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  • Details about The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

    The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

    Neal Bascomb

    "Bascomb has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism." --David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous--and ingenious--breakout from Germany's most devilish POW camp In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World W……more

  • Details about The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

    The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

    Laurie Gwen Shapiro

    The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York's Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties' most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet's final frontier? There wouldn't be another encounter with an unknown t……more

  • Details about Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

    Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

    Joshua B. Freeman

    We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them "dark Satanic mills." Many factories that operated over the last two centuries--such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn--were known for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation ca……more

  • Details about The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

    The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

    Dan Hampton

    "GRIPPING. ... AN HOUR-BY-HOUR ACCOUNT." -- WALL STREET JOURNAL * From one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history comes a masterful account of Lindbergh's death-defying nonstop transatlantic flight in Spirit of St. Louis On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, and prepared to take off from a small airfield on Long Island, New York. Despite his inexperience--the twenty……more

  • Details about The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

    The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

    Denise Kiernan

    New York Times Bestseller "A soaring and gorgeous American story" (Karen Abbott) from the author of the New York Times bestselling The Girls of Atomic City. The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore--the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott ……more

  • Details about Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

    Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

    Stacy Horn

    "A riveting character-driven dive into 19th-century New York and the extraordinary history of Blackwell's Island." -- Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica On a two-mile stretch of land in New York's East River, a 19th-century horror story was unfolding . . . Today we call it Roosevelt Island. Then, it was Blackwell's, site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Conceived as the most modern, humane……more

  • Details about Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    David Grann

    "Disturbing and riveting...Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true...It will sear your soul." --Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage In……more

  • Details about Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

    Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance

    Mark Whitaker

    " Smoketown brilliantly offers us a chance to see this other black renaissance and spend time with the many luminaries who sparked it...It's thanks to such a gifted storyteller as Whitaker that this forgotten chapter of American history can finally be told in all its vibrancy and glory."-- The New York Times Book Review The other great Renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour burst forth joyfully in what may seem an unlikely place--Pittsburgh, PA--from the 1920s through the 1950s. ……more

  • Details about Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

    Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

    Harold Schechter

    " Hell's Princess takes its place among Schechter's other true-crime classics as the definitive rendering of one of the most beguiling and brutal of all female serial killers. His gruesome page-turner, grounded in meticulous historical research, confirms his reputation as one of the top true-crime writers of our time." -- Psychology Today The chilling true account of one of the twentieth century's most prolific female serial killers. Now an Amazon Charts bestseller. In the pantheon of serial k……more