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Kennedy Assassinated!

release date: Jan 01, 1997
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Kennedy Assassinated!
The facts of the Kennedy assassination in 1963 are recounted through the eyes of a young reporter who covered the story.

September 11, 2001

release date: Aug 09, 2011
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September 11, 2001
The award-winning Wilborn Hampton recounts one horrifying day in history through the eyes of several who experienced it firsthand. (Age 10 and up). Ten years after the tragic event that changed the course of America's history, the interviews and accounts of survivors, heroes, and terrorists are no less poignant. Seasoned reporter and award-winning author Wilborn Hampton creates an intimate portrait of life and loss, and offers a deeper understanding of that tragic day. Back matter includes a bibliography and a filmography.

Babe Ruth

release date: Jan 01, 2009
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Babe Ruth
These biographies include black-and-white photographs, excerpts from writings, and never-before-published details of historical figures.

Meltdown

release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Meltdown
A gripping firsthand account of the worst nuclear power accident in America, that was caused by human error and technical failure, is told by a reporter who witnessed all the events that ensued, and causes readers to consider the ever-present danger of nuclear power.

Elvis Presley

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Elvis Presley
An introduction to the life of Rock and Roll legend Elvis Presley.

Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns

release date: Nov 01, 2013
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Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns
The astonishing story of a cub reporter who was there on the day that the President died. On November 22, 1963, the phone rang in the Dallas U.P.I. office. Wilborn Hampton, a cub reporter, answered and heard these words: "Three shots fired!" It was the voice of the U.P.I. White House reporter. The gunshots had been fired at President Kennedy—and young Hampton was the first to receive the news. This is his story, a riveting account of a young man swept into the white-hot core of a tragedy that would shake the world. It is also a minute-by-minute chronicle of how reporters collected the facts of the major news story of the twentieth century. Kennedy Assassinated! will leave readers with an unforgettable sense of the shock, grief, and enduring loss that every American experienced that day. Back matter includes a bibliography and an index.

Horton Foote

release date: Sep 08, 2009
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Horton Foote
No playwright in the history of the American theater has captured the soul of the nation more incisively than Horton Foote. From his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, to his film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, which received an Oscar, millions of people have been touched by Foote's work. He has long been regarded by other playwrights and screenwriters, actors, and cognoscenti of the theater and cinema as America's master storyteller; critics compared him to William Faulkner and Anton Chekhov. Yet Horton Foote's compelling character and rich life remain largely unknown to the general public. His is the story of an artist who refused to compromise his talents for the sake of fame or money, or just to keep working -- who insisted on writing what he regarded as truth, even when for many years almost no one would listen. In the first comprehensive biography of this remarkable writer, Wilborn Hampton introduces Foote to countless Americans who have admired his work. Hampton, a theater critic for The New York Times, offers a colorful, compulsively readable account of a life and career that spanned seven decades. As a child in the small town of Wharton, Texas, Foote's favorite pastime was to listen to the stories his elders told -- about themselves, their families, their neighbors -- around the dinner table or sitting on the front porch. As he once explained: "One thing I was given in life is a deep desire to listen. I've spent my life listening. These stories have haunted me all my life." The stories also served as an inspiration for Foote's life work as he chronicled America's wistful odyssey through the twentieth century, mostly from the perspective of a small town in Texas. Beginning in the Golden Age of Television with dramas such as The Trip to Bountiful, through Broadway and Off-Broadway successes, to the mark he made in films such as Tender Mercies, and right up through a staging of his complete nine-play opus The Orphans' Home Cycle, he documented the struggle of ordinary people to maintain their dignity in the face of hardship and change that the erosion of time inevitably brings. It is a theme Horton Foote lived. Yet the paradox that shines through his work is that while the externals of life alter over the years -- wealth may be gained or squandered, love may be won or lost, friends and relations die -- people themselves do not. Like Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams, Horton Foote's portraits of American life are iconic and true. His stories have helped shape the way Americans see themselves -- indeed, they have become part of the nation's psyche, and they will speak to many generations to come.

Elvis Presley

release date: Jul 10, 2009
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Elvis Presley
Provides a biography of this rock legend and the places, people, and inspirations that made him the man he was, such as his formative years in Tupelo, his early music years, his service in the army, and his rise to stardom as "The King."

War in the Middle East

release date: Jan 01, 2009
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War in the Middle East
A documentary containing the author's experiences covering these two pivotal wars offering readers a portrait of major world events.

Meltdown

release date: Jan 01, 2001
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