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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen

Language

English

Pages

784

Publication Date

October 18, 2005

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Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, <I >First Man</I> by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small step” changed history.<BR><BR>“The Eagle has landed.”<BR> <BR>When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. In <I >First Man</I>, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (<I >Publishers Weekly</I>, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.<BR> <BR>Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also—as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important biography—misunderstood. Armstrong’s accomplishments as engineer, test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself) yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over. <BR> <BR>In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. These milestones made it seem, as Armstrong’s mother Viola memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born—farther back still—that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission.”<BR> <BR>For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the forty-five years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life. <BR> <BR>In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the <I >First Man</I>, as an astronaut and as an individual. In <I >First Man</I>, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler.
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
by Ian O'Connor

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<DIV><B>A<I> NEW YORK TIMES</I> BESTSELLER</B><BR /><BR /> The definitive biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach<BR /><BR />             Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL—the infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he’s led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory and robust biography, readers will come to understand and see Belichick’s full life in football, from watching college games as a kid with his father, a Naval Academy scout, to orchestrating two Super Bowl–winning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, to his dramatic leap to New England, where he has made history.<BR /><BR />             Award-winning columnist and <I>New York Times </I>best-selling author Ian O’Connor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have been previously unexplored. O’Connor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn’t know. Those who follow and love pro football know Bill Belichick only as the hooded genius of the Patriots. But there is so much more—from the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players—if not their affection. This is a man who has many facets and, ultimately, has created a notorious football dynasty. Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this book circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time, and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work.</DIV>
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redem...
by Laura Hillenbrand

Language

English

Pages

530

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • </b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br />  <br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine • Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b>  <br /> “Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.”<b><i>—New York</i></b><i> </i><br />  <br /> “Staggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”<b><i>—The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”<b><i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br />“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”<b><i>—The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br />  <br /> “An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”<b>—<i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”<b><i>—Time</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Hillenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling.”<b>—Rebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>
Lost City of the Incas
by Hiram Bingham

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

December 16, 2010

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<p><b>First published in the 1950s, this is a classic account of the discovery in 1911 of the lost city of Machu Picchu.</b></p><p>In 1911 Hiram Bingham, a pre-historian with a love of exotic destinations, set out to Peru in search of the legendary city of Vilcabamba, capital city of the last Inca ruler, Manco Inca. With a combination of doggedness and good fortune he stumbled on the perfectly preserved ruins of Machu Picchu perched on a cloud-capped ledge 2000 feet above the torrent of the Urubamba River. The buildings were of white granite, exquisitely carved blocks each higher than a man. Bingham had not, as it turned out, found Vilcabamba, but he had nevertheless made an astonishing and memorable discovery, which he describes in his bestselling book LOST CITY OF THE INCAS.</p>
Tiger Woods
by , Armen Keteyian

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<b>“A confident and substantial book...It has torque and velocity...It makes a sweet sound, like a well-struck golf ball. I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry, and moving in almost equal measure. It’s a big American story.” —<i>T</i><i>he New York Times</i></b><BR> <BR><b>Based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life—many of whom have never spoken about him on the record before—a sweeping, revelatory, and defining biography of an American icon.</b><BR><BR>In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life. Married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children, he was the winner of fourteen major golf championships and earning more than $100 million annually. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years—one that unraveled in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving-night car crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional lives over a cliff. Still, the world has always wondered: Who is Tiger Woods, really?<BR> <BR> In <i>Tiger Woods</i>, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The System</i>, look deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to that question. To find out, they conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every facet of Woods’s life—friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, coaches, business associates, physicians, Tour pros, and members of Woods’s inner circle.<BR> <BR> From those interviews, and extensive, carefully sourced research, they have uncovered new, intimate, and surprising details about the man behind the myth. We read an inside account of Tiger’s relationship with his first love, Dina Gravell, and their excruciating breakup at the hands of his parents. We learn that Tiger’s longtime sports agency, International Management Group (IMG), made $50,000 annual payments to Tiger’s father, Earl Woods, as a “talent scout”—years before Tiger was their client. We discover startling new details about Earl, who died in 2006 and to this day lies in an unmarked grave. We come along as Tiger plunges into the Las Vegas and New York nightclub worlds alongside fellow superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. We are whisked behind the scenes during the <i>National Enquirer</i>’s globetrotting hunt to expose Tiger’s infidelity, and we get a rare look inside his subsequent sex-addiction treatment at the Pine Grove facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.<BR> <BR> But the portrait of Woods that emerges in Tiger Woods is far more rewarding than revelations alone. By tracing his life from its origins as the mixed-race son of an attention-seeking father and the original Tiger Mom—who programmed him to be “the chosen one,” tasked with changing not just the game of golf but the world as well—the authors provide a wealth of new insight into the human being trapped inside his parents’ creation. Most of all, we are reminded, time and time again, of Woods’s singular greatness and the exhilaration we felt watching an athletic genius dominate his sport for nearly twenty years.<BR> <BR> But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the answers in an extraordinary biography that is destined to become the defining book about an authentic American legend—and to linger in the minds of readers for years to come.
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Par...
by Daniel James Brown

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 17, 2009

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<p><strong>From the #1 bestselling author of <em>The Boys in the Boat</em> comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier</strong></p><p><strong>“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><p>In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.</p><p>In this gripping narrative, <em>New York Times </em>bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.</p>
Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea
by Captain Lee

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the star of Bravo’s hit reality show<i> Below Deck</i>, comes <i>Running Against the Tide</i>, the “Stud of the Sea’s” first-ever memoir recounting his journey from landlocked Saginaw, Michigan to the high seas, where he has spent more than twenty-five years as a superyacht captain.</b><BR><BR>The cast members of <i>Below Deck </i>are known for their catfights, scheming, personal attacks, and long-held grudges, but what keeps viewers coming back week after week is resident hero Captain Lee, the only cast member to appear in all five seasons.<BR> <BR>But you don’t have to be one of <i>Below Deck</i>’s 1.5 million weekly viewers to appreciate Captain Lee’s story, which offers a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the luxury yachting industry and one of Bravo’s biggest franchises. From having to reclaim his drunk captain's lost papers in the Dominican Republic to unwittingly crewing a drug boat out of Turks and Caicos to navigating the outrageous demands of the super-rich in New York City, Captain Lee's tales from the high seas run the gamut, proving time and time again why he’s a fan favorite: he’s occasionally profane, he’s often surprising, but he’s never dull and, for the first time, he’s here to tell all.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<div><b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men.</div><div><br /></div><div>For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. With no options left, Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, and the survival of the men they left behind, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia--a tiny dot of land in a vast and hostile ocean.</div><div><br /></div><div>In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.</div>
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets o...
by Mike Massimino

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English

Pages

344

Publication Date

October 04, 2016

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<b>Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour?</b> <br /><br />Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in <i>Spaceman</i> he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.<br /><br /> Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. <br /><br /> Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the <i>Columbia</i> shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. <br /><br /><i>Spaceman</i> invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.
The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the...
by Diana Marcum

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

August 01, 2018

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<p><b>From a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean Islands of the Atlantic Ocean.</b></p><p>Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her—and her career is stalled—when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azorean Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate <i>festas</i> to ease their <i>saudade</i>, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated.</p><p>Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the <i>chuva</i>—a rain so soft you don’t notice when it begins or ends.</p><p>With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for—and one of them may be a most unexpected love.</p><p><i>An Amazon Charts Most Read book.</i></p>

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