Searching for: "Robert Fass"

  • Larry Colton

    Their names were Bob Palmer, Gordy Cox, Tim McCoy, and Chuck Vervalin, and in 1941, when they joined the navy, they were not trying to prove their patriotism-they were just looking for a job that would provide 'three hots and a cot.' But on April 22, 1943, the war took a terrible turn for them. While on patrol deep in enemy waters, their submarine, the USS Grenadier, was torpedoed and sent crashing to the ocean floor. Listed as lost in action and given up for dead, all four had in fact miraculously escaped the ship, only to be captured by the Japanese. The four men spent the next two and a half years as POWs, enduring barbaric torture and starvation, unable to communicate with their wives...read more

  • Harlow Giles Unger

    A soul-stirring biography of John Marshall, the young Republic's great chief justice who led the Supreme Court to power and broughtlaw and order to the nation In the political turmoil that convulsed America after GeorgeWashington's death, the surviving Founding Fathers went mad-literally pummelingeach other in Congress and challenging one another to deadly duels in theirquest for power. Out of the political intrigue, one man emerged to restore calmand dignity to the government: John Marshall. The longest-serving chief justicein American history, Marshall transformed the Supreme Court from an irrelevantappeals court into the powerful and controversial branch of government thatAmericans...read more

  • Nele Neuhaus

    The body of ninety-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg,Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution stylein his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at themurder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo onthe corpse's arm-a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoffand Oliver von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish afterall? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen-one awheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, the other a man with a cellar filledwith Nazi paraphernalia-and slowly the connection between the victims becomes evident: all of them were lifelong...read more

  • Michael Morell

    Like See No Evil and At the Center of the Storm, this is a vivid and gripping account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life of secrets, and a war in the shadows. Called the 'Bob Gates of his generation' by Politico, Michael Morell was a top CIA officer who played a critical role in the most important counterterrorism events of the past two decades. Morell was by President Bush's side on 9/11/01 when terrorists struck America and in the White House Situation Room advising President Obama on 5/1/11 when America struck back-killing Usama bin Ladin. From the subway bombings in London to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Morell always seemed to find himself on the cusp of history. ...read more

  • Stuart Shanker

    There’s no such thing as a bad kid. That’s what a lifetime of experience has taught Dr. Stuart Shanker. No matter how difficult, out of control, distracted, or exhausted a child might seem, there’s a way forward: self-regulation. Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, this radical new technique allows children and the adults who care for them to regain their composure and peace of mind.   Self-Reg is a groundbreaking book that presents an entirely new understanding of your child’s emotions and behavior and a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life. Grounded in decades of research and...read more

  • Jeanne Marie Laskas

    President Barack Obama received ten thousand letters a day from his constituents. This is the story of the private and profound relationship with letter writers that shaped his presidency. Their voices combine to reveal a diary of a nation.   Every evening for eight years, at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens—the unfiltered voice of a nation—from his Office of Presidential Correspondence. He was the first president to interact daily with constituent mail and to archive it in its entirety. The letters affected not only the president and his policies but also the deeply committed people who were tasked with...read more

  • Matthieu Ricard

    In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier...read more

  • Victor Villaseñor

    When Victor Villaseñor stood at the podium and looked at the group of teachers amassed before him, he became enraged. He had never spoken in public before. His mind was flooded with childhood memories filled with humiliation, misunderstanding, and abuse at the hands of his teachers. With his heart pounding, he began to speak of these incidents. To his disbelief, the teachers before him responded to his embittered recollection with a standing ovation. Many could not contain their own tears. So begins a touching memoir of an extremely angry adolescent. Highly gifted and imaginative, Villaseñor coped with an untreated learning disability (he was finally diagnosed with extreme dyslexia at...read more

  • Miguel La Serna

    On May 17, 1980, on the eve of Peru's presidential election, five masked men stormed a small town in the Andean heartland. They set election ballots ablaze and vanished into the night, but not before planting a red hammer-and-sickle banner in the town square. The lone man arrested the next morning later swore allegiance to a group called Shining Path. Described by a U.S. State Department cable as 'cold-blooded and bestial,' Shining Path orchestrated bombings, assassinations, and massacres across the cities, countryside, and jungles of Peru in a murderous campaign to seize power and impose a Communist government. At its helm was the professor-turned-revolutionary Abimael Guzmán, who...read more

  • Jonathan Lethem

    From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn comes an utterly original post-collapse yarn about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a nuclear-powered super car. The Arrest isn’t post-apocalypse. It isn’t a dystopia. It isn’t a utopia. It’s just what happens when much of what we take for granted—cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters—quits working. . . .  Before the Arrest, Sandy Duplessis had a reasonably good life as a screenwriter in L.A.  An old college friend and writing partner, the charismatic and malicious Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. That didn’t...read more

  • Mark Leyner

    A brilliant and utterly original new novel from Mark Leyner about a father and his intense and devout relationship with his daughter and with alcohol. An anthropologist and his daughter travel to Kermunkachunk, the capitol of Chalazia, to conduct research for an ethnography on the Chalazian Mafia Faction (a splinter group of the Chalazian Children's Theater). The book takes place over the course of a night at the Bar Pulpo, Kermunkachunk's #1 spoken-word karaoke bar, where conversations are actually being read from multiple karaoke screens arrayed around the barroom. Moreover, it's Thursday, "Father/Daughter Nite," when the bar is frequented by actual fathers and...read more

  • Holly Jackson

    THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT!  An addictive must-read mystery with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect. Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town. But she can't shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have...read more

  • Georgia Hunter

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.    “Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely.” —Glamour   It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom,...read more

  • Eric Lax

    The essential guide to radiation: the good, the bad, and the utterly fascinating, explained with unprecedented clarity. Earth, born in a nuclear explosion, is a radioactive planet; without radiation, life would not exist. And while radiation can be dangerous, it is also deeply misunderstood and often mistakenly feared. Now Robert Peter Gale, M.D,—the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters—in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws on an exceptional depth of knowledge to correct myths and establish facts. Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety—nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, uranium,...read more

  • Anonymous

    In time for the 2020 presidential election, Anonymous returns to expand on their 'must read' (Time), #1 bestselling behind-the-scenes 'scathing portrait' (USA Today) of the Trump presidency with new words of warning for Americans everywhere.On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell essay and took the rare step of granting its writer anonymity. Described only as 'a senior official in the Trump administration,' the author provided eyewitness insight into White House chaos, administration instability, and the people working to keep Donald Trump's reckless impulses in check. With the 2020 election on the horizon, Anonymous is speaking out once again. In this book, the...read more

  • Georg Rauch

    An astounding memoir about a Jewish teenager forcedto become a German soldier As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauchhelped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Nazis behind false walls intheir top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of thecountry. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazirule. Then came the day he was shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as partof the German infantry-in spite of his having confessed his own Jewishancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a young man thrust unwillinglyinto an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckleddetermination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid...read more

  • David Thibodeau

    Waco: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! * The basis of the celebrated Paramount Network miniseries starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch--Waco is the critically-acclaimed, first person account of the siege by Branch Davidian survivor, David Thibodeau. Twenty-five years ago, the FBI staged a deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Texas. David Thibodeau survived to tell the story. When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was a drummer in a local a rock band. Though he had never been religious in the slightest, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch...read more

  • Eddy De Wind

    Written in Auschwitz itself and translated for the first time ever into English, this one-of-a-kind, minute-by-minute true account is a crucial historical testament to a Holocaust survivor's fight for his life at the largest extermination camp in Nazi Germany. 'We know that there is only one ending to this, only one liberation from this barbed wire hell: death.' -- Eddy de Wind In 1943, amidst the start of German occupation, Eddy de Wind worked as a doctor at Westerbork, a Dutch transit camp. His mother had been taken to this camp by Nazis but Eddy was assured by the Jewish Council she would be freed in exchange for his labor. He later found out she'd already been transferred to...read more

  • Dr. David J. Lieberman

    Never Get Angry Again, by New York Times and internationally bestselling author David J. Lieberman, is a comprehensive, holistic look at the underlying emotional, physical, and spiritual causes of anger, and a practical guide to what the listener can do to gain perspective. David J. Lieberman understands that a change in perspective is all that is needed to help keep from flying off the handle. In Never Get Angry Again, he reveals how to see anger through a comprehensive, holistic lens, illuminates the underlying emotional, spiritual, and physical components of anger, and gives the listeners simple, practical tools to snuff out anger before it even occurs. Take a deep breath and count to...read more

  • Rob Dunn

    The secret history of our most vital organ: the human heart. The Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first 'explorers' who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts' chambers, through the first heart surgeries -- which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived -- to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts' lives, almost defying nature in the process. Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still more a mystery than it is understood. Why do most animals only get one billion beats? (And how did modern humans get to over two billion,...read more