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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Denise Kiernan. 2013
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents. But to most of the… world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s fateful secret was revealed. Bestseller. 2013.
By Judith S Wallerstein. 1995
The authors of "Second Chances", which is about divorce, look at fifty continuing marriages. Their subjects have been married at… least nine years, have children, and are mostly white and well-educated. Interview excerpts illustrate what the authors consider the four types of marriage and the nine psychological tasks involved in success. Bestseller. 1995.
By T J Stiles. 2010
T J Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who did more… than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. From Vanderbilt's humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history, we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan and invent the modern corporation. 2010.
By Declan Hill. 2010
By Betty Friedan. 1993
Three decades after "The feminine mystique" changed the public's views on women, Friedan takes a similar approach to aging. She… makes an appeal for the idea that aging does not have to become a state of decline, rather that it is possible to continue to change and to grow as a person at any age. 1993.
By Doris Kearns Goodwin. 1987
Begins with the baptism of Rose Kennedy's father in 1863 and ends with John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. Looks… at Wall Street speculation and the campaigns that catapulted an entire family to international status. Some strong language. 1987.
By Barbara Wertheim Tuchman. 1988
Looks at the American Revolution from the British point of view. Examines how Britain's relations with rival sea powers influenced… the course of events that allowed the colonies to defeat Britain. c1988.
By H. W Brands. 2000
Biography of one of America's founding fathers, incorporating correspondence and anecdotes of his contemporaries. Franklin was heralded as a leading… inventor and scientist, author, and diplomat as well as a bon vivant. In exploring Franklin's conversion from British loyalist to revolutionary, Brands seeks out the genius behind the man. 2000.
By Peter C Newman. 1982
By Suze Orman. 1999
Author of "The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom" presents a plan for achieving monetary and spiritual well-being. Describes courage as… faith, determination, a sense of self-worth, and the vision to create a rich and abundant life. Explores the value of money, the rewards wealth bestows, and the responsibilities it confers. Bestseller. 1999.
By Ian W Toll. 2015
This history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War--the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944--when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south… of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a 'conquering tide,' concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal. Bestseller. 2015.
By Jon Stewart, Chris Smith. 2016
For almost 17 years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and… opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of one of America's most groundbreaking shows. Bestseller. 2016.
Author's personal reflections on a monthly plan to improve her quality of life by the end of one year. Analyzes… missteps, challenges, and successes in reaching her goals and shares the often unexpected lessons she learned. Bestsellers. c2009.
By Jeannette Walls. 2006
Reporter for MSNBC.com looks back on her unsettled life. Describes growing up in a dysfunctional family, which was always on… the move. She recalls her father's dream of building a "glass castle," and relates how she and her siblings escaped to make lives of their own. Bestseller. 2006.
By Hunter S Thompson. 2013
Features Thompson's early writings, which focus on the political and social turbulence of mid-20th-century America. With his signature style, these… essays show his evolution from a sports reporter to the outrageous, insightful and always daring creator of Gonzo Journalism. 2013.
By Ken Cuthbertson. 2017
On December 6, 1917, the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and the Norwegian war-relief vessel Imo collided in the harbour… at Halifax, Nova Scotia. That accident sparked a fire and an apocalyptic explosion that was the largest man-made blast prior to the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Together with the killer tsunami that followed, the explosion devastated the entire city in the wink of an eye and instantly killed more than two thousand people. While much has been written about the disaster, there is still more to the story, including the investigation of the key figures involved, the histories of the ships that collided and the confluence of circumstances that brought these two vessels together to touch off one of the most tragic man-made disasters of the twentieth century. Bestseller. 2017.
By John H Davis. 1978
By William C Rempel. 2018
Tells the rags-to-riches story of self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian--the daring aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las… Vegas and Hollywood as one of the top financiers in America. 2018.
By David Halberstam. 2006
David Halberstam offers listeners this moving profile of NFL coaching legend Bill Belichick. Early in his life, Bill realized he… had a special aptitude for football and teaching. During his 31 years in the league, he would parlay a lifetime of experience into one of the most successful careers in NFL history. Bestseller. 2006.