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NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PICTUREFrom 1999 to 2009 U S Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history His fellow American warriors whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War called him The Legend meanwhile the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan the devil and placed a bounty on his head Kyle who was tragically killed in 2013 writes honestly about the pain of war including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates and in moving first-person passages throughout his wife Taya speaks openly about the strains of war on their family as well as on Chris Gripping and unforgettable Kyle s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time
Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction Hidden away since the 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder s never-before-published autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life Some of her experiences will be familiar some will be a surprise Pioneer Girl re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world Through her recollections Wilder details the Ingalls family s journey from Kansas Missouri Wisconsin Minnesota Iowa back to Minnesota and on to Dakota Territory sixteen years of travels unforgettable stories and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction Using additional manuscripts diaries and letters Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography builds on Wilder s work by adding valuable context and explores her growth as a writer Author of an award-winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography editor Pamela Smith Hill offers new insights into Wilder s life and times In an introduction Hill illuminates Wilder s writing career and the dynamic relationship between the budding novelist and her daughter and editor Rose Wilder Lane Sharing the story of Wilder s original manuscript Hill... discusses the catalysts for Pioneer Girl and the process through which Wilder s story turned from an unpublished memoir into the national phenomenon of the Little House series Pioneer Girl The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in This groundbreaking volume develops a fuller picture of Wilder s life and times for the millions of readers who wish to learn more about this important American author It contains one hundred and twenty-five images eight fully researched maps and hundreds of annotations based on numerous primary sources including census data county state and federal records and newspapers of the period An important historic and literary achievement this annotated edition of Pioneer Girl provides modern readers with new insights into the woman behind the fictional classics Little House in the Big Woods Farmer Boy Little House on the Prairie On the Banks of Plum Creek By the Shores of Silver Lake The Long Winter Little Town on the Prairie These Happy Golden Years and The First Four Years more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW 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 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
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
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN author of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals Beautifully written with warmth humor and remarkable self-awareness Believer is one of the finest political memoirs I have ever read David Axelrod has always been a believer Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history Axelrod held fast to his faith in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change Now this legendary strategist the mastermind behind Barack Obama s historic election campaigns shares a wealth of stories from his forty-year journey through the inner workings of American democracy Believer is the tale of a political life well lived of a man who never gave up on the deepest promises our country has to offer Believer reveals the roots of Axelrod s devotion to politics and his faith in democratic change As a child of the 60s in New York City Axelrod worked his first campaigns during a tumultuous decade that began with soaring optimism and ended in violence and chaos As a young newspaperman in Chicago during the 1970s and 80s... Axelrod witnessed another world transformed when he reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines Richard Daley Dan Rostenkowski and Harold Washington along with the emergence of a dynamic black independent movement that ultimately made Obama s ascent possible After cutting his teeth in the rollicking world of Chicago journalism Axelrod switched careers to become a political strategist His unorthodox tactics during his first campaign helped him get Paul Simon unexpectedly elected to the Senate and soon Axelrod s counsel was sought by the greatest lights of the Democratic Party Working for path breakers like Hillary Clinton Deval Patrick and Rahm Emanuel and morally conflicted characters like Rod Blagojevich and John Edwards Axelrod for better and worse redefined the techniques by which modern political campaigns are run The heart of Believer is Axelrod s twenty-year friendship with Barack Obama a warm partnership that inspired both men even as it propelled each to great heights Taking a chance on an unlikely candidate for the U S Senate Axelrod ultimately collaborated closely with Obama on his political campaigns and served as the invaluable strategist who contributed to the tremendous victories of 2008 and 2012 Switching careers again Axelrod served as senior adviser to the president during one of the most challenging periods in national history working at Obama s side as he battled an economic disaster navigated America through two wars and fought to reform health care the financial sector and our gridlocked political institutions In Believer Axelrod offers a deeper and richer profile of this extraordinary figure who in just four years vaulted from the Illinois State Senate to the Oval Office from the perspective of one who was at his side every step of the way Spanning forty years that include corruption and transformation turmoil and progress Believer takes readers behind the closed doors of politics even as it offers a thrilling call to democratic action Axelrod s Believer is a powerful and inspiring memoir enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history more
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia the murder of his principled young tax attorney and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin s corruption Bill Browder s journey started on the South Side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s It continued in Moscow where Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment fund in Russia after the Soviet Union s collapse But when he exposed the corrupt oligarchs who were robbing the companies in which he was investing Vladimir Putin turned on him and in 2005 had him expelled from Russia In 2007 a group of law enforcement officers raided Browder s offices in Moscow and stole 230 million of taxes that his fund s companies had paid to the Russian government Browder s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention where he was tortured for a year On November 16 2009 he was led to an isolation chamber handcuffed to a bedrail and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear Browder glimpsed the heart... of darkness and it transformed his life he embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei s name exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin A financial caper a crime thriller and a political crusade Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world more
From the 1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1 1915 with WWI entering its tenth month a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool carrying a record number of children and infants The passengers were surprisingly at ease even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone For months German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic But the Lusitania was one of the era s great transatlantic Greyhounds the fastest liner then in service and her captain William Thomas Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack Germany however was determined to change the rules of the game and Walther Schwieger the captain of Unterseeboot-20 was happy to oblige Meanwhile an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger s U-boat but told no one As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool an array of forces both grand and achingly small hubris a chance fog a closely guarded secret and more all converged to produce one of the great disasters of... history It is a story that many of us think we know but don t and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era Full of glamour and suspense Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson a man lost to grief dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love Gripping and important Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history 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
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
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