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The Lovin' Spoonful Greatest Hits

The Lovin’ Spoonful were among the first American groups to challenge the domination of the British Invasion bands in the mid-60s. Between 1965 and the end of 1967, the group was astonishingly successful, issuing one classic hit single after another.

Synchronicity (Remastered) / The Police

On their fifth and final studio album, The Police stretch far beyond the punchy New Wave that made their name. This contains some of the band’s most successful hits, including “Every Breath You Take,” “King of Pain” and “Wrapped Around Your Finger.”

Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver

Driving a cab for more than 30 years, Gene Salomon has a remarkable collection of stories to share — and he does. His passengers are mobsters, hookers, the rich and famous, down and outs, young lovers, tourists, lifetime New Yorkers and others with no particular place to go.

The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

In this captivating work, author Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, from the postwar political tensions that created a divided Berlin to the internal and external pressures that brought the Wall down.

The Colonel and Little Missie

Larry McMurtry explores the lives, the legends and above all the truth about two larger-than-life American figures. With his Wild West show, Buffalo Bill helped invent the image of the West that still exists today — cowboys and Indians, rodeo, rough rides, sheriffs and outlaws, trick shooting, Stetsons, and buckskin. The short, slight Annie Oakley spent 16 years with Wild West, where she entertained Queen Victoria, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria and Kaiser Wilhelm II, among others.

Rear Window

Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, “Rear Window” is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two Hollywood greats. When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. Co-starring Grace Kelly.