game change and wolf hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: Book Cover$27.00 - 30% (current best seller)

  • Read Wolf Hall and chances are you’ll end this engrossing novel wishing for more. Well, there is more, in The Lady in the Tower, which very coincidentally seems to pick up where the first ends. The setting is England in the first half of the 16th century, and Henry VIII wants a male heir, badly enough so that he is determined to annual his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him, and Thomas Cromwell is there to help the king triumph, though at what cost? When this part of the story ends, Queen Anne has been no more successful than her predecessor. The second book follows Anne through her imprisonment in the Tower of London and her terrible end,  all the while protesting her innocence. Hilary Mantel won Britain’s Man Booker Prize for fiction with Wolf Hall. The Lady in the Tower is non-fiction by Alison Weir, but the distinction hardly matters in this gripping story of politics and religion, passion and despair.

Game Change by John Heilemann: Book Cover$27.99 - 30% (current best seller)

  • It’s exactly a year since Barack Obama took office as 44th president of the United States, and though volumes have been written about the man., his meteoric rise and historic triumph, most of us know very little of the story behind the story. Until now. In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his résumé, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways? Never before has a presidential campaign been dissected quite as Heilemann and Halperin do here, and just when you though you were tired of the story, this compelling work of political journalism comes along.

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