Miracle Boy Grows Up describes how the author, an NPR commentator and professional writer who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, was expected to die in childhood but who with the support of a growing disability rights movement became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard.
Geoffrey Nunberg's new book presents a history of the word "asshole" — from its use by World War II servicemen to express frustration at arrogant superiors to its first use in print by Norman Mailer to George W. Bush's use of the word to describe a journalist.
The first official White House videographer offers an inside look at the events he has recorded, from the president throwing out the first pitch at an all-star game to hiding in a bathroom while a YouTube town hall was in progress.
Tony Horwitz chronicles the 1859 raid by radical abolitionist John Brown, his children and a guerilla band on Harpers Ferry. Horwitz reveals how Brown's acts, deemed terrorism by the South, prompted a counterattack by Robert E. Lee and galvanized Northern supporters during Lincoln's election campaign.
Seth Rosenfeld details how the FBI employed fake reporters to plant ideas and shape public opinion about the 1964 University of California, Berkeley, student protest movement. In addition to planting stories with real reporters, the bureau managed — with the help of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan — to get the university's president fired.
Be Good collects the author's favorite questions and answers from his tenure as the author of the New York Times column "The Ethicist," presenting evidence that sensible people disagree on the definition of ethical behavior.
The Fight for Home traces the author's five-year effort to document New Orleans' rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, revealing how the city served as a reinvention of American ideals as advocated by urban planners, celebrities, politicians and anarchists against a backdrop of an emerging national recession.
Odessadescribes the vibrant Black Sea port city of Odessa and the thriving Jewish population that included Alexander Pushkin, Isaac Babel, Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov and the mass murders of the Romanian occupation during World War II.
An award-winning NPR producer recounts how as a misfit youngster, he became convinced he was haunted by the ghost of a little girl, a belief that resulted in his commitment in a psychiatric hospital before a bittersweet relationship compelled him to confront his phobias by visiting reputedly haunted sites throughout America. Original. 40,000 first printing.
Describes one Honduran boy's difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother, who had made the trek northward to the United States in search of a better life when Enrique had been five years old, but who had never made enough money to return home for her children, in a poignant account that addresses the issues of family and the implications of illegal immigration.
The Boy Kings offers a look at the rise of Facebook and the personalities involved with it from the author's inside perspective, and reflects on the vision behind the site and whether it is one that is beneficial for society.
A look at the role of warfare in human civilization probes the meaning, motivations, and methods underlying war, discusses the world's great warrior cultures, and follows the progress of human aggression. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.