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Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amérique. All three were New York Times Notable Books; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Economist also named A Great Improvisation a Best Book of the Year. The biographies have been published in a host of foreign editions.

Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Director’s Fellow at the Cullman...more


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Cleopatra: A Life
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Vera
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“As always, an educated woman was a dangerous woman.”
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

“[Cleopatra's] power has been made to derive from her sexuality, for obvious reason; as one of Caesar's murderers had noted, 'How much more attention people pay to their fears than to their memories!' It has always been preferable to attribute a woman's success to her beauty rather than to her brains, to reduce her to the sum of her sex life.”
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

“And in the absence of facts, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history.”
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Spotlighted Book Discussion Poll I - October 26, 2011

This is a poll that adds other books to our listing of potential non fiction books to discuss and also helps the moderators determine which one or ones are the most popular. Since we have many more group members than when we first started; voting in the polls is very important. There will be a series of polls. Many of these books have been recommended by group members but were either not selected before nor voted upon before.

Vote for the book that you would most like to read and/or is the book that you believe that would appeal to the most group members.

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Before making your selection, please try to look up your choice and make sure it really is a book you are interested in or you think others would be; do not be lured in by the title. Also, check out the author and what others have said about the book before you (reviewers who you trust). Then of course, make your selection.

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  18 votes, 10.1%

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  13 votes, 7.3%

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  13 votes, 7.3%

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  12 votes, 6.7%

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  12 votes, 6.7%

 
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  8 votes, 4.5%

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A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
 
  6 votes, 3.4%

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The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World
 
  6 votes, 3.4%

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  5 votes, 2.8%

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  4 votes, 2.2%

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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

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The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art
 
  4 votes, 2.2%

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Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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  3 votes, 1.7%

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Decision Points
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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Churchill
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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Civilization: The West and the Rest
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1828
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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  3 votes, 1.7%

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  2 votes, 1.1%

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  1 vote, 0.6%

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Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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Madam Secretary: A Memoir
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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  0 votes, 0.0%

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  0 votes, 0.0%

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  0 votes, 0.0%

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