Books & Films

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  • 12 Years a Slave: In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he is rescued.

  • 300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire: Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.

  • A Beautiful Mind: John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film, "A Beautiful Mind.".

  • A Christmas Carol: The classic story, by Charles Dickens, told in a new way. Read, or hear, this abridged and dramatized version as Ebenezer Scrooge finds a new way to live his life.

  • Agent of Grace: Statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Westminster Abbey in London.

  • Alamo, The: Texians, rebel forces who want their independence from Mexico, fight at the Alamo against Mexican general Santa Anna. The Alamo falls on March 6, 1836. This led to the battle cry: "Remember the Alamo!...

  • Alex and Emma: Fyodor Dostoevsky bargains badly with a publisher and has to produce a novel within one year.

  • Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great is born into wealth, driven by ambition, and serves as a role model.

  • Amazing Grace: On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no longer say you didn't know'' (about the slave trade)...

  • Amistad Incident: Kidnapped Africans, on board La Amistad, do not consider themselves slaves and revolt. Not long thereafter they are captured and put on trial.

  • Angels & Demons: Angels and Demons is a fictional movie set in Vatican City, and which includes historical and scientific facts.

  • Antwone Fisher: Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

  • A Plan for Freedom: One of Bass' letters reaches the right people in the North. Henry Northup makes a plan to free Platt (Solomon Northup).

  • ARGO: Tensions between the US and Iran still run high. Is there a cause for this ongoing friction? On the 27th of January, 1980, six diplomats secretly escape from Iran. Argo is a film about the rescue of t...

  • Attila the Hun: Attila, king of the fifth-century Huns, seeking land, destroys many towns during his eight-year rule.

  • Aviator: For his entire life, Howard Hughes was afraid of germs and their effect on him.

  • Bagger Vance and the Bhagavad Gita: Steven Pressfield reveals ancient principles from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, in a modern story set in the sport of golf.

  • Bass Helps Platt (Solomon Northup): Risking his own life, Bass agrees to write letters for Platt (Solomon Northup), alerting people in the North that he is wrongfully being held as a slave near Marksville, Louisiana.

  • Beowulf: Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

  • Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short's mutilated body is found a week after she is last seen; no one knows what happened to her.

  • Black Hawk Down: US military troops enter every battle thinking they will win because of superior technology; this isn't always the case.

  • Blow: George Jung and Carlos Lehder, who meet in jail, agree to flood the US with cocaine. Lehder hopes to destroy America's politics and moral structure.

  • Bobby Kennedy: As President John F. Kennedy's little brother, Bobby Kennedy (RFK), is a close advisor to the President and plays an important role in history.

  • Braveheart: William Wallace, a Scottish landowner, is a key leader during the war with England for Scottish independence.

  • Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies." Protecting his real identity, this spy uses the name of a deceased friend to let the Soviet government know he had bee...

  • Brotherhood of the Wolf: A fierce wolf-like animal, La Bete, kills over 100 people in the valleys and fields of Auvergne in France.

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin: In September 1943, Germans massacre Italian soldiers who occupy the Greek island of Cephalonia.

  • Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg reveals Frank Abagnale's life in a movie that includes themes of divorce, loneliness, law breaking and redemption.

  • Charlotte's Web: A spider spinning a web, and the death of a "precious" pig, inspire Andy (E.B.) White to compose a beloved children's classic.

  • Chicago: The Movie: The 1920s are a time of good living and great change. In Chicago, a young reporter named Maurine Dallas Watkins, writes a play based on real-court cases.

  • Christmas Eve: In his "Nutcracker" story, E.T.A. Hoffman begins his tale on Christmas Eve. Lots of surprises are in store for the children!

  • Cinderella Man: When Jim Braddock makes one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Damon Runyon coins the nickname, Cinderella Man.

  • Cold Mountain: William Bartram's 1791 book, "Travels Through North and South Carolina," accompanies Inman as he flees the Civil War.

  • Conclusion: As "The Nutcracker" tale comes to a close, expect the unexpected for Marie and The Nutcracker.

  • Conspirator - Mary Surratt: Although questions remain, Mary Surratt is arrested, tried, convicted and executed for her part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Crackatook: Drosselmeier and his companion continue their quest to find both the hard nut, called Crackatooth, and the person who can crack it. They need both to restore the good looks of Princess Pirlipat.

  • Deepwater Horizon: Disaster in the Gulf: On the 22nd of April, 2010, an oil rig known as ''Deepwater Horizon'' dramatically sinks in four minutes, causing the worst oil-spill in American history. Two days before, explosions on the rig kill 1...

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson's story about good and evil comes alive in this abridged version.

  • Drosselmeier Continues: As Godfather Drosselmeier continues his story about Princess Pirlipat, he stuns Marie. What happened to Pirlipat while the cats were asleep?

  • Elizabeth I: The Golden Age: Elizabeth becomes the strong heir desired by Henry VIII even though he had six wives and a male heir.

  • Enemy At The Gates: Hitler believes he can defeat Stalingrad, while Stalin refuses to let Soviet troops surrender.

  • Erin Brockovich: Erin Brockovich, working at a law firm, finds PG&E is polluting the air, water, and soil with toxic chemicals.

  • Errol Flynn and His Famous Trial: Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn, uses his acting talent to beat rape charges.

  • Evelyn: Changing The Law In Ireland: Evelyn Doyle's life changes for the worst when her mother abandons the family.

  • Fighter, The: Boxing trainer Dickie Eklund fights crack cocaine and helps his brother recover from a career-threatening injury.

  • Finding Neverland: James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie begins to write Peter Pan in 1903; it is a story based on five real boys he knows.

  • Flags Of Our Fathers: Feb/March, of 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima battle. Thousands of US Marines head toward the island on ships. Their mission is to wrest the strategically significant territory, held by ...

  • Flyboys: American pilots fly combat missions with France in WWI, although America is not yet in the war.

  • Four Feathers, The: Lord Kitchener and Anglo-Egyptian forces face Sudanese troops at Omdurman; a young Winston Churchill accompanies the Lancers.

  • Franklin & Armfield Slave Pen: Originally owned by Franklin & Armfield, dealers in slaves, this slave pen was located not far from the U.S. Capitol.

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