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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest...
by Rachel Maddow

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English

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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>
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Irelan...
by Patrick Radden Keefe

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English

Pages

455

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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<b>One of the聽<i>New York Times</i>聽10 Best Books of the Year<b><i><br /></i><br />BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE<br /><br />ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST<br /><br />NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<br /><br />WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE<br /><br />LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD聽<br /><br />"Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book -- as finely paced as a novel -- Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." - New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the Year<br /><br />From award-winning <i>New Yorker </i>staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions</b></b><br /><br />In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.<br /><br />Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--<i>Say Nothing</i> conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
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.
The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable hist...
by Malka Adler

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

November 07, 2019

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<h2><em>My brother鈥檚 tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it鈥檚 really you鈥?lt;/em></h2><p>Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war.</p><p>But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz.</p><p>Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten.</p><p><strong>Malka Adler鈥檚 extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with by the Sea of Galilee.</strong></p><p><strong>When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to.</strong></p><p><strong>Told in a poetic style reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace and above all, hope, in books like <em>The Choice</em>, <em>The Librarian of Auschwitz</em>, and <em>The Tattooist of Auschwitz</em>.</strong></p><h2>Praise for <em>The Brothers of Auschwitz</em></h2><p>鈥?lt;strong>I sat down and read this within a few hours</strong>, my wife is now reading it and it is bringing tears to her eyes鈥?Amazon reviewer</p><p>鈥楾he story is so incredible and <strong>the author writes so beautifully</strong> that it is impossible to stay indifferent. I gave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it鈥?Amazon reviewer</p><p>鈥業t is <strong>a book we all must read</strong>, read in order to know 鈥?It is harsh, enthralling, earth-shattering, rattling 鈥?but we must. And nothing less鈥?Aliza Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House</p><p>鈥?lt;strong>Great courage</strong> is needed to write as Adler does 鈥?without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination鈥櫬燳ehudith Rotem, <em>Haaretz</em> newspaper</p><p>鈥楾his is <strong>a book we are not allowed not to read</strong>鈥?Leah Roditi, <em>At聽Magazine</em></p>
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer

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English

Pages

1712

Publication Date

October 23, 2011

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<b>National Book Award Winner: The definitive account of Nazi Germany and 鈥渙ne of the most important works of history of our time鈥?(<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to destroy their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L.聽Shirer鈥檚 sweeping account of the Third Reich uses these unique sources, combined with his experience living in Germany as an international correspondent throughout the war.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</i> earned Shirer a National Book Award and continues to be recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials, could not have found more artful hands.<br /> 聽<br /> Shirer gives a clear, detailed, and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, <i>The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</i> is a chilling and illuminating portrait of mankind鈥檚 darkest hours.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 monumental work.鈥?鈥擳heodore H.聽White
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Wh...
by Sonia Purnell

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /></b>Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by <i>NPR</i>, the New York Public Library, the <i>Seattle Times</i>, the <i>Washington Independent Review of Books</i>, BookBrowse, the <i>Spectator</i>, and the <i>Times of London</i><br /><br />鈥淓<b>xcellent鈥his book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down</b>.鈥?-- <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />"A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - <b>NPR</b><br /><br /><b>The perfect holiday gift for the World War II history buff, a never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of <i>Clementine</i></b></b><br /><br />In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." <br /><br />The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. <br /><br />Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.<br /><br />Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. <i>A Woman of No Importance</i> is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.
Rescued from the Ashes: The Diary of Leokadia Schmidt, Survivor o...
by Leokadia Schmidt

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English

Pages

422

Publication Date

January 24, 2019

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The diary of a young Jewish housewife who, together with her husband and five-month-old baby, fled the Warsaw ghetto at the last possible moment and survived the Holocaust hidden on the 鈥淎ryan鈥?side of town in the loft of a run-down tinsmith鈥檚 shed.
The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, ...
by Malcolm W. Nance

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>***<i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER***</b><b><br /></b><b>AN EXPLOSIVE , REVELATORY ASSESSMENT OF THE GREATEST BETRAYAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY</b><b><br /></b><b>William Barr 路 Paul Manafort 路 Michael Cohen 路 </b><b>Steve Bannon 路 Rudy Giuliani 路 Mitch McConnell 路 </b><b>Roger Stone 路 George Papadopoulos 路 </b><b>Jeff Sessions 路 And More!</b><br />When former FBI Director Robert Mueller III was assigned to the Special Counsel investigation looking into the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 US election, many Americans felt relieved. But when the report was delivered in April 2019, it was clear that the case was far from closed-and pinning Trump down on conspiracy charges was going to be a lot more difficult than it had first seemed.<br />In <i>The Plot to Betray America</i>, Malcolm Nance, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author and renowned intelligence expert, reveals exactly how Trump and his inner circle conspired, coordinated, communicated, and eventually strategized to commit the greatest act of treachery in the history of the United States: compromisingthe presidential oath of office in exchange for power and personal enrichment.<br />Seduced by the promises of riches dangled in front of them by Vladimir Putin, the Trump administration eagerly decided to reap the rewards of the plan to put a Kremlin-friendly crony in the Oval Office. And instead of interfering, the Republican Party's faithful William Barr, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, Mitch McConnell, Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos, and Jeff Sessions among others did everything they could to facilitate Trump's damage to national security to fill his own pockets. Through in-depth research and interviews with intelligence experts and insiders, Nance charts Trump's deep financial ties to Russia through his family's investments, including those of Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, and the corrupt behavior of his other double-crossing pro-Moscow associates.<br />Only by untangling the spider web of personal and financial relationships linking the White House to the Kremlin can we start to free ourselves from the constricting clutches of our foreign adversaries and work to rebuild our fractured nation.<br />In this geopolitical page-turner, <i>The Plot to </i><i>Betray America</i> ultimately sketches the tracks and blueprint of the Trump administration's conspiracy against our country-and how we can still fight to defend democracy, protect our national security, and save the Constitution.
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in...
by , Larry Alexander

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

December 19, 2012

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<b><b>THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: 鈥淏eautifully told.鈥?lt;i>鈥擟NN聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淎 remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.鈥濃€?lt;i>USA Today聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淥h, it鈥檚 a good one!鈥?lt;i>鈥擣ox News</i><br />聽<br />A 鈥渂eautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies鈥?emerges from the horrors of World War II in this <i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller by the author of <i>Spearhead</i>.聽<br /><i><br /></i></b></b><i>December, 1943</i>: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber鈥檚 tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler鈥攁nd he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...<br /><br />What happened next would defy imagination and later be called 鈥渢he most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.鈥?lt;br /><br />The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as 鈥渢op secret.鈥?It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Mo...
by Andy Greenberg

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>"<i>Sandworm </i>is much more than a true-life techno-thriller. It's a tour through a realm that is both invisible and critical to the daily lives of every person alive in the 21st century."<br />鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i><br /></b><br /><b>From </b><i>Wired </i><b>senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it</b><br /><br />In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest businesses鈥攆rom drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage鈥攖he largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.<br /><br />The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike.<br /><br />A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, <i>Sandworm</i> considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, <i>Sandworm</i> exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur鈥攚ith world-shaking implications.

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