Wade Davis describes British climbers' attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s, discussing such topics as the role of imperial ambition in the expedition and the way in which the ascent reflected England's post-World War I redemption efforts.
Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother's exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons and avoidance of Western cultural practices.
The influential pop music performer and songwriter shares the story of his career, describing his formative experiences in the evolving music scene beside such contemporaries as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Madonna.
The frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith tells his story, including his rise to rock stardom in the 70s, the band's drop in popularity, and their comeback in the late 80s and 90s. (biography & autobiography). Simultaneous.
Part humor, part inspiration, the star of TV's hottest show Glee and former real-life Sue Sylvester shares how she was finally able to embrace her sexuality and find the contentment she thought she'd never have.
A Hollywood stuntman, whose career was fraught with 56 broken bones, details his exciting life, including his work in such films and TV shows as Mission: Impossible, The French Connection, The Spirit of St. Louis and more, as well as his work as a director and his ownership of a rocket car that broke the sound barrier.
The 1980s Brat Pack founder presents an intimate account of his life in show business and politics, tracing his counter-culture youth in Malibu, his work on such productions as The Outsiders and The West Wing and his pursuits of family and sobriety. 300,000 first printing.
Updated to include 2010's recipient Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, a latest edition profiles each honored serviceperson in moving biographical text by a National Book Award nominee and images by an award-winning photographer, in a volume that also features new essays, letters from all living Presidents and a DVD of historic footage.
Recounts the life of the man who invented soul music and is best known for his popular music chart successes, including "All Around the World" (1955), "Need Your Love So Bad" (1956) and "Fever" the same year.
Chronicles the life and career of the fourth American president, including his work constructing the U.S. Constitution, his role in shaping American politics, his influence on partisan journalism, and his leadership during the War of 1812.
An authorized portrait of the influential twentieth-century American writer draws on first-person accounts and Vonnegut's private letters while offering insight into his youth, the inspirations for his work, and his enduring literary impact.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for biography for Jackson Pollock, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith present an in-depth, accessible profile that draws on newly available primary sources to provide revisionist assessments of the influential artist's turbulent life and genius works.
Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.
Presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.
Documents the story and legacy of a leading architect of the American conservative movement throughout the past half century, tracing his 1955 launch of the influential National Review and his television show Firing Line as well as his role in promoting modern values about the free market, religion and an aggressive foreign policy.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband recount her early years, their marriage, the assassination attempt that left her gravely wounded — and took the lives of six others — and her rehabilitation.
An unbiased historical appraisal of the life of the controversial 20th-century saint examines the miracles he is believed to have performed as well as detracting reports, offering insight into the relationship between modern Catholicism and politics.
A True Account of the Amazing Lies and Fantastical Adventures of the Ivy League Impostor James Hogue
A true tale based on an acclaimed New Yorker article follows the efforts of a homeless itinerant who assumed a false identity was accepted at Princeton University, an endeavor during which he dated a millionaire's daughter, achieved top grades, and gained entry into the elite Ivy Club before his deception was exposed. Reprint.
A revelatory portrait of Israel's first prime minister, written by its current president, includes coverage of his support of the United Nations 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine, his granting of first exemptions to Orthodox military service people and his peaceful overtures toward post-Holocaust Germany.