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Surviving James Dean
by William Bast

William Bast met James Dean at UCLA in 1950 and roomed with him there and in New York. Later, they met up again in Hollywood where Dean was filming East of Eden and remained friends until Dean's death in September 1955. A talented screenwriter, Bast has drawn a vivid portrait of his gifted, driven friend who was willing to do--and did--whatever it took to achieve fame. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title

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The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather
by Lionel Rolfe

H.L. Mencken once complained that Willa Cather's novels were not always appreciated because she wrote about plain Americans rather than bogus aristocrats or Jazz Age flappers. Today her books outsell Hemingway. Lionel Rolfe has written a portrait of his family's friendship with the great writer during her years in New York and Paris. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.

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James Dean Story

The James Dean Story
by Ronald Martinetti

"In this biography of James Dean, Ron Martinetti has turned in the permanent, the definitive job... For people who like to read about the die-young set--a very big set in these days in the rock and roll world... Dean's story as told by Martinetti is the winner. We have been living through a strange period...Maybe it all began with Dean. In this book, in a way, you are 'going down' with Jimmy." --Earl Conrad

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James Dean Story

James Dean: At Speed
by Lee Raskin

Lee Raskin is one of the leading second generation Dean scholars, along with Warren Beath and Val Holley. Raskin, who is a Porsche authority, has unearthed an amazing array of rare Dean photos and other unusual items dealing with James Dean's racing career and three great movies. Every copy is personally autographed by the author. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.


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Running Scared
by John L. Smith

Controversial, colorful, driven. These adjectives--and more--have been applied to Steve Wynn, the man who reinvented Las Vegas. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.

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Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas
by John L. Smith

A very entertaining history of Las Vegas' leading citizens, past and present, by top Nevada investigative journalist John L. Smith. The book includes the good (and bad) times of Ben Siegel, Howard Hughes, Johnny Rosselli, Benny Binion, Bill Harrah, Steve Wynn, and corporate raider, Carl Icahn, among others.

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Literary LA
by Lionel Rolfe

New York lays claim to the title literary capital of the world, but L.A.'s bright lights and futuristic atmosphere have attracted Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Malcolm Lowry, Oscar Zeta Acosta, and (of course) Charles Bukowski, among others. Lionel Rolfe, a biographer and journalist, has woven together an engaging and scholarly portrait of the city's famous literary colony. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.

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Women of the Beat Generation
edited by Brenda Knight

This anthology contains biographical studies and contributions by women who were too long in the shadows of others. The contributors include Carolyn Cassady, Joyce Johnson, Edie Parker Kerouac, Joan Vollmer Burroughs, Hettie Jones, Joanna McClure, and others.The book is brilliantly edited and annotated by Brenda Knight, a San Francisco Beat scholar.

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The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter
by Paul R. Kavieff

In 1930 when the crime families of New York decided to set up an enforcement wing, they selected Louis Buchalter to head the operation. A former loan shark and strike breaker, Lepke--Little Louis--was the right man for the job. He and his henchmen were soon dubbed by the press Murder, Inc., and carried out an estimated 1,000 hits for the mob until D.A. Tom Dewey drove Lepke off the streets and then a forgotten Brooklyn prosecutor, Burton Turkus, sent Buchalter and two of his torpedoes to the chair in 1944. Author Paul R. Kavieff chillingly re-creates the life and times of the man whom J. Edgar Hoover called "Public Enemy No. 1." An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.

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The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents
by William A. DeGregorio

There are many books on U.S. Presidents, but none as informative, comprehensive, and fascinating as William A. DeGregorio's The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Now in its sixth edition, this single volume (300,000 word) encyclopedia contains entries on the background, education, achievements and scandals of all 34 chief executives. Included are an array of little known facts (staid Martin Van Buren enjoyed betting on elections, Warren Harding trysted with his mistress in his White House office) that make the work entertaining as well as scholarly.

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Roosevelt and the Holocaust
by Robert L. Beir with Brian Josepher

Robert L. Beir is a long time Franklin Roosevelt scholar who has written an engrossing and disturbing book on Roosevelt and his administration's indifference to the Nazi persecution of European Jews. While Roosevelt focused on winning the war against Germany, his cabinet led by an ineffectual Secretary of State, and an openly anti-Semitic Assistant Secretary of State--Breckinridge Long--ignored the plight of German Jews and blocked refuges from entering America. Written in collaboration with Brian Josepher, this book throws new light on the haunting subject of the Holocaust. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.


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Heaven & Hell to Play With
(The Filming of Night of the Hunter)
by Preston Neal Jones


Preston Neal Jones spent years tracking down and interviewing many of the principals who made The Night of the Hunter, the 1955 movie that has long been a favorite of serious students of film. Among others, Jones interviewed actors Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish, author Davis Grubb, whose first novel the film was based upon, and Paul Gregory, the brilliant Broadway producer who turned to film. In addition, Jones painstakingly collected photographs and other rare items that he used to weave together this brilliant narrative study that has become a classic in the literature on how films are made. An American Legends SuperStore Savings title.

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Surviving Mae West
by Priscilla Rodd

The heroine of Priscilla Rodd's first novel comes from a good family in West Virginia, struggles with day to day life in New York City, wants to fall in love, and is deeply sensitive to the world around her. The only real problem is her job: she's a prostitute. American Legends is proud to offer this outstanding debut novel.

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