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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
1 New York Times Bestseller 1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller From her years as the presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News The Five Dana Perino reveals the lessons she s learned that have guided her through life kept her level-headed and led to her success even in the face of adversity Thoughtful inspiring and often surprising AND THE GOOD NEWS IS traces Dana Perino s unlikely journey through politics and television It s a remarkable American story-made up of equal parts determination and clear-eyed optimism From facing professional challenges and confronting personal fears to stepping up to a podium for a President Dana has come to expect the unexpected and has an uncanny ability to find the good news in any tough situation AND THE GOOD NEWS IS takes us from her Western childhood in Wyoming and Colorado to a chance meeting on an airplane that changes her life entirely Then with refreshing honesty and humor she recounts her frustration with a string of unsatisfying jobs and living circumstances until a key career tip leads her back to Washington D C to work for the Bush Administration Dana also shares here her best work and life lessons-tips that will help you to get your point across convincingly... while allowing your own grace and personality to shine through As someone who still believes in working together to solve the problems our nation faces Dana offers clear practical advice on how to restore civility to our personal and public conversations The result is a fascinating read that can help anyone become more successful productive and joyously content more
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
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
A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann In this groundbreaking book a unique interplay of narrative and image Mann s preoccupation with family race mortality and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for deceit and scandal alcohol domestic abuse car crashes bogeymen clandestine affairs dearly loved and disputed family land racial complications vast sums of money made and lost the return of the prodigal son and maybe even bloody murder In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life
Joan Rivers was known all over the world from the Palace Theater to Buckingham Palace from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the footlights of Broadway from the days of talkies to hosting talk shows But there was only one person who knew Joan intimately one person who the authorities would call when she got a little out of hand Her daughter and best friend Melissa Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time If you think Joan said some outrageous things to her audiences as a comedian you won t believe what she said and did in private Her love for her daughter knew no bounds or boundaries apparently Melissa I acknowledge that you have boundaries I just choose to not respect them In The Book of Joan Tales of Mirth Mischief and Manipulation Melissa shares stories like when she was nine months old and her parents delivered her to Johnny Carson as a birthday gift bon mots Missy is there anything better than seeing a really good looking couple pushing a baby that looks like a Sasquatch who got caught in a house fire and life lessons from growing up in the Rosenberg-Rivers household I can do tips and discounts and figure out the number of gay men in an audience to make it a good show... That s all the math you ll ever need These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to life in the family that Melissa describes as more Addams than Cleaver And at the center of it all was a tiny blond force of nature In The Book of Joan Tales of Mirth Mischief and Manipulation Melissa Rivers relates funny poignant and irreverent observations thoughts and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers valium one of the four basic food groups more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Tom Brokaw the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long happy and lucky life Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life with a strong marriage and family many friends and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author But in the summer of 2013 when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic his run of good luck was interrupted He received shocking news He had multiple myeloma a treatable but incurable blood cancer Friends had always referred to Brokaw s lucky star but as he writes in this inspiring memoir Turns out that star has a dimmer switch Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year the emotions discoveries setbacks and struggles times of denial acceptance turning points and courage After his diagnosis Brokaw began to keep a journal approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role as a journalist determined to learn as much as he could about his condition to report the story and help others facing similar battles That journal became the basis of this wonderfully... written memoir the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality contemplating what means the most to him now and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life Brokaw also pauses to look back on some of the important moments in his career memories of Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama the fall of the Berlin Wall the morning of September 11 2001 in New York City and more Through it all Brokaw writes in the warm intimate natural voice of one of America s most beloved journalists giving us Brokaw on Brokaw and bringing us with him as he navigates pain procedures drug regimens and physical rehabilitation Brokaw also writes about the importance of patients taking an active role in their own treatment and of the vital role of caretakers and coordinated care Generous informative and deeply human A Lucky Life Interrupted offers a message of understanding and empowerment resolve and reality hope for the future and gratitude for a well-lived life more
When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report Sacks will go far if he does not go too far It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed On the Move is infused with his restless energy As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s first in California where he struggled with drug addiction and then in New York where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life With unbridled honesty and humor Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions weight lifting and swimming also drives his cerebral passions He writes about his love affairs both romantic and intellectual his guilt over leaving his family to come to America his bond with his schizophrenic brother and the writers and scientists Thom Gunn A R Luria W H Auden Gerald M Edelman Francis Crick who influenced him On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human
A confessional uplifting memoir from the beloved YouTube personality It s not where you begin that matters It s where you end up Twenty-three year old Joey Graceffa has captured the hearts of millions of teens and young adults through his playful sweet and inspirational YouTube presence not to mention his sparkling eyes and perfect hair Yet Joey wasn t always comfortable in his skin and in this candid memoir he thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride self-doubt to self-acceptance To his fans Joey is that best friend who always captures the brighter side of life but also isn t afraid to get real In the pages of his first book he opens up about his years of struggling with family hardships and troubles at school with cruel bullying and the sting of rejection He tells of first loves and losses embarrassing moments and surprising discoveries loneliness laughter and life-changing forks in the road showing us the incalculable value of finally finding and following your true passion in this world Funny warm-hearted and inspiring Joey Graceffa s story is a welcome reminder that it s not where you begin that matters but where you end up
THE ONLY OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK The fight is yours to win In this inspiring and moving book Ronda Rousey the Olympic medalist in judo reigning UFC women s bantamweight champion and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory Marked by her signature charm barbed wit and undeniable power Rousey s account of the toughest fights of her life in and outside the Octagon reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old the intensity of her judo training her battles with love her meteoric rise to fame the secret behind her undefeated UFC record and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices how to turn limitations into opportunities and how to be the best on your worst day Packed with raw emotion drama and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world