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There have been many books on a large and small scale about Steve Jobs one of the most famous CEOs in history But this book is different from all the others Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs The conventional one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius half-jerk from youth an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people Drawing on incredible and sometimes exclusive access Schlender and Tetzeli tell a different story of a real human being who wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strengths over time Their rich compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best and who decided to open up to the authors including his family former inner circle executives and top people at Apple Pixar and Disney most notably Tim Cook Jony Ive Eddy Cue Ed Catmull John Lasseter... Robert Iger and many others In addition Brent knew Jobs personally for 25 years and draws upon his many interviews with him on and off the record in writing the book He and Rick humanize the man and explain rather than simply describe his behavior Along the way the book provides rich context about the technology revolution we all have lived through and the ways in which Jobs changed our world Schlender and Tetzeli make clear that Jobs s astounding success at Apple was far more complicated than simply picking the right products he became more patient he learned to trust his inner circle and discovered the importance of growing the company incrementally rather than only shooting for dazzling game-changing products A rich and revealing account that will change the way we view Jobs Becoming Steve Jobs shows us how one of the most colorful and compelling figures of our times was able to combine his unchanging relentless passion with a more mature management style to create one of the most valuable and beloved companies on the planet more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Named the Costa Book of the Year 1 bestseller in the UK A Guardian and Economist Best Book of the YearWhen Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street she was devastated An experienced falconer Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood she d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators the goshawk But in her grief she saw that the goshawk s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T H White s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity and changed her life Heart-wrenching and humorous this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast with a parallel examination of a legendary writer s eccentric falconry Obsession madness memory myth and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator
NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PICTUREFrom 1999 to 2009 U S Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history His fellow American warriors whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War called him The Legend meanwhile the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan the devil and placed a bounty on his head Kyle who was tragically killed in 2013 writes honestly about the pain of war including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates and in moving first-person passages throughout his wife Taya speaks openly about the strains of war on their family as well as on Chris Gripping and unforgettable Kyle s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far Here Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom his struggles with identity body image and sexuality in his teen years and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality philanthropist entrepreneur and tastemaker Exploring his past with insight and humor his present with humility and his future with hope Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages don t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey
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
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
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREAt twenty-two Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything In the wake of her mother s death her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed Four years later with nothing more to lose she made the most impulsive decision of her life With no experience or training driven only by blind will she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and she would do it alone Told with suspense and style sparkling with warmth and humor Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened strengthened and ultimately healed her One of the Best Books of the Year NPR The Boston Globe Entertainment Weekly Vogue St Louis Dispatch
The book that more than 12 million of Shane Dawson s YouTube subscribers have been waiting for From his first vlog back in 2008 to his full-length film directorial debut Not Cool Shane Dawson has been an open book when it comes to documenting his life But behind the music video spoofs TMI love life details and outrageous commentary on everything the celebrity and Internet world has the nerve to dish out is a guy who grew up in a financially challenged but loving home in Long Beach California and who suffered all the teasing and social limitations that arise when you re a morbidly obese kid with a pretty face your mom is your best friend and you can t get a date to save your life In I Hate Myselfie Shane steps away from his larger-than-life Internet persona and takes us deep into the experiences of an eccentric and introverted kid who by observing the strange world around him developed a talent that would inspire millions of fans Intelligent hilarious heartbreaking and raw I Hate Myselfie is a collection of eighteen personal essays about how messy life can get when you re growing up and how rewarding it can feel when the clean-up is pretty much done
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
A deeply reported fast-paced expos of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican the world s biggest most powerful religious institution from an acclaimed journalist with exhaustive research techniques The New York Times From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct a magnificent investigation nine years in the making this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church Decidedly not about faith belief in God or religious doctrine this book is about the church s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world Told through 200 years of prelates bishops cardinals and the Popes who oversee it all Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in perhaps the most influential organization in the history of the world God s Bankers has it all a rare expos and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans murdered prosecutors mysterious deaths of private investigators and questionable suicides a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals financiers and mobsters kings and prime ministers and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church s aims and ambitions... but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world s more recent history And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican s Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire Part thriller part financial tell-all this book shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power more
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