Charles K. Piehl

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Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas

Lovato’s revealing story enables us to look within minds and hearts that have been molded by immigrants’ experiences in their home country and their adopted one. A worthwhile account that brings a personal face to a complex, nuanced issue.
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A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation

Highly recommended for fans of historical biography, especially as it intersects with the Civil War.

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Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream

Subtly drawing on classic Marxian theory that capitalism steals laborers’ lives as well as their work, McCallum’s book will find a welcome audience among those concerned about global working conditions.
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

A fascinating and wonderfully readable portrayal of the tensions between fiery militancy and determined but measured devotion in working toward a goal. Excellent for general readers, especially those with an interest in the Civil War.

The Road from Raqqa: A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging

The parallel stories of the brothers’ lives is informative and deeply moving. The emotional narrative of their Syrian home will help readers to better understand why people choose to leave and why others stay.
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One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965

A clear, well-crafted historical overview of U.S. immigration, and the people who shaped it. Yang defines the issues these debates raised but never settled in a way that informs without overwhelming readers.

Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum

Based heavily on the refugees’ own accounts and supplemented by the author’s research, this work will be valued by general readers interested in the stories of recent refugees.

Murder in the Garment District: The Grip of Organized Crime and the Decline of Labor in the United States

For anyone interested in labor history and organized crime, this will be a rewarding if challenging read.

After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

An excellent choice for readers seeking to understand the human effects of government immigration and refugee policy. Goudeau’s sometimes heartbreaking narratives personalize the refugee crisis in ways cold news accounts cannot.
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