Thursday, June 6, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT 
by Rick Atkinson


The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson’s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson’s accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.

http://us.macmillan.com/thegunsatlast...


Paperback:
OUTLIERS 
by Malcolm Gladwell


There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

Ebook:
ELEVEN RINGS 
by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.

This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.

In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he:
Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship—six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover:
  1. ELEVEN RINGS, by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
  2. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
  3. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
  4. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
  5. THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT, by Rick Atkinson
Paperback:
  1. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
  2. CONTROL, by Glenn Beck and others
  3. WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
  4. QUIET, by Susan Cain
  5. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Ebook:
  1. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
  2. ELEVEN RINGS, by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
  3. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
  4. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
  5. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
Disclaimer: Lists comes from NYTimes.com, all blurbs come from Goodreads.com

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