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Biographies of interest top the list of new additions to the collection at the Abington Community Library last week. Look for these four big ones on the New Books shelf.

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace – by H. W. Brands. This portrait sheds new light on Grant, in all his heroism and his considerable weakness, and argues that he was an honorable leader who consolidated the political achievements of the Civil War and was the last presidential defender of black civil rights for nearly a century. On the battlefields of the Civil War, he proved a bold strategist, impressing Lincoln to the extent he named him head of the Union army. A man who never had any interest in politics, Grant, fearing that all the war's gains would be lost, in 1868 agreed to run for president and attempt to unite North and South once more.

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill Defender of the Realm, 1940 – 1965 – by William Manchester and Paul Reid. Here is the final volume of Manchester's account of Churchill's life, completed by Paul Reid after Manchester's death. The study begins shortly after Churchill became prime minister, when Great Britain stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany, and continues through a recounting of the war years when Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense. Then, driven from office, Churchill rose to warn the world of the coming Soviet menace. On his return to 10 Downing Street, he pursued his final foreign policy goal until ill health and age claimed him.

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today – by Thomas E. Ricks. Ricks has made a close study of America's military leaders for three decades. Here, he sets out to explain why history has been kind to the American generals of World War II -- Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton and Bradley --- and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. He reports on great leaders as well as suspect ones, generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers. He believes that in the wake of Vietnam, the U.S. Army became a transformed institution, reinvigorated from the bottom up, but with flawed leadership at the top.

Saturday Story Hours: Marywood University education majors have volunteered to conduct a series of Saturday afternoon Story Hours for children age 3 through 7 years. Their theme for November will be Shel Silverstein, author of The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and other children's classic stories and poems. Date: November 17. Time: 1 to 2 pm. Pre-registration is requested.

The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, www.lclshome.org/abington to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at http://www.lclshome.org/libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.

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