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POSTED 13 NOVEMBER 2001

In "Reaching for Glory: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1964-1965," Michael Beschloss (hailed by Newsweek as "the nation's leading Presidential historian") lets you eavesdrop on LBJ during the self-destructive year when Vietnam ruined him. Behold as LBJ sleazily secures the greatest landslide in history by ratting out Barry Goldwater (while struggling to hush up his own closest aide's sex scandal). LBJ foresees defeat in Vietnam and on civil rights, and the ascension of Nixon and Reagan. But he blows it anyway! Tragedy is rooted in character. Also, get the audiocassette or audio CD versions of Beschloss's landmark book.
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"I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project" Paul Auster Our price: $17.50 | You save: $7.50
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"The resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s was a phenomenon nobody has fully explained. Suddenly Midwestern towns found themselves in the grip of this secret order, which aimed to eliminate Negroes and Jews from society. For towns like Broken Bow, Nebraska, which only had two Negro families and one Jew, the targets were the Catholics. Klansmen whispered that the pope was preparing a takeover of America, the church basements were arsenals, and priests and nuns had orgies after mass. Now that World War I was over and the Huns had been defeated, there was a new focus for men who needed somebody to hate. The astonishing thing was the number of such people..." Keep reading from "I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project."

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"The Final Days: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House" Barbara Olson Our price: $16.77 | You save: $11.18
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Former federal prosecutor, Washington insider, and Clinton investigator Barbara Olson was the most famous victim of the September 11 plane crashes, but she lived to finish the scathing portrait (and payback for that other book, The Final Days: The Classic, Behind-the-Scenes Account of Richard Nixon's Dramatic Last Days in the White House) "The Final Days: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House." Olson also posthumously published the updated edition of her companion bestseller "Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton."

"Swimming Across : A Memoir" Andrew S. Grove Our price: $18.86 | You save: $8.09
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Find out how Intel founder Andrew Grove escaped the Nazis and the Commies, outwitted the New York City University program, and "swam across" to America in his memoir "Swimming Across."

"The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice" Bernard B. Kerik Our price: $18.55 | You save: $7.95
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Bernard Kerik has battled drug lords from Harlem to Columbia and run the world's biggest police force. But his toughest fight, described in "The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice," was to understand his own mother, who abandoned him 41 years ago.

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"How I Play Golf" Tiger Woods
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There's no denying that Tiger Woods has taken golf by storm. It seems like every time this 25-year-old swings a club, another PGA record is shattered. While his explosive drives, accurate approach shots, and steady putter certainly contribute to this success, both fans and critics agree that it's Tiger's devastating mental game that has propelled him to become the premier golfer of our time. Now Tiger shares his thoughts on what he calls the game of a lifetime. He reveals the five secrets he believes are responsible for his success--a combination of physical, metaphysical, and psychological practices he uses daily to keep his game in top shape and help him to transcend all the ups and downs of golf. Best of all, Tiger reveals his unique approach to the game for the first time ever in this one singular volume. --From the publisher

"Jack: Straight from the Gut" Jack Welch
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As CEO of General Electric for the past twenty years, he has built its market cap by more than $450 billion and established himself as the most admired business leader in the world. His championing of initiatives like Six Sigma quality, globalization, and e-business have helped define the modern corporation. At the same time, he's a gutsy boss who has forged a unique philosophy and an operating system that relies on a "boundaryless" sharing of ideas, an intense focus on people, and an informal, give-and-take style that makes bureaucracy the enemy. In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch gives us the people (most notably his Irish mother) who shaped his life and the big hits and the big misses that characterized his career. --From the publisher

"No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh" Reeve Lindbergh
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In 1999 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the famed aviator and author, moved from her home in Connecticut to the farm in Vermont where her daughter, Reeve, and Reeve's family live. Lindbergh was in her nineties and had been rendered nearly speechless years earlier by a series of small strokes that also left her frail and dependent on others for her care. "No More Words" is a tender tribute from daughter to mother, from one writer to another who was her model and mentor. It is a loving and poignant work, rich with insight into life's final stage. --From the publisher

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"Limbo: A Memoir" A. Manette Ansay
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A. Manette Ansay, the author of such well-received novels as "Midnight Champagne" and "River Angel," didn't set out to be a writer, but a concert pianist. In this affecting memoir, she tells what happened to change her course. In early adulthood, having spent years practicing at the keyboard, Ansay was felled by a mysterious illness that robbed her of motor control--and, soon, her ability to walk. Ailments of unknown origin weren't uncommon among her fellow students, she writes, for musical training is far more punishing physically than nonmusicians might imagine, and moments of respite are rare--reason enough to take ill. Even so, this malady stumped her doctors and drove her into a doubting self-examination through which she concluded that her illness was a test of faith devised by a stern but not unloving God; "just because you can't find the reason doesn't mean it isn't there." The loss of her physical strength and musical calling were tough tests, she writes, but life would toss tougher ones her way over the years, and to gauge by this memoir she has met them well. Gracefully written and full of small epiphanies, "Limbo" will prove a pleasure for Ansay's many loyal readers, and for those new to her work.

"Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood" Oliver W. Sacks
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Born into a large family, distinguished neurologist Oliver Sacks's curiosity was encouraged and abetted by aunts, uncles, parents, and older brothers. But soon after his sixth birthday, the Second World War broke out and he was evacuated from London, exiled to a school that rivaled Dickens's grimmest.When he returned to London in 1943 at the age of ten, he was a changed, withdrawn boy, one who desperately needed order to make sense of his life. He was sustained by his secret passions: for numbers, for metals, and for finding patterns in the world around him. Under the tutelage of his "chemical" uncle, Uncle Tungsten, Sacks began to experiment with "the stinks and bangs that almost define a first entry into chemistry": tossing sodium off a bridge to see it take fire in the water below; producing billowing clouds of noxious-smelling chemicals in his home lab. "Uncle Tungsten" vividly evokes a time when virtual reality had not yet displaced a hands-on knowledge of the world. It draws us into a journey of discovery that reveals, through the enchantment and wonder of a childhood passion, the birth of an extraordinary and original mind. --From the publisher

"Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration" Beth Gates Warren
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Margrethe Mather has been remembered mostly through the commentary of fellow photographer Edward Weston, who referred to her as "the first important person" in his life. In fact, Mather was probably the greatest influence on the development of Weston's early career. They first met in 1913 and soon developed a close relationship, eventually working together as full-fledged artistic partners and even co-signing the photographs they produced. Weston was also madly in love with Mather, and the two engaged in a brief affair during his first marriage. This book, which features work by both artists, chronicles their twelve-year association and sheds light on Mather, whose artistry, sexual identity, and mysterious past were overshadowed by the massive reputation of Edward Weston. --From the publisher

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