An account of the 2011 massacre in Norway delves into the killer's troubled childhood to trace his descent from a privileged and gifted youth to a terrorist, offering insights into his radical beliefs against a backdrop of the country's famously peaceful politics. Translated from the Norwegian by Sarah Death.
A celebration of the pleasures and possibilities of unmarried womanhood celebrates the examples of such figures as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edith Wharton and Ganna Walska while charting the slowly changing society attitudes toward women and marriage.
A stark, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana — stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.
The author of Born to Run describes his investigation into ancestral training techniques that have enabled Mediterranean athletes to achieve extraordinary levels of strength and fitness.
A former U.S. Treasury secretary and CEO of Goldman Sachs takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution of China's state-controlled capitalism.
The New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal evaluates America's transition to a culture that values self-promotion over humility, explaining the importance of an engaged inner life in personal fulfillment.
The sex-advice columnist for "Savage Love" draws on his experience with the It Gets Better campaign to share pithy insights into a range of topics including health care, gun control, and marriage equality.
Traces the lives of the two immigrant brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, describing the tension between assimilation and alienation that resulted in a split in identity and gave them a deadly sense of mission.
Johnny Dwyer tells the story of Chucky Taylor, the American son of infamous African dictator Charles Taylor, who led a murderous militia at the age of 17 and became the only American ever convicted of torture.
This account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and America's revolutionary counterculture documents traces the stories of such groups as the Weathermen and the Black Liberation Army.
"January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on cocaine and heroin. But what was the big picture in the war on drugs? Why does it continue, when most people now think it has failed? The reporter set out on a two-year, 20,000-mile journey through the theater of this war—to find out how it began, how ithas affected people around the world, and how we can move beyond it. Chasing the Scream is fueled by dramatic personal stories of the people he meets along the way: A transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who wanted to know who killed her mother, and a mother in Mexico who spent years tracking her daughter's murderer across the desert. A child smuggled out of the Jewish ghetto during the Holocaust who helped unlock the scientific secrets of addiction. A doctor who pushed the decriminalization in Portugal of all drugs - from cannabis to crack. The title itself comes from a formative story of Harry Anslinger, first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, sent as a boy to the pharmacy for a neighbor screaming in withdrawal — an experience which ledhim to fear drugs without regard to context. Always we come back to the front lines in the U.S., where we instigated the war and exported it around the globe, but where change is also coming. Powerful, propulsive, and persuasive, Chasing the Scream is the page-turning story of a century-long mistake, which shows us the way to a more humane future"—
Explores the war on human nature and its flaws by examining the world of modern-day public shaming as a form of social control, describing cases of those whose careers and lives have been ruined by one mistake.
The editor of the award-winning White Flight reveals the role of mid-20th-century corporate titans and evangelical activists in systematically creating the pervasive myth that America has always been a fundamentally Christian nation.
A journalist and first-generation Chinese-American author returns to his family's Yangtze River hometown to investigate the fate of his ancestor's long-buried porcelain collection against a backdrop of a century of Chinese history.
Taking readers into a complex, compromised world of backroom deals, this unprecedented look at what really happens when criminal charges are brought against a major company in the United States presents data from more than a decade of federal cases that reveals of pattern of negotiation and settlement.