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The Most Dangerous Man in the World by Andrew Fowler

Most Dangerous Man In World book cover

Who is the real Julian Assange, the man behind whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks? How did he become one of the most feared and championed whistle-blowers in history? In a new unauthorized biography, award-winning Australian investigative journalist Andrew Fowler separates the man from the myth.

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Cradle of Entrepreneurs Recap: Ollie Gates

Ollie Gates and Crosby Kemper III

Ollie Gates thinks that you can beat him at barbecue. That’s what he told the audience at last night at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III. Mr. Gates joined us to help celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative of the Kaufmann Foundation, as a part of our ongoing series, Kansas City: Cradle of Entrepreneurs.

Local History

The Mother of Invention’s Long Arm

William T. Carnes

Late on the morning of May 5, 1921, Mrs. William A. Huddleston came out of the First National Bank at 10th and Baltimore and met with her boss, J.P. Prescott. (As I write this I am sitting on the fifth floor of the same building, though the building had only four floors 90 years ago.)

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Cradle of Entrepreneurs: Danny O’Neill of The Roasterie on Good Coffee, Good Conscience

Roasterie Coffee dispenser

As Library Director Crosby Kemper III pointed out early this morning at the Plaza Branch, Danny O’Neill is “the man who wakes Kansas City up.” For local coffee drinkers, this assessment is quite literally, elementally true.

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Food For Fines Recipe Contest Winner Announced

Last November 7-13 was Food For Fines week at the Kansas City Public Library, and our food bins truly overran with donations to Harvesters: The Community Food Network. But while anyone could bring in food to reduce their late fees, only one person could win our recipe contest.

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