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The powerful and riveting new book in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O Reilly and Martin DugardAutumn 1944 World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan Across the globe in Los Alamos New Mexico Dr J Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind In Washington DC FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency only to face the most important political decision in history whether to use that weapon And in Tokyo Emperor Hirohito who is considered a deity by his subjects refuses to surrender despite a massive and mounting death toll Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln Killing Kennedy Killing Jesus Killing Patton and Killing Reagan this epic saga details the final moments of... World War II like never before more
The 1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women some of the brightest minds of their generation Originally relegated to teaching math in the South s segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when America s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills and they answered Uncle Sam s call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginia s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white... counterparts the women of Langley s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan Mary Jackson Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden four African American women who participated in some of NASA s greatest successes It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country s future more
THE BEST BOOK ON EISENHOWER TO APPEAR IN A VERY LONG TIME BRET BAIER S RIVETING ACCOUNT OF IKE S FINAL MISSION IS A LANDMARK ACHIEVEMENT THAT IS DESTINED TO TAKE ITS PLACE AS ONE OF THE CLASSICS OF PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY January 1961 President Eisenhower has three days to secure the nation s future before his young successor John F Kennedy takes power a final mission by the legendary leader who planned D-Day and guided America through the darkening Cold WarBret Baier the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier illuminates the extraordinary yet underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike s last days in power Baier masterfully casts the period between Eisenhower s now-prophetic farewell address on the evening of January 17 1961 and Kennedy s inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the closing act of one of modern America s greatest leaders during which Eisenhower urgently sought to prepare both the country and the next president for the challenges ahead Those three days in January 1961 Baier shows were the culmination of a lifetime of service that took Ike from rural Kansas to West Point to the battlefields of World War... II and finally to the Oval Office When he left the White House Dwight Eisenhower had done more than perhaps any other modern American to set the nation in his words on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment On January 17 Eisenhower spoke to the nation in one of the most remarkable farewell speeches in U S history Ike looked to the future warning Americans against the dangers of elevating partisanship above national interest excessive government budgets particularly deficit spending the expansion of the military-industrial complex and the creeping political power of special interests Seeking to ready a new generation for power Eisenhower intensely advised the forty-three-year-old Kennedy before the inauguration Baier also reveals how Eisenhower s two terms changed America forever for the better perhaps even saved the world from destruction and demonstrates how today Ike offers us the model of principled leadership that polls say is so missing in politics The Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II Eisenhower only reluctantly stepped into politics As president Ike successfully guided the country out of a dangerous war in Korea peacefully through the apocalyptic threat of nuclear war with the Soviets and into one of the greatest economic booms in world history Five decades later Baier s Three Days in January forever makes clear that Eisenhower an often forgotten giant of U S history still offers vital lessons for our own time and stands as a lasting example of political leadership at its most effective and honorable David Eisenhower Tom Brokaw Douglas Brinkley Jay Winik more
In recipes and reminiscences equally delicious Edna Lewis celebrates the uniquely American country cooking she grew up with some fifty years ago in a small Virginia Piedmont farming community that had been settled by freed slaves With menus for the four seasons she shares the ways her family prepared and enjoyed food savoring the delights of each special time of year The fresh taste of spring the first shad wild mushrooms garden strawberries field greens and salads honey from woodland bees a ring mold of chicken with wild mushroom sauce the treat of braised mutton after sheepshearing The feasts of summer garden-ripe vegetables and fruits relished at the peak of flavor pan-fried chicken sage-flavored pork tenderloin spicy baked tomatoes corn pudding fresh blackberry cobbler and more for hungry neighbors on Wheat-Threshing Day Sunday Revival the event of the year when Edna s mother would pack up as many as fifteen dishes what with her pickles and breads and pies to be spread out on linen-covered picnic tables under the church s shady oaks hot afternoons cooled with a bowl of crushed peaches or hand-cranked custard ice cream The harvest of fall a fine dinner of baked country ham roasted newly dug sweet potatoes and warm apple pie... after a day of corn-shucking the hunting season with the deliciously different taste of game fattened on hickory nuts and persimmons hog-butchering time and the making of sausages and liver pudding and Emancipation Day with its rich and generous thanksgiving dinner The hearty fare of winter holiday time the sideboard laden with all the special foods of Christmas for company dropping by the cold months warmed by stews soups and baked beans cooked in a hearth oven to be eaten with hot crusty bread before the fire The scores of recipes for these marvelous dishes are set down in loving detail We come to understand the values that formed the remarkable woman her love of nature the pleasure of living with the seasons the sense of community the satisfactory feeling that hard work was always rewarded by her mother s good food Having made us yearn for all the good meals she describes in her memories of a lost time in America Edna Lewis shows us precisely how to recover in our own country or city or suburban kitchens the taste of the fresh good natural country cooking that was so happy a part of her girlhood in Freetown Virginia 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 BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg From 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
The 1 New York Times bestseller A five-hundred-year-old legend An ancient curse A stunning medical mystery And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world s densest jungle Since the days of conquistador Hern n Cort s rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die In 1940 swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location Three quarters of a century later bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything lidar a highly advanced classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis... tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic lost civilization Venturing into this raw treacherous but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery Preston and the team battled torrential rains quickmud disease-carrying insects jaguars and deadly snakes But it wasn t until they returned that tragedy struck Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease Suspenseful and shocking filled with colorful history hair-raising adventure and dramatic twists of fortune THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century more
The 1 New York Times bestseller An incredible book you teach guys and gals about leadership and you ve helped not only military guys but families - Megyn Kelly You show in the book how to motivate thanks for writing the book Extreme Ownership Bill O Reilly Jocko is the co-author of an incredible new book - which I ve been loving Trust me Buy it - Tim Ferriss This is a life-learning lesson for everyone the book is awesome - Sean HannitySent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq Jocko Willink and Leif Babin s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission help U S forces secure Ramadi a city deemed all but lost In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism tragic loss and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three s Task Unit Bruiser they learned that leadership at every level is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders After departing the SEAL Teams they launched Echelon Front a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad... range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields Now detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team family or organization Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move Decentralized Command and Leading Up the Chain explaining what they are why they are important and how to implement them in any leadership environment A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose lead and win more
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post and Seattle Times Best Book of the Year 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
The award-winning national bestseller Walking with the Wind is one of our most important records of the American civil rights movement Told by John Lewis who Cornel West calls a national treasure this is a gripping first-hand account of the fight for civil rights and the courage it takes to change a nation In 1957 a teenaged boy named John Lewis left a cotton farm in Alabama for Nashville the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America Lewis adherence to nonviolence guided that critical time and established him as one of the movement s most charismatic and courageous leaders Lewis s leadership in the Nashville Movement a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi set the tone for major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s Lewis traces his role in the pivotal Selma marches Bloody Sunday and the Freedom Rides Inspired by his mentor Dr Martin Luther King Jr Lewis vision and perseverance altered history In 1986 he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia and remains in office to this day continuing to enact change The late Edward M Kennedy said of Lewis John tells it like it was Lewis spent most of his life walking against the wind of the times but he... was surely walking with the wind of history more