One of America's most successful comedians looks back at his extraordinary career, highlighting the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life and outlining the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old.
The popular singer traces the story of her life and career from her Arizona upbringing in a musical family and her rise to stardom in Southern California, to her role in shaping 1970s sounds and her collaborations with fellow artists.
The linguist and historian Bernard Lewis began his career before World War II, and since then he has both witnessed and participated in many of the tumultuous events in the Middle East. At 96 years old, Lewis looks back on close to a century's worth of work and study, covering issues as wide-ranging and as sensitive as race and slavery in Islam and his role as adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney — not to mention a few indelible moments with Ted Kennedy and Moammar Gadhafi.
A new analysis of primary sources reveals how FDR's fight against polio led to one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of American politics as he turned his personal disaster to his political advantage, rallying the nation in the Great Depression and leading it through World War II.
Describes the author's life in New York City, including how taking a writing job with Morgan Stanley sidelined his literary aspirations, his account of September 11th, and the ways his life changed afterwards.
Describes the accident that turned the author into a quadriplegic and his struggle to find independence, love, and a life on his own terms.
American History professor Jill Lepore delivers a revealing portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, who spent much of her life cooking, cleaning and raising children. Despite obscurity and poverty, Jane shared a lot of her brother's talents: She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.
The actress and director shares the first half of her unconventional life, from her childhood in Ireland and her teen years in London to her coming-of-age as a model and budding actress in New York.
An account of JFK's final months examines his roles in advancing civil rights and the Limited Test Ban Treaty, recounts the death of his premature infant son and considers what might have occurred had he not been assassinated.
On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, the news magazine chronicles the tragic events of that day, including every frame of the Zapruder film and a full reprint of the original issue from 1963.
Fifty years on, most Americans still feel they have not been told the truth about President Kennedy's death. Chief Justice Warren, who chaired the first inquiry, said "some things" that "involve security" might not be released in our lifetime. Millions of pages of assassination records were finally made public in the late 1990s. Yet the CIA is withholding more than a thousand documents under "national security" — until 2017. Why? Why hold these records back if — as we were told half a century ago —Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin? Anthony Summers set out to write a reliable account of the murder mystery that haunts America.
In this dual biography, uncovered family papers allow Eve LaPlante to revise the common conceptions of Louisa May Alcott's home life. Most biographers focus on Alcott's relationship with her father, but as it turns out, the author of Little Women had a deeply influential relationship with her hardworking mother. Abigail May Alcott served as the intellectual and emotional center of Louisa's life, acting as a moral beacon on issues like social reform and gender inequality. When Louisa began writing her classic novel, it was to her mother's diaries that she first turned.
Inviting readers into her personal life, the author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto shares the stories of the people, places, ideals and art to which she has remained indelibly committed.