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Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

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English

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188

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June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing ...
by Charles Brandt

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

June 24, 2016

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<b><b><b><b><b>The inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award廬 winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award廬 winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award廬 nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award廬 winner Steven Zaillian.聽</b><br /></b></b><br />鈥淪heeran鈥檚 confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible, and solves the Hoffa mystery.鈥?聽<b>鈥?Michael Baden M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York</b><br /><br />鈥淐harles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery.鈥澛?lt;b>鈥擯rofessor Arthur Sloane, author of聽<i>Hoffa</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚t鈥檚 all true.鈥澛?lt;b>鈥?New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joseph Coffey</b><br /></b><br />Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killings of Jimmy Hoffa, Joey Gallo and JFK.</b><br /><br />"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.聽<br /><br />Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit the US government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno.<br /><br />When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Charles Brandt's page-turner has become a true crime classic.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

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405

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greates...
by Dava Sobel

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English

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191

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July 05, 2010

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<b>The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."</b><br /><br />Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. <br /><i><br /></i><i>Longitude</i> is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
by Sonia Purnell

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English

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436

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October 27, 2015

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<p><b>鈥淓ngrossing鈥he first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines.鈥?lt;i>鈥揟he New York Times<br /></i><br />From the author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller A Woman of No Importance, a long overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill鈥檚 closest confidante, fiercest critic and shrewdest advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history鈥檚 most fateful marriages.</b><br /><br /> Late in life, Winston Churchill claimed that victory in the Second World War would have been 鈥渋mpossible鈥?without the woman who stood by his side for fifty-seven turbulent years. Why, then, do we know so little about her? In this landmark biography, a finalist for the Plutarch prize, Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine Churchill her due. <br /><br />Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine Hozier was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, when the prime minister鈥檚 daughter was desperate for his attention. Yet their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. "You know,"Winston confided to FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything." <br /> 聽<br /> Through the ups and downs of his tumultuous career, in the tense days when he stood against Chamberlain and the many months when he helped inspire his fellow countrymen and women to keep strong and carry on, Clementine made her husband鈥檚 career her mission, at the expense of her family, her health and, fatefully, of her children. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship. <i>Clementine</i> is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.<br /> 聽<br /> <b>"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, <i>Clementine</i> tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history. I was enthralled all the way through."聽鈥揕ynne Olson, bestselling author of <i>Citizens of London</i>聽</b><br /><br /></p>
The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fa...
by Erik Larson

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English

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447

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February 10, 2004

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<b>In <i>The Devil in the White City,聽</i>the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.</b><br /><br />Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America鈥檚 rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair鈥檚 brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country鈥檚 most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his 鈥淲orld鈥檚 Fair Hotel鈥?just west of the fairgrounds鈥攁 torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. <br /><br />Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.<br /><br /> <i>The Devil in the White City</i> draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others.聽Erik Larson鈥檚 gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.<br /><br /> To find out more about this book, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.
Mythology
by Edith Hamilton

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English

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445

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June 25, 2012

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<b>The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.<br /><br /></b>Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.<br /><br />We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's <i>Mourning Becomes Electra</i><br /><br />Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, <i>Mythology </i>is a classic not to be missed.<br /><br />
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

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528

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March 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."鈥擝ill Gates</strong></p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
John F. Kennedy and PT-109
by Richard Tregaskis

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English

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144

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November 15, 2016

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<b>From the bestselling author of <i>Guadalcanal Diary</i>: The thrilling true story of the future president鈥檚 astonishing act of heroism during World War II. </b><br /><br /> In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, US Navy motor torpedo boat <i>PT-109</i> patrolled the still, black waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands. Suddenly, the Japanese destroyer <i>Amagiri </i>loomed out of the darkness, bearing directly down on the smaller ship. There was no time to get out of the way鈥攖he destroyer crashed into <i>PT-109</i>, slicing the mosquito boat in two and setting the shark-infested waters aflame with burning gasoline. Ten surviving crewmembers and their young skipper clung to the wreckage, their odds of survival growing slimmer by the instant.<br /> 聽<br /> Lt. John F. Kennedy鈥檚 first command was an unqualified disaster. Yet over the next three days, the privileged son of a Boston multimillionaire displayed extraordinary courage, stamina, and leadership as he risked his life to shepherd his crew to safety and coordinate a daring rescue mission deep in enemy territory. Lieutenant Kennedy earned a Navy and Marine Corps Medal and a Purple Heart, and the story of <i>PT-109</i> captured the public鈥檚 imagination and helped propel the battle-tested veteran all the way to the White House.<br /> 聽<br /> Acclaimed war correspondent Richard Tregaskis鈥攚ho once beat out the future president for a spot on the Harvard University swim team鈥攂rings this remarkable chapter in American history to vivid life in <i>John F. Kennedy and PT-109</i>. From the crucial role torpedo boats played in the fight for the Solomon Islands to Kennedy鈥檚 eager return to the front lines at the helm of <i>PT-59</i>, Tregaskis tells the full story of this legendary incident with the same riveting style and meticulous attention to detail he brought to <i>Guadalcanal Diary</i> and <i>Invasion Diary</i>.<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard Tregaskis including rare images from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.</i><br /> 聽
Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi...
by , Wendy Holden

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English

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314

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>"[T]he amazing story of a woman who lived through one of the worst times in human history, losing family members to the Nazis but surviving with her spirit and integrity intact.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe鈥檚 sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz and the rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. <br /><br />Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army and became a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army. Marthe, using her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fianc茅, would slip behind enemy lines to retrieve inside information about Nazi troop movements. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight--risking death every time she did so--she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders.<br /><br />When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France鈥檚 highest military honor, the M茅daille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had helped defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.

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