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From the bestselling team of Bill O Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down Just two months into his presidency Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman s bullet came within inches of his heart His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed But Reagan was grievously injured forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus and Killing Patton Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak up through the years in the California governor s mansion and finally to the White House where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain But it was John Hinckley Jr s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan s most heroic actions In Killing Reagan O Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes creating an unforgettable portrait of a... great man operating in violent times more
Another blockbuster Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat page-turning thriller You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story No one captures the danger intrigue and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Brad ThorThis is the little-known story of how a newly indepen dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America s third president decided to stand up to intimidation When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801 America faced a crisis The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly but its merchant ships were under attack Pirates from North Africa s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun try could afford Over the previous fifteen years as a diplomat and then as secretary of state Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states Tripoli Tunis Algiers and Morocco Unfortunately he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion jus tified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims These rogue states would show no mercy at least not while... easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy He sent the U S Navy s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America s journey toward future superpower status As they did in their previous bestseller George Washington s Secret Six Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next Among the many sus penseful episodes Lieutenant Andrew Sterett s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli Lieutenant Stephen Decatur s daring night raid of an enemy harbor with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates hands General William Eaton s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli we fight our country s battles in the air on land and sea Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgot ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue bravery and battle on the high seas more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this brilliant biography Jon Meacham the Pulitzer Prize winning author chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush Drawing on President Bush s personal diaries on the diaries of his wife Barbara and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times From the Oval Office to Camp David from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism Destiny and Power charts the thoughts decisions and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind This is the human story of a man who was like the nation he led at once noble and flawed His was one of the great American lives Born into a loving privileged and competitive family Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific He married young started a family and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil Over the course of three decades Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his... county Republican Party to serve as congressman ambassador to the United Nations head of the Republican National Committee envoy to China director of Central Intelligence vice president under Ronald Reagan and finally president of the United States In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics With access not only to the Bush diaries but through extensive interviews to the former president himself Meacham presents Bush s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it From the Pacific to the presidency Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who driven by destiny and by duty forever sought ultimately to put the country first Praise for Destiny and Power Altogether fair insightful a portrait made especially compelling by the author s remarkable access to Bush s private White House diaries This is a timely first-rate book David McCullough What a spectacular and moving portrait this is not only of a remarkably classy man but of the era that shaped him It is hard to imagine a biographer more fitted than Jon Meacham to write what will surely be the definitive work on George Herbert Walker Bush Doris Kearns Goodwin This astonishing book is both timely and timeless A fascinating and insightful portrayal of the life of an exemplary American citizen Walter Isaacson Jon Meacham s timely and intimate biography of George Bush 41 is a welcome reminder of this modest president s call to service from the cockpits of World War II to the Oval Office and the end of the Cold War Tom Brokaw This riveting biography by the incomparable Jon Meacham gives George H W Bush his well-deserved place in history Destiny and Power is full of surprises revealing 41 s important role in scene after crucial historical scene Michael Beschlossmore
Now a 1 New York Times Bestseller In the summer of 2010 photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York In the first three years his audience steadily grew from a few hundred to over one million In 2013 his book Humans of New York based on that blog was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List It has appeared on that list for over twenty-five weeks to date The appeal of HONY has been so great that in the course of the next year Brandon s following increased tenfold to now over 12 million followers on Facebook In the summer of 2014 the UN chose him to travel around the world on a goodwill mission that had followers meeting people from Iraq to the Ukraine to Mexico City via the photos he took Now Brandon is back with the follow up to Humans of New York that his loyal followers have been waiting for Humans of New York Stories Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of NY the dialogue he s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth intriguing and moving as the photos themselves Humans of New York Stories presents... a whole new group of humans complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor Let Brandon Stanton and the people he s photographed astonish you more
An instant New York Times bestsellerSent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq Jocko Willink and Leif Babin s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission help U S forces secure Ramadi a city deemed all but lost In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism tragic loss and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three s Task Unit Bruiser they learned that leadership at every level is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders After departing the SEAL Teams they launched Echelon Front a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields Now detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team or organization Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move Decentralized Command and Leading Up the Chain explaining... what they are why they are important and how to implement them in any leadership environment A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose lead and win more
A hands-on practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations to eluding pursuers evading capture and surviving any dangerous situation In today s increasingly dangerous world threats to your personal safety are everywhere From acts of terror to mass shootings and from the unseen and sometimes virtual matrix of everyday crime danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere anytime and Clint Emerson former Navy SEAL wants you to be prepared 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills evasion tactics and immobilizing maneuvers modified from the world of black ops to help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk to making an improvised Taser to tricking facial recognition software With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking evade a kidnapping elude an active shooter rappel down the side of a building immobilize a bad guy protect... yourself against cyber-criminals and much more all using low-tech to no-tech methods Clear detailed and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource Because let s face it when danger is imminent you don t have time for complicated instructions more
A sweeping revisionist history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants a mixture of luxury and filth liberty and exploitation civic pride and murderous civil war that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria Yet how did all this emerge from what was once an insignificant village in central Italy In S P Q R world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power citizenship responsibility political violence empire luxury and beauty From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 ce nearly a thousand years later when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire S P Q R the abbreviation of The Senate and People of Rome examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans thought of themselves how they challenged the idea of imperial rule how they responded to terrorism and... revolution and how they invented a new idea of citizenship and nation Opening the book in 63 bce with the famous clash between the populist aristocrat Catiline and Cicero the renowned politician and orator Beard animates this terrorist conspiracy which was aimed at the very heart of the Republic demonstrating how this singular event would presage the struggle between democracy and autocracy that would come to define much of Rome s subsequent history Illustrating how a classical democracy yielded to a self-confident and self-critical empire S P Q R reintroduces us though in a wholly different way to famous and familiar characters Hannibal Julius Caesar Cleopatra Augustus and Nero among others while expanding the historical aperture to include those overlooked in traditional histories the women the slaves and ex-slaves conspirators and those on the losing side of Rome s glorious conquests Like the best detectives Beard sifts fact from fiction myth and propaganda from historical record refusing either simple admiration or blanket condemnation Far from being frozen in marble Roman history she shows is constantly being revised and rewritten as our knowledge expands Indeed our perceptions of ancient Rome have changed dramatically over the last fifty years and S P Q R with its nuanced attention to class inequality democratic struggles and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries promises to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come 100 illustrations 16 pages of color 5 mapsmore
A New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy Chernow writes is in many ways to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to... take America by storm rising to become George Washington s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far more human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804 Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow The New York Times Book Review more
1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as... few had ever seen That they had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
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