December 1941 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World Craig Shirley Genre: United States Price: $9.99 Publish Date: December 06, 2011 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Seller: Thomas Nelson December 1941 traces, day-by-day, the most important 31 days in the history of America's participation in WWII, which snuffed out the lives of millions and changed history forever. From December 1, 1941, until the morning of December 7, 1941, America was at peace and-with the exception of the stubborn and persistent high unemployment of the Great Depression-was a relatively happy country. By the afternoon of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, America was a radically changed country, forever. Its isolationist impulses evaporated, and both major political parties became more or less internationalist. The month also introduced food and gas rationing, Victory Gardens, scrap drives, a military draft, and the conversion of Detroit into an “arsenal of democracy.” From the moment of America's entry into World War II, people of all kinds, but mostly women looking for work, flooded into the city. Instant apartment buildings sprang up, as did eating and drinking salons, all to the advantage of the massive increase in spending generated by the federal government. December 1941 is a fascinating and meticulously researched look at the American home front-her people, faith, economy, government, and culture. “Craig Shirley's December 1941 is a riveting narrative history of America in the crucible of the Second World War. A real page turner. Highly recommended.” Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and New York Times bestseller of The Wilderness Warrior
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling Genre: Biographies & Memoirs Price: $12.99 Expected Publish Date: November 01, 2011 Publisher: Crown Publishing Group Seller: Random House Digital, Inc. (Books) Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka. From the Hardcover edition.
Lost Decades The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery Menzie D. Chinn & Jeffry A. Frieden Genre: Economics Price: $12.99 Publish Date: September 19, 2011 Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Seller: W. W. Norton Two acclaimed political economists explore the origins and long-term effects of the financial crisis in historical and comparative perspective. Welcome to Argentina: by 2008 the United States had become the biggest international borrower in world history, with almost half of its 6.4 trillion dollar federal debt in foreign hands. The proportion of foreign loans to the size of the economy put the United States in league with Mexico, Pakistan, and other third-world debtor nations. The massive inflow of foreign funds financed the booms in housing prices and consumer spending that fueled the economy until the collapse of late 2008. The authors explore the political and economic roots of this crisis as well as its long-term effects. They explain the political strategies behind the Bush administration's policy of funding massive deficits with the foreign borrowing that fed the crisis. They see the continuing impact of our huge debt in a slow recovery ahead. Their clear, insightful, and comprehensive account will long be regarded as the standard on the crisis.
The Time of Our Lives A conversation about America; Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream Tom Brokaw Genre: United States Price: $12.99 Expected Publish Date: November 01, 2011 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Seller: Random House Digital, Inc. (Books) Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness. “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Brokaw writes. “Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.” Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream. Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community, and civic engagement as profound as the one that won World War II, built our postwar prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern life—in values, education, public service, housing, the Internet, and more—that have transformed our society in the decades since the age of thrift in which he was raised. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in The Time of Our Lives, Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of dimished expectations. From the Hardcover edition.
The Tehran Initiative Joel C. Rosenberg Genre: Religious Price: $14.99 Publish Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Seller: Tyndale House Publishers The world is on the brink of disaster and the clock is ticking. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as “the Twelfth Imam” — has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam's spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a preemptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle & Simone Beck Genre: Regional & Ethnic Price: $19.99 Publish Date: October 12, 1970 Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Seller: Random House Digital, Inc. (Books) This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes. “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for more than forty years, has been teaching Americans how. Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with more than 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because: • it leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection; • it breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations—bound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire; • it adapts classical techniques, wherever possible, to modern American conveniences; • it shows Americans how to buy products, from any supermarket in the United States, that reproduce the exact taste and texture of the French ingredients, for example, equivalent meat cuts, the right beans for a cassoulet, or the appropriate fish and seafood for a bouillabaisse; • it offers suggestions for just the right accompaniment to each dish, including proper wines. Since there has never been a book as instructive and as workable as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the techniques learned here can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely more usable. In compiling the secrets of famous cordons bleus, the authors have produced a magnificent volume that is sure to find the place of honor in every kitchen in America. Bon appét*t!
Killing Lincoln The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard Genre: United States Price: $12.99 Expected Publish Date: September 27, 2011 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history — how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth — charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist — murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions — including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.
Jacqueline Kennedy (Enhanced Edition) Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy Caroline Kennedy Genre: United States Price: $19.99 Publish Date: September 14, 2011 Publisher: Hyperion Seller: Hyperion, an imprint of Buena Vista Books, Inc. Coming in September 2011, Hyperion will launch a one-of-its kind product which will allow readers to experience history in a completely new way. While listening to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s interviews of Jacqueline Kennedy, readers will be able to go back in time fifty years, and feel like they are listening to a conversation between two old friends. The enhanced eBook includes a video clip at the beginning of each chapter that sets the scene, giving a brief historical overview. The user then touches the play “carrot” on the screen and the audio commences. One can just listen or turn the pages to read the transcripts and look at the photographs in that chapter. The enhanced eBook includes: VIDEO 22 minutes of video (9 videos in total), including one video at each chapter opener that pertains to that chapter’s material Videos range from archival footage of Jacqueline Kennedy to recent videos of Caroline Kennedy and Michael Beschloss speaking about the book AUDIO The entire audio recording of Jacqueline’s interviews with Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. is included, playable in sections at the beginning of each chapter Audio has been re-mastered for superior listening quality PHOTOS 85 photographs of the Kennedy family are included throughout the narrative TEXT Complete transcripts of Jacqueline’s interviews allow readers to follow along with the audio recording Accompanying annotations from leading presidential historian Michael Beschloss inform readers on political details of the era Clicking the annotation numeral will bring the reader to Beschloss’s annotation at the back of the book automatically. Conversely, clicking on the numeral next to the annotation itself will bring the reader back to the transcripts, exactly where they left off.
The Quest Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World Daniel Yergin Genre: World Price: $19.99 Publish Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group US Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our world needs, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Prize. A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. It is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. From the jammed streets of Beijing to the shores of the Caspian Sea, from the conflicts in the Mideast to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley, Yergin takes us into the decisions that are shaping our future. The drama of oil-the struggle for access, the battle for control, the insecurity of supply, the consequences of use, its impact on the global economy, and the geopolitics that dominate it-continues to profoundly affect our world.. Yergin tells the inside stories of the oil market and the surge in oil prices, the race to control the resources of the former Soviet empire, and the massive mergers that transformed the landscape of world oil. He tackles the toughest questions: Will we run out of oil? Are China and the United States destined to come into conflict over oil? How will a turbulent Middle East affect the future of oil supply? Yergin also reveals the surprising and sometimes tumultuous history of nuclear and coal, electricity, and the “shale gale” of natural gas, and how each fits into the larger marketplace. He brings climate change into unique perspective by offering an unprecedented history of how the field of climate study went from the concern of a handful of nineteenth- century scientists preoccupied with a new Ice Age into one of the most significant issues of our times. He leads us through the rebirth of renewable energies and explores the distinctive stories of wind, solar, and biofuels. He offers a perspective on the return of the electric car, which some are betting will be necessary for a growing…
Confidence Men Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President Ron Suskind Genre: United States Price: $14.99 Expected Publish Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Seller: HarperCollins The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it. Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble. In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in ?a new era of responsibility.? It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, and offers the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency. Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles of transparency, accountability, and fair dealing opened a path to stunning profits. Obama?s determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed during the fall of an election year and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. But as he stood on the stage in Grant Park, a shudder went through Barack Obama. He would now have to command Washington, tame New York, and rescue the economy in the first real management job of his life. The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players?like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner?who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation?s crises deepened, Obama?s deputies often ignored the president?s decisions??to protect him from himself??while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes?between men and women, policy and politics?ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world?s toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration. Pulitzer Prize?winning journalist Ron Suskind introduces readers to an ensemble cast, from the titans of high finance to a new generation of reformers, from petulant congressmen and acerbic lobbyists to a tight circle of White House advisers?and, ultimately, to the president himself, as you?ve never before seen him. Based on hundreds of interviews and filled with piercing insights and startling disclosures, Confidence Men brings into focus the collusion and conflict between the nation?s two capitals?New York and Washington, one of private gain, the other of public purpose?in defining confidence and, thereby, charting America?s future.