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The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler By Deborah Cadbury Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781541751187
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Published: PublicAffairs - February 20th, 2024

Anna Essinger is a hero that has been overlooked by history. Her escape from Germany and the first 70 children traveling by the Kindertransport begun in 1933. Essinger's school received children up to and including those in hiding or concentration camps. She worked tirelessly to provide a home to children orphaned and broken by the horror of WWII. She was a true humanitarian and deserves recognition what she was able to provide for countless children. She and the children need to have their story told. You will feel better once you read this to know goodness exists.


Review by Sue

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Putin's Russia: The Rise of a Dictator By Darryl Cunningham Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770465046
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 15th, 2022

If you ever had any doubts about Putin or wanted verification of his total power and how he got there, this is the book for you. I read this in half a day, all the facts and timelines of events are accurately depicted. This is a great book to share or recommend to others in light of our current political atmosphere. I highly, highly recommend!


Review by Sue

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A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy By Nathan Thrall Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250854971
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 3rd, 2023

A bus accident leads a frantic father into the dizzying maze of military checkpoints and border control in occupied Palestine as he tries to find out what happened to his child. With eye-witness accounts from medics and survivors, bureaucrats and armed forces, the daily tragedies and injustices committed against the people of Palestine are too overwhelming to hold in one's heart.


Review by Sarah C.

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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution By Yuri Slezkine Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691192727
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Princeton University Press - June 18th, 2019

This is a book that stays with you long after the enormous length of time time that you’ll spend reading it. Not content to merely rival the classics of Russian literature with an epic account of the idealism and ultimate tragedy of the Bolshevik Revolution, Slezkine bores deeply into the Bolsheviks' attempts to create a new socialist society by attacking bourgeois art, fashion, and fitted kitchens.


Review by Stephen

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The End of Policing By Alex S. Vitale Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

I thought this was a concise, accessible read. If you already own a dog-eared copy of "Are Prisons Obsolete?" or have a pen pal through Black and Pink, then this book will be preaching to the choir. However, if you have no idea what those things are but do think that there must be a better way of handling social problems than just sending the police in, this book is a great place to start.


Review by Anje