Ewan Forbes was born to a wealthy, landowning family, holders of a baronetcy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1912. Assigned female at birth, his true identity was nevertheless clear even in childhood-and so, with the support of his mother, he was taken to European specialists and eventually treated with early preparations of synthetic testosterone. Raised as a boy at home but socially obliged to present himself as a girl in public until his official coming out to the Queen, Ewan grew up, became a doctor, and got married. (This required him to change the sex on his birth certificate, which was possible at that time without much fuss.) For decades, he lived a quiet life as a husband, doctor, and a pillar of the local community.
But in 1965, Ewan's older brother died unexpectedly-meaning that Ewan was set to inherit the baronetcy. His title could only be inherited by the next oldest man in the family and when his cousin John-spurred on by Ewan's sister-contested the inheritance he was forced to defend his male status in Scotland's supreme civil court, where he prevailed.
This hugely important case would have changed the lives of trans people across the world-if it hadn't been hidden.
There is certainly someone out there reading this who doesn't yet have their copy of the quintessentially Mo Rocca collection of corrective obituaries of notable people. Now out in paperback, Mo's wonderful tributes will be a hit in any context.
The first cradle to grave biography in a single volume on this remarkable woman's life. There is always more to say about her and David continues to unearth those gems.
Drawn from his exclusive Museum of Magic, which is not open to the public, David Copperfield shares the incredible stories of 28 leading magicians through the ages. Included are over 100 never-before-seen photographs of artifacts from the Museum, including a 16th-century manual on sleight of hand, Houdini's straightjackets, handcuffs, and water torture chamber, Dante's famous sawing-in-half apparatus, Alexander's high-tech turban that allowed him to read people's minds, and even some coins that may have magically passed through the hands of Abraham Lincoln.
Three third generation daughters of the Great Migration come of age in the storied 70s in Chicago's historic Bronzeville. It is a hopeful time for young Black girls and their dreams are big. But life intervenes and Dawn, her sister and best friend's trajectories take some hard, even tragic turns. In the vein of the Other Wes Moore, this poignant memoir gives voice to the lives of young Black women.
A long overdue history of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis's renowned Black teaching hospital.
Opened in the midst of the Depression, for over four decades, Homer G. gave made it possible for African Americans to both be treated to decent health care and become doctors and nurses. The pride of St. Louis, Homer G. Phillips now gets its due.
Actor John Lithgow is back with the third installment of his hilarious scoundrel poetry, this time reaching back through history to skewer a rogue's gallery of scoundrels before Trump. And as there appears to be no shortage of material for Lithgow, thank goodness we've got his satirical brilliance to explain it all to us!
Finally, a thorough and detailed biography of one of the Civil Rights Movements' fiercest warriors, Fannie Lou Hamer. Born the 20th child of former slaves and sharecroppers, she endured every indignity growing up and from that experience, forged a life-long commitment to fight for justice. Even after a brutal beating at the hands of Mississippi police left her partially disabled for life, she kept on keeping on. We owe her an incalculable debt of gratitude. This is an inspiring story that goes a long way to filling in some of the gaps in American history as it is told.
The 1619 Project situates the United States origin story in 1619, the year the first slave ship landed on the shores of America, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur "genius" and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture'.
The American Revolution that shows it to be more than a fight against the British: it was also a violent battle among neighbors forced to choose sides, Loyalist or Patriot.
What causes?people to forsake their country and take arms against it? What prompts their neighbors, hardly distinguishable in?station?or success, to defend that country against the rebels???That is the question H. W. Brands answers in his powerful new history of the American Revolution.
The book is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and the American AIDS crisis. It is based on over 200 interviews conducted over twenty years and offers a long-overdue reassessment of the coalition's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture.
"Sarah Schulman is one of the finest thinkers of our times." - Kris Kleindienst, owner, Left Bank Books
David Graeber (Debt: The First 5,000 Years) gives us a landmark work based on path breaking research in anthropology and archaeology that will fundamentally transform our understanding of the human past and reveal new possibilities for human emancipation and freedom. Most human history is lost to us, but this book will reframe everything you thought you knew.