A compendium of true American life stories, drawn from an ambitious oral history project, features pieces representing every walk of life from all fifty states, in a nation-wide and thematically arranged celebration of the nation's shared humanity. 75,000 first printing.
Relates the author's harrowing family circumstances that led to his placement in the equally daunting foster-case system, a challenge during which he beat the odds through high academic achievement, in an intimate account that also describes his advocacy for improved foster care. 75,000 first printing.
Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work "Freakonomics," describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-selling trade.
An American Book Award-winning novelist and screenwriter shares his experience of returning to the dating scene while raising two young children, an effort marked by his relationships with a series of women and his confrontation with the less-than-glamorous but rewarding realities of parenting.
The story of one teenager's descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father's point of view. David Sheff describes how a varsity athlete and honor student became addicted to the dangerous drug, its impact on his family, the attempts at rehab and the journey past addiction.
Traces the political career of the United Nations humanitarian who lost his life in the 2003 terrorist attack on the UN Headquarters in Iraq, citing his role in the peace negotiations in post-invasion Lebanon and the cease-fire talks in Bosnia.
Two respected investigative journalists offer an indepth analysis of the politics of Iraq, the true nature of the regime of Saddam Hussein and his family, and the internecine struggles within the CIA that have disrupted efforts to dislodge Hussein. Reprint.
The story of the Olympic medallist and world heavyweight champion covers such topics as the disqualification that lost him a gold medal, his sensationalized matches against Mike Tyson, and his appearances on such shows as "Dancing with the Stars."
Based on interviews with key individuals in his life and presidential administration, a profile of the controversial Venezuelan leader recounts Châavez's life story, from his impoverished childhood, to his rise to power and his rocky political career.
Documents the author's adventures in the wine-making trade, from his backbreaking early work in the vineyards of Allan Scott Wines to his subsequent friendship with fellow workers and the vineyard's eponymous owner. 35,000 first printing.