Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction Author:Barbara Learning, Bob Simon, James A. Michener, Harry Farrell THE WORLD IS MY HOME A Memoir by James A. Michener — From TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC to HAWAII and POLAND, James A. Michener's best-selling novels have transported readers to the farthest reaches of the globe -- and even outer space. Now he has written in his own story, a saga of drama and adventure every bit as sweeping as his fiction. THE WORLD... more » IS MY HOME is a tale of a traveler: hitchhiking America as a footloose teenager, roaming through prewar Europe as a merchant sailor, troubleshooting for the navy in the idyllic South Seas -- a life spent restlessly combining the world's most interesting corners. At age eighty-five James A. Michener has written an extraordinary memoir, filled with wisdom, insight, and sheer reading pleasure.
FORTY DAYS by Bob Simon
CBS News correspondent Bob Simon thought covering the Gulf war would be a dream assignment -- the story of a lifetime. But it turned into a nightmare when he and his crew were captured on the Saudi-Kuwaiti border in the first days of Operation Desert Storm. Accused of being a spy by the Iraquis, Simon descended into a terrifying world of interrogations, beatings, and starvation behind enemy lines. Perhaps the most painful torture of all was the possibility that the world might forget him. A harrowing account of a hostage in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
BETTE DAVIS, A Biography by Barbara Leaming
She starred in some of the greatest movies of all time: JEZEBEL, ALL ABOUT EVE, DARK VICTORY. On the screen she created glamorous and demanding heroines who weren't afraid of anything. Offscreen her battles for independence against Hollywood's studio moguls became famous. Yet behind this tough facade was an abused and angry woman, plagued by insecurities. In this engrossing biography, Bette Davis is seen as never before: her tumultuous relationships with her husbands and her children, her bouts with alcoholism and cancer. A vivid portrait of one of Hollywood's most misunderstood legends.
SWIFT JUSTICE Murder and Vengeance in a California Town by Harry Farrell
No on in San Jose, California, was better liked than department store heir Brooke Hart. He had it all: youth, charm, good looks, and wealth. And then, one cool November evening, Hart was abducted from a parking lot near his father's store. Hours later his family received a terrifying phone call -- the cold, calm voice of a stranger demanding $40,000 for the young man's release. The entire town was outraged. As the search for Hart and his kidnappers escalated, so did his community's fury, until at last it erupted in uncontrollable violence. SWIFT JUSTICE is the shocking story of a heinous crime and the mob mentality that shattered the American dream in one California town.
KISSINGER A Biography by Walter Isaacson
In 1938 fifteen-year-old Henry Kissinger fled Hitler's Germany for New York. By 1969 he was President Richard Nixon's most influential adviser. In the 1970s newspapers linked his name with Mao, Brezhnev, Sadat -- and Candice Bergen, Jill St. John, and Elizabeth Taylor. An engrossing study of a brilliant and controversial figure.
THE HAPPY ISLE OF OCEANIA Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux
Exotic, mysterious, romantic, and breathtakingly beautiful -- the islands of the South Pacific have enchanted sailors for centuries. Now noted novelist and traveler Paul Theroux has paddled a kayak around those isles, lived with their people, and written a witty and perceptve report.« less