Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of Cleopatra, revealing her as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and his wife share the story of his 2008 abduction by the Taliban, a seven-month imprisonment marked by jihadist fervor, shifting alliances and frantic negotiations for his release. Co-written by the author of Endgame.
This book is a sweeping and revealing insider look at court history and the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and public access to information, and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century.
Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with loved ones and fellow baseball players, the author crafts a deeply personal biography of the Yankee great, weaving her own memories of the major league slugger with an authoritative account of his life on and off the field.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.
A survivor of the Cuban Revolution recounts his pre-war childhood as the religiously devout son of a judge, and describes the conflict's violent and irrevocable impact on his friends, family, and native land.
Traces the originating role of physics professor John Vincent Atanasoff to the invention of the computer, describing his innovative construction of an unpatented electronic device that used binary numbers to ease the lives of burdened scientists. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres. 50,000 first printing.
Unbroken tells the true story of a U.S. airman who survived his bomber crashing into the sea during World War II, a foundering raft, thirst, starvation and a prisoner-of-war camp.
Gathers black and white photographs of the Beatles taken in 1964 in Liverpool and in London during the making of their first feature film, and includes pictures of other musicians from Liverpool and brief explanations of the photographs.
The story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes—made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia." An Oxford scholar and archaeologist, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916. He vanished into the desert in 1917 only to emerge later as one of the greatest—and certainly most colorful—figures of World War One. As Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times; he was a visionary whose accomplishments—farsighted diplomat and kingmaker, military strategist of genius, perhaps the first modern "media celebrity" (and one of the first victims of it), and an acclaimed writer—transcended his era.
A profile of the controversial marriage between the thirty-second president and his wife examines such charges as FDR's alleged romance with Lucy Mercer and Eleanor's purported lesbianism, profiling their partnership as one of mutual support and admiration.