Today's Best Nonfiction Author:Jim Lehrer, Walter Isaacson, Paul Theroux, Sheila Weller, David McCullough, Rhonda Cornum A BUS OF MY OWN by Jim Lehner — "The outspoken co-anchor of THE MACNEIL/LEHRER NEWSHOUR surveys his life to date, with humor and high spirits. Jim Lehrer's stories of his family's little bus company on the dusty roads of postwar Kansas, his own youthful dreams, his picaresue career as a newspaper reporter, his years in television with his best f... more »rind Robin MacNeil--all percolate with the candor and wit that are Lehrer's trademarks. His delightful journey of reminiscence will have readers thinking, chortling, and getting misty-eyed from time to time."
KISSINGER: A BIOGRAPHY by Walter Isaacson
"In 1938, when Henry Kissinger, then fifteen, fled from Nazi Germany, his family was allowed a few pieces of furniture and some pocket money. Thirteen years later Kissinger was Richard Nixon's national security adviser, a top policymaker viewed by some as brilliant and by others as dangerously devoid of moral principles. He helped Nixon open relations with China and end the war in Vietnam. His shuttle deplomacy ensured the U.S. position in the Middle East. Simultaneously, he made headlies by courting a glittering succession of beautiful women. An illuminating account of a complex, controversial figure.
THE HAPPY ISLES OF OCEANIA by Paul Theroux
The South Seas--the name alone evokes an eartly paradise of lush lands and gentle people. But when acclaimed novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux visits the South Pacific, he discovers the extraordinary world that exists behind the myths. Traveling with his collapsible kayak, Theroux glides through time and space, living with the islanders, moving over coral reefs and shimmering lagoons. In Tahiti he walks the pathway trod by Paul Gauguin; on Easter Island he explores the secrets of the great stone heads; in the Trobriands he learns exactly why they're called the Islands of Love. A witty and perceptie odyssey."
MARRYING THE HANGMAN by Sheila Weller
In the early morning hours of October 24, 1987, Diane Pikul arrived at her weekend home in Amagansett, Long Island. Moments later her husband, Joseph, a successful Wall Street stock analyst, bludgeoned and strangled her to death. Why? What chain of events brought these two people to that moment? A journalist explores the complex dynamics of the marriage, its violent end--and the shocking aftermath. Incredibly, following his arrest and release on bail, Joseph Pikul was allowed to retain custody of the coule's two young ckildren. A chilling true-crime story that raises serious questions about out legal system's approach to the family.
TRUMAN by David McCullough
"The life of Harry Truman is one of the great American stories, filled with larger-than-life people--Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin--and memorable events--the Belin airlift, the atom bomb. Best-selling author David McCullough gives a full-scale portrait of the stateman, the father, the man."
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum as told by Peter Copeland
Major Rhonda Cornum--flight surgeon, wife, and mother--was taken prisoer by the Iraquis during the Persian Gulf War. Severly wounded and vulnerable, she had to use all her training and courage to survive. The dramatic story of one brave woman on the battlefield.« less