In a book that draws on oral histories of more than 100 participants, the author offers a behind-the-scenes look at the historic 1963 March on Washington that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, revealing Malcolm X's secret vow to help the march, despite mocking it publicly; how King really wrote his speech; and much more.
Examines contemporary scandals and the downfalls of high-profile figures, analyzing four paradigmatic cases to explore why people act out their personal dramas in open venues and why the public enjoys watching scandalous behavior.
A social history of the first two years in Britain following World War I includes coverage of topics ranging from surgeon Harold Gillies skin-grafting development and the passage of the women's vote to the state funeral of the Unknown Soldier and dawn of the Jazz Age. By the best-selling author of The Perfect Summer.
Examines the nature of happiness, discussing how it has been treated in philosophy and religion and by the modern disciplines of psychology, economics, and neurocience, and considers the place of indivdual happiness within the context of modern life.
The author of The Gift presents an impassioned defense of humanity's artistic and intellectual heritage that cites the examples of America's founding fathers to challenge popular notions about cultural and intellectual property.
Examines how traditional religions are observed in present-day India through the experiences of such individuals as a Tantric practicing middle-class woman from Calcutta, a prison warder from Kerala who is worshipped as an incarnate deity, and a Jain nunwho watched a friend ritually starve.
Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
Speaker of the House, senator, secretary of state, five-time presidential candidate, and idol to the young Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay is captured in full in this rich and sweeping biography that vividly portrays all the drama of his times.
Chronicles the landmark divorce between Eunice Chapman and her alcoholic husband, who, with the help of the Shakers, abducted her three children, resulting in a custody battle that advanced women's rights in the nineteenth century.
Documents the efforts of the Vidocq Society, a trio of gifted investigators, to solve such cold cases as those of JonBenet Ramsey, the Butcher of Cleveland, and Jack the Ripper, and details their work with top forensic specialists.
Shows how Democrat William Jennings Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag amidst the abhorrent heat of 1896 New York just as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt scrambled to mitigate the dangerously high temperatures.
Explores the dichotomy between how patients want to live the end of their lives—pain free, functioning mentally and physically, and surrounded by loved ones—and the medical establishment's extreme interventions, performed at immense cost and with little regard to pain, human comfort, or the wishes of family and patients. 100,000 first printing.
An account of the authors' haphazard cross-country effort to correct spelling and punctuation errors displayed on public signs relates how they discovered underlying truths about America's educational history and racial heritage.