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ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss
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American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who behead Western hostages in slickly produced videos and have conquered territory equal to the size of Great Britain.

Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS's first incarnation as al-Qaeda in Iraq, Weiss and Hassan explain who the key players are, from their elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to the former Saddam Baathists in their ranks; where they come from; how the movement has attracted both local and global support; and where their financing comes from.


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Napoleon: a Life by Andrew Roberts
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Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men.

Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, Napoleon was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. This biography is the first to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.

At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.

Marcus Off Duty: the Recipes I Cook at Home by Marcus Samuelsson
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For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations.

Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Not only was Samuelsson the youngest chef ever to receive three stars from the New York Times, he is also a five-time James Beard Award recipient, a winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. Chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner, he is now a charismatic TV host.

In this book, the chef former President Bill Clinton says has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels: Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw. This is an inside glimpse into how one of the world's top chefs cooks in his home kitchen for those nearest and dearest to him.

On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life by Amy Purdy
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Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder.

In this uplifting memoir, she reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end. In that moment, Amy chose to live.

So Anyway... by John Cleese
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John Cleese's huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy's DNA.

In this rollicking memoir, Cleese takes readers on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown. Cleese was just days away from graduating Cambridge and setting off on a law career when he was visited by two BBC executives, who offered him a job writing comedy for radio.

That fateful moment, and a near-simultaneous offer to take his university humor revue to London's famed West-End, propelled him down a different path, cutting his teeth writing for stars like David Frost and Peter Sellers, and eventually joining the five other Pythons to pioneer a new kind of comedy that prized invention, silliness, and absurdity. Along the way, he found his first true love with the actress Connie Booth and transformed himself from a reluctant performer to a world class actor and back again.

Twisting and turning through surprising stories and hilarious digressions, with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what's funny and why, this story of a young man's journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
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13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya.

A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.

13 Hours sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. This riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country. 13 Hours is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book; but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men, and what they accomplished, is unforgettable.


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