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Wild Colts Make the Best Horses

Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams by Mary Rae Watry is an epic biography of an accomplished woman of American history named Abigail Adams. The former First Lady lived in an era when women were considered second-class citizens. But she armored herself with so much grit and passion and defeated all odds with flying colors. First, as a counsel to her husband, President John Adams, and later as a guru to her son John Quincy Adams, Abigail established herself as a leading lady in American politics.

Author Watry puts together beautifully every little detail of Abigail’s life; every major event is presented in such a way that the reader never has a dull moment connecting the dots. Watry has done a thorough job of detailing Adams’s family history by providing actual conversations, letters, and photographs. As a reader, it is effortless to navigate through the writer’s words and get a sense of the early years of American independence. Watry does a great job compiling, writing, and presenting facts in a straightforward manner.

Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams is filled with extraordinary details of Abigail Adam’s life. The writer has done her justice by presenting the information in a way that feels honest and relatable. The author’s hard work is visible as you read and think about such a great historical figure. Readers will appreciate that this awe-inspiring biography keeps the chapters manageable. The chapters are short, making it more appealing to tackle in piecemeal reading sessions; as in a classroom setting. Don’t get fooled by the number of pages; you will be amazed at how fast they finish.

For readers who want to know more about the personality, character, and compassionate life of Abigail Adams in the era when women had no say to anything outside the kitchen and their family, this book will provide details often left out of the history books. Like they say, there is a woman behind every successful man, which is so true in Abigail Adams’s life.

Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams With will appeal to readers of women’s history, political history, and women’s biographies.

Pages: 698 | ASIN : B0932JXZNG

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The Legacy Of Her Life

Author Interview
Edwin J. Kitchen Author Interview

Faces of Evil a Memoir divulges the life of a young girl who is torn between two evils and is forced to choose one. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wrote the book as a tribute to my Mom’s tragic yet triumphant life. It was important to leave the legacy of her life for the world to understand.

Was there anything that surprised you during your research for this book?

I think what surprised me was although I knew the details of my Mom’s life, when I actually wrote about it how emotional I became reliving it.

What was your favorite part to write about in this book?

My favorite part was an overall feeling of ultimate triumph for my Mom.

What kind of research did you undertake to ensure the book was accurate?

My research was extensive. I have read many books on the era and include a selective bibliography at the end of the book.

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Stunning True Story of a girl’s survival during the most horrific and apocalyptic periods in history. Based on a memoir a German girl is torn between two evil regimes: Stalin and Hitler during the 1930’s and 40’s. She must choose one to survive. She chose survival.
Relive the experience through her eyes in a tragic, yet triumphant first hand account.

Cultural Reconciliation

Author Interview
Doreszell Cohen Author Interview

Link-Up 2 Lift-Up offers a route towards mental liberation and total independence for African citizen in the US while imparting personal experiences and observations. What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Every idea or position that I expressed in my book was inspired by the zeitgeist of our time: To abolish institutional racism (AIR) so that all Americans can breathe. My postulations and assertions are based on my studies and/or life-experiences. As I embarked on a self-imposed writing challenge, it became clear that some of my ideas were evidence of my latent learning. These unveiled ideas were held within my heart and mind – and revealed when our nation and world were altogether shocked by the blatant disregard of a black man’s life: George Floyd. Therefore, I really cannot place a rating on the relevance (e.g., important or not-important) or a scale (e.g., greatest or least) on the idea(s) written in my “Culture Kingdom” wokebook. That said, I’d really like to know what some ideas that readers found important?

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Because of my self-imposed 30-day writing challenge criteria, I had to refrain from elaborating or sharing too many actual details from both my academic insight and real-life experiences. Therefore, the hardest thing to overcome was writing a cohesive and comprehensive theme – as a co-worker in the kingdom of culture – in a concise way. After I developed my writing flow, I didn’t find my story hard to write about at all because I am brutally honest – all the time; which is sort of a blessing and a curse. However, I was surprised by the deep emotions that overtook me at times while writing about life-altering past experiences. One writing difficulty occurred when I recollected the memories of my thirteen-year-old daughter who was peer-pressured to attend a block party in our community; whereby, she was stabbed seventeen times from her head down her back – lacerating both lungs, one kidney, and undergoing a blood transfusion.

Another surprising, suppressed memory aroused my emotions when I recalled into my mental being my overt encounterment with institutional racism; wherein, a judge, with the stroke of his pen and the power of the Duval County court system, denied me of my rights – under both the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and State of Florida Family Laws. I felt like a slave woman (whose owner sold away her offspring) when that judge ordered the courts to unlawfully remove my four minor children from my parental custody during my diabolical divorce proceedings.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

I hope readers understand and assert equal rights and justice for all Americans; regardless of the socially constructed race, gender, or class system that we have been assigned and subjected to live within – in the great American experiment. Historically, our environmental context has been to survive and thrive by complying to the societal norms set forth by our ancestors and predecessors who did not view diversity, human rights, and quality of life as we do today. Unfortunately, most people have learned to avoid speaking openly and candidly about variables, such as cultural privileges, cultural constraints, etc., so institutional racism continues to affect us as it lives on today– much like the Coronavirus – not seen but felt and experienced by us all subtly in some way or another. Furthermore, I hope readers take away from my story a boldness to be straightforward and confront our own biases, prejudices, discriminatory, and bigoted attitudes and behaviors, so that we can begin a pluralistic cultural reconciliation – as one nation for our future generations.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is on my former dissertation prospectus topic – Leadership. It is also a mix between memoir and reference book; as I share scholarship combined with my life-experiences from my days as a community activist in the south (October 2005 through October 2015) and from my short unsuccessful political run for mayor for the City of Jacksonville, Florida (November 2016 through August 2018). My next wokebook is expected to be available October 2022.

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LINK-UP 2 LIFT-UP: Sorting through Our Culture Kingdom for Our Future Generations is written using emic perspectives to respond to the problems that still negatively impact descendants of slaves in the United States of America. This short and sweet like candy “WOKEbook” will keep our engaged and intellectually energized people working to abolish institutional racism; while simultaneously creating an institution of pluralism for every citizen.

LINK-UP 2 LIFT-UP: Sorting through Our Culture Kingdom for Our Future Generations shares integrative approaches, ecological models, universalistic perspectives in interpreting our problems. This book boldly offers a humble route towards mental liberation and total independence for citizen Africans in the United States; as was aspoused by Thomas Jefferson; in his ideological Declaration of Independence.

Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade

James Bruce’s complex life story has often been overlooked or considered trivial in the grand scheme of history. James’ early life was rough, having experienced an unusual amount of tragedy for someone his age. Nevertheless, he persisted until he rose through the ranks. After a position as a British consul to Algiers, he began to plan the biggest achievement of his lifetime; treks to Ethiopia, to discover the source of the Blue Nile. This in and of itself seems like an impressive feat, however as author Jane Aptekar Reeve describes in her book, Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade, it is theorized that James Bruce had alternative motives for taking this journey. That trying to find the source of the Blue Nile was really a cover story for becoming an abolitionist for the British slave trade.

Powerful and well researched, Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade, was a wonderful read. You can clearly tell the author did their research thoroughly. The variety of sources used, and the analysis of that research shows that Reeve spent a lot of time developing this theory and backing it up with facts. There is an in-depth analysis over Bruce’s potential anti-slavery views and work that is not commonly seen in biographical contexts. The path that Bruce took in life is detailed in a clear and concise manner that readers can follow. Reeve really makes you admire the work that James Bruce accomplished as well as the way he conducted himself while on this mission.

Plotting to Stop the British Slave Trade: James Bruce and His Secret Mission to Africa is a thought-provoking historical biography. Reeve’s does include a substantial amount of theory in combination with their research. The theories presented are clearly indicated and followed up with facts to support the theories presented. This well-researched biography will appeal to history buffs and those that researching the slave trade from the view point of Africa, particularly the Blue Nile region.

Pages: 650 | ASIN : B08FHTMJMQ

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The Apapa Six

Author John Berryman takes the reader on a trip down memory lane, in the 60s. As you read this book, you realize how different the world is today from how it was back then. In The Apapa Six: West Africa from a 60S Perspective, the reader is enlightened about West Africa in the 1960s, how African nations fought for freedom and the impact colonization has, even, today, after African countries gained independence. John Berryman writes about historical events, his encounters with different nationals, and his experience in the continent.

Readers of this book will love how the author makes you feel like you are living in the moment. When talking about family, food, leadership, policy and many other subjects, John Berryman gives a brilliant description of events. This book is an opportunity to learn about various cultures and how different societies live. One major lesson the author offers is learning how to integrate with those from different backgrounds from you. Living away from home may not be as challenging as one could imagine. Reading this book will give you the urge to travel more. By traveling, you expand your mind and become more tolerant of things that you may previously not subscribe to.

The Apapa Six: West Africa from a 60S Perspective has history, real life experiences, and the personal reflections of John Berryman. Reading this book will help you understand the African struggle. As a reader, you get exposed to a different world and understand how the African struggle is a universal struggle. This enlightening book will appeal to readers of history, autobiography’s, travel, and those that love experiencing culture from the eyes of those that have lived it.

Pages: 139 | ASIN : B091TB727Q

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Streets of Tears

Streets of Tears by Larry J. Hilton chronicles the trials and happenings of the Baur family during World War I. It is a work of historical fiction portraying life in the trenches of warfare, as well as the rise of the Nazi party and impending dictatorship under Hitler, and the events that eventually led to the Holocaust. Following the perspectives of multiple characters throughout, each chapter contained crucial outlooks on the war and its subsequent effects on the economy. The story highlights Depression-era struggles while also shedding light on the viewpoints and mentalities that are shaped by the horrors of war, and its aftermath. 

Streets of Tears was an enjoyable read, with likable characters and a captivating storyline. I particularly enjoyed how each chapter was from the stance of a different character or plot line. The story was woven together with humor, heartache, and horror, leaving me wanting more at the end of each chapter.  What I enjoyed the most was getting to know characters through the viewpoint of other characters, as well as within their individual chapters. 

As a work of historical fiction, it was delightful to see the ideologies of characters and the causes they were fighting for. This allowed for an open minded outlook on why people believed what they believed, and gave me a chance to reflect on what it is I believe. Another thing this book did was give me a glimpse into the lives of the women of the Nazi regime, and why it is they were involved in the first place. This was fascinating as it is not something you see very often in books that revolve around this time period. More often than not, you are given a look into the eyes of those affected by the Nazi party. 

Streets of Tears by Larry J. Hilton is an eye opening perspective on life during World War I and under Hitler. A riveting piece of historical fiction for readers that enjoy period pieces, ideologies of war, and psychological fiction as it pertains to people individually and as a society as a whole. 

Pages: 399 | ASIN : B08LQYH77S

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Faces Of Evil

Faces of Evil- a memoir by Edwin J Kitchen, is a powerful recollection of Berta Eisfeld Kitchen, who lived in a brutal world ruled by Hitler and Stalin. In this riveting historical memoir, the author narrates their mother Berta’s remarkable life, and how she sets out on a tumultuous journey to find freedom from the terror of World War II.

Representing a normal woman from the most oppressive era, Berta is one of those unsung heroes who suffered a great deal, but never shied away from helping others in the face of adversity. Kitchen gives chronological details of Berta’s childhood and lays a strong foundation to the events that took place in her life.

As a reader, it is easy to navigate through Berta’s life – her war stricken tragedies, and ultimately her quest to conquer misery to pursue a free life in the U.S. As a writer, Kitchen is impeccable with words in describing Berta’s free spirited life, and offers readers fascinating details on human courage and resilience. For someone who loves to read historical memoirs based on a true wartime story, I was happy to become a witness to Berta’s extraordinary life, with Kitchen’s straightforward writing.

Faces of Evil is simple, yet grand, and celebrates life, death and every human emotion. There are many occasions when readers can admire Kitchen’s attempt to provide meaning of foreign words, and clarify several scenarios in a simple manner. Berta Eisfeld is brave and her story gave me a hint of Anne Frank in the Diary of a Young Girl. Though Berta’s outcome was completely different than that of Anne, they both suffered insurmountably. One important feature of Faces of Evil is the short length of each chapter. Berta’s life events are well presented in those chapters, and it does not feel any stones are left unturned.

Faces of Evil is Kitchen’s way of giving Berta a voice. This memoir gives readers a bird’s eye view of Berta’s life in an enthralling and engaging manner. A superb recollection of a brave woman, Berta Eisfeld Kitchen, whose life was turned upside down during the reign of Hitler and Stalin; and how she took hold of her life in spite of all the sufferings, to pursue a life that gives her freedom to live peacefully.

Page: 76 | ASIN : B09FJ7CSY1

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Dear Barack

Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel by [Claudia Clark]

Human beings can always find common ground if they try hard enough. Being on two sides of disagreeing continents does not necessitate an enmity. Barack Obama and Angela Merkel understood this. It did not start with an obvious affinity for each other. Angela Merkel was adamant to warm up to the incumbent president of the U.S. Barack Obama was desperate to repair the strained relationship between America and Europe as well as get the country through the recession. He had his work cut out for him. It took a while but they finally developed a relationship based on mutual respect and genuine friendship as well as a harmonious effort to serve their people. Author Claudia Clark does a fantastic job of bringing this all together in her illuminating book, Dear Barack.

This is basically a buddy story. Only it is not fiction and the main characters are two of the most powerful people in the world. It is an eye-opening story about the human capacity to overcome the urge to become enemies in the pursuit of the interests that suit their cause. It may have been a difficult time in more ways than one but these two leaders were guiding lights not just for the people in their countries but for the world. It also renews hope that good leaders do exist, especially after the administration that succeeded Obama’s. The story is especially interesting that both of them were outliers – Barack, the first black president, and Angela, a female leader in the free world.

Claudia Clark has narrated history in a way that is engaging and uplifting. You do not need to be a history fanatic to enjoy this book. The author conveys history in a way that is compelling and captivating. She pulls in the reader and puts them in the meetings and private conversations between the two. This is a well-researched account of the inspiring relationship between these two highly admired leaders. Her regard for both of them shines through her words and her tone.

The author even adds a little bit of Obama’s wit and charm to the story. Her narration is nothing short of gripping. It is the kind of book you discuss with your friends and family because there is so much intellectually invigorating content.

You cannot help but shed a tear when Angela does as she watched her friend and fellow leader leave office. You will definitely chuckle when you read about Obama’s sign-off to his friend. Dear Barack is a beautifully written book about a wonderful partnership.

Pages: 336 | ASIN: B09HL8VQB1

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