm
Home fires -- Are you a girl with a star-spangled heart? -- Becoming a Marine -- Womanizing the Corps -- Heart of darkness -- A few good men -- Joining the grunts -- One last oorah -- Invitation to a beheading -- Unraveling -- Rising up -- The civilian invasion -- Shock and awe -- Bleeding hearts -- Handling the truth -- Our last best hope -- Red, (white) and blue.
"A raw, unflinching, and inspirational memoir by a former United States Marine Captain describing her journey from dutiful daughter of immigrants to wide-eyed recruit to radical activist dedicated to effecting historic policy reform in the military. After a lifetime of buckling to the demands of her strict Indian parents, Anuradha Bhagwati abandons her grad school career at Harvard University to join the Marines. It's the fiercest, most violent, most masculine branch of the military: the perfect place for her to prove that she's the ultimate Cool Girl, someone who can brawl with the boys in every sense of the word. Or at least that's what she thinks. From the moment training begins, Anuradha's G.I. Jane fantasy is punctured. As a bisexual woman of color in the military, she faces adversity and underestimation at every stage, confronting misogyny, racism, abuse, and astonishing injustice perpetrated by those in power. Pushing herself beyond her limits to prove her ability, she is forced to wrestle with what exactly drove her to pursue such punishment and violence in the first place. Once her service concludes in 2004, instead of retreating and putting it all behind her, she decides to do the exact opposite: take to task the leaders and outmoded conventions that she found so objectionable and even dangerous. Full of strength, courage, and heroic resilience, Unbecoming is about one woman who learned to believe in herself in spite of everything; it is the kind of story that will light a fire beneath you, and that will inspire our next generation of fierce female heroes to always persist"-- Provided by publisher.

The Chief : the life and turbulent times of Chief Justice John Roberts

March 20, 2019
Biskupic, Joan, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2019]
ix, 421 pages ; 24 cm
From Lancashire to Wonder Street -- The education of John Roberts -- Hearing the call -- "May it please the court" -- The stand out -- The right place -- Blacks, whites, and brown -- Fusion of ideology and politics -- A switch in time -- Roberts and race : "the nation is no longer divided along those lines" -- Control on a divided court -- An open seat in an election year -- Roberts court in the Trump era.
"An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far. John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance. Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. How are we to understand the motives of the most powerful judge in the land? In The Chief, award-winning journalist Joan Biskupic contends that Roberts is torn between two, often divergent, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, and to protect the Court's image and his place in history. Biskupic shows how Roberts's dual commitments have fostered distrust among his colleagues, with major consequences for the law. Trenchant and authoritative, The Chief reveals the making of a justice and the drama on this nation's highest court." -- Provided by publisher.

Funny man : Mel Brooks

March 20, 2019
McGilligan, Patrick, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A deeply textured and compelling biography of comedy giant Mel Brooks, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films, and theater.

Let's play two : the legend of Mr. Cub, the life of Ernie Banks

March 20, 2019
Rapoport, Ron, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
ix, 454 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: Omaha -- A blessed child. 1717 Fairmount ; Booker T ; On the road ; Leaving home -- Apprenticeship. Monarchs of all they surveyed ; Army life ; "Going to Chicago, sorry I can't take you" -- Ernie Banks and Mr. Cub. North side, South side ; The master builder ; Future shock ; MVP! MVP! ; The slough of despond ; The once and future Cub ; Let's play two ; The rock of the family ; Bright college days ; "He was why we fell in love with the game" ; The lull before the storm -- Himself. Taking over ; "Daddy, where were you?" ; Teammates ; And yet so far ; The most unpopular man in Chicago ; "This is not an eighth-place team" -- The best of times, the worst of times. "Change the flag!" ; Bleacher bums ; In the world ; "Break out the champagne" ; A bunch of old men ; Questions and answers ; Riding the pines ; Sunday in America ; Coda -- Being Ernie Banks. Man at work ; Family ties ; "How's your wife?" ; Rounding third ; Epilogue: Graceland.
"The definitive and revealing biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, one of America's most iconic, beloved, and misunderstood baseball players, by acclaimed journalist Ron Rapoport"-- Provided by publisher.

First : Sandra Day O'Connor

March 19, 2019
Thomas, Evan, 1951- author.
©2019
xvi, 476 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Lazy B -- Stanford -- The golden couple -- Majority leader -- Arizona judge -- The president calls -- Inside the marble palace -- Scrutiny -- FWOTSC -- Cancer -- A woman's role -- Civic religion -- Bush v. Gore -- Affirmative action -- End game -- Labor of love.
"Based on exclusive interviews and access to the Supreme Court archives, this is the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of America's first female Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor--by New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas. She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her"-- Provided by publisher.

Horizon

March 19, 2019
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
xiv, 572 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters-human, animal, and natural-that have shaped an extraordinary life. Taking us nearly from pole to pole-from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth-and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez, gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that moves indelibly, immersively, through his travels to six regions of the world."--Provided by publisher

What you have heard is true : a memoir of witness and resistance

March 19, 2019
Forché, Carolyn, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the author's deep friendship with a mysterious intellectual who introduced her to the culture and people of El Salvador in the 1970s, a tumultuous period in the country's history, inspiring her work as an unlikely activist.

Drinking at the movies

March 19, 2019
Wertz, Julia, author.
[Toronto] : Koyama Press, 2015.
xii, 179 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Presents a reflection on early adulthood in which the author moves from San Francisco to Brooklyn at the height of Obama's election frenzy and endures a series of minimum-wage jobs, local competitiveness, and problems back home.

The story of Buddha : a graphic biography

March 19, 2019
Ōta, Hisashi, 1970-
Los Angeles : Ichimannendo Pub., 2011.
233 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 21 cm
A manga adaptation of the early life and adulthood of the historical Buddha. "Twenty-five hundred years ago, in his youth Buddha had the same nagging questions that we do today. He never avoided them or gave up the search for answers, but devoted himself earnestly to discovering the meaning of life"--Page 4 of cover.

Leaders who changed history.

March 18, 2019
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2019.
320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Profiles the greatest political, social, and cultural leaders throughout history, including Genghis Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah Winfrey.

Ray Bolger : more than a scarecrow

March 18, 2019
Van Leuven, Holly, author.
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2019]
xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Fighter in velvet gloves : Alaska civil rights hero Elizabeth Peratrovich

March 18, 2019
Boochever, Annie, author.
©2019
xiv, 101 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"'No Natives or Dogs Allowed' blared the storefront sign at the young Tlingit Indian girl. The sting of those words would stay with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. Years later, a seasoned fighter for equality, she would deliver her own eloquent message. One that helped change Alaska and the nation forever. Tensions could not have been higher in Gallery B of the Alaska Territorial Senate. Alaska Natives and non-Natives pressed shoulder to shoulder or stood teetering on chairs to peer over the avalanche of heads that flowed into the hallway. They had come to hear debate on the first anti-discrimination bill in America, almost 20 years before passage of the United States Civil Rights Act. One speaker remained. Now thirty-three years old, Elizabeth Peratrovich placed her knitting next to her young daughter and rose. Dignified and confident in white velvet gloves, stylish green dress and matching hat, she made her way slowly down the crowded aisle. The audience strained forward, drawn by her calm but powerful presence. She turned to face the assembled legislators. Fighter in Velvet Gloves traces Elizabeth's life, from birth and adoption to leadership in a battle for civil rights now celebrated annually throughout Alaska on Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Author Annie Boochever grew up in Juneau, Alaska. She and her family knew many of the Alaskans, including political leaders, who played key roles in Elizabeth's life and in the battle for Alaska Native people's equality. Written in collaboration with Elizabeth's eldest son, Roy Peratrovich Jr., Fighter in Velvet Gloves brings to life for readers, age ten through young adult, the story of an inspirational Alaskan and American hero"--Provided by publisher.

The perfect predator : a scientist's race to save her husband from a deadly superbug

March 18, 2019
Strathdee, Steffanie A., author.
©2019
viii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I : A deadly hitchhiker. Blindsided -- A menacing air -- The last supper -- Disease detectives -- First responders -- Lost in translation -- The colonel from Al-Shabaab -- Tom: interlude I -- A deadly hitchhiker -- The worst bacteria on the planet -- Tom: interlude II. Part II : Can't eskape. -- Homecoming -- Superbugged -- Public enemy number one: under the radar -- Tom: interlude III -- The alternate reality club -- Tipping point: fully colonized -- Tom: interlude IV. Part III : the perfect predator. The spider to catch the fly -- Tom: interlude V -- The perfect predator -- Semper fortis: always faithful, always strong -- A hail Mary pass -- Panning for gold -- Journeying -- Tom: interlude VI. Part IV : the Darwinian dance. The blood orange tree -- Moment of truth -- The bold guess -- Lysis to kill -- Tom: interlude VII -- Second-guessing -- No mud, no lotus -- tom: interlude VIII -- The Darwinian dance and the Red Queen's pursuit -- The last dance -- The Buddha's gift -- Grand rounds -- Epilogue.
Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. What at first seemed like a case of food poisoning quickly turned critical, and by the time Tom had been transferred via emergency medevac to the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie worked, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic- resistant bacteria in the world. Frantic, Steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka "the perfect predator," can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. She found allies at the FDA, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center --and together they resurrected a forgotten cure. A nail-biting medical mystery, The Perfect Predator is a story of love and survival against all odds, and the (re)discovery of a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis.

26 marathons : what I learned about faith, identity, running, and life from my marathon career

March 15, 2019
Keflezighi, Meb, author.
New York : Rodale Books, [2019]
239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Four-time Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi shares his lessons on life, family, faith, and running through a reflection on each of the 26 marathons he's run in his storied career. When four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career. Meb will be remembered as the only person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon silver medal. Meb's last marathon was also his 26th, and each of those 26 marathons has come with its own unique challenges, rewards, and outcomes for him. Through focused narrative, Meb describes key moments and triumphs that made each marathon a unique learning experience and shows runners--whether recreational or professional--how to apply the lessons he's learned to their own running and lives. Chronologically organized by marathon, 26 Marathons offers wisdom Meb has gleaned about life, family, identity, and faith in addition to tips about running, training, and nutrition. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice, this book will provide readers an inside look at the life and success of one of the greatest runners living today"-- Provided by publisher.

Zora and Langston : a story of friendship and betrayal

March 15, 2019
Taylor, Yuval, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
xii, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Introduction. Lovingly yours -- Spring 1925. Opportunity -- 1891/1924. I laugh, and grow strong -- Summer 1926. The Niggerati -- Spring 1927. Enter godmother -- Summer 1927. The company of good things -- Fall 1927. A deep well of the spirit -- Winter 1928/winter 1930. This is going to be big -- Spring 1930. The bone of contention -- Winter 1931. A miasma of untruth -- 1932/1960. The aftermath -- Conclusion. The legacy.
"Hurston and Hughes, two giants of the Harlem Renaissance and American literature, were best friends--until they weren't. Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and Langston Hughes ('The Negro Speaks of Rivers,' 'Let America Be America Again') were collaborators, literary gadflies, and close companions. They traveled together in Hurston's dilapidated car through the rural South collecting folklore, worked on the play Mule Bone, and wrote scores of loving letters to each other. They even had the same patron: Charlotte Osgood Mason, a wealthy white woman who insisted on being called 'Godmother.' Paying them lavishly while trying to control their work, Mason may have been the spark for their bitter falling-out. Was the split inevitable when Hughes decided to be financially independent of their patron? Was Hurston jealous of the woman employed as their typist? Or was the rupture over the authorship of Mule Bone? Yuval Taylor answers these questions while illuminating Hurston's and Hughes's lives, work, competitiveness and ambition"-- Provided by publisher.

Captain Sally : a biography of Capt. Sally Tompkins, America's first female Army officer

March 15, 2019
Wiatt, Thomas T.
©2018
xvi, 87 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 23 cm

A fire story

March 14, 2019
Fies, Brian, author, artist.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2019.
153 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Early on the morning of Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 8,900 structures, including 6,200 homes, were destroyed. One of those homes belonged to author and illustrator Brian Fies and his family. In the days that followed, Fies hastily pulled together a firsthand account of his experience in a twenty-page online comic, entitled A Fire Story, that went viral... Less than a year after the fire, Brian Fies expanded his webcomic into a full-length graphic novel, including environmental insight and the stories of others affected by the disaster."--Jacket.

Nobody's fool : the life and times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

March 14, 2019
Griffith, Bill, 1944- author.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2019.
248 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm
"The story of Schlitzie's long career--from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows--is one of legend. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks (produced by MGM in 1932 and directed by Tod Browning), in which all of the sideshow performers were real, not actors. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie's role in the film is a centerpiece of the book. This graphic novel biography is not exploitative, but instead humanizes Schlitzie by providing never-before revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring some dignity to his life and recognizing his contributions to popular culture"--Provided by publisher.

The sun is a compass : a 4,000-mile journey into the Alaskan wilds

March 14, 2019
Van Hemert, Caroline, author.
New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019.
vii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm
Documents the biologist adventurer's treks in the vast wilderness region spanning the Pacific rainforest through the Alaskan Arctic, where she and her husband tested their physical boundaries while making profound natural-world connections.

Prince : the life the genius the legend

March 14, 2019
Court, James (Music author), author.
[Place of publication not identified] : New Haven Publishing Ltd, 2018.
248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A biography of the rock musician Prince by collector and writer James Court.

Turn the lights on! : a physician's personal journal from the darkness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to hope, healing, and recovery

March 14, 2019
Gordon, Chrisanne, author.
[Dublin, Ohio] : Corpus Callosum Creations, Ltd., [2018]
vii, 229 pages ; 23 cm
"Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be a life-altering event which can produce a wide range of symptoms. Now, a physician shares her personal journey with TBI after suffering a life changing accident. In this touching and informative book, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon chronicles her struggles, as she is challenged to make sense of what happened and realizes that her medical training did not prepare her for this. With intimate detail she explains what it is like to have mTBI, how it affected her life, and what was needed for healing and recovery. Perhaps, most importantly, the book is a beacon of hope and understanding for anyone who has experienced a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, and a guide for their loved ones, caregivers, and health care providers who assist their recover"--Page 4 of cover.

Journals kept by Mr. Gully and Capt. Denham during a captivity in China in the year 1842

March 13, 2019
Gully, Mr.
London : Chapman and Hall, 1844.
198 pages ; 23 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover.

H.G. Adler : a life in many worlds

March 12, 2019
Filkins, Peter, author.
New York City : Oxford University Press, [2018]
403 pages : portraits, illustrations, cm
"The biography of H.G. Adler (1910-88) is the story of a survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps who not only lived through the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century, but someone who also devoted his literary and scholarly career to telling the story of those who perished in over two dozen books of fiction, poetry, history, sociology, and religion. And yet for much of his life he remained almost entirely unknown. A writer's writer, a scholar of seminal, pioneering works on the Holocaust, a renowned radio essayist in postwar Germany, a last representative of the Prague Circle of literature headed by Kafka, a key contributor to the prosecution in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Adler was a man of his time whose times lived through him. His is the story of many others, but also one that is singularly his own. And at its heart lies a profound story of love and perseverance amid the loss of his first wife, Gertrud Klepetar, who accompanied her mother to the gas chamber in Auschwitz, and the courtship and extended correspondence with Bettina Gross, a Prague artist who escaped to the Britain, only to later learn that her mother had also been in Theresienstadt with Adler before her eventual death in Auschwitz. His delivery of a lecture in Theresienstadt commemorating Kafka's sixtieth birthday, and with Kafka's favorite sister present; the nurturing of a younger generation of artists and intellectuals, including the Israeli artist Jehuda Bacon and the Serbian novelist Ivan Ivanji; the preservation of Viktor Ullmann's compositions and his opera The Emperor of Atlantis, only to see them premiered decades later to world acclaim; and the penury of postwar life while churning out the novels, poetry, and scholarship that would make his reputation - all of these are part of a life survived in the moment, but dedicated to the future, and that of a man committed to helping human dignity survive in his time and that to come."--Amazon.com

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