Harry Lembeck, Taking on Theodore Roosevelt, and Robert Weintraub, No Better Friend

Thu. Nov 19, 2015 at 10:30am EST
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Harry Lembeck, Taking on Theodore Roosevelt: How One Senator Defied the President on Brownsville and Shook American Politics 


In August 1906, black soldiers stationed in Brownsville, Texas, were accused of going on a lawless rampage during which shots were fired, one man was killed and another was wounded. Because the perpetrators could never be positively identified, President Theodore Roosevelt took the highly unusual step of discharging all 167 members of the black battalion on duty the night of the shooting without honor. This book investigates the controversial action of an otherwise much-lauded president, the challenge to his decision from a senator of his own party, and the way in which Roosevelt’s uncompromising stance affected African-American support of the party of Lincoln. 


Robert Weintraub, No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII


Flight technician, Frank Williams, and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She became a beacon not only for Frank but for all of the prisoners. At one point, deep in despair and virtually starving, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog, but both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. Their story--of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances--is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.


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