Historian Antony Beevor's new book uncovers telling details about the 20th century's greatest conflict, beginning with the unlikely story of a Korean conscript who was captured by almost every army involved in the war, before eventually ending up in Illinois.
For the past 80 years, the Man of Steel has endured in books, movies, radio serials, comic books and cartoons. "Americans embrace Superman partly because he captured so many things that are part of our psyche and part of our sense of ourselves," says biographer Larry Tye.
In Barack Obama: The Story, journalist David Maraniss chronicles the president's "classic search for home." Maraniss says Obama's young life was defined by his experience of being an outsider — a feeling that stayed with him well into early adulthood.
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