View by Category

Biographies & Memoirs books and presentations

Show:
Sort by:
Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus--riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history Now from Bill O Reilly anchor of The O Reilly Factor comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series Killing Patton General George S Patton Jr died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II For almost seventy years there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton s tragic demise naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more In boyhood Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent As a teenager he channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when World War II began the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943 When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean against all odds Zamperini survived adrift on a foundering life raft Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks thirst and starvation enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will Appearing in paperback for the first time with twenty arresting new photos and an extensive Q A with the author Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura... Hillenbrand Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award Extraordinarily moving a powerfully drawn survival epic The Wall Street Journal A one-in-a-billion story designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid It is amazing unforgettable gripping harrowing chilling and inspiring New York Staggering mesmerizing Hillenbrand s writing is so ferociously cinematic the events she describes so incredible you don t dare take your eyes off the page People A meticulous soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life The Washington Post Ambitious and powerful a startling narrative and an inspirational book The New York Times Book Review Magnificent incredible Hillenbrand has crafted another masterful blend of sports history and overcoming terrific odds this is biography taken to the nth degree a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times The Dallas Morning News An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity Entertainment Weekly A tale of triumph and redemption astonishingly detailed O The Oprah Magazine A masterfully told true story nothing less than a marvel Washingtonian Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Hillenbrand is one of our best writers of narrative history You don t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book you just have to love great storytelling Rebecca Skloot author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksmore
Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central s Upright Citizens Brigade Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Baby Mama Blades of Glory and They Came Together Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy s one-liners If your answer to these questions is Yes Please then you are in luck In her first book one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart pointed and ultimately inspirational read Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories lists poetry Plastic Surgery Haiku to be specific photographs mantras and advice With chapters like Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend Plain Girl Versus the Demon and The Robots Will Kill Us All Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh Honest personal real and righteous Yes Please is full of words to live by
George W Bush the 43rd President of the United States has authored a personal biography of his father George H W Bush the 41st President Forty-three men have served as President of the United States Countless books have been written about them But never before has a President told the story of his father another President through his own eyes and in his own words A unique and intimate biography the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush s life and career including his service in the Pacific during World War II his pioneering work in the Texas oil business and his political rise as a Congressman U S Representative to China and the United Nations CIA Director Vice President and President The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm decent man known best by his family In addition George W Bush discusses his father s influence on him throughout his own life from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency
From actor Cary Elwes who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories exclusive photographs and interviews with costars Robin Wright Wallace Shawn Billy Crystal Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman producer Norman Lear and director Rob Reiner The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey As You Wish is a... must-have for all fans of this beloved film more
In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir one of television s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels Over the course of his forty-plus year career he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster in history and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships the Super Bowl World Series NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports and in this highly personal and revealing account brings them vividly to life Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top covering some of the greatest moments of the past half century from the Miracle on Ice the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here Michael Jordan Bill Walton Pete Rose Bill Walsh Peyton and Eli Manning Brett Favre John Madden Howard Cosell Cris Collinsworth and many many more... Forthright and down-to-earth Michaels tells the truth as he sees it giving readers unique insight into the high drama the colorful players and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture more
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs The Innovators is Walter Isaacson s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities What led to their creative leaps Why did some succeed and others fail In his masterly saga Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace Lord Byron s daughter who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution such as Vannevar Bush Alan Turing John von Neumann J C R Licklider Doug Engelbart Robert Noyce Bill Gates Steve Wozniak Steve Jobs Tim Berners-Lee and Larry Page This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive It s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative For an era that seeks to foster innovation creativity and teamwork The Innovators shows how they happen
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s death her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed Four years later with nothing more to lose she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training driven only by blind will she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
A year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon Andy Cohen in his own cheeky candid and irreverent wordsAs a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see In this dishy detailed diary of one year in his life Andy goes out on the town drops names hosts a ton of shows becomes codependent with Real Housewives makes trouble calls his mom drops some more names and while searching for love finds it with a dog We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how Nothing is off limits including dating We see Andy at home and with close friends and family including his beloved and unforgettable mom Throughout Andy tells us not only what goes down but exactly what he thinks about it Inspired by the diaries of another celebrity-obsessed Andy Warhol this honest irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFor readers of Nora Ephron Tina Fey and David Sedaris this hilarious wise and fiercely candid collection of personal essays establishes Lena Dunham the acclaimed creator producer and star of HBO s Girls as one of the most original young talents writing today In Not That Kind of Girl Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one s way in the world falling in love feeling alone being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age finding true love and most of all having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told Take My Virginity No Really Take It is the account of Dunham s first time and how her expectations of sex didn t quite live up to the actual event No floodgate had been opened no vault of true womanhood unlocked Girls Jerks explores her former attraction to less-than-nice guys guys who had perfected the dynamic of disrespect she found so intriguing Is This Even Real is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying what she calls her genetically predestined morbidity And in I Didn t F Them but They Yelled at Me she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and... past caring able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood where women are treated like the paper thingies that protect glasses in hotel bathrooms necessary but infinitely disposable Exuberant moving and keenly observed Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up I m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you Dunham writes But if I can take what I ve learned and make one menial job easier for you or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL AND LIBRARY JOURNAL The gifted Ms Dunham not only writes with observant precision but also brings a measure of perspective nostalgia and an older person s sort of wisdom to her portrait of her not all that much younger self and her world By simply telling her own story in all its specificity and sometimes embarrassing detail she has written a book that s as acute and heartfelt as it is funny Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Dunham has crafted warm intelligent writing that is both deeply personal and engaging Hers is not only a voice who deserves to be heard but also one who will inspire other important voices to tell their stories too Roxane Gay Time A lovely touching surprisingly sentimental portrait of a woman who despite repeatedly baring her body and soul to audiences remains a bit of an enigma a young woman who sets the agenda defies classification and seems utterly at home in her own skin Chicago Tribune A lot of us fear we don t measure up beautywise and that we endure too much crummy treatment from men On these topics Dunham is funny wise and yes brave Ellemore
PowerPlugs