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The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi GermanyFor readers of Unbroken out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant It was an unlikely quest from the start With a team composed of the sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain yet they did going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s personal quest
More than 30 fanciful full-page illustrations depict the wisest of birds in lush tapestry-like settings Covered with flowers paisleys and other fun-to-color patterns these adorable owls are posed against vivid backgrounds brimming with intricate designs Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display Specially designed for experienced colorists Owls and other Creative Haven coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment
National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer standing on the summit of Mt Everest saw nothing that suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down He was wrong The storm which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer s--in guilt-ridden disarray would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air Krakauer s epic account of the May 1996 disaster By writing Into Thin Air Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition Krakauer s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong But for Krakauer himself further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber s death Clearly Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster and although he relates a... number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically he seems unable to view those instances objectively In the end despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others actions he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy I have no doubt that Boukreev s intentions were good on summit day writes Krakauer in the postscript dated August 1999 What disturbs me though was Boukreev s refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn t the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients As usual Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air s denouncement of guide Boukreev Krakauer s tone is conciliatory he points most of his criticism at G Weston De Walt who coauthored The Climb Boukreev s version of events And in a touching conclusion Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak Annapurna I In 1999 Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment According to the Academy s citation Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic solitary sport while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind more
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
The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition but also in life This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic Electroboy and An Unquiet Mind During the 1990s three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field An outstanding runner a major sports apparel spokesperson and a happily married wife she was the model for an active healthy and wholesome life But her perfect facade masked a dark truth manic depression and bipolar disorder that drove her obsession to perform and win For years after leaving the track Suzy wrestled with her condition as well as the loss of a close friend conflicted feelings about motherhood and her marriage and lingering shame about her athletic career After a misdiagnosis and a recommendation for medication that only exacerbated her mania and made her hypersexual Suzy embarked on a new path and assumed a new identity Fueled by a newfound confidence a feeling of strength and independence and a desire she couldn t tamp down she became a high-priced escort in Las Vegas working as Kelly But Suzy could not keep her... double life a secret forever When it was eventually exposed it sent her into a reckless suicidal period where the only option seemed out Finally with the help of her devoted husband Suzy finally got the proper medical help she needed In this startling frank memoir she recounts the journey to outrun her demons revealing how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind It is the story of a how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness Today thanks to diagnosis therapy Kelly has stepped into the shadows but Suzy is building a better life one day at a time Sharing her story Suzy is determined to raise awareness provide understanding and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges more
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains silent forests sparking lakes If you re going to take a hike it s probably the place to go And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you ll find He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears Already a classic A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in
From Acclaimed sports journalist Gary Myers comes the definitive inside account of the greatest rivalry in NFL historyTom Brady and Peyton Manning are perhaps the two greatest quarterbacks of all time They are living legends who have come to embody the quarterback position and shape an entire generation of the NFL They have also been fierce rivals every step of the way and their many epic duels have not only ranked among the best and most exciting games ever played they have fundamentally shaped the lives of and careers of both men But for all their shared brilliance they are a study in contrasts Tom is the underdog turned ultimate winner an unheralded draft pick who went on to win a miraculous Super Bowl and become the leader of one of the NFL s greatest dynasties He is as firmly associated with big game brilliance as anyone who has ever played Meanwhile Peyton was born into NFL royalty and a mountain of outsized expectations yet somehow lived up to and exceeded all the hype claiming virtually every passing record along his path to football immortality The contrast in greatness between the overachieving underdog and the crown prince of football between postseason brilliance and statistical dominance has served as an endless... source of fascination for fans and media and over the years as the two players have faced off again and again in classic games the argument has only intensified But until now there has never been a definitive treatment of the debate that tells the real story What do Tom and Peyton actually think of each other What do their coaches think of them What about teammates and opposing players What are they like behind closed doors and in the locker room and how does that influence their careers How did their vastly different upbringings shape them and how has each handled the injuries setbacks and defeats they ve dealt with over their careers In this extraordinary book veteran NFL correspondent Gary Myers tackles this subject from every angle and with unprecedented access and insight drawing on a huge number of never-before-heard interviews with Brady and Manning their coaches their families and those who have played with them and against them The result is a remarkable collection of the most entertaining and revealing stories ever told about Peyton and Tom from how they developed their vastly different leadership styles to the unlikely friendship they ve built over the years to their respective exploits as locker room pranksters Wildly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking Brady vs Manning is essential reading for anyone who truly wants to understand these extraordinary players more
1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERNOW 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
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
Endzone tells the story of how college football s most successful richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing It is a story of hubris greed and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world s top public university Author John U Bacon takes you inside the offices the board rooms and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened and why - with countless eye-opening head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest But Endzone is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized it was being attacked from within they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century -- values that went deeper than dollars The list of heroes includes players students lettermen fans and faculty - and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director and a new coach - the hottest in the land - who vindicated the fans faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most Michigan If you love a good story you ll want to dive into Endzone The Rise Fall and Return of Michigan Football