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Imperfect Presidents

by Jim Cullen

When people make bad decisions, odd remarks, and just plain silly mistakes, the results are sure to haunt them. But when these things happen to the president of the United States, they can change the course...


Tears in the Darkness

by Michael Norman & Elizabeth M. Norman

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with...


In Search of Bill Clinton

by John Gartner

What makes Bill Clinton tick?

William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States is undoubtedly the greatest American enigma of our age -- a dark horse that captured the White House, fell from...


In a Heartbeat

by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy & Sally Jenkins

For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in The Blind Side tells their own deeply inspiring story

First came the bestselling book, then the Oscar-nominated movie—the story of Michael Oher and the...


Soft Spots

by Clint Van Winkle

A powerful, haunting, provocative memoir of a Marine in Iraq—and his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a system trying to hide the damage done

Marine Sergeant Clint Van Winkle flew to war on...


The Age of Lincoln

by Orville Vernon Burton

Stunning in its breadth and conclusions, The Age of Lincoln is a fiercely original history of the five decades that pivoted around the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Abolishing slavery, the age's most extraordinary...


Haunted Heart

by Lisa Rogak

A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining.

One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world today, Stephen King has become part of pop...


A Great Unrecorded History

by Wendy Moffat

A REVELATORY LOOK AT THE INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GREAT AUTHOR—AND HOW IT SHAPED HIS MOST BE LOVED WORKS

With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novel Maurice in 1970, E. M. Forster came out as...


Towers of Gold

by Frances Dinkelspiel

Isaias Hellman, a Jewish immigrant, arrived in California in 1859 with very little money in his pocket and his brother Herman by his side. By the time he died, he had effectively transformed Los Angeles into...


A Boy Named Shel

by Lisa Rogak

Few authors are as beloved as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comic poems have become the bedtime staples of millions of children and their parents, but few readers know much about the man behind...


Secret Historian

by Justin Spring

Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the...


Merchant Kings

by Stephen R. Bown

Commerce meets conquest in this swashbuckling story of the six merchant-adventurers who built the modern world

It was an era when monopoly trading companies were the unofficial agents of European expansion, controlling...


Voices of Time

by Eduardo Galeano & Mark Fried

A striking mosaic of memories, observations, and legends that together reveal the author's own story and a grand, compassionate vision of life itself

In this kaleidoscope of reflections, renowned South American...


Passion and Pain

by Marc Shapiro

From the poverty-stricken streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico to the vibrant barrios of New York City, HECTOR LAVOE became the singer of all singers, and the driving-force behind the Salsa movement in the mid-1960s....


Ava Gardner

by Lee Server

"The most complete and engrossing biography yet of this exotic Southern girl...Excellent."—Liz Smith

She was the sex symbol who dazzled all the other sex symbols. She was the temptress who drove Frank Sinatra...


Warrior King

by Nathan Sassaman & Joe Layden

The startling and controversial memoir of combat and betrayal, written by one of the most prominent members of the U.S. fighting forces in Iraq

A West Point graduate, a former star quarterback who carried Army...


Hero of the Underground

by Jason Peter & Tony O'Neill

I wasn't afraid of death.

How could I be? I lived under death's shadow every day. When you swallow eighty Vicodin, twenty sleeping pills, drink a bottle of vodka, and still survive, a certain sense of invulnerability...


The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

by Frances Wilson

Described by the writer and opium addict Thomas De Quincey as "the very wildest . . . person I have ever known," DorothyWordsworth was neither the self-effacing spinster nor the sacrificial saint of common telling....


Breaking News

by Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher doesn't claim to be a hero. Yet he didn't flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network...


The Churchills

by Celia Lee & John Lee

Beautiful, rich, and powerful, the Churchills dominated world politics for generations—but like every family, they too have their secrets.

Winston Churchill is arguably the most famous Briton, but a shroud...