Provides an account of the Iran hostage crisis during which fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, offering insights from the hostages, soldiers sent to free them, the radical captors, and diplomats trying to end the crisis.
The daughter of a white mother and black father describes the factors that caused her mother to place her in the custody of an African-American family and the impact of her mother's later choice to hide the truth about their relationship.
An incisive analysis of the Pentagon, the military, and their vast, frequently hidden influence on American life argues that the Pentagon has, since its inception, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society, drawing on extensive personal experience, exhaustive research, and numerous interviews to prove the author's contention. 100,000 first printing.
An inside look at the "sport" of competitive eating travels the world following the competitive eating circuit, from small-town pie-eating contests to such international spectaculars as the Nathan's hot-dog eating contest at Coney Island, profiling the men and women who consume vast quantities of food during the contests and their motivations. 50,000 first printing.
An eye-opening, deeply personal account of hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath, the historical roots of the terrible storm, and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
Describes the CIA's use of psychological torture, from the Cold War to the post-September 11th era, detailing the use of isolation, extremes of temperature, the manipulation of time, and assessing the implications of such inhumane practices.
Chronicles the author's 7,000-mile drive across northern China, following the Great Wall, during which he investigated a historically important rural region being abandoned as young people migrate to jobs in the southeast; his five-year stay in a small farming village; and his three years of research in Lishui, a small city slated to become a major industrial center. 60,000 first printing.
Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before
Offers insight into how unprecedented levels of competitiveness, economic imbalances, and changes in sexual dynamics are resulting in higher incidences of life dissatisfaction and psychological turmoil among today's young adults.
The Collected Columns (With Refections, Reconsiderations, and Even a Few Retractions) of the First Ombudsman of the New York Times
Presents excerpts from the columns of the editor appointed to be the New York Times ombudsman, covering such topics as objectivity in reporting, protection of anonymous sources, and the impact that polls and photographs can have on a story.