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Know My Name
A Memoir
by Chanel Miller (Sep 24, 2019)
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The riveting, powerful memoir of the woman whose statement to Brock Turner gave voice to millions of survivors. She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statemen...
Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson (Aug 18, 2015)
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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
The Sun Does Shine
How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice
by Anthony Hinton (Jun 04, 2019)
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit."An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”- Archbishop Desmond TutuIn 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capita...
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If This Is a Man and The Truce
by Primo Levi (Jul 04, 2003)
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'With the moral stamina and intellectual poise of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the m...
Fearless
The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
by Eric Blehm (May 21, 2013)
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Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators. When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didnt know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistanbut he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, Im not...
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Jaxson Ryker
Grant
by Ron Chernow (Sep 25, 2018)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an ...
Becoming
by Michelle Obama (Nov 13, 2018)
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerfu...
The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman (Nov 19, 1996)
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Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation ...
The Ride of a Lifetime
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
by Robert Iger (Sep 23, 2019)
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A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more inten...
In the Dream House
A Memoir
by Carmen Maria Machado (Nov 05, 2019)
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For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to creat...
Assata An Autobiography
by Assata Shakur (Jan 01, 2014)
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On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltr...
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
by Robert A. Caro (Jul 12, 1975)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
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Ryan Holiday
Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight (May 01, 2018)
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
Good Talk
A Memoir in Conversations
by Mira Jacob (Mar 24, 2020)
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A "beautiful and eye-opening" (Jacqueline Woodson), "hilarious and heart-rending" (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune - The New York Public Library - ...
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When They Call You a Terrorist
A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors (Jan 14, 2020)
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A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands...
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Book Two
by John Lewis (Jan 20, 2015)
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The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues! Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, M...
The Elephant Whisperer
My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
by Lawrence Anthony (May 22, 2012)
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When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. He agreed, but before arrangements...
Finding Chika
A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
by Mitch Albom (Nov 05, 2019)
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Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of ex...
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Can't Hurt Me
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
by David Goggins (Dec 04, 2018)
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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. Th...
Heavy
An American Memoir
by Kiese Laymon (Mar 05, 2019)
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In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellec...
Too Much and Never Enough
How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
by Mary L. Trump Ph.D. (Jul 14, 2020)
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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabri...
Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond (Oct 30, 2018)
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A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardo...
Educated
A Memoir
by Tara Westover (Feb 20, 2018)
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei (Jul 16, 2019)
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A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself.Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war wit...
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden (Sep 17, 2019)
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Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intellig...
Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah (Feb 12, 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - USA Today - San Francisco Chronicle - NPR - Esquire - Newsday - Booklist...
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Bill Gates
I'm Still Here
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown (May 15, 2018)
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From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in m...
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Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (Jun 01, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
The Path to Power
by Robert A. Caro (Feb 17, 1990)
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The Years of Lyndon Johnson is the political biography of our time. No president—no era of American politics—has been so intensively and sharply examined at a time when so many prime witnesses to hitherto untold or misinterpreted facets of a life, a career, and a period of history could still be persuaded to speak. The Path to Power, Book One, reve...
The World as It Is
A Memoir of the Obama White House
by Ben Rhodes (Apr 02, 2019)
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From one of Barack Obama's most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency--and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor,...
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jul 14, 2015)
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s his...
The Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom (Jan 01, 2006)
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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their une...
Master Of The Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro (Apr 25, 2003)
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The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 through 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Sen...
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by Al Franken (May 30, 2017)
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From the #1 bestselling author - the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty f...
The Last Lion
Winston Spencer Churchill
by William Manchester (Apr 01, 1984)
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s/t: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932When Winston Spencer Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, Imperial Britain stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power. Yet within a few years, the Empire would hover on the brink of a catastrophic new era. This first volume of the best-selling biography of the adventurer, aristocrat, sold...
Becoming Steve Jobs
The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender (Jun 07, 2016)
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Now in paperback, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history. With a new foreword by Marc Andreessen and new afterword by the authors, Becoming Steve Jobs is a narrative on Jobs' evolution as a manager and leader, as an astute CEO, as a father, and as a visionary with an unparalled sense o...
The Best We Could Do
An Illustrated Memoir
by Thi Bui (Mar 07, 2017)
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This illustrated memoir is about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new liv...
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Story of a Soul
The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower) [The Authorized English Translation of Therese's Original Unaltered Manuscripts]
by Therese de Lisieux (Jan 19, 1996)
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This book, first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by millions and translated into over fifty-five languages. John Clarke's acclaimed translation, first published in 1975, is now accepted as the standard throughout the English-speaking world....
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb (Apr 02, 2019)
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One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will ...
The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi (Oct 30, 2007)
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Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; ...
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The Secret Race
Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France
by Tyler Hamilton (May 07, 2013)
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The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The books power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isnt just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. Its the game ender.Outside  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  WINNER OF...
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Lone Survivor
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
by Marcus Luttrell (May 01, 2008)
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The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan. On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious a...
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Marc Andreessen
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Clayborne Carson (Jan 01, 2001)
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Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Beginning with his boyhood, the book portrays King's education as a minister,...
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Brandon Stanton
The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown (Jan 01, 2014)
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics...
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Skunk Works
A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
by Ben R. Rich (Feb 01, 1996)
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From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind the high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret & successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk W...
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Chris Anderson
Maus II
A Survivor's Tale
by Art Spiegelman (Sep 01, 1992)
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Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the J...
Me
Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John (Oct 15, 2019)
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In his only official autobiography, music icon Elton John writes about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman.Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was on his first tour of Am...
Unbroken
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand (Nov 16, 2010)
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In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacif...
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Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
by David Kushner (May 11, 2004)
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Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce ...
Living with a SEAL
31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
by Jesse Itzler (Nov 01, 2016)
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Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler chronicles his month of living and extreme fitness training with a Navy SEAL in the New York Times and #1 LA Times bestseller LIVING WITH A SEAL, now with two bonus chapters. Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. His life is about being bold and risky. So when Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hire...
Walk Through Walls
A Memoir
by Marina Abramovic (Mar 06, 2018)
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“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.”In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unpreced...
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
by Taylor Branch (Nov 15, 1989)
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King,...
The Education of an Idealist
A Memoir
by Samantha Power (Sep 10, 2019)
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ANEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, ANDUSA TODAYBESTSELLERANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 • ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019“Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone ...
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi (Jan 12, 2016)
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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chro...
American Kingpin
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
by Nick Bilton (May 29, 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom--and almost got away with it In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could tra...
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Leadership
In Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Oct 01, 2019)
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Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil ri...
The Beatles Anthology
by Beatles (Sep 01, 2002)
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This extraordinary project has been made possible because Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have agreed to tell their combined story especially for this book. Together with Yoko Ono Lennon, they have also made available the full transcripts (including all the outtakes) of the television and video series The Beatles Anthology. Through ...
Totto-Chan
The Little Girl at the Window
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Mar 23, 2012)
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This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression a...
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Churchill
Walking with Destiny
by Andrew Roberts (Nov 06, 2018)
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill . . . A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain’s savior.” —Wall Street JournalIn this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material,...
The Invention of Nature
Alexander von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf (Oct 04, 2016)
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North Ame...
Pastrix
The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Sep 02, 2014)
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Foul-mouthed and heavily tattooed, former standup comic-turned-Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber weaves hilarious rants and stunning theological insight into her personal narrative of a flawed, beautiful, and unlikely life of faith.Bizarre, rich, and remarkable, PASTRIX turns spiritual memoir on its ear in a sardonically irreverent and beautifully h...
Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed (Jul 10, 2012)
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
The Disaster Artist
My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
by Greg Sestero (Oct 07, 2014)
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From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen K...
First They Killed My Father
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)
by Loung Ung (Apr 04, 2006)
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From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital ...
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X (Sep 29, 1992)
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With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passion...
On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King (Jul 06, 2010)
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"Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his viv...
My Bondage and My Freedom
by Frederick Douglass (Feb 02, 2020)
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Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave. Written during his celebrated career as a spe...
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Wooden
A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
by John Wooden (Apr 22, 1997)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of...
Mon père saigne l'histoire
- BD (Art) (French Edition)
by Art Spiegelman (Jan 04, 1994)
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Maus raconte la vie de Vladek Spiegelman, rescapé juif des camps nazis, et de son fils, auteur de bandes dessinées, qui cherche un terrain de réconciliation avec son père, sa terrifiante histoire et l'Histoire. Des portes d'Auschwitz aux trottoirs de New York se déroule en deux temps (les années 30 et les années 70) le récit d'une double survie : c...
Obama
An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza (Nov 07, 2017)
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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. So...
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard P. Feynman (Feb 06, 2018)
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on ...
Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela (Oct 01, 1995)
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Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at...
March
Book One
by John Lewis (Aug 13, 2013)
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March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alab...
How We Fight for Our Lives
A Memoir
by Saeed Jones (Oct 08, 2019)
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From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.“People don’t just happen,” writes Saeed Jones. “We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ‘I’ it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, ‘I am...
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Night
by Elie Wiesel (Jan 16, 2006)
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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confron...
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (Aug 31, 1995)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
War Doctor
Surgery on the Front Line
by David Nott (Jan 01, 2019)
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For more than 25 years, surgeon David Nott has volunteered in some of the worlds most dangerous conflict zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993 to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out lifesaving operations in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major metropolitan hospital. He is n...
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It's What I Do
A Photographer's Life of Love and War
by Lynsey Addario (Nov 08, 2016)
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War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but ...
Who Is Michael Ovitz?
by Michael Ovitz (Jul 18, 2019)
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If you're going to read one book about Hollywood, this is the one.As co-founder of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list stars and directors, including Stev...
The Journey Home
Autobiography of an American Swami
by Radhanath Swami (Jan 19, 2010)
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Within this extraordinary memoir, Radhanath Swami weaves a colorful tapestry of adventure, mysticism, and love. Readers follow Richard Slavin from the suburbs of Chicago to the caves of the Himalayas as he transforms from young seeker to renowned spiritual guide. The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a pene...
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The Man Who Solved the Market
How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution
by Gregory Zuckerman (Nov 05, 2019)
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Gregory Zuckerman, the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, answers the question investors have been asking for decades: How did Jim Simons do it?Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardJim Simons is the greatest money maker in modern financial history. No other investor--Warren Buffett...
Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Sep 26, 2006)
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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates,...
The Moth Presents All These Wonders
True Stories About Facing the Unknown
by Catherine Burns (Mar 21, 2017)
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From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongs...
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Redefining Realness
My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
by Janet Mock (Dec 02, 2014)
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In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Those twenty-three hundred words were life-altering for the People.com editor, turning her into an influential and outspoken public figure and a desperately needed voice for an often voiceless community. In these pages,...
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
by Vashti Harrison (Dec 05, 2017)
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Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Tru...
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Into the Magic Shop
A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
by James R. Doty MD (Feb 14, 2017)
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The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compa...
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Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan (Apr 26, 2016)
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“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.” —Sports IllustratedBarbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing ...
All Creatures Great and Small
The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor
by James Herriot (May 06, 2014)
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The classic multimillion copy bestsellerDelve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot's marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling a...
Open
An Autobiography
by Andre Agassi (Aug 10, 2010)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell (Sep 20, 2011)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Tiger Woods
by Jeff Benedict (Apr 02, 2019)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life—this “comprehensive, propulsive…and unsparing” (The New Yorker) biography is “an ambitious 360-degree portrait of golf’s most scrutinized figure…brimming with revealing details” (Golf Digest).In 2009, Tiger W...
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Small Steps
The Year I Got Polio
by Peg Kehret (Jan 01, 1996)
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In a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret writes about months spent in a hospital when she was twelve, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again....
All Boys Aren't Blue
A Memoir-Manifesto
by George M. Johnson (Apr 28, 2020)
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In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult m...
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The Center Cannot Hold
My Journey Through Madness
by Elyn R. Saks (Aug 12, 2008)
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Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: she's an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has managed to achieve this in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis—and suffering the effects of her illness throughout her life.Saks was only eight, and living an otherwi...
Let My People Go Surfing
The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
by Yvon Chouinard (Sep 06, 2016)
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In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, amb...
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Buffett
The Making of an American Capitalist
by Roger Lowenstein (Apr 29, 2008)
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Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow (Mar 30, 2004)
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John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul "etched with uncommon objectivity a...
Call Sign Chaos
Learning to Lead
by Jim Mattis (Sep 03, 2019)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine."A four-star general's five-star memoir."--The Wall Street Jour...
Failure Is Not an Option
Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
by Gene Kranz (Jun 23, 2009)
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Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the...
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Shortest Way Home
One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
by Pete Buttigieg (Feb 12, 2019)
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Once described by the Washington Post as the most interesting mayor youve never heard of, Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nations most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a...
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