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Flight 93
The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan (Foreword by Governor Tom Ridge)

 The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001 have earned their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes. Amazingly, 13 years after that day, the definitive account of this seminal event in the nation’s history has yet to be written.Flight 93 provides a riveting narrative based on interviews, oral histories, transcripts, recordings, personal tours of the crash site and voluminous trial evidence made public only in recent years. There also is plenty of chilling new detail for readers who think they know the story of the flight. Utilizing research tools that were not available in the years immediately after the crash, the book offers the most complete account of what actually took place aboard United 93 – from its delayed takeoff at Newark International Airport to the moment it plunged upside-down at 563 miles per hour into an open field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. 





Our One Common Country
Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865
James B. Conroy

Shortly after breakfast on a springlike day in the winter of 1865, Abraham Lincoln slipped out of the White House unnoticed with an Irish valet and a carpetbag and into a waiting carriage.  A locomotive hitched to a railway car had been summoned to take him to Annapolis, where the fastest steamboat on Chesapeake Bay was ready to run him south.  In a moment unique in history, the Commander in Chief had agreed to sit down and reason with the enemy in the midst of a shooting war.

Having gone on ahead of him to Fort Monroe, the massive Union stronghold at Hampton Roads, Virginia, his Secretary of State, William Seward, a keen politician and a world-class charmer, was preparing to receive him and his guests on the paddle-wheeler River Queen, the Air Force One of its day.  Their old friend Alec Stephens, the eccentric Vice President of the Confederate States of America, was on his way to meet them with two other Rebel peace envoys in Ulysses S. Grant's dispatch boat.  On the edge of his authority, Grant had passed them through his siege line to the cheers of the combatants on both sides, wined and dined them at his headquarters with Julia Dent Grant, evaded Lincoln's orders to turn them away unhea rd, and convinced the embattled President to give peace a chance.

With much of the South in Northern hands, its crippled armies cornered, and the means to resist nearly gone, the Rebellion was all but broken.  The issue was how it would end.  Over 600,000 young Americans were dead.  A Federal push to victory would cost thousands of more lives, humiliate the South, and complicate the healing of a reconstructed Union.  Reasonable men on both sides were coming to Hampton Roads in search of a way out. 

 On the other side of Grant's siege line, Robert E. Lee was praying for their success and Jefferson Davis was plotting their failure.  Under pressure from his left to accept Lincoln's invitation to send "any agent” to negotiate a reunion of "our one common country," the defiant Confederate President had chosen as his spokesmen three leaders of Richmond's growing antiwar movement and given them a mandate to bring peace to "two countries."  Expecting them to fail, he was poised to proclaim their rejection as a Yankee insult, discredit his internal political opposition, and incite the Southern people to a war of desperation in a single stroke.  To avert a pointless death struggle, the President of the United States and the men in Grant's dispatch boat would have to square that circle.







The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America
Joseph Tirella

Motivated by potentially turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Moses—New York's "Master Builder"—brought the World's Fair to the Big Apple for 1964 and '65. Though considered a financial failure, the 1964-65 World' s Fair was a Sixties flashpoint in areas from politics to pop culture, technology to urban planning, and civil rights to violent crime.


In an epic narrative, Tomorrow-Land shows the astonishing pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the Fair. It fetched Disney's empire from California and Michelangelo's La Pieta from Europe; and displayed flickers of innovation from Ford, GM, and NASA—from undersea and outerspace colonies to personal computers. It housed the controversial work of Warhol (until Governor Rockefeller had it removed); and lured Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Meanwhile, the Fair—and its house band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians—sat in the musical shadows of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who changed rock-and-roll right there in Queens. And as Southern civil rights efforts turned deadly, and violent protests also occurred in and around the Fair, Harlem-based Malcolm X predicted a frightening future of inner-city racial conflict .


World's Fairs have always been collisions of eras, cultures, nations, technologies, ideas, and art. But the trippy, turbulent, Technicolor, Disney, corporate, and often misguided 1964-65 Fair was truly exceptional.






Everest - The First Ascent
How a Champion of Science Helped to Conquer the Mountain
Harriet Pugh Tuckey



2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition:


         Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction




 Praise for Harriet Tuckey's Everest - The First Ascent:                                              
"In this illuminating and well-researched portrait of an eccentric, brilliant scientist, Tuckey demonstrates Pugh’s important contributions to the British success on Everest, while also openly addressing his faults and her own troubled relationship with him" - Library Journal

"Harriet Tuckey’s gripping account finally establishes her father’s role as the difference between triumph and failure, and the man himself as the real hero of the expedition."- The Daily Mail (UK)

"Marvelously enjoyable and exciting...poignant." - The Times

"Shines an entirely new light on the great expedition - a riveting read, f ull of surprises" - Sir Chris Bonington

"A most remarkable work about a perfectly extraordinary man. I much admire it." - Jan Morris

"The most important addition to the story of Everest" - Doug Scott

'Superb...this compulsively readable and data-rich book is a tribute to a very distinguished applied physiologist of extraordinary vision, ability, energy and tenacity" - Craig Sharp, Emeritus Professor of Sports Science, Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Brunel University

"Moving...meticulously researched...New insights that will set many people thinking again of the great achievement...This book should help to set the record straight...Superb..."  John West, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Physiology, University of California, San Diego





My Journey out of Islamist Extremism
Maajid Nawaz

“This is a book for our times. It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how the extremism that stalks our world  is created and how it can be overcome. It could only be written by someone who has lived this story. And Maajid has.” --Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair

Available now as an ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam’s political power across the world. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims.

He was sent to an Egyptian prison where he was, fortuitously, jailed along with the assassins of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The 20 years in prison had changed the assassins’ views on Islam and violence; Maajid went into prison prea ching to them about the Islamist cause, but the lessons ended up going the other way. He came out of prison four years later completely changed, convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it.

He met with activists and heads of state, built a network, and started a foundation, Quilliam, funded by the British government, to combat the rising Islamist tide in Europe and elsewhere. He began an activist group in Pakistan as well, using his intimate knowledge of recruitment tactics in order to reverse extremism and persuade Muslims that the "narrative" used to recruit them (that the West is evil and th e cause of all of Muslim suffering), is false. Radical, first published in the U.K., is a fascinating and important look into one man's journey out of extremism and into something else entirely.

This new edition contains a "Preface for U.S. Readers" and an updated epilogue.





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