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The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm ...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

June 03, 2014

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<DIV><B>“A touching and absorbing portrait of one of the forgotten heroes of World War II . . . A. J. Baime has given us a memorable portrait not just of an industry going to war but of a remarkable figure who helped to make victory possible.”—<I>Wall Street Journal</I></B><BR />  <BR /> As the United States entered World War II, the military was in desperate need of tanks, jeeps, and, most important, airplanes. Germany had been amassing weaponry and airplanes for five years—the United States for only months. So President Roosevelt turned to the American auto industry, specifically the Ford Motor Company, where Edsel Ford made the outrageous claim that he would construct the largest airplane factory in the world, a plant that could build a “bomber an hour.” And so began one of the most fascinating and overlooked chapters in American history.<BR />  <BR /> Drawing on unique access to archival material and exhaustive research, A. J. Baime has crafted a riveting narrative that hopscotches from Detroit to Washington to Normandy, from the assembly lines to the frontlines, and from the depths of professional and personal failure to the heights that Ford Motor Company and the American military ultimately achieved in the sky.<BR />  <BR /> “Wars are fought on many fronts, and A. J. Baime chronicles this little-known, but terrifically important battle to build America's bomber force with narrative zest and delicious detail. Put simply, it's a great read.”—Neal Bascomb, best-selling author of <I>The Perfect Mile</I><BR />  <BR /> “Fast-paced . . . the story certainly entertains.”—<I>New York Times</I><BR />  </DIV>
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviatio...
by Keith O'Brien

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 07, 2018

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<DIV>“<B>Riveting.</B>”<B> —<I>People</I></B><BR /><BR /> “<B>Mr. O'Brien . . . has recovered a fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history.”</B> —<I><B>Wall Street Journal</B></I><BR /><BR /><B>The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won</B><BR />  <BR /> Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. <I>Fly Girls</I> recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.<BR /><BR /> O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high‑school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue‑blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men — and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.<BR />  <BR /> Like <I>Hidden Figures</I> and <I>Girls of Atomic City</I>, <I>Fly Girls</I> celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.</DIV>
Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Pass...
by Heather Poole

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. <em>Cruising Attitude</em> is a <em>Coffee, Tea, or Me?</em> for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of “Galley Gossip,” a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.<br />
Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux: The Great Railway Bazaar, The...
by Paul Theroux

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English

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Publication Date

June 19, 2018

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<DIV><I><B>Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux</B></I><BR /><BR /> Three quintessential works from the legendary Paul Theroux are collected here for the first time.<BR /> Let the master take you by train through Asia in 1975’s <I>The Great Railway Bazaar</I>, then cross the Americas in 1979’s <I>The Old Patagonian Express</I>, and round out your journey through Eastern Europe in 2008’s <I>Ghost Train to the Eastern Star</I>.<BR /><BR /><BR /><I><B>The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia</B></I><BR /><BR /><I>The Great Railway Bazaar</I>, Theroux’s strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here he recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand tour. Asia’s fabled trains—the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express—are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London’s Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian Express. Brimming with Theroux’s signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.<BR /><BR /><BR /><I><B>The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas</B></I><BR /><BR /> Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, Theroux winds up on the poky Old Patagonian Express steam engine (“a kind of demented samovar on wheels”), which comes to a halt among cracked hills and thorn bushes in the southern reaches of Argentina. <BR /><BR /> But with Theroux the souls he meets along the way matter most, like the monologuing Mr. Thornberry in Costa Rica, the bogus priest of Cali, and the blind Jorge Luis Borges, who delights in having Theroux read Robert Louis Stevenson to him. <BR /><BR /><BR /><I><B>Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar</B></I><BR /><BR /> Half a lifetime ago, Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his grand tour by train through Asia. In the decades since, the world he recorded in that book has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America was unleashing on it the last time Theroux passed through. And no one is better able to capture the texture, sights, smells, and sounds of that changing landscape than Theroux.<BR /><BR /> His odyssey takes him from eastern Europe, still hung-over from communism, through tense but thriving Turkey into the Caucasus, where Georgia limps back toward feudalism while its neighbor Azerbaijan revels in oil-fueled capitalism. Theroux travels as the locals do—by stifling train, rattletrap bus, illicit taxi, and mud-caked foot—encountering adventures only he could have: from the literary (sparring with the incisive Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk) to the dissolute (surviving a week-long bender on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). And wherever he goes, his omnivorous curiosity and unerring eye for detail never fail to inspire, enlighten, and entertain.<BR />  </DIV>
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
by Zora Neale Hurston

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English

Pages

193

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>“A profound impact on Hurston’s literary legacy.”—New York Times</strong></p><p><strong>“One of the greatest writers of our time.”—Toni Morrison</strong></p><p><strong>“Zora Neale Hurston’s genius has once again produced a <em>Maestrapiece</em>.”—Alice Walker</strong></p><p><strong>A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic <em>Their Eyes Were Watching God, </em>with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.</strong></p><p>In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo’s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.</p><p>In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo’s past—memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the <em>Clotilda</em>, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.</p><p>Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, <em>Barracoon</em> masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.</p>
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and th...
by Rachel Slade

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English

Pages

391

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><strong>ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER</strong></p><p><strong>A <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> EDITOR'S CHOICE</strong></p><p><strong>ONE OF <em>OUTSIDE</em> MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER</strong></p><p><strong>ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR</strong></p><p><strong>“A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><p><strong>“A <em>Perfect Storm </em>for a new generation.”</strong><br />—<strong>Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of <em>The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook</em></strong></p><p><p><p>On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship <em>El Faro</em><em> </em>whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.</p><p>Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of <em>El Faro.</em><em> </em>As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.</p><p>A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, <em>Into the Raging Sea </em>takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.</p><p></p><p></p>
Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
by Martin Caidin

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

February 19, 2018

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<b><h2>“The ‘longest day’ for the B-17’s in World War II ... Superb!” <em>NY Times</em></h2></b><br /><br />On Thursday, October 14, 1943, two hundred and ninety one B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt.<br /><br />Sixty of those planes never returned and six hundred and fifty men were lost during the course of that mission.<br /><br />It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as “Black Thursday”.<br /><br />Martin Caidin’s <em>Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid</em> is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten.<br /><br />This book uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid as the ground crew prepare the aircraft and the aviators are briefed on their mission ahead.<br /><br />By consulting with first-hand accounts and interviewing survivors Caidin’s book takes the reader to the heart of the action as the planes burst into battle in the skies above Western Europe.<br /><br />“It is documented in the same careful kind of research which makes the whole book so successful. Excellent!” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />Martin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. Caidin was an airplane pilot as well, and bought and restored a 1936 Junkers Ju 52 airplane. His book <em>Black Thursday</em> was first published in 1960. He passed away in 1997.<br /><br />
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.<BR><BR>On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.<BR> <BR>Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.<BR> <BR>In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (<i>The Economist</i>), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (<i>The Washington Post) </i>and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…<i>The Wright Brothers</i> soars” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-50...
by Daniel V. Gallery

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

February 25, 2018

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<h2>“Terrific... the first-hand story of Uncle Sam’s U-Boat killers.” — <em>Chicago Daily News</em></h2><br /><br /><b>“The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. . . .” — Winston Churchill</b><br /><br />German U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world.<br /><br />The Battle of the Atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.<br /><br />The U-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941.<br /><br />Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships.<br /><br />But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies.<br /><br />Daniel Gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat.<br /><br />Commanding the USS <em>Guadalcanal</em> he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa.<br /><br />He was the first American officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.<br /><br />“Excellent in several ways: it provides a fine quick survey of the whole Atlantic war, it describes the operation of the German U-boat service, and, most dramatically, it tells how an American task force under Admiral Gallery achieved the unique feat of capturing a German submarine.” — <em>Publishers’ Weekly</em><br /><br /> “One of the best non-fiction books about World War II.” — <em>Raleigh News & Observer</em><br /><br />“One of the war’s most exciting memoirs.” — <em>Chicago News</em><br /><br />“A first-rate adventure tale...suspense and excitement told with a seaman’s salty zest...excellent reading.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Tribune</em><br /><br />“A masterful job that merits the attention of every lover of sea stories.” — <em>Pittsburgh Press</em><br /><br />“Brimming with thrills.” — <em>Philadelphia News</em><br /><br />“An engrossing tale. . . . Pungent, entertaining, informative.” — <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br />“A humdinger of a sea story ... a highly readable book, trimmed from stem to stern with the writer’s irrepressible sense of humor.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Times</em><br /><br />Daniel V. Gallery was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. After the war, Gallery was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. <em>Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea</em> was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Cl...
by Steven Ujifusa

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

July 17, 2018

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In the grand tradition of David McCullough and Ron Chernow, the sweeping story of the nineteenth-century American dynasties who battled for dominance of the tea and opium trades.<BR><BR>There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. But the journey by sea to New York from Canton could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one’s goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price.<BR> <BR><i>Barons of the Sea</i> tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their precious cargo to American shores. They were visionary, eccentric shipbuilders, debonair captains, and socially-ambitious merchants with names like Forbes and Delano—men whose business interests took them from the cloistered confines of China’s expatriate communities to the sin city decadence of Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and from the teeming hubbub of East Boston’s shipyards and to the lavish sitting rooms of New York’s Hudson Valley estates.<BR> <BR>Elegantly written and meticulously researched, <i>Barons of the Sea</i> is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry as sordid as it was genteel.

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