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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

Language

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>
Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
by Adam Makos

Language

English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 27, 2015

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<b>For readers of <i>Unbroken</i> comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea, by the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>A Higher Call. </i></b><br /><br /> <i>Devotion</i> tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.<br /><br /> While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous job—landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier—a line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.<br /><br /> Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC “Red” Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea.<br /><br /> <i>Devotion</i> takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse, and into the foxholes with Red and the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try and save them. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history’s most audacious one-man rescue mission.<br /><br /> A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, <i>Devotion</i> asks: How far would you go to save a friend?<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Devotion<br /></i></b><br />“Riveting . . . a meticulously researched and moving account.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> “An inspiring tale . . . portrayed by Makos in sharp, fact-filled prose and with strong reporting.”<b>—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /> “[A] must-read.”<b>—<i>New York Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Stirring.”<b>—<i>Parade</i></b><br /><br /> “A masterful storyteller . . . [Makos brings] <i>Devotion</i> to life with amazing vividness. . . . [It] reads like a dream. The perfectly paced story cruises along in the fast lane—when you’re finished, you’ll want to start all over again.”<b>—Associated Press</b><br /><br />“A delight to read . . . <i>Devotion</i> is a story you will not forget.”<b>—<i>The Washington Times</i></b><br /><br />“My great respect for Tom Hudner knows no bounds. He is a true hero; and in reading this book, you will understand why I feel that way.”<b>—President George H. W. Bush</b><br /><br /> “This is aerial drama at its best—fast, powerful, and moving.”<b>—Erik Larson, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Dead Wake</i></b><br /><br />“Though it concerns a famously cold battle in the Korean War, make no mistake: <i>Devotion</i> will warm your heart.”<b>—Hampton Sides, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Ghost Soldiers</i> and <i>In the Kingdom of Ice</i></b><br /><br /> “At last, the Korean War has its epic, a story that will stay with you long after you close this book.”<b>—Eric Blehm, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Fearless</i> and <i>Legend</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
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>Amazon's Best History Book of the Year 2018</strong></p><p><strong><em>Time </em>magazine<em>’s</em> Best Nonfiction Book of 2018</strong></p><p><strong>New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2018</strong></p><p><strong>NPR’s Book Concierge Best Book of 2018</strong></p><p><strong><em>Economist </em>Book of the Year</strong></p><p><p><strong>“A profound impact on Hurston’s literary legacy.”—<em>New York Times</em></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><p></p>
The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tr...
by John U. Bacon

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English

Pages

410

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<p><strong>NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The riveting, tick-tock account of the largest manmade explosion in history prior to the atomic bomb, and the equally astonishing tales of survival and heroism that emerged from the ashes</strong><strong>, from acclaimed <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author John U. Bacon</strong></p><p>After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship <em>Mont-Blanc</em> fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, <em>Mont-Blanc</em>'s deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT—the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for HIroshima and Nagasaki. <em>Mont-Blanc</em> was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble.</p><p>This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's <em>The Great Halifax Explosion</em>: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands.</p><p>The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction.</p><p>Mesmerizing and inspiring, Bacon's deeply-researched narrative brings to life the tragedy, brvery, and surprising afterlife of one of the most dramatic events of modern times.</p>
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>A<I> NEW YORK TIMES</I> BESTSELLER<BR /><BR /> “Exhilarating.” —<I>New York Times Book Review</I></B><BR /><BR /> “<B>Riveting.</B>”<B> —<I>People</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong. And he’s done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes <I>Fly Girls</I> both exhilarating and heartbreaking.” —<I>USA Today</I></B><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>
A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic (The Titanic Chro...
by Walter Lord

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English

Pages

175

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<DIV><B>#1 <I>New York Times</I> Bestseller: The definitive book on the sinking of the <I>Titanic</I>, based on interviews with survivors, by the author of <I>The Miracle of Dunkirk</I>.</B><BR />  </DIV><DIV>At first, no one but the lookout recognized the sound. Passengers described it as the impact of a heavy wave, a scraping noise, or the tearing of a long calico strip. In fact, it was the sound of the world’s most famous ocean liner striking an iceberg, and it served as the death knell for 1,500 souls.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In the next two hours and forty minutes, the maiden voyage of the <I>Titanic</I> became one of history’s worst maritime accidents. As the ship’s deck slipped closer to the icy waterline, women pleaded with their husbands to join them on lifeboats. Men changed into their evening clothes to meet death with dignity. And in steerage, hundreds fought bitterly against certain death. At 2:15 a.m. the ship’s band played “Autumn.” Five minutes later, the <I>Titanic</I> was gone.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Based on interviews with sixty-three survivors, Lord’s moment-by-moment account is among the finest books written about one of the twentieth century’s bleakest nights.</DIV>
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 10, 2015

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<b>#1 New York Times Bestseller<br /><br />From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the <i>Lusitania</i></b><br /><br />On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the <i>Lusitania</i> was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. <br /><br />Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of <i>Unterseeboot</i>-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the <i>Lusitania</i> made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.<br /><br /> It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, <i>Dead Wake</i> brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. <br /><br /> Gripping and important, <i>Dead Wake</i> captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Ru...
by Josh Dean

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English

Pages

442

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<b>An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War—a mix between <i>The</i> <i>Hunt for Red October</i> and <i>Argo—</i>about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and <b>America’s most eccentric mogul </b>spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.</b><br /><br />In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished.<br /><br />As the Soviet Navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it—wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed. But the potential intelligence assets onboard the ship—the nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machines—justified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine.<br /><br />So began Project Azorian, a top-secret mission that took six years, cost an estimated $800 million, and would become the largest and most daring covert operation in CIA history. <br /><br />After the U.S. Navy declared retrieving the sub “impossible,” the mission fell to the CIA's burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology, the little-known division responsible for the legendary U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Working with Global Marine Systems, the country's foremost maker of exotic, deep-sea drilling vessels, the CIA commissioned the most expensive ship ever built and told the world that it belonged to the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, who would use the mammoth ship to mine rare minerals from the ocean floor. In reality, a complex network of spies, scientists, and politicians attempted a project even crazier than Hughes’s reputation: raising the sub directly under the watchful eyes of the Russians. <br /> <i> <br />The Taking of K-129</i> is a riveting, almost unbelievable true-life tale of military history, engineering genius, and high-stakes spy-craft set during the height of the Cold War, when nuclear annihilation was a constant fear, and the opportunity to gain even the slightest advantage over your enemy was worth massive risk.
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>A <em>NEW YORK TIMES </em>NOTABLE BOOK</strong></p><p><strong>AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR</strong></p><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>
Attack Transport: The Story Of The U.S.S. Doyen
by Lawrence A. Marsden

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English

Pages

156

Publication Date

August 28, 2018

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<h2>Attack transports formed the backbone of the Amphibious Forces in World War Two.<br /><br />It was these ships that carried the bulk of the troops and equipment to the bloody assault beaches of the overseas landings.</h2><br /><br />The Japanese military had swept across Pacific Ocean conquering and fortifying hundreds of small islands that the Allied forces would have to conquer one by one in order to defeat their enemy.<br /><br />Despite being unarmored and having little fire power, attack transports continued to make a monumental impact in the fate of the war. Not because they could defeat the Japanese on their own but because they carried in their hulls the war’s one essential combat element: the troops that fought on the ground.<br /><br />U.S.S. Doyen was one such attack transport that served with honor and made its contribution felt through the course of the war.<br /><br />Lawrence Marsden’s fascinating history of this ship uncovers the action of the Doyen from commissioning through to her last operation in World War Two and of course exposes the lives of the men who sailed her through treacherous waters to do their duty.<br /><br />This book provides brilliant insight into the Pacific War as it was seen from one small unit in the fleet as they were involved in some of the most important operations of that front, including the invasions of Kiska, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Saipan, Guam, Leyte, Lingayen Gulf and Iwo Jima.<br /><br />“In war, transports seldom rest. Between assaults, on long and dreary voyages they carry out to distant bases replacement and service troops and freight, and carry back to home ports our casualties and essential war materials. They are the unsung, battle-scarred work horses of the Navy.” Richmond K. Turner, Admiral, U.S. Navy, Former Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet.<br /><br />This book is perfect for readers who wish to learn more about these fascinating boats, the men who fought aboard them and the impact that they made throughout the war.<br /><br />Lieutenant Commander Lawrence A. Marsden served on the U.S.S. Doyen from May 1944 through to the end of the war, and was involved in the landings at Saipan, Guam, Leyte Gulf, Luzon and Iwo Jima. After the war he resigned his commission and became a textile company executive. His book <em> Attack Transport: The Story of The USS Doyen</em> was first published in 1946 and he passed away in 2005.<br />

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