On the bookshelf


“Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century”

By Matilda Rabinowitzwith commentary and original drawings by Robbin Legere Henderson (Cornell University Press)

​​​​The author of this book was the grandmother of the editor. “Her life represents the lives of many immigrant girls who dreamed that America would provide a better life than the one they had escaped—those who found toil, exploitation, and disappointment, yet struggled to realize the ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality that drew them here.” 

Older Interviews are located at Archived Interviews. 

"I Remember Me

By Carl Reiner

In honor of the iconic Carl Reiner 's 96th birthday, ON THE BOOKSHELF brings back an interview recorded for his 92nd birthday.

“Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible”
Dr. Sandra Glahn, editor 
Kregel Academics/ Kregel Publications

​​​​Reading this book profoundly affected my interpretation of many Bible passages, and my understanding of many Biblical women. The essays here will open your eyes to the way that Christians have read the Bible through modern eyes and cultural expectations, particularly Americans.

“The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Detailed Timeline of the Red Tails and Other Black Pilots of World War II”
​by Daniel L. Haulman (New South Books, Montgomery, Alabama)

​This book addresses the progress of black aviators in the 20th century including the WWII era and its influence on Korean War and the US military. It is the first book to chronicle all the events and people who led to the creation of this unique and highly successful military training experience and the personnel it produced, who served honorably and exceptionally.  

“Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II”

by Liza Mundy

Hatchette Books

​Months before the Pearl Harbor attack, the US Navy realized it needed to dramatically improve intelligence-gathering operations. They and the US Army put out invitations to college co-eds with special skill in math, and to female math teachers across the country. If they passed the training, they would be hired by the US government for top-secret work as cryptanalysts. They could never, ever talk about it. As war engulfed the nation, secret recruitment letters were sent out yearly. Code-breaking proved crucial to disrupting enemy operations and saving Allied lives. 

​“Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago” 

​By William Hargrove

Organized crime turned Chicago into a private fiefdom; elected government had effectively ceased to exist. The Great Depression came crashing down at the end of the “Roaring Twenties”, 10 years after the Volstead Amendment essentially drove Americans to drink illegally. That created vast fortunes for those who smuggled in booze and beer, such as Al Capone.