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The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by T.J. EnglishWhat it's about: José Miguel Battle, a police officer and Bay of Pigs veteran, fled Castro's Cuba in the 1960s to build a criminal empire, becoming a "Godfather" to Cuban exile communities and leaving a bloody trail in his wake.
Is it for you? True crime fans will enjoy this fast-paced saga.
Media buzz: Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro is set to play Battle in an upcoming film adaptation.
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First... by Robert KursonWhat it is: an exhilarating account of the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon and the three astronauts who risked their lives to complete the mission, portrayed with dramatic storytelling flourish.
Want a taste? "Looking back down toward his spacecraft, Borman gave thanks to the scalded machine, an exquisite piece of design and daring."
Did you know? December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission.
The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont; illustrated by Manjit Thapp What it is: an inspiring collection of 100 biographical portraits of trailblazing women throughout history, featuring anecdotes, trivia, and full-color illustrations.
Read it for: the "matron saint" names given to its subjects, a pithy nod to Catholic saint-of-the-day books and prayer devotionals.
Reviewers say: "A gloriously diverse, edifying, and curiosity-inspiring collection" (Booklist).
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam WinklerWhat it's about: In this evocative and evenhanded legal history, Adam Winkler chronicles the relationship between corporations and the government, from the emergence of businesses in colonial America to the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
About the author: Winkler is a constitutional law professor and legal commentator.
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