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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don...
by Malcolm Gladwell

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>A Best Book of the Year: <i>The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, </i>and<i> Detroit Free Pres</i></b><i></i><b></b><b></b><i></i><i></i><i></i><br /><b>Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller <i>Outliers</i>, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers -- and why they often go wrong.</b><br />How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?<br />While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of <i>Talking to Strangers</i>, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."<br />Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
Why We're Polarized
by Ezra Klein

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b><i>The New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淔ew books are as well-matched to the moment of their publication as Ezra Klein鈥檚 <i>Why We鈥檙e Polarized</i>.鈥?鈥擠an Hopkins, <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淚t is likely to become the political book of the year....Powerful [and] intelligent.鈥?鈥擣areed Zakaria, CNN</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淪uperbly researched and written..." 鈥擣rancis Fukuyama, <i>The Washington</i> <i>Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>America鈥檚 political system isn鈥檛 broken. The truth is scarier: it鈥檚 working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us鈥攁nd how we are polarizing it鈥攚ith disastrous results. </b><br /><br />鈥淭he American political system鈥攚hich includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president鈥攊s full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face,鈥?writes political analyst Ezra Klein. 鈥淲e are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole.鈥?lt;br /> <br />In <i>Why We鈥檙e Polarized</i>, Klein reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America鈥檚 descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump鈥檚 rise to the Democratic Party鈥檚 leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.<br /> <br />America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.<br /> <br />Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.<br /> <br />This is a revelatory book that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself.
Hermann Giliomee: Historikus: 'n Outobiografie (Afrikaans Edition...
by Hermann Giliomee

Language

Afrikaans

Pages

475

Publication Date

November 14, 2016

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Hermann Giliomee verweef die verhaal van sy lewensverloop met di茅 van 'n land wat hom boei en besiel, 'n land waar die geskiedskrywing sentraal staan tot die hedendaagse politiek. As internasionaal gerekende historikus ondersoek Giliomee lewenslank die ontstaan en handhawing van die skerp verdeeldheid in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing. Sy werk is vars en vreesloos, en vind aanklank by kenners 茅n gewone Afrikaanse lesers wat oor hulself en hul verlede begin herbesin. Sy uitgesprokenheid haal hom dikwels die gramskap op die hals - uit wyd uiteenlopende oorde. Hy is al gebrandmerk as 'n slang in ons midde", 'n oorbeligte", 'n taalbul" en die boer in the woodpile". Hoewel Giliomee as kind van die Afrikaner-volksbeweging in die 1950's grootword, wyk hy af van die nasionalistiese tradisie in sy kritiese ondersoek na die opkoms, hoogty en ondergang van eksklusiewe Afrikanermag. Hy lewer veral in die 1980's en 1990's skerp kritiek op die regering se alleenheerskappy en sy onwilligheid om vanuit 'n posisie van mag te begin onderhandel. Met binnekring-kennis is sy verstaan van Afrikanermag ingelig en genuanseerd, iets wat saam met sy onderhoudende vertelwyse lei tot talle topverkopers, waaronder die magistrale The Afrikaners, wat in 2003 deur The Economist uitgesonder is as een van sy boeke van die jaar.
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder

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English

Pages

130

Publication Date

February 28, 2017

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<b>#1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽Bestseller 鈥⒙?lt;b>A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.</b><br /></b><br />The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.<br /><br /><i>On Tyranny</i>聽is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.<br /><br /><b>"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." 鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b>
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Irelan...
by Patrick Radden Keefe

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English

Pages

455

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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<b>One of the聽<i>New York Times</i>聽10 Best Books of the Year<b><i><br /></i><br />BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE<br /><br />ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST<br /><br />NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br /><br />NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST<br /><br />WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE<br /><br />LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD聽<br /><br />"Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book -- as finely paced as a novel -- Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." - New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the Year<br /><br />From award-winning <i>New Yorker </i>staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions</b></b><br /><br />In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.<br /><br />Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--<i>Say Nothing</i> conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
by Alexis Coe

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b>"Alexis Coe energetically dusts off an old-boys genre to present a life in full, without sentiment or whitewashing. It's a public service, and it's also a lot of fun." --Irin Carmon, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling co-author of <i>Notorious RBG</i><br /><br />Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he is not quite the man we remember</b><br /><br />Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down--even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won. <br /><br />After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency--twice. When he retired years later, no one talked him out of it. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. <br /><br />Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty must confront his greatest hypocrisy--what to do with the men, women, and children he owns--before he succumbs to death. <br /><br />With irresistible style and warm humor, <i>You Never Forget Your First </i>combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers--including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads--inhaling every page.
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kenned...
by , Lisa McCubbin

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Kennedy and Me</i> and <i>Five Days in November</i> reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.<br /><br />The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through <i>Five Presidents.</i><br /> <br /> After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America鈥檚 history鈥攖he Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon.<br /> <br /> It was indeed a turbulent time鈥攁nd through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /></b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by <i>NPR</i>, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the <i>Seattle Times</i>, the <i>Washington Independent Review of Books</i>, <i>PopSugar</i>, the <i>Minneapolis Star Tribune</i>, BookBrowse, the <i>Spectator</i>, and the <i>Times of London</i><br /><br />鈥淓<b>xcellent鈥his book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down</b>.鈥?-- <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - <b>NPR</b><br /><br /><b>A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of <i>Clementine.</i></b></b><br /><br />In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." <br /><br />The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. <br /><br />Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.<br /><br />Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. <i>A Woman of No Importance</i> is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Time</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Kirkus</i> <i>Reviews</i> Best Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner</b><br /> <b>One of NPR鈥檚 Best Books of 2019</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham鈥檚 definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster鈥攁nd a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century鈥檚 greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history鈥檚 worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br />Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /><i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will鈥攍essons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.

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