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What's new: September 2021

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including legendary rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B. I. G.; influential country music star Buck Owens; gay and transgender rights activist Sylvia Rivera; and Alan Berkman, a doctor and radical activist involved with the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground.

Tupac Shakur & Notorious B. I. G.

Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) helped define the West Coast gangsta rap sound. His lyrics, which ranged from drug street poetry to potent analysis of social problems, have influenced countless rappers, poets, and musicians. Shakur was murdered at the height of his fame, in a still-unsolved case that raised suspicions of the involvement of his friend-turned-rival the Notorious B. I. G. (1972-1997), the pathbreaking East Coast rapper also included in this update. The latter was himself murdered less than six months later, linking the two hip hop icons forever.

 

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

What's New: September 2021

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including legendary rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B. I. G.; influential country music star Buck Owens; gay and transgender rights activist Sylvia Rivera; and Alan Berkman, a doctor and radical activist involved with the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground.

AUGUST 26, 2021

What's New: August 2021

This update features six new biographies of significant figures in the history of American politics. It includes presidential advisor and political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski; Jim Wright, Texas Democrat who served in the House from 1955 to 1989; Nicholas Katzenbach, advisor to President Kennedy and Attorney General under President Johnson; George Chahoon, who served as mayor of Richmond and as a member of the New York State Senate during the nineteenth century; longtime Boston Mayor Tom Menino; and Illinois Republican Bob Michel, who served in the House 1957 to 1995.

JULY 22, 2021

What's New: July 2021

This update features six new biographies of important American writers. It includes mystery writer Charlotte Armstrong; children’s book author Barbara Cooney; social critic and journalist Nat Hentoff; film critic Richard Schickel; conservative writer Charles Krauthammer; and playwright Edward Albee.