John Rodzvilla

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The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream

Cabot cuts through the hype and romance of the counterculture to identify the emergence of a burgeoning industry focused on housewives and seniors. Highly recommended.
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Memoirs of a Kamikaze: A World War II Pilot’s Inspiring Story of Survival, Honor and Reconciliation

Odachi provides personal insight on the last days of empire, and his stories of crime in Tokyo give this memoir life. This book deserves a spot next to Yasuo Kawahara’s classic autobiography Kamikaze.
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The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

A dramatic piece of nonfiction that recovers the history of a generation of leaders that helped create the environment for the civil rights battles in decades that followed Roosevelt’s death.
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The Year of Peril: America in 1942

While this may appear to be yet another history of World War II, Campbell’s book sets itself apart by revealing a fractionalized society and showing the moment of fragility before America became a contender on the global stage.
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Power Your Profits: How To Take Your Business from $10,000 to $10,000,000

A practical book, written in a simple and straightforward style, while providing a thorough overview of how to start and run a small business.
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Lucean Arthur Headen: The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

Headen is one of those inventors almost lost to history; this engaging book helps introduce a new generation of scholars to his life and contributions.
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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir

A poignant transgenerational story of trauma and recovery in South Korea, Japan, and America.
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Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Much has already been written about Disney’s theme parks, but Snow’s readable business history explores the work and innovation that went into launching the park.

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.

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