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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Language

English

Pages

342

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<b><b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX 鈥⒙燗 powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice鈥攆rom one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.<br /><br /> 鈥淸Bryan Stevenson鈥檚] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and made a lasting impact on our country.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩ohn Legend</b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN</b>聽鈥⒙燦amed One of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?The Boston Globe 鈥?The Seattle Times 鈥?Esquire 鈥?Time</i></b><br /></b></b><br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn鈥檛 commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship鈥攁nd transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.<br /><br /> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer鈥檚 coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 鈥⒙燱inner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction 鈥?Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award 鈥?Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize 鈥?Finalist for the聽<i>Kirkus Reviews聽</i>Prize 鈥?An American Library Association Notable Book</b><br /><br />鈥淓very bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠avid Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淪earing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America鈥檚 Mandela.鈥?lt;b>鈥擭icholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳ed Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚nspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he鈥檚 also a gifted writer and storyteller.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎s deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Financial Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淏rilliant.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b>
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>A memoir of leadership and success</b>: The CEO of Disney,聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 2019 businessperson of the year,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR</b><br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently <i>themselves,</i> as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kenned...
by , Lisa McCubbin

Language

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.
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
by Anna Wiener

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<p><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come." --Jia Tolentino, author of <i>Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors' Choice and a January 2020 IndieNext Pick. </b><b>An Amazon Best Book of January. </b><b>One of <i>Vogue</i>'s 22 Books to Read This Winter, <i>The Washington Post</i>'s 10 Books to Read in January, ELLE's 12 Best Books to Read in 2020, <i>The New York Times</i>'s 12 Books to Read in January, <i>Esquire</i>'s 15 Best Winter Books, <i>Paste</i>'s 10 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2020, and <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>'s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020. </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age</b></p><p>In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener鈥攕tuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, <i>progress</i>.</p><p>Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. </p><p>Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener鈥檚 memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry鈥檚 shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.</p><p>Unsparing and incisive, <i>Uncanny Valley</i> is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.</p>
The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World
by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips

Language

English

Pages

223

Publication Date

February 01, 2020

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<p><b>An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.</b></p><p>There鈥檚 no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It鈥檚 also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers鈥攐r even acquaintances鈥攚hen you can troll them, block them, or just click 鈥淯nfriend鈥?and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it鈥檚 also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy.</p><p>So what does the future look like when something so vital to a peaceful, healthy, and productive society is fading away? The cautionary, yet hopeful, answer is in this champion for an endangered emotion.</p><p>In <i>The Future of Feeling</i>, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation. This book is for anyone interested in how our brains work, how they鈥檙e subtly being rewired to work differently, and what that ultimately means for us as humans.</p>
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

Language

English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by , Leif Babin

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.</b></p><p>Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin鈥檚 SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed 鈥渁ll but lost.鈥?In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three鈥檚 Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership鈥攁t every level鈥攊s the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. </p><p>Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.</p><p>Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.</p><p>A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.</p>
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 194...
by James D. Hornfischer

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English

Pages

585

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<br /><b>An unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and supremacy and established the foundation for America to become a dominant global superpower</b><br /> 聽<br /> Here is the extraordinary story of the most consequential campaign of the Pacific War: the U.S. Fifth Fleet鈥檚 seizure of the Marianas, a relentless deployment of overwhelming force on air, land, and sea that opened the path to total victory over Japan and established a new state of the art in warfare: the first use of the forerunners of today鈥檚 SEALs; the emergence of massive cross-hemispheric expeditionary operations; the flowering of American naval aviation and carrier power; and the secret training of Marianas-based air crews who would first unleash nuclear fire.<br /> 聽<br /> From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding combat ashore鈥攁nd the largest suicide attack of the war鈥攖o the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific. Filled with memorable action set pieces and closely observed portraits of the naval, air, and ground-force warriors and commanders who revolutionized warfare, <i>The Fleet at Flood Tide</i> is the broadly encompassing story of the full materialization of America as a world-class military power.<br />
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redem...
by Laura Hillenbrand

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 鈥⒙?lt;/b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader鈥檚 Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine 鈥?Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b> 聽<br /> 鈥淓xtraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擭ew York</i></b><i> </i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淪taggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand鈥檚 writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don鈥檛 dare take your eyes off the page.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎mbitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br />鈥淢agnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter鈥檚 pace.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳ime</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淗illenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don鈥檛 have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book鈥攜ou just have to love great storytelling.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>
Blood and Thunder
by Hampton Sides

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

October 09, 2007

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<p><b>A magnificent history of the American conquest of the West; "a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br />In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of 鈥淢anifest Destiny,鈥?this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.</p><p>At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.</p>

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