- The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport
This fact-crammed survey of an enormous subject covers the decades after wrestling had been transformed “from a sport that acted like a show to a show that acted like a sport.”
- North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five
In 1998 their cover was blown; three months later, the FBI took action to break up the network.
- THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS: Candid Advice, Frank Talk, and True Stories for the Successful Entrepreneur
Their book covers virtually every aspect of running the show in language that isn't industry-specific, so it doesn't matter what kind of business readers want to start.
- Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
Smiley also covers King's marital problems, depression, smoking and drinking habits, musical tastes, and even his (hypothetical) internal thoughts.
- The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption
Tann operated carte blanche under corrupt mayor Edward Hull Crump from the 1920s to the '50s, employing a nefarious network of judges, attorneys, social workers and politicos, whom she sometimes bribed with â€œfreeâ€ babies; her clients included the rich, the famous and the entirely unfit
- ALL HONEST MEN: The True Story of J. Willis Newton and America's Most Successful Outlaw Gang
Although this book covers much of the same ground as The Newton Boys, the 1999 film co-written by Claude Stanush, the storytelling here has more zing.
- A TREASURY OF ROYAL SCANDALS: The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
In another royal exposé, Farquhar, a writer at the Washington Post, duplicates some of the ground covered in Karl Shaw's Royal Babylon (reviewed above), such as Peter the Great's delight in administering torture (he had his son lashed to death) and the way Britain's Que
- HOW THE SCOTS INVENTED THE MODERN WORLD: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
This is a worthwhile book for the general reader, although much of the material has been covered better elsewhere, most recently in T.M.
- SWALLOWING A BITTER PILL: How Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Is Ruining Lives—My Story
(Dec.)Forecast:This topic has been covered in the major newspapers and magazines, and with this book, Mogil's concerted focus on medication addicts should increase public consciousness of the problem.
- First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels
A landing gear collapse upon landing, the use of a captured Japanese Zero fighter for simulated aerial dogfights, and the death of one of his wartime comrades who crashed into the ground during air show acrobatics are all covered, along with the recruitment and the development of acrobatic maneuver
- ROUGH AMUSEMENTS: The True Story of A'Lelia Walker, Patroness of the Harlem Renaissance's Down-Low Culture
Also expect no major illuminations of drag-queen culture; much of the work's smoky, tragic (bordering on stereotypical) terrain has been already covered elsewhere.
- Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
With so much territory to cover, Westhoff tends to sketch rather than illustrate.
- HITLER'S JEWISH SOLDIERS: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military
(May)Forecast:A Dateline episode planned for May is just the latest attention given to Rigg's research, which has been covered in the New York Times and elsewhere.
- THE CLASSICAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE: Hear and Discover the Sounds and Stories of Forty-two Great Composers
The book comes with two CDs containing fragments of some of the works covered.
- WHERE THE BIRDS NEVER SING: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau
., this episodic WWII chronicle covers the career of the author's father, Joe Sacco (no relation to the comics artist), from his induction into the U.S.