This biography examines the remarkable life of Saint Pope John Paul II. Readers will learn about Saint Pope John Paul II's family background, childhood, education, inspirational work as a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, cardinal, and pope, and his canonization.
Cochran (English, Univ. of Arkansas) provides a biography of Nebraska's Louise Pound (1872-1958). As a scholar, Pound was the first woman president of the Modern Language Association, a professor of English (at University of Nebraska, Lincoln), a renowned folklorist, and a friend/correspondent of such esteemed writers as H. L. Mencken and Willa Cather. She was also a remarkable athlete and was the first woman elected to the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame.
Stealing God's Thunder is a concise, richly detailed biography of Benjamin Franklin, viewing him through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Benjamin Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin's day it was otherwise. Long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work, especially his experiments with lightning and electricity.
American poet and writer John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) possessed an inquiring and spiritual mind. Those qualities came to the fore in Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Lakota holy man Black Elk, for which he is best remembered.