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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Hailed by Toni Morrison as required reading a bold and personal literary exploration of America s racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States The New York Observer This is your country this is your world this is your body and you must find some way to live within the all of it In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation s history and current crisis Americans have built an empire on the idea of race a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men bodies exploited through slavery and segregation and today threatened locked up and murdered out of all proportion What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the... world through a series of revelatory experiences from Howard University to Civil War battlefields from the South Side of Chicago to Paris from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children s lives were taken as American plunder Beautifully woven from personal narrative reimagined history and fresh emotionally charged reportage Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past bracingly confronts our present and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward Praise for Between the World and Me Powerful and passionate profoundly moving a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Brilliant Coates is firing on all cylinders and it is something to behold a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision The Washington Post I ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates The language of Between the World and Me like Coates s journey is visceral eloquent and beautifully redemptive And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory Toni Morrison A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country An instant classic and a gift to us all Isabel Wilkerson author of The Warmth of Other Suns I know that this book is addressed to the author s son and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass inexorably into harm s way I hope that I will be forgiven then for feeling that Coates was speaking to me too one father to another teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable Michael Chabon A work of rare beauty a love letter written in a moral emergency one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism Slatemore
1 New York Times bestseller 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
In the summer of 2010 photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to at present count over twelve million In 2013 his book Humans of New York based on that blog was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks Now Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for Humans of New York Stories Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York the dialogue he s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth intriguing and moving as the photos themselves Humans of New York Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs with a rich design and most importantly longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he s photographed astonish you all over again next fall
Instant New York Times Bestseller 1 Indie Next Pick Amazon and Apple Best of the Month Absorbing Winning The many layers in The Oregon Trail are linked by Mr Buck s voice which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson s comic tone in A Walk in the Woods Dwight Garner The New York TimesAn epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way in a covered wagon with a team of mules an audacious journey that hasn t been attempted in a century which also chronicles the rich history of the trail the people who made the migration and its significance to the country Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast the Oregon Trail is the route that made America In the fifteen years before the Civil War when 400 000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history it united the coasts doubled the size of the country and laid the groundwork for the railroads Today amazingly the trail is all but forgotten Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures His first travel narrative Flight of Passage was hailed by The New Yorker as a funny cocky gem of a book and with The Oregon Trail he... brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life Traveling from St Joseph Missouri to Baker City Oregon over the course of four months Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules his boisterous brother Nick and an incurably filthy Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl Along the way they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska chase runaway mules across the Wyoming plains scout more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot cross the Rockies and make desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself They also must reckon with the ghost of their father an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature death many years earlier has haunted them both ever since But The Oregon Trail is much more than an epic adventure It is also a lively and essential work of history that shatters the comforting myths about the trail years passed down by generations of Americans Buck introduces readers to the largely forgotten roles played by trailblazing evangelists friendly Indian tribes female pioneers bumbling U S Army cavalrymen and the scam artists who flocked to the frontier to fleece the overland emigrants Generous portions of the book are devoted to the history of old and appealing things like the mule and the wagon We also learn how the trail accelerated American economic development Most arresting perhaps are the stories of the pioneers themselves ordinary families whose extraordinary courage and sacrifice made this country what it became At once a majestic journey across the West a significant work of history and a moving personal saga The Oregon Trail draws readers into the journey of a lifetime It is a wildly ambitious work of nonfiction from a true American original It is a book with a heart as big as the country it crosses more
From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA s Moscow station an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening of February 16 1978 the chief of the CIA s Moscow station heard a knock on his car window A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose contents stunned U S intelligence details of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military technology that were totally unknown to the United States In the years that followed the man Adolf Tolkachev an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets His revelations allowed America to reshape its weapons systems to defeat Soviet radar on the ground and in the air giving the United States near total superiority in the skies over Europe One of the most valuable spies to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union Tolkachev took enormous personal risks but so did the Americans The CIA had long struggled to recruit... and run agents in Moscow and Tolkachev was a singular breakthrough Using spy cameras and secret codes as well as face-to-face meetings in parks and on street corners Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded for years in eluding the feared KGB in its own backyard until the day came when a shocking betrayal put them all at risk Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA and on interviews with participants David Hoffman has created an unprecedented and poignant portrait of Tolkachev a man motivated by the depredations of the Soviet state to master the craft of spying against his own country Stirring unpredictable and at times unbearably tense The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting that unfolds like an espionage thriller 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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMichael 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 The smartest and juiciest diplomatic memoir that I ve read in years and I ve read my share The best contribution yet to a growing literature from Vali Nasr s Dispensable Nation to Leon Panetta s Worthy Fights describing how foreign policy is made in the Age of Obama Bret Stephens The Wall Street Journal Illuminating Oren s personal odyssey exemplifies the shift from a liberal and secular Zionism to a more belligerent nationalism The New York Times Provocative Oren s book offers a view into the deep rifts that have opened not only between Washington and Jerusalem but also between Israeli and American Jews Newsweek Oren is one of the most uniquely qualified judges of this ever more crucial special relationship The Washington Times The diplomatic equivalent of a kiss-and-tell memoir informative and in parts entertaining Financial Times The talk of Washington and Jerusalem an ultimate insider s story New York Postmore
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
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