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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF 6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP S WIN You will not read a more important book about America this year The Economist A riveting book The Wall Street Journal Essential reading David Brooks New York TimesFrom a former marine and Yale Law School graduate a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader probing look at the struggles of America s white working classHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis that of white working-class Americans The decline of this group a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside J D Vance tells the true story of what a social regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America J D s grandparents were dirt poor and in love and moved north from Kentucky s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them They raised a middle-class family and eventually their grandchild the author would graduate... from Yale Law School a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out we learn that this is only the short superficial version Vance s grandparents aunt uncle sister and most of all his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse alcoholism poverty and trauma so characteristic of their part of America Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country more
Introducing an instant classic master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction Now he turns his attention back to the source presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales In Norse Mythology Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon Odin the highest of the high wise daring and cunning Thor Odin s son incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods and Loki son of a giant blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities dwarfs and giants Once when Thor s hammer is stolen Thor must disguise himself as a woman difficult with his beard and huge appetite to steal it back More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir the most sagacious of gods is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry The work culminates in Ragnarok the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people Through Gaiman s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely... competitive natures their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again more
FROM NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO THE WHITE HOUSE THE AUTHORITATIVE LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THE U S IN VIETNAM The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses It was lost in Washington D C - H R McMaster from the Conclusion Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning new analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia Fully and convincingly researched based on recently released transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings confrontations and decisions it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why It also pinpoints the policies and decisions that got the United States into the morass and reveals who made these decisions and the motives behind them disproving the published theories of other historians and excuses of the participants Dereliction Of Duty covers the story in strong narrative fashion focusing on a fascinating cast of characters President Lyndon Johnson Robert McNamara General Maxwell Taylor McGeorge Bundy and other top aides who deliberately deceived the Joint Chiefs of Staff the U S Congress and the American public Sure to generate controversy Dereliction... Of Duty is an explosive and authoritative new look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERDonald Trump s victory in the 2016 election was more than a historic upset It was the beginning of a major political economic and social revolution that will change America and the world One of the nation s foremost conservative commentators New York Times bestselling author and a mentor to many of Donald Trump s key advisers David Horowitz presents a White House battle plan to halt the Democrats march to extinguish the values America holds dear Big Agenda details President Trump s likely moves including his First wave of executive orders restoring Guantanamo Keystone XL nixing amnesty Surprising judicial appointments Supreme Court and the federal judiciary Radical changes to federal rules regulations Obamacare EPA overreach and a New Deal for black AmericaWith the White House and Senate in GOP hands and a Supreme Court soon to follow President Trump will have a greater opportunity than even Ronald Reagan had to reshape the American political landscape while securing the nation s vital security interests abroad No president since FDR and his famed 100 Days has the chance Donald Trump has Horowitz argues But he writes that the GOP and Trump must recognize they are not fighting policy ideas but an ideology... a progressive one with a radical agenda to stop Trump in an effort to reduce America s power and greatness Big Agenda is a rallying cry and indispensable guide for how to claim ultimate victory for the conservative cause Horowitz writes One battle is over but there are many more to come This book is a guide to fighting the opponents of the conservative restoration It identifies who the adversaries are their methods and their motivations It describes their agenda not merely the particular issues with which they advance their goal but the destructive goal itself And it lays out a strategy that can defeat them more
The 1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white... counterparts the women of Langley s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
In The Four Agreements bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering Based on ancient Toltec wisdom The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom true happiness and love A New York Times bestseller for over 8 years Over 6 million copies sold in the U S Translated into 40 languages worldwide
This 1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying organizing and storing Despite constant efforts to declutter your home do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once you ll never have to do it again Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever The KonMari Method with its revolutionary category-by-category system leads to lasting results In fact none of Kondo s clients have lapsed and she still has a three-month waiting list With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy and which don t this international bestseller featuring Tokyo s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home and the calm motivated mindset it can inspire
An instant New York Times bestsellerTwo spiritual giants Five days One timeless question Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression Despite their hardships or as they would say because of them they are two of the most joyful people on the planet In April 2015 Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama s home in Dharamsala India to celebrate His Holiness s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question How do we find joy in the face of life s inevitable suffering They traded intimate stories teased each other continually and shared their spiritual practices By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together from the first embrace to the final good-bye We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy from fear... stress and anger to grief illness and death They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy which provide the foundation for lasting happiness Throughout they include stories wisdom and science Finally they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk In this unique collaboration they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace of courage and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of Atul Gawande Andrew Solomon and Anne Lamott this inspiring exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST THE NEW YORK TIMES NPRBOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD FINALISTAt the age of thirty-six on the verge of completing a decade s worth of training as a neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer One day he was a doctor treating the dying and the next he was a patient struggling to live And just like that the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi s transformation from a na ve medical student possessed as he wrote by the question of what given that all organisms die makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain the most critical place for human identity and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality What makes life worth living in the face of death What do you do when the future no longer a ladder toward your goals in life flattens out into a... perpetual present What does it mean to have a child to nurture a new life as another fades away These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving exquisitely observed memoir Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015 while working on this book yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality in a sense had changed nothing and everything he wrote Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head I can t go on I ll go on When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient from a brilliant writer who became both Praise for When Breath Becomes Air I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option Part of this book s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him passionately working and striving deferring gratification waiting to live learning to die so well Janet Maslin The New York Times An emotional investment well worth making a moving and thoughtful memoir of family medicine and literature It is despite its grim undertone accidentally inspiring The Washington Post Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy Kalanithi delivers his chronicle in austere beautiful prose The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead The Boston Globe Devastating and spectacular Kalanithi is so likeable so relatable and so humble that you become immersed in his world and forget where it s all heading USA Today It s Kalanithi s unsentimental approach that makes When Breath Becomes Air so original and so devastating Its only fault is that the book like his life ends much too early Entertainment Weekly Split my head open with its beauty Cheryl Strayedmore
Yuval Noah Harari author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens returns with an equally original compelling and provocative book turning his focus toward humanity s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine plague and war This may seem hard to accept but as Harari explains in his trademark style thorough yet riveting famine plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating too little more people die from old age than from infectious diseases and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers terrorists and criminals put together The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda What then will replace famine plague and war at the top of the human agenda As the self-made gods of planet earth what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake Homo Deus explores the projects dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century from... overcoming death to creating artificial life It asks the fundamental questions Where do we go from here And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers This is the next stage of evolution This is Homo Deus With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller Harari maps out our future more
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