I spent the eight weeks leading up to Christmas working on a short book on the trans-Atlantic slave trade for high school libraries. Quite frankly, it kicked my butt. I took the assignment because I wanted something to distract myself with while my agent took my proposal for Women Warriors out on submission.* I knew…

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I’m  a Steve Kemper fan.  Four years ago, I read his  A Labyrinth of Kingdoms with the sort of all encompassing fascination I brought to Gone with the Wind when I was thirteen.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting his newest book,  A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham, for at least two years.* …

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The Algerian Revolution, which lasted from 1954 to 1962, was one of the bloodiest of the anti-colonial wars that broke out in Asia and Africa after the end of World War II. * Algerian resistance against colonial rule in Algeria was nothing new. Abd al-Qadir fought against French expansion in North Africa for fifteen years…

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