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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
A touching funny heart-wrenching and triumphant memoir from one of the biggest names in radio the host of The Bobby Bones Show one of the most listened-to drive time morning radio shows in the nation Growing up poor in Mountain Pine Arkansas with a young addicted mom Bobby Estell fell in love with country music Abandoned by his father at the age of five Bobby saw the radio as his way out a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105 9 KLAZ Bobby s passions were pop country music and comedy and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry heard by millions daily Bobby broke the format of standard country radio mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business including Luke Bryan Taylor Swift Blake Shelton Tim McGraw Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean Yet despite the glamour fame and money Bobby has never forgotten his roots the mom and grandmother who raised him the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world and the good values that shaped him In this... funny poignant memoir told in Bobby s distinctive patter he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio Bobby doesn t shy away from the curves he continues to navigate including his obsessive-compulsive disorder on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family Funny and tender raw and honest Bare Bones is pure Bobby Bones surprising entertaining inspiring and authentic more
A New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy Chernow writes is in many ways to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to... take America by storm rising to become George Washington s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far more human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804 Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow The New York Times Book Review more
New York Times Bestseller I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun engaging look at early human history you ll have a hard time putting it down --Bill Gates Thank God someone finally wrote this exact book --Sebastian JungerFrom 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
Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age a volume that turns one of America s best-known narratives on its head Boston Globe Clear and insightful it consolidates his reputation as one of America s foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction Wall Street JournalFrom the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold In September 1776 the vulnerable Continental Army under an unsure George Washington who had never commanded a large force in battle evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the British Army Three weeks later near the Canadian border one of his favorite generals Benedict Arnold miraculously succeeds in postponing the British naval advance down Lake Champlain that might have ended the war Four years later as the book ends Washington has vanquished his demons and Arnold has fled to the enemy after a foiled attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British After four years of war America is forced to realize that the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within... Valiant Ambition is a complex controversial and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation The focus is on loyalty and personal integrity evoking a Shakespearean tragedy that unfolds in the key relationship of Washington and Arnold who is an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians fatally destroy his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion As a country wary of tyrants suddenly must figure out how it should be led Washington s unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enables him to win the war that really matters more
A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower John F Kennedy Lyndon B Johnson Richard M Nixon and Gerald R Ford seeing them through a long tumultuous era the Cold War the Cuban Missile Crisis the assassinations of John F Kennedy Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy the Vietnam War Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M Nixon Some of his stunning never-before-revealed anecdotes include -Eisenhower s reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev s refusal to talk following the U-2 incident -The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training -Johnson s virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests -His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate -The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon With a unique insider s perspective Hill sheds new light on the... character and personality of these five presidents revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions more
The only comprehensive firsthand account of the fourteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell It doesn t get better To us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself Keating had become a kind of backhanded joke In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost COP Keating the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U S military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan Three years after its construction the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend On October 3 2009 after years of constant smaller attacks the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating The ensuing 14-hour battle and eventual... victory cost 8 men their lives Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating told by Romesha who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions more
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the forthcoming PBS documentary Boys of 36 For 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 more
A hands-on practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations to eluding pursuers evading capture and surviving any dangerous situation In today s increasingly dangerous world threats to your personal safety are everywhere From acts of terror to mass shootings and from the unseen and sometimes virtual matrix of everyday crime danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere anytime and Clint Emerson former Navy SEAL wants you to be prepared 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills evasion tactics and immobilizing maneuvers modified from the world of black ops to help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk to making an improvised Taser to tricking facial recognition software With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking evade a kidnapping elude an active shooter rappel down the side of a building immobilize a bad guy protect... yourself against cyber-criminals and much more all using low-tech to no-tech methods Clear detailed and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource Because let s face it when danger is imminent you don t have time for complicated instructions 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
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