Reader's Digest Condensed Books Today's Best Nonfiction Vol 4 Author:Reader's Digest Kennedy & Nixon by Christopher Matthews. Their names are linked forever as adversaries. Yet before their rivalry began, Richard Nixon and John Kennedy shared a warm friendship, starting in 1947 when the two young war veterans came to Washington as freshman Congressman. Driven, ambitious, they sat on the same committees, spoke out with the same a... more »nticommunist fervor, and visited each other's offices across a narrow Capitol Hill hallway. But when both set their sights on the highest office in the land, their camaraderie turned into an intense personal rivalry. This is a fresh look at a complex and fascinating struggle for power that helped shape the history of postwar America.
Lifeline: How One Night Changed Five Lives by Mary Zimmeth Schomaker. A healthy forty-six-year-old man dies in a traffic accident. A tragedy, to be sure. But for four critically ill patients waiting for organ transplants, it's a chance for life. At a moment's notice a highly trained team of specialists swing into action: transplant coordinators, doctors, surgeons, even helicopter pilots. With almost military precision these dedicated professionals must select the ideal recipient, plan complicated operations, and make decisions that will determine which patients will live and which might die before another donor becomes available. And all the while the clock is ticking away. Edge-of-the-seat suspense from the front lines of medicine.
Salt of the Earth: One Family's Journey Through the Violent American Landscape by Jack Olsen. "Where did she get the strength?" That's the question everyone asked about Elaine Gere after her young daughter, Brenda, disappeared. Her tough, ex-cop husband, Joe, was stricken with grief and unable to cope, let alone help her. Meanwhile, her two remaining children needed a mother more than ever. Still, Elaine did not stop searching for the truth about her missing daughter. Even when a second tragedy staggered the proud family, Elaine refused to be defeated. This is the remarkable story of a woman whose extraordinary courage and determination enabled her not only to survive but ultimately to triumph.
Amazon Stranger by Mike Tidwell. He wears peccary tusks strung about his neck. He hunts with a homemade blowgun. He commutes through the Amazon rain forest by dugout canoe. Randy Borman, a blonde, blue-eyed college-educated American, is chief of the Cofan. Surrounded by the breathtaking Ecuadorian jungle, Borman and his tribe live off the land in idyllic simplicity. But trouble is brewing as the modern world encroaches. Rich oil reserves bubble beneath the surface of Cofan land, and oil companies are determined to exploit it--no matter the human and environmental cost. And Randy Borman may be the only man who can stop them.« less