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The Black Hand

by Chris Blatchford

THE BLACK HAND is the true story of Rene Enriquez, aka "Boxer," and his rise in a secret criminal organization, a new Mafia, that already has a grip on all organized crime in California and soon all of the United...


One Day It'll All Make Sense

by Common & Adam Bradley

Common has earned a reputation in the hip-hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs. His journey toward understanding is rooted in his relationship with a remarkable...


A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

by Dean Koontz

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service...


Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

by Mark Adams

What happens when an adventure travel expert-who's never actually done anything adventurous-tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

July 24, 1911, was a day for the history books. For on...


Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

by Marthe Cohn & Wendy Holden

Marthe Cohn was in her late teens when Hitler was rising to power. Living across the German border in Alsace-Lorraine, her family began taking in Jews who were fleeing the Nazis, as well as the Jewish children...


American Outlaw

by Jesse James

The New York Times bestselling self-portrait of a flawed but determined everyman: rebel, outlaw, gearhead, artist, entrepreneur, lost son, and fiercely committed father

Jesse James is everything you imagined...


If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)

by Betty White

The New York Times bestseller from the beloved actress who's made us laugh on shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Saturday Night Live! In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind...


Mein Kampf (James Murphy Translation)

by Adolf Hitler & James Murphy

Hitler's Mein Kampf combines elements of autobiography with an exposition of his political ideology. Hitler began the book while imprisoned for "political crimes" after his failed government take-over. Though...


The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

by Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an ex-slave and a great orator in early 19th-century USA. His autobiography details his experiences as a slave and is considered the most famous such work, though many similar were written...


My Life and Work

by Henry Ford

One world's richest and best-known people in his day, Henry Ford was the founder of Ford Motor Company and a pioneering innovator of mass production. Ford's autobiography, My Life and Work, gives personal insight...


Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

by Richard Henry Dana

After a bout with the measles that left his vision impaired, Harvard undergrad Richard Henry Dana signed up for a two-year engagement as a sailor, thinking that the fresh sea air might improve his vision. The...


The Twelve Caesars

by Suetonius

De vita Caesarum, known as The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies, each about one of the Roman emperors, including one on Julius Caesar. It was written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly referred...


Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative.

When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent...


Late, Late at Night

by Rick Springfield

In a searingly candid memoir which he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of...


Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

by Robert M Gates

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Robert M. Gates received a call from...


The Time of My Life

by Patrick Swayze & Lisa Niemi Swayze

In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he's become one of our most...


Lucky

by Alice Sebold

Enormously visceral, emotionally gripping, and imbued with the belief that justice is possible even after the most horrific of crimes, Alice Sebold's compelling memoir of her rape at the age of eighteen is a...


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character....


More Confessions of a Hostie: The Second Sector

by Danielle Hugh

Planes travel fast; for airline crew, good gossip travels faster. In this sequel to bestselling "Confessions of a Hostie", international flight attendant Danielle Hugh entertains and shocks in equal measure...


The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

by Pat Conroy

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

 

Pat Conroy’s great success as a writer has always been intimately linked...