New Non-Fiction: Friday, July 2

The Macedon Public Library is fully open for in-person visits. Computers are available and the Discovery Room is also open. We ask patrons who are not yet vaccinated to please wear masks, but we will not be monitoring this. We will continue to offer “Grab and Go” services for those who prefer to place their books on hold online and then pick them up in the cabinet outside the library.

Here are a few of the new non-fiction books that have come in to the library recently. We invite you to check them out!

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Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age

Geniuses at War is the dramatic, untold story of the brilliant team who built the world’s first digital electronic computer at Bletchley Park, during a critical time in World War II. Decoding the communication of the Nazi high command was imperative for the success of the Allied invasion of Normandy. The Nazi missives were encrypted by the “Tunny” cipher, a code that was orders of magnitude more difficult to crack than the infamous Enigma code. But Tommy Flowers, a maverick English working-class engineer, devised the ingenious, daring, and controversial plan to build a machine that could think at breathtaking speed and break the code in nearly real time. Flowers and his team produced Colossus, the world’s first digital electronic computer, the machine that would help bring the war to an end. With fascinating detail and illuminating insight, Geniuses at War tells the mesmerizing story of the great minds behind Colossus.

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Centerstage: My Most Fascinating Interviews, From A-Rod to Jay-Z

Emmy Award–winning television announcer and interviewer Michael Kay’s eighteen years as host of CenterStage have given him access to many remarkable figures in sports and entertainment. Now, this absorbing selection of the best, most revealing—and often surprising—interviews are available in one amazing collection, including some of the behind-the-scenes stories that didn’t appear on camera. Kay’s ability to get celebrities and otherwise private personalities to open up and share candid insights has become his trademark. Among the interviews featured in the book are those with Red Auerbach, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson, Bobby Orr, Sly Stallone, Jay-Z, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, John McEnroe, Rob Reiner, Seth Meyers, Serena Williams, Alan Alda, David Halberstam, Larry David, Bob Costas, Billy Crystal, Lindsey Vonn, Chris Evert, and Quentin Tarantino.

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American Portrait: The Story of Us, Told By Us

Based on the popular and groundbreaking PBS multiplatform documentary project, this is an inspiring and striking photographic portrait that brilliantly captures the tumultuous, historic year that was 2020. American Portrait offers an intimate look at what it really means to be an American today, revealed through the stories of ordinary people and in their own voices. Told by people of all ages, orientations, and walks of life, these unique stories of joy, adversity, love, sacrifice, grief, sharing, triumph, and grace — centered on the themes of family, work, fun, faith, community, and more — illuminate the struggles, hopes, dreams, and convictions of Americans today. American Portrait is a vital and ultimately hopeful reminder that what we all share is much greater and enduring than what may divide us

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