View by Category

History books and presentations

Sort by:
The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O Reilly and Martin DugardAutumn 1944 World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan Across the globe in Los Alamos New Mexico Dr J Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind In Washington DC FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency only to face the most important political decision in history whether to use that weapon And in Tokyo Emperor Hirohito who is considered a deity by his subjects refuses to surrender despite a massive and mounting death toll Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus Killing Patton and Killing Reagan this epic saga details the final moments of... World War II like never before more
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 His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to at present count over eighteen 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 where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks Now Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for Humans of New York Stories Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York 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 people in stunning photographs with a rich design and most importantly longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he s photographed astonish you all over again
THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR Donald Stratton one of the battleship s five living heroes delivers an epic powerful and intimate eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fight AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER At 8 06 a m on December 7 1941 Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona barely fifteen minutes into Japan s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor Near death and burned across two thirds of his body Don a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel Forty-five feet below the harbor s flaming oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets all around him the world tore itself apart In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7 1941 his harrowing recovery and his inspiring determination to return to... the fight Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1 177 of their Arizona shipmates approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor Sent to military hospitals for a year Don refused doctors advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk The U S Navy gave him a medical discharge believing he would never again be fit for service but Don had unfinished business In June 1944 he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf Luzon and Okinawa thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America s Second World War As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches Don a great-grandfather of five and one of five living survivors of the Arizona offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages one of the most remarkable and remarkably inspiring memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years New York Post Library Journalmore
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year From the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer Weaving science social history and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives personalities identities fates and choices Throughout the narrative the story of Mukherjee s own family with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness cuts like a bright red line reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene he describes the centuries of research and experimentation from Aristotle and Pythagoras to... Mendel and Darwin from Boveri and Morgan to Crick Watson and Franklin all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome As The New Yorker said of The Emperor of All Maladies It s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence accessibility and compassion An extraordinary achievement Riveting revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or write the human genome The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity This is the most crucial science of our time intimately explained by a master more
The New York Times BestsellerWilliam F Buckley Jr remembers as only he could the towering figures of the twentieth century in a brilliant and emotionally powerful collection compiled by acclaimed Fox News correspondent James Rosen In a half century on the national stage William F Buckley Jr achieved unique stature as a writer a celebrity and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism He kept company with the best and brightest the sultry and powerful Ronald Reagan pronounced WFB perhaps the most influential journalist and intellectual in our era and his jet-setting life was a who s who of high society fame and fortune Among all his distinctions which include founding the conservative magazine National Review and hosting the long-running talk show Firing Line Buckley was also a master of that most elusive art form the eulogy He drew on his unrivaled gifts to mourn celebrate or seek mercy for the men and women who touched his life and the nation Now for the first time WFB s sweeping judgments of the great figures of his time presidents and prime ministers celebrities and scoundrels intellectuals and guitar gods are collected in one place A Torch Kept Lit presents more than fifty of Buckley s best eulogies drawing on... his personal memories and private correspondences and using a novelist s touch to conjure his subjects as he knew them We are reintroduced through Buckley s eyes to the likes of Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan Elvis Presley and John Lennon Truman Capote and Martin Luther King Jr Curated by Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a Buckley prot g and frequent contributor to National Review this volumes heds light on a tumultuous period in American history from World War II to Watergate the death of God to the Grateful Dead as told in the inimitable voice of one of our most elegant literary stylists William F Buckley Jr is back just when we need him most more
From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill s extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War At age twenty-four Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish glory and fame had eluded him Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899 valet and crates of vintage wine in tow there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels But just two weeks after his arrival the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed and Churchill was taken prisoner Remarkably he pulled off a daring escape--but then had to traverse hundreds of miles of enemy territory alone with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash four slabs of chocolate and his wits to guide him The story of his escape is incredible enough but then... Churchill enlisted returned to South Africa fought in several battles and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned Churchill would later remark that this period could I have seen my future was to lay the foundations of my later life Millard spins an epic story of bravery savagery and chance encounters with a cast of historical characters including Rudyard Kipling Lord Kitchener and Mohandas Gandhi with whom he would later share the world stage But Hero of the Empire is more than an adventure story for the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history more
Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans a beautiful heartfelt funny and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a cityNow an instant 1 New York Times bestseller Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010 when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City Armed with his camera he began crisscrossing the city covering thousands of miles on foot all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called Humans of New York in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes The blog has steadily grown now boasting millions of devoted followers Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog With four hundred color photos including exclusive portraits and all-new stories Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York Surprising and moving printed in a beautiful full-color hardbound edition Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city With 400 full-color photos and a distinctive vellum jacket
The New York Times bestseller One of New York Times s 100 Notable Books of 2016 Formidable and truth-dealing necessary The New York Times This eye-opening investigation into our country s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant O Magazine In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present always embarrassing if occasionally entertaining poor white trash When you turn an election into a three-ring circus there s always a chance that the dancing bear will win says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin And we recognize how right she is today Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric argues Isenberg The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today s hillbillies They were alternately known as waste people offals rubbish lazy lubbers and crackers By the 1850s the downtrodden included so-called clay eaters and sandhillers known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin ragged clothing... and listless minds Surveying political rhetoric and policy popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years Isenberg upends assumptions about America s supposedly class-free society where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves which factored in the rise of eugenics -a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ s Great Society they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty Marginalized as a class white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation s history With Isenberg s landmark book we will have to face the truth about the enduring malevolent nature of class as well more
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement The New Jim Crow is such a book Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as brave and bold this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness With dazzling candor legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America we have merely redesigned it By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color the U S criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous president and CEO of the NAACP this book is a call to action Called stunning by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis invaluable by the Daily Kos explosive by Kirkus and profoundly necessary by the Miami Herald this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow now with a foreword by Cornel West is a must-read for all people of conscience
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