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Stephen King: Guns

Stephen KingStephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide best sellers, including 11/22/63 and Under the Dome. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Guns is his second work of nonfiction.

Anil Ananthaswamy: Do No Harm

Anil AnanthaswamyAnil Ananthaswamy is a science writer focused on physics, neuroscience and climate change, and a correspondent for New Scientist. His next book, tentatively titled Maladies of the Self, is about the neuroscience of our sense of self.

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Kindle Singles is here to offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform. Our writers take you places you can't get to any other way, on journeys of fact and fiction that share these common threads: they're the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present.
Kindle Single Meet Clay, a Brooklyn performance artist who is sick of being broke. Sporting a row of stitches from his last show, and severely in debt to both family and girlfriend, he decides to do the unthinkable: get a straight job. The Beginning of the End of the Beginning is a bittersweet romp through the innocence of 1999 New York City, a time when heartbreak was still heartbreak and broke was still broke, but the city itself felt unsinkable.

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Kindle Single Ten years before the current Ebola outbreak incited panic across the globe, a highly infectious, unidentified Ebola-like virus swept through northern Angola, killing hundreds within a matter of months. At 23, Peter Apps was just starting out as a foreign correspondent when Reuters sent him into the heart of the hot zone to get the story. In "Before Ebola: Dispatches from a Deadly Outbreak" Apps recalls in vivid, unflinching detail the horrors of the 2005 Marburg outbreak, and how a terrified young man came of age in a time of unimaginable crisis.

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Kindle Single The riveting story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into Canada's Arctic tundra—polar bear country—and came back with a tale of terror. The hikers’ harrowing encounter with a polar bear is a result of the Arctic meltdown, an advanced symptom of man-made climate change that has large-scale consequences for everyone, everywhere.

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Kindle Single In 2000, Heather Abel was diagnosed with the worst case her doctors had ever seen of a rare disease called celiac. At first, this diagnosis – and its requirement of a gluten-free diet – seemed like the answer to a lifetime of strange symptoms. But even on the diet, Abel still didn’t feel well. In this powerful and wide-ranging story, Abel grapples with the question that confronts us all: how to live calmly, even joyfully, in the face of uncertainty.

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Kindle Single What does it mean to kill for your country? How do you learn how to do it? What does it feel like in the moment? Once the killing starts, how do you control it? And what happens when you kill the wrong person, or don’t kill someone you wish you had -- or look back, years later, at the people you killed? A former Iraq war correspondent reconnects with two Marines and other veterans he met in Iraq, and explores with them the act of killing in combat.

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Kindle Single From the author of the best-selling Mayflower comes a remarkable account of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. When the Spaniard set sail in 1492, he was expecting to find a westward shortcut to China--but landed in America instead. In the aftermath, Columbus found himself navigating not merely the Atlantic, but the treacherous politics of the Spanish court. A fascinating story of the man who changed history by mistake.

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Kindle Single On the morning of December 19, 1948, Philadelphia awoke to the hope of a first-ever NFL championship for its long-suffering Eagles – and the first flakes of a raging blizzard. Give It To Steve! follows the unlikely odyssey of superstar running back Steve Van Buren – whose slashing style revolutionized pro football --and tells the remarkable story of how pro football's "Greatest Generation" of blue-collar, combat-hardened Everymen pulled off the game of the century.

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Kindle Single Two registered sex offenders had come to live in the small Connecticut town Gary Greenberg had called home for thirty years--and his fellow citizens, terrified and enraged, had come out to pin the blame on him. In this riveting memoir about a modern-day witch hunt, Greenberg recounts with acerbic wit what it's like to be the target of an entire town's wrath.

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Kindle Single Mike Tyson, the ex-heavyweight champion, author, actor and Broadway star, comes clean about his tumultuous past, the difficulties of writing a memoir (and what he left out), and why it can be so hard to stay out of trouble. Tyson, whose book "Undisputed Truth" recently came out in paperback, opens up about meeting his father for the first time, being present for his own kids, and why Lance Armstrong has it even worse than he does.

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Kindle Single Four years after his father died a hero's death fighting a fire, Tim Ginocchetti was behind bars for killing his mother. How one tragedy led to another is a true story about the bullying of a gay teen--but in this case, the bully was the teen's own mother. Through a heartbreaking true-crime narrative, God's Nobodies teaches profound lessons about tolerance and the human spirit's yearning for independence.

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Kindle Single In this hilariously personal essay, Jonathan Black explores one of life's great vexations: Waiting. From doctor's offices to bad traffic, supermarket queues to college admissions limbo, Black reveals the secret truths behind everyday hold-ups and uncovers some remarkably simple solutions for avoiding them. Part journalism, part memoir, "The Doctor Will See You Shortly" takes readers on an informative and time-saving journey to find out why we wait and what we can do to get our lives back.

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Kindle Single A once-aspiring actress who never quite got over her dreams of Broadway stardom, Rachel Shukert made a name for herself with her widely circulated and uproariously funny recaps of NBC's television show Smash, and before long, found herself at the center of the backstage drama behind the backstage drama that captivated America.

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Kindle Single In the first detailed examination of the relationship between Firestone and Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, this ProPublica/Frontline investigation lays bare the role of a global corporation in a brutal African conflict.

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Kindle Single The 1960s were marked by social and cultural revolution, but colossal changes were also occurring in science. Writer Tim Radford explores the "hidden revolution": how little-known advances in plate tectonics, cosmology (proof of the Big Bang), satellite communications, and the development of smallpox vaccines transformed the world, and our understanding of it.

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Kindle Single In the mid-Sixties, the James Bond films became a global phenomenon as the world thrilled to their spectacular action sequences and cool gadgets. But the films nearly went in a very different direction, with a much darker treatment of Ian Fleming’s first novel by Hollywood’s most acclaimed screenwriter. In this short e-book, journalist and spy novelist Jeremy Duns unearths Ben Hecht’s lost drafts of Casino Royale and examines what could have been.

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Kindle Single Viewed today as the father of Artificial Intelligence, Alan Turing was a legendary computing pioneer, and instrumental in the Bletchley Park decoding efforts that helped the Allies win the War. A shy and private man, he was nonetheless openly homosexual in an age when its practice was illegal--and he paid for this candor with his life. A fascinating portrait of the man behind the myth.

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