A lighthearted exploration of pop culture's fascination with gag and practical joke novelty items celebrates the history of the industry, exploring the originality, if tastelessness, of such items as the Whoopee Cushion, the artificial ink spot, and the rubber chicken. 25,000 first printing.
Provides a compelling portrait of Joseph Beyrle, an American paratrooper and member of the 101st Airborne Division, who became the only soldier to actually fight for both America and the Soviet Union during World War II. Originally published as The Simple Sounds of Freedom. Reprint.
Recounts events surrounding the 1944-45 Battle of the Bulge in Ardennes, France, during World War II, and the plight of eighteen men of a single platoon who were captured and survived in German POW camps through the end of the war.
A portrait of Bombay, India, and its people chronicles the everday life of the city and its inhabitants, from the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs to the diverse people who come from the villages in search of a better life.
The former editorial director of the Free Press and son of the great American novelist serves up a delicious exploration of nepotism, the favored treatment of one's relatives, in our times, arguing that the much stigmatized practice has its roots in human biological behavior and that it represents the bonds of human society and the transmission of family legacies.
Chronicles the significant events and key figures from the civil right movement, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the murder of Emmet Till, and the Watts riots, with archival audio recordings on the accompanying CDs.
Follows the sensational 1925 murder trial of African-American doctor Ossian Sweet, who was accused of murdering a white person during a mob attack on his home, in a tale that includes a history of the Sweet family and a portrait of his attorney, Clarence Darrow. 25,000 first printing.