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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
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
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
New York Times bestselling author Michael B Oren s memoir of his time as Israel s ambassador to the United States a period of transformative change for America and a time of violent upheaval throughout the Middle East provides a frank fascinating look inside the special relationship between America and its closest ally in the region Michael Oren served as the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013 An American by birth and a historian by training Oren arrived at his diplomatic post just as Benjamin Netanyahu Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton assumed office During Oren s tenure in office Israel and America grappled with the Palestinian peace process the Arab Spring and existential threats to Israel posed by international terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program Forged in the Truman administration America s alliance with Israel was subjected to enormous strains and its future was questioned by commentators in both countries On more than one occasion the friendship s very fabric seemed close to unraveling Ally is the story of that enduring alliance and of its divides written from the perspective of a man who treasures his American identity while proudly serving the Jewish State he has come to call home No one could... have been better suited to strengthen bridges between the United States and Israel than Michael Oren a man equally at home jumping out of a plane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing Middle East history on TV s Sunday morning political shows In the pages of this fast-paced book Oren interweaves the story of his personal journey with behind-the-scenes accounts of fateful meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu high-stakes summits with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and diplomatic crises that intensified the controversy surrounding the world s most contested strip of land A quintessentially American story of a young man who refused to relinquish a dream irrespective of the obstacles and an inherently Israeli story about assuming onerous responsibilities Ally is at once a record a chronicle and a confession And it is a story about love about someone fortunate enough to love two countries and to represent one to the other But above all this memoir is a testament to an alliance that was and will remain vital for Americans Israelis and the world Praise for Ally Michael Oren is going to be the talk of Washington and Jerusalem I m not sure that in the annals of diplomatic history there s ever been anything quite like this astonishing account of Oren s four years as Israel s ambassador in Washington It s an ultimate insider s story told while all the players save Oren are still in place New York Postmore
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
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
From Pulitzer Prize winning American historian Joseph J Ellis the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power would decide to subordinate themselves anew We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln s Gettysburg Address Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a new Nation The truth is different In 1776 thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British Once victorious they planned to go their separate ways The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor a political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their autonomy as states The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men most responsible George Washington Alexander Hamilton John Jay and James Madison These men with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation manipulating the political process to force the calling of the... Constitutional Convention conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions and finally drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement Ellis has given us a gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government The Quartet unmasks a myth and in its place presents an even more compelling truth one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America 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
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
What was it really like to be Richard Nixon Evan Thomas tackles this fascinating question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear The result is both insightful history and an astonishingly compelling psychological portrait of an anxious introvert who struggled to be a transformative statesman Walter Isaacson author of Steve JobsEvan Thomas delivers the best single-volume biography of Richard Nixon to date a radical unique portrait of a complicated figure who was both determinedly optimistic and tragically flawed The New York Times bestselling author of Ike s Bluff and Sea of Thunder Thomas brings new life to one of American history s most infamous paradoxical and enigmatic politicians dispensing with myths to achieve an intimate and evenhanded look at the actual man What drove a painfully shy outcast in elite Washington society a man so self-conscious he refused to make eye contact during meetings to pursue power and public office How did a president so attuned to the American political id that he won reelection in a historic land lack the self-awareness to recognize the gaping character flaws that would drive him from office and forever taint his legacy In Being Nixon Evan Thomas peels... away the layers of the complex confounding figure who became America s thirty-seventh president The son of devout Quakers Richard Nixon not unlike his rival John F Kennedy grew up in the shadow of an older favored brother and thrived on conflict and opposition Through high school and college in the navy and in politics he was constantly leading crusades and fighting off enemies real and imagined As maudlin as he was Machiavellian Nixon possessed the plainspoken eloquence to reduce American television audiences to tears with his career-saving Checkers speech meanwhile his darker half hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes earning him the notorious nickname Tricky Dick Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts Thomas reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve d tente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China but whose underhanded political tactics tainted his reputation long before the Watergate scandal One of the principal architects of the modern Republican Party and its silent majority of disaffected whites and conservative ex-Dixiecrats Nixon was also deemed a liberal in some quarters for his efforts to desegregate Southern schools create the Environmental Protection Agency and end the draft A deeply insightful character study as well as a brilliant political biography Being Nixon offers a surprising look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness a balanced portrait of a president too often reduced to caricature Praise for Being Nixon A fully rounded portrait carefully pairing each indictment of Nixon with a mitigating perspective Thomas has a fine eye for the telling quote and the funny vignette and his style is eminently readable The New York Times Book Review Terrifically engaging a fair insightful and highly entertaining portrait of the thirty-seventh president Being Nixon should be read by anyone with a more open mind about the oddest man ever to occupy the Oval Office Max Boot The Wall Street Journal A surprising and engaging look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness Publishers Weeklymore
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