For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers and the dreams of engineers — and some 14 million people live among their peaks today. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.
A vertebrate zoologist presents a tour of cannibalism in the human and animal worlds, and explores its evolutionary roles and how it has manifested culturally as a survival mechanism, burial ritual and warfare tactic.
The story behind the classic movie High Noon shares insights into the toxic political climate in which it was created, recounting how, during the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was interrogated and blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Searchers.
This memoir by Eric Braeden, an actor on The Young and the Restless, describes his childhood in post-war Germany and how the atrocities of the war compelled him to dedicate himself to humanitarian causes.
A veteran BBC foreign correspondent traces the life of Mohamud "Tarzan" Nur, an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia and who became a street fighter and activist before he became mayor to a nearly unrecognizable city after a 20-year exile.
On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure. A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth.
Describes how a mostly-hidden operation in Laos, assembled under President Eisenhower and continued by Presidents Kennedy and Nixon, became the largest paramilitary operation in U.S. history and changed the nature of the CIA forever.
A contemporary exploration of death and dying by a young Duke Fellow investigates the hows, whys, wheres and whens of modern death and their cultural significance as they have changed through technological advances and evolving trends.
An account of the life, poisoning death and legacy of journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko traces the author's own life-risking investigation through Litvinenko's final months infiltrating the arenas of organized criminals and political power players. Original.
Revealing the true tragedy behind the timeless classic, a heartbreaking story of the love affair between the author of Doctor Zhivago and Olga Invinskaya, drawing on family sources and original interviews, reveals a powerful story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama and loss.
Recalls the forgotten political debate at the beginning of the twentieth century over America's role in the world, with the country's political and intellectual leaders advocating either imperial expansion or restraint.