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Disturbing and riveting Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true It will sear your soul Dave Eggers New York Times Book ReviewFrom New Yorker staff writer David Grann 1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z a twisting haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma After oil was discovered beneath their land they rode in chauffeured automobiles built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe Then one by one the Osage began to be killed off The family of an Osage woman Mollie Burkhart became a prime target Her relatives were shot and poisoned And it was just the beginning as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances In this last remnant of the Wild West where oilmen like J P Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer the Phantom Terror roamed many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four the FBI took up the case It was one of the organization s... first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case In desperation the young director J Edgar Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery White put together an undercover team including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau The agents infiltrated the region struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history In Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood Based on years of research and startling new evidence the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals But more than that it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling but also emotionally devastating more
1 Washington Post BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerThe Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy Today our political order faces new threats not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism Nazism or communism Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience
New York Times Bestseller A stirringly evocative thought-provoking and often jaw-dropping account The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O Neill s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career which included his involvement in attempts to rescue Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden In these pages O Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte Montana his impulsive decision to join the SEALs the arduous evaluation and training process and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs most elite unit After officially becoming a SEAL O Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history For extended periods not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills and though he was lucky enough to survive several of the SEALs he d trained with and fought beside never made it home The Operator describes the nonstop action of O Neill s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan evokes the black humor of years-long combat brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military s most selective... units and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history more
The 1 New York Times bestseller An incredible book you teach guys and gals about leadership and you ve helped not only military guys but families Megyn Kelly You show in the book how to motivate thanks for writing the book Extreme Ownership Bill O Reilly Jocko is the co-author of an incredible new book - which I ve been loving Trust me Buy it Tim Ferriss This is a life-learning lesson for everyone the book is awesome Sean HannitySent 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 family 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
New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity s creation and evolution a 1 international bestseller that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human One hundred thousand years ago at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth Yet today there is only one homo sapiens What happened to the others And what may happen to us Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach but Dr Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70 000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives connect past developments with contemporary concerns and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas Dr Harari also compels us to look ahead because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four... billion years We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves Where is this leading us and what do we want to become Featuring 27 photographs 6 maps and 25 illustrations diagrams this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond James Gleick Matt Ridley Robert Wright and Sharon Moalem more
Named CNN s Book of the Week A wise and entertaining look at the struggle for clarity in modern journalism by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger He s even been knighted for his services to journalism In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well The right words are oxygen to our ideas but the digital era with all of its TTYL LMK and WTF has been cutting off that oxygen flow The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication even in the digital age DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR is an essential text and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder
A New York Times Bestseller A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough the most honored historian in the United States winner of two Pulitzer Prizes two National Book Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom among many others that reminds us of fundamental American principles Over the course of his distinguished career David McCullough has spoken before Congress the White House colleges and universities historical societies and other esteemed institutions Now at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe regardless of which region we live in which political party we identify with or our ethnic background This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward
Now an HBO Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine vital for developing the polio vaccine cloning gene mapping and more Henrietta s cells have been bought and sold by the billions yet she remains virtually unknown and her family can t afford health insurance This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics race and medicine of scientific discovery and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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
The New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands After their zoo was bombed Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages With animal names for these guests and human names for the animals it s no wonder that the zoo s code name became The House Under a Crazy Star Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating true-life story sharing Antonina s life as the zookeeper s wife while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism Winner of the 2008 Orion Award 8 pages of illustrations
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