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  • Steve Weinberg

    Long before the rise of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Microsoft, Standard Oil controlled the oil industry with a monopolistic force unprecedented in American business history. Undaunted by the ruthless power of its owner, John D. Rockefeller, a fearless and ambitious reporter named Ida Minerva Tarbell confronted the company known simply as "The Trust." Through her peerless fact gathering and devastating prose, Tarbell pioneered the new practice of investigative journalism. Her shocking discoveries about Standard Oil and Rockefeller led to a dramatic confrontation that culminated in the landmark 1911 Supreme Court antitrust decision, forever altering the landscape of modern American...read more

  • Pam Fessler

    Following the trail of an unexpected family connection, acclaimed journalist Pam Fessler has unearthed the lost world of the patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers at Carville who struggled for over a century to eradicate Hansen's disease, the modern name for leprosy. Amid widespread public anxiety about foreign contamination and contagion, patients were deprived of basic rights-denied the right to vote, restricted from leaving Carville, and often forbidden from contact with their own parents or children. Though shunned by their fellow Americans, patients surprisingly made Carville more a refuge than a prison. Many carved out meaningful lives, building a vibrant community and finding...read more

  • Susan Freinkel

    Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we're starting to realize it's not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we're nearing a crisis point. We're drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices. Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United...read more

  • Vicki Courtney

    From the cradle to college, tell your daughters the truth about life before they believe the culture’s lies. For mothers with girls newborn to eighteen, Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter is simply a must-have audiobook. Youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in their daughters’ formative years. To fully address the dynamic social and spiritual issues and influences at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are: 1) You are more than the sum of your parts. 2) Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. 3) Sex is great and worth the wait. 4) It’s OK to...read more

  • Bill Gaither

    Let Bill and Gloria take you on a sleigh ride of sights, sounds, aromas, feelings and flavors! This Christmas—and every Christmas—you and your family can join Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming friends as they celebrate this most sacred holiday—that historic moment in time when God’s Son, the Glory of heaven, came to earth to be “God with us.” Through their shared stories, memories, recipes, songs, photos and traditions, you’ll taste and feel and see the Incarnation as never before, enjoying the enduring love of family—and the everlasting love of a God who has made it all possible. Features special inspirations from Bill and Gloria,...read more

  • Teasi Cannon

    Loving the girl in the mirror isn't about changing how you look, but allowing God to change how you see. Teasi Cannon’s lifelong battle with body image nearly destroyed her. Yet today she feels blessed—not because the size of her lower half has changed but because her perspective has. In her often hilarious, no-nonsense style, Teasi's gut-honest journey and transparent insights will propel everyone one of us who struggles with...you name it: bad hair or chubby cheeks, skinny arms or wide hips... to realize our value and beauty. Even if nothing ever changes on the...read more

  • Brenda Spahn

    One woman's fight toprovide hope for the hopeless...Seven ex-cons who changed her heartforever... For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth wasa lifestyle-until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. Inthose dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God. Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into thelives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America-the JuliaTutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted aGod-inspired vision. With a heart to help and a will that couldn't be crushed,Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons intoher home and help them navigate the alien world of...read more

  • Donis Casey

    Some secrets can comeback from the grave. In the summer of 1916, a big twister brings destruction tothe land around Boynton, Oklahoma. Alafair Tucker's family and neighbors arenot spared the ruin and grief spread by the storm. But no one is going to mournfor Jubal Beldon, who made it his business to know the ugly secrets of everyonein town. It doesn't matter if Jubal's insinuations are true or not. In a smalltown like Boynton, rumor is as damaging as fact. But as Mr. Lee, the undertaker, does his grim duty for thestorm victims, he discovers that even in death Jubal isn't going to leave hisneighbors in peace. He was already dead when the tornado carried his body tothe middle of a fallow...read more

  • Janine R. Wedel

    A groundbreakingbook that challenges Americans to reevaluate our views on how corruption andprivate interest have infiltrated every level of society From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, however divergenttheir political views, these groups seem united by one thing: outrage over asystem of power and influence that they feel has stolen their livelihoods andliberties. Increasingly, protesters on both ends of the political spectrum andthe media are using the word corrupt to describe an elusory system of powerthat has shed any accountability to those it was meant to help and govern. But what does corruption and unaccountability mean intoday's world? It is far more toxic and deeply rooted...read more

  • Kathryn Cramer Brownell

    Conventional wisdom holds that John F. Kennedy was the firstcelebrity president, in no small part because of his innate television savvy.But as Kathryn Brownell shows, Kennedy capitalized on a tradition and stylerooted in California politics and the Hollywood studio system. Since the 1920s,politicians and professional showmen have developed relationships and builtorganizations institutionalizing Hollywood styles, structures, andpersonalities in the American political process. Brownell explores howsimilarities developed between operating a studio, planning a successfulelectoral campaign, and ultimately running an administration. Using their business and public relations know-how,...read more

  • Donis Casey

    One August evening in 1914, a bushwhacker ends a pleasant outing by blowing a hole in Bill McBride, kidnapping and ravaging Bill's fiancée, and wounding Alafair Tucker's daughter, Mary. All Mary knows is that the crime had something to do with the Fourth of July. Or is there more? Trauma has locked away Mary's memory of the event, but the answer seems to be working its way through the fog of her shock and grief and floating to the surface of her consciousness. Meanwhile, several malicious acts suggest that Bill's killer is still around and attempting to cover his tracks. The law is hot on the bushwhacker's trail. Alafair is doing her best to help the sheriff, and has no qualms about...read more

  • Donis Casey

    It’s the spring of 1913, and love is in bloom for Alice Tucker. Alice’s new beau, Walter Kelley, is handsome and wealthy. Everyone in Boynton, Oklahoma likes him, except Alice’s mother, Alafair. She sees that Walter has a weakness for the ladies—and they for him. Moreover, Walter’s late wife Louise was murdered and the murderer has not been caught. Walter had an alibi, so the sheriff has cleared him of the crime, but Alafair is not so sure that he wasn’t involved in some way. Alafair sets out to prove to the headstrong Alice that Walter is no paragon. You can bet Alice will have something to say about that. As she searches for the truth behind the death...read more

  • Kate Clifford Larson

    Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history-a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the century since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside from juvenile biographies. The truth about Harriet Tubman has become lost inside a legend woven of racial and gender stereotypes. Now at last, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed biography she deserves. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman....read more

  • Nancy Finley

    When Charlie Finley bought the A’s in 1960, he was an outsider to the game—an insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys’ Oakland A’s won three straight World Series and riveted the nation. Now Carl Finley’s daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family’s winning legacy—how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and “mustache bonuses,” and...read more

  • Diane Harris Cline

    This compelling reference presents the history ancient Greece-the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates, and Alexander the Great-through gripping stories: the rise and fall of the phenomenal empire, the powerful legacy left by ancient Greece for the modern world, the new discoveries shedding light on these ancient people that are still so much with us. Greek art and architecture dominate our cities; modern military strategists still study and employ Hellenic war tactics; Greek poetry, plays, and philosophy are widely read and enjoyed; and science, mathematics, medicine, and astronomy all build on the fundamentals of early Greek thinking. Gain fascinating insights into...read more

  • Dan Zigmond

    There's a lot you probably don't know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the "Enlightened One," he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a "middle way" between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple. Fast forward to today. Cutting-edge scientific research tells us something Buddha knew all along: it's not what you eat, but when you eat that's most important. You don't need to follow the latest fads...read more

  • Catherine Herbert Howell

    From the heart of National Geographic comes this expansive guide to the clans, tribes, ethnicities, and peoples of the world. Organized in keeping with our knowledge of the migration of human groups through history, with statistics and a cultural portrait of each ethnic group, People of the World becomes a fascinating round-the-world tour of customs and traditions as well as a go-to source for background information to round out one's own family history. From the Tuvans of Siberia to the Samoans and Tahitians of Polynesia, from the Mapuche of Chile to the Sami of Scandinavia, 222 of the world's 10,000-plus ethnic groups are featured. Some were chosen because of their commonality as...read more

  • Heather Mac Donald

    This program includes an introduction read by the author. By the New York Times bestselling author: a provocative account of the attack on the humanities, the rise of intolerance, and the erosion of serious learning. America is in crisis, from the university to the workplace. Toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture. Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton? Oppressive. American history? Tyranny. Professors correcting grammar and spelling, or employers hiring by merit? Racist and sexist. Students emerge into the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color,...read more

  • Mignon F. Ballard

    With the country in the midst of World War II, you can be sure that the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, will pull together to find a missing child. And you can be equally certain that first-grade teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick will be in the rescue party - especially since Peggy Ashcroft is one of her students. Miss Dimple carves out a search path all her own and, once again, the sharp-as-a-tack teacher is right on point. She finds Peggy in the woods, but the child is too sick to walk and it's too difficult for Miss Dimple to navigate the uneven terrain in the dark. Luckily, she comes upon the home of an elderly artist, Mae Martha, and her young companion, Suzy, who help ensure that...read more

  • Mignon F. Ballard

    It's the summer of 1944 and the world seems mired in a war that will never end. Even with a war on, the peaches are ripe for picking. As veteran teacher Miss Dimple Kilpatrick and her colleagues work in the orchard, they hear frantic calls for help. An eighteen-year-old girl, Prentice, has been missing - and is later found murdered. Miss Dimple and her fellow teachers-turned-sleuths are determined to find the killer. Although Prentice had recently broken up with her boyfriend, the most obvious suspect isn't always the right one: Prentice may have been keeping some secrets; and a local woman claims to have witnessed the whole abduction. Figuring out what really happened to Prentice is sure...read more