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Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures

Ernest Hemingway's reputation was already larger than life. Little did we know he had a secret life even more interesting than his public persona suggested. Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 tells the tale of Hemingway's involvement with pre-KGB Soviet agents and his dealings with other intelligence agencies at home and abroad. Penned by former CIA officer and historian Nicholas Reynolds, it ties these adventures and developments back to his literary work, explaining how one influenced the other. Impeccably researched, it's a solid read for anyone who has a soft spot for history, intrigue, and flawed heroes.

  • Portraits of Courage

    No matter where you land on the political spectrum, it's tough not to admire a project like Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors. The book is a collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush which honors the sacrifice and courage of America's military veterans. Sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural of veterans who have served since 9/11 are featured, many of whom were sent to war as a result of Bush's orders — and many of whom he has come to know personally. President Bush will donate author proceeds to a non-profit organization that works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life.

  • Wood

    From William Hall, the author of Concrete and Brick, comes the aptly titled Wood, a look at the world's most celebrated timber architecture. Featuring 170 structures from the last 1,000 years, Wood is organized into themes like Texture, Light, and Juxtaposition. The latter of which is arranged to promote comparison and discussion, taking readers on a global tour of different projects — like an onion-domed Russian church that sits next to a fortified Japanese castle. Each project is highlighted with outstanding photography and an extended caption for commentary about each structure. Hall provides an original look at one of the most versatile and storied building materials on earth.