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1 New York Times BestsellerFrom 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
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
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
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
A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility It s the American dream get a good education work hard buy a house and achieve prosperity and success This is the America we believe in a nation of opportunity constrained only by ability and effort But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing opportunity gap emerge Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity the idea that all kids regardless of their family background should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life Now this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least much less true than it was Robert Putnam about whom The Economist said his scholarship is wide-ranging his intelligence luminous his tone modest his prose unpretentious and frequently funny offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton Ohio By and large the vast majority of those students our kids went on to lives better than those of their parents But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects... Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country more
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
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
A deeply reported fast-paced expos of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican the world s biggest most powerful religious institution from an acclaimed journalist with exhaustive research techniques The New York Times From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct a magnificent investigation nine years in the making this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church Decidedly not about faith belief in God or religious doctrine this book is about the church s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world Told through 200 years of prelates bishops cardinals and the Popes who oversee it all Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in perhaps the most influential organization in the history of the world God s Bankers has it all a rare expos and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans murdered prosecutors mysterious deaths of private investigators and questionable suicides a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals financiers and mobsters kings and prime ministers and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church s aims and ambitions... but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world s more recent history And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican s Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire Part thriller part financial tell-all this book shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power more
Continuing her journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard the brilliant charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail 1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for a Muslim Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities Today she argues the world s 1 6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of extremists a majority of observant but peaceable Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion But there is only one Islam and as Hirsi Ali shows there is no denying that some of its key teachings not least the duty to wage holy war are incompatible with the values of a free society For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a Muslim Reformation a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity is now at hand and may even have begun The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness not least by Muslim women to think freely and to speak out Courageously challenging the jihadists she identifies five... key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion out of the seventh century and into the twenty-first And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of the Islamists Islam is not a religion of peace she writes It is the Muslim reformers who need our backing not the opponents of free speech Interweaving her own experiences historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Muslim societies and cultures Heretic is not a call to arms but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of global toleration In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders with jihadists killing thousands from Nigeria to Syria to Pakistan this book offers an answer to what is fast becoming the world s number one problem more
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