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Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen That they... had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
The shocking never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key from one of the few people who truly knows Hef s former 1 girlfriend and star of The Girls Next DoorA spontaneous decision at age twenty-one transformed small-town Oregon girl Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison Hugh Hefner s 1 girlfriend But like Alice s journey into Wonderland after Holly plunged down the rabbit hole what seemed like a fairytale life inside the Playboy Mansion including A-list celebrity parties and her own 1-rated television show for four years quickly devolved into an oppressive routine of strict rules manipulation and battles with ambitious backstabbing bunnies Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn t a dream at all and quickly became her nightmare After losing her identity her sense of self-worth and her hope for the future Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide But instead of ending her life Holly chose to take charge of it In this shockingly candid and surprisingly moving memoir this thoughtful and introspective woman opens up about life inside the Mansion the drugs the sex the abuse the infamous parties and her real... behind-the-scenes life with Bridget Kendra and of course Mr Playboy himself With great courage Holly shares the details of her subsequent troubled relationship landing her own successful television series and the hard work of healing including her turn on Dancing with the Stars A cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment Down the Rabbit Hole reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams and finding the life we deserve more
New York Times Bestseller In Elon Musk Tesla SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley s most audacious entrepreneur Written with exclusive access to Musk his family and friends the book traces the entrepreneur s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk s world-changing companies PayPal Tesla Motors SpaceX and SolarCity and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way Vance uses Musk s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison Henry Ford Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs More than any other entrepreneur... today Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy more
From the beloved stars of TLC s The Little Couple comes an uplifting and moving behind-the-scenes account of how the pair met fell in love and overcame huge obstacles to become successful professionals and parents Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC s hit show The Little Couple Though they both have dwarfism they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive can-do attitude The show has featured the lives of Jennifer a respected neonatologist and Bill a successful entrepreneur from their marriage in 2009 to the launch of their pet shop to the adoption of their children to Jen s overcoming cancer Now for the first time Jen and Bill are letting readers into their private lives with behind-the-scenes never-before-told stories about how they fell in love what inspires them and the passions that drive their success Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life make the world a better place through encouragement and education A must-have for fans of the show or anyone who has ever faced a difficult challenge Life Is Short No Pun Intended gives readers a glance at what inspires these positive people to approach life with such optimism and share their lives with the public... every day more
Instant 1 New York Times Bestseller The book that has outraged the social elite Eye-popping People Amusing perceptive and deliciously evil The New York Times Book Review Juicy sexy bawdy stuff New York Daily News Think Gossip Girl but with a sociological study of the parents InStyle com Like an urban Dian Fossey Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology she tried looking at her new world through that lens and suddenly things fell into place She understood the other mothers snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns display rituals physical adornment mutilation and mating practices extra-pair copulation and more Her conclusions are smart thought-provoking and hilariously unexpected Every city... has its Upper East Side and in Wednesday s memoir readers everywhere will recognize the strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them They will also see that Upper East Side mothers want the same things for their children that all mothers want safety happiness and success and not even sky-high penthouses and chauffeured SUVs can protect this ecologically released tribe from the universal experiences of anxiety and loss When Wednesday s life turns upside down she learns how deep the bonds of female friendship really are Intelligent funny and heartfelt Primates of Park Avenue lifts a veil on a secret elite world within a world the exotic fascinating and strangely familiar culture of privileged Manhattan motherhood more
A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE I come from a country that was created at midnight When I almost died it was just after midday When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan one girl spoke out Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education On Tuesday October 9 2012 when she was fifteen she almost paid the ultimate price She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school and few expected her to survive Instead Malala s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York At sixteen she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism of the fight for girls education of a father who himself a school owner championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person s voice to inspire change in the world
New York Times bestselling author Michael B Oren s memoir of his time as Israel s ambassador to the United States a period of transformative change for America and a time of violent upheaval throughout the Middle East provides a frank fascinating look inside the special relationship between America and its closest ally in the region Michael Oren served as the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013 An American by birth and a historian by training Oren arrived at his diplomatic post just as Benjamin Netanyahu Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton assumed office During Oren s tenure in office Israel and America grappled with the Palestinian peace process the Arab Spring and existential threats to Israel posed by international terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program Forged in the Truman administration America s alliance with Israel was subjected to enormous strains and its future was questioned by commentators in both countries On more than one occasion the friendship s very fabric seemed close to unraveling Ally is the story of that enduring alliance and of its divides written from the perspective of a man who treasures his American identity while proudly serving the Jewish State he has come to call home No one could... have been better suited to strengthen bridges between the United States and Israel than Michael Oren a man equally at home jumping out of a plane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing Middle East history on TV s Sunday morning political shows In the pages of this fast-paced book Oren interweaves the story of his personal journey with behind-the-scenes accounts of fateful meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu high-stakes summits with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and diplomatic crises that intensified the controversy surrounding the world s most contested strip of land A quintessentially American story of a young man who refused to relinquish a dream irrespective of the obstacles and an inherently Israeli story about assuming onerous responsibilities Ally is at once a record a chronicle and a confession And it is a story about love about someone fortunate enough to love two countries and to represent one to the other But above all this memoir is a testament to an alliance that was and will remain vital for Americans Israelis and the world Praise for Ally Michael Oren is going to be the talk of Washington and Jerusalem I m not sure that in the annals of diplomatic history there s ever been anything quite like this astonishing account of Oren s four years as Israel s ambassador in Washington It s an ultimate insider s story told while all the players save Oren are still in place New York Postmore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW 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
The definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson Unvarnished Funny Leaving no stone unturned So say the publishers about this book I ve written What I say is that this is the story of my life told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it It s a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right Of my childhood in Abbott Texas to the Pacific Northwest from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song hoping to strike gold It s a story of true love wild times best friends and barrooms with a musical sound track ripping right through it My life gets lived on the road at home and on the road again tried and true and I ve written it all down from my heart to yours Signed Willie Nelson
Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction Hidden away since the 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life Some of her experiences will be familiar some will be a surprise Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world Through her recollections Wilder details the Ingalls family s journey from Kansas Missouri Wisconsin Minnesota Iowa back to Minnesota and on to Dakota Territory sixteen years of travels unforgettable stories and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction Using additional manuscripts diaries and letters Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography builds on Wilder s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer Author of an award-winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography editor Pamela Smith Hill offers new insights into Wilder s life and times In an introduction Hill illuminates Wilder s writing career and the dynamic relationship between the budding novelist and her daughter and editor Rose Wilder Lane Sharing the story of Wilder s original manuscript Hill... discusses the catalysts for Pioneer Girl and the process through which Wilder s story turned from an unpublished memoir into the national phenomenon of the Little House series Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in This groundbreaking volume develops a fuller picture of Wilder s life and times for the millions of readers who wish to learn more about this important American author It contains one hundred and twenty-five images eight fully researched maps and hundreds of annotations based on numerous primary sources including census data county state and federal records and newspapers of the period An important historic and literary achievement this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights into the woman behind the fictional classics Little House in the Big Woods Farmer Boy Little House on the Prairie On the Banks of Plum Creek By the Shores of Silver Lake The Long Winter Little Town on the Prairie These Happy Golden Years and The First Four Years more