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  • BN Editors 4:00 pm on 2018/09/06 Permalink
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    This Is the Day Author Tim Tebow Shares His Reading Recommendations 

    Tim Tebow is as celebrated for his faith and accessible wisdom as he is for his athletic career. A Heisman-winning quarterback turned baseball player, Tebow has lived a life defined by the Christian household his parents, former missionaries, raised him in.

    In his latest book, This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose., he takes his inspiration from the trials endured by so many of the people he has met throughout his career as a public figure. Tebow’s fans have admitted that they’ve felt stuck, unable to pursue the best version of their lives. Jumping off from his conversations with fans, and infusing his narrative with stories from his own life, the book offers encouraging advice to anyone looking to kickstart their ambitions. And the B&N Exclusive edition comes with a special extra: a set of eight full color, tear-out photo cards of Tebow, each featuring one of his inspirational quotes. The author and athlete shared with B&N some of his favorite books. Here’s what he had to say about them.

    Discover more authors’ recommended reading lists in our new Specialists experience.

    Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
    I have such vivid memories of this being one of the first books that helped me learn how to read. It is a classic that continues to be one of my favorites!

    The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, by Gary Chapman
    This book is such an insightful tool! It provides really good ways to find out how you like to give and receive love.

    Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, by Lou Giglio
    Louie is an amazing leader, Pastor and friend who unpacks the story of ‘David and Goliath’ in a super-fresh and powerful way. This book will help you experience victory in whatever challenge you are facing in life.

    Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, by Judah Smith
    Judah is not only an incredibly gifted Pastor and communicator, but also a great friend. If you are looking to unpack the Bible in a new way, you will love this book.

    How Good Is Good Enough, by Andy Stanley
    Such a quick and easy read that will encourage you that it’s not about how good you are, but about how good God is.

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  • Joel Cunningham 3:53 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink
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    Official Rules: B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog Twitter Sweepstakes 

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

    Barnes & Noble @BNSciFi Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    HOW TO ENTER: Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account and respond to any Sweepstakes offer posted by Sponsor on its Twitter page at https://twitter.com/BNSciFi by “Re-Tweeting” or otherwise responding in the manner and time period set forth in the offer (the “Entry Period”).  The “Re-Tweet” or other required response must include all information required in the offer.  Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person per Sweepstakes.   Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor.  No other entry method will be accepted.

    Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/BNSciFi and retweet the tweet promoting the sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person during the Entry Period. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. No other entry method will be accepted.

    WINNER SELECTION: Winners will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received by the end date.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.).

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/ VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be announced on Sponsor’s Twitter feed (“@BNTeens”) and notified by Direct Message on Twitter and the potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled approximately 2-3 weeks after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.

    PRIZE AND ODDS: Winners will receive prizes as specified in the entry Tweet. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.twitter.com/BNSciFi. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

    WINNERS’ NAMES: Names of winners (first name/city) may be posted on Sponsor’s Twitter account when available.

    NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties regarding any prize furnished as part of this Sweepstakes. Any prize, and all materials furnished as part of or in connection with this Sweepstakes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose.

    PRIVACY: Any information submitted to Sponsor, including all Entries will be governed by the terms of Barnes & Noble’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

    GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any entrant, Sponsor, and/or any of the Released Parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Contest.

    NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company including Twitter, Inc, or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

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  • Melissa Albert 2:40 pm on 2018/05/15 Permalink
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    Official Rules: B&N Teen Blog The Fates Divide Twitter Sweepstakes 

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

    The Barnes & Noble @BNTeens The Fates Divide Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    START/END DATES: Sweeps begins at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time (“EDT”) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and end at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 18, 2018 (the “Entry Period”).

    HOW TO ENTER: Entry does not require a payment or a purchase of any kind. To enter the Sweepstakes, an Entrant must have a Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may create one for free by visiting www.twitter.com. By submitting your information and creating an account, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy of Twitter. If you do not agree to such terms of use and privacy policy, you cannot create an account or participate in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor may not receive Entries from Twitter users with “protected” updates (i.e., Entrant has set his or her account so that only people the Entrant has approved can view his or her updates.) If Entrant is using his or her mobile device to enter charges, including message and data rates, may apply. Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans.

    Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/BNTeens and retweet the tweet promoting the sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person during the Entry Period. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. No other entry method will be accepted.

    WINNER SELECTION: Two (2) winners will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received by May 18, 2018.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.).

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/ VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be announced on Sponsor’s Twitter feed (“@BNTeens”) and notified by Direct Message on Twitter by March 22, 2018 and the potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled approximately 2-3 weeks after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.

    PRIZE AND ODDS: One (1) Winner will receive a copy of The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth. The prize has an Approximate Retail Value of $22. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.twitter.com/BNTeens. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

    WINNERS’ NAMES: Names of winners (first name/city) may be posted on Sponsor’s Twitter account when available.

    NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties regarding any prize furnished as part of this Sweepstakes. Any prize, and all materials furnished as part of or in connection with this Sweepstakes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose.

    PRIVACY: Any information submitted to Sponsor, including all Entries will be governed by the terms of Barnes & Noble’s User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

    GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any entrant, Sponsor, and/or any of the Released Parties shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of New York with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Contest.

    NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company including Twitter, Inc, or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.

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  • Jeff Somers 6:00 pm on 2018/04/16 Permalink
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    8 Books That Make Great Party Themes 

    Contrary to popular belief, bookish types love a good party. Just because we’re totally happy staying in and reading doesn’t mean we don’t also like to hit up the occasional rager or elegant dinner party. It’s just that we like our parties—like everything else—to be literary-themed. Luckily, you can’t do better for party inspiration than books. Some of the greatest parties in history never actually happened—they exist solely on the page. And that means that you can take inspiration from books to organize some really kick-butt parties. Here are eight books and series that provide the necessary ingredients for a truly memorable soirée.

    The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    IUnless your name is Gates or Zuckerberg, you can’t afford to throw a Gatsby party—but you can approximate one. Roaring ’20s-inspired fashion, copious amounts of champagne, and lively jazz music is all you’ll need, really. You can also dress for fake success with white tie and flapper garb, if you’re feeling fancy, and don’t forget a buffet table full of delicacies—the guiding principle for a Gatsby party is excess, after all. It doesn’t matter what you serve as long as it’s expensive, and there’s a ton of it. Really, if everyone wears their best cocktail attire, drinks recklessly, and dances wildly, it’s a success!

    The Secret History of Twin Peaks, by Mark Frost
    You might think of Twin Peaks as a TV show, but there’s a surprisingly large library of books associated with it, and that means you can throw a Peaks-themed party using the TV series’ style and still claim literary snob points. Black single-breasted suits, donuts, coffee, and pie, creamed corn (we must all suffer for our art), and iconic imagery from the Lodge, and you’re ready to go. Put the various soundtrack albums on and stream all 20 hours of the third season on mute in the background, and you’ll practically be able to taste the garmonbozia (which we assume tastes terrible).

    A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
    Want a feast? Go “Full Thrones.” Martin describes the various murdery feasts and weddings receptions in his books with an eye towards the food, so you can actually construct a pretty reasonable menu from the novels. Throw in some wine in goblets and you can wield a joint of meat like a scepter and plot against all of your guests. While we would recommend not planning any mass murders at your home, we’ll admit that such a move is the only way to get a perfect score on the authenticity scale.

    The Shining, by Stephen King
    This is a bit of a cheat, as it’ll be impossible not to draw most of your inspiration from the Kubrick film, but still—this is a rockin’ party just waiting to happen. Your ingredients include tuxedos and Gatsby-esque dress for all (extra points for animal masks), canned foods including tomato soup, eggs in the form of omelets, and Jack Daniels and Advocaat, which is a disgusting liqueur made from eggs.We know Jack Torrance specifies bourbon but gets served Jack Daniels, but we assume that’s part of the evil of the Overlook Hotel, so just roll with it.

    Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
    Potter-themed parties are fairly common, in part because it’s so much fun to dress up like a student at Hogwart’s and run about with a wand, and in part because there’s a lot of fun food in the books, beginning with Butterbeer and ending with literally anything you can make into a “potion.” The good news is that there’s a thriving industry producing many of the foods you read about in Potter, so your main chore will be deciding what your potions contain. We suggest alcohol.

    Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
    In other words, not just a murder mystery-themed dinner party, but a classy murder mystery-themed dinner party, with 1930s and 1940s fashions, music, and decor. Staging one of those mystery parties during which everyone is assigned a role, one of you is the murderer, and everyone else must try to figure it out—or die trying—is even better with a Christie theme. This is especially true because Christie’s books are absolutely peppered with references to meals, making it easy to construct a menu that features anything from boiled beef to kippers to scones. If you want to keep it simple, just pilfer the menu described in Murder on the Orient Express: omelets, soup (unspecified), cream cheese, chicken cooked without sauce, boiled fish, cereal, and biscuits.

    I, Claudius, by Robert Graves
    Who’s up for a toga party? The answer is everyone. While Graves’ novels are short on food specifics, you can assume a few things: Wine, grapes, and the poisoned mushroom dish that ultimately kills Emperor Claudius. Of course, you don’t have to make the mushrooms poisonous, and honestly it probably doesn’t matter much what you serve, as long as there’s wine and everyone is wearing togas. Just don’t be the only one wearing a toga, or you’ll wish for poisoned mushrooms.

    Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
    Finally, it’s easy to forget that Fleming wasn’t just a skilled writer of spy thrillers, he was an inveterate snob who loved good wine, good food, and high living—all of which made it into his books in the details. Naturally, you’ll be serving Martinis at this party, but you can also craft a spectacular menu simply by taking notes while you read: crabs on buttered toast, smoked salmon and Brizzola—and of course, scrambled eggs, which Bond refers to so often in the books, they are quite clearly his favorite food.

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  • Jeff Somers 5:00 pm on 2018/04/02 Permalink
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    The Best New History Books of April 2018 

    The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, by Timothy Snyder
    Snyder offers a sobering look at the rise of authoritarian leaders abroad as well as in our own country, tracing the origins of Vladimir Putin’s political philosophy to an early-20th century Russian political thinker who predicted fascism as the future of government all over the world and then tracing the parallels between Putin’s rise to power and Donald Trump’s. Snyder takes the reader through recent events like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and shows how they presaged the election meddling in the 2016 election and the actions of the current president. Alarming and insightful, Snyder’s analysis of how “alternative facts” and fake news have helped Putin solidify his hold on power will be chilling.

    Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation, by John Sedgwick
    The story of Native Americans in this country is as varied as the number of different tribes and nations, each with its own history and cast of characters as varied and complex as any country. Sedgwick explores the story of the Cherokee, once one of the most stable and advanced of all the tribes, and the two men who defined it in its final years. He Who Walks on Mountains, a.k.a. The Ridge, and John Ross, half-Cherokee, half-Scottish, were once united in their leadership of the Cherokee Nation. But when gold was discovered in Georgia and the Cherokee were ordered to evacuate (leading to the Trail of Tears) the two men fell on opposite sides of the issue, with Ross determined to fight and The Ridge determined to get the best deal out of what he viewed as the inevitable. The two men found themselves fighting on opposite sides during the Civil War, and Sedgwick finds the humanity behind the history in this dramatic tale.

    Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, by Amy Chozick
    For many, Hillary Clinton is divisive—but for many women she’s also a symbol, and never more so then when she failed to crack the glass ceiling and become the first woman president. Chozick smartly interpolates her journalism with her own personal story, offering a bracingly intimate view of Hillary’s campaign from the view of someone who was in the room each step of the way, combined with her own response to Hillary’s near-miss. Chozick faces the decisions that only women have to face—decisions regarding starting a family, freezing her eggs, and how any number of personal decisions will affect her career in ways men simply don’t have to consider—and explores how Clinton handled similar dilemmas as she rose to the top tier of politicians in this country. There’s little doubt that the 2016 campaign will be one of the most-analyzed in history, and Chozick gets out in front with a perspective that’s sorely needed in today’s world.

    God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, by Lawrence Wright
    Wright, a Texas resident for many years, explores the fascinating contradictions and complexities of the Lone Star state in this complex and challenging book. Texas has had a huge influence on the rest of the country, providing several modern presidents, and remains a state that values smaller government and individual freedoms. The result is a part of the country often considered a conservative bastion while also being a place where the weirdness of Austin can thrive, a state that is often surprisingly liberal despite its deep red reputation. As someone who live sin and has clear affection for Texas, Wright doesn’t shy away from what he sees as its flaws, but the book serves to make the appeal and importance of this state clear.

    President Carter: The White House Years, by Stuart E. Eizenstat
    Elected in the wake of Watergate, Jimmy Carter was a fascinating choice for president, a man who disdained politics and who refused to play the game as he saw it. His administration will be one of the most-studied in years to come as he’s reassessed, his surprising number of positive accomplishments separated from the unmitigated failures of the Iran hostage crisis and his economic policies. Eizenstat, who served as one of Carter’s chief advisors, doesn’t simply rely on his own memory to offer this detailed accounting of the Carter presidency. He also conducts detailed interviews, deep research, and offers an honest assessment of the mistakes Carter made and his failings as a leader. Carter may never be known as one of the most successful presidents, but Eizenstat makes the argument that he was more effective than many remember, and that his time in the White House was more influential than suspected.

    Rocket Men, by Robert Kurson

    In 1961, President Kennedy pledged that America would send astronauts to the moon, kicking off the Space Race of the 1960s. By 1968, however, America was seen to be lagging far behind the Soviet Union, which announced a moon flyby that year. NASA quickly altered the mission for Apollo 8 and declared it would orbit the moon by end of the year, sending the agency into overdrive as it prepared. Kurson does more than just recount then facts of the remarkable effort that resulted in Apollo 8’s journey, he also manages to convey the giddy excitement and unsettling social change that surrounded and in part fueled the mission. As a reminder that this country once looked to the stars with excitement and a sense of infinite possibility, the book is a jolt of excitement that doubles as a detailed history of one of mankind’s greatest achievements.

    Hunting El Chapo, by Andrew Hogan and Douglas Century
    Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán-Loera—better known as El Chapo—was one of the richest and most dangerous criminals in the world. Andrew Hogan was a green DEA agent assigned to Arizona. What unfolds between them is like a classic western, paralleling classic stories of dogged law enforcement like Eliot Ness and Wyatt Earp, as Hogan spends years of his life tracking and building a case against El Chapo, culminating in an ambitious plot to infiltrate the criminal’s empire and apprehend him despite his money, power, and the myth that surrounded him. The end result is the story of one of the most complicated and thrilling takedowns in the history of law enforcement.

    Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
    Considering how important they were in shaping the modern age, the Osage Indian murders of the 1920s are remarkably little-known today. When the Nation became incredibly wealthy after oil was discovered on their land, more than 20 of its members of were murdered between 1921 and 1926. As public outrage grew, the federal government was pressured into putting the obscure Bureau of Investigation, led by a young Herbert Hoover, in charge of the case. Hoover used the notoriety of these awful crimes to establish what would soon be known as the FBI as the nation’s preeminent investigative body, and himself as its all-powerful chief. Grann, of The Lost City of Z fame, does a marvelous job catching you up on vital history that’s been nearly forgotten.

    The American Spirit, by David McCullough
    McCullough is one of the most celebrated historians in American history. He has written absorbing accounts of the Wright Brothers, John Adams, and the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge—winning two Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards along the way. A thinker like that naturally makes a lot of speeches in front of a lot of audiences, and he compiles here some of his best—speeches made before Congress, before academic audiences, before groups of fellow historians. This is stirring stuff, the sort of of clear-eyed, patriotic, smart rhetoric we need more of in these divisive and confusing times. McCullough brings a calm authority to his words, equal parts comforting and energizing. It is an ideal book to read if your faith in our institutions is fading.

    The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior, by Robert O’Neill
    History by scholars is one thing, but history written by the people who make is something else—something more visceral and exciting. O’Neill, who served as a Navy SEAL for 16 years, tells his stories, including his participation in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. O’Neill offers a glimpse of his childhood, details the difficult training he underwent for the SEALS, and let’s you follow along as he and his fellow soldiers clear buildings one door at a time in Afghanistan. O’Neill doesn’t sugarcoat or bend the facts, and he tackles the backlash he received when he was seen by his peers as profiting from his service. In the end, though, we need books like this so we know the truth behind the headlines.

    The post The Best New History Books of April 2018 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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