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NEW BIOGRAPHYS FOR FALL 2001
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.
"I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's
National Story Project"
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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"
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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
"Swimming Across : A Memoir"
Andrew S. Grove
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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
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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.
"How I Play Golf"
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"
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"
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
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
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
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