Biography & History


The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

Author: Judy Batalion

ISBN: 9780062874214

One of the most important stories of World War II, already optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture: a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters -- a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been...

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In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire

Author: Laurence Bergreen

ISBN: 9780062875358

An exploration narrative of the highest order: the bestselling author of Over the Edge of the World brings alive the extraordinary life and adventures of Sir Francis Drake, whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history - as a pirate raiding...

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

ISBN: 9780385545686

The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until...

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Philip Roth: The Biography

Author: Blake Bailey

ISBN: 9780393240726

The renowned biographer's definitive portrait of a literary titan.Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American...

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A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation

Author: John Matteson

ISBN: 9780393247077

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Matteson illuminates three harrowing months of the Civil War and their enduring legacy for America.December 1862 drove the United States toward a breaking point. The Battle of Fredericksburg shattered Union forces and Northern confidence. As Abraham Lincoln's government threatened to fracture, this critical moment also tested...

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Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Author: Serhii Plokhy

ISBN: 9780393540819

A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse.Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, today's world leaders are abandoning disarmament treaties, building up their nuclear arsenals, and exchanging threats of nuclear strikes. To survive...

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My Broken Language: A Memoir

Author: Quiara Alegría Hudes

ISBN: 9780399590047

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother's tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio - even as...

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George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father

Author: David O. Stewart

ISBN: 9780451488985

Washington's rise constitutes one of the greatest self-reinventions in history. In his midtwenties, this third son of a modest Virginia planter had ruined his own military career thanks to an outrageous ego. But by his midforties, that headstrong, unwise young man had evolved into an unassailable leader chosen as the...

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The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive

Author: Philippe Sands

ISBN: 9780525520962

Baron Otto von Wächter, Austrian lawyer, husband, father, high Nazi official, senior SS officer, former governor of Galicia during the war, creator and overseer of the Krakow ghetto, indicted after as a war criminal for the mass murder of more than 100,000 Poles, hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the...

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True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee

Author: Abraham Riesman

ISBN: 9780593135716

Stan Lee - born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 - was one of the most beloved and influential entertainers to emerge from the twentieth century. He served as head editor of Marvel for three decades and, in that time, launched more pieces of internationally recognizable intellectual property than anyone other...

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Stronger: Courage, Hope, and Humor in My Life with John McCain

Author: Cindy McCain

ISBN: 9780593236888

My husband, John McCain, never viewed himself as larger than life - but he was. He had more tenacity and resolve than anybody I ever met. Being with him didn't hold me back - it gave me flight, a courage I never would have felt on my own. Cindy Hensley...

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Broken Horses: A Memoir

Author: Brandi Carlile

ISBN: 9780593237243

Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, fourteen times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as beautiful as...

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The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing

Author: Sonia Faleiro

ISBN: 9780802158208

The girls’ names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them Padma Lalli. Sixteen-year-old Padma sparked and burned. Fourteen-year-old Lalli was an incorrigible romantic.They grew up in Katra Sadatganj, an eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than...

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With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism

Author: Laura L. Lovett

ISBN: 9780807008898

Historian Laura Lovett weaves together a biography of an activist who was intersectional to the core revealing a remarkable legacy that few have known until now and will appeal to readers interested in urban studies, activism, and Black women's history.Dorothy Pitman Hughes was a transformative community organizer in New York...

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Two Truths and a Lie: Murder, Obsession, and Justice in the Sunshine State

Author: Ellen McGarrahan

ISBN: 9780812998665

In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan was working as a journalist when she witnessed the botched electric-chair execution of Jesse Tafero, convicted of killing two police officers in Broward County, Florida. When evidence emerged implicating a different man in the murders, McGarrahan found herself haunted by Tafero's fiery death - and by...

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The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

Author: Linda Colley

ISBN: 9780871403162

A groundbreaking work that retells modern history through the rise and spread of written constitutions -- some enlightened, many oppressive -- to every corner of the globe. Filling a crucial void in our understanding of world history, Linda Colley reconfigures the rise of the modern world over three centuries through...

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A Step Away from Paradise: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama's Journey to a Land of Immortality

Author: Thomas K. Shor

ISBN: 9780999291894

WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED...If Lewis Carroll had proclaimed the reality of Alice's Wonderland?What if he had gathered a following & launched an expedition?THE TRUE STORY OF A JOURNEY TO A FANTASTIC LANDIT WAS THE EARLY 1960s. The place, a far-off corner of the Himalayas long fabled in Tibetan tradition to...

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Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion

Author: Tom Beaujour

ISBN: 9781250195753

Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated -- and maybe even helped to define -- a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," Motley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls," and Guns N' Roses'...

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Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier

Author: Bob Drury

ISBN: 9781250247131

It is the mid-eighteenth century, and in the 13 colonies founded by Great Britain, anxious colonists desperate to conquer and settle North America's "First Frontier" beyond the Appalachian Mountains commence a series of bloody battles. These violent conflicts are waged against the Native American tribes whose lands they covet, the...

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Grace & Steel: Dorothy, Barbara, Laura, and the Women of the Bush Dynasty

Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli

ISBN: 9781250248718

Bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli reveals the unsung heroines of the inimitable Bush family dynasty: not only First Ladies Barbara and Laura, but other colorful women whose stories have been left out of history for far too long, including Barbara's mother-in-law, the formidable Dorothy Bush; the enigmatic Columba and the...

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Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

Author: Menachem Kaiser

ISBN: 9781328508034

Menachem Kaiser's brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather's former battle to reclaim the family's apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the...

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Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance

Author: Mallory Weggemann

ISBN: 9781400223466

The Paralympic gold-medalist, world champion swimmer, ESPY winner, and NBC Sports commentator uses her extraordinary story to equip others to meet whatever challenges they face in life.On January 21, 2008, a routine medical procedure left Mallory Weggemann paralyzed from her waist down. Less than two years later, Mallory had broken...

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The Motherlode: 100 Women Who Made Hip-Hop

Author: Clover Hope

ISBN: 9781419742965

The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Lizzo - as well as everyone who came before...

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Ensnared in the Wolf's Lair: Inside the 1944 Plot to Kill Hitler and the Ghost Children of His Revenge

Author: Ann Bausum

ISBN: 9781426338540

"I've come on orders from Berlin to fetch the three children." --Gestapo agent, August 24, 1944 With those chilling words Christa von Hofacker and her younger siblings found themselves ensnared in a web of family punishment designed to please one man—Adolf Hitler. The furious dictator sought merciless revenge against not...

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When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present

Author: Nick Bryant

ISBN: 9781472985484

- Emily Maitlis - Washington PostIn When America Stopped Being Great, veteran reporter and BBC New York correspondent Nick Bryant reveals how America's decline paved the way for Donald Trump's rise, sowing division and leaving the country vulnerable to its greatest challenge of the modern era.Deftly sifting through almost four...

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The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights

Author: Dorothy Wickenden

ISBN: 9781476760735

Harriet Tubman - no-nonsense, funny, uncannily prescient, and strategically brilliant - was one of the most important conductors on the underground railroad and hid the enslaved men, women and children she rescued in the basement kitchens of Martha Wright, Quaker mother of seven, and Frances Seward, wife of Governor, then...

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Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice

Author: Bruce Levine

ISBN: 9781476793375

Thaddeus Stevens was among the first to see the Civil War as an opportunity for a second American revolution - a chance to remake the country as a true multiracial democracy. One of the foremost abolitionists in Congress in the years leading up to the war, he was a leader...

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Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World

Author: Cade Metz

ISBN: 9781524742676

What does it mean to be smart? To be human? What do we really want from life and the intelligence we have, or might create? With deep and exclusive reporting, across hundreds of interviews, New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz brings you into the rooms where these...

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Churchill & Son

Author: Josh Ireland

ISBN: 9781524744458

We think we know Winston Churchill: the bulldog grimace, the ever-present cigar, the wit and wisdom that led Great Britain through the Second World War. Yet away from the House of Commons and the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill was a loving family man who doted on his children, none more...

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Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

Author: Susan Page

ISBN: 9781538750698

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.   Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best&;and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi...

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Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953

Author: Charles J. Hanley

ISBN: 9781541768178

A powerful, character-driven narrative of the Korean War from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who helped uncover some of its longest-held and darkest secretsThe war that broke out in Korea on a Sunday morning 70 years ago has come to be recognized as a critical turning point in modern history, as...

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Black Boy Out of Time: A Memoir

Author: Hari Ziyad

ISBN: 9781542091329

One of nineteen children in a blended family, Hari Ziyad was raised by a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and a Muslim father. Through reframing their own coming-of-age story, Ziyad takes readers on a powerful journey of growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, Ohio, and of navigating the equally complex...

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The Saddest Words: William Faulkner's Civil War

Author: Michael Gorra

ISBN: 9781631491702

How do we read William Faulkner in the twenty-first century? asks Michael Gorra, one of America's most preeminent literary critics. Should we still read William Faulkner in this new century? What can his works tell us about the legacy of slavery and the Civil War, that central quarrel in our...

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Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

Author: Gina Frangello

ISBN: 9781640093164

Gina Frangello spent her early adulthood trying to outrun a youth marked by poverty and violence. Now a long-married wife and devoted mother, the better life she carefully built is emotionally upended by the death of her closest friend. Soon, awakened to fault lines in her troubled marriage, Frangello is...

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Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

Author: Rivvy Neshama

ISBN: 9781733338615

Winner of 5 national awards, Recipes for a Sacred Life is now available in a new, expanded edition."Recipes for a Sacred Life left us moved - and changed. Wise, poignant, funny, and inspiring." - RedbookON A DARK WINTER NIGHT with little to do, Rivvy Neshama took a "Find Your Highest...

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Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World

Author: Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir

ISBN: 9781788314770

Valkyries: the female supernatural beings that choose who dies and who lives on the battlefield. They protect some, but guide spears, arrows and sword blades into the bodies of others. Viking myths about valkyries attempt to elevate the banality of war - to make the pain and suffering, the lost...

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Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir

Author: Rebecca Carroll

ISBN: 9781982116255

Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic - and yet she couldn't articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt...

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The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle

Author: Rob Kenner

ISBN: 9781982140298

The first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy - before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up.In the ten years since he...

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Beautiful Things: A Memoir

Author: Hunter Biden

ISBN: 9781982151119

When he was two-years-old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-six. These hardships were compounded by the collapse...

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Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story

Author: Mazie K. Hirono

ISBN: 9781984881601

Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised poor on her family's rice farm in rural Japan, Hirono was seven years old when her mother left her abusive husband and sailed with her two...

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Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea: A Living History

Author: Lesley Choyce

ISBN: 9781989725153

"It is a good tale, well told, which opens the door to the wanderings of the imagination." -- The Globe and Mail The history of Nova Scotia is an amazing story of a land and a people shaped by the waves, the tides, the wind, and the wonder of...

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