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Captain James A. Baker of Houston, 1857-1941

by Kate Sayen Kirkland

Captain James A. Baker, Houston lawyer, banker, and businessman, received an alarming telegram on September 23, 1900: his elderly millionaire client William Marsh Rice had died unexpectedly in New York City....


A Cause Greater than Self: The Journey of Captain Michael J. Daly, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient

by Stephen J. Ochs

A privileged, hell-raising youth who had greatly embarrassed his family—and especially his war-hero father—by being dismissed from West Point, Michael J. Daly would go on to display selfless courage and...


More Than a Champion: The Style of Muhammad Ali

by Jan Philipp Reemtsma

"A dazzling portrait. . . . Written with energy, daring, and artful intelligence."  --San Francisco Chronicle

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

by Lord Charnwood & Peter W. Schramm

Written by a native of England and originally published in 1916, this biography is a rare blend of beautiful prose and profound historical insight. Charnwood's study of Lincoln's statesmanship introduced generations...


Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos

by Leesa Culp, Gregg Drinnan & Bob Wilkie

On December 30, 1986, the Swift Current Broncos' bus crashed in horrible weather conditions, and four players died. In 1989 they won the Memorial Cup. In 1996 former Broncos coach Graham James was charged with...


Ockham Explained

by Rondo Keele

Ockham Explained is an important and much-needed resource on William of Ockham, one of the most important philosophers of the Middle Ages. His eventful and controversial life was marked by sharp career moves...


Frank: The Voice

by James Kaplan

Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century—infinitely...


How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer

by Buster Olney

In September 2008, Northern State University men’s basketball coach Don Meyer stood on the brink of immortality. He was about to surpass the legendary Bobby Knight to become the all-time NCAA wins leader in...


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Duff Cooper Prize 2008, Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2006, National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2005

by Martin J. Sherwin & Kai Bird

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting...


Staying True

by Jenny Sanford

BONUS: This edition contains a Staying True discussion guide.

In this candid and compelling memoir, the first lady of South Carolina reveals the private ordeal behind her very public betrayal—and offers inspiration...


Loon: A Marine Story

by Jack Mclean

“Kids like me didn’t go to Vietnam,” writes Jack McLean in his compulsively readable memoir. Raised in suburban New Jersey, he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, but decided to put college on...


Nancy Mitford: The Biography Edited from Nancy Mitford's Letters

by Nancy Mitford, Harold Acton & Diana Mitford (Mosley)

The autobiography Nancy Mitford intended to write herself.’ Daily Mail ‘A hotline to Nancy Mitford.’ Deborah Moggach ‘Weep with laughter.’ India Knight, London Review of Books Nancy Mitford was the eldest...


It Happened to Audrey: A Terrifying Journey From Loving Mom to Accused Baby Killer

by Jill Wellington & Audrey Edmunds

Audrey Edmunds was a happily married young mother of two with a baby on the way; the neighborhood soccer mom in a small Wisconsin town providing casual childcare when the unthinkable happened. An infant died...


Diaghilev: A Life

by Sjeng Scheijen

Diaghilev (1872-1929) is a character on the scale of myth. Growing up in a minor noble family in remote Perm, as a very young man he became an influential art historian and publisher in St Petersburg. Moving...


The Garden Cottage Diaries: My Year in the Eighteenth Century

by Fiona J Houston

“Done with great wit and intelligent determination”( The Guardian) “A riveting tale of a rather extraordinary journey” (Family History Monthly) Bemoaning the evils of the modern diet, Fiona Houston was...


Zuma Exposed

by Adriaan Basson

This is the book President Jacob Zuma does not want you to read. From Shaik to ‘The Spear’, award-winning investigative journalist Adriaan Basson reveals the truth behind Jacob Zuma’s presidency of the...


Come Dance With Me: A Memoir 1898-1956

by Ninette de Valois

Ninette de Valois, the world-famous prima ballerina, was born Edris Stannus in 1898 and raised at Baltiboys in County Wicklow. In this autobiography, first published in 1957 and now appearing in a new paperback...


The Strongest Men on Earth: When the Muscle Men Ruled Show Business

by Graeme Kent

They claimed to be the mightiest men in the world. For twenty-five years, before the outbreak of the First World War, professional strongmen were the pop idols of their day. Performing apparently incredible...


Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

by Edward Hemingway & Mark Bailey

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of...


I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking

by Lawton Grinter

"I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail...