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The Kennedys: an American drama, Collier, Peter and David Horowitz
1 Collier, Peter and David Horowitz The Kennedys: an American drama
New York Summit Books 1984 0671447939 / 9780671447939 Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
A national bestseller based on hundreds of interviews with family members and associates, archival research, and previously unused sources reveals the all-too-human saga behind a high profile political family. 
Price: 4.69 USD
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Hillenbrand, Laura
2 Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
New York Random House 2010 1400064163 / 9781400064168 Hardcover As New in As New dust jacket 
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 
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Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the passengers and crew who fought back, Longman, Jere
3 Longman, Jere Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the passengers and crew who fought back
New York HarperCollins 2002 0060099089 / 9780060099084 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Ex-Library; Of the four horrific hijackings on September 11, Flight 93 resonates as one of epic resistance. At a time when the United States appeared defenseless against an unfamiliar foe, the gallant passengers and crew of Flight 93 provided for many Americans a measure of victory in the midst of unthinkable defeat. Together, they seemingly accomplished what all the security guards and soldiers, military pilots and government officials, could not -- they thwarted the terrorists, sacrificing their own lives so that others might live. The culmination of hundreds of interviews with family members and months of investigation, Among the Heroes is the definitive story of the courageous men and women aboard Flight 93, and of the day that forever changed the way Americans view the world and themselves. 
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Catherine: the Great  Portrait of a Woman, Massie, Robert K.
4 Massie, Robert K. Catherine: the Great Portrait of a Woman
New York Random House 2011 0679456724 / 9780679456728 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Ex-Library; Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. She knew or corresponded with the preeminent historical figures of her time: Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette, and, surprisingly, the American naval hero, John Paul Jones. 
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Franklin and Winston: an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, Meacham, Jon
5 Meacham, Jon Franklin and Winston: an Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Random House Trade Paperbacks 2004 0812972821 / 9780812972825 Paperback 
512 pages; The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history’s towering leadersFranklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation. ” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children. Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations—yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the twentieth century. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR’s affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. Meacham’s new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR’s great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill’s joint company—shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle. Hitler brought them together; later in the war, they drifted apart, but even in the autumn of their alliance, the pull of affection was always there. Charting the personal drama behind the discussions of strategy and statecraft, Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age. 
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My American Journey, Powell, Colin L. and Joseph Persico
6 Powell, Colin L. and Joseph Persico My American Journey
New York Ballantine Books 1996 0345407288 / 9780345407283 Paperback Fair 
This is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers" inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision. 
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Me 'n Henry, Swan, Walter
7 Swan, Walter Me 'n Henry
Swan Enterprises 1987 092717605X / 9780927176057 Hardcover 
A story about two boys growing up on the old family homestead in Cochise County when Arizona was an infant state. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Corrie Ten Boom, Wellman, Sam
8 Wellman, Sam Corrie Ten Boom
Barbour Publishing Incorporated 2004 1593103840 / 9781593103842 Paperback Good 
Heroes of the Faith; People need inspiration like never before--stories of legendary, faith-filled heroes who met amazing obstacles with courage and even joy...stories of godly men and women who changed the world. Barbour's Heroes of the Faith series--in a new format at a new lower price--will inspire readers with the bravery, commitment, perseverance, and wisdom of these great Christian leaders. 
Price: 2.00 USD
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The Mapmaker's Wife: a true tale of love, murder, and survival in the Amazon, Whitaker, Robert
9 Whitaker, Robert The Mapmaker's Wife: a true tale of love, murder, and survival in the Amazon
New York Delta Trade Paperbacks 2005 0385337205 / 9780385337205 Paperback Very Good 
The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesón’s destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon’s unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel’s quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesón’s survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration. 
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Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, Wilber, Del Quentin
10 Wilber, Del Quentin Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
New York Henry Holt and Co. 2011 080509346X / 9780805093469 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
For the first time, a minute-by-minute account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.

On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D. C. , and was shot by a would-be assassin. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis.

With cinematic clarity, we see the Secret Service agent whose fast reflexes saved the president's life; the brilliant surgeons who operated on Reagan as he was losing half his blood; and the small group of White House officials frantically trying to determine whether the country was under attack. Most especially, we encounter the man code-named Rawhide, a leader of uncommon grace who inspired affection and awe in everyone who worked with him.

Ronald Reagan was the only serving U. S. President to survive being shot in an assassination attempt. In Rawhide Down, the story of that perilous day—a day of chaos, crisis, prayer, heroism, and hope—is brought to life as never before. 
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