The Last Castle, by Denise Kiernan -
The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore - the
largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The Story of Biltmore spans
World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt
family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters, including F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, James Whistler, and Edith Wharton. The
Last Castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished,
faltered, and ultimately endured to the day.
Hannibal, by Patrick N. Hunt -
One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life: Hannibal,
the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and
brought Rome to its knees. To this day Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius.
Napoleon, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. are only some of the generals
who studied and admired him. His strategy and tactics are still taught in military
academies. He is one of the figures of the ancient world whose life and exploits never fail
The One Device, by Brian Merchant -
How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company
ever? This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to
WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even
inside Shenhen's notorious "suicide factories."This is a firsthand look at how the
cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers, and even
A.I. - made their way into our pockets.
The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, by Robert Watson -
The most horrific struggle of the American Revolution occurred just 100 yards off New
York, where more men died aboard a rotting prison ship than were lost to combat
during the entirety of the war. Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war,
the HMS Jersey was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the
British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies the mere mention of the ship
sparked fear and loathing of British troops. It also sparked backlash and ended up
rallying support for the war.
Killing England, by Bill O'Reilly -
The latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and
Martin Dugard's mega-selling Killing
series transports readers to the most
important era in our nation's history, the
Revolutionary War. Told through the
eyes of George Washington, Benjamin
Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great
Britain's King George III, Killing England
chronicles the path to independence in
gripping detail, from the battlefield's of
America to the royal courts of Europe.
|Why, by Mario Livio -
Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels. It's also essential to other
forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic
scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why
we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible
for curiosity. Mario Livio explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way
that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.