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Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns

by Katharine Greider

Now in paperback: the extraordinary portrait of post-war Vietnam told by a journalist who covered the war and returned thirty years later to cover the peace


Olaf the Glorious

by Robert Leighton

The hero in this volume is not an imaginary one; he was a real flesh and blood man who reigned as King of Norway just over a thousand years ago. The main facts of his adventurous career -- his boyhood of slavery...


Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

by Susan Cheever

Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women. She had dismissed her publisher’s pleas for such a novel. Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed...


Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America

by Evan Carton

John Brown is a lightning rod of history. Yet he is poorly understood and most commonly described in stereotypes -- as a madman, martyr, or enigma. Not until Patriotic Treason has a biography or history brought...


A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler

by Thomas Fuchs

"Four Stars." --West Coast Review of Books

"Fascinating reading." --Booklist

"An engrossing book...excellent." --Oahu Sun Press


The Butler: A Witness to History

by Wil Haygood

From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion...


Ho Chi Minh: A Life

by William J. Duiker

To grasp the complicated causes and consequences of the Vietnam War, one must understand the extraordinary life of Ho Chi Minh, the man generally recognized as the father of modern Vietnam. Duiker provides startling...


747

by Joe Sutter & Jay Spenser

747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the twentieth century, who spearheaded its design and construction....


Newton

by Patricia Fara

Isaac Newton is now universally celebrated as a genius of science, renowned for his innovatory work on gravity and optics. Yet Newton did not always enjoy such legendary status. His posthumous reputation has...


Trotsky

by Bertrand M. Patenaude

Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much passion, controversy, and curiosity as Leon Trotsky. Trotsky was that rare combination of the man of ideas and the man of action. His role...


The Way You Wear Your Hat

by Bill Zehme

Within is a masterful assembly of the most personal details and gorgeous minutiae of Frank Sinatra's way of living--matters of the heart and heartbreak, friendship and leadership, drinking and cavorting, brawling...


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England

Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army...


The Agatha Christie Miscellany

by Cathy Cook

This miscellany will explore the fascinating and enigmatic world created by the undisputed 'Queen of Crime', Agatha Christie. Examining her place in literary history, her books and her iconic characters, including...


Genghis Khan

by James Chambers

Genghis Khan, the thirteenth century emperor, is known for his bloodthirsty, ruthless campaigns; however he was also one of the greatest commanders in history. Though a master of terror - his campaigns in northern...


Bolivar: American Liberator

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2013

by Marie Arana

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback...


Sole Survivor

by Ruthanne Lum Mccunn

On November 23, 1942, German U-Boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond and it sank in the Atlantic in two minutes. The sole survivor was a second steward named Poon Lim, who, with no knowledge of the sea,...


Eleni

by Nicholas Gage

"A devoted and brilliant achievement." The New York Review of Books

In 1948, as civil war ravaged Greece, children were abducted and sent to communist "camps" behind the Iron Curtain. Eleni Gatzoyiannis, 41,...


The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC C ITY

AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands...


Empire of the Sikhs: Revised Edition

by Patwant Singh & Jyoti M. Rai

The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's...


Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland: Poverty, Politics and the Irish People

by Ian Maxwell

To Victorian visitors, Ireland was a world of extremes - luxurious country houses to one-room mud cabins (in 1841 40% of Irish housing was the latter). This thorough and engaging social history of Ireland offers...