07-21-2017  5:40 pm      •     
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Dinesh Sharma's book is a fascinating analysis of the formative years which made the man

Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency spawned a cottage industry of books about him and the First Lady, with several even being published well before the inauguration. Most of the early offerings were merely take-the-money-and-run rip-offs, which is why this critic suggested that those impatient for a keepsake consider waiting for someone to come up with a worthwhile biography likely to stand the test of time.


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Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

This book features contributions from Occupy activists who were there from the beginning. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement, and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.


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Chinua Achebe rejects recognition, saying nation's issues "have not been addressed" by leaders

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and other works examining the political failures and corruption of oil-rich Nigeria has again turned down a national honor over the failings of the nation.


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Founder of the African American Literature Book Club talks about technology, readership, and what Google is doing to hurt online journalism

Webmaster and literary figure Troy Johnson talks about both the challenges and rewards of running www.AALBC.com


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Police arrested Richard A. Franco in July after he was seen on property multiple times

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge ruled Monday that a man charged with stalking Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress' property earlier this year.

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"Mind Right, Money Right" eloquently rehashes proven financial principles

Given the frightening trajectory of the economy and the staggering unemployment numbers, the time is ripe for a self-help book with some decent financial advice. "Mind Right, Money Right" fits the bill, despite its being a derivative work ostensibly based on the seven tried-and-true investment principles originally delineated in "The Richest Man in Babylon," a classic from 1926 that this critic read many moons ago.


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Unclear if former secretary of state will respond to criticisms from Rumsfeld, Cheney

NEW YORK (AP) -- Colin Powell's new book is a story of success.


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According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes

What is it like to be a black woman in America? That is the basic question explored by Professor Melissa Harris-Perry in her fascinating new book, "Sister Citizen."


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Former militant Nasir Abas has become important anti-violence advocate in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked militant Nasir Abas have become a comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from foe to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.


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He was left with no idea what effect the blowback from the brouhaha would have on his career as a journalist just for merely exercising his First Amendment Right of Free Speech

Juan Williams ignited a firestorm of controversy last year when he admitted to Bill O'Reilly on national television that he feels nervous whenever he sees fellow passengers in Muslim garb getting on a plane with him.


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