Biography & History


Book Cover: Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

Author: A. N. Wilson

ISBN: 9780062749550

In this companion biography to the acclaimed Victoria, A. N. Wilson offers a deeply textured and ambitious portrait of Prince Albert, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the royal consort's birth.For more than six decades, Queen Victoria ruled a great Empire at the height of its power. Beside...

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Book Cover: Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

Author: J. Michael Straczynski

ISBN: 9780062857842

With an introduction by Neil Gaiman!In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Marvel's Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible...

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Book Cover: Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless

Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless

Author: Dan Albert

ISBN: 9780393292749

Tech giants and automakers have been teaching robots to drive.Robot-controlled cars have already logged millions of miles. These technological marvels promise cleaner air, smoother traffic, and tens of thousands of lives saved. But even if robots turn into responsible drivers, are we ready to be a nation of passengers?In Are...

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Book Cover: Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

Author: James Grant

ISBN: 9780393609196

The definitive biography of one of the most brilliant and influential financial minds -- banker, essayist, and editor of the Economist.During the upheavals of 2007-09, the chairman of the Federal Reserve had the name of a Victorian icon on the tip of his tongue: Walter Bagehot. Banker, man of letters...

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Book Cover: Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects

Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects

Author: Edward Posnett

ISBN: 9780399562792

An original and magical map of our world and its riches, formed of the stories of the small-scale harvests of seven natural objectsIn this beguiling book, Edward Posnett journeys to some of the most far-flung locales on the planet to bring us seven wonders of the natural world--eiderdown, vicuña fiber...

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Book Cover: Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

Author: John C. McManus

ISBN: 9780451475046

An engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, from the acclaimed author of The Dead and Those About to Die"This eloquent and powerful narrative is military history written the way it should be." - James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian "Out here, mention is seldom seen...

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Book Cover: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America

Author: Karen Abbott

ISBN: 9780451498625

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy"Gatsby-era noir at its best." - Erik LarsonIn...

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Book Cover: Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Author: Daniel C. Guiet

ISBN: 9780735225206

The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a 4-person SOE commando team dropped behind German lines in France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping Nazi tanks away from Normandy after D-Day.When Daniel Guiet was a child and his family moved country...

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Book Cover: Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America

Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America

Author: Weijian Shan

ISBN: 9781119529491

Foreword by Janet YellenWeijian Shan's Out of the Gobi is a powerful memoir and commentary that will be one of the most important books on China of our time, one with the potential to re-shape how Americans view China, and how the Chinese view life in America.Shan, a former hard...

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Book Cover: Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion

Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion

Author: Katrin Davidsdottir

ISBN: 9781250142641

This is a memoir by two-time CrossFit Games champion, Katrin Davidsdottir.Dottir is two-time consecutive CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir's inspiring and poignant memoir. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of "Fittest Woman on Earth" twice, Davidsdottir knows all about the importance of mental...

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Book Cover: Hurricanes: A Memoir

Hurricanes: A Memoir

Author: Rick Ross

ISBN: 9781335999283

The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami's crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers...

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Book Cover: A Short History of Seafaring

A Short History of Seafaring

Author: Brian Lavery

ISBN: 9781465484635

For more than 5,000 years, the sea has challenged, rewarded, and punished the brave sailors who set forth to explore it.This history of the sea and sailing tells the remarkable story of those individuals--whether they lived to tell the tale themselves or not. From the early Polynesian seafarers and the...

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Book Cover: Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

Author: Richard Zoglin

ISBN: 9781501151194

The story of how Las Vegas saved Elvis and Elvis saved Las Vegas in the greatest musical comeback of all time.The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. But...

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Book Cover: The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

Author: Jean Edward Smith

ISBN: 9781501164927

Prize-winning and bestselling historian Jean Edward Smith tells the dramatic story of the liberation of Paris during World War II - a triumph that was achieved through the remarkable efforts of Americans, French, and Germans, all racing to save the city from destruction.Following their breakout from Normandy in late June...

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Book Cover: We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It: A Memoir of My Irish Boyhood

Author: Tom Phelan

ISBN: 9781501197093

In the tradition of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes and Alice Taylor's To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan's We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s.Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois...

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Book Cover: Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Author: Haben Girma

ISBN: 9781538728727

"This autobiography by a millennial Helen Keller teems with grace and grit." -- O Magazine"A profoundly important memoir." -- The Times** As featured in The Wall Street Journal, People, and on The TODAY Show ** A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Pick ** An O Magazine "Book of the...

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Book Cover: Rocking Toward a Free World: When the Stratocaster Beat the Kalashnikov

Rocking Toward a Free World: When the Stratocaster Beat the Kalashnikov

Author: Andras Simonyi

ISBN: 9781538762219

From renowned diplomat and musician András Simonyi -- whom Stephen Colbert calls "the only ambassador I know who can shred a mean guitar!" -- comes a timely and revealing memoir about growing up behind the Iron Curtain and longing for freedom while chasing the great power of rock and roll...

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Book Cover: The Plateau

The Plateau

Author: Maggie Paxson

ISBN: 9781594634758

During World War II, French villagers offered safe harbor to countless strangers - mostly children - as they fled for their lives. The same place offers refuge to migrants today. Why?In a remote pocket of Nazi-held France, ordinary people risked their lives to rescue many hundreds of strangers, mostly Jewish...

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Book Cover: Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket

Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket

Author: Fraser MacDonald

ISBN: 9781610398718

The long-buried truth about the dawn of the Space Age: lies, spies, socialism, and sex magickLos Angeles, 1930s: Everyone knows that rockets are just toys, the stuff of cranks and pulp magazines. Nevertheless, an earnest engineering student named Frank Malina sets out to prove the doubters wrong. With the help...

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Book Cover: Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

Author: Cathryn J. Prince

ISBN: 9781613739556

Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a helmet, Workman was a force on and off the mountain. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing...

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Book Cover: Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made

Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made

Author: Russell Canan

ISBN: 9781620973868

A rare and illuminating view of how judges decide dramatic legal cases - Law and Order from behind the bench - including the Elián González, Terri Schiavo, and Scooter Libby cases Prosecutors and defense attorneys have it easy - all they have to do is to present the evidence and...

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Book Cover: Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West

Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West

Author: John Taliaferro

ISBN: 9781631490132

Before Rachel Carson, there was George Bird Grinnell -- the man whose prophetic vision did nothing less than launch American conservation. Hailed by the New York Times as "the father of American conservation," George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) , the Brooklyn-born son of a banker, looked beyond a burgeoning cityscape and...

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Book Cover: The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life

The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life

Author: Richard Lucas

ISBN: 9781641601184

The Dog Log, written as a daily notation to the sheriff's department, begins as a simple complaint about a barking dog, but it soon becomes a powerful self-exploration and confessional. It's a touching, hilarious, and cleverly sneaky memoir of a man in Los Angeles who rediscovers himself when his elderly...

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Book Cover: Lost Railway Journeys from Around the World

Lost Railway Journeys from Around the World

Author: Anthony Lambert

ISBN: 9781781317471

From the great cathedral-like railways stations of the steam age to obscure lines built through spectacular landscapes to open up countries before the advent of motorised road transport, this book is a celebration of our lost railway heritage and the lines that can no longer be travelled. Through stunning images...

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Book Cover: In the Country of Women: A Memoir

In the Country of Women: A Memoir

Author: Susan Straight

ISBN: 9781948226226

To understand my daughters and their sisterhood, you have to know the women, and sisters, who came before. In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert...

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Book Cover: Darkness to Light: A Memoir

Darkness to Light: A Memoir

Author: Lamar Odom

ISBN: 9781948836081

Fame. Sex. Pain. Drugs. Death. Booze. Money. Addiction. Redemption. Dizzying heights. Rock bottom depths. Desperation and elation. Sometimes in the same hour. Oh, and don't forget power . . . and the struggle for it. There has never been an athlete quite like Lamar Odom. And there has never been...

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Book Cover: A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons

Author: Ben Folds

ISBN: 9781984817273

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs."A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell." - Sara Bareilles Ben Folds is a celebrated American...

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Book Cover: Mid-Century Ads

Mid-Century Ads

Author: Jim Heimann

ISBN: 9783836556323

Mad for ads: Advertising for the Space Age   Gleaned from thousands of images, this book offers the best of American print advertising in the age of the “Big Idea.” From the height of American consumerism, bold and colorful campaigns paint a fascinating portrait of the 1950s and 60s, as concerns about the Cold...

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