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We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the Ame...
by Steve Beaven

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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<p><b>The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.</b></p><p>By 1977 the University of Evansville鈥檚 Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board.</p><p>The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history.</p><p>A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, <i>We Will Rise</i> is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.</p>
That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and...
by Mark Kenyon

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

December 01, 2019

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<p><b>From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes鈥擜merica鈥檚 public lands.</b></p><p>Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.</p><p>Since its inception, however, America鈥檚 public land system has been embroiled in controversy鈥攃aught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.</p><p>Part travelogue and part historical examination, <i>That Wild Country</i> invites readers on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.</p>
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West
by H. W. Brands

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English

Pages

506

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<b>"Epic in its scale, fearless in its scope" (Hampton Sides), this balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told account of the American West from a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist sets a new standard as it sweeps from the California Gold Rush to the Texas Revolution and beyond.</b><br />In <i>Dreams of El Dorado</i>, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame-and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East.<br /><br />Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, <i>Dreams of El Dorado</i> sets a new standard for histories of the American West.
Find a Way
by Diana Nyad

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<p><b>Hillary Clinton said that <i>Find a Way</i> would stay with her through the general election:聽 鈥淲hen you鈥檙e facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison.鈥澛?</b><br /><br /><br />On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:<br /><br />1. 聽 Never, ever give up.<br />2. 聽 You鈥檙e never too old to chase your dreams.<br />3. 聽 It looks like a solitary sport, but 聽it鈥檚 a Team.<br /><br />Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty-five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Diana鈥檚 perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra鈥攆ind a way鈥攖hat led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.<br /><br />In <i>Find a Way, </i>Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. <br /><br />Diana was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty-two hours and seventy-nine miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn鈥檛 swim another stroke for three decades.<br /><br />Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success? What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness? This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.聽</p>
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
by Ian O'Connor

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English

Pages

521

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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The definitive biography of the NFL鈥檚 most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL鈥攖he infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he鈥檚 led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory and robust biography, readers will come to understand and see Belichick鈥檚 full life in football, from watching college games as a kid with his father, a Naval Academy scout, to orchestrating two Super Bowl鈥搘inning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, to his dramatic leap to New England, where he has made history.<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Award-winning columnist and <i>New York Times </i>best-selling author Ian O鈥機onnor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have been previously unexplored. O鈥機onnor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn鈥檛 know. Those who follow and love pro football know Bill Belichick only as the hooded genius of the Patriots. But there is so much more鈥攆rom the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players鈥攊f not their affection. This is a man who has many facets and, ultimately, has created a notorious football dynasty. Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this book circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time, and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work.
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

231

Publication Date

September 21, 2009

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In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.聽聽How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of <i>Into the Wild</i>.<br /><br />Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.聽聽In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his聽聽cash.聽聽He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.聽聽Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.聽聽Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.<br /><br />Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.聽聽Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.聽聽Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.<br /><br />When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naivet茅, pretensions, and hubris.聽聽He is said聽聽to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, <i>Into the Wild</i> is a <i>tour de force</i>. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver
by Jill Heinerth

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<p><strong>From one of the world鈥檚 most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth鈥檚 final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet</strong><br /><br />More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today鈥攁nd one of the very few women in her field鈥?lt;em>Into the Planet</em>聽blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth鈥檚 remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.</p><p>Jill Heinerth鈥攖he first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations鈥攈as descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend鈥檚 body from the confines of a cave. But there鈥檚 beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.</p><p>聽</p>Written with hair-raising intensity,聽<em>Into the Planet聽</em>is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting readers deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission鈥檚 success balances between knowing one鈥檚 limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.<p></p>
Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

May 04, 2009

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<b>The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.</b><br /><br />An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?<br />聽<br />Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America鈥檚 best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall鈥檚 incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Reaching beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Ever...
by , Kraig Becker

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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For the last decade, decorated Navy SEAL, accomplished athlete, and bestselling author Don Mann has been traveling across the country giving motivational talks and in the process inspiring hundreds with the secrets behind his awe-inspiring achievements. In <i>Reaching beyond Boundaries</i>, Mann brings his much sought-after wisdom to the page.<br /><br /> As an elite Navy SEAL, Mann performed seemingly impossible tasks on a regular basis. Here he details the lessons he learned from his training and shows how the rest of us can apply those teachings to our daily lives in terms of learning to push beyond our internal boundaries and achieve the goals we鈥檝e set for ourselves, both professionally and personally. <i>Reaching Beyond Boundaries</i> teaches how to set and conquer both micro- and macro-goals through removing excuses, having the right mindset, and learning from successes and failures.<br /><br /> Making your dreams a reality is possible. With <i>Reaching Beyond Boundaries</i> you can begin to realize your fullest potential today.

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