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Today's Best Nonfiction Selected and Edited by Reader's Digest, Vol 32: Warriors Don't Cry / Nixon, A Life / Esther / Raising Lazarus
Today's Best Nonfiction Selected and Edited by Reader's Digest Vol 32 Warriors Don't Cry / Nixon A Life / Esther / Raising Lazarus Author:Melba Patillo Beals, Jonathan Aitken, Robert Pensack, Leonard Sanders, Dwight Williams Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals — At the age of fifteen Melba Pattillo was taunted, threatened, spit upon, burned, stabbed in the back, and tripped down stairwells. It all happened at school -- simply because she wanted a good education. the time was 1957. The plac... more »e: Little Rock, Arkansas. And Melba and eight other black children were paying the price of integration with their most precious possession -- their innocence.
Esther: Her Murder Haunts a Small town in Oklahoma by Leonard Sanders
In Granite, Oklahoma, on a blustery April night in 1987, a retired schoolteacher named Esther Steele became the town's first-ever murder victim, knifed to death in her own bedroom. How could so brutal a crime have happened in this small, close-knit community, and to one of Granite's most admired citizens? From the sifting of evidence and the tracking of suspects to the twisting final acts in an Oklahoma courtroom, this is a revealing look at American law and justice, and a vivid view of a community profoundly touched by a victim's death.
Nixon: A Life by Jonathan Aitken
Perhaps no politician in American history provoked more controversy or stirred more passion than Richard M. Nixon. During his long career--as Congressman, Senator, President, political exile, and then as statesman-at-large--he was praised and damned, celebrated and excoriated. But he was rarely ignored. This dramatic biography sheds new light on the life of a complex and fascinating man. Based on interviews with Nixon and on previously untapped sources, it charts his remarkable passage from the depths of defeat to international recognition as his country's elder statesman.
Raising Lazarus by Robert Pensack, M.D., and Dwight Williams
Robert Pensack was four years old when his mother died of a mysterious heart ailment. Years later his brother showed symptoms of the same disease, a genetic time bomb that would soon affect Robert, too. But Robert vowed to fight. Overcoming his deteriorating physical condition, he managed to graduate from medical school. It was then that he faced his greatest challenge -- a heart transplant. Combining the knowledge of a doctor with the experience of a patient, Robert Pensack tells of the extraordinary battle he fought at the farthest frontiers of medicine.« less