"In Greater Gotham Mike Wallace, co-author of GOTHAM, picks up the story of New York at the critical juncture of 1898 and carries it forward during the period when it became not just the country's greatest urban center but a megapolis on an internationalscale, and with global reach. Between consolidation and the end of World War One, New York was transformed and transforming, mirroring the juggernauting dynamism of the country at large—and largely fueling it. The names of two its streets encapsulate the degree of the city's preeminence: Wall Street and Broadway. Greater Gotham reveals the workings of the city's consolidation; the emerging hegemony of its financial markets, which effectively reconstructed U.S. capitalism; the influx of migrants from other continents and from the American South; the development of its massive infrastructure—subways and waterways and electrical grid; and New York's growing dominance over the arts, media, and entertainment. It captures and illuminates the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom, to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, to the labor upheavals and repressions during and after the World War One. By 1920, New York was the second-largest city in the world and arguably its new capital"—Provided by publisher.
Traces the life of Elizebeth Smith, who met and married groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.
Author Candice Millard presents a narrative account of Churchill's lesser-known heroics during the Boer War, describing his daring escape from rebel captors, trek through hundreds of miles with virtually no supplies and eventual return to South Africa to liberate the soldiers captured with him in "Hero of the Empire."
The best-selling author of The Evolution of God philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.
The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A.
The co-founder of the award-winning diversity nonprofit Project Include shares the full story behind her landmark 2015 whistleblower lawsuit against powerhouse venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins, exploring what her case and refusal to settle revealed about Silicon Valley discrimination and complicity in revenge porn and online harassment.
Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — And Completely Unprepared For Adulthood — And What That Means For The Rest Of Us
Analyzes how the young people born in the mid-1990s and later significantly differ from those of previous generations, examining how social media and texting may be behind today's unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
A true story of Cold War espionage and engineering reveals how the CIA, the U.S. Navy and an eccentric billionaire spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine after it sank in the Pacific Ocean. By the author of Show Dog.
A chronicle of contemporary immigration follows the journey of a pair of teenaged twins from El Salvador who were forced by gang violence to seek safety and a better life in the United States.
The National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve investigates the enduring story of humanity's biblical first parents, examining the tale's indelible influence as well as the considerable theological, artistic and cultural investments of centuries that have made Adam and Eve profoundly resonant in all major world religions.
A blistering and personal polemic against today's monolithic tech companies argues that in spite of the conveniences of their products, today's ambitious corporations are triggering consequences in the form of privacy compromises, intellectual property loss and the negative homogenization of social, political and intellectual arenas.
A leading educational thinker argues that American universities have become unduly compromised by a century-old educational model based on goals no longer compatible with today's needs, introducing the philosophies of innovators who are remaking college so that it provides for today's real-world students.
An award-winning journalist documents her life-risking investigation into the abduction of her guide and friend, an Iraq-born Western media informant who worked at the head of a Damascus refugee community to provide education to displaced girls.
A comprehensive biography of the final leader of the Soviet Union chronicles Gorbachev's rise from peasant to politician and describes how his liberal policies ended the Cold War and unintentionally provoked the breakup of the USSR.
The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
The health journalist behind Superbug exposes the shocking role of antibiotics in industrial farming and the profound impact these mass food-processing practices are having on our lives and our health.
A widely recognized indie developer and leading advocate against online abuse traces the story of her experiences at the center of the Gamergate controversy while outlining recommendations for combating online harassment.
Collects thirty-six stories, from such writers as Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edwidge Danticat, that examine life in a deeply divided America.
Exploring the most fascinating and significant scientific missteps, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases; an expert on vaccines, immunology and virology; and the co-inventor of a rotavirus that has saved thousands of lives presents seven cautionary lessons to separate good science from bad. By the author of Autism's False Prophets.
The critic and correspondent for NPR Music explores the history of American popular music as an erotic art form, from 19th-century New Orleans and the Jazz Age in New York, to the screaming teens that welcomed The Beatles and modern day web-based performers. 75,000 first printing.