Beth Dalton

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Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth

A fascinating take on the importance of level-headed people and international agreements working together to manage tense geopolitical situations.
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The Zookeepers’ War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War

Well researched and executed, this book will appeal to zoologists, zoo lovers, and readers interested in the history of postwar Germany.

Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Overall, recommended for scholars of World War II and religious history, and the history of espionage, as well as general readers interested in the intersection of American history and Christianity.
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Barnum: An American Life

One of the themes in this work is our country’s complex relationship with the truth. Overall, Wilson’s skillful portrayal of the multifarious Barnum is affectionate, lucid, and lively, offering a new portrait of Victorian-era America, particularly its curious and playful side. Highly recommended.

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Mother Winter

Despite flashes of brilliance, the writing is uneven with many asides and inordinate word choices. The book is best in its open, raw, reflective, and intimate moments. Readers willing to tackle serious issues of gender roles, displacement, parental neglect, and sexual assault will be ecstatic to discover a writer who unabashedly shares her story.
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The Shortest History of Germany: From Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel—a Retelling for Our Times. Experiment

The book lacks the footnotes and bibliography of an authoritative history but conveys the passion of someone who has thought deeply about Germany. The premise of the nation with a centuries-long East/West divide may be controversial, but Hawes's writing will appeal to readers who want a quick, sassy book that may encourage discussion or a more in-depth dive.
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Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World

A must-read for anyone concerned with the plight of refugees—and that should be all of us.
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Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

Thomson has a gift for making the complex and strange understandable and relatable. Oliver Sacks is noted as an inspiration and, indeed, this book will appeal to his many fans.
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Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves

This heartfelt book should be on a list of the best uplifting true stories; readers looking for inspiring narrative nonfiction or insight into life in other countries and cultures will thoroughly enjoy.

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