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Andrew Carnegie

by David Nasaw

In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the fascinating rags- to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends-Andrew Carnegie, America's first modern titan....


Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss

by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

From the bestselling authors of Black Mass comes the definitive biography of Whitey Bulger, the most brutal and sadistic crime boss since Al Capone.

 

Drawing on a trove of sealed files and previously classified...


Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize

by Sean B. Carroll

The never-before-told account of the intersection of some of the most insightful minds of the 20th century, and a fascinating look at how war, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius.

 

In the spring...


Life on the Mississippi: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Mark Twain

'I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go to piloting,' Mark Twain once remarked. 'I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time.' And in 1882, Twain did just that: he returned to the...


Waiting For The Morning Train

by Bruce Catton

Bruce Catton, whose name is identified with Civil War history, grew up in Benzonia, Michigan, probably the only town within two hundred miles, he says, not founded to cash in on the lumber boom. In this memoir,...


HEALING THE WOUNDS: A Physician Looks at His Work

by David Md Hilfiker

Healing the Wounds is the most revealing book ever written by a doctor about his own profession. In it, David Hilfiker breaks the code of silence surrounding the everyday practice of medicine and gives is a...


Newspaper Days

by H.L. Mencken

The period covered is that of his professional nonage—from his entry into journalism as a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899 to 1906. It was not all Baltimore, however, for he went into brief...


Heathen Days

by H.L. Mencken

In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the...


Happy Days

by H.L. Mencken

Though best known for his caustic newspaper columns, H. L. Mencken's most enduring contribution to American literature may be his autobiographical writings, most of which first appeared in the New Yorker. In...


Seventeen Famous Operas

by Ernest Newman

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” –Ernest Newman

 

In Seventeen Famous Operas, renowned musicologist and music critic Ernest Newman...


Terry:: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism

by George McGovern

Rarely has a public figure addressed such difficult, intimate issues with such courage and bravery. In a moving, passionate memoir, former Senator George McGovern recalls the events leading up to his daughter...


Wars I Have Seen

by Gertrude Stein

Wars I Have Seen is the American writer Gertrude Stein's memoir of her experiences during the Second World War.  Gertrude Stein was living in Europe during the time of the war.


Everybody's Autobiography

by Gertrude Stein

“Alice B. Toklas wrote hers and now everybody will write theirs.” In 1933 Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists, and the author found herself...


Holy Cow!

by Harry Caray

Writing with Chicago Tribune sports columnist Verdi, Harry Caray recaps his decades in the booth, paying special attention to the owners he has dealt with, particularly Gussie Busch, Charley Finley and Bill...


The Gentleman Boss

by Thomas Reeves

“ ‘Chet’ Arthur President of the United States. Good God!” was perhaps the most pithy contemporary reaction to the accession of the twenty-first Chief Executive. It has certainly been the most enduring,...


Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman

by Michael Fellman

Bright, compulsively articulate, famous, loved, hated, and deeply troubled, William T. Sherman was perhaps one of the most compelling personalities in American history. This groundbreaking, in-depth portrait...


Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

by Patty Chang Anker

One woman's quest to conquer her fears and embrace life-and to inspire others to do the same

Patty Chang Anker grew up eager to please and afraid to fail. But after thirty-nine years, she decided it was time...


Lanterns On The Levee

by William Alexander Percy

Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, within the shelter of old traditions, aristocratic in the best sense, William Alexander Percy in his lifetime (1885–1942) was brought face to face with the convulsions...


He Leadeth Me

by Walter J. Ciszek

He Leadeth Me is a deeply personal story of one man’s spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse.

 

Captured by a Russian...


Crusade in Europe

by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dedicated to the Allied Soldier, Sailor and Airman of WWII.