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    9781771836784 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / People with Disabilities Publication Date:October 01, 2021
    $25.00 CAD 9 x 6 x 0.95 in | 1 gr | 290 pages Carton Quantity:27 Canadian Rights: Y MiroLand
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      And Along Came Alexis is a book about choices and consequences. The author’s youngest daughter, Alexis, was born in 1978 with multiple disabilities, including blindness, an intractable seizure disorder and spastic quadriplegia. The choice to keep her at home despite medical advice resulted in a limiting of career opportunities for her parents and educational and other enrichment opportunities for her siblings. However, it also introduced the family to a whole community of earnest and interesting people dealing with similar challenges that they would never have known otherwise, and it provided rich perspectives on a different way of living. As for Alexis, she thrived far better than had been predicted and developed into a sweet, trusting person with a clear sense of self and an appreciation for the people in her life. The book describes the story of her life to date from her mother’s viewpoint: its victories and setbacks, its grim moments and its funny moments. Overall, it is a positive story, demonstrating what is possible, even under very challenging circumstances.

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      Emma Pivato spent her formal career working as a psychologist in various settings and teaching in a graduate program at Athabasca University. She also did some writing along the way, first an edited work, Different Hopes, Different Dreams (1984, 1991), Alberta stories about families having children with developmental disabilities. Later she published some academic and literary articles dealing with topics ranging from philosophical to practical - the development of a specialized wheelchair, for example. In 2013 she published her first Claire Burke mystery novel, featuring individuals with disabilities and other characters with various personality quirks. The 8th volume in this series will be out soon and the 9th is underway. But in the last few years her focus has been on putting together the present memoir …and along came Alexis, which describes the numerous joys and challenges that Alexis and her family have experienced together.

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    1001 Days Memoirs of an Empress Empress Farah Pahlavi, Taylor Viens, Joel Pront
    9781735560601 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political On Sale Date:November 26, 2021
    $55.95 CAD 5.5 x 8 x 0 in | 10 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Vanishing Pictures Press
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      This memoir by empress Farah Pahlavi looks back on her reign over an Iran so modern it is unrecognizable today—written just a few years before the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

      “Beautifully written, intelligent and insightful, the memoirs of Farah Diba Pahlavi open a window on the life of one of the great women of our time and offer a unique perspective on the extraordinary country over which she and her husband reigned before darkness fell.” —Bob Colacello, founding editorInterview magazine

      At the time I wrote my memoir, I had no idea what was to come . . .

      Empress Farah Pahlavi was the first crowned empress of Iran, little did she know she would also be the last. This memoir was written in 1976, at the height of her reign on the glittering peacock throne. The candid words reveal her vision for a better Iran, without any idea of what history would bring—the end of the fairy tale.

      Farah Pahlavihelped usher in a modern Iran now lost to the sands of time.

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      Beautifully written, intelligent and insightful, the memoirs of Farah Diba Pahlavi open a window on the life of one of the great women of our time and offer a unique perspective on the extraordinary country over which she and her husband reigned before darkness fell.
      Bob Colacello, writer and editor, Interview magazine

      Here is that rare thing: an important historical document, opening a window onto imperial Iran, which reads with the warmth and sagacity of a fairy tale, as a monarch picks a young woman to become his empress.
      Alastair Sooke, art critic and broadcaster, BBC

      Empress Farah, in a few words, is the essence of compassion, duty and dignity. She has left an incredible and lasting legacy which lives on, even with generations who were not born during her reign!
      Tina Ghazimorad, producer and presenter, Manoto TV

      Empress Farah Pahlavi is one of the most interesting women of the 20th century, and has led a life that could have come from the ancient annals of history. Married to the Shah of Persia at the age of 21 she assumed at once, what Queen Elizabeth II described, as ‘the heavy obligations of monarchy.’ She produced a son and heir and, between 1959 and 1978, dedicated her life to the service of her country, particularly in the realms of health, education and culture. In this remarkable book shetells a story that will dazzle and fascinate a new generation of readers. Her dedication and dignity shine through every page.
      Hugo Vickers

      She was the nicest Empress that I have ever met!
      David Bailey, CBE

      "One of the most impressive women one could ever meet, with a spellbinding story and a bravery and resilience that defies belief."
      Celia Walden, Editor-at-Large, Daily Telegraph

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    9781529357615 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:November 30, 2021
    $17.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Hodder
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      **NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE**

      A TRUE TAIL OF CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.


      Originally published as A Gift from Bob, this festive standalone special sees the return of James and Bob, stars of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob, as they spend a cold and challenging December on the streets of London together in a new adventure. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway and Bob himself, coming November 6.

      From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob, touched millions around the world.

      In this new story of their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times - providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

      Now a major motion picture and sequel to A Street Cat Named Bob, starring Luke Treadaway and Bob himself, to be released this coming November.

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      James Bowen is the author of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob. He found Bob the cat in 2007 and the pair were inseparable until Bob's death in June 2020.

      He lives in London.

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    A Del of a Life The hilarious new memoir from the national treasure David Jason
    9781787465367 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:November 09, 2021
    $19.99 CAD 5.06 x 7.81 in | 0.81 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:24 Arrow
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      THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER: a hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason

      ’’So lithe,’ they say. ’So spry and sparkling. So uncannily youthful. How on earth do you do it?’

      Well, what can I tell you? An hour of tai chi first thing in the morning, an HIIT work-out with my personal trainer, a bowl of steamed kale and a handful of almonds for lunch, and then two hours of yoga in the afternoon followed by an ice bath - this is a routine which I’m sure would work miracles for anyone of any age, although I can’t be entirely sure because I haven’t myself adopted any aspect of it at any point.

      Fortunately, during my life and career I have been given all sorts of advice and learned huge amounts from some great and enormously talented people. I’ve been blessed to play characters such as Derek Trotter, Granville, Pop Larkin and Frost, who have changed my life in all sorts of ways, and taught me lessons that go far beyond the television set. And I’ve worked a few things out for myself as well, about friendship, ambition, rejection, success, failure, adversity and fortune.

      With any luck, some of these thoughts and observations will chime with episodes and challenges you have faced, or are facing, in your own life. And if they don’t…well, hopefully, at the very least you’ll get to have a good old laugh at my expense.

      So lean back, pour yourself a glass, and try not to fall through the bar flap…’
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      ’There are British telly icons and then there is […] Sir David Jason. This book is such gold…an absolute delight’ ZOE BALL

      ’An absolute delight…a romp with so much detail. Offers wisdom in difficult times…like being invited into his living room’ BBC BREAKFAST

      ’It’s beautifully written…so conversational and chatty…it’s so lovely and warm’ CHRIS MOYLES
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      Sir David Jason was born in 1940 in North London. His acting career has been long and varied: from his theatre work in the West End to providing the voices of Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows, Dangermouse and The BFG. From Open All Hours to The Darling Buds of May to his starring roles as Detective Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost and, of course, Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.
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    A Fabulous Creation How the LP Saved Our Lives David Hepworth
    9781784162085 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:October 05, 2021
    $21.99 CAD 5.05 x 7.75 x 0.95 in | 0.62 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:48 Black Swan
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      ‘Hepworth’s knowledge and understanding of rock history is prodigious … [a] hugely entertaining study of the LP’s golden age’
      The Times
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      The era of the LP began in 1967, with ‘Sgt Pepper’; The Beatles didn’t just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album.

      The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse-engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.

      It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became ‘artists’ and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.

      This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.
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      David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music and media since the seventies. He was involved in the launch and editing of magazines such as Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others.

      He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the corporation’s coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer award from the British Society of Magazine Editors.

      He lives in London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www.wordpodcast.co.uk and blogging at www.whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk.

      He says Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’ is the best record ever made. ‘This is not an opinion,’ he says. ‘It’s a matter of fact.’
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    A Flick of Sunshine The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures, and Tragic Fate of an American Original Alexander Jackson Hill, Frederic B. Hill
    9781493060818 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Survival Publication Date:February 15, 2022
    $41.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 206 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Lyons Press
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      The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in 19th century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world would rival characters straight out of the lives and imaginations of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. Will Jackson survived a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn and running down Alaskan glaciers over a tragically shortened life that ended in a most bizarre and pedestrian incident on the eve of realizing his life’s ambition: appointment as master of a ship. After nine months of sometimes perilous life among natives in the South Sea islands in 1884, captured in chapters of a book he helped write, Jackson served on a series of large ships and coastal schooners – all based in the post-Gold Rush boomtown of San Francisco – that took him up and down the west coast from Alaska to Mexico and to the four corners of the earth. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and a diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor.
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      Frederic B. Hill was a reporter, correspondent and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, covering Europe and southern Africa. He served as foreign affairs director for Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr (R; MD) in 1985 and 1986, then conducted policy planning exercises (wargames) and conferences on national security issues for the Department of State from 1986 to 2006. A native of Maine and graduate of Bowdoin College, he served as president of Maine's First Ship, a non-profit organization building a reconstruction of Virginia, one of the first vessels built in America at Popham Beach, Maine in 1608. He is author of Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs; the Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine (Down East Books, 2016), co-editor of The Life of Kings; The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and author of Dereliction of Duty; The Failed Presidency of Donald John Trump (Amazon Books, 2020). ******* Alex Hill has been in the financial services and financial technology industry in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for many years and now resides in San Diego, California. Born in London and a graduate of Denison University, Alex has travelled extensively and has published many travel articles and stories. ******** Editor's Note: Richard Willis (Will) Jackson was an older brother of Charles T. Jackson, Frederic Hill's grandfather, thus his great uncle, and the great, great uncle of Alexander Hill, son of Frederic Hill.
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    9781474618656 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:December 07, 2021
    $19.99 CAD Canadian Rights: Y Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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      The superb classic memoir from a dazzlingly eccentric and endlessly fascinating author and feminist icon - a woman very much ahead of her time - including her time spent on the glorious island of Skiathos

      'A happy, hilarious book' Daily Express

      Nancy Spain was one of the most celebrated - and notorious - writers and broadcasters of the 50s and 60s. Witty, controversial and brilliant, she lived openly as a lesbian (sharing a household with her two lovers and their various children) and was frequently litigated against for her newspaper columns - Evelyn Waugh successfully sued her for libel... twice.

      Nancy Spain had a deep love of the Mediterranean. So it was no surprise when, in the 1960s, she decided to build a place of her own on the Greek island of Skiathos. With an impractical nature surpassed only by her passion for the project, and despite many obstacles, she gloriously succeeded. This classic memoir is infused with all Spain's chaotic brilliance, zest for life and single-minded pursuit of a life worth living.

      Perfect for fans of A PLACE IN THE SUN and ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY

      'Full of fun, and that zest of intelligence that never left her' Sunday Times

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      Nancy Spain was a prominent novelist, broadcaster and journalist. She was a columnist for the Daily Express and She magazine in the 1950s and 1960s. She also appeared on many radio broadcasts, particularly on Woman's Hour, and later as a panellist on the television programmes What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1917, she was the great-niece of the legendary Mrs Beeton. During the second world war she worked as a driver and served in the WRNS and after the war she published several detective novels set at a girls' school. Always controversial, her column-writing caused the Daily Express to be sued - twice - by Evelyn Waugh.
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      Full of fun, and that zest of intelligence that never left her after she had become famous and a "name" ... Sharing her own feelings of happiness was Nancy's art and privilege, a rare one in this day and place—SUNDAY TIMES
      It is a happy, hilarious book ... N Spain, as she liked to call herself, loved to make people laugh, very often at herself—DAILY EXPRESS
      Rumbustiously she rattles from childhood memories to TV gossip, anecdote, wisecrack, name-dropping and travelogue ... a high-spirited projection of the admired and lamented image—DAILY TELEGRAPH
      Nancy's great qualities were her zest for life and her warm, North-country heart—TATLER
      Have you ever read a book with this for a side-heading to a chapter: "put that angel down, you don't know where she's been"? No? Well, start right now—ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS
      A gay, generous autobiography-cum-travel book which the author finished only a few hours before her tragic last flight—SUNDAY EXPRESS
      Some people thought her merely bohemian, but others were grateful to have so engaging a role-model—INDEPENDENT
      As funny and warm and clever as Nancy herself. You can hear her voice in every line—Frank Muir and Denis Norden
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    A Little Closer to Home How I Found the Calm After the Storm Ginger Zee
    9781368042000 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women On Sale Date:January 11, 2022
    $33.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 in | 1 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Hyperion Avenue
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      In Ginger Zee's follow-up to the bestselling Natural Disaster, the ABC chief meteorologist takes readers on a much deeper journey of self discovery.

      When Ginger Zee opened her life to readers in Natural Disaster, the response was enormous. She put a very relatable if surprising face on depression and has helped lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues. But Ginger tells us, Natural Disaster was "Ginger Lite" and only scratched the surface.

      In this moving follow-up, Ginger shares her truest self. She spent most of her life shielding her vulnerabilities from the world all while being a professional people pleaser. Her stormy childhood, her ongoing struggles with crippling depression, her suicide attempts, and many other life experiences will resonate with readers who are likely to see themselves along the way.

      In spite of its serious subject matter, Ginger's positive, life-affirming outlook comes through loud and clear. Written with great heart and quite a bit of humor, Ginger normalizes issues and challenges millions of people face every day. A Little Closer to Home will broaden the conversation around mental health at a time we need it more than ever.











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      Ginger Zee is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC News, forecasting for and reporting on the nation's weather from Good Morning America to World News Tonight. Zee has been on the ground before, during and after almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms including Hurricane Katrina. She watched as the eye of Superstorm Sandy passed over Atlantic City and then covered the devastated Jersey Shore; she was there for the 2020 California wildfires and for the unprecedented number of hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Zee’s dedication to science began at an early age, watching powerful thunderstorms rush across Lake Michigan. Her passion for meteorology brought her to stormchase in college at Valparaiso University where she earned her bachelor of science in meteorology.
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      Readers may recognize Zee from Good Morning America or Dancing with the Stars. She first fell in love with weather while watching storms over Lake Michigan, later deciding to be a meteorologist and pursuing her goal with intense drive. Though much of her memoir has a light tone, Zee also discusses her struggles with mental health and an abusive relationship. With writing that’s approachable and reader-focused, occasionally dipping into meta commentary, Zee gives readers a behind-the-scenes tour of life as a network meteorologist. Natural Disaster chronicles Zee’s hard work in all areas of her life and her ability to find the eye of any storm. —Booklist
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    A Mighty Force Dr. Elizabeth Hayes and Her War for Public Health Marcia Biederman
    9781633887084 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women Publication Date:October 15, 2021
    $37.95 CAD 6.43 x 9.37 x 0.85 in | 1.01 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      The first book dedicated to Dr. Elizabeth O. Hayes' fight for public health on the American homefront during WWII, for which she received national attention (and a victory under President Truman's Justice Department) for her protests against unsanitary conditions in the mining town of Force, Pennsylvania.
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      Marcia Biederman has contributed more than 150 articles to the New York Times, writing about everything from ice dancing to automobile wheel repair. She was a staff reporter for Crain’s New York Business and an editor for Chain Store Age. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, the New York Observer, and Newsday. She is the author of several books including Popovers and Candlelight: Patricia Murphy and The Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire, published by SUNY Press in 2018, and Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed Reading Worked, published by Chicago Review Press in 2019.
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      "In dramatic detail, A Mighty Force brings to life the story of Dr. Elizabeth Hayes who, true to the oath that she took as a physician, bravely fought against powerful forces on behalf of her vulnerable patients. Dr. Betty should be a household name – not only did she pave the way for improved health and wellness of miners everywhere, but she also paved the way for generations of women physicians to walk out of their clinics demanding better for their patients." – Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint, Michigan pediatrician and author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
      “An engrossing, fast-paced biography of a woman who devoted years of her life to a heroic fight against the appallingly unsanitary conditions of a mining town and the venality of its intransigent owners.” –Cathy Curtis, author of A Splendid Intelligence: The Life of Elizabeth Hardwick
      “Even though her subject's personal papers have not survived, Marcia Biederman has successfully documented the events that made Dr. Betty Hayes briefly famous as a company doctor and advocate for public health and sanitation. Biederman captures the spirit of 1945 and 1946 in A Mighty Force, which chronicles the persistence of Dr. Betty and her miners, the strategies of resistance by corporate managers and owners, and the squalid living conditions that mining families were forced to endure in unincorporated company-owned towns.” – Janet Wells Greene, Ph.D., author, Cameras in the Coalfields: Photographs as Evidence for Comparative Coalfield History
      NetGalley review: 5 stars Last Updated 28 Jun 2021 "Amazing and inspirational. 2 words that barely describe what environmental health activist Dr Elizabeth Hayes work means to our world. I learned a lot about a woman I had never heard of! This book was really well done, made it easy for me to read and I honestly think it should be required reading in science classes. Absolutely great book about a true hero for people and the environmental activism movement." —Holly Senecal, Consumer Reviewer
      “This spirited biography rescues a well-deserving public health crusader from obscurity.” —Publishers Weekly
      NetGalley Review: 5 stars Last updated on 26 Sep 2021 "Great story-telling about an unsung hero I loved this book. The story-telling and character development are excellent. The book reads more like a novel than a history book; it is so much more than a list of names and dates. The story is well paced and I found it difficult to put the book down. It has everything I was expecting, a mix of history, science, and politics. The hardest part of the book to accept was that such unsanitary conditions existed so late into the 20th century. I had to check the dates on occasion as a reality check. This is a great read about an unsung hero and I recommend it for anyone interested in history or public health. Thank you to Netgalley and Rowman & Littlefield for the advance reader copy."—Stephen Goldberg, freelance reviewer
      Great story-telling about an unsung hero I loved this book. The story-telling and character development are excellent. The book reads more like a novel than a history book; it is so much more than a list of names and dates. The story is well paced and I found it difficult to put the book down. It has everything I was expecting, a mix of history, science, and politics. The hardest part of the book to accept was that such unsanitary conditions existed so late into the 20th century. I had to check the dates on occasion as a reality check. This is a great read about an unsung hero and I recommend it for anyone interested in history or public health. Thank you to Netgalley and Rowman & Littlefield for the advance reader copy. -Stephen Goldberg

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