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Mao: The Real Story

by Alexander V. Pantsov & Steven I Levine

This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao’s rise to power and his leadership in China.

Mao Zedong was one...


Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic

by Mel Ziegler & Patricia Ziegler

With $1,500 and no business experience, Mel and Patricia Ziegler turned a wild idea into a company that would become the international retail colossus Banana Republic. Re-imagining military surplus as safari...


Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy

by John M Heisman & Mark Schlabach

To the select fraternity of men who have won the Heisman Trophy since its inception in 1935, the award is so much more than just a football trophy. The Heisman is a national symbol of collegiate football experience...


An Angry-Ass Black Woman

by Karen E. Quinones Miller

The autobiographical novel from the author of Uptown Dreams and Satin Doll

Karen E. Quinones Miller is AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN

You’d be angry, too . . . if you grew up poorer than poor in Harlem in the 1960s...


Talks with T. G. Masaryk

by Karel Capek & Michael Henry Heim

Never have two such important world figures collaborated in a biography: Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850–1937), the original philosopher-president who founded Czechoslovakia in 1918, and Karel Capek (1890–1938),...


When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story

by Eva Rutland

Recounting the civil rights era from the perspective of an African American wife and mother, this memoir travels from growing up in the segregated South before World War II to postwar family life in California....


Politics with Purpose: Occasional Observations on Public and Private Life

by Lindsay Tanner & Paul Kelly

Written by Lindsay Tanner—whose parliamentary career spans 18 years, culminating in his position as the minister for finance and deregulation in the Rudd–Gillard governments—this edited selection of his...


The Songs He Didn't Write: Bob Dylan Under the Influence

by Derek Barker

Encyclopedic and exhaustive, this guide to the more than 500 songs Bob Dylan has covered, in concert or on record, details the history of each song and offers an explanation of how he came to perform them....


The Rolling Stones: The Origin of the Species: How, Why and Where It All Began

by Alan Clayson

The early history of the Rolling Stones—long shrouded in myth and confusion as a result of 40 years of the rock and roll lifestyle—is made clear in this concise account. Chronicling the band members from...


John Lydon: Stories of Johnny: A Compendium of Thoughts on the Icon of an Era

by Rob Johnstone, Greil Marcus & Alan McGee

A set of stand-alone essays written by the cream of rock music's commentators—among them Rob Johnstone, Clinton Heylin, Legs McNeill, Greil Marcus, Kris Needs, Judy Nylon, Alan Clayson, and Nigel Williamson—this...


Walter & Me: Standing in the Shadow of Sweetness

by Eddie Payton, Paul T. Brown & Craig Wiley

Widely regarded as one of the best football players to ever tie on a pair of cleats, Walter Payton led a fascinating and ultimately tragic life. Told in the voices of those who knew him best, this biography...


They're Playing My Game

by Lou Sahadi, Hank Stram & Len Dawson

They’re Playing My Game is a unique look at Hank Stram and his incredible 17-year career as a football coach with the Texans/Chiefs (1960-1974) and New Orleans Saints (1976-1977), and his successful second...


Cherry's Jubilee: Singin' and Swingin' Through Life with Dino and Frank, Arnie and Jack

by Neil Daniels, Don Cherry & Willie Nelson

Don Cherry straddled the world of music and the world of golf. With his two innate talents, Cherry ascended to unbelievable heights—making gold records, winning major golf victories, and securing a place for...


Chaney: Playing for a Legend

by Donald Hunt, Aaron McKie & Eddie Jones

NBA stars Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie, who played together at Temple University for Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, team with acclaimed journalist Donald Hunt to share their experiences, life lessons, and challenges...


The Sea of Light

by Jenifer Levin

The Sea of Light is a wise, beautiful, and very American story of three women and their desire to excel and win - and heal one another - in the highly charged world of athletic competition. Angelita is the hurricane...


Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline

by Ellis Nassour & Dottie West

This definitive biography, based on exclusive and extensive interviews with Patsy Cline's mother, husband, and the country stars who knew and loved her, is now updated to feature a host of never-before-published...


Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family

by Linda H. Matthews

Telling the stories of those who quietly conducted the business and built the livelihoods that made their societies prosper or fail, this account shows how one Scots-Irish American family, the Hammills—millers,...


Pig Boy's Wicked Bird: A Memoir

by Doug Crandell

This gritty tragicomic memoir is set in one memorable year—1976, the Bicentennial, when Jimmy Carter ran for president and seven-year-old Doug Crandell lost two fingers in a farming accident. More than anything,...


Skinny Boy: A Young Man's Battle and Triumph Over Anorexia

by Gary A. Grahl

Gary Grahl was both handsome and popular, a boy whose athletic abilities attracted the attention of the big leagues . . . until "IT," a shaming inner-voice that convinced him to be ever thinner. His out-of-control...


The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation

by Kira Gale & James E. Starrs

Nearly two centuries later, mystery continues to surround Meriwether Lewis's death—did the famous explorer commit suicide or was he murdered? Recently revealed truths and deconstructed myths are woven together...