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  • Ron Chernow

    The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. 'Grand-scale biography at its best—thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written...A genuinely great book.' —David McCullough “A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.' - Joseph Ellis Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly...read more

  • Frank Rich

    New York Times columnist Frank Rich reviews the trajectory of fictions spun by the Bush administration from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, revealing the most brilliant spin campaign ever conducted. Unabridged CDs - 8 CDs, 10...read more

  • William R. Forstchen

    A towering epic torank with Douglas Preston's Blasphemy and Michael Crichton's Prey Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energysupplies, and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people canprevent global chaos. Gary Morgan-a brilliant renegade scientist pilloried bythe scientific community for his belief in a space elevator: a pillar to thesky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple, and affordable. Eva Morgan-a brilliant and beautiful scientist of Ukranian descent,she has had a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky, a vertiginoustower that would mine the power of the sun and supply humanity with cheap,limitless energy...read more

  • Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers 'one of the outstanding monsters of history.' Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin’s life, character, and career. 'It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust,' he writes with characteristic candor. 'But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction.'Stalin poses a particular challenge to a biographer: How does one render such a monster human? While Johnson doesn't flinch from chronicling Stalin's rise to absolute power—the remorseless vendetta against Leon Trotsky, the development of the Gulag, the...read more

  • Andrea Camilleri

    From New York Timesbestselling author Andrea Camilleri comes a brilliant, bawdy comedy that willsurprise even the most die-hard Montalbano fans. In 1880s Vigàta, a stranger comes to town to open apharmacy. Fofò turns out to be the son of a man made legendary for having amagic garden stocked with plants, fruits, and vegetables that could cure anyailment-a man who was found murdered years ago. Fofò escaped but has nowreappeared looking to make his fortune and soon finds himself mixed up in thedealings of a philandering local marchese set on producing an heir. An absurd, quirky murder mystery that recalls the mosthilarious and farcical scenes of Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales,...read more

  • W.P. Kinsella

    Gideon Clarke is a man on a quest. He is out to prove to the world, as his father tried before him, that the world-champion Chicago Cubs traveled to Onamata, Iowa, in the summer of 1908 for an exhibition game against all-stars from the Iowa Baseball Confederacy, an amateur league. The game, which was to be short, pleasant, and, the Cubs thought, one-sided, turned into a titanic battle of over two thousand innings, played mostly in the pouring rain. This game is not on the record books. No one remembers it or the Confederacy. But Gideon Clarke knows it happened, and he is determined to set the record straight. Like in his previous novel, Shoeless Joe, which was the basis for the movie...read more

  • Jack D. Hunter

    From the author of The Potsdam Bluff and Tailspin comes a new techno-thriller set in the near future and featuring man-of-action Tom Sweeney. When the secret agent is laid off from his high-level intelligence job due to peace-time Department of Defense budget cuts, he takes the dismissal in stride, planning to enjoy a few months off as a swinging bachelor. But when an old CIA running mate is found murdered in the bathroom of Sweeney’s house, leaving behind a cryptic message, Sweeney finds that he is a moving target for mysterious killers. Gradually, he discovers himself to be at the center of a complex international plot involving the cocaine industry, a swarm of vicious German...read more

  • Joseph Wheelan

    A unique and compelling examination of the Civil War's "turningpoint"-forty crucial days in the spring of 1864 that turned the tide for theUnion In the spring of 1864, Robert E. Lee faced a new adversary:Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. Named commander of all Union armies inMarch, Grant quickly went on the offensive against Lee in Virginia. On May 4 Grant's army struck hard across the Rapidan River into north central Virginia,with Lee's army contesting every mile. They fought for forty days until,finally, the Union army crossed the James River and began the siege ofPetersburg. The campaign cost ninety thousand men-the largest loss thewar had seen. While Grant lost nearly twice as many...read more

  • Thomas Beller

    J.D. Salinger published his first story in The New Yorker at age twenty-nine. Three years later came The Catcher in The Rye, a novel that has sold more than sixty-five million copies and achieved mythic status since its publication in 1951. Subsequent books introduced a new type in contemporary literature: the introspective, hyperarticulate Glass family, whose stage is the Upper East Side. Yet we still know little about Salinger’s personal life and less about his character. This was by design. In 1953, determined to escape media attention, Salinger fled to New Hampshire, where he would live until his death in 2010. Even there, privacy proved elusive: a Time cover story; a memoir by...read more

  • James M. Mcpherson

    James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans: the Battle of Gettysburg. The events that occurred at Gettysburg are etched into our collective memory, as they served to change the course of the Civil War and with it the course of history. More than any other place in the United States, Gettysburg is indeed hallowed ground. It’s no surprise that it is one of the nation’s most visited sites (nearly two million annual visitors), attracting tourists, military buffs, and...read more

  • Norman Lock

    Launched into existence by Mark Twain in 1835, Huck Finn andJim have now been transported by Norman Lock through three vital, violent, andtransformative centuries of American history. As time unfurls on the river'sbanks, they witness decisive battles of the Civil War, the betrayal ofReconstruction's promises to the freed slaves, the crushing of the NativeAmerican nations, and the electrification of a continent. Huck, who finallycomes of age when he's washed up on shore during Hurricane Katrina, narratesthe story as an older and wiser man in 2077, revealing our nation's past,present, and future as Mark Twain could never have dreamed it. The Boy in His Winter is a tour de force work...read more

  • Kevin Belmonte

    He burst upon the fusty corridors of Victorian spirituality like a breath of fresh air, regaling one prime minister with his sense of humor and touching the lives of seven presidents. Who was this man? A visionary educator and fundraiser, D.L. Moody was also a renowned evangelist in the nineteenth century. Long before radio and television, he brought the transformative message of the gospel before 100 million people on both sides of the Atlantic. Thousands of underprivileged young people were educated in schools he established, and before the Civil War, he went to a place no one else would; the slums of Chicago called Little Hell. The mission he started in an abandoned saloon drew...read more

  • R. W. B. Lewis

    In Dante, Lewis traces the life and complex development—emotional, artistic, philosophical—of this supreme poet-historian, from his wanderings through Tuscan hills and splendid churches to his days as a young soldier fighting for democracy, to his civic leadership and years of embittered exile from the city that would fiercely reclaim him a century later. Lewis reveals the boy who first encounters the mythic Beatrice, the lyric poet obsessed with life and death, the grand master of dramatic narrative and allegory, and his monumental search for ultimate truth in The Divine Comedy. It is in this masterpiece of self-discovery and redemption that Lewis finds Dante’s own...read more

  • Andrea Camilleri

    The seventeenthinstallment of the beloved New York Times bestselling series that boastsmore than 600,000 books in print The last four books in Andrea Camilleri's InspectorMontalbano series have leapfrogged their way up the New York Times bestsellerlist, and Angelica's Smile will not disappoint this series' ever-growing fan base. A rash of burglaries has Inspector Salvo Montalbano stumped.The criminals are so brazen that their leader, the anonymous Mr. Z, startssending the Sicilian inspector menacing letters. Among those burgled is theyoung and beautiful Angelica Cosulich, who reminds the inspector of thelove-interest in Ludovico Ariosto's chivalric romance, Orlando Furioso. Besotted by...read more

  • Upton Sinclair

    Well known for TheJungle, his scathing exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turnof the twentieth century, Upton Sinclair here takes on yet another massiveindustry: coal mining. Based on the 1914 and 1915 Colorado coal strikes, King Coal describes the abhorrent conditionsfaced by workers in the western United States' coal mining industry during the1910s. The story follows Hal Warner, a rich man looking to get a better view ofthe lives of commoners. It is a tale of struggle, threats, and violence, ofhardened men and the advocacy for workers' rights. In this business, the roadto unionization is a rocky...read more

  • Paul Collins

    Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”—the first modern detective story—to the iconic poem “The Raven.” Poe’s life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin,...read more

  • Charles King

    At midnight, December 31, 1925, citizens of the newlyproclaimed Turkish Republic celebrated the New Year. For the first time ever,they had agreed to use a nationally unified calendar and clock. Yet in Istanbul-an ancient crossroads and Turkey's largestcity-people were looking toward an uncertain future. Never purely Turkish,Istanbul was home to generations of Greeks, Armenians, and Jews, as well asMuslims. It welcomed White Russian nobles ousted by the Russian Revolution,Bolshevik assassins on the trail of the exiled Leon Trotsky, German professors,British diplomats, and American entrepreneurs-a multicultural panoply ofperformers and poets, do-gooders and ne'er-do-wells. During the Second...read more

  • Peter A. Huchthausen

    Drama on the high seas as the world holds its breath It was the most spectacular display of brinkmanshipin the Cold War era. In October 1962, President Kennedy risked inciting anuclear war to prevent the Soviet Union from establishing missile bases inCuba. The risk, however, was far greater than Kennedy realized. OctoberFuryuncovers startling new information about the Cuban missile crisis and thepotentially calamitous confrontation between US Navy destroyers and Sovietsubmarines in the Atlantic. Peter Huchthausen, who served as a junior ensignaboard one of the destroyers, reveals that a single shot fired by any USwarship could have led to an immediate nuclear response from the...read more

  • Leonard Shlain

    Best-selling author Leonard Shlain explores the potential for humankind through the life, art, and mind of the first true Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci. The author hypothesizes that da Vinci’s staggering range of achievements in such a wide range of fields demonstrates a harbinger of the future of our species. Da Vinci’s innovations as an artist, scientist, and inventor are recast through a modern lens, with Shlain applying contemporary neuroscience to illuminate da Vinci’s creative process. No other person in human history has excelled in so many areas of innovation: Shlain reveals the how and the why. Shlain theorizes that Leonardo’s extraordinary mind came from a uniquely...read more

  • David Graeber

    Before there was money, there was debt. Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided...read more