A visionary work of radical empathy, Jeff Sharlet's collection of images and reflections is framed by the two years between his father's heart attack and his own, a time defined by insomnia and late-night driving and the companionship of other darkness-dwellers: night bakers and last-call drinkers, frightened people and frightening people, the homeless and the lost (or merely disoriented), addicts and people on the margins.
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."—
Describes the life of America's first forensic scientist, who invented tools that are still being used today—including blood-spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests and fingerprints—and solved at least 2,000 cases over 40 years. By the author of Death in the Air. Illustrations.
An investigation into the Word of Faith Fellowship cult traces its 1979 origins through its expansion across three continents, sharing insights into Jane Whaley's abusive and absolute control over her followers. 100,000 first printing.
The medical anthropologist and former executive director of Guernica magazine draws on extensive research to reveal the fundamental cultural inequalities behind why American women experience far less sexual pleasure than their male counterparts. (social science). 25,000 first printing.
A Watergate prosecutor takes readers inside her trial by fire, in a book that looks at obstruction of justice, lies from the White House, sexism at work, shocking revelations and more. Illustrations.
An economics reporter at The New York Times, through ground-level reporting. Chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, revealing the decades of history and economic forces that have brought us here. Illustrations.
A companion to the best-selling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History shares the true stories of history-shaping black men, including civil rights leader John Lewis, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and tennis champion Arthur Ashe.
A journalist historian shares lesser-known insights into the public and private writing lives of America's Presidents, from Lincoln's secret speech anthology for the 1860 election to Teddy Roosevelt's accounts of his life-risking safaris. 125,000 first printing. Illustrations.
An investigation into the 1980 murder of two women in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, recreates the events of the tragedy, the targeting of vulnerable suspects and the history of mysterious violence that continues to overshadow the region. 60,000 first printing.
Traces the lesser-known history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America, revealing how unexpected collaborations among franchises, black capitalists and civil rights leaders provided effective economic responses to racial inequality.