A collection of trenchant and insightful essays by the author of Fraud provides an eye-opening glimpse of the pervasive greed, selfishness, vapidity, and vanity of contemporary America's culture of excess.
An eye-opening profile of the greatest historian of the nineteenth century assesses the seminal role and influence of Henry Adams on the study of history, discussing his use of archival sources, firsthand reportage, eyewitness accounts, and other techniques that transformed historical study and created a paradoxical view of American history that still informs modern-day policy. 60,000 first printing.
In a revealing account of the "Rehnquist" Supreme Court, a seasoned reporter investigates the court since 1986, covering court politics and analyzing the court's new conservative composition. National ad/promo.
Drawing on newspaper sources, archival materials, and eyewitness accounts, a study of Cold War espionage describes America's efforts to gather Russian intelligence through Naval submarine operations. Reprint.
Draws on the account of World War II French political novelist and court interpreter Louis Guilloux, who witnessed general Patton's example-setting executions of seventy American troops, many of whom the interpreter believed were condemned because of their race. By the author of The Collaborator. 35,000 first printing.
An inside look at the world of fandom follows a journalist as he accompanies both celebrities and fans to see what each side looks like to the other, creating a fascinating picture of how fame shapes lives. 50,000 first printing.
Addresses the dramatic effects of World War II on the relationship between the men who fought war and their sons and grandsons, drawing on his own and other father-son tales of veterans to reveal how their experiences on the battlefield shaped their lives as fathers.
Being The Epic Tale Of The Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts Of Swordfight, Mutiny, Shipwreck, Gold, War, Hurricane, And Discovery
An account of Columbus's fourth and final voyage describes the aging captain's determination to find a passage to the Orient, recounting how his efforts where challenged by shipwreck, mutiny, and political treachery.
An expert on religion and the Middle East seeks to distinguish between "authentic" and "corrupt" forms of religious expression, identifying the ways in which the major religious traditions are vulnerable to corruption and how they can be corrected. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Contending that violence is often the result of scarce resources, the author maintains that scarcity and an endorsement of violence is reflected in the religious concepts of sacred space, "chosen people," and salvation.
An analysis of America prior to 1492 describes how the research of archaeologists and anthropologists has transformed myths about the Americas, revealing that the cultures were far older and more advanced than previously known.
Recounts the life of America's first female cabinet member, who brought a determination—formed from years of social activism—to help manual laborers to her post as Secretary of Labor, where she helped institute Social Security and other reforms.