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When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they sent virtually the entire Jewish population to Auschwitz. A Jew and a medical doctor, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death for a grimmer fate: to perform “scientific research” on his fellow inmates under the supervision of the infamous “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was named Mengele’s personal research pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to give this terrifying and sobering account.

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The dramatic first-­person account of life inside an ultra-­fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-­two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn’s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-­Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband’s psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn’s every move was dictated by her husband’s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she . . .

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With her trademark humour, Fran tells of her indefatigable search for answers and the cancer diagnosis that she ultimately beat. But not before a goldmine of humorous insights were revealed to her about what really matters most in life.

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During the mid 1980s Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and owned 25 companies throughout the world. Whether bars, recording studios, or offshore banks, all were money laundering vehicles serving the core activity: dope dealing. Marks began to deal small amounts of hashish while doing a postgraduate philosophy course at Oxford, but soon he was moving much larger quantities. At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to 50 tons from Pakistan and Thailand to America and Canada and had contact with organizations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA, and the Mafia. This is his extraordinary story.

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Pocos políticos del siglo XX siguen despertando todavía la fascinación que suscita Winston Churchill. Y pocos escritores parecen tan predestinados a escribir sobre él como el alemán Sebastian Haffner, quien escogió precisamente la patria de Churchill para vivir en ella su prolongado exilio político de 1938 a 1954. Haffner, testigo privilegiado de la época, es capaz de desvelar mejor que nadie los factores que convirtieron a Churchill, el gran estadista de su país de adopción, en la némesis implacable de Hitler, el mítico dictador que había sido el causante de su exilio. Sin embargo, en su biografía Haffner no se limita a explicar, con admirable claridad y precisión, las claves del descomunal duelo de titanes que daría forma a la nueva Europa, sino que también emplea su brillante, irónico y accesible estilo para seguir uno a uno los pasos que, además, permiten que también recordemos a Churchill como un osado aventurero, un mordaz crítico militar e incluso un escritor cuya talla . . .

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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-­minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a . . .

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'Will surprise, entertain, and allow fans and newcomers to enter the comic's uniquely brilliant world' 'Raucously funny and superbly written' 'Hilarious' 'A great read. My only criticism is it ended too soon' 'A fascinating read' 'Brilliantly written' 'Fascinating stuff' 'Uproariously great' Famous comedian, funniest judge on, irresistible ladykiller and high-­achieving sportsman, David Walliams is a man of many talents. Launched to fame with the record-­breaking, his characters - Lou, Florence, Emily, amongst others - became embedded in our shared popular culture. You couldn't enter a playground for a long while without hearing "eh, eh, eh" or "computer says no". Yet Walliams is a mystery. Often described as a bundle of contradictions, he is disarming and enigmatic, playing up his campness one minute and hinting about his depression the next. To read is to be truly shocked, as well as tickled pink, as David Walliams bares his soul like never before and reveals a fascinating and . . .

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THIS TIME TOGETHER is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irreverent, and irresistible.   Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-­five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-­year run. Now, in This Time Together , Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.   In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-­rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wind” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol – the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; . . .

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A sharp, funny, and heartfelt memoir about fatherhood and the ups and downs of raising a family in modern America No one writes about family quite like Drew Magary. The GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist’s stories about trying to raise a family have attracted millions of readers online. And now he’s finally bringing that unique voice to a memoir. In Someone Could Get Hurt, he reflects on his own parenting experiences to explore the anxiety, rationalizations, compromises, and overpowering love that come with raising children in contemporary America. In brutally honest and funny stories, Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads (getting drunk while trick-­or-­treating, watching helplessly as a child defiantly pees in a hotel pool, engaging in role-­play with a princess-­crazed daughter), and how stepping back can sometimes make all the difference (talking a toddler down from the third story of a netted-­in playhouse, allowing children to . . .

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“I EITHER WRITE THE BOOK OR SELL THE JEWELS,­” Ava Gardner told her coauthor, Peter Evans, “and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.­” So began the collaboration that led to this remarkably candid, wickedly sardonic memoir. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood’s great stars during the 1940s and 1950s, an Oscar-­nominated lead­ing lady who co-­starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. Her films included Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, and On the Beach. But her life off the screen was every bit as fabulous as her film roles. Born poor in rural North Carolina, Gardner was given a Hollywood tryout thanks to a stunning photo of her displayed in a shop window. Not long after arriving in Hollywood, she caught the eye of Mickey Rooney, then America’s #1 box-­office draw. Rooney was a womanizer so notorious that even his mother warned Gardner about him. They married, but the marriage lasted only a year (“my shortest husband and my . . .

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