- THE LAST ESCAPE: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944–1945
While offering little in the way of new information, and failing to cover fully the complete spectrum of prison camps and prisoner nationalities, the authors provide a compelling account of the ways, means and effects of mass imprisonment during the last terrible century.
- The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book stories: From Crumb to Clowes
Callahan purports to cover the scope of comics from the last 40 or so years, but leaves out hugely influential figures in contemporary comics, including Mark Beyer, Aline Kominsky, Julie Doucet, Phoebe Gloeckner (there's a severe dearth of female cartoonists), Howard Chaykin, Chester Brown
- INSIDE DELTA FORCE: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
Haney, a founding member of Delta Force who retired a command sergeant major, was a career army man, having served in the elite Rangers; his memoir covers his experiences during the formation and early operations of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta.
- A DEATH IN TEXAS: A Story of Race, Murder, and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption
., is the first book on this nationally reported incident and a fine piece of journalistic reporting, covering the prosecution of Byrd's killers and the social and political aftermath for Jasper.
- Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It
She explains how the plague spread, covers the various speculations about its causes and origins and gives an account of the search to retrieve a specimen of the virus strain once genetic science had advanced enough to unravel the virus's mysteries.
- SPY: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
By contextualizing Hanssen and providing an insider's account of the hunt that finally apprehended him, Wise covers aspects of the case that have been largely neglected to date.
- The Risks of Sunbathing Topless: And Other Funny Stories from the Road
And journalist Hannah Bloch's remembrance of spending New Year's Eve 1999 covering a hostage situation in Afghanistan-where she enjoyed "a happy and unlikely reunion with reporter friends made possible by the Taliban and a rotten gang of terrorists"-provides an engrossing, backstage look at the
- MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Stories and Recipes from Polizzi Generosa
Essays cover topics such as the making of ricotta (eaten while still warm) and the Sicilian tradition of family nicknames, many of them vulgar, some derived from long-forgotten events.
- THE SAINT, THE SURFER AND THE CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires
Still, when he wakes up in a hospital covered in bruises, he's certain it's all happening for a reason.
- A Hole in the World: An Unfolding Story of War, Protest and the New American Order
The selections, which are arranged chronologically, cover the period from the terrorist attacks to March 2004, and the author's tone correspondingly shifts from shell-shocked foreboding ("we seem to be gliding in a glassy calm toward a multitude of horrors") to increasingly exasperated denunciat
- Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy
The book covers familiar terrain, and the authors eagerly embrace venerable sports clichés of manly fortitude and undaunted heroism.
- Alabaster Doves: True Stories of Women Whose Lives Were Characterized by Strength and Gentleness
Nonetheless, one may find oneself craving more depth and regretting that only the surface has been covered.
- Walking the Bible (Children's Edition): An Illustrated Journey for Kids Through the Greatest Stories Ever Told
The author's photographs as well as Meret's line illustrations cover the sites of his route and maps as well as swirling, fantasy-influenced images of desert travelers surrounding Old Testament passages.
- Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth
This allegedly true tale of government secrecy reads like the entire story arc of the X-Files.
- FLOATING OFF THE PAGE: The Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal's "Middle Column"
Wells, a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal, has put together a terrific collection of the most memorable stories from the off-beat front-page column that covers singular topics like toad-licking and the Miss Agriculture pageant, and leads with irresistible opening lines like "First,