Biographies & Memoirs

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  • booksreddit.com:Chomp

    Chomp, Chomp, Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales

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    “…Not quite full-grown, it’s haunched down like a dog, tensed and coiled and ready to spring. We make eye contact for the merest fraction of a second, and in this moment I know exactly what’s coming….” A tragicomic collection of latter day Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Allena Hansen’s true life accounts won the IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for best memoir/autobiography. “Chomp, Chomp, Chomp; How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales” introduces us to the bon vivant and social pariah…


  • booksreddit.com:The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

    The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

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    Vladimir Putin served in the KGB until 1991. Do we know of any operations or activities he was involved in, and their effects?
    “A riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearian fashion why he acts the way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan   The New Tsar is the book to read if you want to understand how Vladimir Putin sees the world and why he has become one of the gravest threats to American security.The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia’s current president—the only complete biography in English – that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and depriv… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

    The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

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    “A riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearian fashion why he acts the way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan   The New Tsar is the book to read if you want to understand how Vladimir Putin sees the world and why he has become one of the gravest threats to American security.The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia’s current president—the only complete biography in English – that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and depriv…


  • booksreddit.com:Coreyography: A Memoir

    Coreyography: A Memoir

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    “Spares no details.” ―Starred Publishers Weekly Review”An incredible read.” ―Richard Donner, Director”People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.” ―Corey FeldmanA deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple…


  • booksreddit.com:A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

    A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

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    It’s argued that Lincoln had Marfan’s Syndrome, what other important people of history had unusual, rare, or otherwise cool disorders/diseases?
    This New York Times bestseller is a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership. Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, offers and sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood dis… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor

    The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor

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    Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments—building homemade fireworks, brewing moonshine, and concocting his own self-tanning lotion—were more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed.In The Radioactive Bo…


  • booksreddit.com:Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

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    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history—Doom and Quake— until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendshi…


  • booksreddit.com:The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers

    The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Theives, Blood Farmers, and Child…

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    “An unforgettable nonfiction thriller, expertly reported….A tremendously revealing and twisted ride, where life and death are now mere cold cash commodities.”—Michael Largo, author of Final ExitsAward-winning investigative journalist and contributing Wired editor Scott Carney leads readers on a breathtaking journey through the macabre underworld of the global body bazaar, where organs, bones, and even live people are bought and sold on The Red Market. As gripping as CSI and as eye-opening as …


  • booksreddit.com:J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

    J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

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    “The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo.”―Newsweek Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman is a unique political biography. From more than 300 interviews and over 100,000 pages of previously classified documents, Gentry reveals exactly how a paranoid director created the fraudulent myth of an invincible, incorruptible FBI. For almost fifty years, Hoover held virtually unchecked p…


  • booksreddit.com:Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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    Most misrepresented figures in human history?
    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his r… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:What it Feels Like

    What it Feels Like

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    Exactly what it says on the tin: short, first-hand accounts of what it actually feels like to walk on the moon or be struck by lightning; to participate in an orgy or be shot in the head; to be 7’6″ tall, or be bitten by a shark…Just taking a stab here, but in all likelihood, you’ve never walked on the moon. You’ve probably never won a Nobel prize, been swept up in a tornado, gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel, or been mauled by a ferocious animal. Not to worry. We’re here to help. Thanks …


  • booksreddit.com:Settle for More

    Settle for More

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    BTFO: Megyn Kelly Trash Book Reviews
    Whether it’s asking tough questions during a presidential debate or pressing for answers to today’s most important issues, Megyn Kelly has demonstrated the intelligence, strength, common sense, and courage that have made her one of today’s best-known journalists, respected by women and men, young and old, Republicans and Democrats. In Settle for More, the anchor of The Kelly File reflects on the enduring values and experiences that have shaped her—from growing up in a family that rejected the… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

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    A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. B…


  • booksreddit.com:Dear Leader: Poet

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee–A Look Inside North Korea

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    THE STORY THEY COULDN’T HACK: In this rare insider’s view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom.“The General will now enter the room.” Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il’s face will soon appear… As North Korea’s State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisio…


  • booksreddit.com:Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

    Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

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    From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America’s high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fan…


  • booksreddit.com:Mig Pilot: The Final Escape of Lt. Belenko

    Mig Pilot: The Final Escape of Lt. Belenko

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    I was so blown away by this book I had to meet Viktor in person and now count him as a personal friend. The book is factual in every respect and is difficult to put down once started. John Barron is an excellent author and did a first class job of writing Viktor’s story. In addition to an exciting escape story it reveals why the Soviet Union had to collapse of its own ineptitude, deceit, and corruption. It details humorous incidents such as army pilots’ mess-hall riots due to bad food. Mig Pi…


  • booksreddit.com:Mig Pilot: The Final Escape of Lt. Belenko

    Mig Pilot: The Final Escape of Lt. Belenko

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    An amazed Boris Yeltsin doing his unscheduled visit to a Randall’s supermarket in Houston, Texas, 1990. [1024 × 639]
    I was so blown away by this book I had to meet Viktor in person and now count him as a personal friend. The book is factual in every respect and is difficult to put down once started. John Barron is an excellent author and did a first class job of writing Viktor’s story. In addition to an exciting escape story it reveals why the Soviet Union had to collapse of its own ineptitude, deceit, and corruption. It details humorous incidents such as army pilots’ mess-hall riots due to bad food. Mig Pi… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

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    This New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” is the definitive biography on Che Guevara, whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America through armed revolution. Anderson’s biography traces Che’s extraordinary life, from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro’s government to his failed campaign in the Congo and assassination in the Bolivian jungle.


  • booksreddit.com:Rogue Cartoonist: The Internet Perils of a Citizen-Muckraker

    Rogue Cartoonist: The Internet Perils of a Citizen-Muckraker

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    “Rogue Cartoonist” tells the story of an independent artist and muckraker named Ben Garrison. In 2008, the big banks were bailed out. Ben wrote his senators and congressman and asked them to vote against the bailout, but the bill passed anyway. Ben decided voting was not effective. He wanted to do more. He wanted to do what the mainstream media wasn’t doing. He wanted to ring alarm bells. He became a citizen muckraker. In 2009, he decided to draw editorial cartoons to help create awareness of…


  • booksreddit.com:The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

    The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

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    The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.