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“Trail of Terror: The Story of Peggy Ann Bradnick and the Mountain Man” by Kenneth L. Peiffer, Jr.

Not being a native to Juniata County, I was not familiar with this story until I heard it mentioned. Then the book and movie came out and the book has become one of the most requested titles in recent memory. The book tells the thrilling story of a deranged loner’s week-long captivity of a high school girl in the wild Pennsylvania mountains. In “Trail of Terror,” photojournalist Kenneth L. Peiffer presents a straightforward interpretation of the crime spree of Shade Gap’s “Mountain Man” William D. Hollenbaugh. It contains more than 80 pages of photographs the author made during or immediately after the event. These illustrations not only depict the lonely places where the Mountain Man preyed upon his unsuspecting victims; they also provide the reader with a rare glimpse of 1960s culture in rural America. This reign of terror culminated in the abduction and captivity of Peggy Ann Bradnick, which kept the nation enthralled for eight days in May 1966. Peiffer tells the story as one who watched it unfold at close range. You can find this book in the New Adult Nonfiction section.

“Let Trump be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency” by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie

Did you know that all of the New York Times No. 1 best sellers this year have been about or related to president Donald J. Trump? I have never heard of a man that has prompted so many books about him and his actions while he is alive. “Let Trump be Trump” is written by Trump’s former campaign manager and offers and up close and personal view of Trump’s improbable campaign and how it overcame every single expert opinion and prediction.

The book is a combination of over-the-top praise for their candidate, nostalgic remembrances of glory days and rewarding aides they liked and score-settling with their enemies, particularly Paul Manafort, whose arrival in the campaign started the countdown clock on Mr. Lewandowski’s dismissal. But the authors are also the first Trump aides to put their names to stories about the campaign’s internal dynamics and to describe some notorious habits of Mr. Trump’s, like his preferences for lunch: He really did eat a lunch of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate shake, which he would call a “malted.”

There are aspects of Mr. Trump that will sound wholly unfamiliar to most readers. In one passage, the authors wrote that Mr. Trump — whose advisers always privately say he does not read books — loves “Memory, Dreams, Reflections,” by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst.

The authors said that as part of his preparation, for example, he learned what he needed to know from the questions he was asked in interviews with news outlets. When he hired Mr. Lewandowski, who was recommended to him at the beginning of the campaign, Mr. Trump described his chances of winning as 10 percent. In another passage, right after winning, the authors described Mr. Trump marveling that he got into the race essentially to have some fun. Neither anecdote is consistent with Mr. Trump’s insistence that he always knew he was going to win. But the authors observed that the former casino owner makes his own rules, and plays by them. You can find this book in the New Adult Nonfiction section.

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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