The Devil's Highway
By Luis Alberto Urrea
The author of 'Across the Wire' offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. 'Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve. - Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Dear Undercover Economist
By Tim Harford
Are there tangible benefits in flossing? Is it wrong to fake orgasms? What does the perfect online dating ad look like? Should we bother doing the ironing? Is it really impossible to buy the perfect Christmas gift? (Other than this book, of course.)Economists might not be the first people you would think of to give you advice on such diverse areas as parenting, the intricacies of etiquette or the dark arts of seduction. But for years bestselling author Tim Harford has been doing just that: answering the most challenging questions in his brilliant column, where he uses the tools of economics to give practical advice about everyday dilemmas, conundrums and concerns. From family rows and the stock market to buying socks or speed dating, you'll find within these pages a witty - and of course rational - explanation for almost everything you ever wanted to know about life.
The Dreamland Chronicles
By David Darlington
Could the US government - or some other unnamed entity - be hiding captured alien spacecraft brought on by a half-century of Cold War paranoia? Area 51, Dreamland, Groom Lake, the Ranch, the Box - all refer to the top-secret installation, located a hundred miles morth of Las Vegas, that has prompted these odd speculations. Built under the direction of the CIA in the early 1950s, the base served as the original test site for the U-2 spy plane and the Stealth fighter; in more recent years, interest has stemmed from sensational charges about UFOs. Lately, a daring guerrilla subculture has sprung up, aiming to explode the secrecy that surrounds this mysterious spot. David Darlington details the history, the legends and characters involved with Area 51, spinning a tale of intrigue that speaks volumes about our attitudes at the century's end.