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Marlene Dietrich: The Life
by Maria Riva

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English

Pages

789

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I></B><B> Bestseller: A “greatly entertaining” biography of the glamorous, mysterious German-born actress, written by her daughter (<I>The New York Times</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> With intimate detail, author Maria Riva reveals the rich life of her mother, Marlene Dietrich, the charismatic star of stage and screen whose career spanned much of the twentieth century. Opening with Dietrich’s childhood in Schöneberg, Riva’s biography introduces us to an energetic, disciplined, and ambitious young actress whose own mother equated show business with a world of vagabonds and thieves.<BR />  <BR /> Dietrich would quickly rise to stardom on the Berlin stage in the 1920s with her sharp wit and bisexual mystique, and wearing the top hat and tails that revolutionized our concept of beauty and femininity. She comes alive in these pages in all her incarnations: muse, collaborator, bona fide movie star, box-office poison, lover, wife, and mother.<BR />  <BR /> During World War II, Dietrich would stand up to the Nazis and galvanize American troops, eventually earning the Congressional Medal of Freedom. There were her artistic relationships with Josef von Sternberg (<I>The Blue Angel</I>, <I>Morocco</I>, <I>Shanghai Express</I>), Colette, Erich Maria Remarque, Noël Coward, and Cole Porter, as well as her heady romances. And in her final years, Dietrich would make herself visibly invisible, devoting herself to the immortality of her legend.<BR />  <BR /> Capturing this complex and astonishing woman, Maria Riva’s insightful profile of her mother has the depth, range, and resonance of a novel, and takes us on a journey through Europe and old Hollywood during an era that is gone but not forgotten.<BR />  <BR />  </DIV>
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<div><div><b>Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories--some published here for the first time--with a foreword from the President himself.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>Obama: An Intimate Portrait</i> reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.</div><div><br /></div><div>Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.</div><div><br /></div><div>This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.</div></div><div><br /></div><div>* * *</div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b><i>A deluxe limited slipcase edition is also available. </i></b></div>
Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

Language

English

Pages

525

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>A #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><BR> <BR><b>“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —<i>The New Yorker</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“Vigorous, insightful.” —<i>The Washington Post</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“A masterpiece.” —<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“Luminous.” —<i>The Daily Beast</i></b><BR> <BR><b>He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?</b><BR> <BR>The author of the acclaimed bestsellers <i>Steve Jobs</i>, <i>Einstein</i>, and <i>Benjamin Franklin</i> brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.<BR><BR>Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.<BR> <BR>He produced the two most famous paintings in history, <i>The Last Supper</i> and the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of <i>Vitruvian Man</i>, made him history’s most creative genius.<BR> <BR>His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in <i>The Last Supper</i>. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.<BR> <BR>Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
by , Barbara Pierce Bush

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
by Chris Matthews

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><BR> <BR>A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC’s <i>Hardball</i>.<BR><BR>With his bestselling biography <i>Jack Kennedy</i>, Chris Matthews shared a new look of one of America’s most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with <i>Bobby Kennedy</i>, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century.<BR> <BR> Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. They were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians—both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions.<BR> <BR> Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother’s administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic.
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicate...
by Gabrielle Union

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced.” — Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter</strong></p><p>In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s <em>Yes Please, </em>Lena Dunham’s <em>Not That Kind of Girl</em>, and Roxane Gay's <em>Bad Feminist</em>, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.</p><p>One month before the release of the highly anticipated film <em>The Birth of a Nation,</em> actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real." </p><p>In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.</p>
Grant
by Ron Chernow

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English

Pages

1098

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller.<br /><br />Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.</b><br />  <br /> Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.<br />  <br /> Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.<br /><br /> More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him “the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race.” After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. <br />  <br /> With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, <i>Grant</i> is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.
The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life i...
by , Gary B. Abromovitz

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English

Pages

371

Publication Date

September 06, 2011

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An eye-opening look at life—and death—inside the Mafia, <em>The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno</em> is a stunning document written by the son of notorious crime boss Joe Bonanno. Published at the author’s request after his death, <em>The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno</em> provides highly confidential secrets about the inner workings of La Cosa Nostra—offering a behind-closed-doors look at the secret Commission meetings of the ’30s through ’60s and clandestine details of the Mafia’s most venerable rituals, techniques, and indoctrination ceremonies…plus pages of never-before-seen photos. Bonanno’s <em>Last Testament</em> stands alongside Talese’s <em>Honor Thy Father</em>, Pileggi’s <em>Wiseguys</em>, Maas’s <em>The Valachi Papers</em> and <em>Underboss</em>, <em>The Good Rat</em> by Jimmy Breslin, and T.J. English’s <em>Havana Nocturne </em>as an essential work of contemporary crime history—a must-read for fans of <em>The Sopranos</em> and <em>The Godfather</em>.<br />
What Happened
by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”</b><b> —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of <i>What Happened</i></b><BR><BR>For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.<BR> <BR>In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.<BR> <BR>She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.<BR> <BR>The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. <i>What Happened </i>is the story of that campaign and its aftermath—both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Sh...
by , Don Yaeger

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>Another history pageturner from the authors of the #1 bestsellers <i>George Washington's Secret Six </i>and <i>Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.<br /><br /></i></b>The War of 1812 saw America threatened on every side. Encouraged by the British, Indian tribes attacked settlers in the West, while the Royal Navy terrorized the coasts. By mid-1814, President James Madison’s generals had lost control of the war in the North, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House ablaze, and a feeling of hopelessness spread across the country.<br /><br />Into this dire situation stepped Major General Andrew Jackson. A native of Tennessee who had witnessed the horrors of the Revolutionary War and Indian attacks, he was glad America had finally decided to confront repeated British aggression. But he feared that President Madison’s men were overlooking the most important target of all: New Orleans.<br /><br />If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting Americans off from that essential trade route and threatening the previous decade’s Louisiana Purchase. The new nation’s dreams of western expansion would be crushed before they really got off the ground.<br /><br />So Jackson had to convince President Madison and his War Department to take him seriously, even though he wasn’t one of the Virginians and New Englanders who dominated the government. He had to assemble a coalition of frontier militiamen, French-speaking Louisianans,Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, freed slaves, and even some pirates. And he had to defeat the most powerful military force in the world—in the confusing terrain of the Louisiana bayous.<br /><br />In short, Jackson needed a miracle. The local Ursuline nuns set to work praying for his outnumbered troops. And so the Americans, driven by patriotism and protected by prayer, began the battle that would shape our young nation’s destiny.<br /><br />As they did in their two previous bestsellers, Kilmeade and Yaeger make history come alive with a riveting true story that will keep you turning the pages. You’ll finish with a new understanding of one of our greatest generals and a renewed appreciation for the brave men who fought so that America could one day stretch “from sea to shining sea.”

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