Today's Best Nonfictio Author:Nielson Mandela, Laurence Leamer, Richard Preston, Madeleine Blais, Dan Rather, Mickey Herskowitz, Joseph E. Persico LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela — "He was a born leader, blessed with a rare destiny. He was also a gifted trial lawyer, a caring father, and the most famous political prisoner of recent times. In April 1994, in the first South African election open to nonwhites, Nelson Mandela was elected president of his country. Now... more » Mandela himself tells the remarkable story of how he grew from a son of a tribal chief into a fledgling Johannesburg attorney, leader of the African National Congress, underground freedom fighter, and, finally, global statesman. A memorable autobiography of one of today's most inspiring figures."
THE KENNEDY WOMEN The Saga of an American Family
"In five generations they rose from the tenements of East Boston to the White House and beyond. They were the Kennedy women--the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of America's most faciating political dynasties. Here, for the first time, are intimate protraits of those extraordinary women, who stood beside their men through days of great opulence and heartbrake, through nights of victory and scandal."
THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston
"It's called Ebola, and of all the world's "hot"--meaning lethal--viruses, it's the one that scientists fear most. Ebola kills ninety percent of its victims in a matter of days. There is no treatment, no cure. The stuff of science fiction? If only it were. Origiating deep in the rain forests of Africa, Ebola turned up five and a half years ago in a suburb of Washington, D.C. This is the chilling inside story of the secret military hit squad that risked death to combat an almost invisible foe."
IN THESE GIRLS HOPE IS A MUSCLE by Madeline Blais
"It had happened again: Amherst Regional High School's Lady Hurricanes ended a fabulous basketball season with a devastating loss. But," as one player firmly asserted, "next season will be different." And it was. The Hurricanes became what every opponent fears--a team with a mission, a team bound for glory. This fresh, moving narrative captures the team's quest for excellence. Along the way, it also captures the joys and sorrows, the poignant combination of fragility and strength, that are the essence of growing up."
THE CAMERA NEVER BLINKS TWICE: The further Adventures of a Telvision Journalist by Dan Rather with Mickey Herskowitz
"Brassy and outspoken as always, CBS news anchor Dan Rather picks up where he left off in his now classic memoir, THE CAMERA NEVER BLINKS. Here are all the hot, fast-breaking stories he's covered recently--from Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War to Somalia--served up in Rather's lively no-holds-barred style."
NUREMBERG: Infamy on Trial by Joseph E. Persico
"In 1945, in the bomb-ravaged city of Neuremberg, twenty-one notorious Nazi leaders--including Hermann Goring, Albert Speer, and Rudolf Hess--went on trial for war crimes. A noted historian re-creates that dramatic trial, protraying the men behind one of history's darkest chapters, and the men and women who brought them to justice."« less