Shéri: Just the way I am (2017)

Shéri Brynard was born with Down Syndrome. Although doctors gave her mother little hope, today Shéri is a lively young woman with many adventures behind her. She has met Oprah, shaken the hand of the president, andoften speaks at international conferences. She also acted in a local soap. Shéri talks frankly about the sorrows and joys of her remarkable life, while her mother, Susette, shares her side of the story with great honesty. S...

Thomas Sankara: An African Revolutionary

Thomas Sankara, often called the African Che Guevara, was president of Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, until his assassination during the military coup that brought down his government. Although his tenure in office was relatively short, Sankara left an indelible mark on his country’s history and development. An avowed Marxist, he outspokenly asserted his country’s independence from France and other Western powe...

Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today. In Shadow Warrio...

Seduced by Logic: Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution

Newton's explanation of the natural law of universal gravity shattered the way mankind perceived the universe, and hence it was not immediately embraced. After all, how can anyone warm to a force that cannot be seen or touched? But for two women, separated by time and space but joined in their passion for Newtonian physics, the intellectual power of that force drove them to great achievements. Brilliant, determined, and almost entire...

A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri

A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri offers the first annotated scholarly edition of Jean-Baptiste Truteau’s journal of his voyage on the Missouri River in the central and northern Plains from 1794 to 1796 and of his description of the upper Missouri. This fully modern and magisterial edition of this essential journal surpasses all previous editions in assisting scholars and general readers in understanding Truteau’s travels and encoun...

Ismail Kadare: The Writer and the Dictatorship 1957-1990

Ismail Kadare has experienced a life of controversy. In his own country and internationally, he has been both acclaimed as a writer and condemned as a lackey of the Albanian socialist dictatorship. Coming of age after occupation and war, Kadare (b. 1936) belonged to the first generation of new Albanians. In a land where writers were routinely imprisoned, Kadare produced the most brilliant and subversive works to emerge from socialist...

René Magritte: Selected Writings

Available for the first time in an English translation, this selection of René Magritte’s writings gives non-Francophone readers the chance to encounter the many incarnations of the renowned Belgian painter—the artist, the man, the aspiring noirist, the fire-breathing theorist—in his own words. Through whimsical personal letters, biting apologia, appreciations of fellow artists, pugnacious interviews, farcical film scripts, prose poe...

Thoreau: A Sublime Life

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.” This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz "Occupy Wall St...

Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music

Long-awaited in some musical circles, this admiring biography of one member of an influential American family of musicians is deeper, broader, and more theoretically conceived than Matilda Gaume's Ruth Crawford Seeger: Memoirs, Memories, Music (Scarecrow, 1986) and effectively replaces it. Deriving insights from new sources and interviews and providing fresh analyses of many of Seeger's compositions, this lively but scholarly book gr...

Communist Daze : The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor

Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir Tsesis―inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester―was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and t...