- A SCYTHE OF FIRE: A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment
A too-brief final chapter covers the last year of the war, but most buffs will be satisfied. 8-page photo insert not seen by PW.
- Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy
Pawlak covers only three women among the 36—actress Mary Pickford, screenwriter Beth Meredyth, and actress-writer Jeanie Macpherson, who had herself imprisoned to research her 1922 Manslaughter screenplay.
- Apple Betty & Sloppy Joe: Stirring Up the Past with Family Recipes and Stories
Other commentary covers Julie's lousy singing voice, the family bus ("Red Rover") and vacations at the lake-sweet, but almost entirely irrelevant to any reader looking for background on a particular dish.
- Forged Through Fire: A Reconstructive Surgeon's Story of Survival, Faith, and Healing
In McDonough’s intense account of tragic loss and arduous recovery from burns covering nearly 70% of his body he writes openly of his fears and doubts, and recounts his own near-death experience during a surgical operation that changed his understanding of God and his own purpose.
- You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War
During the 1968 Tet Offensive, French photojournalist Catherine Leroy rode a bicycle into the Communist-occupied city of Hue and took the first pictures of North Vietnamese Army soldiers in South Vietnam (the photos appeared on the cover of Life magazine).
- AL-JAZEERA: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the West
The result is a detailed, absorbing look at the organization, the world it covers and the international media.
- Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. the Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family
Covering everything from the Tudors’ obscure beginnings, when a Welsh squire named Owen Tudor literally fell into the lap of Henry V’s widow, Catherine of Valois, and later married her, to the death of the couple’s great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth I, British historian de Lisle (The Sist
- 30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity Across Time and Space
Book-ended by a ritual â€œlion manâ€ figurine from 28,000 B.C. found in a cave in southern Germany, and an as-yet-unfinished environmental sculpture by American artist James Turrell (materials: â€œExtinct volcano and lightâ€), it also contains two time-lines, one covering
- The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
These include coded messages, a cover-up of a young boy’s death, disputes over inherited property, and possible military desertion.
- The Monkees: The Day-by-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation
Music historian Sandoval obsessively covers concerts, recordings and TV in pursuit of all Monkees trivia.
- The the Story of the Masters: Drama, Joy and Heartbreak at Golf's Most Iconic Tournament
Golf writer Barrett (Miracle at Merion) draws on his decades of experience covering the Masters in this intelligent yet perfunctory account.
- REFINED BY FIRE: A Soldier's Story of 9-11, A Family's Triumph of Love and Faith
The Birdwells relate Brian's horrific injuries and treatments in a way that might turn some stomachs (skin coming off with his wedding ring, a staph infection that covered his body with green pus).
- WHEELS ON FIRE: The Amazing Inside Story of the Daimler-Chrysler Merger
While this imbalance probably derives from the author's years of covering German business for the Financial Times, more time researching the American end of the deal would have made this account more appealing to readers in the U.S.
- The Last Folk Hero: A True Story of Race and Art, Power and Profit
If readers haven't heard of Bill Arnett, the Atlanta art collector-dealer-patron whom Dietz reports on in this book, they'll certainly have an opinion about him by the time they close its covers.
- True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age
Her essays cover a range of topics—from such somber subjects as her strained relationship with her father and her sister’s suicide to the joys and challenges of raising kids.