The director presents a collection of uproarious and intimate conversations with some of today's most popular comedians, drawing on his teenage radio hosting days.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand presents the story of a valuable CIA spy in the Soviet Union while revealing the espionage contributions of the agency's Moscow station in the final years of the Cold War.
"Stage fright is one of the human psyche's deepest fears. Laurence Olivier learned to adapt to it, as have actors Salma Hayek and Hugh Grant. Musicians such as George Harrison and Adele have battled it and learned to cope. Others never do: In 1973, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star pitcher Steve Blass suddenly could no longer find the strike zone; his career ended soon after. Surveys in the United States repeatedly rank public speaking as one of the top fears, affecting up to 74 percent of people. Sara Solovitch studied piano as a young child and fell in love with music. At ten, she played Bach and Mozart in her hometown's annual music festival, but was overwhelmed by fear. As a teen, she attended Eastman School of Music, where stage fright led her to give up aspirations of becoming a professional pianist. In her late fifties, Sara gave herself a one-year deadline to tame performance anxiety and play before an audience. She resumed music lessons, while exploring meditation, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy,biofeedback, beta blockers, and other remedies. She performed in airports, hospitals, and retirement homes before renting a public hall and performing for fifty guests on her sixtieth birthday. Using her own journey as inspiration, Solovitch has written a thoughtful and insightful examination of the myriad causes of stage fright and the equally diverse ways to overcome it, and a tribute to pursuing personal growth at any age"—
The cultural historian and author of Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse traces the story of the film-making partnership between Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale that culminated in the Back to the Future franchise.
Recounts the story of how a notorious gang of MIT blackjack savants devised and received backing for a system for winning at the world's most sophisticated casinos, an endeavor that earned them more than three million dollars. Originally published as Bringing Down the House. Reissue. (A Columbia Pictures film, written by Peter Steinfeld & Allan Loeb, directed by Robert Luketic, releasing March 2008, starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Jim Sturgess, & others) (Current Affairs)
A definitive account of the tragedy that gripped the nation — and resulted in the most firefighter deaths since 9/11 — tells the full story of what happened on Arizona's Granite Mountain on June 30, 2013, where 19 wildland firefighters, while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, lost their lives.
The author took a 2000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. He discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.
The author relates how she was sent from Camden, New Jersey, where her mother could no longer take care of her, to Oklahoma, where she was legally adopted by her grandparents and given a new name, but was haunted by the past and the siblings she left behind.
Drawing on his own experiences and interviews as well as the lives of other athletes and financial pros, a former NBA player and successful investor offers financial management advice for athletes to help them protect their wealth.
A film critic and movie historian who has been watching cinema for 70 years and has seen almost 19,000 films brings viewers on a tour of his favorite movies, highlighting forgotten treasures and explaining what makes a film a hit or a flop.
Recounts the attempt to restructure the New York Public Library in order to close and sell multiple branch locations, detailing the public outcry over the potential loss of one of the foremost public research facilities in the country.
Investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, the author explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world's most infamous forgeries.
He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling's memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa's casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach.
A reformed gang member who became a community activist describes his experiences working with young men in South Los Angeles, helping them to become better fathers despite their struggles and lacking of their own father figures.
In an unflinchingly honest memoir, the author shares her journey to sobriety after her drinking — which she once believed gave her confidence, intimacy and creativity — led to blackouts that drained her spirit and destroyed her life.
In this armchair spy story brought to life, the author, a young American amateur and covert double agent who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York, shares his story of how a post-college adventure became a real-life U.S. counter-intelligence coup.
In this biography, Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb chronicles the dazzling but troubled life of former NBA star Allen Iverson, highlighting his rare abilities on the court without glossing over his personal struggles off of it.