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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 /><b>聽</b><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>
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>Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast <i>Revisionist History</i> and author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Outliers</i>, reinvents the audiobook in this immersive production of TALKING TO STRANGERS, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know.</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.<br />The audiobook edition of <i>Talking to Strangers</i> was an instant #1 bestseller, and was one of the most pre-ordered audiobooks in history. It seamlessly marries audiobooks and podcasts, creating a completely new and real listening experience.
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government鈥檚 system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.</b><br /><b></b><br />In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.</p><p>Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, <i>Permanent Record </i>is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online鈥攁 man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet鈥檚 conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, <i>Permanent Record </i>is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.</p>
The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
by Bill O'Reilly

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>A rare, insider鈥檚 look at the life of Donald Trump from Bill O'Reilly, the bestselling author of the <i>Killing </i>series, based on exclusive interview material and deep research</b></p><p>Readers around the world have been enthralled by journalist and <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Bill O鈥橰eilly鈥檚 <i>Killing </i>series鈥攔iveting works of nonfiction that explore the most famous events in history. Now<i>,</i> O鈥橰eilly turns his razor-sharp observations to his most compelling subject thus far鈥擯resident Donald J. Trump. In this thrilling narrative, O鈥橰eilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump鈥檚 childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House. </p><p>Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence鈥攐f 鈥渉ow Donald Trump鈥檚 view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world鈥濃€?from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history. </p><p>As the author will tell you, 鈥淚f you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you鈥檒l get it here.鈥?lt;/p>
Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law
by James B. Stewart

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>"Important and stunning. This is must-read material if you want to understand what the Trump administration is still up to right now." --Lawrence O'Donnell<br /><br />From bestselling author James Stewart, the definitive story of the war between President Trump and America's principal law enforcement agencies, answering the questions that the Mueller report couldn't聽<i>鈥撀?lt;/i>or wouldn't</b><br /><br />When Trump fired James Comey, he triggered the appointment of Robert Mueller as an independent special counsel and caused the FBI to open a formal investigation into the President himself. This set in motion a chain of events, which would join in unprecedented and potentially mortal combat two vital institutions of American democracy: the Presidency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the investigative arm of the Department of Justice.<br /><br />The stakes could not be higher: the rule of law itself, the foundation of the American constitution and Anglo-American democracy for centuries. In this epic battle, there is no room for compromise. There can only be winners and losers, to invoke a distinctly Trumpian view of the world. But there is plenty of room for collateral damage. The reputations of both sides have already been harmed, perhaps irrevocably, and at great cost to American democracy and its institutions.<br /><br />Drawing on scores of interviews with key FBI, Justice Department, and White House officials, and voluminous transcripts, notes, and internal reports, Stewart tells the dramatic saga of the FBI and its simultaneous investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump <i>鈥撀?lt;/i>the first time in American history the FBI has been thrust into the middle of both parties' campaigns for the Presidency. Packed with drama and a cast of fascinating characters, <i>Deep State</i> goes where others cannot, revealing the truth of the grand and world-changing struggle that has defined the Trump presidency.
Three Women
by Lisa Taddeo

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淓xtraordinary鈥 nonfiction literary masterpiece鈥 can鈥檛 remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as <i>Three Women</i>.鈥?鈥擡lizabeth Gilbert</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭addeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book....Breathtaking....Staggeringly intimate.鈥?</b><b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭he most in-depth look at the female sex drive that鈥檚 been published in decades.鈥?鈥?lt;i>New York</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 dazzling achievement...<i>Three Women</i> burns a flare-bright path through the dark woods of women鈥檚 sexuality.鈥?</b><b>鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /> <br /><b>Desire as we鈥檝e never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.</b><br /><br />It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it鈥檚 all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored鈥攗ntil now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result,<i> Three Women</i>, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.<br /> <br />We begin in suburban Indiana with Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. She passes her days cooking and cleaning for a man who refuses to kiss her on the mouth, protesting that 鈥渢he sensation offends鈥?him. To Lina鈥檚 horror, even her marriage counselor says her husband鈥檚 position is valid. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks. When she reconnects with an old flame through social media, she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming.<br /> <br />In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who finds a confidant in her handsome, married English teacher. By Maggie鈥檚 account, supportive nightly texts and phone calls evolve into a clandestine physical relationship, with plans to skip school on her eighteenth birthday and make love all day; instead, he breaks up with her on the morning he turns thirty. A few years later, Maggie has no degree, no career, and no dreams to live for. When she learns that this man has been named North Dakota鈥檚 Teacher of the Year, she steps forward with her story鈥攁nd is met with disbelief by former schoolmates and the jury that hears her case. The trial will turn their quiet community upside down.<br /> <br />Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane鈥攁 gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner鈥攚ho is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. He picks out partners for her alone or for a threesome, and she ensures that everyone鈥檚 needs are satisfied. For years, Sloane has been asking herself where her husband鈥檚 desire ends and hers begins. One day, they invite a new man into their bed鈥攂ut he brings a secret with him that will finally force Sloane to confront the uneven power dynamics that fuel their lifestyle.<br /> <br />Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, <i>Three Women</i> is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today鈥檚 America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power. It is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women鈥攁nd one remarkable writer鈥攚hose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
Stillness Is the Key
by Ryan Holiday

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English

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283

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><b>Instant #1 </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> Bestseller & </b><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i></b><b> Bestseller</b><br /><br /><b>In </b><b><i>The Obstacle Is the Way</i></b><b> and </b><b><i>Ego Is the Enemy</i></b><b>, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, </b><b><i>Stillness Is the Key</i></b><b>, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.</b></b><br /><br />All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you. <br /><br />In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.<br /><br />Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity. <br /><br />More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. <i>Stillness Is the Key </i>offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.
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>
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

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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>
The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite聽Stories of Courage and Resilie...
by , Chelsea Clinton

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English

Pages

461

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October 01, 2019

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<b>Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them鈥攚omen with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.</b><br /><br />She couldn鈥檛 have been more than seven or eight years old. 鈥淕o ahead, ask your question,鈥?her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, 鈥淵ou鈥檙e my hero. Who鈥檚 yours?鈥?<br /> <br />Many people鈥攅specially girls鈥攈ave asked us that same question over the years. It鈥檚 one of our favorite topics.<br /> <br />HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of<i> Life</i> magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.<br /> <br />CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a conversation the two of us have been having since I was little. For me, too, my mom was a hero; so were my grandmothers. My early teachers were also women. But I grew up in a world very different from theirs. My pediatrician was a woman, and so was the first mayor of Little Rock who I remember from my childhood. Most of my close friends鈥?moms worked outside the home as nurses, doctors, teachers, professors, and in business. And women were going into space and breaking records here on Earth.<br /> <br />Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there鈥檚 a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.<br /> <br />So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic鈥攖hey had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right.<br /> <br />To us, they are all gutsy women鈥攍eaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it鈥檚 that the world needs gutsy women.

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