Reader's Digest Condensed Books Today's Best Nonfiction Vol 10 Author:Reader's Digest Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose. With an Arctic winter closing in fast, a lone Eskimo hunter finds three California gray whales trapped by the encroaching ice off Barrow, Alaska. When he tells some local biologists, the story is out. NBC News showed the first pictures of the magnificent, battered creatures gasping for air, and America fell in lov... more »e. This is the remarkable account of how the power of television single-handedly turned an everyday occurrence into the most spectacular animal rescue in history.
Eichmann in My Hands by Peter Z. Malkin and Harry Stein. For fifteen years after the end of World War II the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann remained a mystery. Once the most hunted of all Nazi war criminals, the notorious architect of Hitler's "Final Solution" had vanished without a trace. But in May 1960 a team of Israeli agents left for Buenos Aires on a mission: to bring Adolf Eichmann to Jerusalem to stand trial. The author, for many years under a government order to keep silent for security reasons, is only now free to speak. This gripping tale of crime and punishment illuminates one of the darkest moments in the history of civilization.
Small Victories by Samuel G. Freedman. Seward Park High School is an overcrowded, underfunded, dilapidated public school in the slums of New York's Lower East Side. Yet despite the specters of ghetto life--poverty, violence, and drugs--more than ninety percent of its graduates go on to college, trade school, or the military. One reason is Jessica Siegel's English classes, where students discover that reading and writing are a way out. Jessica savors each small victory, but teacher burnout is never far away. A searing portrait of a teacher on the front lines of American education.
The Plumber: The True Story of How One Good Man Helped Destroy the Entire Philadelphia Mofia by Joseph Salerno and Stephen J. Rivele. Joe Salerno was an ordinary man, an honest, hardworking plumber from Philadelphia. Then one day he witnessed a murder. It was a cold-blooded gangland slaying ordered by crime lord Nicodermo "Little Nicky" Scarfo. Willing to testify against the mob, Joe, with his family, entered into the shaky care of the Federal Witness Protection Program--and so became destined to spend the rest of his life on the run. But even from that precarious position, Joe Salerno continued his fight against evil. A riveting account of one man's heroic battle with the Mafia.« less