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New York Times BestsellerIs America a source of pride as Americans have long held or shame as Progressives allege Beneath an innocent exterior are our lives complicit in a national project of theft expropriation oppression and murder or is America still the hope of the world Dinesh D Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise It is the Progressive view that is taught in our schools that is preached by Hollywood and that shapes the policies of the Obama administration If America is a force for inequality and injustice in the world its power deserves to be diminished if traditional America is based on oppression and theft then traditional America must be reformed and the federal government can do the reforming In America Imagine a World without Her D Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country Provocative in its analysis stunning in its conclusions Dinesh D Souza s America will be the most talked about book of the year
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 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 awardOn a May afternoon in 1943 an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft 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 In her long-awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit Praise for Unbroken 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 Marvelous Unbroken is wonderful twice over for the tale it tells and for the way it s told It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety Newsweek Moving and yes inspirational Laura Hillenbrand s unforgettable book deserve s pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air Hillenbrand tells this story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter s pace Time Unbroken is too much book to hope for a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it Christopher McDougall author of Born to Runmore
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality the concentration of wealth and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories In Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries ranging as far back as the eighteenth century to uncover key economic and social patterns His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II The main driver of inequality--the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth--today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values But economic trends are not acts of God Political action has curbed dangerous... inequalities in the past Piketty says and may do so again A work of extraordinary ambition originality and rigor Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today more
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany 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
Hillary Rodham Clinton s inside account of the crises choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America s 67th Secretary of State and how those experiences drive her view of the future All of us face hard choices in our lives Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events Life is about making such choices Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate To her surprise her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination newly elected President Barack Obama asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances wind down two wars and address a global financial crisis They faced a rising competitor in China growing threats from Iran and North Korea and revolutions across the Middle East Along the way they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy especially the... decision to send Americans into harm s way from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden By the end of her tenure Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries traveled nearly one million miles and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy communications and health Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women youth and LGBT people An astute eyewitness to decades of social change she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world day after day Secretary Clinton s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations as does her analysis of how we can best use smart power to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world one in which America remains the indispensable nation more
Four years after his 1 bestseller The Big Short Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U S stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that post financial crisis the markets have become not more free but less and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks Working at different firms they come to this realization separately but after they discover one another the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets This they do by creating an exchange in which high-frequency trading source of the most intractable problems will have no advantage whatsoever The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous each completely different from what you think of when you think Wall Street guy Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks the world s stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the... financial world may not be good for your blood pressure because if you have any contact with the market even a retirement account this story is happening to you But in the end Flash Boys is an uplifting read Here are people who have somehow preserved a moral sense in an environment where you don t get paid for that they have perceived an institutionalized injustice and are willing to go to war to fix it more
Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail but often harm the intended beneficiaries In Please Stop Helping Us Jason L Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws which make black neighborhoods more dangerous to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor and poor minorities in particular In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren t working Acknowledging this is an important first step
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells taken without her knowledge in 1951 became one of the most important tools in medicine vital for developing the polio vaccine cloning gene mapping and more Henrietta s cells have been bought and sold by the billions yet she remains virtually unknown and her family can t afford health insurance This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics race and medicine of scientific discovery and faith healing and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew
Alert This product may be shipped with or without the inclusion of the Oprah Book Club sticker Please note that regardless of the cover the books are identical Night is Elie Wiesel s masterpiece a candid horrific and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps This new translation by Marion Wiesel Elie s wife and frequent translator presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author s original intent And in a substantive new preface Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man s capacity for inhumanity to man Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors everyday perversions and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was what it meant and what its legacy is and will be
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe remarkable story of James Howard Billy Williams whose uncanny rapport with the world s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920 fresh from service in World War I to a job as a forest man for a British teak company Mesmerized by the intelligence character and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles he became a gifted elephant wallah Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries he also championed more humane treatment for them even establishing an elephant school and hospital In return he said the elephants made him a better man The friendship of one magnificent tusker in particular Bandoola would be revelatory In Elephant Company Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams s growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage trust and gratitude But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942 Williams joined the elite Force 136 the British dirty tricks department operating behind enemy lines His war elephants would carry supplies build bridges and... transport the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain Now well versed in the ways of the jungle an older wiser Williams even added to his stable by smuggling more elephants out of Japanese-held territory As the occupying authorities put a price on his head Williams and his elephants faced his most perilous test In a Hollywood-worthy climax Elephant Company cornered by the enemy attempted a desperate escape a risky trek over the mountainous border to India with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow Elephant Bill s exploits would earn him top military honors and the praise of famed Field Marshal Sir William Slim Part biography part war epic and part wildlife adventure Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism Praise for Elephant Company I have to confess my love of elephants made me apprehensive to review a book about their role in World War II But as soon as I began to read Elephant Company I realized that not only was my heart safe but that this book is about far more than just the war or even elephants This is the story of friendship loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species Vicki Croke is a natural storyteller Elephant Company is nothing less than a sweeping tale masterfully written Sara Gruen The New York Times Book Review Elephant Company is as powerful and big-hearted as the animals of its title Billy Williams is an extraordinary character a real-life reverse Tarzan raised in civilization who finds wisdom and his true self living among jungle beasts Vicki Constantine Croke delivers an exciting tale of this elephant-whisperer-cum-war-hero while beautifully reminding us of the enduring bonds between animals and humans Mitchell Zuckoff author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time The true-life heroics of Elephant Company during World War II highlight how animals and humans together can achieve extraordinary things Croke s evocative writing and deep understanding of the animal-human bond bring vividly to life Elephant Bill s great passion and almost mystical connection with his magnificent beasts This is a wonderful read Elizabeth Letts author of The Eighty-Dollar Championmore