Meet the people behind the icons, find the facts behind the legends, and discover forgotten stories you should know. These true tales turn out to be even more fascinating than the fictions that surround them. They’re almost priceless, you might say, at just $1.99 apiece for these e-books throughout November.
Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
With her distinctive humor and style, Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working on flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can produce.
On American Soil by Jack Hamann
An Italian prisoner of war was found murdered at Seattle’s Fort Lawton in 1944, and three African American soldiers were charged with first-degree murder despite the lack of any evidence. Now Hamann tells the whole story behind World War II’s largest army court-martial—a story that raises important questions about how justice is carried out when a country is at war.
Notorious Victoria by Mary Gabriel
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to address the U.S. Congress, the first to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street, and the first to run for president. She’s the woman Gloria Steinem called “the most controversial suffragist of them all.” Meet one of American history’s most unusual and fascinating women.
Boone by Robert Morgan
The story of Daniel Boone is the story of America—its ideals, its promise, its romance, and its destiny. Morgan, the bestselling and critically acclaimed author, reveals the complex character of a frontiersman whose heroic life was far stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround it.
Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin
Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. A second trial also resulted in conviction. Bloodsworth read every book on criminal law in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for then-innovative DNA testing—the evidence that vindicated him.
John Gardner by Barry Silesky
From 1973 to 1982, John Gardner was one of America’s most famous writers—and certainly its most flamboyantly opinionated. He wrote six bestsellers, picked public fights with Joseph Heller and Norman Mailer, survived what was diagnosed as terminal colon cancer, rode his motorcycle at crazy speeds, drank prodigiously, and dazzled with his charisma and genius.
Lincoln on War ed. by Harold Holzer
President Lincoln used his own weapons—his words— to fight the Civil War as brilliantly as any general who took the field. Through his own writing, from speeches to telegrams, we observe a man willing to sacrifice life and treasure and even mislead the public if it meant the preservation of an unbreakable union of states and the destruction of slavery.