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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
1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the 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 must-have companion to Bill O Reilly s historic series Legends and Lies The Real West a fascinating eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we knowHow did Davy Crockett save President Jackson s life only to end up dying at the Alamo Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart the gentleman bandit and one of the west s most famous stagecoach robbers Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows movies and books about these western icons But what really happened in the Wild West All the stories you think you know and others that will astonish you are here--some heroic some brutal and bloody all riveting Included are the legends featured in Bill O Reilly s ten week run of historic episodic specials-from Kit Carson to Jesse James Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education and courage was necessary for survival It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were... made Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life and told in fast-paced immersive narrative Legends and Lies is an irresistible adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation s rich 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
A remarkable history with elements of both In the President s Secret Service and The Butler The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House from the Kennedys to the Obamas America s First Families are unknowable in many ways No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day Full of stories and details by turns dramatic humorous and heartwarming The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids butlers cooks florists doormen engineers and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion s 132 rooms 35 bathrooms 28 fireplaces three elevators and eight staircases and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners Over the course of the day they gather in the lower level s basement kitchen to share stories trade secrets forge lifelong friendships and sometimes even fall in love Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research Kate... Andersen Brower tells their story She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon s resignation and President Clinton s impeachment battle The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House more
Jay Sekulow one of America s most influential attorneys explores the current political landscape in which bureaucracy has taken over our government and provides a practical roadmap to help take back our personal liberties Jay Sekulow is on a mission to defend Americans freedom The fact is that freedom is under attack like never before The threat comes from the fourth branch of government the biggest branch and the only branch not in the Constitution the federal bureaucracy The bureaucracy imposes thousands of new laws every year without a single vote from Congress The bureaucracy violates the rights of Americans without accountability persecuting adoptive parents denying veterans quality healthcare discriminating against conservatives and Christians for partisan purposes and damaging our economy with job-killing rules Americans are bullied by the very institutions established to protect their right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Our nation s bureaucrats are on an undemocratic power trip But Jay has a plan to fight back We can resist illegal abuse we can reform a broken system and we can restore American democracy This book won t just tell you how to win it will show you real victories achieved by Jay and the... American Center for Law and Justice Unless we can roll back the fourth branch of govern ment the most dangerous branch our elections will no longer matter Undemocratic is a wake-up call a call made at just the right time before it s too late to save the democracy we love 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
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
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
Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history Five decades after the Revolutionary War the United States approached a constitutional crisis At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy Jacksonland is their story One man we recognize Andrew Jackson war hero populist and exemplar of the expanding South whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears The other is a half-forgotten figure John Ross a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat who used the United States own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers cultivating farms publishing a newspaper in their own language and sending children to school Ross championed the tribes cause all the way to the Supreme Court He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay Chief Justice John Marshall and even Davy Crockett In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar Ross and his allies made their case in... the media committed civil disobedience and benefited from the first mass political action by American women Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes In shocking detail Jacksonland reveals how Jackson as a general extracted immense wealth from his own armies conquest of native lands Later as president Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres Jacksonland in today s Deep South Jacksonland is the work of renowned journalist Steve Inskeep cohost of NPR s Morning Edition who offers here a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy drama and relevance to our lives Harrowing inspiring and deeply moving Inskeep s Jacksonland is the story of America at a moment of transition when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men CANDICE MILLARD author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt Inskeep tells this one of the most tragic and transformative stories in American history in swift confident colorful strokes So well and so intimately does he know his subject that the reader comes away feeling as if Jackson and Ross s epic struggle for the future of their nations took place yesterday rather than nearly two hundred years ago more
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