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Cultural Transformation: dynamic workforce engaged, motivated, and prepared for the future. 
Secretary Vilsack continues focus Cultural Transformation (CT) USDA one his most important goals Secretary. defined the process creating workplace where all employees and customers are treated with dignity and respect and provided the opportunity for success. AMS, defined as: dynamic workforce engaged, motivated, and prepared for the future. achieve when simultaneously driven top leadership and exercised each individual.  Each has role play. 

The AMS Leadership Team pleased announce the following training event:  
Title:  Cultural Transformation Awareness Training  
Date:  June 28, 2011 
 Location:  Jefferson Auditorium, South Building  
Time:  8:30  12:00 (EST)  

This training mandatory for the following employees:  (1) all supervisors HQ; and 
(2) GS-14 and above Branch Chiefs higher from the field. The training optional for all other employees, and one several options that will fulfill the training requirement for all employees*. 
The featured speaker, Dr. Samuel Betances, biracial, bicultural, and bilingual, and has inspired learners university professor, publishing articles, and consulting with public and private organizations the 
U.S and worldwide. presents compelling case for the power diversity, inclusion, and engagement and brings each event breadth and depth understanding how must make sense differences. 
Dr. Betances one Americas foremost communicators the challenge casting away barriers success. works help clients learn the importance pulling cultures together way bringing America back the top education, business, and society general. 

Register for the session AgLearn:	 Click the Direct Link: https://aglearn.usda.gov/plateau/user/deeplink.do?linkId=SCHEDULED_OFFERING_DETAILSscheduleID=23 424	 
Follow directions Register and Confirm registration; and To-Do List confirm status listed Enrolled sign language interpreter will available.  Please contact the AMS Training Institute (AMSTI) 
(202) 690-3018 via email AMSTI@USDA.GOV request additional accommodation you have any questions regarding this event.  
*AMS Programs may designate additional participants mandatory. 
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Click the Record Learning link the Easy Links section. the keywords search field, type the first few words phrase the Title the training. this example, the title IDP Overview and Best Practices, but you only need type few words for the system find match.  
 
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Twenty-two Books You Should Read 
List compiled by: Dr. Constantine Papadopoulos
 Email: cpapams@hotmail.com What The Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell. 
You will learn what millions readers have learned from his other books. The uncommonness common sense made clear when you read this book. The Other Side Me, Sidney Sheldon personal story poor Jewish child from Chicago, shy and without family. became the most prolific writer Hollywood and the creator shows every American grows watching, including you. wasnt easy, but made it. Broken Music, Sting 
Out broken heart from broken family, Sting today one the most recorded and listened musicians. Read about how this genius explains that his only way communicate and understood through his lyrics and his music. Bono: Conversation with Michka Assayas, Michka Assayas 
Learn how this globally known singer meets with Presidents, Prime Ministers and corporate leaders help reduce the debt poor nations. There perhaps other entertainer which causes influential people stop and listen Bono does. You Learn Living, Eleanor Roosevelt 
The most honest portrayal human challenges and the reason why live and learn. Her articles were read millions. Her book was written for her grandchildren. Sit and listen woman who writes with the love grandmother every expression advice for lifetime. Brief History Time, Stephen Hawking 
Have you ever imagined what would like listen genius, theoretical genius. With his physical life beaten debilitating illness, Stephen Hawking teaches that spirit can stopped its intended purpose. makes complex ideas understandable, bit genius and itself. The Autobiography Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela living hero. years prison didnt break him, but made him stronger. His life story makes every person who reads this book stronger. simply book you cannot miss. You will also see what racist society is, South Africa, and wonder times whether the book talking about our country South Africa. book has clued into racism and the suffering that causes than this book, and Im talking about our country. Just see ourselves better other people, and how learn about our own culture while were visiting another culture, this book will teach you more about America through its description South Africa than any other book. The Eye the Prophet, Kahlil Gibran middle-easterner who emigrated Los Angeles and created works that are indeed class brilliance all their own. were any writer and thinker, Id Kahlil Gibran. Then learn what they did with his estate, squabbled over and turned into such mess that his country birth had take over and duly let waste. lesson how sometimes (often) forget the oxygen that gives life. you love language, not miss this book. will redefine your standards what beautiful literature is. The Meaning Everything, Simon Winchester biography the first Oxford English Dictionary. Read this amazing story complicated process that spans over 100 years before produced the authoritative English dictionary. Learn something about what the English have given us, beside Empire that has been demonized, and rightfully so. The English that use make our life possible their contribution us. Its easy get lost Empires and forget the positive contribution that the people other countries have made us. This book teaches that lesson. 
10. Founding Mothers, Cokie Roberts 
Allow yourself honor the ladies our lives. Cokies passion for setting the record straight including the brilliant women who made major contributions their husbands (our First Presidents) will move you, even her politics dont (they dont, for me). 
11. Triumph, The Untold Story Jesse Owens, Jesse Owens 
Dont miss this book and story that seems like long time ago, but absolutely magnificent how shares young mans only hope helping his mother, his only active parent. Jesse Owens the first Jackie Robinson and the first Michael 

Jordan. absolutely story that you cannot miss. 
12. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson 
This story teaches that have many gifts, should pursue each and all them. Dont confuse choosing major and living life that expresses all your gifts. This book will teach you both. Where would Benjamin Franklin decided that should only one thing well? Read this book understand this important lesson. 
13. Wisdom the Crowds, James Sorowiecki 
Youre ready for the world ideas and how they influence the places where you work and the philosophies people who will your boss. The crowd wiser than the brightest person the group the assertion this book. Read this book and the evidence that proves this assertion beyond reasonable doubt. 
14. Latticework, Robert Hagstrom 
Where are most Noble Prize winners assembled? Los Alamos, New Mexico. What they do? They study and try explain models for their clients like JPMorgan Chase Bank, The New York Stock Exchange, The United States Government, Ecologists and others. This will your first book complexity. you like ideas, then you must read this book. Learn what great minds with their energy. 
15. True Blue: Protect and Serve, Lt. Randy Sutton other book will gain your respect for the neighbor who became police officer and who stands between you and the bad guys. respect for officers and understanding their life and work was learned through this book. Dont miss it. remember thinking, Everyone should read this book. And one about nurses, teachers, priests, etc. 
16. Bouncing Back, Joan Rivers dont know theres another life story heart-breaking and yet demonstrative the resiliency the human spirit. truly story how complex life and can become. How grow and develop and what that means for the decisions make and their consequences. other book arrested and questioned thoughts about the complexity life than this book did. 

17. Rodney Dangerfield, Its Not Easy Being Me, Rodney Dangerfield 
Molested young man, poor, and disadvantaged, teaches that laughter sometimes the only way deal with the things that arent supposed happen when they do. story about how cope with the stuff that wish never happened us. simply not look comedians the same anymore after this book. 
18. Churchill, James Humes 
This award-winning life-story great leader during great moment history important look into life that was less than perfect, which was then turned into legend and global victory. Speech impediment, blended nationalities (his Mother American, his Father British), knew his Father only through newspaper clippings, and loved and raised nanny whose picture kept his desk throughout his life and during the coordination the British effort during the last global war, make Churchills story the one you read this summer. 
19. Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu had the choice one book take with and that was all could take, Id take this book. simply the most important book about healing, and saying sorry, and making right that perhaps has ever been written. will teach you how apologize and what expect and ask for when people apologize you. This unknown wisdom how say Im sorry, and let make right, simply important for the relationships our life. You want power ideas? Youll find other book with greater power. 
20. Billy Crystal, 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal 
Learn how the people who make laugh most have cried much and how can better understand them and ourselves with the stories that they tell. You will learn that every human being (that includes you) wants understood, beyond anything and any conspired and superficial need that you believe instinctual want, you and more than anything else, want understood. Laugh, cry, and learn with Billy Crystal. honors his Father this story way that moving. 
21. Teacher Man, Frank McCourt immigrant, poor, son drunkard father who became English teacher New York City for years. Beautifully written with powerful ideas. This story includes his time Ireland and really the story the homes most immigrants. Out suffering, made sense for him and his students, and now for this life-story. 

22. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton woman who stayed together with her husband when everyone told her leave. Her anger and disappointment are this book her incredible intellect and passion for her husband, family, womens rightful place the world, and nation. She simply and unequivocally GIANT our nation. would hard-pressed find someone with her accomplishments, either man woman. The only reason she hasnt ascended the level Lincoln and King that nation were not all-on-board with the equality issue (reality?). Hillary Clinton goes on, anyhow. this way she model Do it. because its right; it, not because will popular, but because your belief. love this book for the strength demonstrates our Secretary State. Read it. 

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Biographies and Memoirs You Should Read 
List compiled by: Dr. Samuel Betances
 Email: samuel@betances.com 
Narrative the Life Frederick Douglass: American Slave By: Frederick Douglass 

Review 
Review the 1st edition 'This book that should the reading list every course American history literature...with its excellent notes, bibliography and appendices, this supersedes other versions available paperback.' -Adam Lively, Times Educational Supplement 
Product Description 
This second edition Douglass's Narrative reprints this classic document together with speeches and letters, all volume designed for undergraduate students. extensive introduction places the Narrative its historical and literary contexts with annotations needed background. 
About the Author 
David Blight Professor History Yale University; taught Amherst College for thirteen years. His scholarly work concentrated nineteenth-century America, with special interest the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, and American intellectual and cultural history. has lectured widely Frederick Douglass and served consultant documentary films African-American history, including the PBS television film Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History. His book, Frederick Douglass' Civil War: Keeping Faith Jubilee award-winning intellectual biography Douglass and study the meaning the Civil War. His work Race and Reunion: The Civil War American Memory was awarded the Bancroft Prize American History, the Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, well four awards from the Organization American Historians. the author numerous essays abolitionism and African American intellectual history, and his latest work colelction essays entitled Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the Civil War. 

When Name Was Keoko By: Linda Sue Park 

Amazon.com Review 
Inspired her own family's stories living South Korea during the Japanese occupation the years preceding World War II, Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park chronicles the compelling story two siblings, 10-year-old Sun-hee and 13-year-old Tae-yul, and their battle maintain their identity and dignity during one Korea's most difficult and turbulent times. alternating first-person chapters, they relate their family's troubles under the strict fascist regime. The Kim family stripped their cultural symbols, only permitted learn Japanese history and language, and forced convert their names Japanese. Sun-hee, now Keoko, struggles reconcile her Korean home life with her Japanese school and friends, while Tae-yul, now Nobuo, attempts convert his growing anger into more positive passion for flight and 
airplanes. Both are worried for their uncle, whom they discover printing underground Korean resistance paper. When Sun-hee inadvertently puts her uncle's life danger, she sets motion chain events that results her brother volunteering pilot for the Japanese near the end WWII. While Sun-hee and her parents wait breathless uncertainty hear from Tae-yul, the war rushes close, leaving Korea's destiny hanging the balance. This well-researched historical novel accompanied thoughtful author's note that explains what happened Korea and families like the Kims after WWII and bibliography entice interested young readers into learning more about topic largely unknown American audiences. (Ages 14) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
About the Author 
The 2002 Newbery Medal Winner Single Shard, Linda Sue Park has written professionally for years, but was not until she delved into writing for younger readers that she discovered and connected with her Korean heritage. Ms. Park earned degrees English Literature from Stanford University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University London. She lives New York with her husband and two children. Her other acclaimed titles include: The Kite Fighters, Seesaw Girl, and coming this spring, When Name Was Keoko. --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 

The Cage By: Ruth Minsky Sender 

From Publishers Weekly 
Sender writes searing, memorable story her years the
 Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz. Ages 10-up.
 Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text
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From School Library Journal 
Grade This reflective Holocaust memoir presents series brief scenes from 1939, when the author was and Hitler invaded Poland, through the Russian liberation the Mitelsteine labor camp 1945. Like many other survivors the Holocaust who have written accounts, Sender presents harrowing descriptions life and death the ghetto and concentration camps, and gives fervent testimonials the love, strength, and dignity that helped make her survival possible. However, this telling stands out other, equally important respects. Riva's widowed mother arrested early 
on, and much the first part the book concerns the then 16-year-old's courageous efforts preserve family with her younger brothers. Later, after brief ordeal Auschwitz, Riva transported slave labor camp, where she becomes seriously ill. Remarkably, camp doctor able convince the S.S. commandante that Riva should treated hospital outside the camp. This extraordinary situation allows Riva, and readers, rare glimpses wartime German civilian life, and the small sparks compassion and humanity still present her Nazi captors. Older students with previous knowledge the subject will find Sender's narrative moving and thought provoking. But because the book's sparse, impressionistic writing style, and its highly selective content, The Cage should purchased only supplement well developed and much used Holocaust collections. Ruth Horowitz, Notre Dame Academy Girls High School, Los Angeles Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
Product Description 
From the German invasion Poland 1939 the liberation her concentration camp 1945, the author chronicles adolescence shaped the horrors the Holocaust but strengthened the force her own will. 

Down These Mean Streets By: Piri Thomas 
Amazon.com Review 
The 30th anniversary edition this classic memoir about growing Spanish Harlem includes afterword reminding that its streets are even meaner now, thanks crack cocaine and the dismantling government poverty programs. dark-skinned Puerto Rican, born 1928, Piri Thomas faced with painful immediacy the absurd contradictions America's racial attitudes (among people all colors) time wrenching social change. Three decades have not dimmed the luster his jazzy prose, rich Hispanic rhythms and beat-generation slang. 
Review 
"Piri Thomas describes the passionate, painful search validate his manhood...He has done all Harlem's mean streets and gone from machismo manhood, acquiring during the journey understanding man."--The Nation --Review 
Product Description 
Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir his coming age the streets Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament born outsider: Puerto Rican English-speaking America; dark-skinned morenito family that refused acknowledge its African blood. Here was unsparing document Thomas's plunge into the deadly consolations drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery--a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent prison for shooting cop. recounts the journey that took him from adolescence Barrio lock-up Sing Sing the freedom that comes self-acceptance, faith, and inner confidence, Piri Thomas gives book that exultant harrowing and whose every page bears the irrepressible rhythm its author's voice. Thirty years after its first appearance, this classic manhood, marginalization, survival, and transcendence available anniversary edition with new Introduction the author. 

The Autobiography Martin Luther King Jr. Edited By: Clayborne Carson 

Amazon.com Review 
Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson the director and editor the Martin Luther King Papers Project; with thousands King's essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons his disposal, Carson has organized King's writings into posthumous autobiography. early student essay, King prophetically penned: "We cannot have enlightened democracy with one great group living ignorance.... cannot have nation orderly and sound with one group ground down and thwarted that almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime." Such statements, made throughout King's career, are skillfully woven together into coherent narrative the quest for social justice. The autobiography delves, for example, into the philosophical training King received Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University, where 
consolidated the teachings Afro-American theologian Benjamin Mays with the philosophies Locke, Rousseau, Gandhi, and Thoreau. Through King's voice, the reader intimately shares his trials and triumphs, including the Montgomery Boycott, the 1963 Have Dream Speech," the Selma March, and the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. one his last speeches, King reminded his audience that "in the final analysis, God does not judge the separate incidents the separate mistakes that make, but the total bent our lives." Carson's skillful editing has created original argument King's favor that draws directly from the source, illuminating the circumstances King's life without deifying his person. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
Product Description 
Clayborne Carson has created book that remarkably approximates self-portrait Martin Luther King Jr. Delving into all aspects this mans life, the work covers his boyhood, his education, and his emergence leader. From his relationships with his wife and children, his dealings with the important political figures the era, this book defines the history genuine hero. 
About the Author 
The editor, Clayborne Carson, Ph.D, the author and editor several books the civil rights struggle the United States. 1985, Carson was invited the King family direct the long-term project editing and publishing the papers Martin Luther King Jr. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

Rosa Parks: Story By: Rosa Parks 
From Publishers Weekly 
"The simplicity and candor this courageous woman's voice make [her life story] even more moving and dramatic," wrote starred review. Ages 10-up. 
-even more moving and dramatic," wrote starred review. Ages 10-up. 
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. 
Product Description 
Rosa Parks best known for the day she refused give her seat segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there much more her story than this one act defiance. this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role it. Her dedication inspiring; 
her story unforgettable. "The simplicity and candor this courageous woman's voice makes 
these compelling events even more moving and dramatic."  Publishers Weekly, starred review 

Clemente: The Passion and Grace Baseballs Last Hero By: David Maraniss 
From Publishers Weekly 
Starred Review. ever baseball player were deemed worthy canonization, right fielder Roberto Clemente might the one. Jackie Robinson may have suffered greater hardships during his career, but Clemente's nobility, charity and determination make him far more appropriate for postage stamp than Nike commercial. After distinguished seasons, the Pirate star with the astonishing throwing arm died 1972 plane crash while route deliver relief supplies Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Considering the potential for hagiography, Washington Post staffer and Clinton biographer Maraniss sticks the facts this respectful and dispassionate account. Clemente deceptively easy subject for biographer: his acquired halo tinges past events and the accounts his colleagues (although close friend Vic Power frequently quoted both admiring and frank effect). Clemente wasn't entirely virtuoushe had temper and was sometimes 
given poutingbut his altruism appears have been genuine product his impoverished
 Puerto Rican upbringing. Maraniss deftly balances baseball and loftier concerns like racism;
 presents nuanced picture ballplayer more complicated than the encomiums would suggest,
 while still wholly deserving them. Photos.
 Copyright  Reed Business Information, division Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. -This text refers the Hardcover edition.
 
Product Description New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died hero's death, killed plane crash attempted deliver food and medical supplies Nicaragua after devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back life Clemente: The Passion and Grace Baseball's Last Hero, book destined become modern classic. Much like his acclaimed biography Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail capture the myth and real man. 
Anyone who saw Clemente, played with beautiful fury, will never forget him. was work art game too often defined statistics. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, won four batting titles and led his team championships 1960 and 1971, getting hit all fourteen World Series games which played. His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming his final at-bat, and and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players have the five-year waiting period waived they could enshrined the Hall Fame immediately after their deaths. 

There delightful baseball here, including thrilling accounts the two World Series victories Clemente's underdog Pittsburgh Pirates, but this far more than just another baseball book. Roberto Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports become symbol larger themes. Born near the canebrakes rural Carolina, Puerto Rico, August 18, 1934, time when there were blacks Puerto Ricans playing organized ball the United States, Clemente went become the greatest Latino player the major leagues. was, sense, the Jackie Robinson the Spanish-speaking world, ballplayer determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves Latino players who followed later generations and who now dominate the game. 
The Clemente that Maraniss evokes was idiosyncratic character who, unlike many modern athletes, insisted that his responsibilities extended beyond the playing field. his final years, his motto was that you have chance help others and fail so, you are wasting your time this earth. Here, the final chapters, after capturing Clemente's life and times, Maraniss retraces his final days, from the earthquake the accident, using newly uncovered documents reveal the corruption and negligence that led the unwitting hero mission mercy toward his untimely death uninspected, overloaded plane plunged into the sea. --This text refers alternate Paperback edition. 
About the Author 
David Maraniss associate editor The Washington Post. the winner the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and has been Pulitzer finalist two other times for his journalism and again for They Marched Into Sunlight, book about Vietnam and the sixties. The author also bestselling works Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, and Roberto Clemente, Maraniss fellow the Society American Historians. and his wife, Linda, live Washington, DC, and Madison, Wisconsin. Visit the author www.davidmaraniss.com. --This text refers alternate Paperback edition. 

The Autobiography Malcom 
Amazon.com Review 

Malcolm X's searing memoir belongs the small shelf great autobiographies. The reasons are many: the blistering honesty with which recounts his transformation from bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into articulate political activist, the continued relevance his militant analysis white racism, and his emphasis self-respect and self-help for African Americans. And there's the vividness with which depicts black popular culture--try might criticize those lindy hops Boston's Roseland dance hall from the perspective his Muslim faith, can't help but make them sound pretty wonderful. These are but few examples. The Autobiography Malcolm limns archetypal journey from ignorance and despair knowledge and spiritual awakening. When Malcolm tells coauthor Alex Haley, "People don't realize how man's whole life can changed one book," voices the central belief underpinning every attempt set down personal story example for others. Although many believe his ethic was directly opposed Martin Luther King Jr.'s during the civil rights struggle the '60s, 
the two were not different. Malcolm may have displayed most un-Christian distaste for 
loving his enemies, but understood with King that love God and love self are the 
necessary first steps the road freedom. --Wendy Smith 
Product Description there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs African Americans the 1960s, that man was Malxolm His AUTOBIOGRAPHY now established classic modern America, book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times. "Extraordinary. brilliant, painful, important book." TEH NEW YORKTIMES 
About the Author 
Considered the world's cheif authority Shakespeare, Harold Bloom now his 46th year teaching Yale University. His latest book How Read and Why joins prodigious literary output which includes the editorship this flagship study guide series. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

Because Each Life Precious: Why Iraqi Man Risked Everything for Private Jessica Lynch By: Mohammed Odeh Al-Rehaief 
Review 

"Genuinely riveting." (Newsweek remarkable story." (Wall Street Journal --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
Product Description 
For thirty-three-year-old Mohammed al-Rehaief, this decision -whether risk his life and everything held dear save Private First Class Jessica Lynch, American soldier did not know --was more than the everyday reckoning with death that permeates wartime. was the culmination life spent odds with the repressive regime that held his country. 
Mohammed's story the tale what was like come age society where violence and betrayal were everyday events, where one five adult males worked for the state's security apparatus, where president-for-life demanded absolute loyalty and adulation. Despite his affluent upbringing and well-connected uncle, Mohammed was hardly sheltered from the surreal cruelties Iraq. was arrested and beaten for owning satellite dish. His young daughter lost lung misdiagnosis and unnecessary surgery. idolized cousin was hanged for joining Islamic political group. favorite teacher was carted away for making subversive statements and was never seen again. 
Yet even navigates culture tarnished brutality and corruption, Mohammed also reveals unexpected sides Iraq, scenes surprising tenderness and stubborn generosity. writes with insight and humor about the Iraqi schools, the vagaries its divorce law, the poignant dynamic between its fathers and sons --between tradition and jolting change. Mohammed offers his powerful perspective themost publicized story this controversial war, emerges unlikely hero, complex and charming character whose values transcend ideology: honor, compassion, and unshakable belief the sanctity human life. 
--This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
About the Author 
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaif 33-year-old Iraqi attorney who plunged into the middle the biggest story the recent war Iraq: the rescue Pvt. Jessica Lynch. Granted asylum the U.S. April for his extraordinary act courage, Mohammed now employed The Livingston Group, lobbying firm Washington, DC. resides outside the city with his wife, Iman, and their six-year-old daughter, Abir. --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 

Mans Search for Meaning By: Viktor Frankl 

Amazon.com Review 
Man's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl among the most influential works psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time find reasons live. The second part the book, called "Logotherapy Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered result his experiences the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force humanity's life; Frankl, contrast, believes that man's deepest desire search for meaning and purpose. Frankl's logotherapy, therefore, much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. times, Frankl's personal 
and professional discourses merge into style tremendous power. "Our generation realistic, for have come know man really is," Frankl writes. "After all, man that being who invented the gas chambers Auschwitz; however, also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer the Shema Yisrael his lips." 
Product Description 
Now its 60th year --the landmark bestseller the great Viennese psychiatrist remembered for his tremendous impact humanity 
Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl endured years unspeakable horror Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed revolutionary approach psychotherapy known logotherapy. the core his theory the belief that man's primary motivational force his search for meaning. 
Cited Dr. Frankl's New York Times obituary 1997 "an enduring work survival literature," Man's Search for Meaning more than the story Viktor Frankl's triumph: remarkable blend science and humanism and compelling introduction the most significant psychological movement our day" (Gordon Allport). 
About the Author 
Viktor Frankl Professor Neurology and Psychiatry the University Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor Logotherapy the U.S. International University. the founder what has come called the Third Viennese School Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology) --the school logotherapy. 

Born 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees Doctor Medicine and Doctor Philosophy from the University Vienna. During World War spent three years Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps. 
Dr. Frankl first published 1924 the International Journal Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. has been visiting professor Harvard, Duquesne and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him Loyola University Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College and Mount Mary College, well universities Brazil and Venezuela. has been guest lecturer universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. President the Austrian Medical Society Psychotherapy. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

The Flight Jesse Leroy Brown By: Theodore Taylor 

From Publishers Weekly the late 1940s, when every aspiring black pilot had heard the army's Tuskegee program, Jesse Leroy Brown set his sights becoming navy aviator. outstanding student and top athlete, the 17-year-old's ambition was met with combination incredulity and resistance. Yet, time when Jim Crow laws were rampant, Brown managed break the color barrier become the first black U.S. Navy pilot. Taylor (The Cay) puts his considerable narrative skills good use tracing Brown's path from his youth poverty-stricken Palmer's Crossing, Miss., his eventual induction into the heady and dangerous world carrier aviation. Taylor based much his 
research interviews with those who knew Brown and personal letters from more than half-century ago. doesn't skimp the indignities Brown suffered. flight training Illinois, the "Negro" stewards who served student pilots took immediate offense his presence and treated him rudely, giving him only half portions. Elsewhere, Brown and his wife and their best friends, white couple, were refused service both black and white restaurant, and wound eating their car. Although readers may balk first Taylor's supposition Brown's innermost thoughts?"Just forget color. Please. Just teach me"?the overall effect engaging and intimate glimpse young pioneer who desperately wanted earn his aviator's wings. Brown's death Korea age makes his story and his accomplishments all the more poignant. Photos not seen PW. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
Product Description 
Jesse was raised poor but loving family and instilled with values dignity, education, and perseverance even the midst deeply entrenched segregation. star athlete and outstanding student, Jesse turned deaf ear everyone who told him that should attend black college, that didn't stand chance becoming Navy pilot. Undeterred, made his way from the deep South the campus Ohio State University. Then, defying the wishes his family and unwritten rule racial exclusion, qualified for the Navy reserve and was accepted into the Naval Air Training School Glenview, Illinois-the first black man enter the program. March 18, 1947, late morning, like bird, like kite, like impossible dream, Jesse Leroy Brown was flying. 

While other applicants-many from upper-class backgrounds-were weeded out the rigorous qualifying process, Jesse forged ahead, often directly the face shameful racism and hostile superior officers. When arrived the cradle Naval aviation Pensacola, Florida, 1947, knew the washout rate was high and the odds were stacked against man openly referred "nigger." But Jesse Leroy Brown had lots practice beating the odds, and now was his way becoming the first black man fly Navy fighter and make carrier landing. was also his way becoming American hero over the battlefields Korea. 
The Flight Jesse Leroy Brown both stirring story ofa man breaking historic racial barriers and thrilling tale ofNaval carrier aviation. Award-winning author TheodoreTaylor, master adventure land and sea, has written abiography that will speak boththose who love the excite-ment combat the air ... and anyone who has everdreamed the impossible dream.Jesse Leroy Brown was raised the segregated South hard-working, loving family who instilled values dignity, education, and perseverance. star athlete and outstanding student, was determined become Navy pilot, although such thing was unheard for black man the 1940s. Undettered, entered Ohio State University, rather than black college, and was able qualify for the Navy reserve and was accepted into the Naval Air Training School Glenview, Illinois. Despite racism, and open hostility many his superior officers, finally reached his goal, flying Navy fighter plane and landing carrier--the first African American ever so. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
About the Author 
Theodore Taylor was born North Carolina and began writing the age thirteen cub reporter for the Portsmouth, Virginia Evening Star.Leaving home seventeen join the Washington Daily News copy boy, worked his way toward New York City and became NBC network sportswriter the age nineteen.Mr. Taylor the author dozen books for young readers, among them the award-winning The Cay. lives Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Flora. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

Warriors Dont Cry By: Melba Pattillo Beals 
From Publishers Weekly 
One the nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School 1957 here recounts that traumatic year with drama and detail. Beals, who now communications consultant, relies her own diary from that era and notes made her English teacher mother--as well dubiously recreated dialogue--to tell not only the ugly harassment she was subjected but also the impressive dignity 15-year-old forced grow fast. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus set the tone the time resisting integration until federal judge ordered it. Although Beals was assigned federal soldier for protection, the young integrationist was still attacked and prevented from engaging school activities. She recalls stalwart black friends like Minniejean, who was suspended, and white classmate who surreptitiously kept her informed the segregationists' tactics. Beals looks back her Little Rock experiences "ultimately 
positive force" that shaped her life. "The task that remains," she concludes, "is cope with our 
interdependence." Photos not seen PW. Author tour. 
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Product Description 
One the nine black teenagers chosen integrate Little Rock, Arkansas' Central High School 1957 offers account her ordeal and the 1987 ""reunion"" hosted then-Governor Bill Clinton. 30,000 first printing. Tour. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

Lakota Woman By: Mary Crow Dog 

From Publishers Weekly 
Mary Brave Bird gave birth son during the 71-day siege Wounded Knee 1973, which ended with bloody assault U.S. marshalls and police. Seventeen years old the time, she married fellow activist Leonard Crow Dog, medicine man and spiritual leader the American Indian Movement (AIM). Written with Erdoes Lame Deer Seeker Visions her searing autobiography courageous, impassioned, poetic and inspirational. Her girlhood, vicious circle drinking and fighting, was marked poverty, racism and rape 14. She ran away from coldly impersonal boarding school run nuns where, she reports, Indian students were beaten induce them give native customs and speech. The authors write AIM's infiltration FBI agents, Mary Crow Dog helping her husband endure prison, Indian males' macho attitudes. The book also describes AIM's renewal 
spirituality manifested sweat lodges, peyote ceremonies, sacred songs and the Ghost Dance
 ritual. Photos.
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Product Description unique autobiography unparalleled American Indian literature, and deeply moving account woman's triumphant struggle survive hostile world. 
About the Author 
Mary Brave Bird grew fatherless one-room cabin, without running water electricity South Dakota reservation. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopelessness reservation life, she joined the new movement tribal pride sweeping Native American communities the sixties and seventies and eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance. 

Separate Pasts: Growing White the Segregated South By: Melton McLaurin 

Review 
"Vivid episodes and character sketches Shows both sides society that could cruel and paternalistic, oppressive and benevolent."--Chicago Tribune 
"Makes adolescent's confusions illuminate much the moral confusion white society."--The Nation 
"A[n] affecting autobiography dispatch from time that mercifully more. That such statement can made tribute not merely the blacks who fought against the old ways but the whites such McLaurin who learned from them.-
Washington Post 
Product Description Separate Pasts Melton McLaurin honestly and plainly recalls his boyhood during the 1950s, era when segregation existed unchallenged the rural South. his small hometown Wade, North Carolina, whites and blacks lived and worked within each other's shadows, yet were separated the history they shared. Separate Pasts the moving story the bonds McLaurin formed with friends both races--a testament the power human relationships overcome even the most ingrained systems oppression. new afterword provides historical context for the development segregation North Carolina. his poignant portrayal contemporary Wade, McLaurin shows that, despite integration and the election black mayor, the legacy racism remains. 
About the Author 
Melton McLaurin professor history the University North Carolina Wilmington. the author Separate Pasts: Growing White the Segregated South for which received the Lillian Smith Award, and Celia, Slave (both Georgia). 

Still By: Christopher Reeve 

Product Description 
When the first Superman movie came out was frequently asked 'What hero?' remember the glib response repeated many times. answer was that hero someone who commits courageous action without considering the consequences--a soldier who crawls out foxhole drag injured buddy safety. And also meant individuals who are slightly larger than life: Houdini and Lindbergh, John Wayne, JFK, and Joe DiMaggio. Now definition completely different. think hero ordinary individual who finds strength persevere and endure spite overwhelming obstacles: fifteen-year-old boy who landed his head while wrestling with his brother, leaving him barely able swallow speak; Travis Roy, paralyzed the first thirty seconds hockey game his freshman year college. These are real heroes, and are 
the families and friends who have stood them." 
The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life Memorial Day, 1995. the third jump riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse accident that broke his neck and left him unable move breathe. the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds thousands people with spinal cord injuries the United States and around the world. And has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story his life. 
Chris describes his early success Broadway opposite the legendary Katherine Hepburn, the adventure filming Superman the streets New York, and how the movie made him star. continued move regularly between film acting and theater work New York, Los Angeles, and the WIlliamstown Theatre Festival the Berkshires. Reunited with his Bostonians director, James Ivory, 1992, traveled England work with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins The Remains the Day. 
The Man who cannot move has not stopped moving. has established charitable foundation raise awareness and money for research spinal cord injuries. His work director the HBO film the Gloaming earned him Emmy nomination, one five that the film received. His speeches the Democratic National Convention and the Academy Awards inspired people around the country and the world. has testified before Congress behalf health insurance legislation, lobbied for increased federal funding for spinal cord research, and developed working relationship with President Clinton. 
With dignity and sensitivity, describes the journey has made--physically, emotionally, spiritually. explores his complex relationship with his parents, his efforts remain devoted husband and father, and his continuing and heroic battle rebuild his life. 

This the determined, passionate story one man, gifted actor and star, and how and his family came grips with the kind devastating, unexplainable shock that fate can bring any us. Chris and Dana Reeve have gathered the will and the spirit create new life, one responsive and engaged and focused the future. 

Long Walk Freedom By: Nelson Mandela 

Amazon.com Review 
The famously taciturn South African president reveals much himself Long Walk Freedom. good deal this autobiography was written secretly while Mandela was imprisoned for years Robben Island South Africa's apartheid regime. Among the book's interesting revelations Mandela's ambivalence toward his lifetime devotion public works. cost him two marriages and kept him distant from family life might otherwise have cherished. Long Walk Freedom also discloses strong and generous spirit that refused broken under the most trying circumstances--a spirit which just about everybody can find something admire. --This text refers the Paperback edition. 
Product Description international hero, winner the Nobel Peace Prize, and 
leader South Africa's antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent prison, and his return lead his people. 175,000 first printing. Major ad/promo. -This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
About the Author 
Nelson Mandela won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. was inaugurated 1994 and became the first freely-elected President South Africa. --This text refers the Audio edition. 

Looking Like the Enemy: Story Imprisonment Japanese-American 
Internment Camps By: Mary Matsuda Gruenewald 
Product Description 1941, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was teenage girl who, like other Americans, reacted with horror the bombing Pearl Harbor. Yet soon she and her family were among 110,000 innocent people imprisoned the 
U.S. government because their Japanese ancestry. this eloquent memoir, she describes both the day-to-day and the dramatic turning points this profound injustice: what was like face indefinite sentence crowded, primitive camps; the struggle for survival and dignity; and the strength gained from learning what she was capable and could sustain her family. once coming-of-age story with interest for young readers, engaging narrative topic still not widely known, and timely warning for the present era terrorism. Complete with period photos, the book also brings readers the present, including the author's celebration the National Japanese American Memorial dedication 2000. 

Hapa Girl: Memoir By: May-Lee Chai 

From Publishers Weekly heavy dose bitterness keeps Chai's memoir growing South Dakota with Chinese-American father and Caucasian mother from registering deeply. The Chai family, used liberal, progressive California and New York City, suffered terribly when Chai's father took post rural university: prejudice ran deeply the little town where they settled. Shots were fired close their house, their pets were killed and the author and her brother were the victims racist verbal assaults. The author still seems angry, and her frustration comes across like angsty teenage impudence. She's angry that her nave father made the rash decision move all ("My father had the more pressing issue his destiny attend to"). Years later, still trapped South Dakota, she mentions, "I... couldn't believe father had made leave our home live 
this place." And she's angry that she had attend what she calls "Stephen King High." But it's not all gloom: Chai's mother, canny woman who smiled the face prejudice and amassed her own group friends, the book's star. Her courage, recounted her daughter, saves this otherwise one-note memoir. Illustrations. Copyright  Reed Business Information, division Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. -This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
Book Description the mid-1960s, Winberg Chai, young academic and the son Chinese immigrants, married Irish-American artist. Hapa Girl ("hapa" Hawaiian for "mixed") their daughter tells the story this loving family they moved from Southern California New York South Dakota farm the 1980s. their new Midwestern home, the family finds itself the object unwelcome attention, which swiftly escalates violence. The Chais are suddenly socially isolated and barely able cope with the tension that arises from daily incidents racial animosity, including random acts cruelty. 
May-lee Chai's memoir ends China, where she arrives just time witness riot and demonstrations. Here she realizes that the rural Americans' "fears change, economic uncertainty, racial anxiety, the unknowable future compared the known past were the same China's. And realized finally that had not been fault." 

About the Author 
May-lee Chai the author five books, Lucky Face, The Girl from Purple Mountain (coauthored with Winberg Chai) and Glamorous Asians: Short Stories Essays, and recipient NEA Grant Literature. 

Dreams from Father: Story Race and Inheritance By: Barack Obama 

From Publishers Weekly 
Elected the first black president the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered book contract, but the intellectual journey planned recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir unusual life. Born 1961 white American woman and black Kenyan student, Obama was reared Hawaii his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and return home Africa. Obama's not-unhappy youth nevertheless lonely voyage racial identity, tensions school, struggling with black literature?with one month-long visit when was from his commanding father. After college, Obama became community organizer Chicago. slowly found place and purpose among folks similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories commit himself the work?he's now civil rights lawyer there. Before going law school, finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, still 
confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings love and attachment. Obama leaves
 some lingering questions?his mother virtually absent?but still has written resonant book.
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Product Description 
Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one the most influential and compelling voices American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became New York Times bestseller when was reissued 2004. Dreams from Father tells the story Obamas struggle understand the forces that shaped him the son black African father and white American mothera struggle that takes him from the American heartland the ancestral home his great-aunt the tiny African village Alego. 
Obama opens his story New York, where hears that his fathera figure knows more myth than manhas died car accident. The news triggers chain memories Barack retraces his familys unusual history: the migration his mothers family from small-town Kansas the Hawaiian islands; the love that develops between his mother and promising young Kenyan student, love nurtured youthful innocence and the integrationist spirit the early sixties; his fathers departure from Hawaii when Barack was two, the realities race and power reassert themselves; and Baracks own awakening the fears and doubts that exist not just between the larger black and white worlds but within himself. 

Propelled desire understand both the forces that shaped him and his fathers legacy, Barack moves Chicago work community organizer. There, against the backdrop tumultuous political and racial conflict, works turn back the mounting despair the inner city. His story becomes one with those the people works with learns about the value community, the necessity healing old wounds, and the possibility faith the midst adversity. 
Baracks journey comes full circle Kenya, where finally meets the African side his family and confronts the bitter truth his fathers life. Traveling through country racked brutal poverty and tribal conflict, but whose people are sustained spirit endurance and hope, Barack discovers that inescapably bound brothers and sisters living ocean awayand that embracing their common struggles can finally reconcile his divided inheritance. searching meditation the meaning identity America, Dreams from Father might the most revealing portrait have major American leadera man who playing, and will play, increasingly prominent role healing fractious and fragmented nation. 
Pictured lefthand photograph cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father young boy). Pictured righthand photograph cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother young girl). --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 
About the Author 
BARACK OBAMA was elected President the United States November 2008. also the author the New York Times bestseller The Audacity Hope: Thoughts Reclaiming the American Dream. --This text refers the Hardcover edition. 

King the World By: David Remnick 

Amazon.com Review 
You'd think there wouldn't much left say about living icon like Muhammad Ali, yet David Remnick imbues King the World with all the freshness and vitality this legendary fighter displayed his prime. Beginning with the pre-Ali days boxing and its two archetypes, Floyd Patterson (the good black heavyweight) and Sonny Liston (the bad black heavyweight), Remnick deftly sets the stage for the emergence heavyweight champion the likes which the world had never seen: three-dimensional, Technicolor showman, fighter and minister Islam, man who talked almost well fought. But mostly Remnick's portrait man who could not confined any existing stereotypes, inside the ring out. extraordinary detail, Remnick depicts Ali creation his own imagination follow the willful and mercurial young Cassius Clay from his boyhood and watch him hone and shape himself figure who would eventually command center stage one the most volatile decades our history. Remnick seems clear that Ali's greatest accomplishment prove beyond doubt that not only possible challenge the implacable forces the establishment (the noir-ish, gangster-ridden fight game and the ethos whole country) but, with the right combination conviction and talent, triumph over these forces. --Fred Haefele --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
Product Description 
"Succeeds more than any previous book bringing Ali into focus starburst energy, ego and ability whose like will never seen again."--The Wall Street Journal 
"Best Nonfiction Book the Year"--Time 
"Penetrating reveal[s] details that even close followers [Ali] might not have known. amazing story." --The New York Times the night 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, was widely regarded irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: was new kind black man" who would shortly transform America's racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions heroism. one has captured Ali--and the era that exhilarated and sometimes infuriated--with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lenin's Tomb (and editor The New Yorker). charting Ali's rise from the gyms Louisville, Kentucky, his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates canvas unparalleled richness. gives empathetic portraits wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; audacious Norman Mailer and enigmatic Malcolm Most all, King the World does justice the speed, grace, courage, humor, and ebullience one the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities our time. 

"Nearly pulse-pounding narrative power important account period American social history." --Chicago Tribune pleasure haunting vivid that one can imagine Ali saying, 'How'd you get inside head, boy?'" --Wilfrid Sheed, Time 
About the Author 
David Remnick lives New York City. 

When Was Puerto Rican By: Esmeralda Santiago 

From Publishers Weekly 
Santiago's artful memoir recounts her childhood rural Puerto Rico and her teenage years New York City; also available Spanish-language edition, $11 *-75677-9 Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers alternate Paperback edition. 
Product Description 
"The American story immigration, this time with unique Latin flavor." (Los Angeles Times Book Review) 
Esmeralda Santiago's story begins rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights well poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way eat guava, the sound tree frogs the mango groves night, the taste 
the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering dead baby's soul heaven. she enters school see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, force nature, takes off New York with her seven, soon eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, new language, and eventually take new identity. this first volume her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio Brooklyn, from translating for her mother the welfare office high honors Harvard. 
About the Author 
Esmeralda Santiago the author two other highly acclaimed memoirs, The Turkish Lover and Almost Woman, which was made into film for PBS's Masterpiece Theatre. She has also written novel, America's Dream, and has co-edited two anthologies Latino literature. She lives Westchester County, New York. 

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates By: Wes Moore 

From Publishers Weekly 
Starred Review. Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths this searing tale the ghetto. Moore, investment banker, Rhodes scholar, and former aide Condoleezza Rice, was intrigued when learned that another Wes Moore, his age and from the same area Greater Baltimore, was wanted for killing cop. Meeting his double and delving into his life reveals deeper likenesses: raised fatherless families and poor black neighborhoods, both felt the lure the money and status gained from dealing drugs. That the author resisted the criminal underworld while the other Wes drifted into chalked less character than the influence relatives, mentors, and expectations that pushed against his own delinquent impulses, the point exiling him military school. Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight ghetto youth, viewing from inside and out; probes beneath the pathologies reveal the pressurespoverty, lack prospects, the need 
respond violence with greater violencethat propelled the other Wes his doom. The result moving exploration roads not taken. (May
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Product Description 
Two kids with the same name lived the same decaying city. One went Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other serving life sentence prison. Here the story two boys and the journey generation. December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran small piece about Wes Moore, local student who had just received Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran series articles about four young men who had allegedly killed police officer spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two the suspects who had gone the lam, pair brothers. One was named Wes Moore. 
Wes just couldnt shake off the unsettling coincidence, the inkling that the two shared much more than space the same newspaper. After following the story the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial its conclusion, wrote letter the other Wes, now convicted murderer serving life sentence without the possibility parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen? 

That letter led correspondence and relationship that have lasted for several years. Over dozens letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had life not unlike his own: Both had grown similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; theyd hung out similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. each stage their young lives they had come across similar moments decision, yet their choices would lead them astonishingly different destinies. 
Told alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses moments surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story generation boys trying find their way hostile world. 
About the Author 
Wes Moore Rhodes Scholar and combat veteran Afghanistan. White House Fellow, worked special assistant Secretary Condoleezza Rice the State Department. was featured speaker the 2008 Democratic National Convention, was named one Ebony magazines Top Leaders Under (2007), and, most recently, was dubbed one the top young business leaders New York Crains New York Business. works New York City. 

The Great Expectations School: Rookie Year the New Blackboard Jungle By: Dan Brown 

Review poignant portrait painted with skill Read and weep--and wonder more about the human dimensions the achievement gap." --Gene Maeroff, Teachers College, Columbia University, author Buillding Blocks: Making Children Successful the Early Years School 
"By turns humorous and haunting, Dan Brown takes the reader both compelling and illuminating journey through the American public education system. Unlike many other books the topic, however, Brown's not dry litany all that wrong with that system, but rather highlights the personal success-stories" --Scott Anderson, author Moonlight Hotel and Triage 
"Dan Brown's heartfelt account the thrills and frustrations first-year teacher grips like novel. must-read for anyone who has dreamed job that makes difference." --Anya Kamenetz, author Generation Debt 
"[A] powerful, heart-breaking story that challenges our image inner city schools and the children who populate them. Important and moving, The Great Expectations School grabs your attention from the first page and refuses let go." --Gilbert Gaul, two-time Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist 
"[A] riveting human drama full heroes and villains, humor and tragedy. Brown exciting new talent and his writing clear and suspenseful that the pages turn themselves. couldn't put this book down." --Clara Bingham, co-author Class Action, basis for the Academy Award-nominated film North Country, and author Women the Hill: Challenging the Culture Congress 
Full funny, painful, and illuminating stories covering the children risk must read for anyone interested reforming our schools --Maggie Dixon, Collegiate School librarian 
Product Description 22, Dan Brown came the Bronx's P.S. eager, fresh-faced teacher. Unbeknownst him, his assigned class, 4-217, was the designated "dumping ground" for all fourth-grade problem cases, and his students would prove more challenging than could ever anticipate. Intent being caring, dedicated teacher but confronted with unruly children, absent parents, and failing administration, Dan was pushed the limit time and again: found himself screaming with rage, punching his fist through blackboard out sheer frustration, often just wanting give and walk away. 

Yet this seeming chaos, slowly learned from his own mistakes and discovered unexpected well inspiration discipline and teach and make difference. 
The Great Expectations School the touching journey Class 4-217 and their teacher, Mr. Brown, but more than that, the revealing story broken educational system and all those struggling within and fighting against it. 
About the Author 
Dan Brown was born Philadelphia and grew Cherry Hill, New Jersey. student Teachers College, Columbia University. lives New York City. This his first book. Question Freedom: Memoir Learning, Survival, and Coming Age Prison By: Dwayne Betts 

Review 
"Dwayne Betts was incarcerated for years unforgiving place?a place which also discovered the incredible power books and reading. He's written his own life-changing book, which may well prevent other young men from making that detour prison. searing and ultimately uplifting story." Hill Harper, Best selling author Letters Young Brother and Letters Young Sister. 
"I'm happy have been introduced the miracle that Dwayne Betts' Question Freedom. tells many important stories: senseless violence that plagues our streets, the devastating affect our prison system having many young African-American males and the struggles must 
all experience before can find redemption. But perhaps most importantly, it's story about the power consciousness. reminder that matter how confining our surroundings might seem how bleak our future might look, long are touch with our higher selves, can always tap into both the compassion and the toughness that all our hearts. Betts major new voice hip-hop and look forward being inspired him for years come." Russell Simmons Question Freedom must-read and should required reading for all those young sons and grandsons and brothers and nephews and uncles who believe this can't happen them; can, even they can't wrap their brains around such concept." -Baltimore Times 
Product Description powerful debut memoir from published poet and emerging writer. the age sixteen, Dwayne Betts-a good student from lower-middle-class family-carjacked man with friend. had never held gun before, but within matter minutes had committed six felonies. Virginia, carjacking "certifiable" offense, meaning that Dwayne would treated adult under state law. bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds-not enough fill out medium T-shirt -he served his eight-year sentence part the adult population some the worst prisons the state. Question Freedom coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that takes place prison. Utterly alone-and with the growing realization that really not going home any time soon-Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, Question Freedom about quest for identity-one that guarantees Dwayne's survival hostile environment and that incorporates understanding how his own past led the moment his crime. 
About the Author DWAYNE BETTS graduate student Warren Wilson College, where has been awarded the Holden Fellowship. Shortly after his release from prison, The Washington Post published feature article about him and book club founded for at-risk young men called YoungMenRead. teaches poetry several public schools the D.C. metro area, has had his poetry published many national literary journals, and contributed essay the anthology It's All Love. 

The Promise By: Oral Lee Brown 
From Publishers Weekly whim one afternoon 1987, Brown, middle-class woman living the poor and crime-ridden community East Oakland, Calif., walked into her classroom first graders and promised that they finished high school, she'd send them all college. that first group "her babies," Brown calls them (her own children were already grown up), went college. Today, the Oral Lee Brown Foundation sends teenagers from this same community college every four years. Brown's experience with the first group was difficult, but she only briefly explains how affected her personally, preferring focus the kids (although her constant reminders that she's doing become grating). She raised money (donating her own income base) and acted second family these children, taking them college tours; buying them books and groceries; and, occasionally, putting them her own house. Written with San Jose Mercury News reporter Millner, the book didactic its approach, yet should inspire parents and teachers, who will especially 
appreciate the "tip sheet for college acceptance" book's end. 
Product Description the bestselling tradition The Pact and The Freedom Writers Diarythe inspiring story one womans extraordinary promise and steely determination make difference the world. 
One morning 1987 Oral Lee Brown walked into corner store East Oakland, California, buy snacks for work. little girl asked her for quarter, and Brown assumed that she wanted buy candy, but surprisingly she bought bread and bolognastaples for her family. 
Later that day Brown couldnt get the little girl out her mind. Why wasnt she school? Why was she out begging for money buy food for her family? After several weeks not being able sleep, Brown went look for the girl the local elementary school and soon found herself first-grade classroom. She didnt find the little girl, but before she left she found herself promising the kids that they finished high school, she would pay for their college education. the time, Oral Lee Brown made only $45,000 year. 

But years later, after annually saving and investing $10,000 her own money and establishing the Oral Lee Brown Foundation, this remarkable woman made good her promise: after nineteen the original twenty-three students graduated from high school, she sent them all college. And May 2003, LaTosha Hunter was the first Browns babies, well the first person her family, graduate from college. 
This marvelous and inspiring book the amazing story one woman's unending desire make difference. And once was not enough, 2001 Brown made the same promise three new classrooms first-, fifth-, and ninth-graders. Brown and her foundation are now committed adopting new crop kids send college every four years. 
Browns pledge the students was not without great personal and public sacrifice. Her promise turned her life upside-downit strained her relationships, and times required her work several different jobs. Brown also developed strong emotional attachment the childrenfor many these students Brown was the one consistent adult their lives. world short heroes, altruism, and dedication, THE PROMISE shows that still possible change lives for the better. This book will encourage, uplift, and inspire every reader. portion the proceeds from the book will the Oral Lee Brown Foundation. learn more about the Oral Lee Brown Foundation please visit www.oralleebrownfoundation.com. 
About the Author 
ORAL LEE BROWN was selected one Glamour magazines Women the Year 2002, and appeared the Today show part its People Who Make Difference series. She has also been guest The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and Courage, hosted Danny Glover. She has received numerous awards, including the California State Lottery Hero Education Award, the Ten Most Influential People Award, given San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, and the Madame C.J. Walker Award. She lives Oakland, California. CAILLE MILLNER was listed one Columbia Journalism Review's "Ten Most Promising Young Magazine Writers." She currently reporter and editorial writer for the San Jose Mercury News. 

The Freedom Writers Diary By: Erin Gruwell 
From Library Journal 
When Gruwell was first-year high school teacher Long Beach, CA, teaching the "unteachables" (kids that other teacher wanted deal with), she discovered that most her students had not heard the Holocaust. Shocked, she introduced them books about toleranceAfirst-person accounts the likes Anne Frank and Zlata Filopvic, who chronicled her life war-torn Sarajevo. The students were inspired start keeping diaries their lives that showed the violence, homelessness, racism, illness, and abuse that surrounded them. These student diaries form the basis this book, which cut from the same mold Dangerous Minds: the outsider teacher, who isn't supposed last month, comes and rebuilds class with tough love and hard work. Most readers will proud see how these students have succeeded; the end their four-year experience, the Freedom WritersAas they called themselves, honor the Freedom Riders the 1960sAhad all graduated; Grunwell now works the college level, instructing teachers how provide more interactive classes for their students. Recommended for youth, education, and urban studies collections.ADanna 
Bell-Russel, Lib. Congress, Washington, 
Product Description 
Straight from the front line urban America, the inspiring story one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students. idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher Wilson High School Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted room unteachable, at-risk students. One day she intercepted note with ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort thing that led the Holocaustonly met uncomprehending looks. she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary Young Girl and Zlatas Diary: Childs Life Sarajevo their guides, undertook life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned see the parallels these books their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings diaries and dubbing themselves the Freedom Writers homage the civil rights activists The Freedom Riders. 

With funds raised Read-a-thon for Tolerance, they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, visit them California, where she declared that Erin Gruwells students were the real heroes. Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both terms recognitionappearances Prime Time Live and All Things Considered, coverage People magazine, meeting with U.S. Secretary Education Richard Rileyand educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college. 
With powerful entries from the students own diaries and narrative text Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary uplifting, unforgettable example how hard work, courage, and the spirit determination changed the lives teacher and her students. 
The authors proceeds from this book will donated The Tolerance Education Foundation, organization set pay for the Freedom Writers college tuition. Erin Gruwell now visiting professor California State University, Long Beach, where some her students are Freedom Writers. 
About the Author 
ERIN GRUWELL, the Freedom Writers, and her nonprofit organization have received many awards, including the prestigious Spirit Anne Frank Award, and have appeared The Oprah Winfrey Show, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, and The View, name few. All 150 Freedom Writers went graduate from Wilson High. She lives Long Beach, California. -This text refers alternate Paperback edition. 

The Other Side the Sky By: Farah Ahmedi with Tmim Ansary 
Review 

"Farah tower strength."--Heather Mills McCartney 
"Very compelling. Here you have girl, child, who suffered her own disability, [and] the loss her family and her homeland. She's taking care her aging mother and adapting this new culture, and she's bright, shining light the world. Very moving."--Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author The Liar's Club and Cherry 
"[The Other Side the Sky] has that wonderful quality survival and most compelling. Seeing Afghanistan from the eyes this girl provides deep, rich look that haven't seen before."--Mary Higgins Clark, author thirty-three worldwide bestsellers 
Product Description 
Farah Ahmedi's "poignant tale survival" (Chicago Tribune) chronicles her journey from war peace. Equal parts tragedy and hope, determination and daring, Ahmedi's memoir delivers remarkably vivid portrait her girlhood Kabul, where the sound gunfire and the sight falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself narrowly escapes death when she steps land mine. Eventually the war forces her flee, first over the mountains refugee camps across the border, and finally America. Ahmedi proves that even the direst circumstances, not only can the human heart endure, can thrive. The Other Side the Sky remarkable journey" (Chicago Sun-Times), and Farah Ahmedi inspires all. 
About the Author 
Farah Ahmedi high school student and ambassador the United Nations' Adopt-A-Minefield program. 
For more information Farah and her charitable foundation, Farah's Wings Hope, visit www.farahsworld.com. 
For reading group guide The Other Side the Sky suitable for classroom, library, reading group use, visit www.SimonSaysTEACH.com. 

Tamim Ansary the author West Kabul, East New York: Afghan American Story well numerous books for children. columnist for Encarta, lives San Francisco with his wife and their two children. 

True Blue: Police Stories Those Who Have Lived Them By: Sgt. Randy Sutton 

From Booklist 
"We live the worst twenty minutes someone else's life," writes cop, exemplifying the honesty and directness that characterize this book. Sutton, detective the Las Vegas Police Department, invited cops across the U.S. write about themselves such way answer this question: "How can show who really are citizens and cops alike?" The collection that resulted houses responses, roughly divided into five categories: "Line Duty," "The Beat," "War Stories," "Officer Down," and "Ground Zero: Stories 9/11." story longer than pages. Many are heartrending, especially the accounts 9/11. Some are hilarious, like the way cop convinced nutcase that had gotten rid the space aliens infesting his house. All demonstrate that cops, who have reason reflect their experiences, are wonderful philosophers and storytellers. Connie Fletcher 
Product Description 
After September 11, 2001, Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with book that offers broad and thoughtful look the many facets police life. Hundreds active and former officers from all over the United States responded: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most whom were doing for the first time. 
The result True Blue, collection funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed the line duty, and the life-changing events September 
11. Here, officers reveal their emotions they recount the defining moments their careers. Some the stories include: 
-Two cops' desperate search for missing child feared kidnapped -The revival the one-month old baby who was shot the face drive-by shooting patrol officer's dramatic showdown with hostage-holding gunman -On-the-scene details rescue and tragedy during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 

About the Author 
Randy Sutton Senior Sergeant the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada. member the Screen Actors Guild, has appeared several big screen movies and HBO movies including Casino, Fools Rush In, and The Road Home. television, has appeared COPS, Americas Most Wanted, and Las Vegas. 

The Mercury 13: The True Story Thirteen Women and the Dream Space Flight By: Martha Ackmann 

From Publishers Weekly dynamic prose, Ackmann, senior lecturer women's studies Mount Holyoke College, relates the story female pilots who fought become part the nation's space program its inception. Their tale uplifting, narrative their dedication-perhaps obsession might better word-and sacrifice attempt aid the nation the space race against the Soviets and experience the thrill space flight. The story also depressing indictment the rampant sexism that kept them from achieving their goal and kept the country from making productive use their considerable talents. These women, among the most accomplished pilots the world the time, went through many the same challenging, even excruciating tests undergone NASA's original seven male astronauts but, unlike the latter, the women did relative obscurity and often against the express wishes all arms the nascent space program. That each woman passed all the tests, often with scores 
exceeding those the males, carried absolutely weight with entrenched bureaucracy. Ackmann has done magnificent job gathering information, conducting interviews and weaving the strands into utterly compelling book that deserves widely read well beyond the circles the usual readers about the space program. pages photos not seen PW. 
Product Description 1961, just NASA launched its first man into space, group women underwent secret testing the hopes becoming Americas first female astronauts. They passed the same battery tests the legendary Lovelace Foundation did the Mercury astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed the boys club NASA and Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years. 
For the first time, Martha Ackmann tells the story the dramatic events surrounding these thirteen remarkable women, all crackerjack pilots and patriots who sometimes sacrificed jobs and marriages for chance participate Americas space race against the Soviet Union. addition talking extensively these women, Ackmann interviewed Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and others NASA and the White House with firsthand knowledge the program, and includes here never-before-seen photographs the Mercury passing their Lovelace tests. 

Despite the crushing disappointment watching their dreams being derailed, the Mercury went extraordinary achievement their lives: Jerrie Cobb, who began flying when she was small she had sit pillows see out the cockpit, dedicated her life flying solo missions the Amazon rain forest; Wally Funk, who talked her way into the Lovelace trials, went become one the first female FAA investigators; Janey Hart, mother eight and, age forty, the oldest astronaut candidate, had the political savvy steer the women through congressional hearings and later helped found the National Organization for Women. provocative tribute these extraordinary women, The Mercury unforgettable story determination, resilience, and inextinguishable hope. 
About the Author 
Martha Ackmann teaches Mount Holyoke College, frequent columnist, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Ackmann co-recipient the Amelia Earhart Research Scholars Grant. She lives western Massachusetts. 
Lynn Sherr, correspondent for the ABC News program 20/20, covered NASA and the space program the 1980s, anchoring and reporting all the early shuttle missions, through the Challenger explosion and the subsequent Rogers Commission hearings. Sherr was semifinalist the (now abandoned) Journalist-in-Space competition. She lives New York. 

The Color Water: Black Mans Tribute His White Mother By: James McBride 
Amazon.com Review 
Order this book ... and please don't put off its pallid subtitle, Black Man's Tribute His White Mother, which doesn't begin justice the utterly unique and moving story contained within. The Color Water tells the remarkable story Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, Polish Jew, immigrated America soon after birth; adult she moved New York City, leaving her family and faith behind Virginia. Jordan met and married black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book success story, testament one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. telling her story--along with her son's--The Color Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and 
realism. is, word, inspiring, and you will finish with unalloyed admiration for flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, little more faith all. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 
Product Description young African-American man describes growing all-black Brooklyn housing project, one twelve children white mother and black father, and discusses his mother's contributions his life and coming terms with his confusion over his own identity. 75,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour. 
About the Author 
James McBride award-winning musician well former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People, and The Washington Post. --This text refers out print unavailable edition this title. 

Soft Spots: Marines Memoir Combat and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder By: Clint Van Winkle 

From Publishers Weekly 
This memoir combat Iraq, and the post-traumatic stress disorder that followed, contains more literary touches than most, and its admirable effort. Marine sergeant Van Winkle (who earned M.A. creative writing after returning from Iraq) emphasizes that every marines desire was not spread freedom but come home alive, and while the book describes some firefights, there are even more incidents Van Winkle and his comrades blazing away vehicles distant figures only discover they had killed civilians. After discharge, fearful memories and violent rages drove him seek help from surprisingly unhelpful V.A., but the passage time, few sympathetic therapists and loving wife set him right. The text jumps back and forth between Van Winkles war experiences and postwar life, when marines from his unit, some dead, reappear badger him. Most readers will forgive this 
exercise creative writing techniques because presents vivid picture what many vets endure. (Mar.) 
Product Description powerful, haunting, provocative memoir Marine Iraqand his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder system trying hide the damage done 
Marine Sergeant Clint Van Winkle flew war Valentines Day 2003. His battalion was among the first wave troops that crossed into Iraq, and his first combat experience was the battle Nasiriyah, followed patrols throughout the country, house house searches, and operations the dangerous Baghdad slums. 
But after two tours duty, certain images would not leave his memorya fragmented mental movie shooting little girl; scavenging parts from destroyed, blood-spattered tank; obliterating several Iraqi men hidden behind ancient wall; and mistakenly stepping soft spot, the remains Marine killed combat. After his return home, Van Winkle sought help Veterans Administration facility, and began maddening journey through indifferent system that promises care for veterans, but fact abandons many them. 
From riveting scenes combat violence, the gallows humor soldiers fighting war that seems make sense, moments tenderness civilian life ravaged flashbacks, rage, and doubt, Soft Spots reveals the mind soldier like other recent memoir the war that has consumed America. 

Clint Van Winkle served for eight years the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank sergeant. While Iraq served Amphibious Assault Vehicle section leader, attached Lima Company 3rd 1st Marines, and commanded eighteen other Marines. After two tours duty, returned earn English from Arizona State University, then Creative Writing and Media from the University Wales-Swansea, and began publish pieces this book literary magazines. lives with his wife Chesapeake, Virginia. Marine Sergeant Clint Van Winkle flew war Valentines Day 2003. His battalion was among the first wave troops that crossed into Iraq, and his first combat experience was the battle Nasiriyah, followed patrols throughout the country, house house searches, and operations the dangerous Baghdad slums. 
But after two tours duty, certain images would not leave his memorya fragmented mental movie shooting little girl; scavenging parts from destroyed, blood-spattered tank; obliterating several Iraqi men hidden behind ancient wall; and mistakenly stepping soft spot, the remains Marine killed combat. After his return home, Van Winkle sought help Veterans Administration facility, and began maddening journey through indifferent system that promises care for veterans, but fact abandons many them. 
Van Winkle's Soft Spots powerful, haunting, provocative memoir Marine Iraqand his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder system trying hide the damage done. From riveting scenes combat violence, the gallows humor soldiers fighting war that seems make sense, moments tenderness civilian life ravaged flashbacks, rage, and doubt, Soft Spots reveals the mind soldier like other recent memoir the war that has consumed America. 
"Nothing gets held back Soft Spots, Clint Van Winkle's account his two years duty Marine sergeant Iraq. describes the exhilaration being place where was authorized kill and where freedom was, sense, absoluteprecisely because could die any moment. hear about attacks Iraqis who may may not have been civilians, and later the ignorance finds college campus home This ambiguity stems from the nature the war fought. The soldiers lived almost hermetically sealed society and state near-constant fear and rage. And they had unmatched lethal firepower their command. 'My war,' writes Van Winkle, 'was impersonal war full indiscriminate firing and long-distance death.' But the ambiguity also stylistic, expression the author's hallucinatory state mind the months following combat. moves without warning from the streets Phoenix the sands Iraq and back again. finds himself full unreasoning anger; fights with his wife. Having finally realized that he's