Biographies & Memoirs

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  • booksreddit.com:Conspiracy: Peter Thiel

    Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue

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    I wrote a book about how Hulk Hogan sued Gawker, won $140M, and bankrupted a media empire…funded by billionaire Peter Thiel to get revenge (or justice). AMA
    An NPR Book Concierge Best Book of 2018!A stunning story about how power works in the modern age–the book the New York Times called “one helluva page-turner” and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as “riveting…an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read.” Pick up the book everyone is talking about.In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel’s sexuality had…


  • booksreddit.com:Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

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    Wolff’s Trump book going on sale four days early amid furor
    #1 New York Times BestsellerWith extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Comm…


  • booksreddit.com:Working Stiff: Two Years

    Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

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    TIL of Judy Melinek, a medical examiner who identified hundreds of bodies from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, many of which were merely scraps of flesh or pieces of limb. She was called in mid-August 2002 because they had found a foot bone on top of another skyscraper 1/5 mile away.
    “Fun…and full of smart science. Fans of CSI—the real kind—will want to read it” (The Washington Post): A young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the hair-raising cases that shaped her as a physician and human being.Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of…


  • booksreddit.com:Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

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    Why are the assassinations of Presidents McKinley and Garfield seemingly confined to the back blocks of history, while Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy are theorised, discussed, written about and dramatised in countless documentaries and films on a regular basis?
    James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap…


  • booksreddit.com:The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE, THE AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK PRIZENAMED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist * Time * Newsweek * Foreign Policy * Business Week * The Week * The Christian Science Monitor *NewsdayBy the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker.Book Four of Robert A. Caro’s monumental The Years of Lyndon …


  • booksreddit.com:I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness

    I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond

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    The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto f…


  • booksreddit.com:Forgiveness

    Forgiveness

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    When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada for the ravages of war overseas. On the other side of the country, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Ralph found himself one of the many Canadians captured by the Japanese in December 1941. He would live out his war in a prison camp, enduring beatings, starvation, elect…


  • booksreddit.com:You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up

    You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up

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    At the age of twenty-two, Lisa Jakub had what she was supposed to want: she was a working actor in Los Angeles. She had more than forty movies and TV shows to her name, she had been in blockbusters like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, she walked the red carpet and lived in the house she bought when she was fifteen. But something was missing. Passion. Purpose. Happiness.Lisa had been working since the age of four, after a man approached her parents at a farmer’s market and asked her to au…


  • booksreddit.com:GUTS 'N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam

    GUTS ‘N GUNSHIPS: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam

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    Guts ‘n Gunships has sold over 40,000 copies and maintained a top spot on the Amazon bestseller page since 2015. It reached the number one spot for all of non-fiction on Amazon, and was ranked number eleven for all Kindle books. It was a #4 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list and was listed on USA Today’s bestseller list as well.Straight from college, to the US Army, to command pilot of a four-ton gunship with a four-man crew in Vietnam. From college chess games to a game o…


  • booksreddit.com:Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

    Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

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    People who went to jail pre 1990 who are getting out now are in for one hell of a culture shock with the internet.
    “A devastating and infuriating book, more astonishing than any legal thriller by John Grisham” (The New York Times) about a young father who spent twenty-five years in prison for a crime he did not commit…and his eventual exoneration and return to life as a free man.On August 13, 1986, just one day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple’s bed—and the Williams…


  • booksreddit.com:Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

    Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

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    Trump planning one-on-one meeting with Putin without aides present: report
    Written by one of our foremost historians and published in 1965, A Thousand Days is still considered the most complete and definitive portrait of John F. Kennedy and his administration. Handpicked by Kennedy to serve as special assistant to the president, historian and Harvard professor Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. witnessed firsthand the politics and personalities that influenced some of the most important and dramatic events in modern history. The hundreds of photographs and documents includ…


  • booksreddit.com:Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations

    Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things …

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    #1 New York Times Bestseller “Funny and smart as hell” (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.FROM THE PUBLISHER:Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one w…


  • booksreddit.com:Angle: Fighting Censorship

    Angle: Fighting Censorship, Death Threats, Ethical Traps and a Land Mine, While Winning a Pulitze…

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    A young army officer holds a bat used for interrogation while discussing the fate of an African prisoner outside an abandoned schoolhouse, during the Bush War in Southern Rhodesia, 1977 – [1770×2706]
    J. Ross Baughman used his camera to investigate criminal gangs, deadly hate groups and desperate armies around the world. While traveling across five continents and covering war in eleven nations, he survived being shot at and even stepping on a land mine. Along the way, this young Pulitzer Prize winner proved that many ethical dilemmas that paralyze journalism can be readily solved or, even better, simply avoided. (Illustrated with over 200 photographs) more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:Angle: Fighting Censorship

    Angle: Fighting Censorship, Death Threats, Ethical Traps and a Land Mine, While Winning a Pulitze…

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    J. Ross Baughman used his camera to investigate criminal gangs, deadly hate groups and desperate armies around the world. While traveling across five continents and covering war in eleven nations, he survived being shot at and even stepping on a land mine. Along the way, this young Pulitzer Prize winner proved that many ethical dilemmas that paralyze journalism can be readily solved or, even better, simply avoided. (Illustrated with over 200 photographs)


  • booksreddit.com:Guided Destiny

    Guided Destiny

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    I began writing Guided Destiny as a form of therapy to help me to cope with the loss of my son. I wanted to remember every aspect of his remarkable life and the journey he took us on. Never before had I met someone so astonishing. To be his parent was a true honor. The first days of writing were filled with tears. Then as the days progressed I felt as if we were reliving his life together. What I did not expect to happen were the words that appeared on the paper. Words, that were not mine, wo…


  • booksreddit.com:Elon Musk: Tesla

    Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

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    NY Times Follow Up: Interviewing Elon Musk
    New York Times and International Bestseller – Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and AmazonIn the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs–a real-life Tony Stark–and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”Elon Musk spotlights the technology and…


  • booksreddit.com:Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

    Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

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    Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history.  In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one…


  • 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:Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

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    Do gangs like the Mafia, Bloods, Latin Kings, etc have sit downs/official meetings where they go “ok, what illegal stuff are we going to do this week?”
    A New York Times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty–and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded…


  • booksreddit.com:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness

    How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dyi…

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    Why is the dmt agenda being pushed so hard right Now?
    New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018A New York Times Notable Book The #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs–and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat condition…