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Posted directly outside President Clinton s Oval Office Former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton s character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family in CRISIS OF CHARACTER the most anticipated book of the 2016 election
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
The must-have companion to Bill O Reilly s historical docudrama Legends and Lies The Patriots an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leadersThe American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause It pitted neighbors against each other as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures These were the times that tried men s souls no one was on stable ground and few could be trusted Through the fascinating tales of the first Americans Legends and Lies The Patriots reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the country into a warzone From the riots over a child s murder that led to the Boston Massacre to the suspicious return of Ben Franklin the First American from the Continental Army s first victory under George Washington s leadership to the little known southern Guerilla campaign of Swamp Fox Francis Marion and the celebration of America s first Christmas The Patriots recreates the amazing combination of resourcefulness perseverance strategy and luck that led to this country s creation Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that brings this important history to vivid life and told in the same fast-paced immersive narrative... as the first Legends and Lies The Patriots is an irresistible adventure-packed journey back into one of the most storied moments of our nation s rich history more
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 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
We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding-- tribes This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival Decades before the American Revolution Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today Combining history psychology and anthropology TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty belonging and the eternal human quest for meaning It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace adversity can turn out to be a blessing and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical... vacations TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together and how that can be achieved even in today s divided world 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
This estimable book rides into the summer doldrums like rural electrification It deals in the truths that matter - Dwight Garner The New York Times White Trash will change the way we think about our past and present T J Stiles Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Custer s Trials In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America what the New York Times hails as formidable and truth-dealing Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present always embarrassing if occasionally entertaining poor white trash When you turn an election into a three-ring circus there s always a chance that the dancing bear will win says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin And we recognize how right she is today Yet the voters boosting Trump have been a permanent part of our American fabric argues Isenberg The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement They were alternately known as waste people offals rubbish lazy lubbers and crackers By the 1850s the downtrodden included so-called clay eaters and sandhillers known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin ragged clothing and listless... minds Surveying political rhetoric and policy popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years Isenberg upends assumptions about America s supposedly class-free society where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves which factored in the rise of eugenics -a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ s Great Society they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty Marginalized as a class white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation s history With Isenberg s landmark book we will have to face the truth about the enduring malevolent nature of class as well more
A New York Times Bestseller America s funniest science writer Washington Post Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact awake sane uninfected and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier s most challenging adversaries panic exhaustion heat noise and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U S Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat She visits the fashion design studio of U S Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds At Camp Lemmonier Djibouti in east Africa we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security Roach samples caffeinated meat sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee She answers questions not found in any other book on the military Why is DARPA interested in ducks How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks... Take a tour of duty with Roach and you ll never see our nation s defenders in the same way again 15 illustrationsmore
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
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