• 1933. Sollicité par le président Roosevelt, William E. Dodd accepte d'être le nouvel ambassadeur américain à Berlin. S'il n'est pas diplomate mais historien, il a un solide atout : il est germanophone. Lorsqu'il débarque en Allemagne en juillet, sa femme et ses enfants l'accompagnent. Sa fille, Martha, 24 ans, succombe vite aux charmes du nazisme et plus particulièrement à ceux de Rudolf Diels, le chef de la Gestapo. Au fil des mois, les yeux de W. E. Dodd se dessillent. Il tente d'alerter le département d'Etat américain sur la vraie nature du régime. En vain. Martha, elle, s'éprend d'un espion russe, qui la convainc de mettre ses charmes et ses talents au service de l'Union soviétique.
    Thriller politique et roman d'espionnage, Dans le jardin de la bête nous introduit dans les coulisses du pouvoir nazi, grâce aux notes personnelles de William et de Martha Dodd, mises en scène avec brio par l'auteur du Diable dans la ville blanche.

  • 1893 : à l'occasion de l'Exposition universelle de Chicago, l'architecte Daniel H. Burnham est chargé de créer une cité de rêve, la Ville blanche. Dans l'ombre du chantier, H. H. Holmes, un jeune et séduisant médecin, est en réalité l'un des tueurs en série les plus terrifiants de l'histoire du crime. Dans l'hôtel où il attire ses victimes, il a installé une chambre de torture et un four crématoire. Deux cents personnes sans doute, des femmes surtout, n'en réchapperont pas. Un document exceptionnel où l'on constatera, une fois de plus, que la réalité dépasse toujours la fiction.

  • 1er mai 1915. Le Lusitania, luxueux paquebot britannique, quitte New York pour rejoindre Liverpool. Quelque 2 000 passagers profitent des équipements modernes du « lévrier des mers ». Les eaux entourant l'Angleterre sont classées en zones de guerre, mais le capitaine du navire connaît les règles interdisant les attaques de bateaux civils. Dans son périmètre, à bord du sous-marin allemand U-20, le Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger a un objectif tout autre.
    Erik Larson nous embarque dans l'atmosphère suffocante du sous-marin, éclairant d'une lumière inédite ce naufrage qui contribua à faire entrer les États-Unis dans la Première Guerre mondiale.
      Une reconstitution historique captivante. Yetty Hagendorf, Historia.

    Larson raconte comme on filme : au plus près des événements, des acteurs et des témoins. Hautement recommandable. Jean-Christophe Buisson, Le Figaro magazine.

    Un grand plaisir de lecture. Nathalie Six, Avantages. 

  • THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ''Every time Churchill took to the airwaves it was as if he were injecting adrenaline-soaked courage directly into the British people ... Larson tells the story of how that feat was accomplished ... Fresh, fast and deeply moving.'' New York Times A STARTLING, GRIPPING PORTRAIT OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE ALIVE IN BRITAIN DURING THE BLITZ, AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE AROUND CHURCHILL. On Winston Churchill''s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, the Nazis would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons and destroying two million homes. In The Splendid and the Vile , Erik Larson gives a new and brilliantly cinematic account of how Britain''s most iconic leader set about unifying the nation at its most vulnerable moment, and teaching ''the art of being fearless.'' Drawing on once-secret intelligence reports and diaries, #1 bestselling author Larson takes readers from the shelled streets of London to Churchill''s own chambers, giving a vivid vision of true leadership, when - in the face of unrelenting horror - a leader of eloquence, strategic brilliance and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

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  • Lusitania 1915

    Erik Larson

    1er mai 1915. Tandis que la Première Guerre mondiale entame son dixième mois, le Lusitania, luxueux paquebot britannique, quitte New York pour rejoindre Liverpool. Près de 2 000 passagers profitent des équipements modernes de ce navire puissant et rapide surnommé « le lévrier des mers ». L'Allemagne a classé en zones de guerre les mers entourant l'Angleterre mais le capitaine, William Thomas Turner, connait les règles interdisant les attaques de bateaux civils. Dans le périmètre du paquebot, à bord du sous-marin allemand U-20, le Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger décide néanmoins de passer outre ces règles.
    Le 7 mai, les deux vaisseaux progressent vers Liverpool et les pièces du puzzle - notamment l'orgueil, un brouillard fortuit et un secret bien gardé - s'assemblent pour produire l'un des pires désastres de l'histoire.

    Avec un sens de l'intrigue digne des plus grands thrillers, Erik Larson nous embarque dans l'atmosphère suffocante du sous-marin, éclairant d'une lumière inédite ces faits historiques qui contribuèrent à faire entrer les États-Unis dans la Première Guerre mondiale. Nous vivons l'exaltation, la peur, la panique.
    La réalité dépasse toujours la fiction.

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the eras great transatlantic Greyhounds--the fastest liner then in service--and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot -20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwiegers U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but dont, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

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  • An account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event--architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.

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  • 1910, Londres. Un respectable médecin, Harvey Crippen, met fin à un mariage insupportable en assassinant sa femme, une flamboyante chanteuse d'opéra. Lorsque naissent les premiers soupçons, Crippen, accompagné de sa maîtresse, prend un bateau, le SS Montrose, à destination du Québec.

    Sur ses traces, un inspecteur de Scotland Yard qui, grâce à une invention toute récente de Marconi, la communication sans fil, va permettre au grand public de suivre, par médias interposés, cette incroyable poursuite en haute mer.

    Dans cet exceptionnel document historique, Erik Larson nous conte en parallèle les aventures de Marconi et du Dr Crippen - dont le destin fascina tant Alfred Hitchcock qu'il s'en inspira pour de nombreux films, en particulier Fenêtre sur cour - et nous donne un tableau saisissant des débuts du monde moderne. Captivant de la première à la dernière page, Les Passagers de la foudre passionnera autant les amateurs d'histoire que les adeptes d'enquêtes policières.

  • This is the story of the men and women whose lives were irrevocably changed by the Chicago World Fair, and of two men in particular: an architect and a serial killer. Spicing the narrative are the stories of a cast of historical characters including Buffalo Bill, Scott Joplin and Theodore Dreiser.

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  • The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.

    The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair - and his own devilish charms - to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago's infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earther, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World's Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.

    These two disparate but driven men toegther with a remarkable supporting cast of colourful characters, including as Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the dazzling spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century.

  • This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another.
    In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." In so doing, he not only illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf.That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stilness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Thunderstruck

    Erik Larson

    In 1910, Edwardian England was scandalized by a murder. It seems mild-mannered American Hawley Crippen had killed his wife, buried her remains in the cellar of their North London home and then gone on the run with his young mistress, his secretary Ethel Le Neve.

  • Anglais Dead Wake

    Erik Larson

    On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, its submarines had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    But the Lusitania's captain, William Thomas Turner, had faith in the gentlemanly terms of warfare that had, for a century, kept civilian ships safe from attack. He also knew that his ship - the fastest then in service - could outrun any threat. But Germany was intent on changing the rules, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit were tracking Schwieger's U-boat...but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way towards Liverpool, forces both grand and achingly small - hubris, a chance fog, a closely-guarded secret and more - converged to produce one of the great disasters of 20th century history.

    It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted. Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, including the US President Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war.

  • Berlin,1933. William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered academic from Chicago, has to his own and everyone else's surprise, become America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany, in a year that proves to be a turning point in history.

    Dodd and his family, notably his vivacious daughter, Martha, observe at first-hand the many changes - some subtle, some disturbing, and some horrifically violent - that signal Hitler's consolidation of power. Dodd has little choice but to associate with key figures in the Nazi party, his increasingly concerned cables make little impact on an indifferent U.S. State Department, while Martha is drawn to the Nazis and their vision of a 'New Germany' and has a succession of affairs with senior party players, including first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels.

    But as the year darkens, Dodd and his daughter find their lives transformed and any last illusion they might have about Hitler are shattered by the violence of the 'Night of the Long Knives' in the summer of 1934 that established him as supreme dictator. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the times, and with brilliant portraits of Hitler, Goebbels, Goering and Himmler amongst others, Erik Larson's new book sheds unique light on events as they unfold, resulting in an unforgettable, addictively readable work of narrative history.

  • In 1910, Edwardian England was scandalized by a murder. It seems mild-mannered American Hawley Crippen had killed his wife, buried her remains in the cellar of their North London home and then gone on the run with his young mistress, his secretary Ethel Le Neve.

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  • La splendeur et l'infamie Nouv.

    10 mai 1940. Le jour où Churchill est nommé Premier ministre, Adolf Hitler envahit les Pays-Bas et la Belgique. Au cours de l'année qui suit, l'Allemagne nazie mène contre l'Angleterre une campagne de bombardement d'une intensité inédite. Acculé, le « Vieux Lion » doit préserver à tout prix le moral de son peuple... et convaincre le président Roosevelt d'entraîner les États-Unis dans la guerre.
    Si durant cette période la vie publique de Churchill est chaotique, sa vie privée ne l'est pas moins. Son épouse et lui doivent gérer leur fille qui se rebelle contre leur autorité, et leur fils, confronté à l'adultère de sa femme.

    À partir de nombreux documents inédits (depuis les journaux intimes des principaux protagonistes jusqu'aux documents confidentiels récemment déclassifiés), Erik Larson redonne ses lettres de noblesse à la politique en nous faisant vivre une année exceptionnelle aux côtés de Churchill. Que ce soit au 10 Downing Street ou à son domicile privé, cet homme aux ressources inépuisables, toujours surprenant, fera preuve d'un leadership hors du commun qui permettra à tout un pays - et à une famille - de rester unis.

    Aussi palpitant et addictif qu'une série, La Splendeur et l'Infamie s'est classé numéro un des ventes dès sa sortie en Angleterre et aux États-Unis. Il a été élu meilleur livre de l'année par le Washington Post et Barack Obama l'a désigné parmi ses livres préférés de l'année.

    « Le genre de page-turner que l'on voudrait trouver plus souvent parmi les livres d'Histoire. Larson réussit véritablement à donner au lecteur l'impression «d'y être?, de vivre aux côtés de Churchill. » Bill Gates.

    À propos d'Erik Larson : « Larson raconte comme on filme : au plus près des événements, des acteurs et des témoins. Hautement recommandable. » Jean-Christophe Buisson, Le Figaro Pour consulter les sources de l'auteur, rendez-vous ici, et pour sa bibliographie, c'est ici.

    Rentrée littéraire 2021.

  • À New York, les inspecteurs Sam et Twitch exposent au grand jour les dossiers liant le chef Banks au serial killer Billy Kincaid et à Jason Wynn, l'ancien patron d'Al Simmons. Persuadé que Spawn/ Al Simmons se cache derrière ces révélations, Wynn prépare sa vengeance... Au même moment, Antonio Twistelli, le parrain local, refait surface et oblige Spawn à sortir de sa retraite pour vider les bas-fonds de ses pires ordures...

  • Londres, 1910. Un respectable médecin, Harvey Crippen, met fin à un mariage insupportable en assassinant sa femme, une flamboyante chanteuse d'opéra. Lorsque naissent les premiers soupçons, il prend un bateau, le SS Montrose, à destination du Québec, accompagné de sa maîtresse. Sur ses traces, un inspecteur de Scotland Yard qui, grâce à l'invention toute récente de Marconi, la communication sans fil, va permettre au grand public de suivre par médias interposés cette incroyable poursuite en haute mer. Dans cet exceptionnel document historique, Erik Larson (Le Diable dans la ville blanche, Dans le jardin de la bête) nous conte en parallèle les aventures de Marconi et du Dr Crippen - dont le destin fascina tant Alfred Hitchcock qu'il s'en inspira pour de nombreux films -, et nous offre un tableau saisissant des débuts du monde moderne.

  • Management de projet brosse un portrait de la gestion de projets fidèle aux exigences du Guide du corpus des connaissances en management de projet (Guide PMBOK) du Project Management Institute (PMI). L'ouvrage équilibre efficacement théorie et exemples contemporains afin de refléter les enjeux actuels de la pratique, d'ici et d'ailleurs. Cette 3e édition est enrichie de contenus spécifiques sur l'approche Agile de même que sur les aspects humains et éthiques de la gestion de projets.

  • #1 New York Times BestsellerFrom thebestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the LusitaniaOn May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic ';Greyhounds'the fastest liner then in serviceand her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly smallhubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and moreall converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don't, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.From the Hardcover edition.

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