The Professional

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316204361
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 1st, 2013

Gladwell’s latest investigates the phenomenon of the underdog through the lens of the story of David and Goliath. Was David really at such a disadvantage in his famous brawl against the giant, or did his speed and agility give him the true upper hand? Gladwell suggests that adversity can provide people with surprising advantages in real-life situations.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594202278
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

The American public’s fear of nuclear war has been assuaged somewhat by the end of the Cold War. Schlosser, celebrated author of NYT bestseller FAST FOOD NATION, suggests that perhaps we should be more concerned about our government’s handling of its nuclear arsenal. He cites the frightening and little-known Damascus Accident and other near-catastrophes as evidence of the incompetence of those in charge.

The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204814
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2013

Even Alan Greenspan was taken aback by the severity of the 2008 financial crash, so much so that he embarked on a multi-year study of how we predict the financial future and how we can do it better. By adjusting our maps of the economy, Greenspan suggests, we can better navigate the real-world terrain that we encounter in 21st century markets.

The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123750
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

This heart-pounding minute-by-minute account of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. The narrative focuses on everyday heroes among the hotel’s staff and guests who prevented more lives from being lost in the wake of a massive gunfight, fire, and hostage situation in the hotel.

Double Down: Game Change 2012 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204401
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Published: Penguin Press - November 5th, 2013

This follow-up to GAME CHANGE, the bestselling 2008 election postmortem, reveals all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the 2012 presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This book contains plenty of juicy new revelations about the latest election that are sure to fascinate every politics buff on your list. Limited signed copies are available.

The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399160554
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Published: Blue Rider Press a Member of Penguin Group (U - October 8th, 2013

For an unparalleled all-access pass to controversies like the Clinton impeachment, Watergate, and the Unabomber trial, look no further than this real hard-boiled detective’s account of his professional life. Lenzner, one of the most powerful and respected private investigators working today, reveals his perspective on a dizzying array of his most famous high-profile cases reaching all the way back to the 1950s.

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Bleeding Edge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594204234
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

Pynchon’s latest, which was recently nominated for a National Book Award, is a techno-thriller set in 2001 New York City, just after the collapse of the dot-com bubble and just before the terrible events of September 11. Maxine Tarnow, a fraud investigator formerly concerned with small-time swindlers, stumbles upon a massive conspiracy surrounding a wildly successful computer security firm and its billionaire CEO.

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385525183
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

Baker, the senior White House correspondent for the New York Times, provides readers with one of the first comprehensive looks back at the Bush years. Love them or hate them, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney guided our country through some of its not-so-distant darkest days, and the story of their unusually close partnership is a fascinating look at two complicated leaders charged with leading a nation.

The Circle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Mae Holland, the protagonist of Eggers’ latest novel, feels like she’s won the lottery when she is hired to work for The Circle, a Google-esque company with an idyllic, sprawling campus in Silicon Valley that caters to its employees’ every desire. However, when Holland stumbles across the dark side of her powerful employer and The Circle’s plans to abolish internet privacy once and for all, she begins to wonder whether she’s so lucky after all.

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307718969
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 10th, 2013

Fink’s harrowing account of a hospital in crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina reveals how technology can fail us in an instant. When Memorial Hospital in New Orleans lost power during one of the deadliest storms in history, a skeleton staff struggled to keep its critically ill patients alive. Reports of euthanasia led to an investigation of the hospital’s handling of the crisis. Fink’s painstaking reporting helps us understand just what went wrong at Memorial and how we can avoid similar catastrophes in the future.

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