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Oreos and Dubonnet
Oreos and Dubonnet (June 2012)
Remembering Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller
Joseph H. Boyd Jr. - Author
Charles R. Holcomb - Author

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York’s most colorful and influential governors.

A unique figure and an outsized personality, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was a man whose character, personal style, and (of course) wealth shaped both his goals and how he pursued them. Although many stories about Rockefeller have been published over the years, many more remain to be told, and in Oreos and Dubonnet,...(Read More)
 
 
Faithful to the Task at Hand
Faithful to the Task at Hand (June 2012)
The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe
Carroll L.L. Miller - Author
Anne S. Pruitt-Logan - Author

The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education.

Born just twenty years after the end of slavery and orphaned at the age of five, Lucy Diggs Slowe (1885–1937) became a seventeen-time tennis champion and the first African American woman to win a major sports title, a founder of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the first Dean of Women at Howard University. She p...(Read More)
 
 
Corbino
Corbino (March 2011)
From Rubens to Ringling
Janis Londraville - Author
Richard Londraville - Author
Karal Ann Marling - Foreword by

A biography of one of America’s neglected grand masters.

A Sicilian immigrant who trained at the Art Students League in New York, Jon Corbino (1905–1964) was one of the most influential members of the “Sarasota School” of art, a group of painters and artists, many of them expatriate New Yorkers, who came to the west coast of Florida for its natural beauty, the quality of its light, and the open-aired...(Read More)
 
 
Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643)
Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643) (January 2011)
Designing a New World
Janny Venema - Author

2011 Annual Hendricks Award, presented by the New Netherland Institute

A biography of one of the founding directors of the Dutch West India Company and a leading figure in the establishment of the New Netherland colony.

During the early 1600s, as the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was locked in a war with Spain that would last for eighty years, thousands of immigrant...(Read More)
 
 
Roman Candle
Roman Candle (August 2010)
The Life of Bobby Darin
David Evanier - Author

A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

“Compelling and revealing … Roman Candle gives us the many lives of one of the great entertainers of all time, whose flame was extinguished way too soon.” — Kevin Spacey

A performer who rivaled Sinatra, Bobby Darin rose from dire poverty to...(Read More)
 
 
The Man Who Saved New York
The Man Who Saved New York (July 2010)
Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975
Seymour P. Lachman - Author
Robert Polner - Author

2011 Empire State History Book Award, presented by New York State Archives Partnership Trust

A dramatic and colorful portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable governors, Hugh L. Carey, with emphasis on his leadership during the fiscal crisis of 1975.

The Man Who Saved New York offers a portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable governors, Hugh L. Ca...(Read More)
 
 
The Quotable Judge Posner
The Quotable Judge Posner (April 2010)
Selections from Twenty-Five Years of Judicial Opinions
Robert F. Blomquist - Edited and with an introduction by
Richard A. Posner - Foreword by

Collection of quotations and judicial opinions of federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner.

A collection of pithy and penetrating observations and rulings by one of the most famous appellate judges in America, The Quotable Judge Posner showcases the wit and wisdom of Richard A. Posner. During his more than twenty-five years as a federal appellate judge, Judge Posner reached over two thousand opinions, many o...(Read More)
 
 
Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father
Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father (February 2010)
Revolutionary War Soldier, Federalist Politician, and Mayor of New York
Paul Cushman - Author

The life of a prominent Dutch-American patriot.

Born in 1753 to a prominent Dutch-American family in Hackensack, New Jersey, Richard Varick became a lawyer, then a Patriot officer in the American Revolutionary War. Colonel Varick served with distinction as aide to generals Philip Schuyler and Benedict Arnold. Later, George Washington entrusted him with the editing of his wartime papers—forty-four volumes no...(Read More)
 
 
My Life at the Gym
My Life at the Gym (December 2009)
Feminist Perspectives on Community through the Body
Jo Malin - Editor

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

“Very often, my workouts are the best part of my day,” notes feminist writer Jo Malin. My Life at the Gym celebrates women’s experiences of exercise and the found spaces for this activity as places of community with other women. Neither elite athletes nor dancers, the contributors to this volume a...(Read More)
 
 
King of the Bowery
King of the Bowery (November 2009)
Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
Richard F. Welch - Author

The first full-length biography of Timothy D. “Big Tim” Sullivan, who dominated New York City politics in the three decades prior to World War I.

King of the Bowery is the first full-length biography of Timothy D. “Big Tim” Sullivan, the archetypal Tammany Hall leader who dominated New York City politics—and much of its social life—from 1890 to 1913. A poor Irish kid from the Five Points who rose thr...(Read More)

 
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