Citing famous examples of disasters that involved extensive compensations for lost lives, livelihoods and ecosystems, a forefront lawyer who has been involved in the funds for victims of such tragedies as September 11 and the Virginia Tech massacre assesses the practical and philosophical challenges of monetary compensation.
Two Rings documents the co-author's survival story as a Jewish-Polish youth who faced death multiple times as an armament factory slave laborer and Auschwitz survivor, tracing her brief and beautiful marriage to a first husband who did not survive the war.
An exploration of American culture celebrates subjects ranging from the birth of the soap opera and the obsessiveness of modern fandom to the outing of gay church members and the influence of German exiles.
Examines Chicago's history of political corruption and reform efforts, and discusses how conflicts between reformers and corrupt politicians were reflections of incompatible ethnic, class, and religious values.
The British historian and author presents a single volume history of the world's largest conflict, from Manchuria in 1939 to the Soviet invasion of northern China six years later, describing the human drama of soldiers, civilians and political leaders.
Presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.
Draws on hundreds of hours of interviews and in-depth research to relate the complete story of the nation's financial meltdown, from the trading floors of Lower Manhattan to the power corridors inside the Beltway.
In 1858, Isabella Robinson's husband read her private diary in which she'd recorded her infatuation with another married man, including descriptions of what were either trysts or sexual fantasies. Mr. Robinson petitioned a divorce, which England had just made legal, on the grounds of adultery. Kate Summerscale traces the true story of the scandalous trial that ensued.
An all-encompassing history of the iconic American superhero demonstrates how the Man of Steel has tapped into the American psyche in ways that reveal key national characteristics, exploring Superman's depictions in various historical periods and venues while sharing anecdotal stories supporting his Jewish heritage.
Joel Stein recounts how fatherhood inspired him to attempt haphazard activities designed to further his maturity. He spends a shift with Los Angeles firefighters, engages in three days of basic training with the Marine Corps and fights Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture.