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By Nechama Tec. 2008
The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but many Jews struggled against the… terrors of the Third Reich. This is the history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. These men and women of all ages - hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather - smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Some descriptions of violence. 2008.
By David Sheff. 2007
Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honour student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling… wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction. Bestseller. 2008, c2007.
By Clare Walmsley. 1991
This practical guide to assertiveness was written to accompany the BBC television series "Tomorrow the World". You can discover how… assertive you are; how to build up self esteem; how to identify your feelings, needs and rights as well as those of others and how to say NO and feel good about it! 1991.
By Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein. 1974
By Bill Bryson. 1997
Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the… 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied by the unfamiliar local culture. His gruelling yet fascinating trek gave him a rare perspective on American life. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1997.
By Simon Schama. 2000
A history of the island nation from prehistoric times to the death of Queen Elizabeth I, highlighting technological and social… change. Describes the early tribes, the Roman occupation, the Norman conquest, the Wars of the Roses, and the Reformation. Accompanies the History Channel television series. Bestseller. 2000.
The battle of Arnhem, the greatest airborne operation of World War II, was the master-stroke by which Field Marshal Montgomery… proposed to end the war in 1944. The strategy of "dropping the combined forces of the American and British armies behind German lines" to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhone, ended in defeat for the Allies. 1974.
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. Strong language. 2005.
An investigative reporter examines the strange disappearance in 1925 of fifty-seven-year-old explorer Percy Fawcett and his team, who were searching… for the ruins of a mysterious lost civilization in the Amazon Basin. Grann's research takes him on his own adventures into the jungle. Bestseller. 2009.
By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb. 2013
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and… fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Bestseller. 2013.
By Atul Gawande. 2014
In his previous books, Dr. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines… its ultimate limitations and failures - in his own practices as well as others’ - as human lives draw to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about. The subject of a PBS documentary. Bestseller. 2014.
By Jeffrey Zaslow, Chesley Sullenberger. 2016
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley… "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle but rather the result of years of practice and training - wisdom he gained in the cockpit of U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood. Bestseller. c2009.
By Bret Witter, Robert M Edsel. 2010
From 1943 to 1951, 350 or so men and women from 13 Allied nations served in the Monuments, Fine Arts… and Archives section of the Allied armed forces. This was the most ambitious effort in history to preserve the world's cultural heritage in times of war. They were known simply as 'Monuments Men'. This is their story. 2010.
By Harold G Moore, Joseph L Galloway. 1993
Lieutenant General Moore and Galloway, a journalist, focus on the first major ground battle of a war that lasted ten… years. Drawing on their own experiences and that of other participants, they describe four days of combat waged by 450 men in the Ia Drang valley of Vietnam and provide their view of the impact of this war on a proud generation of soldiers. 1993.
By Sebastian Junger. 2010
For one year, in 2007-2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the storied 2nd battalion of… the U.S. Army, as they fought their way through a remote valley in Eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more firefights than he can count, men he knew were killed or wounded, and he himself was almost killed. War is a narrative about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing and the love between platoon-mates who would rather die than let each other down. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
By Laura Hillenbrand. 2012
Details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane… crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis's later religious awakening under Billy Graham's ministry. Bestseller 2010. 2012.
By Diane Ackerman. 2007
When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers… Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her. Bestseller. 2007.
By Phil Donahue. 1985
Talk-show host Donahue consulted authorities in the behavioural sciences. He includes such topics as how we differ from animals, nature… vs. nurture, the human brain, and biological and cultural evolution. 1985.
By Mark Bowden. 1999
Recreates the U.S. military operation in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 3-4, 1993, when ninety-nine American soldiers were surrounded and trapped.… Describes how the planned one-hour mission turned into an overnight fight for survival. Based on journalist's interviews with the soldiers, helicopter pilots, and Somali clan leaders. Bestseller. 1999.
By LouAnne Johnson. 1992
Johnson tells of teaching English in a rough Los Angeles high school. She has only one rule: respect yourself and… everyone in class. Her respect for the students and the reputation of her Marine Corps training break down the barriers to learning. In her program, she teaches the same students for three years, allowing her to become an influence in their lives. Made into a movie of the same title. Bestseller. 1992.