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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.
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.
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now
by Peter Mayle

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English

Pages

200

Publication Date

June 26, 2018

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From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of <i>A Year in Provence</i> pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France鈥攖he charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the caf茅 and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. A celebration of twenty-five years of Proven莽al living鈥攐f lessons learned and changes observed鈥攚ith his final book Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest...
by Rachel Maddow

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy鈥擶inner Take All</b><br /><br /> In 2010, the words 鈥渆arthquake swarm鈥?entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia鈥攊ncluding his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove鈥攚as sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.<br /><br /> With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia鈥檚 rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia鈥檚 rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West鈥檚 most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, 鈥渓ike being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can鈥檛 really blame the lion. It鈥檚 in her nature.鈥?lt;br /><br /> <i> Blowout</i> is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world鈥檚 most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, 鈥淒emocracy either wins this one or disappears.鈥?/div>
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months Tha...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

461

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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鈥淸A] well-judged and hugely readable book . . . few are as entertaining.鈥濃€擠ominic Sandbrook, <i>Sunday Times</i><br /><br /> 鈥淎. J. Baime is a master. His reporting and storytelling are woven to hypnotic effect. This is history and humanity in lush, vivid color.鈥濃€擠oug Stanton, author of <i>The Odyssey of Echo Company</i><br /> 聽<br /> Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get pushed into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR鈥檚 fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR鈥檚 sudden death. The first four months of Truman鈥檚 administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation in Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time. <i>The Accidental President</i> escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during a tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Editio...
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

January 04, 2011

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<p><b>In聽Jared Diamond鈥檚 follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning <i>Guns, Germs and Steel</i>, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of <i>Upheaval:聽Turning Points for Nations in Crisis</i></b></p><p><br />Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in <b>Guns, Germs, and Steel</b>, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society鈥檚 apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.<br /><br />Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, <b>Collapse</b> is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?<br /><br /></p>
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's F...
by Bill Browder

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>THE BOOK THAT EXPLAINS WHY RUSSIANS WANTED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淧art John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淸<i>Red Notice</i>] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what <i>Liar鈥檚 Poker</i> did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder鈥檚 business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin鈥檚 Russia, making <i>Red Notice</i> an early candidate for any list of the year鈥檚 best books鈥?(<i>Fortune</i>).</b><br /><br />This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.<br /> <br /> Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn鈥檛 so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin鈥檚 number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States鈥擳he Magnitsky Act鈥攖hat punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer鈥檚 murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.<br /> <br />A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, <i>Red Notice</i> is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Wall Street Journal </i>and NPR</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secre...
by Simon Parkin

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b>The triumphant true story of the young women who helped to devise the winning strategy that defeated Nazi U-boats and delivered a decisive victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.</b><br />By 1941, Winston Churchill had come to believe that the outcome of World War II rested on the battle for the Atlantic. A grand strategy game was devised by Captain Gilbert Roberts and a group of ten Wrens (members of the Women's Royal Naval Service) assigned to his team in an attempt to reveal the tactics behind the vicious success of the German U-boats. Played on a linoleum floor divided into painted squares, it required model ships to be moved across a make-believe ocean in a manner reminiscent of the childhood game, Battleship. Through play, the designers developed "Operation Raspberry," a countermaneuver that helped turn the tide of World War II.<br />Combining vibrant novelistic storytelling with extensive research, interviews, and previously unpublished accounts, Simon Parkin describes for the first time the role that women played in developing the Allied strategy that, in the words of one admiral, "contributed in no small measure to the final defeat of Germany." Rich with unforgettable cinematic detail and larger-than-life characters, <i>A Game of Birds and Wolves</i> is a heart-wrenching tale of ingenuity, dedication, perseverance, and love, bringing to life the imagination and sacrifice required to defeat the Nazis at sea.

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