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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
by Michael Wolff

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

January 05, 2018

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<p><b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b></p><p>With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in <i>Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House</i>.</p><p>Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief. </p><p>This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:<br />-- What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him<br /> -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama<br /> -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired<br /> -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room<br /> -- Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing<br /> -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is<br /> -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers</p><p>Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, <i>Fire and Fury</i> shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.</p><p><b>“Essential reading.”</b>—Michael D’Antonio, author of <i>Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success</i>, CNN.com</p><p><b>“Not since Harry Potter has a new book caught fire in this way…[<i>Fire and Fury</i>] is indeed a significant achievement, which deserves much of the attention it has received.”</b>—<i>The Economist</i></p>
Welcome Home, Bro: A Year of Combat in Vietnam with a Decorated A...
by Robert Scott Franks

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English

Pages

334

Publication Date

August 20, 2017

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Through personal experiences, Robert Scott Franks relates the difficulties faced by many veterans while in Vietnam and the significance of that involvement to both the veteran and his family. Welcome Home, Bro will serve as a conversation piece to help the veteran explain his experiences with his family and friends. It will cover the tour of duty in Vietnam, what it meant to him, and how it affected the rest of his life. Read Welcome Home, Bro, to gain a better understanding of this important period in U.S. history and how it affected the nation and the men who fought in the conflict.
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (Movie Tie-in) (Movie Tie-in E...
by Diane Ackerman

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<p>The movie <em>The Zookeeper’s Wife</em>, based on the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book, opens March 2017.</p><br /><p>1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love.</p><br /><p>A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.</p>
Command Missions: A Personal Story
by Lucian K. Truscott

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English

Pages

601

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<b><h2>Lucian K. Truscott and his men fought through some of the toughest operations of World War Two: Torch, Husky, Shingle, and Dragoon.</h2></b><br /><br />From North Africa, through the length of Italy, into Southern France and eventually into occupied Germany, he led his troops onward to repel the Axis powers.<br /><br /><em>Command Missions</em> is a fascinating account of Truscott’s journey through the Second World War, in which he recounts his fellow soldiers’ exploits, the co-operation and at times tense relationships between various Allied commanders, as well as intricate details of the battles that the American forces were engaged in.<br /><br />Although he had little battle experience prior to the beginning of the war he quickly impressed his superiors. By 1945 he had commanded many different troops as he rose through the ranks during the course of the war including the 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily, the VI Corps at Anzio and in Southern France, and finally the Fifth Army from the Apennines to the Alps. <br /><br />Truscott’s memoir provides brilliant insight into how commanders planned operations and reacted swiftly to the ever-changing situations of their troops on the ground. It was only through this combination of strategic preparation and quick thinking that the Allied armies were able to overcome their German and Italian enemies.<br /><br />Drawing upon his own personal experiences, letters and orders from other generals like Patton and Eisenhower, as well as the notes and recollections of aides and other soldiers allow Truscott to create a vivid history of the Allied invasion of Italy.<br /><br /><em>Command Missions: A Personal Story</em> is essential reading for anyone interested in the military campaigns of World War Two as well as the leaders that commanded their troops to victory.<br /><br />Lucian K. Truscott was a highly decorated officer of World War Two. He was one of the few U.S. officers to command a division, a corps, and a field army on active service during the war. He published this work in 1954 and passed away in 1965.
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanista...
by Steve Coll

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English

Pages

779

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b><b>Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Ghost Wars,</i> bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11</b></b><br /><br />Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan.<br /><br />Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. <br /><br />Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. <br /><br />This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, <i>Directorate S</i> is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.
Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Wo...
by Andrew Morton

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<strong>F</strong><strong>or fans of the Netflix series <em>The Crown </em>and f</strong><strong>rom the author of the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>17 Carnations</em> comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. </strong><br /><br /><em>"You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance." -Wallis Simpson<br /><br /></em><div>Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation.</div><div><br /></div><div>In WALLIS IN LOVE, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.</div><div><br /></div><div>WALLIS IN LOVE goes beyond Wallis's infamous persona and reveals a complex, domineering woman striving to determine her own fate and grapple with matters of the heart. </div><div><br /></div>
The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai
by Elizabeth Flock

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p>"Elizabeth Flock takes us on an intimate cruise on the shifting sea of the heart, in the best book set in Bombay that I've read in years. Flock's total access to her characters, and her highly sympathetic and nonjudgmental gaze, prove that love and literature know no borders. Easily the most intimate account of India that I've read, and of value to anybody that believes in love and marriage."—Suketu Mehta, author of <em>Maximum City</em></p><p>"This remarkable debut is so deeply reported, elegantly written, and profoundly transporting that it reads like a novel you can’t put down. It’s both a nuanced and intimate evocation of Indian culture, and a provocative and exciting meditation on marriage itself."—Katie Roiphe, author of <em>The Violet Hour</em></p><p>In the vein of <em>Behind the Beautiful Forevers</em>, an intimate, deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage, and the state of modern India—as witnessed through the lives of three very different couples in today’s Mumbai.</p><p>In twenty-first-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nation’s development, so too are pop culture and technology—an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage.</p><p><em>The Heart Is a Shifting Sea</em> introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya’s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love. Though these three middle-class couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced, and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities, and promise of matrimony in its present state.</p><p>Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couples—listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all.</p>
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of th...
by David Grann

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST <br /><br />"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." <b>—</b>Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017<br /><br />Named a best book of the year by <i>Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, </i>NPR's Maureen Corrigan<i>, </i>NPR's "On Point,"<i> Vogue</i>, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, <i>Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's </i>"Ultimate Best Books<i>," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus,</i> Slate.com<i> </i>and</b><i><b> Book Browse</b><br /></i><b><i><br /></i>From <i>New Yorker</i> staff writer David Grann, #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Lost City of Z,</i> a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history</b><br />        <br />In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.<br />       Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. <br />       In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. <br />       In <i>Killers of the Flower Moon, </i>David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i> is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and He...
by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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English

Pages

498

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p><b>*THE INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER*</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the 20th Century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill.</b></p><p>“Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?” Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. “Money and Power,” she would say. It was a lesson neither would ever forget. They followed in their mother’s footsteps after her marriages to the philandering socialite “Black Jack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss. </p><p> Jacqueline Bouvier would marry John F. Kennedy and the story of their marriage is legendary, as is the story of her second marriage to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Less well known is the story of her love affair with a world renowned architect and a British peer. Her sister, Lee, had liaisons with one and possibly both of Jackie's husbands, in addition to her own three marriages—to an illegitimate royal, a Polish prince and a Hollywood director. </p><p> If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.</p>
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the W...
by Bart D. Ehrman

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years.<BR><BR>Christianity didn’t <i>have</i> to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In <i>The Triumph of Christianity</i>, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. <i>The Triumph of Christianity</i> combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

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