New Arrivals - Biography
Benny Binion was a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and the founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Doug J. Swanson tells the story of Binion's role in shaping modern Las Vegas.
Looks at the rise and downfall of Warren Jeffs who set up and ruled an enclave in Utah characterized by polygamy and forced marriages.
Describes the true story of how the eccentric Polish scientist tasked by the Nazis to create a typhus vaccine hid the intelligentsia from the Gestapo by hiring them to work in his laboratory. The team engaged in a sabotage campaign by sending illegal doses of the vaccine into the Polish ghettos while shipping gallons of the weakened serum to the German troops on the Eastern Front. Among the scientists saved by Weigl, who was a Christian, was a gifted Jewish immunologist named Ludwik Fleck, who risked his life to carry out a dramatic subterfuge to vaccinate the most endangered prisoners in Buchenwald.
"Henri Charrière, called 'Papillon,' for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped, until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken"--From publisher description.
Moses is pictured as idealist reformer and political manipulator as his rise to power and eventual domination of New York State politics is documented.
"The intensive research undertaken for this book properly identifies forty-five Native American silversmiths and their hallmarks found on Southwest jewelry. Most of the marks date prior to the 1970s and some as early as the 1920s, along with the marks of traders, guilds, and the government. [The book] also provides the stories of the artists and institutions represented by these marks"--Page  of cover.
Spanning the years 1940-1965, this third volume in Manchester's biography picks up shortly after Churchill became prime minister, as his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany.
"Growing up, Pat O'Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father. He drove himself to the University of South Dakota after finishing his last late-night shift and moved in while his roommate was asleep. His life was unceremonious--until he was picked up in the student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become. From that day forward, Pat's life became anything but ordinary: from afternoons in the late Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali, to Rangers games in President Bush's suite, to the drugs and drinking and party lifestyle of Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Pat has met everyone: the Beatles, the Kennedys, Neil Young, and Magic Johnson. In I'll Be Back Right After This, Pat reveals the highs and lows of life spent sharing the mic with the world's most rich and famous"-- Provided by publisher.