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20 non-fiction books to watch for in 2012

Oh, the promise of a new year! So many fresh starts and remarkable discoveries lie ahead – including the many that will be made between the pages of a book. For those eager for a preview, here’s a sampling of some of the more promising of the early 2012 titles.

1. 'A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons,' by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons By Elizabeth Dowling Taylor Palgrave Macmillan, 336 pp.

The life of Paul Jennings, a slave owned by US President James Madison and his wife, Dolly, throws fascinating light on both the struggles of a black man in 19th-century America and life in the early years of the young American republic. (January)

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