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Bette Davis

by David Thomson

“She could look demure while behaving like an empress. Blonde, with eyes like pearls too big for her head, she was very striking, but marginally pretty and certainly not beautiful . . . But it was her edge...


The Junction Boys

by Jim Dent

The legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant is recognized nationwide as one of the greatest coaches ever. So why did he always cite his 1-9 A&M team of 1954 as his favorite? This is the story of a remarkable team – and...


The Peasant Prince

by Alex Storozynski

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head (when he dared court a woman...


Sherman: Lessons in Leadership

by Steven E. Woodworth & Wesley K. Clark

Sherman is not only one of the most important generals in the American Civil War, but also one of the most famous commanders in the military annals of the western world. He has become an almost mythical character...


At Home in the World

by Joyce Maynard

In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and...


Edward VII

by Christopher Hibbert & Hugh Thomas

To his mother, Queen Victoria, he was "poor Bertie," to his wife he was "my dear little man," while the President of France called him "a great English king," and the German Kaiser condemned him as "an old peacock."...


My FBI

by Louis J. Freeh

Louis Freeh led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001, through some of the most tumultuous times in its long history. This is the story of a life in law enforcement, and of one man’s determined...


American Original

by Joan Biskupic

The first full-scale biography of the Supreme Court’s most provocative—and influential—justice

If the U.S. Supreme Court teaches us anything, it is that almost everything is open to interpretation. Almost....


Gellhorn

by Caroline Moorehead

The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, whose life provides a unique and thrilling perspective on world history in an extraordinary time

Martha Gellhorn's heroic career as a...


Richard M. Nixon

by Elizabeth Drew & Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The complex man at the center of America's most self-destructive presidency In this provocative and revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced out of office, the legendary Washington journalist...


Skipjack

by Christopher White

In Skipjack, Christopher White spends a pivotal year with three memorable captains as they battle man and nature to control the fate of their island villages and oyster fleet. Through these lively characters,...


Betsy Ross and the Making of America

by Marla R. Miller

A richly woven biography of the beloved patriot Betsy Ross, and an enthralling portrait of everyday life in Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia

Betsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively...


We're Just Like You, Only Prettier

by Celia Rivenbark

"On the short drive to the preschool,

I dutifully unwrap a NutriGrain bar and

toss it into the back seat to my four-year-old.

Sometimes I'll even unwrap one for myself.

Studies have shown that it's very important...


A Perfect Union

by Catherine Allgor

An extraordinary American comes to life in this vivid, groundbreaking portrait of the early days of the republic—and the birth of modern politics

When the roar of the Revolution had finally died down, a new...


Lyndon B. Johnson

by Charles Peters, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz

The towering figure who sought to transform America into a "Great Society" but whose ambitions and presidency collapsed in the tragedy of the Vietnam War

Few figures in American history are as compelling and...


The Hawk and the Dove

by Nicholas Thompson

A brilliant and revealing biography of the two most important Americans during the Cold War era—written by the grandson of one of them

Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold...


Growing Up bin Laden

by Omar bin Laden, Najwa bin Laden & Jean Sasson

The New York Times calls GROWING UP BIN LADEN: "The most complete account available of the terrorist’s immediate family." (May 15, 2011)

A true story that few ever believed would come to light, GROWING UP...


Robert A. Heinlein

by William H. Patterson, Jr.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis...


Fifty Miles from Tomorrow

by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley

Nunavut tigummiun!Hold on to the land! It was just fifty years ago that the territory of Alaska officially became the state of Alaska. But no matter who has staked their claim to the land, it has always had...


Big Papi

by David Ortiz & Tony Massarotti

Raised in the Dominican Republic, signed by the Seattle Mariners, and released by the Minnesota Twins, David Ortiz landed in baseball-crazy Boston, of all places. Generally regarded as an underachiever to that...