Give Me Liberty, by David E. Hoffman

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Veteran journalist David E. Hoffman, author of three previous acclaimed books that drew on his extensive knowledge of Russia, shifts focus to Cuba in Give Me Liberty, but the story still involves a consequential and inspiring struggle against authoritarian rule. Oswaldo Paya was for years a leading voice of opposition to Fidel Castro’s dictatorship and formed a pro-democracy movement. He died in a mysterious car crash a decade ago. Hoffman’s account of Paya’s life is not only a richly detailed tale of individual courage, principle, and persistence, but also a penetrating examination of where motivation and determination to be free come from in people, what drives individuals in oppressive societies to assert themselves, and what it takes to secure liberties the rest of us often take for granted.

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ISBN: 9781982191191
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 21st, 2022

Meet Me by the Fountain, by Alexandra Lange

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An engaging, insightful, and frequently entertaining book about a subject that has been a source of both much nostalgia and derision: the American mall. It's also a subject that a lot of us think we know something about—because we’ve all shopped at malls. Alexandra Lange, a design and architecture critic, admits to having been a bit apprehensive at first about approaching the mall as a subject of serious study. But she says many people were eager to tell her their own mall stories when they learned of her project. She describes the mall as “an architecture born to be malleable,” and tracing its evolution from the 1950s, she refutes the widespread notion that malls are dead.

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ISBN: 9781635576023
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 14th, 2022

Invisible Storm, by Jason Kander

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Four years ago, Army veteran Jason Kander was a fast-rising Missouri politician being touted as a possible presidential contender when, suddenly, he dropped out of politics and announced he would be seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress and depression dating from his military service in Afghanistan. Invisible Storm is the story of his struggle with mental illness, his subsequent recovery, and his dedication in recent years to helping destigmatize PTSD and assist other veterans in difficulty. It's a revealing, thoughtful, and moving book. Among its attributes is the inclusion of sections written by Kander's wife Diana offering her own perspective on what their family was going through.

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ISBN: 9780358658962
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Published: Mariner Books - July 5th, 2022