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Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction: The World Is My Home / Forty Days / Bette Davis / Swift Justice
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction The World Is My Home / Forty Days / Bette Davis / Swift Justice Author:Harry Farrell, Barbara Leaming, Bob Simon, James A. Michener, Walter Isaacson, Paul Theroux 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 his own story, a saga of drama and adventure every bit as sweeping as his fiction. "The W... more »orld Is My Home" is the 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 combing 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 Iraqis, 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.
Betty 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 Betty Davis is seen as never before: her passionate loves and hatreds, 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 one 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 the 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.« less