Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice
Composed by Rosanne Cash
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Washington by Ron Chernow & First Family by Joseph J. Ellis
Growing Up Laughing by Marlo Thomas
Operation Dark Heart by Anthony Shaffer
Original Gangster by Frank Lucas
The above is all about the Harlem crime boss whose life inspired the 2007 film American Gangster. For another true crime fix, try Douglas Starr's The Killer of Little Shepherds about French serial killer Joseph Vacher and early criminologist Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne.
Grant Wood by R. Tripp Evans
The Last Boy by Jane Leavy
Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with loved ones and fellow baseball players, the author crafts a deeply personal biography of Mickey Mantle, weaving her own memories of the major league slugger with an authoritative account of his life on and off the field.
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