John Rodzvilla

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Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich

What could have been an exploration of the continued ethical problems with the art world’s handling of these items instead becomes an overly simplistic cultural history of German artists and Hitler’s rise to power that covers the same ground as Susan Roland’s Hitler’s Art Thief. And while the Gurlitt family’s story provides a new view on culture in Nazi Germany, the author overall relies too much on well-trod history.

No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

This book has already received several awards for literature from the very government that caused the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island. Here readers will find a powerful firsthand account of how governments have created sites of state violence against people searching for freedom.


A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America

A well-researched chronicle of urban black communities throughout American history, with a focus on the early 20th century. This pairs well with Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law

The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis

Geroux focuses on an important but overlooked point in World War II and provides the necessary context for a nightmarish story of survival in the ice fields of the Arctic; an engaging read for fans of military history.

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

With fast-paced, action-packed writing, Lockley and Girard offer a new and important biography and an incredibly moving study of medieval Japan and solid perspective on its unification. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

This exploration of one of the darkest moments in 20th century U.S. history shows how Buddhism took root in American soil and grew under even the harshest of conditions. Spanning history, political science, and religion, this thoroughly researched book is recommended for a variety of collections.

Lone Star Protector

This second book in the series (after Lone Star Hero) maintains the sass and mystical elements, but it attempts to cover too much and barely focuses on the development of the romance. Buy for series completists.

Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

Jackson's eloquent account is as much about a writer struggling to understand life's jubilations, mistakes, and losses, as it is a chronicle of a black man's place in America, appealing to fans of Kiese Laymon and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

Recommended to business professionals seeking to manage a corporate culture that provides a work-life balance to its staff.

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