Examines the connection between creativity and alcohol by traveling to locales well-loved by six of America's greatest writers, who were also alcoholics, including John Cheever's New York, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans and Ernest Hemingway's Key West.
Steve Young and Sport Murphy present a history of industrial musicals made by corporations from the 1950s to the 1980s to motivate their employees at sales conventions.
Brendan Koerner documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.
Phil Cousineau gathers an eclectic collection of poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. These are pieces intended to relieve the insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this anthology ranges from saints, poets and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and it tells of ancient tales and shining passages — all gathered beneath the dark umbrella of the night.
Jeremy Seabrook collects conversations with gay men who frequent a popular cruising spot in Delhi, India, exploring the intersections of sexuality, class and culture in the Indian metropolis.
In December 2001, West Point cadet Chad Jenkins and Naval Academy midshipman Brian Stann faced off in the most-watched college football game. Over the next decade, they went to war, led soldiers and witnessed and participated in events they never imagined possible.
American History professor Jill Lepore delivers a revealing portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, who spent much of her life cooking, cleaning and raising children. Despite obscurity and poverty, Jane shared a lot of her brother's talents: She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.
The monumental statues of Easter Island, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island's barren landscape, have been a great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific, have built such monumental works, and moved them from the quarry where they were carved to the coast? And if the island once boasted a culture sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelousedifices, what happened to that culture? The prevailing accounts of the island's history tell a story of self-inflicted devastation: a glaring case of eco-suicide. But when Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo began carrying out archaeological studies on the island in 2001, they uncovered a very different truth: they show that the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards, rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own time.—From publisher description.
A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, includes coverage of such cultures as the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, climate change, poor political choices, and other factors that were pivotal to their demise. 250,000 first printing.
In Meat We Trust chronicles the lesser-known history of how wealthy and influential industry moguls and politicians shaped America into a forefront producer and consumer culture of meat, tracing the rise of early meat-producing factories through the mainstream brands, local suppliers and organic counter-cuisines of today's world.
Filled with the voices of children, foster and biological parents, case workers and reformers, this examination of the foster care system reveals why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and offers hope for changing a system in crisis.
An assessment of the short 12-year reign of Britain's last Stuart monarch recounts how she united England and Scotland as a sovereign state, offering additional insight into the military victories that laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy.
For two years, Óscar Martínez traveled up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the United States. In this book he tells the story of that perilous journey — embarked on by hundreds of thousands of people each year. Translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington.
During World War II, hundreds of thousands of German women seized what they thought of as an unprecedented career — and marital — opportunity and joined the Nazi cause on the Eastern Front. Once there, nurses, teachers, secretaries and SS wives became plunderers, witnesses and executioners of the Holocaust. In Hitler's Furies, Wendy Lower — a consultant for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. — explores what she describes as a "historical blind spot": the history of women in Hitler's killing fields.
Discusses the hardships faced by soldiers who have come home from service by following the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion originally depicted in the author's book The Good Soldiers.
A behind-the-scenes history of the Food Network, published to coincide with its 20th anniversary, draws on inside access and interviews with hundreds of leading contributors to trace its rise from a tiny startup to a billion-dollar media and cultural juggernaut.
Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.
Brilliantly combining social history and biography, this never-before-told story of the independent-minded and spirited white women of the black Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, collectively referred to as Miss Anne, explores their motivations and often misunderstood choices.
This biography of the 28th president of the United States includes details from recently discovered papers that highlight the character of the scholar-leader who shepherded his country through World War I.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators. She reveals how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources, an experience that raised key issues about practitioner responsibilities and end-of-life care.
A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East. These individuals, including T.E. Lawrence, instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.
While grappling with his own mental well-being, writer Nathan Rabin journeys with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.
The author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert recounts his visit to the medieval Castilian village of Guzman as part of a decade-long effort to taste the world's finest cheese, an encounter that involved him in long-held regional secrets and the story of a heartbroken genius cheese-maker.
An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of 19th-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist and diplomat.
A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.