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The Scientific 100

by John Simmons & Lynda Simmons

Who are the great scientists throughout the ages, and what exactly did they do to earn their importance? From Archimedes to Newton to Einstein to Hawking, The Scientific 100 provides the fascinating answers....


Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo

by Werner Herzog

One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over...


From the Frontline: The Extraordinary Life of Sir Basil Clarke

by Richard Evans

From the Frontline is the first biography of Sir Basil Clarke, the First World War newspaper correspondent and father of the UK's public relations industry. Clarke defied a ban on reporters by living as a 'outlaw'...


George & Robert Stephenson: A Passion for Success

by David Ross

From poverty to immense wealth, from humble beginnings to international celebrity, George and Robert Stephenson's was an extraordinary joint career. Together they overshadow all other engineers, with the possible...


A British Boy in Fascist Italy

by Peter Ghiringhelli

Peter Ghiringhelli's turbulent childhood as the son of Italian Fascist parents saw him deported from England to Italy at the start of the Second World War. Here Peter witnessed at first hand what life was like...


In the Footsteps of William Wallace

by Alan Young & Michael J Stead

For nearly 700 years debate has raged over the true nature of William Wallace and his role in Scotland's turbulent history. Was he the Braveheart of Blind Harry's legendary account, the bold, but savage, hero...


Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour

by Rachel Shukert

When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert—with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money—finally scores her big break. And, after a...


Kipling

by Jad Adams

A reappraisal of a deeply controversial though great writer, as deeply hated as he was loved.


Thomas Jefferson

by Christopher Hitchens

In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within...


Tiepolo Pink

by Roberto Calasso & Alastair Mcewen

The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Würzburg Residenz in Germany...


Vicious

by Bevin Magama

In this spellbinding autobiography, Bevin Magama is unflinching in his account of his journey to adulthood. As a child, violence was the norm. As a young man, he joined the Zimbabwean military. He became an...


Kennedy

by Ted Sorensen

The classic, intimate, and magisterial biography of JFK

In January 1953, freshman senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts hired a twenty-four-year-old from Nebraska as his Number Two legislative assistant—on...


The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France

by Ray Walker

An intoxicating memoir of an American who discovers a passion for French wine, and gambles everything to chase a dream of owning a vineyard in Burgundy

Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting...


Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

by Loung Ung

After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America...


Alexander Hamilton: A Life

by Willard Sterne Randall

From his less than auspicious start in 1755 on the Caribbean Island of Nevis to his untimely death in a duel with his old enemy Aaron Burr in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, despite his short life, left a huge legacy....


My Father's Bonus March

by Adam Langer

To his friends, Seymour Langer was one of the brightest kids to emerge from Chicago’s Depression-era Jewish West Side. To his family, he was a driven and dedicated physician, a devoted father and husband....


Now I See the Moon

by Elaine Hall

When her son, Neal, was diagnosed withautism, former Hollywood acting coach Elaine Hall, aka Coach E, took matters into her own hands and used her resources to guide him toward an increasingly independent life....


Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows

by Isabel Vincent

The mesmerizing biography of one of the world's richest, most intriguing women—philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra

In the early morning of December 3, 1999, Lily Safra stood shivering in her nightgown on...


Bound for America: Three British Composers

by Nicholas Temperley

In Bound for America, Nicholas Temperley documents the lives, careers, and music of three of the first British composers (William Selby, Rayner Taylor, and George K. Jackson) who emigrated from England in mid-career...


Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place

by Shelley Hornstein

This book addresses the relationship between memory and place and asks how architecture captures and triggers memory. It examines how architecture exists as a physical entity and how it registers as a place...