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Kirstin Downey
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KIRSTIN DOWNEY is the author of The Woman Behind the New Deal, which was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was one of the writers of the New York Times bestselling Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and was previously a staff writer at the Washington Post, where she shared in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. She was a Neiman fellow at Harvard University in 2001. She is married to Neil Warner Averitt, and together they have five children.

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Isabella
The Warrior Queen
Written by Kirstin Downey


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $35.00

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history

Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Isabella
The Warrior Queen
Written by Kirstin Downey


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $15.99

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

The Woman Behind the New Deal
The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience
Written by Kirstin Downey


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 3, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Woman Behind the New Deal
The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance,
Written by Kirstin Downey


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $16.95

One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network.

Frances Perkins is no longer a household name, yet... Read more >
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