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Challis Professor of American History at University of Sydney Shane White's THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS: Wall Street's First Black Millionaire, the story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, who in the middle of the nineteenth century was a well-known, swashbuckling figure on Wall Street and Cornelius Vanderbilt's arch rival; reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, he possessed a fortune of two million dollars, or in excess of two hundred and fifty million dollars in today's currency, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Palgrave, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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A Committee of NEIBA member booksellers chose five finalists in each category.

FICTION Shortlist:

Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Euphoria by Lily King

The Kept by James Scott

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

NON-FICTION Shortlist:

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Love & Fury by Richard Hoffman

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

Pigs Can't Swim by Helen Peppe

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Publishers Weekly, Jun 09, 2014

After a decade in Boston, the Strothman Agency will be moving its headquarters to New York on July 1. Founder Wendy Strothman said that with the concentration of publishers in New York, the agency's clients will "benefit from [its] increased visibility there." Strothman's colleague, Lauren MacLeod, will continue to operate out of Nashville, Tenn.

Strothman served as publisher for both Boston-based Beacon Press and the trade and reference books division of Houghton Mifflin.

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Comedians Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer's THE AWKARD PHASE, a collection of triumphant stories by awkward kids all grown up ready to claim their identities rather than disown them, based on the popular Chicago-based live show and the Tumblr of the same name , to Holly Rubino at Skyhorse, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell Thomas Travisano's LOVE UNKNOWN: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, the story of a woman who lived a singular and adventurous life and who created a magnificent body of poetry, prose and correspondence, to Kathryn Court at Viking, in a good deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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James Scott's HUBRIS: General Douglas MacArthur and the Sack of Manila, about the near total destruction of "the Pearl of the Orient" in early 1945 and the slaughter of some 100,000 Filipino civilians at the hands of the Japanese, marking one of the deadliest urban battles of World War II, to John Glusman at Norton, for publication in April 2017, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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The Price of Slavery
‘The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,’ by David Brion Davis

"In 1862, when Nathaniel Hawthorne headed south from New England to see the Civil War firsthand, he came upon a group of former slaves trudging northward. “They seemed a kind of creature by themselves, not altogether human,” he wrote, “but perhaps quite as good, and akin to the fauns and rustic deities of olden times.” “Whoever may be benefited by the results of this war,” he added, “it will not be the present generation of negroes.”

Hawthorne’s stunning comparison of real men and women to half-human creatures, even if kindly intended, gets to the heart of David Brion Davis’s “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,” the richly textured final volume in his exceptional trilogy about slavery in the Western Hemisphere. “I have long interpreted the problem of...

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The Scholar Who Shaped History
By Drew Gilpin Faust

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
by David Brion Davis
Knopf, 422 pp., $30.00

".... Davis’s book and his subsequent work would become a major influence in the emergence of a comparative history of slavery and abolition, in essence a global history well avant la lettre. It would, among other achievements, powerfully influence traditional approaches to intellectual history by embedding ideas in social and political action and institutions. This was historical writing with a scope and ambition that would shape scholars and scholarship for decades to come. "

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2014 Leontief Prize Winners:
Angus Deaton & James K. Galbraith

GDAE will award its 2014 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Angus Deaton and James K. Galbraith. The award recognizes the contributions that these researchers have made to the studies of poverty, inequality, and well-being. They have both played a critical role in bringing grounded empirical analysis to bear on topics in need of applied interdisciplinary research.

“For too long many economists have viewed rising inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development,” says GDAE Co-director Neva Goodwin. “But recent economic upheavals call for a new approach to understanding the causes and consequences of inequality. Angus Deaton has demonstrated that inequality is about much more than income differences, focusing on how inequality affects the health and well-being of societies. James Galbraith has shown that inequality isn’t an outcome driven by...

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Book Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg
The most numerous bird on the planet went extinct in less than a century.

Wall Street Journal, Jan. 17, 2014

A Feathered River Across the Sky
By Joel Greenberg
Bloomsbury, 289 pages, $26

"Two hundred years ago, the passenger pigeon was one of North America's greatest natural wonders, the equivalent of Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. A hundred years later it was gone, as lost as the dinosaurs. In "A Feathered River Across the Sky," Joel Greenberg, a research associate at Chicago's Field Museum, tells the achingly sad story of how this singular species, once the most numerous bird on the planet, went extinct.

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