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Robinson

The Worst Journey

John Lewis-Stempel
Authors:
John Lewis-Stempel

During the terrible voyage, from the extreme north-west of Scotland to Russia's Arctic coast, the sailors faced 50- and even 100-foot waves, icebergs and hurricane-force winds. Such winds could peel the steel shields from the ships' guns and regularly blew men overboard. In summer, Oerlikon gunners would be at their guns for twenty hours a day; in the winter they often froze to death. Even when the convoys reached Murmansk or Archangel there was no respite. Murmansk was about 25 miles from the front, which meant that there were enemy raids all day and food was short. Despite all this the Royal Navy stuck to the convoys for four years, supplying Russia with planes, oil and other vital material, but, more importantly, by reassuring Stalin of Britain's commitment, the men of the Arctic convoys succeeded in keeping Russia in the war. This is a book about the men of the convoys, about life aboard ship, drawing extensively on letters, diaries and reports, many from previously unpublished archives, as well as new interviews with the last surviving veterans. The Worst Journey shadows the experience of the sailors on the seventy-eight Arctic convoys: from enlistment, through training, joining a ship, shore leave, action and death - or survival - at sea. It follows the fortunes of twenty-five sailors drawn from the bottom, middle and top of the navy's ranks. A sailor's position aboard ship played a critical role in whether he survived an attack or sinking, depending on where the ship was hit, or holed.

Da Capo Press

Our Year of War

Daniel P. Bolger
Authors:
Daniel P. Bolger
Da Capo Press

Midnight in the Pacific

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan
Running Press Adult

Ava Gardner

Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski
Authors:
Kendra Bean, Anthony Uzarowski

Ava: A Life in Movies is a gorgeous illustrated tribute to a legendary life. Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski take a closer look at the Academy Award-nominated actress's famous screen roles while shedding new light on the creation and maintenance of her glamorous image, her marriages, and her friendships with famous figures such as Ernest Hemingway, John Huston, and Tennessee Williams. From the backwoods of Grabtown, North Carolina to the bullfighting rings of Spain, from the MGM backlot to the Rome of La Dolce Vita, Ava: A Life in Movies takes readers on the stunning and exciting journey of a life lived to the fullest and through four decades of film history with one of its most iconic stars

Orbit

The Black Elfstone: Book One of the Fall of Shannara

Terry Brooks
Authors:
Terry Brooks
Basic Books

Jefferson

John B. Boles
Authors:
John B. Boles

Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write a comprehensive biography of the most complex Founding Father. In Jefferson, John B. Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker-as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government - a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day. Boles offers new insight into Jefferson's actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figure - a man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty.

Hachette Books

Indestructible

John R. Bruning
Authors:
John R. Bruning

When hostilities erupted in December 1941, Pappy Gunn was living in Manila with his family, working as a manager for Philippine Airlines. Unfortunately, when the Japanese finally marched on Manila the Air Force ordered him to fly key Army Air Force personnel out of the country. The order left him with the most important decision of his life, for he was already preparing to fly his family to safety. Whom would he take first? Unbeknownst to Pappy, MacArthur's staff deceived him by telling him he had time to do both. While he took off from Manila with his plane full of VIP's, the Japanese captured his wife and four children. Throwing them into the infamous Santo Tomas Internment camp, Pappy's family suffered through abuse, privation, disease and starvation. Betrayed by his own high command, and driven by guilt, fury and devotion to his family, Pappy Gunn spent the next three years trying to rescue his loved ones. His exploits became legend: He flew four times the number of combat missions of men half his age, extracting spies, sinking enemy ships, and building airfields under the nose of the Japanese. He revolutionized the art of air warfare in the process by devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific.

Da Capo Press

Their Last Full Measure

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan

Dramatic developments unfolded during the first months of 1865 that brought America's bloody Civil War to a swift climax.As the Confederacy crumbled under the Union army's relentless "hammering," Federal armies marched on the Rebels' remaining bastions in Alabama, the Carolinas, and Virginia. General William T. Sherman's battle-hardened army conducted a punitive campaign against the seat of the Rebellion, South Carolina, while General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant sought to break the months-long siege at Petersburg, defended by Robert E. Lee's starving Army of Northern Virginia. In Richmond, Confederate President Jefferson Davis struggled to hold together his unraveling nation while simultaneously sanctioning diplomatic overtures to bid for peace. Meanwhile, President Abraham Lincoln took steps to end slavery in the United States forever. Their Last Full Measure relates these thrilling events, which followed one on the heels of another, from the battles ending the Petersburg siege and forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the destruction of South Carolina's capital, the assassination of Lincoln, and the intensive manhunt for his killer. The fast-paced narrative braids the disparate events into a compelling account that includes powerful armies leaders civil and military, flawed and splendid and ordinary people, black and white, struggling to survive in the war's wreckage.

Da Capo Press

Bloody Spring

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan

In the spring of 1864, Robert E. Lee faced a new adversary: Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. Named commander of all Union armies in March, Grant quickly went on the offensive against Lee in Virginia. On May 4, Grant's army struck hard across the Rapidan River into north-central Virginia, with Lee's army contesting every mile. They fought for forty days until, finally, the Union army crossed the James River and began the siege of Petersburg.The campaign cost more than 100,000 men,the largest loss the war had seen. While Grant lost nearly twice as many men as Lee did, he could replace them. Lee could not, and he would never again mount a major offensive. Lee's surrender at Appomattox less than a year later was the denouement of the drama begun in those crucial forty days.

Da Capo Press

Crucible of Command

William C. Davis
Authors:
William C. Davis
Basic Books

Founders' Son

Richard Brookhiser
Authors:
Richard Brookhiser
Da Capo Press

The Magnificent Masters

Gil Capps
Authors:
Gil Capps

The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf. Never before had golf's top three players of the moment summoned the best golf of their lives in the same major championship. Their back-and-forth battle would rivet the sporting world and dramatically culminate in one of the greatest finishes in golf history.In The Magnificent Masters , Gil Capps, a twenty-two-year veteran of the golf industry with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, recaptures hole-by-hole the thrilling drama of this singular event during golf's golden era, from the media-crazed build-up and intertwined careers of the three combatants to the tournament's final dramatic putts that would change the game of golf forever.

Da Capo Press

Terrible Swift Sword

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan

In this compelling and crisply written biography, historian Joseph Wheelan examines the life and wars of the indomitable General Phil Sheridan, whose leadership and aggressive tactics helped win the Civil War, crush the marauding Plains Indians,and save Yellowstone.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Moments

Hal Buell
Authors:
Hal Buell
PublicAffairs

Libby Prison Breakout

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan
Black Dog & Leventhal

Front Page Photo Puzzles

Hal Buell
Authors:
Hal Buell

What's wrong with this famous picture? Front Page Photo Puzzles has all the challenge and fun of photo puzzles, but it features iconic photos, current and classic, from the V-J Day kiss in Times Square to Barack Obama's inauguration. Fans of photo puzzles get a visual treat with this awesome collection of famous photos that define watershed moments in history. Author Hal Buell, who edited photographs for the Associated Press for more than 40 years, has chosen images for their historical significance, pairing them with in-depth captions. These amazing photos are the basis of three different types of puzzles of all difficulty levels. Readers can compare two versions of an image to find the difference; four versions of an image to determine which one has been changed; or look at a single iconic image to determine where it has been altered. An easy-to-use answer key in the back of the book makes scoring a snap.

PublicAffairs

Mr. Adams's Last Crusade

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan

When John Quincy Adams,the sixty-three-year-old former president, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and diplomat,was elected to the House of Representatives by his Massachusetts neighbours, he embarked on a spectacular late-life career. He became Congress's most acerbic and influential critic of slavery as well as a tireless proponent for human freedoms and First Amendment rights. This remarkable congressional career utterly transformed him, the public's perception of him, and his legacy,in many ways redeeming his failed presidency. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade renders an insightful portrait of a man who placed his country above politics.

PublicAffairs

Jefferson's War

Joseph Wheelan
Authors:
Joseph Wheelan

Author Joseph Wheelan has marvellously captured the story of America's war against the Barbary pirates, our first war against terror and the nations that support it. The Barbary pirates, a Muslim enemy from Tripoli, attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity. Jefferson ordered the U.S. Navy to Tripoli in 1801 to repel "force with force." The Barbary War was also a proving ground for such young officers as William Bainbridge, Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, and David Porter -key players in the impending War of 1812 against Great Britain.

PublicAffairs

More Terrible Than Death

Robin Kirk
Authors:
Robin Kirk

Hal Buell

Hal Buell is a photo editor with more than 40 years' experience at the Associated Press, where he was in charge of the photo wire service for 25 years.  His previous books include Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs; Photo Oops!; World War II Album: The Complete Chronicle of the World's Greatest Conflict; and We Were There: Vietnam.Walter R. Mears, an Associated Press legend, reported on national politics from 1960 to 2001 as one of the 'boys on the bus' and was said to be the most influential political writer of his time because his AP stories appeared in virtually every American newspaper.  He recieved the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1977 for his coverage of the 1976 presidential campaign and election.  He retired after the 2001 presidential inauguration and now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.