A consistently reflective, often riotous narrative of the author's progress into manhood ranges from trouble and conflict in his native Kentucky Appalachia, through a tour of America's underbelly, to his marriage and settlement on the Iowa River. Reprint.
Draws on newly uncovered archives to reveal Houdini's secret work as a spy for the United States and England, his post-war efforts to expose the fraudulent activities of spiritualist mediums, and the plot organized by Arthur Conan Doyle to have him murdered.
From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. It was sulfa, the first synthetic antibiotic. Science writer Hager chronicles the history of the drug that shaped modern medicine. Sulfa saved millions of lives—among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.—but even more, it changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness. This book illuminates the vivid characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central (though mistaken) idea that brought sulfa to the world.—From publisher description.A history of the discovery of the world's first antibiotic, sulfa, and its influence on the fields of medicine and science looks at key figures in the battle against disease and how sulfa changed the way in which doctors treated patients.
A memoir of sex, drugs, and depression indicts an overmedicated America as it chronicles the fortunes of a Harvard educated child of divorce who lived in the fast lane as a music critic, always fighting her chronic depression
For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest, but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs has an unyielding motto, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy in mind that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues.—From publisher description.A veteran mountaineer recalls some of his most dangerous climbs as he pursued the goal of reaching the summit of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, discussing some of his own close calls and rescues, and errors in judgment on the part of fellow climbers.
A fascinating biography of Katharine Hepburn furnishes a revealing study of the complex, intelligent, sophisticated woman behind the mythic Hollywood image, drawing on new interviews with friends and family and previously unavailable materials to capture a unique close-up of a remarkable woman. 75,000 first printing.
The author examines his stormy relationship with his mother, describing her role as a pioneering woman journalist, the lavish political soirees that marked his parents' marriage, and his feelings about his mother's perpetual absence throughout his youth.
In a powerful, witty graphic memoir, a New York City cartoonist recounts her eleven-month bout with breast cancer, from initial diagnosis to cure—and every challenge in between—chronicling her high-powered Manhattan lifestyle, the romance between the ultimate bachelorette and her surprising Prince Charming, and her fierce battle against disease. 100,000 first printing.
Traces the author's experiences of growing up in a small-town community under the shadows of a severely autistic brother and a violent serial pedophile who eventually murdered one of the writer's young classmates. By the author of She Smiled Sweetly. 50,000 first printing.
The author of The Exclusive Embrace describes how his family was haunted by the disappearance of six relatives during the holocaust and how he embarked on a determined search to find the remaining eyewitnesses to his lost ancestors' fates, an effort that took him to a dozen countries on three continents. 100,000 first printing.
Presents the life of the nineteenth century orator, noted for his support of the abolition of slavery and the suffrage of women, as well as his friendships with some of the century's most famous writers such as Henry Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.
A portrait of the American orator describes his unique role as a leader of the Christian left and his seminal place in both American politics and religion in the volatile political landscape of turn-of-the-century America.
Earl Warren played a key role in nearly every defining political moment in American history in the latter half of the twentieth century. He began as an aggressive county prosecutor offended by graft and vice, then rose through California politics. As attorney general and governor, he led the country's fastest-growing state during a time of enormous change, his support for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II one of the few blemishes on an otherwise progressive record. From his historic governorship to his pivotal years as Chief Justice to his role as chairman of the commission that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Warren traversed the Depression and the Cold War, the struggles to defend America against foreign enemies, and the emergence of a muscular commitment to individual liberty.—From publisher description.An account of the career of the former chief justice and chairman of the Warren Commission discusses his rise in California politics and evaluates his role in defining political moments from the twentieth century.
An authorized survey of the life of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning chairman for the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission describes his disadvantaged childhood in South Africa, his calls for peace during the worst years of apartheid at the side of Nelson Mandela, and his beliefs about such topics as AIDS and the war in Iraq. 35,000 first printing.
A meticulously researched account of the works and lasting influence of the prophet Muhammad discusses his life at the end of the sixth and beginning of the seventh centuries, offering insight into his establishment of a faith that was to have a profound impact on world history. 40,000 first printing.