Category Archives: biography

It is no surprise that World War II, the most massive war in human history, receives the most attention from the publishing industry. Biography on figures like Churchill and FDR crowd the bookstore table, as do studies by military historians … Continue reading

Today the Google Doodle swings to celebrating the birthday of Alice Paul. Born into a close-knit Quaker community, Paul inherited the passion of forebears who fought for abolition. In her case, the cause was women’s suffrage, and Paul took it … Continue reading

The UIP publishes lots of books on Abraham Lincoln. You might think: can’t you be more contemporary? John Wilkes Booth assassinated the poor man 150-some odd years ago. But the Railsplitter remains newsworthy. Dateline: Kankakee, Illinois, where a thief or thieves have stolen … Continue reading

Thousands of newspaper readers across North America are familiar with Alan Guebert’s family members. Since 1993, along with the agribusiness issues of the day, Guebert has sprinkled family memories into his syndicated column “The Farm and Food File.” The most … Continue reading

Alan Guebert’s book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey may have been inspired by a little homemade wine. Guebert, has been writing his nationally syndicated column “The Farm and Food File” since 1993. The first seed of what would become … Continue reading

Pretty much every world religion and ethical system makes a virtue of offering succor to travelers, the rootless, and the persecuted. Immigration, the social-political system we’ve constructed around those ideas, plays a vital role in the narratives of many nations. … Continue reading

One hundred years ago this weekend, Francis Albert Sinatra entered the world in Hoboken, New Jersey. He proceeded to live one of the more completely lived lives this side of Casanova. Though foiled by television, Sinatra otherwise thrived across mass media, … Continue reading

Why does Sylvester Stallone wanna make more Rocky Movies? Because he can’t sing or dance. Also, Rocky movies usually strike money. (Not that everyone is a fan.) Creed, the most recent entry in the forty-year old (!) franchise, raked in plenty of … Continue reading

Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet. Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect. “First and foremost, she was … Continue reading

Robert Bussel is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He answered some questions about his book Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship. Q: What … Continue reading