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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
Alert This product may be shipped with or without the inclusion of the Oprah Book Club sticker Please note that regardless of the cover the books are identical Night is Elie Wiesel s masterpiece a candid horrific and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps This new translation by Marion Wiesel Elie s wife and frequent translator presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author s original intent And in a substantive new preface Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man s capacity for inhumanity to man Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors everyday perversions and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was what it meant and what its legacy is and will be
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
Master storyteller Ben Macintyre s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century s greatest spy story Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War while he was secretly working for the enemy And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott Philby s best friend and fellow officer in MI6 The two men had gone to the same schools belonged to the same exclusive clubs grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world But Philby was secretly betraying his friend Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow and not just Elliott s words for in America Philby had made another powerful friend James Jesus Angleton the crafty paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence Angleton s and Elliott s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years leading countless operatives to their doom Even as the web of suspicion closed around... him and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover his two friends never abandoned him until it was too late The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre s best book yet a high-water mark in Cold War history telling more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine vital for developing the polio vaccine cloning gene mapping and more Henrietta s cells have been bought and sold by the billions yet she remains virtually unknown and her family can t afford health insurance This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics race and medicine of scientific discovery and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a career a boyfriend and a loving family Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before But that past has caught up with her Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury Connecticut the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate 11187 424 one of the millions of people who disappear down the rabbit hole of the American penal system From her first strip search to her final release Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules She meets women from all walks of life who surprise her with small tokens of generosity hard words of wisdom and simple acts of acceptance Heartbreaking hilarious and at times enraging Kerman s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they re there Praise for Orange Is the New Black Fascinating The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can t unbind People four stars I loved this book It s a story rich with humor pathos and redemption What I... did not expect from this memoir was the affection compassion and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail I will never forget it Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat Pray Love This book is impossible to put down because Kerman could be you Or your best friend Or your daughter Los Angeles Times Moving transcends the memoir genre s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you USA Today It s a compelling awakening and a harrowing one both for the reader and for Kerman Newsweek com Look for special features inside Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more more
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt McKinley His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless He had given 25 000 in savings to charity abandoned his car and most of his possessions burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a new life for himself Four months later his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild Immediately after graduating from college in 1991 McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car stripped it of its license plates and burned all of his cash He would give himself a new name Alexander Supertramp and unencumbered by money and belongings he would be free to wallow in the raw unfiltered experiences that nature presented Craving a blank spot on the map McCandless simply threw the maps away Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister he vanished into the wild Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless s short life Admitting an interst that borders on obsession he... searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless Digging deeply he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind the complex charged bond between fathers and sons When McCandless s innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivet pretensions and hubris He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge Krakauer brings McCandless s uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows and the peril adversity and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality Mesmerizing heartbreaking Into the Wild is a tour de force The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer s stoytelling blaze through every page more
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children In the beginning they lived like nomads moving among Southwest desert towns camping in the mountains Rex was a charismatic brilliant man who when sober captured his children s imagination teaching them physics geology and above all how to embrace life fearlessly Rose Mary who painted and wrote and couldn t stand the responsibility of providing for her family called herself an excitement addict Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever Later when the money ran out or the romance of the wandering life faded the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape He drank He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days As the dysfunction of the family escalated Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves supporting one another as they weathered their parents betrayals and finally found the resources and will to leave home What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the... guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity Hers is a story of triumph against all odds but also a tender moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms For two decades Jeannette Walls hid her roots Now she tells her own story A regular contributor to MSNBC com she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor more
1 New York Times BestsellerIn this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster The Amateur former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews Blood Feud is a stunning expos of the animosity jealousy and competition between America s two most powerful political couples
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