Recounts how the author, a British diplomat, was named deputy governor of Amarah and Nasiriya in southern Iraq at the end of 2003, an appointment during which he negotiated hostage releases, held elections, and worked to organize a social infrastructure for millions of beleaguered Iraqi citizens. 35,000 first printing.
Offers a stirring portrait of James Holman, a nineteenth-century adventurer renowned for his solo journey around the world, despite a blindness brought on by a mysterious shipboard illness during the Napoleonic Wars.
Set against the backdrop of Depression-era America, a fascinating biography traces the efforts of famed magician Dai Vernon, who wandered the backroads and shady underworld of the Midwest in search of a mysterious, legendary cardsharp. 30,000 first printing.
The author describes growing up in a family that was part of the Mafia, discussing her relationship with John Gotti and other members of the underworld and her eventual escape to build a new life far from the world of organized crime.
A member of Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia" describes his long-time friendship with the legendary singer, tracing their relationship from his first meeting as a child, through his years of living and working with Presley, to his tragic death, offering vivid reminiscences about life inside the inner circle and his view of Presley the man rather than the icon.
The author of Air Force One takes a close-up look at the personal retreats, hideaways, and homes of America's presidents, assessing what such sites reveal about the characters of the presidents and the eras in which they lived, covering everything from George Washington's Mount Vernon to George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch.
A journalist for the "Washington Post" offers an eyewitness account of the changes in China over the past forty years as he recalls his stint as a twenty-year-old exchange student from Stanford at China's Nanjing University and the lives of his Chinese classmates, in a study of the human cost of China's development.
The Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte: Mozart's Poet, Casanova's Friend, and Italian Opera's Impresario in America
Chronicles the colorful life and times of Lorenzo da Ponte, the librettist for Mozart's acclaimed operas, including Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, a man who was a friend of Casanova, ex-priest, poet, notorious lover, founder of New York's first opera house, the first professor of Italian at Columbia University, and New York shop owner.
Writer Buford's memoir of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook. Expanding on his award-winning New Yorker article, Buford gives us a chronicle of his experience as "slave" to Mario Batali in the kitchen of Batali's three-star New York restaurant, Babbo. He describes three frenetic years of trials and errors, disappointments and triumphs, as he worked his way up the Babbo ladder from "kitchen bitch" to line cook, his relationship with the larger-than-life Batali, whose story he learns as their friendship grows through (and sometimes despite) kitchen encounters and after-work all-nighters, and his immersion in the arts of butchery in Northern Italy, of preparing game in London, and making handmade pasta at an Italian hillside trattoria.—From publisher description.The author offers an account of his entry into the world of a professional cook-in-training, documenting his experiences in the kitchen of Mario Batali's restaurant Babbo and his apprenticeships in Italy with Batali's former teachers.
Presents essays on the life and accomplishments of the filmmaker, discussing the impact of his early life of poverty on the the recurring themes of his films, the evolution and refinement of his movie-making techniques, and his final recognition as a comic genius.