Robert Caro has spent decades researching Lyndon Johnson's life; previous books in his massive biography of Johnson told the story of Johnson's rise to national prominence. In this fourth volume, Caro takes up Johnson's dismal years as vice president and his sudden presidency, which he used to shepherd the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.
In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.
After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.
Depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter, who searches for answers to the separation later in life.
An examination of the new science of creativity explains how it involves distinct thought processes that can be tapped by anyone, revealing the practices of successful companies and creative individuals while considering how to use scientific principles to increase creativity.
The former secretary of state paints a portrait of her early life, from 1937 to 1948, during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism and the onset of the Cold War.
With the Great Recession well into its fourth year, New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman asks what makes this slump so intractable. He argues that recovery could take root if politicians simply mustered the will to end this depression now.
Draws on the author's roller-coaster experiences with limited opportunities, successes and failures, to offer darkly humorous advice on surviving everything from riding elevators and gaining weight to finishing drinks and finding love.
A legendary counterterrorism spy and recipient of the CIA's highest award for achievement describes his leadership of the campaign that routed al-Qaida and the Taliban in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, offering insight into his extensive career and the ways in which the Afghanistan campaign changed American warfare.
Susan Cain demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.
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