A three-star general offers an insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining how garbled intelligence, poor decision making, and no clear understanding of the enemy resulted in the failure of both missions.
Robert Lee Watt tells the story of his musicianship, from first picking up his instrument to becoming the first black French horn player hired by a major symphony in the United States. The book takes a look at not only the world of music and Watt's progression as a musician, but the racial climate of America.
Combines photos, diagrams and first-hand accounts in the story of the archaeology behind the history-changing dig that found Richard III, offering engaging details through additional information provided by Leicester University.
Analyzes the pivotal events of 1945 that changed relations between America and China from relative amiability to instability, challenging familiar assumptions about modern Sino-American paradigms. By the award-winning author of Ultimate Journey.
It reveals the secret history of how the United States became home to thousands of Nazi war criminals after World War II, many of whom were brought over by American government agencies to work as spies, intelligence assets and military scientists.
A report on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age considers the challenges being faced by small artists and posed by large corporations, exploring today's pitfalls and opportunities to reveal evolving internet business models. 20,000 first printing.
Brian Moynahan recounts the 1942 performance of Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony during the siege of Leningrad, placing it in the context of the city's intellectual and social life, and its sufferings from Stalinist terror as much as from the Nazi invasion.
Based on the popular Tumblr of the same name, Vintage Black Glamour collects a century's worth of imagery (along with historical and biographical information) of black entertainers, from stars like Eartha Kitt and Lena Horne to lesser-known names like Bricktop and Acquanetta.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tattooed Soldier presents a firsthand, official account of the 2010 survival story involving 33 miners who were trapped for a record 69 days in a Chilean mine.
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
Examines the Stuart dynasty during a turbulent seventeenth century marked by civil war, the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell, and the deposition and exile of James II.
Takes readers on a cultural and historical tour of how rock and roll was influenced and shaped by mystic, occult and supernatural traditions, from Elvis Presley and the British Invasion bands, to 1980s metal and modern hip-hop.
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, presents a tribute to the importance of fiction to democracy that blends memoir with close readings of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
Traces the author's experiences as an English teacher to the sons of North Korea's elite during the last six months of Kim Jong Il's reign, an effort complicated by oppressive regime enforcers, propaganda, and evangelical missionaries.
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Traces the unlikely friendship between a former banking executive and a former armed robber who purchased uncollected debt rights from banks and engaged in misrepresentation, illegal threats and deceptive claims to gain illicit profits.