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George W Bush the 43rd President of the United States has authored a personal biography of his father George H W Bush the 41st President Forty-three men have served as President of the United States Countless books have been written about them But never before has a President told the story of his father another President through his own eyes and in his own words A unique and intimate biography the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush s life and career including his service in the Pacific during World War II his pioneering work in the Texas oil business and his political rise as a Congressman U S Representative to China and the United Nations CIA Director Vice President and President The book shines new light on both the accomplished statesman and the warm decent man known best by his family In addition George W Bush discusses his father s influence on him throughout his own life from his childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term Presidency
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
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
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany For 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
The new nonfiction from 1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck THEIR NAMES ARE FAMILIAR THEIR STORIES ARE NOT Everyone has heard of a Ponzi scheme but do you know what Charles Ponzi actually did to make his name synonymous with fraud Credit for inventing radio usually goes to Marconi or David Sarnoff and RCA--but if you ve never heard of Edwin Armstrong or Lee de Forest you know only half the story You ve probably been to a Disney theme park but did you know that the park Walt believed would change the world was actually EPCOT He died before his vision for it could ever be realized History is about so much more than dates and dead guys it s the greatest story ever told Now in this powerful follow-up to his national bestseller Miracles and Massacres Glenn Beck brings ten more true and untold stories to life The people who made America were not always what they seemed There were entrepreneurs and visionaries whose selflessness propelled us forward but there were also charlatans and fraudsters whose selfishness nearly derailed us Dreamers and Deceivers brings both of these groups to life with stories written to put you right in the middle of the action You know that Woodrow Wilson was a progressive who... dramatically changed America but did you know that he was also involved in one of the most shocking national deceptions of all time You know I Love Lucy but the true story of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball is much better than anything they produced for television You ve heard of Upton Sinclair the socialist author who gained famed with The Jungle but it was a book he wrote two decades later that proved the depths he was willing to go to maintain his reputation From the spy Alger Hiss to the visionary Steve Jobs to the code-breaker Alan Turing--once you know the full stories behind the half-truths you ve been force fed once you meet the unsung heroes and obscured villains edited from our schoolbooks once you begin to see these amazing people from our past as people rather than just names--your perspective on today s important issues may forever change Find out why this series has become America s new go-to history book more
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014 Austerlitz Borodino Waterloo his battles are among the greatest in history but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times Andrew Roberts s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon s thirty-three thousand letters which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation At last we see him as he was protean multitasker decisive surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine Like Churchill he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story and his memoirs dictated from exile on St Helena became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century An award-winning historian Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon s sixty battle sites discovered crucial new documents in archives and even made the long trip by boat to St Helena He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military... history Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject magisterial insightful beautifully written by one of our foremost historians more
From London s inimitable mayor Boris Johnson the story of how Churchill s eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill s death Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality he portrays with characteristic wit and passion a man of contagious bravery breathtaking eloquence matchless strategizing and deep humanity Fearless on the battlefield Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D-Day he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II even as it ushered in England s post-war decline His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care education and social welfare though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect Most of all he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is... the story of vast and impersonal forces he is proof that one person intrepid ingenious determined can make all the difference more
New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded AgeIn the late nineteenth century people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe the North Pole No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans although theories abounded The foremost cartographer in the world a German named August Petermann believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores James Gordon Bennett the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald had recently captured the world s attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr Livingstone Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale So he funded an official U S naval expedition to reach the Pole choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power On July 8 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to... cheering crowds in the grip of Arctic Fever The ship sailed into uncharted seas but soon was trapped in pack ice Two years into the harrowing voyage the hull was breached Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards the crew abandoned the ship Less than an hour later the Jeannette sank to the bottom and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies Thus began their long march across the endless ice a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival With twists and turns worthy of a thriller In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth more
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminismWonder Woman created in 1941 is the most popular female superhero of all time Aside from Superman and Batman no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following Like every other superhero Wonder Woman has a secret identity Unlike every other superhero she has also has a secret history Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston Wonder Woman s creator Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists starting with Emmeline Pankhurst who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911 when Marston was a freshman In the 1920s Marston and his wife Sadie Elizabeth Holloway brought into their home Olive Byrne the niece of Margaret Sanger one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century The Marston family story is a tale of drama intrigue and irony In the 1930s Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column... for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity Marston internationally known as an expert on truth he invented the lie detector test lived a life of secrets only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history Wonder Woman Lepore argues is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women s rights a chain of events that begins with the women s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later more
Millions of readers have thrilled by bestselling authors Bill O Reilly and historian Martin Dugard s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history Now the anchor of The O Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history Jesus of Nazareth Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers more than 2 2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus s life recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever