Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA—a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad. Tenet illuminates how the country was prepared—and not prepared—to deal with a world full of new and deadly threats. Beginning with his installation as Director in 1997, he unfolds the events that led up to 9/11: his declaration of war on Al Qaeda in 1998, CIA operations inside Afghanistan, the worldwide operational plan to fight terror, his warnings to White House officials in the spring and summer of 2001, and the plan for a response laid down just six days after the attack. In his narration of the run-up to the war in Iraq, Tenet provides fresh insights and background. Finally,he offers his thoughts on the future of U.S. intelligence and its role in foreign-policy decisions.—From publisher description.An account of the war on terror by a former CIA director traces the author's intelligence career, offers insight into the agency's inner workings, and discusses how America was both prepared and unprepared for the September 11 attacks.
The National Humanities Medal-winning author of The Poisonwood Bible follows the author's family's efforts to live on locally and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet. 175,000 first printing.
The authorized biography of Alice Waters and the San Francisco 1970s counterculture food revolution that invented "American cuisine." Not so long ago it was nearly impossible to find a cappuccino or a croissant in this country, most people had no idea what "organic" food was, and even fewer thought about "sustainable farming." But in 1971, in Berkeley, a young Francophile opened a small restaurant for her friends and launched an entirely new way of thinking about and food in America. With no business sense or financial discipline, Alice relied on the coterie of devoted friends and followers who developed around her and on her strong principles of, among other things, using only locally grown and organic ingredients at the peak of their seasons, to keep her restaurant afloat. It was a reckless, extravagant, inexperienced venture that could have failed, but instead—somehow—turned into a revolution.—From publisher description.A portrait of the owner of the California organic food restaurant that helped launch modern ideas about organic food, sustainable farming, and American cuisine offers insight into her complex character and her achievements as a chef and activist.
An intimate memoir presents the story of a Holocaust survivor who joined the Israeli freedom fighters, was wounded in the War of Independence and forged through years of poverty, three marriages, and motherhood before becoming a sex therapist. Reprint.
Based on a 2002 profile of the controversial Supreme Court justice from The Washington Post Magazine, a portrait of Clarence Thomas traces the personal odyssey of the African-American justice from his poor, rural Georgia upbringing to the pinnacle of judicial power, capturing a bitter, isolated, and conflicted man forced to straddle two different worlds. 60,000 first printing.
A Palestinian scholar and leader offers a look at the troubling recent history of his country and the Middle East from a Palestinian perspective, sharing his rationale for promoting a two-state solution to the problems affecting the region.
World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front—and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper—Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.—From publisher description.
An acclaimed novelist's memoir about what it means to be adopted and how all of us construct our sense of self and family. Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a 22-year-old single woman having an affair with a much older married man. Thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. Homes, renowned for the psychological accuracy and intensity of her storytelling, tells how they made contact with her, what happened next, and what she was able to reconstruct about the story of their lives. Her birth mother, a complex and lonely woman, never married or had another child, and died in 1998. Years later, Homes opened boxes of her mother's memorabilia, hoping to know her secrets, but no relief came. She then became obsessed with finding out as much as she could about all four parents and their families.—From publisher description.A woman who was adopted as a newborn recounts her experience of meeting her birth parents, describing how adoption affected her sense of identity, and her efforts to learn more about her birth mother after her death.
The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. Biographer Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.—From publisher description.
Describes the genesis of Darwin's theories, from his university studies and five-year voyage on the Beagle to his debates with contemporaries and his garden experiments, in a history that also illuminates controversies surrounding the work's publication.