Monday, March 30, 2009

New Books You Might Have Missed - Non-fiction

 and contemporary photographs, brochures and artifacts evocative of time and place ... tells the story of the city that was the most popular exotic destination for Americans during the forty years between World War I and Castro’s revolution.” (book jacket)

Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb by David C. Cassidy: Biography of the German scientist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1932, but was arrested post World War II for his role in helping the Nazi’s try to acquire atomic weapons.

Mick: The Real Michael Collins by Peter Hart. Biography of a man who has become an almost mythical figure in the movement for Irish independence: “a fascinating, flesh-and-blood portrait of one of the most legendary leaders of the twentieth century”. (book jacket) The author is Canadian and currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies at Memorial University.

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak: Memoir of three young men who were forced into combat as boys in the Sudan. This would make good companion reading for those who have read Ishamel Beah’s memoir Long Way Gone (about child soldiers in Sierra Leone) or the novel Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala which gives a fictionalized account of similar events.

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