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Presents a look at the role of espionage during the American Revolution, chronicling the exploits of a small ring of spies working for George Washington and centered in New York

An account of a virtually unknown pre-World War II counterespionage operation describes how naturalized German-American agent William G. Sebold became the FBI's first double agent and was a pivotal figure in the arrests of 33 enemy agents for the Nazis.

A naive young man, a radio enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the Railway of Death -- the Japanese line from Thailand and Burma. The most disastrous engineering project in history, it killed 250,000 Allied prisoners and Thai labourers. Lomax helped to build a radio so that he and his comrades could follow news of the war. The radio was discovered and he was brutally tortured. One of his tormentors was a young Japanese interpreter; Lomax never forgot him. Despite an outwardly successful life, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences and could never share them with anyone. Almost fifty years after the war, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive. This is the story of a tragic life and a transformed old age.

"No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species--up close as never before. A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could. Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, A Wolf Called Romeo is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more"-- Provided by publisher.

An account of the Doolittle Raid against Tokyo explores this seminal event in the early stages of World War II, discusses its ramifications in terms of the Allied war effort, and profiles the men who took part in the raid

"Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story--from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison--and reveals the man beneath the legend. Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his world: the angry, fatherless rapper, Ja Rule who was 'raised by the streets'; and Jeffrey Atkins, the insightful, reflective father and loyal husband who learned the hard way how to be a good man"--From publisher description.

"A no-holds-barred ... look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva. Follow Joan on a family vacation in Mexico and on trips between New York and Los Angeles where she mingles with the stars, never missing a beat as she delivers blistering critiques on current events, and excoriating insights about life, pop culture, and celebrities (from A to D list), all in her ... signature style"--Dust cover flap.

Based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul McCartney's struggles in the first decade after the Beatles' breakup discusses his reclusive life, substance abuses, arrests, and efforts to launch his band Wings.

"On August 13, 1986 ... 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 Williamson County Sheriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on [him] ... Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed ... It would take twenty-five years--and thousands of hours of effort on the part of Michael's lawyers, including the team at the New York-based Innocence Project--before DNA evidence was brought to light that would ultimately set Michael free"-- Provided by publisher.

Traces the story of the playwright, Congresswoman, and first American female to be appointed to a major ambassadorial position abroad, covering such topics as her advocacy of women's equality and the deep personal losses that shaped her life.

Collects interviews with Marines, soldiers, and sailors who have served in twenty-first-century wars and explores their motivations, dreams, and emotions felt during times of extreme danger.

"Yours for Eternity is an intimate look at the extraordinary love story between Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, who met and married while Echols--author of the New York Times bestseller Life After Death--served nearly eighteen years on death row"-- Provided by publisher.

"Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR's masterful--and under appreciated--command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes readers inside FDR's White House Oval Study--his personal command center--and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war"--Frompublisher description.

Despite her unprecedented fame, most Americans know very few details about Jackie's emotional and romantic life in the aftermath of her marriages to and American president and subsequently to one of the world's richest men. The publication of this book will change all that, thanks to the years its authors have spent digging up indiscreet tales about the emotional entanglement of a woman whose romantic and sex life continued at full throttle through multiple menfolk and multiple partners most of them rich, famous, and very very quotable.

Traces the life of "Blumy" from his Ohio childhood to his development as an artist in New York City and Paris, through his migration and settling in New Mexico.

"In Grizzlies On My Mind, Michael Leach shares his love for Yellowstone--its landscapes and wildlife, especially its iconic bison and grizzlies--as he tells tales that will delight anyone interested in the national park system, wildlife and wild landscapes, rivers and adventure"--Page [4] of cover.

Traces the passionate and sometimes volatile relationship between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, covering their sensational 1954 elopement and the troubles that led to their divorce nine months later.

Kailyn Lowry, the feisty, tattooed beauty whose determination to raise her son on her own terms has been documented on MTV's hit series "Teen mom 2," opens up in this raw memoir about her painful past and offers an inspiring account of a young girl's resolve to survive and succeed.

"This is a true story of a young girl who began her career in a country schoolhouse on the Wyoming prarie in the 1940's." --back cover

Revealing the love, heartbreak, and reality behind reality television, a former Bachelor contestant who quickly became the biggest villain in the history of the show, dishes on her fellow contestants and what really happened on and off the cameras.

The editor-in-chief of "Gourmet" recounts her visits to some of the world's most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into the differences in her dining experiences.

"After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico from the United States to visit her father, who is living in the old hacienda where both he and she were born. While spending the following summers and holidays together, herding cattle and fixing barbed-wire fences, he begins sharing stories with her, tales of a dramatic life filled with both intense love and brutal violence--from the final conversations he had with his own father, to his extradition from the United States for murder, to his mother's pride after he shot a man for the first time at the age of twelve"--From publisher description.

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