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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
by Jim DeFede

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English

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260

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July 12, 2011

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<p><strong>The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical <em>Come from Away</em></strong></p><p>When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. </p><p>As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.</p><p>Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.</p>
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
by , Nissim Mishal

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English

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421

Publication Date

November 06, 2012

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<p>For decades, Israel's renowned security arm, the Mossad, has been widely recognized as the best intelligence service in the world. In <em>Mossad</em>, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history. These are real <em>Mission: Impossible</em> true stories brimming with high-octane action—from the breathtaking capture of Nazi executioner Adolph Eichmann to the recent elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists. Anyone who is fascinated by the world of international espionage, intelligence, and covert "Black-Ops" warfare will find <em>Mossad</em> electrifying reading.</p><p>"This book tells what should have been known and isn't—that Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."<br />— Israeli President Shimon Peres </p>
War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American In...
by Ronan Farrow

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English

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424

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April 24, 2018

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<p><strong>A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.</strong></p><br /><p>US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.</p><br /><p>In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth—Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them—acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan.</p><br /><p>Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers—including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson—<em>War on Peace</em> makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice—but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.</p>
Fire Lover: A True Story
by Joseph Wambaugh

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English

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364

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<b>The hunt for</b><b>the most prolific American arsonist of the twentieth century</b><b>—</b><b>in this Edgar Award–winning true crime story that’s “stranger than fiction” (<i>The New York Times</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br /> From Joseph Wambaugh, the #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of such classics as <i>The Onion Field </i>and <i>The Choirboys</i>, comes the extraordinary story of the chase for the “Pillow Pyro,” led by one ambitious firefighter.<br /><br /> Growing up in Los Angeles, John Orr idolized law enforcement. However, after being rejected by both the LAPD and LAFD, he settled for a position with the Glendale Fire Department. There, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a fire captain and one of Southern California’s best-known and most respected arson investigators. But Orr led another, unseen life, one that included womanizing and an insatiable thirst for recognition.<br />  <br /> While Orr busted a slew of petty arsonists, there was one serial criminal he could not track down. Nothing was safe from the so-called Pillow Pyro’s obsession. Homes, retail stores, and fields of dry brush all went up in flames. His handiwork led to millions of dollars worth of property damage and the deaths of four innocent bystanders. But after years of evading the police, he made a mistake—one that would turn Orr’s life upside down.<br />  <br /> The<i> Washington Post</i> raves, “When [Joseph Wambaugh] talks about the culture of cops versus the culture of firemen, we get no speculation, only hard-earned details.” Based on meticulous research, interviews, case records, and thousands of pages of court transcripts, <i>Fire Lover</i> is Wambaugh at his best.
Above Suspicion: An Undercover FBI Agent, an Illicit Affair, and ...
by Joe Sharkey

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English

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394

Publication Date

January 17, 2017

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<b>The “expertly told” true story of an FBI agent’s affair that leads to murder in Kentucky coal country—soon to be a major motion picture starring Emilia Clarke (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>).</b><br /><br /> When rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam received his first assignment in 1987, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream, if not the most desirable location. Pikeville, Kentucky, is high in Appalachian coal country, an outpost rife with lawlessness dating back to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a rising star in the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug rings and bank robbers. But when one informant fell in love with him, passion and duty would collide with tragic results.<br />  <br /> A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith was a young, attractive, struggling single mother. She was also a drug user sometimes described as a con artist, thief, and professional liar. Ultimately, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. But when he ended the affair, she waged a campaign of vengeance that threatened to destroy him. When at last she confronted him with a shocking announcement, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of uncontrolled rage, fatally strangled her.<br />  <br /> Though he had everything necessary to get away with murder—a spotless reputation, a victim with multiple enemies, and the protection of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his conscience wouldn’t allow it. Tormented by a year of guilt and deception, Putnam finally led authorities to Smith’s remains. This is the story of what happened before, during, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its place on the dark shelf of the best American true crime” (<i>Newsday</i>).<br />  <br /><i>Revised and updated, this ebook also includes photos and a new epilogue by the author.</i>
Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburb...
by , Jim Atkinson

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English

Pages

392

Publication Date

December 20, 2016

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<b>Edgar Award Finalist: The “sensational” true story of two desperate housewives and the killing that shocked a Texas community (<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /> Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.<br />  <br /> On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty’s utility room that morning was all too real.<br />  <br /> Based on exclusive interviews with the Montgomery Gore and families, <i>Evidence of Love </i>is the riveting account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (<i>Fort Worth Star-Telegram</i>).<br />  <br /> Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning television movie <i>A Killing in a Small Town</i>, this chilling tale of sin and savagery will “fascinate true crime aficionados” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion

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English

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256

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March 21, 2017

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<b>The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of <i>South and West</i> and <i>The Year of Magical Thinking </i>(<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /><br /> Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature’s most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic.<br />  <br /> In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, “a personality before she was entirely a person,” and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, “the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements.”<br />  <br /> First published in 1968, <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem </i>has been heralded by the <i>New York Times Book Review </i>as “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” and named to <i>Time</i> magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.<br /><br />  
Innocent Victims: The True Story of the Eastburn Family Murders
by Scott Whisnant

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English

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384

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February 21, 2017

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<b>The riveting true account of a grisly crime and the unprecedented three murder trials faced by Fort Bragg soldier Tim Hennis.</b><br /><br /> On Mother’s Day, 1985, the bodies of Kathryn Eastburn and her two young daughters were found in their Fayetteville, North Carolina, home. Katie, an air force captain’s wife, had been raped and stabbed to death. Kara and Erin’s throats had been slit. Their toddler sister, Jana, was the only survivor of a bloody killing spree that terrified a community still reeling from the conviction, six years prior, of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald for the savage slayings of his pregnant wife and two daughters.<br />  <br /> The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department soon focused its investigation on US Army soldier Tim Hennis. Detectives and local prosecutors built their case on circumstantial evidence and a jury convicted Hennis and sentenced him to death. But his defense team refused to give up. Piece by piece, they discredited the state’s case, exposing false testimony, concealed evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct. At a second trial, Hennis was found not guilty and released from death row.<br />  <br /> But an even more stunning turn of events was yet to come. Twenty-five years after the murders, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation tested a crucial piece of DNA evidence from the crime scene. The shocking results led to an unprecedented third trial to determine Tim Hennis’s guilt or innocence.<br />  <br /> From the initial discovery of the horrifying scene at 367 Summer Hill Road to the controversial change of jurisdiction that allowed Hennis to be prosecuted for an astonishing third time, author Scott Whisnant chronicles every development in this intricate, disturbing, and still-evolving case. Has the mystery of who killed Katie, Kara, and Erin Eastburn been solved beyond a reasonable doubt? Read <i>Innocent Victims </i>and decide for yourself.<br />  
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and...
by Dave Grossman

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English

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420

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April 01, 2014

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<b>A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society.</b><br />  <br /> Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.<br />  <br /> The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young.<br />  <br /> Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, <i>On Killing</i> is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.<br />  
Blind Ambition: The White House Years
by John W. Dean

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English

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504

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December 20, 2016

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<b>A six-month <i>New York Times</i> bestseller: “Not only the best Watergate book, but a very good book indeed” (<i>The</i><i> Sunday Times</i>).</b><br /><br /> As White House counsel to Richard Nixon, a young John W. Dean was one of the primary players in the Watergate scandal—and ultimately became the government’s key witness in the investigations that ended the Nixon presidency. After the scandal subsided, Dean rebuilt his career, first in business and then as a bestselling author and lecturer. But while the events were still fresh in his mind, he wrote this remarkable memoir about the operations of the Nixon White House and the crisis that led to the president’s resignation.<br />  <br /> Called “fascinating” by <i>Commentary</i>, which noted that “there can be little doubt of [Dean's] memory or his candor,” <i>Blind Ambition</i> offers an insider’s view of the deceptions and machinations that brought down an administration and changed the American people’s view of politics and power. It also contains Dean’s own unsparing reflections on the personal demons that drove him to participate in the sordid affair. Upon its original publication, <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> hailed it “the flip side of <i>All the President’s Men</i>—a document, a minefield, and prime entertainment.”<br />  <br /> Today, Dean is a respected and outspoken advocate for transparency and ethics in government, and the bestselling author of such books as <i>The Nixon Defense</i>, <i>Worse Than Watergate</i>, and <i>Conservatives Without Conscience</i>. Here, in <i>Blind Ambition</i>, he “paints a candid picture of the sickening moral bankruptcy which permeated the White House and to which he contributed. His memory of who said what and to whom is astounding” (<i>Foreign Affairs</i>).<br /><br />  

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