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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>鈥⒙?lt;b>In<i> Sapiens, </i>he explored our past. In <i>Homo Deus, </i>he looked to our future<i>. </i>Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today鈥檚 most pressing issues.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淔ascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.鈥濃€擝ill Gates,聽<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>FINANCIAL TIMES </i>AND聽<b>PAMELA PAUL, KQED聽</b></b><br /><br /> How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? <br /><br />Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚 <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is a probing and visionary investigation into today鈥檚 most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.<br /><br /> In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?<br /><br /> Harari鈥檚 unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is essential reading.<br /><b><br />鈥淚f there were such a thing as聽a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚聽<i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>聽would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of聽provocative聽essays, Harari . . .聽tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: 鈥榃hat is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?鈥欌€濃€?lt;i>BookPage聽</i>(top pick)</b>
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Time</i> Best Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>A <i>Kirkus</i> <i>Reviews</i> Best Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /> <b>2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalist</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham鈥檚 definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster鈥攁nd a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century鈥檚 greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history鈥檚 worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br /> Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /> <i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will鈥攍essons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory...
by A. J. Baime

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 17, 2010

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The epic story also told in the film FORD V. FERRARI: By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather鈥檚 company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.<i>Go Like Hell </i>tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. <i>Go Like Hell </i>transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

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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.
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
by Leo Damrosch

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English

Pages

488

Publication Date

March 26, 2019

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<b>Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of 鈥渢he Club,鈥?a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern</b><br /><br /> In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk鈥檚 Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as 鈥渢he Club.鈥?聽<br /> 聽<br /> In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the 鈥渙dd couple鈥?Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own.
Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II ...
by , Catherine Whitney

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<p><strong>THE INSTANT <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>"I could not put this extraordinary book down.聽<em>Three Days at the Brink</em>聽is a masterpiece: elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and impeccably researched. This book not only sparkles but is destined to be a classic!鈥?鈥擩ay Winik,聽bestselling author</strong><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>From the #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of <em>Special Report with Bret Baier</em>, comes the gripping lost history of the Tehran Conference, where FDR, Churchill, and Stalin plotted D-Day and the Second World War鈥檚 endgame. With the fate of World War II in doubt and rumors of a Nazi assassination plot swirling, Franklin Roosevelt risked everything at a clandestine meeting that would change the course of history.</strong><br /></p><p>November 1943: The Nazis and their Axis allies controlled nearly the entire European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained them modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviet Red Army had been bled white. The path of history walked a knife鈥檚 edge.</p><p>That same month a daring gambit was hatched that would alter everything. The "Big Three"鈥擣ranklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin鈥攕ecretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Adolf Hitler. Over three days in Tehran, Iran, this trio鈥攕trange bedfellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers鈥攎ade essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot, code-named Operation Long Jump. </p><p>Before they left Tehran, the three leaders agreed to open a second front in the West, spearheaded by Operation Overload and the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy the following June. They also discussed what might come after the war, including dividing Germany and establishing the United Nations鈥攑lans that laid the groundwork for the postwar world order and the Cold War.</p><p>Bestselling author and聽Fox News Channel anchor聽Bret Baier鈥檚 new epic history,聽<em>Three Days at the Brink,</em>聽centers on these crucial days in Tehran, the medieval Persian city on the edge of the desert. Baier makes clear the importance of Roosevelt, who stood apart as the sole leader of a democracy, recognizing him as the lead strategist for the globe鈥檚 future鈥攖he one man who could ultimately allow or deny the others their place in history.</p> <p>With new details discovered in rarely seen transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Baier illuminates the complex character of Roosevelt, revealing a man who grew into his role and accepted the greatest challenge any American president since Lincoln had faced.</p>
These Truths: A History of the United States
by Jill Lepore

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English

Pages

955

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<p><strong>鈥淣othing short of a masterpiece.鈥濃€擭PR Books<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> and <em>Washington Post</em> Notable Book of the Year<br /><br /><br /><br />In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.</strong></p><br /><p>Widely hailed for its 鈥渟weeping, sobering account of the American past鈥?(<em>New York Times Book Review</em>), Jill Lepore鈥檚 one-volume history of America places truth itself鈥攁 devotion to facts, proof, and evidence鈥攁t the center of the nation鈥檚 history. The American experiment rests on three ideas鈥斺€渢hese truths,鈥?Jefferson called them鈥攑olitical equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?</p><br /><p><em>These Truths</em> tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation鈥檚 truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. 鈥淎 nation born in contradiction鈥?will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,鈥?Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With <em>These Truths</em>, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come.</p>
Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
by Max Hastings

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English

Pages

801

Publication Date

November 01, 2011

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From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences.<br /><br /> World War II involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives鈥攁n average of twenty-seven thousand a day. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war. <br /><br /> Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people鈥攐f soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad, some of whom resorted to cannibalism during the two-year siege; Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews鈥擧astings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. He simultaneously traces the major developments鈥擧itler鈥檚 refusal to retreat from the Soviet Union until it was too late; Stalin鈥檚 ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the German army; Churchill鈥檚 leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941; Roosevelt鈥檚 steady hand before and after the United States entered the war鈥攁nd puts them in real human context.<br /><br />Hastings also illuminates some of the darker and less explored regions under the war鈥檚 penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland, during which the Finns fiercely and surprisingly resisted Stalin鈥檚 invading Red Army; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944, when at least one million people died in what turned out to be, in Nehru鈥檚 words, 鈥渢he final epitaph of British rule鈥?in India. <br /><br />Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, <i>Inferno</i> is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of...
by Adam Makos

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b><b><b>THE聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES,</i>聽<i>WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES,聽</i>AND <i>USA TODAY</i> BESTSELLER聽<br /></b><br />鈥淎 band of brothers in an American tank . . . Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing鈥檚 turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of <i>Fury</i>.鈥?lt;br />鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br />From the author of the international bestseller <i>A Higher Call</i>聽comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner鈥檚 journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel鈥攁nd forge an enduring bond with his enemy.</b><br /><br /> When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner鈥檚 seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He鈥檚 a natural-born shooter.<br /><br /> At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division鈥斺€淪pearhead鈥濃€攖hought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: <i>The lead tank always gets hit.<br /></i><br /> <i> </i>After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art 鈥渟uper tank,鈥?one of twenty in the European theater.<br /><br /> But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: Now <i>they</i> will spearhead every attack. That鈥檚 how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the 鈥淔ortress City鈥?of Germany.<br /><br /> Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans.<br /><br /> As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Spearhead</i><br /></b><br />鈥淎 detailed, gripping account . . . the remarkable story of two tank crewmen, from opposite sides of the conflict, who endure the grisly nature of tank warfare.鈥?lt;br /><b>鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i> (four out of four stars)</b><br /><br />鈥淪trong and dramatic . . . Makos established himself as a meticulous researcher who鈥檚 equally adept at spinning a good old-fashioned yarn.聽. . . For a World War II aficionado, it will read like a dream.鈥?lt;br /><b>鈥擜ssociated Press聽聽</b>

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