MI’s Extensive eBook Collection, Pt. 3 of 4: Biographies, 20th-Century U.S. History | Mechanics' Institute

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MI’s Extensive eBook Collection, Pt. 3 of 4: Biographies, 20th-Century U.S. History

Biographies of historical figures are always popular with readers. This week, we highlight biographies of notable 20th-century Americans in a sample list of history eBooks available to MI members. Click on any title below to learn more about it, or click here to browse the wealth of history selections accessible through the eBook app Axis 360.* Just follow the onscreen prompts for checkout.

Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World by A.J. Baime

An entertaining book about a hero—an ordinary character who got pushed into extraordinary circumstances and, through courage and luck, cemented his place in history.

Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph

The first fully authoritative biography of Dorothy Day, the American icon, radical pacifist, Catholic convert, and activist whom Pope Francis I compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. After a middle-class Republican childhood and a few years as a Communist sympathizer, Day was a prominent anomaly in American life for almost fifty years.

Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After by Blanche Wiesel Cook

This work is the third and final volume in the definitive biography of America's greatest first lady. The author shows how she became a leader and a visionary and, after FDR’s death, returned to the spotlight as a crucial player in the founding of the United Nations.

JFK'S Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of President Kennedy’s last hundred days that asks what might have been, fifty years after his death, had he lived to make good on his extraordinary promise.

The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer

A powerful collection of the influential columnist and public intellect’s most important works, featuring rare speeches and a major essay about today’s populist movements and the future of global democracy.

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman

The author tells the fascinating story of the intertwined lives of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices. Includes stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession.


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Posted on May. 15, 2020 by Craig Jackson