Take a peek inside the theme-park empire Walt Disney created in 1955, with interviews featuring actors like Tom Hanks, cast members such as Snow White, and the Imagineers who brought Walt's vision to life. Based on the “American Icons” series from Public Radio International’s Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.
Published here for the first time, Elmore Leonard's "Confession" puts a darkly playful twist on the Wild West showdown. Set in the same dusty corner of Arizona as his classic "Three-Ten to Yuma," it's the story of a gentle but imposing priest who smokes cigars, swills whiskey, and has his vows of nonviolence put to the test when two mysterious bags of cash appear at his chapel.
Fifty years ago in a London basement, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand." When it hit American shores, it brought a British Invasion with it, and music would never be the same. Times music critic and noted Beatles authority Allan Kozinn weaves together the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a hit song and its legacy.
Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot? On the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's assassination, a one-of-a-kind collection of memories from Nora Ephron, Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Carter, Meryl Streep, James Patterson, Lauren Bacall, Gay Talese, Charlie Rose, Barbra Streisand, Dick Cavett, and many others.
In this exquisitely unsettling tale from an American literary treasure, Maile Meloy shows how easily a young single mother’s struggle for an independent life can become a nightmare. All Eleanor wanted was a place to call her own, but it seems her new home is already inhabited by her neighbors’ pets—fat, hungry, and multiplying daily.
Griselda Blanco was a murderous drug boss just as feared as her crosstown rival, Pablo Escobar. After doing time in the United States, she returned to Medellín to live out a peaceful retirement with family and friends. But a bullet in the fall of 2012 changed that. Journalist Jennie Erin Smith investigated the Godmother's demise, putting herself directly in harm's way, and in so doing, she stumbled across an unknown story that might explain Blanco’s murder.
"Design Crazy" is unlike anything you have read about Apple. Max Chafkin led a team of "Fast Company" reporters that spent months interviewing more than fifty former Apple execs and insiders, many of whom had never spoken publicly about their work. The result is a compelling and deeply revealing oral history of how design evolved at the most creative enterprise of our time, the company that one entrepreneur says “taught the world taste.”
On May 16, 1990, Joshua Prager was an exuberant nineteen-year-old, an aspiring doctor and all-star baseball player. Then a truck blindsided the bus in which he was traveling on an Israeli road. He suffered a broken neck, which turned his existence from “before” to “after.” "Half-Life" is the rich account of Prager’s reckoning with his new—and full—life.
After his mother, Millie, died, the grieving writer Walter Kirn opened her King James Study Bible and discovered notes in his mother’s familiar handwriting. Kirn, the revered cultural critic and bestselling author of "Up in the Air" and "Thumbsucker," followed them like a trail of crumbs across the Bible, coming to see the Old Testament—and his mother—in a profoundly new light.
"The Castaway" is a seafaring fever dream in the tradition of Joseph Conrad. A tanker is steaming across the Pacific when its first mate spies a drifting sailboat, out of which emerges a solitary boy. Brought on board, he never speaks and seems untouched by his ordeal. His presence—and a mysterious illness—begins to haunt the crew, leading to a shocking conclusion.
Fiscal cliffs, debt ceilings, sequestration: It’s easy to dismiss our budget crises as a passing fad, but there is a very real problem here, and it’s that we, the voters, can’t make the tough choices. In this timely book, David Leonhardt, the Pulitzer Prize–winning "New York Times" economic columnist and Washington bureau chief, offers a radically sensible plan for closing our deficit, shifting spending to investing, and getting us back to growth.
In this shocking, suspenseful novella, Jonathan Ames goes darker than noir. Meet Joe, an ass-kicking and psychologically tormented guardian angel who rescues others but refuses to save himself. When he gets the call to exfiltrate the teenage daughter of a high-ranking politician from a Manhattan brothel, he uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel.
In the third edge-of-your-seat episode of "Positron," the Byliner Serial by award-winning author and oracle Margaret Atwood, the dystopian dark comedy takes its darkest turn yet, pitting husband against wife and the human impulse to love against the animal instinct to survive. In "Erase Me," it’s every man—and woman—for him or herself.
In this long-awaited follow-up to his bestselling true crime story "Fatal Vision," Joe McGinniss examines the never-ending case of Jeffrey MacDonald, the Green Beret Army doctor accused of brutally stabbing and clubbing to death his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 1970. After decades in prison, MacDonald continues to claim he’s innocent, to which McGinniss says: no way.
From America’s greatest chronicler of life lived at its extremes and the bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm," "War," and "A Death in Belmont" comes a rare work of fiction, an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, where man’s unrelenting savagery meets his unpredictable capacity for cowardice—and courage.
They were thirty-three men trapped beneath tons of rock half a mile underground. When they emerged nearly two months later, they were known around the world simply as the Chilean miners. But few of us know what really happened above and below the ground during those fateful days. Two-time National Magazine Award winner William Langewiesche tells the full story.
In "Genie," Richard Powers goes sci-fi, to delightful and deranging effect. For a young, ambitious biologist, the everyday challenges of loving and living evaporate when she discovers that the DNA chains of ancient bacteria reveal a pattern too regular to be anything but deliberate. Is it a message left billions of years ago by an alien life form? Or the signature of the Creator himself?
Iraq War veteran Brian Mockenhaupt tells the gripping true story of three close friends whose courage is challenged every day as they live, work, and try to cheat death with their Marine platoon in Afghanistan. An unforgettably moving tale of the realities of war, both in the field and on the home front.
On October 18, 2011, Terry Thompson freed his menagerie of fifty exotic animals in Zanesville, Ohio, and then took his own life. With Thompson’s lions, tigers, and bears loose in the town, officials had no choice but to shoot to kill. Or did they? One year after the tragedy, acclaimed writer Charles Siebert tells the full, gripping account and raises some disturbing new questions.
In his latest short fiction, "Shakedown," James Ellroy breathes randy new life into the man who whetted our national appetite for sex and scandal, Freddy Otash: corrupt cop turned sleaze hustler, extortionist, pimp, and actual historical figure who made the 1950s magazine "Confidential" the go-to source for the sins of the rich and famous.
Is there any place left where life goes on as it did during ancient times, uncontaminated by modernity? National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis sets out for the hidden mountain kingdom of Mustang, with his wife and a mismatched band of travelers, hoping to find a land where people live “in the luminous presence—and ominous throb—of its physical sacredness.”
In this brilliantly subversive work, Bill Tonelli investigates the long-standing myth of the mob’s founding—a legendary week in May 1929 in which Al Capone is said to have assembled a Who’s Who of criminals in Atlantic City to plot and make peace. But what really happened that week? Tonelli sifts the facts from the malarkey.
In "Choke Collar," the second episode of her Byliner Serial "Positron," Margaret Atwood mines the territory where a totalitarian state collides with the chaos of human desire. Husband and wife Stan and Charmaine discover that when you surrender your autonomy, you can become anyone’s slave, both in bed and out.
In "An Arrangement of Light," Nicole Krauss crafts a chilling tale set in an unnamed country, where dreams risk running headlong into nightmares. Not long after a young horticulturist begins assisting his idol, a legendary landscape architect, in the creation of a public park, a military coup ushers capricious generals into power armed with dark plans for the park.
Late one night in the summer of 1976, fourteen-year-old Tim O’Connor disappears. Local detectives find little trace of the boy—only witnesses to a complex set of relationships in a blue-collar seaside town where surviving isn’t always thriving. "New York Times" bestselling author Haigh creates a searing portrait of how much a community loses when one of its own is lost.
Neville Bardos was the horse no one wanted—too slow, too ornery. Along came a rider named Boyd Martin, who lived for long shots. Together they became favorites for the U.S. Olympic team. On the verge of greatness, a barn fire burned up their dreams. And it was Neville’s turn to save the rider who’d rescued him.
In this moving true story of World War II, Craig Vetter pays tribute to his parents, whose love affair unfolded through a series of vivid letters that came to a tragic halt just months before the war ended. With a new postscript from the author about the attack on Pearl Harbor, as described in his father's now-recovered journal.
The bestselling author of "Generation Kill" tells the shocking true story of an alleged drug-world hit man who was recruited by the CIA and promoted into the agency’s top ranks—all while, federal evidence suggests, continuing his work as a Miami thug. An extraordinary tale of conspiracy, corruption, and political maneuvering at the highest levels of America’s government.
In this long-anticipated sequel to his now classic "Friday Night Lights," bestselling author Buzz Bissinger writes of his twenty-five-year relationship with Boobie Miles, the Permian Panthers running back whose heartbreaking story takes center stage in that classic. After Miles’s career-ending injury, Bissinger writes, “Boobie and I truly found each other, despite the gulf in our backgrounds.”
Jess Walter’s brilliantly entertaining send-up of zombie fiction offers a twist on America’s favorite monster: You don’t have to be dead to be a zombie. The aggressive, drug-addled dimwits who make life tiresome for the residents of Seattle have an appetite for rodents, house pets, and the occasional human, but what happens when a human longs for a zombie?
THE NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD. When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? To tell the little-known story of one of the first lifeboats to leave the ship, Elizabeth Kaye vividly re-creates the disaster and describes what it was like to survive that cold and deceptively calm night a century ago.
Something is clearly rotten in our Republic. Americans feel like outsiders in their own nation, blocked from having a real voice in how they are governed. But all of this can change. Lawrence Lessig, the renowned Harvard Law School professor, presents a user-friendly, bipartisan manifesto for revolution now.
Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach, modeled his life after the classic heroes he loved, and it ended as a modern tragedy. Bestselling writer Jonathan Mahler’s admiring yet honest assessment shows what can happen when a school, and an entire community, falls under the spell of a larger-than-life man who was, in fact, merely mortal.
Stigmata. Self-mortification. Miracles. It takes a lot to become a saint in the eyes of the Catholic Church. This rollicking investigation of the Church’s most mysterious tradition provides a fascinating inside look at how the holy earn their places in heaven and introduces us to America’s newest saint.
She’s as American as apple pie, but the Statue of Liberty didn’t start out that way. The brainchild of an egomaniacal French artist, Lady Liberty had an early history that was anything but patriotic. From the author of the Byliner bestseller "The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin," the little-known tale of how America’s beloved icon came to be.
"Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss, and Friendship with Joan Didion" is Sara Davidson’s intimate, loving portrait of one of America’s most revered and private writers. It is a treasure trove of Didion’s no-nonsense wisdom about the art of literature and life, and about the power of both endurance and surrender.
College athletes are not slaves, writes Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Taylor Branch. “Yet to survey the scene … is to catch the unmistakable whiff of the plantation.” "The Cartel" is Branch’s devastating, landmark investigation into college sports and the NCAA, exposing decades of greed and self-interest and making clear that the organization is poised to collapse under the weight of its hypocrisy.
It was the crime of the young century: a brutal bank heist committed in broad daylight on the streets of Manhattan. The populace was scared. The newspapers wanted blood. The police couldn’t solve the case—until they turned, reluctantly, to a woman. The true and astounding story of New York City’s first female police detective.
It’s the stuff of a summertime popcorn film: rogue asteroids threatening to obliterate the Earth, and plucky scientists and astronauts scrambling for ways to destroy or deflect them. Here’s the kicker: It’s all too real. From longtime "New Yorker" writer and the author of "Cheerful Money," a sci-fi tale that’s not fiction at all.