Writer Sailor Soldier Spy - Nicholas Reynolds

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This is a fascinating exploration of Hemingway's unique role in global espionage. Hemingway, known as much for his lifestyle as his literature, fought on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, visited Communists in China, and fended off U-Boats in the Caribbean. A rabid anti-fascist, Hemingway was recruited by both the KGB and the CIA, and this struggle led to the writer’s block and disillusionment that ultimately caused his demise. Drawing on newly declassified information, Reynolds paints Hemingway as a “gifted, but overconfident amateur” in the world of espionage who nevertheless found his way to the front lines of history.

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 By Nicholas Reynolds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062440136
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 2017

Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich

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Like Bob Dylan, Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for a body of work that is not usually thought of as literature. Her oeuvre consists of oral histories, and this is her magnum opus. In Secondhand Time she weaves together narratives collected over 30 years to tell the epic and tragic story of the collapse of the USSR and the rise of predatory, “free market” capitalism in the former Soviet states. Her ability as an interviewer to elicit stunningly beautiful and novelistic personal accounts of love and hardship, and her skill as a narrator in stitching these stories together to form a cohesive whole, make her well-deserving of the Nobel, and surely one of our most important living writers, in any language.
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588808
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Published: Random House - May 24th, 2016

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translated by) Cover Image
By Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780399588822
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 21st, 2017

The Mathews Men - William Geroux

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Veteran reporter William Geroux finds a fascinating chapter of WWII history practically in his own backyard, chronicling the men and women of Mathews County, Virginia in The Mathews Men. This town full of Merchant Mariners was a crucial part of the war effort, transporting supplies and oil across the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico to allied forces. Not soldiers, and without the means to defend themselves, they were often victims of both predatory German U-boats and the dangers of the sea. The Hodges family alone sent seven sons out on the ocean, and the stories of their perils, near-misses, daring rescues, and heartbreaking losses deserve to be told and remembered.

The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats By William Geroux Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109266
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Published: Penguin Books - March 21st, 2017