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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 Praise for Between the World and Me 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 and the force of an exorcism Slatemore
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
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
In the Senate I ve tried to do two things tell the truth and do what I said I would do We should expect that from every single elected official Washington D C desperately needs leaders who aren t afraid to tell the truth And Ted Cruz tells the truth about political collusion a corrupted legislative process and the bureaucratic barriers to actually fixing the enormous challenges we face Cruz s truth-telling habit hasn t made him popular in Washington But it has earned him millions of supporters nationwide Since his election to the Senate in 2012 Ted Cruz has refused to go along with the established way of doing business in Washington In A Time for Truth the outspoken Texas Senator tells his story for the first time the story of a Cuban immigrant s son who made it to the Ivy League to the Supreme Court bar and eventually to the U S Senate It s a deeply personal journey that begins with Cruz s father s experience of brutality in a Cuban prison and ends with Cruz s discovery that Washington has neither the courage nor the desire to do what is needed to preserve the freedom and opportunities that gave hope to his father and millions like him Cruz discusses his role in the 2000 recount helping to elect a president he respects and whom... he would have to stand up to a few short years later when he served as the solicitor general of Texas He provides a behind-the-scenes look at his remarkable grassroots campaign for the U S Senate And he reveals the true story behind his twenty-one-hour Senate filibuster where he gave the most famous bedtime reading of Green Eggs and Ham in history Pulling back the curtain on the backroom deals in Congress between Republicans Democrats and the lobbyists who keep them in office instead of keeping them accountable Cruz offers an inside look at what has gone so very wrong in our nation s capital But he also makes an optimistic case that by reestablishing the principles of our founders the opportunities for our citizens and our unique place in the world we can reignite the promise of America for generations to come A Time for Truth is sharp funny and honest What Cruz reveals will win him few friends in Washington Then again that isn t why he went there in the first place more
A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writerBarbarian Days is William Finnegan s memoir of an obsession a complex enchantment Surfing only looks like a sport To initiates it is something else entirely a beautiful addiction a demanding course of study a morally dangerous pastime a way of life Raised in California and Hawaii Finnegan started surfing as a child He has chased waves all over the world wandering for years through the South Pacific Australia Asia Africa A bookish boy and then an excessively adventurous young man he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them Youthful folly he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay on Maui... is served up with rueful humor He and a buddy their knapsacks crammed with reef charts bushwhack through Polynesia They discover while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji one of the world s greatest waves As Finnegan s travels take him ever farther afield he becomes an improbable anthropologist unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria Throughout he surfs carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing unprecedented lucidity Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story an intellectual autobiography a social history a literary road movie and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting little understood art Today Finnegan s surfing life is undiminished Frantically juggling work and family he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar 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 author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA s Moscow station an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening of February 16 1978 the chief of the CIA s Moscow station heard a knock on his car window A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose contents stunned U S intelligence details of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military technology that were totally unknown to the United States In the years that followed the man Adolf Tolkachev an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets His revelations allowed America to reshape its weapons systems to defeat Soviet radar on the ground and in the air giving the United States near total superiority in the skies over Europe One of the most valuable spies to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union Tolkachev took enormous personal risks but so did the Americans The CIA had long struggled to recruit... and run agents in Moscow and Tolkachev was a singular breakthrough Using spy cameras and secret codes as well as face-to-face meetings in parks and on street corners Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded for years in eluding the feared KGB in its own backyard until the day came when a shocking betrayal put them all at risk Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA and on interviews with participants David Hoffman has created an unprecedented and poignant portrait of Tolkachev a man motivated by the depredations of the Soviet state to master the craft of spying against his own country Stirring unpredictable and at times unbearably tense The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting that unfolds like an espionage thriller more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMichael 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 The smartest and juiciest diplomatic memoir that I ve read in years and I ve read my share The best contribution yet to a growing literature from Vali Nasr s Dispensable Nation to Leon Panetta s Worthy Fights describing how foreign policy is made in the Age of Obama Bret Stephens The Wall Street Journal Illuminating Oren s personal odyssey exemplifies the shift from a liberal and secular Zionism to a more belligerent nationalism The New York Times Provocative Oren s book offers a view into the deep rifts that have opened not only between Washington and Jerusalem but also between Israeli and American Jews Newsweek Oren is one of the most uniquely qualified judges of this ever more crucial special relationship The Washington Times The diplomatic equivalent of a kiss-and-tell memoir informative and in parts entertaining Financial Times The talk of Washington and Jerusalem an ultimate insider s story New York Postmore
From the outside looking in the Dodgers have been a bubbling cauldron of personality talent and moods with the occasional dollop of jealousy In The Best Team Money Can Buy it s as if Molly Knight ushers you behind the closed clubhouse doors to see it for yourself Buster Olney ESPN News-making inside revelations about the tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were remade from top to bottom from the ownership of the team to management to the players on the field becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball In 2012 the Los Angeles Dodgers were bought out of bankruptcy in the most expensive sale in sports history Los Angeles icon Magic Johnson and his partners hoped to put together a team worthy of Hollywood consistently entertaining By most accounts they have succeeded if not always in the way they might have imagined Now Molly Knight tells the story of the Dodgers 2013 and 2014 seasons with detailed previously unreported revelations She shares a behind-the-scenes account of the astonishing sale of the Dodgers and why the team was not overpriced as well as what the Dodgers actually knew in advance about rookie phenom and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig and how they and teammates handled him during his first... two roller-coaster seasons We learn how close manager Don Mattingly was to losing his job during the 2013 season and how the team turned around the season in the most remarkable fifty-game stretch 42-8 of any team since World War II before losing in the NLCS Knight also provides a rare glimpse into the infighting and mistrust that derailed the team in 2014 and resulted in ridding the roster of difficult personalities and the hiring of a new front office Knight also reveals new facts behind the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox She paints an intimate portrait of star pitcher Clayton Kershaw probably the best pitcher in the game today including details about the record contract offer he turned down before accepting the richest contract any pitcher ever signed Exciting surprising and filled with juicy details Molly Knight s account is a must-read for baseball fans and anyone who wants the inside story of today s Los Angeles Dodgers more
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