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From the bestselling team of Bill O Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down Just two months into his presidency Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman s bullet came within inches of his heart His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed But Reagan was grievously injured forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus and Killing Patton Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak up through the years in the California governor s mansion and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain But it was John Hinckley Jr s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan s most heroic actions In Killing Reagan O Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes creating an unforgettable portrait of a... great man operating in violent times more
Another blockbuster Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat page-turning thriller You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story No one captures the danger intrigue and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Brad ThorThis is the little-known story of how a newly indepen dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America s third president decided to stand up to intimidation When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801 America faced a crisis The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly but its merchant ships were under attack Pirates from North Africa s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun try could afford Over the previous fifteen years as a diplomat and then as secretary of state Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states Tripoli Tunis Algiers and Morocco Unfortunately he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion jus tified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims These rogue states would show no mercy at least not while... easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy He sent the U S Navy s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America s journey toward future superpower status As they did in their previous bestseller George Washington s Secret Six Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next Among the many sus penseful episodes Lieutenant Andrew Sterett s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli Lieutenant Stephen Decatur s daring night raid of an enemy harbor with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates hands General William Eaton s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli we fight our country s battles in the air on land and sea Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgot ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue bravery and battle on the high seas more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The outspoken actress talk show host and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue That willingness to speak her mind stand her ground and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood But being a troublemaker has come at a cost That was never more evident than in 2013 when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology Now in this frank funny poignant memoir the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology s causes grew increasingly intertwined As an adult she found the success she d worked so hard for and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity... Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise Scientology s most high-profile adherent Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes But when she began to raise questions about some of the church s actions she found herself a target In the end she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a Suppressive Person and as a result all of her fellow parishioners including members of her own family were told to disconnect from her Forever Bold brash and bravely confessional Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom both for herself and for her family This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly from an author unafraid of the consequences Praise for Troublemaker An aggressively honest memoir Troublemaker is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date Entertainment Weekly Leah s story is a juicy inside-Hollywood read but it s more than that It s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith People Remini offers up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church Newsweekmore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Hailed by Toni Morrison as required reading a bold and personal literary exploration of America s racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States The New York Observer This is your country this is your world this is your body and you must find some way to live within the all of it In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation s history and current crisis Americans have built an empire on the idea of race a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men bodies exploited through slavery and segregation and today threatened locked up and murdered out of all proportion What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his awakening to the truth... about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences from Howard University to Civil War battlefields from the South Side of Chicago to Paris from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children s lives were taken as American plunder Beautifully woven from personal narrative reimagined history and fresh emotionally charged reportage Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past bracingly confronts our present and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Powerful and passionate profoundly moving a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Brilliant Coates is firing on all cylinders and it is something to behold a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision The Washington Post I ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates The language of Between the World and Me like Coates s journey is visceral eloquent and beautifully redemptive And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory Toni Morrison A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country An instant classic and a gift to us all Isabel Wilkerson author of The Warmth of Other Suns I know that this book is addressed to the author s son and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass inexorably into harm s way I hope that I will be forgiven then for feeling that Coates was speaking to me too one father to another teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable Michael Chabon A work of rare beauty a love letter written in a moral emergency one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy Slatemore
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this brilliant biography Jon Meacham the Pulitzer Prize winning author chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush Drawing on President Bush s personal diaries on the diaries of his wife Barbara and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times From the Oval Office to Camp David from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism Destiny and Power charts the thoughts decisions and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind This is the human story of a man who was like the nation he led at once noble and flawed His was one of the great American lives Born into a loving privileged and competitive family Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific He married young started a family and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil Over the course of three decades Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his... county Republican Party to serve as congressman ambassador to the United Nations head of the Republican National Committee envoy to China director of Central Intelligence vice president under Ronald Reagan and finally president of the United States In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics With access not only to the Bush diaries but through extensive interviews to the former president himself Meacham presents Bush s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it From the Pacific to the presidency Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who driven by destiny and by duty forever sought ultimately to put the country first Praise for Destiny and Power Altogether fair insightful a portrait made especially compelling by the author s remarkable access to Bush s private White House diaries This is a timely first-rate book David McCullough What a spectacular and moving portrait this is not only of a remarkably classy man but of the era that shaped him It is hard to imagine a biographer more fitted than Jon Meacham to write what will surely be the definitive work on George Herbert Walker Bush Doris Kearns Goodwin This astonishing book is both timely and timeless A fascinating and insightful portrayal of the life of an exemplary American citizen Walter Isaacson Jon Meacham s timely and intimate biography of George Bush 41 is a welcome reminder of this modest president s call to service from the cockpits of World War II to the Oval Office and the end of the Cold War Tom Brokaw This riveting biography by the incomparable Jon Meacham gives George H W Bush his well-deserved place in history Destiny and Power is full of surprises revealing 41 s important role in scene after crucial historical scene Michael Beschlossmore
In this poignant hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms Hollywood s most powerful woman the mega-talented creator of Grey s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life and how it can change yours too She s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today Grey s Anatomy Scandal How to Get Away with Murder Her iconic characters Meredith Grey Cristina Yang Olivia Pope Annalise Keating live boldly and speak their minds So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes the mega talent who owns Thursday night television TGIT is an introvert That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances That she hugged walls at splashy parties and suffered panic attacks before media interviews so severe she remembered nothing afterward Before her Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV it was easy to say that she was simply too busy But in truth she was also afraid Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room petrified of live television appearances where Shonda Rhimes could... trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen In the before Shonda s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work snuggling her children and comforting herself with food And then on Thanksgiving 2013 Shonda s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms You never say yes to anything The comment sat like a grenade until it detonated Then Shonda the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family knew she had to embrace the challenge for one year she would say YES to everything that scared her This poignant intimate and hilarious memoir explores Shonda s life before her Year of Yes from her nerdy book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her like Cristina Yang whose ultimate goal wasn t marriage and Cyrus Beene who is a Republican and gay And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech when she learned to say yes to her health yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun when she learned to explore empower applaud and love her truest self Yes This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes an unexpected introvert achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character And how you can too more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The authors make this unassuming most studious woman come pulsing to life Notorious RBG may be a playful project but it asks to be read seriously That I responded so personally to it is a testimony to its storytelling and panache Jennifer Senior New York TimesSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame she has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer But nearly a half-century into her career something funny happened to the octogenarian she won the internet Across America people who weren t even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face setting her famously searing dissents to music and making viral videos in tribute Notorious RBG inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist is more than just a love letter It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg s family members close friends colleagues and clerks as well an interview with the Justice herself An original hybrid of reported narrative annotated dissents rare archival photos and documents and illustrations the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and... transformative woman who transcends generational divides As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah more
1 New York Times bestseller 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
A New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy Chernow writes is in many ways to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to... take America by storm rising to become George Washington s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far more human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804 Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow The New York Times Book Review more
Intelligent and captivating Don t miss it - People MagazineRock Star Poet Feminist Icon Survivor Simon s memoir reveals her remarkable life beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L Simon the co-founder of publishing giant Simon Schuster her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits including the 1 song You re So Vain She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her song Let the River Run from the movie Working Girl The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration the sparks of songs and the stories behind writing Anticipation and We Have No Secrets among many others Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor