New books from Bill Rancic, Steve Twomey and David. J. Barron


Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

▪ First Light, by Bill Rancic (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $26) — Rancic, best known as the first winner of The Apprentice and author of the bestseller You’re Hired: How To Succeed in Business and Life, makes his fiction debut. On a road trip from Chicago to the Yukon Territory, Kerry and Daniel tell their son about how they survived a horrible plane crash in a snowstorm 10 years ago. Rancic says he pulled from his own experiences to tell the story of “love, survival and hope.”

▪ Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack, by Steve Twomey (Simon & Schuster, $30) — The former reporter commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by examining the 12 days leading up to Dec. 7, 1941. While intelligence reports had Washington on edge about increased Japanese activity, miscommunication and missteps came together to leave an unprepared Pearl Harbor open to the devastating raid.

▪ Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS, by David J. Barron (Simon & Schuster, $30) — The author, a judge and law professor, analyzes presidents, Congress and waging war. Barron offers as examples commanders-in-chief from George Washington to Barack Obama and conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Despite the Constitution’s checks and balances, the presidents have often won that tug-of-war.

Celeste Williams

Meet the author

Author Kati Marton will talk about intrigue in the Stalin era and sign her new book, True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the World Affairs Council program at the Crescent Club, 200 Crescent Court, Dallas. For ticket information, contact or call 214-965-8400.