Alonzo Fields started working in the White House in 1931 and was the head butler for the four Presidents — Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. My 21 Years in the White House by Alonzo Fields is a look through the eyes of a man keenly aware of the unique position he held and with nearly unlimited access at crucial points in U.S. history and his encounters with the world leaders that visited. Continue reading My 21 Years in the White House by Alonzo Fields
If you are looking for books dealing with human rights, check out those that have been reviewed on this homepage. Our main post with an overview of books and movies were reviewed for human rights day 2016 will be published later. At the moment, enjoy the Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016 and make sure to visit this site later.
Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden & Leroy Phillips
Genre: nonfiction, human rights, political science, African-American studies
In 1906, a white woman was brutally raped in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ed Johnson, a black man, was working at his restaurant job when the attack happened but was arrested and charged with the crime. When his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and that stay was granted, local folks, led by officials, took the law into their own hands. In a history-changing move, the lynch mob faced federal legal repercussions. Ed Johnson cleared of the rape charges 100 years later. You can read the review of a “Contempt of Court” here.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) was written by the Italian playwright, Dario Fo, following the events that took place in Italy, in the late 1960s. Dario Fo is one of Italy’s most important and well-known literary writers who is famous for employing satire and popular elements within his work. His writings deal with Italian politics and his work is able to attract people from all walks of life.
The book was released in 1970 and the play was first performed in Milan in December of the same year. In 1984, it was staged on Broadway and became Fo’s most popular work inside and outside of Italy. For theater directors, this has been the play of choice when it comes to dealing with corruption.
[easyazon_link identifier=”0802132758″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead[/easyazon_link] is a comedy that features two minor characters from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
Release Date: December 19, 1843 | Rerelease: June 1, 1991 (unabridged edition)
Ebeneze Scrooge is a miser that considers the Christmas tradition frivolous and an employee having a paid day off as a way to pick a man’s pocket. He is visited by three spirits that will show him who he is and where he’s going if his cruel ways continue.
In Provoke Not the Children by Michael W. Anderson, The people of the future United States are focused on personal development maximization. Parenting is a distraction for its growth, so when the children are infants they’re given to Proxies to raise to adulthood. So who is watching the Proxies? Chase Sterm is a Proxy Review Officer who exposes widespread abuse in the Proxy system. When that system fails, the Government is forced to send children to reprogramming centers. What comes at the end of the reprogramming may surprise everyone.
StrikeStone: Book III of the Dolvia Saga by Stella Atrium, a woman in traditional dress publically executed herself by setting herself on fire in front of the Governer’s mansion in far-away Cylay. Brianna Miller, a half-softcheeks and half-Dolviet woman and savior of the Gouleps (women ostracized from their families) is called to her homeland. Escorted by her cousin, Rufus and another warrior, Brianna collects students as she travels. Her extensive travel finds Dolvia ravaged by conflict and war and on the brink of something bigger than could have ever been imagined. StrikeStone: Book III of the Dolvia Saga is the third novel in the Dolvia series.