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Book Cover: At Home with Muhammad Ali: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Forgiveness

At Home with Muhammad Ali: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Forgiveness

Author: Hana Ali

ISBN: 9780062917393

Muhammad Ali's daughter captures the legendary heavyweight boxing champion, Olympic Gold medalist, activist, and philanthropist as never before in this candid and intimate family memoir, based on personal recordings he kept throughout his adult life.Athlete. Activist. Champion. Ambassador. Icon. Father. The greatest, Muhammad Ali, is all of these things. In...

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Book Cover: The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Author: Leo Damrosch

ISBN: 9780300217902

Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club," a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the...

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Book Cover: Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Author: George Packer

ISBN: 9780307958020

From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the vividly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to AfghanistanRichard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of...

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Book Cover: The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them

The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them

Author: Stephen M. Silverman

ISBN: 9780316416481

The electrifying, never-before-told history of amusement parks, from the middle ages to present day, populated by the colorful (and sometimes criminal) characters who built them, and the regular folks who sought their magical, albeit temporary, charms. Step right up! The Amusement Park is a rich, anecdotal history that begins nine...

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Book Cover: My Dad, Yogi: A Memoir of Family and Baseball

My Dad, Yogi: A Memoir of Family and Baseball

Author: Dale Berra

ISBN: 9780316525459

A candid and nostalgic father-son memoir by Dale Berra, providing a unique perspective on his legendary Hall of Fame dad, the inimitable and highly quotable Yogi Berra. Everyone knows Yogi Berra, the American icon. He was the backbone of the New York Yankees through ten World Series Championships, managed the...

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Book Cover: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

Author: Aaron Bobrow-Strain

ISBN: 9780374191979

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida's mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By...

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Book Cover: When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom

When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom

Author: Christopher Klein

ISBN: 9780385542609

The outlandish, untold story of the Irish American revolutionaries who tried to free Ireland by invading CanadaJust over a year after Robert E. Lee relinquished his sword, a band of Union and Confederate veterans dusted off their guns. But these former foes had no intention of reigniting the Civil War...

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Book Cover: The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

Author: Shawn Levy

ISBN: 9780385543163

A definitive history of Hollywood's most iconic, storied, and scandalous hotel.For nearly ninety years, Hollywood's brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home. An apartment house-turned-hotel, it has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: 1930s bombshell Jean Harlow took lovers during her...

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Book Cover: The Last Job: "The Bad Grandpas" and the Hatton Garden Heist

The Last Job: "The Bad Grandpas" and the Hatton Garden Heist

Author: Dan Bilefsky

ISBN: 9780393609516

The definitive account of one of the most brazen jewel heists in history.Over Easter weekend 2015, a motley crew of six English thieves, several in their sixties and seventies, couldn't resist coming out of retirement for one last career-topping heist. Their target: the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit, in the heart...

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Book Cover: The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II

Author: Alex Kershaw

ISBN: 9780451490056

The New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies returns with an utterly immersive, adrenaline-driven account of D-Day combat. Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day's most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast...

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Book Cover: The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

Author: Joan Biskupic

ISBN: 9780465093274

An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything...

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Book Cover: The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

Author: Nancy Isenberg

ISBN: 9780525557500

How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy.Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents. John and John Quincy Adams...

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Book Cover: Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football

Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football

Author: John Urschel

ISBN: 9780735224865

John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens--with biographer Louisa Thomas--tells the story of a life balanced between two passionsFor John Urschel, what began as an insatiable appetite for puzzles as a child quickly evolved into mastery of the elegant systems and rules of mathematics. By the...

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Book Cover: Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

Author: Pamela D. Toler

ISBN: 9780807064320

Who says women don't go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WWII Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor.The woman warrior is always cast as an anomaly--Joan of Arc, not GI Jane. But women, it...

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Book Cover: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Author: Casey Cep

ISBN: 9781101947869

"A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she'd spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth."...

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Book Cover: African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

Author: Thomas Lockley

ISBN: 9781335141026

Warrior. Samurai. Legend."A readable, compassionate account of an extraordinary life." - The Washington PostThe remarkable life of history's first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traveled much of the known...

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Book Cover: In the Cradle of Storms: The Epic Story of One Diary, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of WWII

In the Cradle of Storms: The Epic Story of One Diary, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of WWII

Author: Mark Obmascik

ISBN: 9781451678376

The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers - a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant - during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society's perceptions of Japan.May 1943. The Battle of Attu...

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Book Cover: Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America

Author: Jared Cohen

ISBN: 9781501109829

The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.Eight men have...

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Book Cover: The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

Author: David McCullough

ISBN: 9781501168680

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story - the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.As part of the Treaty of Paris, in...

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Book Cover: A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

Author: David Maraniss

ISBN: 9781501178375

In a riveting book with powerful resonance today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the chilling yet affirming story of his family's ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication.Elliott Maraniss, David's father, a WWII veteran who...

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Book Cover: CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Author: Peter Doggett

ISBN: 9781501183027

The first ever biography focused on the formative and highly influential early years of "rock's first supergroup" (Rolling Stone) Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young - when they were the most successful, influential, and politically potent band in America - in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock and the formation...

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Book Cover: Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

Author: Jayson Greene

ISBN: 9781524733537

"A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss." --Cheryl StrayedFor readers of The Bright Hour and When Breath Becomes Air, a moving, transcendent memoir of loss and a stunning exploration of marriage in the wake of unimaginable grief.As the book opens: two-year-old...

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Book Cover: Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination

Author: Brian Jay Jones

ISBN: 9781524742782

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. SeussDr. Seuss is a classic American icon. His work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. More than twenty-five years after his death, his books continue to find new readers, now grossing over half a billion dollars in sales...

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Book Cover: Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings

Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings

Author: Roger D. Launius

ISBN: 9781588346490

An all-encompassing look at the history and enduring impact of the Apollo space programIn Apollo's Legacy, space historian Roger D. Launius explores the many-faceted stories told about the meaning of the Apollo program and how it forever altered American society. The Apollo missions marked the first time human beings left...

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Book Cover: The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Author: Janny Scott

ISBN: 9781594634192

A parable for the new age of inequality: part family history, part detective story, part history of a vanishing class, and a vividly compelling exploration of the degree to which an inheritance - financial, cultural, genetic - conspired in one person's self-destruction.Land, houses, and money tumbled from one generation to...

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Book Cover: The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

Author: Rick Atkinson

ISBN: 9781627790437

From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American RevolutionRick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid...

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Book Cover: Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Author: Lara Prior-Palmer

ISBN: 9781948226196

One of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of 2019 "Lara's searingly honest account of her astonishing rise from hopeless underdog to Mongol Derby Champion leaves grit in your teeth and dust in your hair. I laughed, I cried and I felt every bruise. I was riveted til the last word...

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Book Cover: Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope

Author: Karamo Brown

ISBN: 9781982111977

An insightful, candid, and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown - Queer Eye's beloved culture expert - as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.When Karamo Brown first auditioned for...

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