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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Pdf:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood."Comedian Trevor Noah's stories of growing up in South Africa are vivid, sometimes harrowing, and often laugh-out-loud funny. The bonus of audio is that listeners get to hear Noah tell these stories in his South African-accented English, as well as hear him speak snippets of various other South African languages.... Noah's narration offers insights and intimacy, and as he gives voice to his mother, his friends, and his younger self, listeners are invited in to glimpse his world. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (AudioFile magazine)Highest-rated new book of 2016 by Audible customers Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Celebrity Memoirs Trevor Noah, one of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars and host of The Daily Show, tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. In this Audible Studios production, Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives. "Nelson Mandela once said, 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.' He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else's language, even if it's just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, 'I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.'" (Trevor Noah) Attuned to the power of language at a young age - as a means of acceptance and influence in a country divided, then subdivided, into groups at odds with one another - Noah's raw, personal journey becomes something extraordinary in audio: a true testament to the power of storytelling. With brutal honesty and piercing wit, he forgoes an ordinary reading and, instead, delivers something more intimate, sharing his story with the openness and candor of a close friend. His chameleon-like ability to mimic accents and dialects, to shift effortlessly between languages including English, Xhosa, and Zulu, and to embody characters throughout his childhood - his mother, his gran, his schoolmates, first crushes and infatuations - brings each memory to life in vivid detail. Hearing him directly, you're reminded of the gift inherent in telling one's story and having it heard; of connecting with another, and seeing them as a human being. The stories Noah tells are by turns hilarious, bizarre, tender, dark, and poignant - subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty, making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world, thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit, thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, and more. 

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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

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Pdf:Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.About the Author Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all while advocating for America’s veterans for nearly forty years.  For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the US Army, and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy, was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point, given to a civilian 'whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy.' He's also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for 'exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. ' Read more

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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Pdf Biographies Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Pdf:Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling. "The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." (Clint Eastwood) As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose - or so it seemed. Within a few years, Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump. The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half-million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

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Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Pdf Biographies Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service

Pdf:Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.New York Times Bestseller: The moving, entertaining, never-before-told story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten."The book is called Grateful American, and I promise you after you read it you will be grateful for what Gary has accomplished and contributed to our country." -- Clint EastwoodAs a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock 'n' roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose--or so it seemed. Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary's career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award–winning Forrest Gump.The military community's embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary's realization that America's defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary's mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

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Bossypants

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Pdf:Bossypants.Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both of those dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks

Pdf Biographies Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks

Pdf:Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks.Dave Baranek (callsign "Bio") was one of 451 young men to receive his Wings of Gold in 1980 as a naval flight officer. Four years later, seasoned by intense training and deployments in the tense confrontations of the cold war, he became the only one of that initial group to rise to become an instructor at the navy's elite Fighter Weapons School. As a Topgun instructor, Bio was responsible for teaching the best fighter pilots of the Navy and Marine Corps how to be even better. He schooled them in the classroom and then went head-to-head with them in the skies.Then, in August 1985, Bio was assigned to combine his day-to-day flight duties with participation in a Pentagon-blessed project to film action footage for a major Hollywood movie focusing on the lives, loves, heartbreaks, and triumphs of young fighter pilots: Top Gun.Bio soon found himself riding in limousines to attend gala premieres, and being singled out by giggling teenagers and awed schoolboys who recognized the name "Topgun" on his T-shirts. The book ends with his reflections on his career as a skilled naval aviator and his enduring love of flight. The paperback and Kindle editions include more than fifty rare full color photographs of fighter jets in action. 

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Beastie Boys Book

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Pdf:Beastie Boys Book.Amazon.com Review Guys, the Beastie Boys wrote a book (or maybe conjured is a better word), and it's a piece of work. Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, otherwise known as Mike D and Ad-Rock, present Beastie Boys Book, a rambling and unruly stream-of-consciousness trip through more than three decades of uncensored memories—records, rashes, tours, graphic novels, and playlists. Madonna’s here, as is Guns N’ Roses, Dolly Parton, Johnny Ryall and the Egg Man. Illustrated with dozens or possibly hundreds of pictures, we get relive their earliest shows, go behind the scenes of their short-lived magazine, Grand Royal (which mainstreamed the Mullet, the business-in-front/party-in-the-back 'hairstyle'), and relive pickup basketball games between sets at Lollapalooza, in which Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan dunks savagely against type. Lest you think this is frivolous, disreputable stuff, Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Lethem, and National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead stop by with their own contributions. Beastie Boys Book is uncountable things, but overall it's a box full of love letters to fans, founding member Adam Yauch (who passed away in 2012), the early days of hip-hop, and dirty old New York. It's a book that can't, won’t stop giving. —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review Read more Review “A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”—The New York Times Book Review “Wild, moving . . . resembles a Beastie Boys LP in its wild variety of styles.”—Rolling Stone  “As nutty, irreverent, and fun as you think it would be.”—Vogue “As freewheeling and funny as their albums . . . a beautifully messy (and large) talisman containing within it many of the great joys and surprises that come with listening to the Beastie Boys”—The AV Club “Horovitz and Diamond share sincere moments of reflection about their music, their friendship and the guy who taught them to fix radiators, to care about human rights, to own up to mistakes and to grow up.”—NPR, Morning Edition “Teeming with tour anecdotes, personal letters, playlists, comics and photographs—[Beastie Boys Book] unspools the crew’s thirty-year run in the music industry and is appropriately massive.”—Los Angeles Times “Diamond and Horovitz alternate as narrators, and their prose is as infectious as their music. Other contributors chime in with their own idiosyncratic takes. Roy Choi offers a mini cookbook of Beastie-themed dishes. Amy Poehler delves into the videography of the group. Luc Sante takes the reader on a musical tour of New York City streets in the early 1980s. The result is a book Beastie Boys fans will clamor for and a must-read for music enthusiasts.”—Booklist (starred review)“This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band’s music.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the ’90s.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

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Pdf:Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition).Review “Alex Honnold spends his life cheating death.” - New York Times Magazine“Honnold here recounts his ascents on some of the world's most dangerous rock walls. You'll come away questioning his sanity for choosing this controversial sport…but it's also impossible not to feel awe.” - People“Honnold blows wide open any conventional understanding of the term 'comfort zone.'…He engagingly conveys his love of climbing.” - Barbara J. King, NPR“[Honnold] is the foremost practitioner of the dark art of free solo rock climbing―ascending extremely difficult cliffs hundreds, sometimes thousands, of feet tall without ropes or protection hardware of any kind. That is every bit as stupefying as it sounds.” - Wall Street Journal“Alone on the Wall is set to inspire multitudes [of climbers]. With his off-the-charts abilities and laconic, whip-smart, no-B.S. persona, Honnold has made climbing cool.” - Men's Health“[Honnold's] ability to connect with a larger audience and bring a humble perspective to his many accomplishments makes him a great ambassador to the sport…[R]eading the vivid descriptions captured by Honnold and Roberts will surely cover the book's pages in a fine layer of palm sweat.” - Gripped Magazine Read more About the Author Alex Honnold is a world-class American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls.David Roberts is the award-winning author of twenty-nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His most recent publication, Alone on the Wall, was written with world-class rock climber Alex Honnold, whose historic feats were featured in the film Free Solo. Read more

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Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story

Pdf Biographies Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story

Pdf:Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story.The amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption through Jesus Christ.In February 2005, more than ten thousand people in Bakersfield, California, watched as Brian "Head" Welch—the former lead guitarist of the controversial rock band Korn—was saved by Jesus Christ. The event set off a media frenzy as observers from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star out of the darkness and into the light.Now, in this courageous memoir, Head talks for the first time about his shocking embrace of God and the tumultuous decade that led him into the arms of Jesus Christ. Offering a backstage pass to his time with Korn, Head tells the inside story of his years in the band and explains how his rock star lifestyle resulted in an all-consuming addiction to methamphetamines. Writing openly about the tour bus mayhem of Ozzfest and The Family Values tour, he provides a candid look at how the routine of recording, traveling, and partying placed him in a cycle of addiction that he could not break on his own.Speaking honestly about his addiction, Head details his struggles with the drug that ultimately led him to seek a higher power. Despite his numerous attempts to free himself from meth, nothing—not even the birth of his daughter—could spur him to kick it for good. Here Head addresses how, with the help of God, he emerged from his dangerous lifestyle and found a path that was not only right for his daughter, it was right for him. Discussing the chaotic end to his time in Korn and how his newfound faith has influenced his relationship with his daughter, his life, and his music, Head describes the challenging but rewarding events of the last two years, exposing the truth about how his moments of doubt and his hardships have only deepened his faith.Candid, compelling, and inspirational, Save Me from Myself is a rock 'n' roll journey unlike any other.

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Born to Run

Pdf Biographies Born to Run

Pdf:Born to Run."Writing about yourself is a funny business.... But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise: to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." (Bruce Springsteen, from the audio of Born to Run) In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar-band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road", "Badlands", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "The River", "Born in the U.S.A.", "The Rising", and "The Ghost of Tom Joad", to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences. Author bio: Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of 20 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Pdf Biographies How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Pdf:How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.Review “How to Be a Good Creature should be required reading. A superbly crafted memoir, this book brims with wonder, empathy, and emotion. It stands as a vivid reminder of the deep and necessary connection we share with all living things.”—Nick Jans, author of A Wolf Called Romeo “How to Be a Good Creature is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Sy Montgomery’s open honesty about her life allows her to find guidance from the unlikeliest creatures, and in their own ways these animals speak with the same spiritual purity as she speaks to us in this breathtaking work.”—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks “I don’t know anyone whose animal empathies and scientific bona fides I admire more than Montgomery’s—from the curiosity she holds for a tarantula to the tender longing she has for an octopus. Told with characteristic humility and gorgeous language, How to Be a Good Creature is a remarkable achievement.”—Eliot Schrefer, author of Endangered, a National Book Award finalist “A truly beautiful book about life, family, loss, and love.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals “How to Be a Good Creature is a rare jewel, full of empathy and the profound wisdom Sy has received from animals she has loved over her extraordinary lifetime. This sweet book is a triumphant masterpiece that I’m recommending to everyone.”—Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl “This is a beautiful book—essential reading for anyone who loves animals and knows how much they can teach us about being human.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder   Read more About the Author Researching films, articles, and over twenty books, Sy Montgomery has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. Read more

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To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf Biographies To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf:To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret.Review “A thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing book. With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart. We laugh. We cry. We feel the glory and the agony of his adventure; the monotony and the magic; the grace and the grit. Every page of this book made me ache to know what happened next. Every chapter shimmered with truth. It’s an unforgettable debut.”—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things“Jenkins’ words are brutally honest and leave me thinking a little deeper about my own observations when I pass a stranger on a street or see a flower blooming on a rocky trail.” —Outside Magazine'Thought-provoking and inspirational . . . This uplifting memoir and travelogue will remind readers of the power of movement for the body and the soul.'—Publishers Weekly   “Jedidiah Jenkins is a storyteller. He’s also an adventurer, a connoisseur of good pourovers, an avid Instagram user, a startup co-founder, and one of those humans that makes everything about them seem inviting.” —USA Today   “[Jenkins is] a guy deeply connected to his personal truth and just so refreshingly present.” —Rich Roll, author of Finding Ultra   “This is much more than a book about a bike ride. This is a deep soul deepening us. Jedidiah Jenkins is a mystic disguised as a millennial.”  —Tom Shadyac, author of Life’s Operating Manual Read more About the Author Jedidiah Jenkins is a travel writer, entrepreneur, and Instagram personality. A graduate of USC and Pepperdine University School of Law, Jenkins began his professional career with the nonprofit Invisible Children, where he helped orchestrate multinational campaigns to end the use of child soldiers in central Africa. His parents, Peter and Barbara Jenkins, are the authors of the bestselling A Walk Across America series. He is the executive editor of Wilderness magazine; his work has appeared in the Paris Review and Good magazine; and his journey was covered by National Geographic. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Pdf Biographies Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Pdf:Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury.About the Author Matt Richards is an award-winning film director, television producer and screenwriter who has written and directed numerous documentaries and series in the UK and the U.S. In 2012 he was awarded the Spirit of Tiger Award for “Outstanding Documentary Coverage of World War Two”. He directed and co-wrote the feature film To Say Goodbye, which was screened in competition at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival. Mark Langthorne is CEO of Roland Mouret and has previously worked in the music industry and managed such stars as Kanye West and Annie Lennox. Read more

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf Biographies The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf:The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection.Review 'A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams.'  —Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NYTimes bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage “Only the rarest of books has the power to clearly explain the difference between a human being and a human doing, and why that distinction is so important. The Surrender Experiment is such a book. Inspiring, authentic, and intensely compelling.” –Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe “Michael Singer writes a beautiful, touching memoir on the amazing power of surrender in his life. With courage, spunk, and thoughtfulness, he has reached beyond the status quo to dare to trust life and surrender to its ultimate perfection.” —Judith Orloff MD, author, The Ecstasy of Surrender“With his hallmark precision and clarity Michael Singer reveals in his latest masterpiece, The Surrender Experiment, how everyday life, doing business in the world and spiritual practice can be synchronized to carry us into the heart of life's unimaginable perfection. This is exactly the kind of practical mastery needed for a world in chaos.” —Jack Canfield, Coauthor of The Success Principles and the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series Read more About the Author MICHAEL A. SINGER still lives in the woods where his great experiment began and where it continues. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul. Visit him at www.untetheredsoul.com. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Pdf Biographies Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Pdf:Obama: An Intimate Portrait.Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller--with a foreword from the President himself.During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.* * *A deluxe limited slipcase edition is also available.

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Could It Be Forever?: My Story

Pdf Biographies Could It Be Forever?: My Story

Pdf:Could It Be Forever?: My Story.Review 'Candid look inside a pop icon.'  —Library Journal'Brutally frank.'  —Daily Mail'The story . . . is often harrowing, as Cassidy details the terrible emotional, physical, and financial toll of the treacherous Faustian pact that is global fame.'  —Scotsman Magazine Read more About the Author In 1970, after a brief acting career on Broadway and with various guest appearances on American TV shows, The Partridge Family catapulted David Cassidy to fame. At the age of 20, his face was on the cover of every teenage magazine. He became an international pop star. In 1974, his exhausting schedule took its toll on the quality of his life. After a 15 year absence, David has returned to concert stages across the country and the world. He lives in Las Vegas. Read more

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Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

Pdf Biographies Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

Pdf:Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend.Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real life. He was highly decorated for his bravery during his time as a bomber pilot during World War II and was adored for his earnest and kindly persona.Here many unknown sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs, his service as a secret agent for the FBI, his innate shyness, and his passionate patriotism. Munn’s personal touch shines through his writing, as he was a friend of Stewart and his wife, Gloria, and interviewed them as well as their colleagues and friends. This definitive biography reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed this cinema hero, explores the legendary Fonda–Stewart relationship, and recounts Stewart’s experiences making acclaimed films that include The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

Pdf Biographies Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke

Pdf:Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke.The Star--The public saw her as a gifted child  star: the youngest actor to win an Oscar for her role  as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and the  youngest actor to have a prime-time television series  bearing her own name. The Nightmare--What the  public did not see was Anna Marie Duke, a young girl  whose life changed forever at age seven when  tyrannical mangers stripped her of nearly all that was  familiar, beginning with her name. She was deprived  of family and friends. Her every word was  programmed, her every action monitored and criticized. She  was fed liquor and prescription drugs, taught to  lie to get work, and relentlessly drilled to win  roles. The Legend--Out of this nightmare emerged  Patty Duke, a show business legend still searching  for the child, Anna. She won three Emmy Awards and  divorced three husbands. A starring role in  Valley of the Dolls nearly ruined her  career. She was notorious for wild spending sprees,  turbulent liaisons, and an uncontrollable temper.  Until a long hidden illness was diagnosed, and her  amazing recovery recovery began. The Triumph--  Call Me Anna is an American success  story that grew out of a bizarre and desperate  struggle for survival. A harrowing, ultimately  triumphant story told by Patty Duke herself--wife,  mother, political activist, President of the Screen  Actors Guild, and at last, a happy, fulfilled woman  whose miracle is her own life.From the Paperback edition.

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Journals

Pdf Biographies Journals

Pdf:Journals.Review 'The year's most fascinating, heart-breaking rock book.'—Rolling Stone'An engrossing collection of clues.'—Entertainment Weekly'His words kick and scream.'—Chicago Daily Herald“Compelling.”—Seattle Times“No editing, no footnotes: The Nirvana singer’s Journals is the year’s most fascinating, heartbreaking rock book.”—Rolling Stone Magazine“Especially riveting.”—The Observer Magazine“Compelling reading...a look into the creative process of one of rock’s true artists.”—The Seattle Times“The daily diary of an American dream—and nightmare...Beneath all the layers of irony and sarcasm and humor and stoner realism, Cobain had a gift for sincerity, which is everywhere evident in his journals...The book is swarming with life, and it’s irresistible to anyone who cares about the music.”—New York Magazine“Illuminating...charming...we catch glimpses of Cobain’s wry, mischievous humor.”—Newsday“Our most elaborate first-hand evidence of the inner life of one of rock’s most important figures.”—New York Daily News“Laced with humor and horror...wrenchingly candid.”—LA Times“Simple and plain, Kurt Cobain was a fuckin’ genius...Journals may become his most enduring body of work. If Cobain’s life was a movie, Journals is the director’s cut, the musings and contemplations of a mad genius. More than that, these passages are some of the most interesting reading I’ve come across in years, and I boldly predict they will stand the immeasurable test of time...Journals, better than any biography could hope to be, will make essential reading for anyone looking to understand the 1990s’ most important pop star.”—Salon.com“It displays the formative stages of a man whose deeply felt empathy became something close to a curse...This remarkable document finally stands as one last message from the saddest teenager in the world, hiding his diary in a drawer near an easy-to-find key.”—Entertainment Weekly“Fascinating and often charming.”—New York Post“I heard Cobain’s voice in my head as I read his journals.”—Telegraph“How could the intimate diaries of one of rock’s most memorable and credible icons be anything less than page-turningly compulsive?...The hype is deserved. You won’t be disappointed.”—The Zone“These hand-written fragments from a life say more than any biography would or could...Cobain was a man who struggled so hard for definition, it seems fitting that, even after death, he should be allowed to speak for himself.”—Evening Standard'Facsimile pages—complete with sketches, margin scribbles, and handwriting in various states of dishevelment—argue for never again typesetting a diary.'—MOJO Read more About the Author Kurt Cobain was the leader of the groundbreaking Seattle rock band Nirvana.  He died in 1994. Read more

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf Biographies Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf:Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret.Review A New York Times Bestseller | Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography | A Guardian Book of the Year | A Times Book of the Year | A Sunday Times Book of the Year | A Daily Mail Book of the Year | Best summer books 2018, Newsday | A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 | An NPR Book of the Year | A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year 'A dishy dive into the real deal.' ―Vogue'[A] supercharged biography.' ―Vanity Fair“Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven.” ―Hamish Bowles, Vogue'Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant, eccentric treat.' ―Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal'Brown ignores all the starchy obligations of biography and adopts a form of his own to trap the past and ensnare the reader ― even this reader, so determinedly indifferent to the royals. I ripped through the book with the avidity of Margaret attacking her morning vodka and orange juice . . . The wisdom of the book, and the artistry, is in how Brown subtly expands his lens from Margaret’s misbehavior ― sometimes campy, sometimes desperate ― to those who gawked at her, who huddled around her, pens poised over their diaries, hoping for the show she never denied them.' ―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times'Craig Brown’s delectable Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is not a novel, though its subject seems like a sublime work of fiction, too imperious to be true . . . Brown has done something astonishing: He makes the reader care, even sympathize, with perhaps the last subject worthy of such affection... His book is big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical.' ―Karen Heller, The Washington Post'This unsettling, incisive and honest book also manages to be laugh-out-loud funny, and is a startlingly original contribution to the genre of biography.' ―Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times“In Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, award-winning journalist Craig Brown offers an acerbic biography of the star-crossed princess, one that is hilarious and bittersweet in turns . . . Brown’s book is highly recommended for all American royal-watchers.” ―Catherine Hollis, BookPage“An original, memorable and substantial achievement.” ―Times Literary Supplement'Brown’s portrait of Margaret is by turns funny and moving, and every page contains at least one telling detail about what makes Margaret such a compelling avatar of royalty.' ―Constance Gracy, Vox'In addition to giving us a fantastical portrait of a woman painted by many hands, this wicked, thoroughly entertaining book presents a rich, unwholesome slice of social and cultural history of Britain, especially from the 1950s to 1970s.' ―Katharine Powers, Minneapolis Star Tribune“A biography teeming with the joyous, the ghastly and clinically fascinating.” ―The Times (London)“Hilarious and eye-opening.” ―The Observer (London)“Hugely entertaining . . . Brilliantly written, with a wonderful sardonic edge but also a thoughtful, moving tone.” ―The Spectator Read more About the Author Craig Brown is a prolific journalist and the author of more than fifteen books. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards―for best humorist, columnist, and critic―in the same year. He has been a columnist for The Guardian, The Times (London), The Spectator, and The Daily Telegraph, among others. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday. His last book, Hello Goodbye Hello, was translated into ten languages and was a New York Times bestseller. Read more

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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf Biographies Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Pdf:Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret.“Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable . . . For anyone . . . who swooned to Netflix’s The Crown, this book will be manna from heaven.” —Hamish Bowles, Vogue“Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a brilliant, eccentric treat.” —Anna Mundow, The Wall Street Journal“I ripped through the book with the avidity of Margaret attacking her morning vodka and orange juice . . . The wisdom of the book, and the artistry, is in how Brown subtly expands his lens from Margaret’s misbehavior . . . to those who gawked at her, who huddled around her, pens poised over their diaries, hoping for the show she never denied them.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times“Brown has done something astonishing: He makes the reader care, even sympathize, with perhaps the last subject worthy of such affection . . . His book is big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical.” —Karen Heller, The Washington PostA witty and profound portrait of the most talked-about English royalShe made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown’s Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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West with the Night: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies West with the Night: A Memoir

Pdf:West with the Night: A Memoir.Review “Did you read Beryl Markham's book, West with the Night? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But [she] can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves writers. The only parts of it that I know about personally, on account of having been there at the time and heard the other people's stories, are absolutely true . . . I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book.” ―Ernest Hemingway“West with the Night is the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything . . . When she was a mere child, she was clawed by a lion. This should have been enough to make anybody timid for life, but not Beryl . . . A jewel of taut writing and thrilling reading . . . The girl can write.” ―John Chamberlain, The New York Times Read more About the Author Beryl Markham (1902–1986) was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer.Sara Wheeler is the author of, most recently, The Magnetic North and Access All Areas. Read more

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

Pdf Biographies Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens

Pdf:Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows, which have won over audiences around the world. Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy - lines such as "cake or death?" "Death Star canteen", and "do you have a flag?" have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed "executive transvestite", Izzard broke the mold performing in full makeup and heels and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London's West End to Wembley Stadium and New York's Madison Square Garden. Still performing more than 100 shows a year - thus far in a record-breaking 28 countries worldwide - Izzard is arguably one of today's top kings of comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics, and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard's Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Pdf:Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir.Review 'In the vast library of recent rock memoirs... Ms. Brownstein’s may be the one that most nakedly exposes its author’s personality.'—The New York Times“Carrie Brownstein writes the way she plays guitar, with raw honesty, passion, and great humor in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”—Vanity Fair'A memoir that's both candid and brave, and a powerful tribute to the power of music to heal, to connect, to break you down and then make you whole again……Brownstein's music has always helped people feel like they really do belong somewhere, and her wonderful memoir does the same thing.” - NPR “Meet your fierce and funny new comrade-in-arms. [Brownstein] takes us on a backstage tour of her life, from quirky kid-dom to angsty teen-dom to the feminist subculture of the riot grrl scene to not quite superstardom… Chronicling Sleater-Kinney’s tumultuous history and her own volatility – the tours that electrified fans, one brutal, ballsy concert at a time; the anxiety that often plagued her—Brownstein illuminates the euphoric highs and crushing lows of a life spent both on the fringes and in the spotlight.”—O, The Oprah Magazine“[Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl] is earnest, endearing, at times angry, critical, confessional, raw… [it's] the compelling chronicle of a born performer, from fandom to stardom… The richness of the writing ensures that Hunger will satisfy die-hard Sleater-Kinney fans as well as those who’ve never heard a note.” —Kirkus Reviews “Brownstein is as nimble, articulate, and honest a writer of literary nonfiction as she is a musician, actress, and cultural critic.”—Vogue.com  “A sharp, emotionally intimate new memoir.”—People“[Brownstein’s] honesty is disarming, and buoyed by the same dry wit that makes her scenester-lacerating IFC series Portlandia so good. That’s how she artfully manages to transcend the backstage tropes of the rock-bio genre, and why Hunger should become the new handbook for every modern girl (and yes, boys, too) looking for the courage to pursue a life less ordinary.” –Entertainment Weekly “A stand out memoir… A journey to self-possession and a portrait of an era.” –Vogue “She can play, but man, can Carrie Brownstein write…Her blazing memoir is lit by the same flair for adventure, fearless inquiry, and honesty that mark her gritty licks and trenchant vocals.”—ELLE “Hunger doesn’t try to enumerate every hat she’s ever worn, only what emboldened her to keep experimenting.”—TIME Magazine “Solid musings from the Portlandia star/feminist punk hero.” —Cosmopolitan “Brownstein in an American indy culture avatar — funny, smart and always on point.” —Los Angeles Times “Brownstein’s writing is strongest when she describes the passion and sheer joy she experiences connecting with music.” —BUST Magazine “(Brownstein) peels away any residual glamor and mythology of the Riot Grrrl movement and tells her tale of suburban upbringing and liberation.”—Newsweek “Modern Girl offers a stark look at the strain that touring life took on Brownstein; she talks openly about her battles with depression and anxiety, including a difficult-to-read account of her nervous breakdown, which ultimately ended the band.”—Paper Magazine “Life on tour isn’t all rock ’n’ roll fantasy, as Sleater-Kinney icon and Portlandia cocreator Carrie Brownstein attests in her corrosively honest, impossible-to-put-down memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl—both a journey to self-possession and a portrait of an era, as indelible as one of her songs.”—Vogue.com “In her new memoir, [Brownstein] tells the story of how she found salvation in music.” —Out Magazine  “To find her calling, Carrie is going to experience hard work, sacrifice, and independence that makes her thrive.” —Buzzfeed  “Revealing and raw.” —The Daily Beast “Few reign power and femininity like Brownstein whose haunting vocals and soul punching lyrics leave listeners rattled, in a good way, the way only truly great music can — something Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is bound to do as well.” —Bustle “[Brownstein] is an incredible observer, with a gift for phrases and imagery and making sense of memory… it’s not hard to predict that Brownstein’s book will go beyond the usual rock-star victory-lap and turn out to be one of the wisest and most poignant memoirs in quite a while.”—Salon  “[A] moving story about Brownstein’s life before, during, and after the rise of America’s greatest rock band.” —Flavorwire “Brownstein writes with an impressive level of self-awareness and wry humor, even when she’s tackling difficult moments in her life.' —Refinery29 “The Sleater-Kinney guitarist, writer, and Portlandia and Transparent actress has always been curiously eloquent. That quality has become obvious over the course of eight albums with bandmates Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss... and now in her refreshingly forthright new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”—SPIN “Brownstein’s Modern Girl offers a lot of value for a wide range of readers. Music historians get a first-hand POV of one of punk rock’s most interesting scenes, aspiring artists will take away Brownstein’s mandatory perspective and casual readers get a damn fine read.”—Paste Magazine“Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Browstein debunks the nostalgic clichés of rock-star life on the road. Instead, she candidly recounts the panic attacks and stress-induced shingles she experienced on tour.” —The Cut “Hunger is a testament to the fact that the transient and permanent are, in fact, intertwined.”—The Jewish Daily Forward“Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein will make you laugh and cry in Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl…A hunger to be noticed, a hunger to perform and a hunger to be loved are clear motivators for Brownstein as she looks back on her childhood at the start of her entirely self-written and often funny book.” –NY Daily News “Engrossing… For fans of Sleater-Kinney, it’s immensely compelling, particularly because Brownstein writes crisply, insightfully, and without vanity… Brownstein’s memoir shows that she can keep a secret. More important, it shows how compelling she is when she opens up.”—The A.V. Club “[Brownstein's] writing is sharp, erudite, and witty, and it makes Hunger my favorite music memoir since Just Kids… [it] arrives at a moment of unprecented reverence for the feminist rock memoir.' —Pitchfork “Carrie Brownstein is the legendary guitarist in Sleater-Kinney, one-half of the comedic genius team responsible for “Portlandia” and, now, in a move that surprises no one, a brilliant memoirist.” –Spectrum “Sleater-Kinney guitarist and 'Portlandia' co-creator Carrie Brownstein’s reflections on performance and community will move and shake you.” —Huffington Post “Brownstein’s a great writer and Hunger is a smooth, electric read. She carries a lot of humor and gentle self-deprecation throughout the work.”—Consequence of Sound “Honest and irreverent, Brownstein shows herself to be a talented rock journalist and memoirist without losing the intelligence and humor her fans have come to expect.”—Nordstrom Blog The Thread “Sometimes it's nice to love a band just for their songs, without concern for their backstory, but when you get a chance to know where one of your all-time favorites comes from, and written in such a way where it feels like you've dived into a pool and like a cartoon, the whole world changes around you, it would be a crime not to indulge. Spend some time with Carrie, it'll be totally worth your while.'—Lenny Letter “Carrie strikes a great balance of fond reminiscing and truthful (sometimes regretful) memories spent on the road, in the recording studio and moments of humility in her youth.”—AfterEllen “[Brownstein’s] memoir, looking back on those formative years with the band, offers the kind of intimacy and insight fans and enthusiasts will eagerly devour.”—Biographile “This portrait of a life lived above the realm of daily concern may be accurate if you’re a Rolling Stone or Beyonce, but the truth, for most moderately successful musicians, is that rock ‘n’ roll is mostly about hard work, uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, and a lot of carrying your own instruments. Which is why Carrie Brownstein’s new memoir, about her years with the band Sleater-Kinney, is so welcome.”—Biographile“What would it be like if all your dreams come true? For Carrie Brownstein, who grew up in the Riot Grrrl movement in the Pacific Northwest, they did: She started out playing in countless punk bands until settling on one with her BFF and romantic partner, Corin Tucker, which they eventually turned into the best rock band of all time, Sleater-Kinney. In Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Brownstein recounts her time before worldwide fame, what Riot Grrrl meant to her as a young woman searching for her voice, and how rock 'n' roll saved her life.”—Cosmopolitan.com “In this dynamic memoir, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Browstein tells her story of coming up through the 1990s feminist punk scene of the Pacific Northwest. Her portrait is vivid, transporting readers back to the intimate moments that sowed her own roots, and made her the cool-girl icon she is today. Brownstein is honest, funny, and, well, everything you want her to be.” —Bustle “Carrie Brownstein is brilliant and hilarious in Portlandia, and iconic as the singer for punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney, but her memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl reveals a more raw and vulnerable side to her.” —Bustle “From her rocky childhood to becoming part of the feminist punk-rock movement to her days as a comedic writer and actor, Brownstein brings us into the most intimate moments of her life.”—First Slice “For decades, the guitarist for the legendary Sleater-Kinney has been celebrated for her unapologetic queer politics and general bad-assery. When she became the co-creator and star of the IFC comedy series 'Portlandia,' we were introduced to her slippery wit as well. Her new memoir unveils a third Brownstein: a melancholy, intellectually rigorous introvert who's been musically unpacking the concept of family ever since her suburban Washington childhood fell apart.” —WordandFilm.com “Brownstein has written an absolute love letter to music, a gift to Sleater Kinney fans, and above all, an expertly crafted memoir.”—Lambda Literary “Brownstein has insightful things to say about growing up with a closeted gay dad and an anorexic mom, about how the creative process works, about the 'performance' of the audience at a concert, about the punk aesthetic.”—Newsday  “A performer through and through, she translates her story to the page with characteristically blunt humor and observational prowess.” —Village Voice “Brownstein is both an icon of pop culture and an astute observer of it.” —The Boston Globe “Carrie Brownstein’s local history as part of Sleater-Kinney is, for many of us, our own—and she has long been an articulate and funny and intelligent voice behind piercing guitar that left tatters behind.”—Willamette Week “Brownstein has a story to tell, and it doesn't include satirical sketches about a certain element of local culture… What Brownstein does instead is open a window into her turbulent, creative Northwest life.”—The Oregonian “For Sleater-Kinney fans, [Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl] is an absolute must… The author writes focused and uncluttered prose, choosing the best, most telling details, as she recounts stories that show what it means to perform for the first time and what it means for a woman to be both a fan and a star in a staunchly male-dominated world. …It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience.”—Kirkus starred review “A candid look at life in rock and roll in a deeply personal and revealing narrative of her life in music, as ardent fan, pioneering female guitarist, comedic performer on TV’s Portlandia, and luminary in the independent rock world.” —Publishers Weekly “[Brownstein's] memoir delivers on all counts, offering a sharp-eyed tale of a singular time in music and culture… A strong, engaging pop culture memoir: personal detail, a little dish, and a well-written look at what made the music, and the culture that spawned it, matter.” –Library Journal starred review “Brownstein flips easily from brainy ruminations on nostalgia, fandom, and record labels to trenchant stories about sexism, music journalism, and how a soy allergy—not drugs or alcohol—brought her to her knees on tour… her vivid Sleater-Kinney stories and descriptions of their albums are downright irresistible. Sleater-Kinney fans went nuts late last year when the trio broke their years-long hiatus, and Brownstein’s memoir will give them more to salivate over.”—Booklist“[Brownstein] looks back with a healthy balance of romanticism, critique, and humor... she has talent... Her writing is super solid, at times even gripping... You don’t need to be a superfan to appreciate someone’s well-told story about the inherent joy and strife that comes with being in a band; a person’s story about finding, then losing, then re-finding her destiny.”—Electric Literature“Brownstein has a gift for describing how collaboration works. She's got a clear critical grasp of how the push and pull between her and vocalist-guitarist Corin Tucker and the essential talents of drummer Janet Weiss made the powerful, abrasive, addictive music of Sleater-Kinney. And to that she adds an important personal perspective.”—Los Angeles Times'Deftly woven narrative….A brisk and fascinating work.” —Flavorwire 'A document of self-actualization… [Brownstein’s] writing is measured, dispassionate, and well considered; it’s engaging for exactly those reasons. Her insight is some of the best on that era and subset of punk that’s been written.' —Jezebel “Deeply felt and smartly unpacked…Essential reading…One of the best rock memoirs anyone is going to read in quite some time.”—Austin American Statesman “Her honesty is disarming, and buoyed by the same dry wit that makes her scenester-lacerating IFC series Portlandia so good. That’s how she artfully manages to transcend the backstage tropes of the rock-bio genre, and why Hunger should become the new handbook for every modern girl (and yes, boys, too) looking for the courage to pursue a life less ordinary.”—Entertainment Monthly “On the page, Brownstein comes across as funny, charming, self-deprecating and self-aware.' —Williamette Week'It’s Brownstein’s ability to recount her decorous punk life that blazes through. It’s as if she’s sitting across from the reader sharing a friendly cup of coffee, bringing you up to speed on her latest musical adventures.' —Slug Magazine“Is there anything [Brownstein] can’t do and do brilliantly?” —Cuepoint  Read more About the Author Carrie Brownstein is a musician, writer and actor who first became widely known as the guitarist and vocalist of the band Sleater-Kinney and later as a creator, writer and co-star of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award winning television show Portlandia. Brownstein's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate, and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.   Read more

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . .

Pdf Biographies Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . .

Pdf:Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles , Eric Clapton, the Faces . . ..Review “Glyn Johns was there. He was there at some of the most important recording sessions in Rock and Roll. Reading his book, you are standing beside him as he sets up the studio in readiness for the arrival of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. For me it is a fantastic romp through the pages of Rock and Roll history.”—Sir Paul McCartney“Glyn Johns has been a very important person in my recording life (and also his brother Andy).  Glyn was the first recording engineer who helped me to understand recording and through that he was very supportive in introducing me to a lot of sessions with important people such as Ben Sidren, Leon Russell, Ronnie Lane, Pete Townshend and Howling Wolf. This together, of course, with many of the great recordings he did with us. He is one of the best.”—Charlie Watts“Sound Man will make readers aware of the many sides of Glyn Johns, a giant of a man and one of my best friends from the moment we met in 1963 to present day. Apart from his genius behind the faders and success as the producer of myriad hits, his humor comes through here, together with his unfailing desire to do the very best work he could in the face of some frighteningly egotistical artists.”—Bill Wyman“If you remember the sixties then you probably weren't there, unless of course your name is Glyn Johns. Sound Man is an intimate, humorous journey through the corridors of the music industry, as told by one of the greatest record producers of all time. I'm proud to be mentioned here and there, and to have worked with Johns on so many memorable occasions. A great read!”—Eric Clapton“Glyn Johns was the most sought after sound engineer at the time when the recording industry was just exploding in the early 60s in London. He soon became the first choice of the artists who wrote their own songs and wanted a producer who could create for them a great sound for their recordings. He was always a strong and direct influence on the talent he worked with, and his records sounded brilliant! He soon became one of the very few truly great record producers and remained so over the last fifty years. Reading Sound Man reminded me of just how many incredible people he worked with and how many great iconic records he made. It's fantastic reading.”—Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few big-headed rock stars? I must be the exception. I've only had transcendental moments in the studio with Johns. Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Johns had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience.”—Pete Townshend Read more About the Author GLYN JOHNS was the producer or engineer of a number of rock’s classic albums, including those by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Who, the Beatles, the Clash, and such singular artists as Joan Armatrading and Ryan Adams. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf Biographies Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf:Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.Review 'Poetic.... Thomas is an observant and graceful writer.' --The New York Times Book Review'Razor-sharp pieces of radiant truth...not so much memoir as a stained glass window made up of scenes garnered from a life. This is an unforgettable portrait of a grown-up woman who has learned how to rejoice in being herself. Reading it, we feel the crazy beauty of life.' --Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies'Elegantly framed vignettes that quickly bring us to the essence of a game, bemused woman with a vivid interest in love.' --Elle'Safekeeping is a sapphire...pointy, gleaming, in the end, blue.... You know a form is right when, in the end, you can't imagine a story told any other way. Abigail Thomas walks the edge of the form's boundaries; her stories are haunted by adjectives.' --Los Angeles Times Book Review  Read more From the Inside Flap A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman's life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood (of three!) by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend. The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom. This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Pdf Biographies Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Pdf:Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions.Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.

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Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

Pdf Biographies Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

Pdf:Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.From School Library Journal Although you may listen to Rihanna's songs, did you know she supports the Clara Lionel Foundation and several other charities? Are you aware that Geraldine Roman is the first openly transgender elected official in the history of the Philippines? Or that Winnie Harlow is contributing to conversations on positive body image? Imani offers short profiles of more than 50 modern women and nonbinary people. Some, such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Serena Williams, may be more familiar to teens, while other entries will be introductions to the courageous work of revolutionaries creating change through blogs, campaigns, and businesses. This is an excellent source for those interested in current biographies and hashtag movements. Burgeoning activists will be inspired and may gain a better understanding of their power in the world. VERDICT This quick read is recommended for browsable nonfiction collections.-­Pamela Schembri, Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more Review “Activist, journalist, and founder of the non-profit Equality for HER, Imani’s book is the one we need during the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements…This collection would be a welcome addition to any introductory women’s, gender, and sexuality studies course. It should also be shared among feminists and those passionate about fighting oppression based on class, disability, gender, race, and sexuality.”– Library Journal (starred review)“Blair Imani is an agent of social change who uses her background in grassroots activism to tell the stories of revolutionaries, both past and present, who are the catalysts of change our world so desperately needs, but you don’t have to take my word for it.” –LeVar Burton, actor, educator, and activist   “Modern HERstory should be required reading for everyone.” –Tegan and Sara   “Blair Imani educates readers about the HERstory of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for all, while simultaneously blazing a trail of her own as a pioneer in activism for the next generation. Today, so many young women and LGBTQ people lack positive role models, and this book is an important step to inspiring the next generation of people to aim high and be proud.” –Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD   “Blair Imani has given us an encyclopedia not just of the often overlooked in history, but also of the people who are changing the direction of our country today—this is who to follow, watch, celebrate, and emulate. We need these role models and fighters—and this book!” –Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America   'Modern HERstory shines a remarkable light on important figures from our past, while inspiring new generations to be bold, courageous, and unafraid to stand up for what is right.' –Andrew Aydin, National Book Award–winning author of March and Run   “Through powerful storytelling and bright images, Blair Imani sends a clear message to next-generation activists and changemakers--this is their moment, they are the present, the now, and yes, the future. Instead of waiting to be passed the proverbial torch, the heroes in Imani's book claim their role as torchbearers whose lights are blazing inspiring trails for each of us to follow.” –Jamia Wilson, executive director and publisher of Feminist Press   “I had chills while reading this entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK. I was moved, inspired, and informed by the stories of these unbelievable people. I was also indignant: how could my history classes not have included such important pioneers?! Run out immediately and purchase multiple copies to send to your friends. I promise, they'll thank you.” –Claire Wasserman, CEO and founder of Ladies Get Paid   “Changing society’s narrative often requires us to look back over our historical mosaic; admit what we got wrong; recognize who was silenced, marginalized or erased; and then reorganize and rewrite. Modern HERstory offers an inclusive approach to this kind of truth-telling.” –Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying advocate    “Modern HERstory is an empowering and educational read, filled with the stories of activists you should know and names that should fill our history books. In these turbulent political times, Blair Imani's first book reminds us that the change we need will only come from a coalition of activists working across differences and movements.” –Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different   “Blair Imani's Modern HERstory is a major contribution to the exhausting and endlessly important project of broadening our shared narrative. I wish I had a book like this growing up.” –Lauren Duca, award-winning journalist   “Blair Imani's book is essential reading. These powerful stories of activism and bravery will amaze and inspire. This book opens our ears to the neglected voices of herstory. May those voices--and many more--be heard!” –Emma Sulkowicz, artist and activist   'Blair Imani's Modern HERstory is like a woman's heart. Filled with compassion, understanding, and acceptance, the book embraces women of diverse experiences, including transwomen like myself, in order to inspire people to aspire and work for a happier and more inclusive society for all. When you feel like giving up, you have got to read this book!” –Representative Geraldine Roman, first openly transgender member of the Philippines Congress   'With Modern HERstory, Blair Imani provides readers with crucial insight to understanding modern social justice movements in a way that is both vital and accessible. By shining a light on contemporary women and nonbinary people who are making history in real time, some lesser known than others, Imani reminds readers that heroes can emerge from anywhere, that activism takes many shapes and forms, and that history is not simply a matter of the past but something occurring in real time and in powerfully unexpected ways. The people presented here do not represent a new type of activism; rather, they represent people who've long been present in freedom movements and are too often overlooked.' –Bree Newsome, artist and activist   'Modern HERstory is a necessary part of any budding revolutionary’s library. Blair Imani has compiled over 70 stories of self-actualization from figures across a wide array of faith traditions, cultural origins, and social strata. It’s a major and inspiring feat that is necessary for our times. Everyone should feel represented, and Imani’s work elevates and preserves the history of women and femmes in a way that is empowering for diverse women/femmes everywhere. As a grassroots community organizer, I’m using this book as a resource so that I am grounded in all the ways women/femmes have fought for our collective liberation. This is a clear reminder of the power that all women/femmes have, and of the magical ways in which, despite the forms of violence we face, we exist, resist and create together.” –Rana Abdelhamid, CEO and founder of MALIKAH, gender justice organizer'A lively collective portrait of passionate, pioneering women and nonbinary people.'–Publishers Weekly'. . .accessible, awe-inspiring. . . .a new textbook of history’s heroes, free of erasure and white-male bias. . . .Imani’s collection is galvanizing and hopeful, leaving the radicals of tomorrow with proof that all people—no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or abilities—can change the world.'–Booklist (starred review)'. . .an important introduction to social justice work, specifically that which pertains to racial, sexual, religious, and ableist discrimination and oppression. It provides a quick and accessible reference source for anyone interested in how change can be effected from various levels, from the academic front to grass-roots movements. It will show readers that activists are not monolithic and that they themselves are never too young, small, or different to work toward change. A crucial message of inclusivity and sensitivity is present throughout. This engaging work is about movers and shakers—folks who made moves and shook up the status quo for the betterment of all.'–Kirkus Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

Pdf Biographies Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

Pdf:Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens.Review “If you are a fan of Eddie Izzard, then you will love this book. If you are not a fan of Eddie Izzard, then there is a good chance that this book will make you one. The experience is akin to him sitting down and having a chat with you, which, we can all agree, sounds delightful.”—Thomas Burns Scully, Popdust.com“[A] candid new book...The comedic tour de force [Eddie Izzard] opens up about his mother's death, coming out as transgender, and his quest for romantic love.”—Catie Lazarus, Out Magazine“Beloved British comedian Eddie Izzard [writes] with the same wit and candor that characterizes his stand-up [and] tackles his sexuality, his troubled childhood, and the tumultuous early days of his career, even as he recounts his many excellent roles, albums, and tours.”—Maris Kreizman, Vulture“What [Believe Me] adds is the larger context of the life—not just what thrills [Eddie Izzard], but what wounds him and what drives him...There is more to it than sadness, however. Izzard’s chronicle is reminiscent of his shows, a stream of surprising associations, full of footnotes and copious asides on subjects like NASA and Action Man.”—Nick A. Zaino III, The Boston Globe“Getting a peek behind the curtain with regards to a guy like this is a rare treat. Believe Me is that peek, a glimpse at the inner workings, the gears and cogs that make a unique personality such as Eddie Izzard tick...All of it is engaging and heartfelt and unwaveringly honest. And oh yeah—it’s pretty freaking funny too.”—The Maine Edge   “Laughter trumps sorrow in candid comedian Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me.”—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair“Beloved comedian, actor, and writer Izzard…shares intimate details about his life and is emotionally transparent throughout this splendid memoir…The book is both funny and painful, and ultimately uplifting.”—Publishers Weekly“A wicked, beautiful man has written a wicked, beautiful book about his (kind of?) messed up life and it’s...perfect.”—Patton Oswalt“This book is a raw, honest exploration of what it means to live your truth, to be unapologetically ambitious, and to walk through fear over and over again. It’s about being brave. And hilarious. It reminded me that walking through fear almost always leads to happiness.”—Chelsea Handler“I had never heard of Eddie Izzard before, but judging by this delightful memoir, he has a glittering career ahead of him. I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of working in a Vatican slaughterhouse, acting as Deputy Foreign Minister in Gladstone’s first administration, his whacky exploits at his uncle’s Taxidermy Cafe, and his tragic death at the age of only eight at the Morris Dancing Finals in Bruges.”—John Cleese   “Eddie Izzard is my favorite stand-up chameleon.”—Eric Idle Read more About the Author Eddie Izzard is a world-renowned comedian, actor, writer, runner, and activist. He made his West End debut in 1993 in a one-man show called Live at the Ambassadors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. He recently appeared on television as Dr. Abel Gideon in Hannibal, and he produced and starred in the FX Networks series The Riches. His films include Valkyrie; Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve; Across the Universe; Mystery Men; Shadow of the Vampire; The Cat’s Meow; Lost Christmas; Castles in the Sky; and Whisky Galore. His stage appearances include David Mamet’s Race and The Cryptogram; the title role in Marlowe’s Edward II; 900 Oneonta; and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway, which garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Actor. Izzard’s hit one-man shows include Dress to Kill, Stripped, and Force Majeure. His performance in Dress to Kill earned him two Emmy Awards. In 2010, the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy nomination. In 2009, Izzard ran forty-three marathons in fifty-one days throughout the United Kingdom, and in 2016, he ran twenty-seven marathons in twenty-seven days across South Africa in honor of Nelson Mandela’s twenty-seven years in prison. By running these seventy marathons he has helped raise £4.8 million ($6 million) for the UK charity Sport Relief.  Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

Pdf Biographies The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

Pdf:The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets.Review “Filled with a kind of vitality. . . a remarkable account of New York City’s lower depths.” –New York Times'His terse wit, with its archly contrived naïveté, transforms The Basketball Diaries, a tale of teenage rebellion, into a contemporary classic.'- -Newsweek   “A generational hit.” –Esquire Read more About the Author Jim Carroll’s bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll’s work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009. Read more

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Cherry

Pdf Biographies Cherry

Pdf:Cherry.Review “Karr captures, exactly, what it’s like for a girl to kiss the first boy she loves….She captures, exactly, what it’s like to start high school….She captures, exactly, what it’s like to be a book-hungry teenager, enraptured by the words and heady ideas that offer transport from the banalities of small-town life….As she did in The Liars’ Club, Ms. Karr combines a poet’s lyricism and a Texan’s down-home vernacular with her natural storytelling gift.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times“A compelling ride through [Karr’s] adolescence….What distinguishes Karr is the ability to serve up her experiences in a way that packs the wallop of immediacy with the salty tang of adult reflection…her descriptions of the bruised-lip, druggy wonder of teenage love are precise, unsentimental, and lovely.” —Chicago Tribune“The Liars’ Club left no doubt that Mary Karr could flat out write…the one question everyone had upon finishing her story was, could she do it again? Cherry lays that question to rest once and for all….It never lacks for those trademark Karr details, but it’s about all of us. —Newsweek“A smart, searing memoir….Romance, in all of its wondrous and heartbreaking incarnations, is Karr’s great subterranean subject, the ground upon which her wily, whip-smart writing catches root.” —Lisa Shea, ElleStunning…If The Liars’ Club succeeded partly because of its riveting particularity, Cherry succeeds because of its universality. The first book is about one harrowing childhood, the second about every adolescence. She can turn even the most mundane events into gorgeous prose.” —The New York Times Book Review“Cherry is the kind of book a brave parent could do a lot worse than to give to a teenager….Teenage girls might come away from it knowing that they’re not freaks, that mistakes aren’t fatal, and that good writing kisses just about everything better. And for teenage boys, reading Cherry would be like stealing the other team’s playbook….Mary Karr gives memoir back its good name.” —San Francisco Chronicle“Here, intact, is the smart, sassy, wickedly observant voice first met in The Liars’ Club, a voice that knows how to tell a story in a crackling vernacular that feels exactly true to its setting.” —The Washington Post“Cherry delivers. Karr still has her delicious knack for making you guffaw through horrible events…its humor, warmth, and crackling language should keep Karr’s fans hungering for another round.” —People Magazine“Karr writes about adolescence with the same emotional precision that illuminated her account of childhood…[she] nails with wonderful specificity the complex way adolescents bond intellectually and emotionally. Her descriptions of her early sexual experiences are also original. Her language is frank without becoming clinical, and she captures the swooning tenderness of a kiss without sounding sentimental…firmly rooted though it is in a particular time and place, Cherry, like all serious autobiographies, is about something much more universal: the construction of a satisfying identity or, more precisely, the discovery of a fundamental self that was there all along.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer“It’s the powerful spiked punch of Karr’s writing that amazes…Cherry is about the dizzy funk of female teen sexuality, and Karr captures the innocence and dirt of it, the hunger and the thrill, with exquisite pitch. Karr’s connection to her younger sexual self is profound with mercy or nostalgia….Karr identifies the vulnerable, frightening gap between most girls’ night thoughts and those in the day….Right now, in this remembrance of blooming, Karr continues to set the literary standard for making the personal universal.” —Entertainment Weekly“This book is best when it portrays things common to all of us in adolescence. The woeful sense of isolation. The fierce desire to have friends. The agitated, wondrous discovery of things sexual. Those awkward kisses in the dark. And the risks.” —USA Today“This book is about being a female adolescent, a horrible fate; the best that can be said of it is that one does recover. The extraordinary thing about Karr, in addition to the poetry of her writing, is her stunning honesty.” —Molly Ivins, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram“Awesomely written…Cherry is beautifully wrought and tart in its angst-wrangling….Karr can render sentences so powerful as to make you bow your head in reverence.” —The Village Voice“Cherry is beautifully written, without a single word wasted. Karr’s poetic yet tensile language creates exceptional landscapes, both physical and emotional…her broad but precise descriptions, coupled with piercing insights into the sometimes agonizing trials of growing up, create fully realized characters with whom the reader can immediately empathize….Hardly a soul alive hasn’t felt exiled in the dark territory of adolescence; Karr maps this landscape expertly and candidly.” —The San Diego Union“Step aside, J. D. Salinger, and take your alter ego Holden Caulfield with you. Mary Karr has staked out your turf, the upended land of adolescence. And she is just smart, angry, sensitive and self-mocking enough to defend it with everything she’s got…this time Karr has created another fiercely poetic and alternately bruising, comic, and picaresque account of her wild and painful journey through early adolescence. And if ever the tortuous metamorphosis from caterpillar to damaged butterfly has been captured in print, this is it…the tales of her first serious crush, first kiss and first date [are] each gorgeously delineated in all their tragicomic dimensions, and unique in the way they capture the overwhelming combination of attraction and repulsion involved in early sexual experiences. But everything Karr touches is emblazoned with this raw honesty and a sense of the breathtaking confusion and emotional terrorism of adolescenc Read more About the Author Mary Karr's poems and essays have won Pushcart prizes and have appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Parnassus. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, and is now the Jesse Truesdale Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse. Read more

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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Pdf Biographies What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Pdf:What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography.Review Praise for What Happened, Miss Simone? and Nina Simone “Alan Light has written an electrifying, humane, and dimensional biography of one of my favorite artists in the entire world. I learned so much about a woman I admire, the woman whose fiery piano and voice is a powerful reminder of what artists are meant to do! What Happened, Miss Simone? captures how unique and real she was on every page.” –Alicia Keys “A spellbinding portrait of a musical genius, a woman both ahead of her time and of it. In What Happened Miss Simone?, Alan Light resurrects the High Priestess of Soul with profound sympathy and masterful storytelling.”–Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, author of Mo’ Meta Blues and Something to Food About “Nina Simone was an overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer—the kind of artist that I loved and admired.”–Bob Dylan “Nina Simone’s music helped us to navigate the contradictions that propelled the black struggle forward… Her phenomenal voice beckoned us toward the battle to come.” –Angela Davis“What Happened, Miss Simone? is the engaging biography of the troubled soul heroine... As Light shows, her intensity fueled music that reflected and transformed the volatile America of her times.” –Rolling Stone“[Nina Simone's] willingness to speak her mind shines out of every page of Alan Light's biography.”–The Times (UK)“A probing account of Simone’s inner struggles...Far from detracting from her civil rights heroism, it makes that achievement all the more astonishing.”–The New York Review of Books“Simone was a genius. Her triumphs and troubles share the stage in Light's pitch-perfect biography, What Happened, Miss Simone?.”–Elle“Cleareyed and well-balanced, respectful rather than worshipful.”–Columbus Dispatch Read more About the Author A veteran music journalist, ALAN LIGHT is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah' and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. Light was previously the editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin and a senior writer for Rolling Stone. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete

Pdf Biographies Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete

Pdf:Pete Maravich: The Authorized Biography of Pistol Pete.From Booklist The late Pete Maravich is a basketball legend. He averaged more than 44 points a game in his career at Louisiana State University—before the advent of the three-point shot—and 24 during his NBA career. But more than his scoring was his passing. He was inarguably the most spectacular, creative passer in the history of the game. Pete was the son of a successful coach, Press Maravich, and neighbors recall young Pete hanging out of a car window, dribbling, while his dad drove slowly around the side streets, gradually picking up speed. Federman and Terrill recount Maravich’s playing career in entertaining fashion, though the sheer number of game accounts is numbing. As for the personal Pete, they come to many of the same conclusions as Mark Kriegel did in his masterful 2006 biography, Pistol—that success on the basketball court did not translate to happiness. It was only after his career was over that he found contentment in Evangelical Christianity and working with kids. This isn’t quite the polished piece of work that Kriegel’s book is, but it offers an evenhanded treatment of all aspects of Maravich’s life. --Wes Lukowsky Read more

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The Prince of Frogtown

Pdf Biographies The Prince of Frogtown

Pdf:The Prince of Frogtown.Review “Nothing less than a triumph.”—The Tennessean“Powerful.... [Bragg is] a storyteller on a par with Pat Conroy.” —Denver Post“Rick Bragg has made of the dark shadow in his life a figure of flesh and blood, passion and tragedy, and a father, at last, whose memory he can live with. And that is no small thing for any man to do.” —The New York Times Book Review“Bragg writes in that sumptuous, multilayered, image-rich Southern yarn-spinning manner that seduces as fast as you can read it. It unwinds beautifully.”—The Providence Journal“With The Prince of Frogtown, Bragg finds a heartening truth: He is not doomed to take up the defects of his forebears but learns instead to use them as a compass.... Readers will relish the journey.”—Rocky Mountain News“Vivid.... An evocative family memoir.”—Boston Globe“By turns gut-wrenching, hilarious and heartbreaking.... A way of looking hard at the past in order to break free of it.” —St. Petersburg Times“Bragg crafts flowing sentences that vividly describe the southern Appalachian landscape and ways of life both old and new. . . . His father’s story walks the line between humorous and heartbreaking . . . This book, much like his previous two memoirs, is lush with narratives about manhood, fathers and sons, families and the changing face of the rural South.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Smooth and rich as bourbon.”—Kirkus“Bragg continues in the vein of his legendary storytelling, breathing life into a father he barely knew while learning to love a son.”—Library Journal Read more About the Author Rick Bragg is the author of two best-selling books, Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He lives in Alabama. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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A Lady in Love with Jazz: The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter

Pdf Biographies A Lady in Love with Jazz:  The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter

Pdf:A Lady in Love with Jazz: The Life of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter.This is the authentic biography of Shirley Tennyson-McFatter, anointed at her passing as "Dallas Queen of Jazz." Dallas gave the world many famous jazz artists, such as "Buster" Smith, "Red" Garland, Cedar Walton, James Earl Clay, Marchel Ivery, Roger Boykin, and many others. Shirley McFatter (as she was commonly known) played with many of these greats, and over the two decades representing her most productive jazz years, she garnered local fame. This book is the author's gift to her friends and fans, after 25 years since she transcended.

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Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf Biographies Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life

Pdf:Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life.A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood (of three!) by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend. The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom. This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic.

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Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series)

Pdf Biographies Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series)

Pdf:Prince: The Last Interview (The Last Interview Series).About the Author Born in Minneapolis in 1958, Prince Rogers Nelson was one most influential artists of the last 40 years, inspiring generations of musicians that have followed in his footsteps. Beginning with his debut album in 1977, Prince released albums now considered classic until his fame reached spectacular heights in the 80s, culminating in the duel album and film PURPLE RAIN, which he directed and in which he starred. A conflict with his label led him to famously release music under his trademark symbol throughout the 90s. In the final years of his life, Prince continued to release platinum selling albums, including his 39th and final studio album HIT N RUN PHASE TWO, released only months before his untimely death on April 21, 2016. Hanif Abduraqqib is the author of the New York Times bestseller Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest as well as the essay collection They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. Read more

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf Biographies Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf:Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc..Review “Engaging … Sometimes the most revolutionary thing about music comes down to its ability to transform an individual.”—The New York Times Book Review“Wildly entertaining… Breathtaking…Unforgettable…Tweedy's music has never shied away from darkness, but he's also never been afraid to celebrate joy. The same is true with this remarkable memoir—it's a wonderful book, alternately sorrowful and triumphant, and it's a gift not just to his fans, but to anyone who cares about American rock music.”—NPR.org'The book’s unsparing detail— on everything from his upbringing in drab Belleville, Illinois, to the contentious band dynamics of Wilco and alt-country gods Uncle Tupelo — make this a uniquely raw rock autobiography.”—Rolling Stone“Let’s Go is especially enlightening, a rock’n’roll book that quietly dismantles what we expect from rock’n’roll books.”—Pitchfork“Illuminating…a compelling portrait of an artist whose everyman nature proves to be anything but a front.”—AV Club'[Tweedy] succeeds in entertaining and oddly revealing ways, moving with shape-shifting ease from wry self-effacement to what he calls Midwestern sarcasm to naked confession.”—Chicago Tribune“Laced with funny anecdotes… Readers might sometimes wonder at Tweedy’s lyrics, but in his playing, singing and writing, whether in solo efforts, in collaboration with Wilco or in his producing other artists, we know we have something to treasure.”—Associated Press“In its willingness to probe the most vulnerable periods in his past, though, [Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)] is of a piece with Tweedy’s revered songwriting.” —Vanity Fair“His writing... could not be any more inviting and engaging, full of voice and rich, vivid storytelling... he composes lengthy chapters that dive deep into explanations of his songwriting and recording process, the pain and joy of his upbringing and his attempts to grapple with addiction, marriage and parenthood.'—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) reads more like a collection of humorously confessional essays by David Sedaris than a conventional rock memoir.” —Uproxx'Engaging and self-questioning.' —The Philadelphia Inquirer“The Wilco front man has just written one of the best and most revealing memoirs in years...Let’s Go is a warts-and-all addiction memoir, but luckily it is much more than that, too. It’s also a genuinely moving ode to his wife and two sons (one of whom, Spencer, is the drummer in his side project Tweedy), and an impassioned and often quite funny firsthand account of a music geek’s coming of age.”—The Ringer“Though Tweedy’s lyrics tend to be oblique, his new memoir is anything but.'—Men’s Journal“We already knew Jeff Tweedy could write…We didn’t know Tweedy could write an entire book, and do it really well. But with the arrival of his new memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), out last week, it’s clear Tweedy is just as adept at writing nonfiction as he is songs. Let’s Go is a dry-witted examination of Tweedy’s personal life and career so enjoyable even the most casual of fans will be hooked.”—Paste“By turns self-deprecating, sincere, hilarious, and harrowing.”—The Boston Globe'A funny and candid addition to the rock-memoir genre”.—Newsweek“Funny and frank.”—Entertainment Weekly“Engaging and self-questioning.”—Philadelphia Inquirer“A memoir every bit as openhearted and captivating as [Tweedy’s] best songwriting...Even the most difficult events in this page-turner are edged with humor and the hindsight of someone looking back from a better place. Though stories of contemporary musicians occupy a crowded field, this one’s a cut above the rest. Tweedy proves himself delightful company, and, as with his music, readers will hear this resonating long after they’ve finished.” —Library Journal (starred review)“Tweedy writes movingly about his parents, his wife and children, and his desire to find an artistic home for his band. Thoughtful, earnest reflections on family, creative integrity, and a life in music.”—Kirkus“Tweedy will delight fans by sharing such tidbits as his favorite moment in the Wilco documentary and how a Noah’s Ark analogy powered the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born album. Tweedy tells a wonderfully unassuming story of a music-filled life.”—Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco, and before that the cofounder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has written original songs for ten Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014, he released Sukierae, a musical collaboration with his son, drummer Spencer Tweedy. He has produced a trio of albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples: the 2011 Grammy Award-winning You Are Not Alone, 2013's One True Vine, and the 2017 release, which he also cowrote with Staples, If All I Was Was Black. He lives in Chicago with his family. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf Biographies Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf:Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat.Review  ”Fail Until You Don’t: Fight. Grind. Repeat details a simple but effective way to fight through the minutia of day-to-day work with hopes to position yourself for a shot at success.” (Forbes)“Bobby Bones is exploring the beauty of big mistakes” (Entertainment Tonight)“Bobby Bones knows a thing or two about turning failure into success” (Parade) Read more From the Back Cover How Do You Win? You Lose a Few Times Along the Way.Bobby Bones doesn’t do anything halfway. When he launched his career in radio, he didn’t stop until he had one of the most beloved morning shows in the entire country, the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show. When he decided he wanted to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, he immediately planned a massive tour in sizable venues, instead of honing his set in small clubs first. When he started his music career, again he dove right in, scheduling dates all over the country. And with his first book, Bare Bones, Bobby traveled nonstop to meet his fans and his book landed at the top of bestseller lists across the country. But—and there’s a big but here—along the way there have been some epic failures, some embarrassing disasters, some confidence killers, and some total misfires. With each of these setbacks, Bobby has fallen back on the mantra that gets him through, the one he uses to propel himself forward and that has carried him from Mountain Pine, Arkansas, and his troubled childhood to today’s success:Fight. Deciding what it is you really want; setting your goals; and strategizing and taking the first steps toward that goal.Grind. Never missing a detail; always being ready and on call; and doing the work no matter how tired, sick, or over it you feel.Repeat. Having the patience, resources, and resilience to keep doing the same thing over and over until you get what it is you really want.In Fail Until You Don’t, Bobby Bones shares his stories of failures turned to wins, as do some of his famous friends, including Andy Roddick, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Chris Stapleton, his cohost Amy, Charlamagne Tha God, and many more. Full of the humor, humility, and charm that makes Bobby who he is, Fail Until You Don’t is a look into what makes him tick and will inspire you to Fight, Grind, and Repeat for what you believe in, too. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend

Pdf Biographies The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend

Pdf:The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend.Johnny Cash is one of the most influential figures in music and American popular culture today. While he was an icon to people of all ages during his life, Cash's legacy continues after his death. His remarkable story is captured in this exclusive authorized biography, addressing the whole life of Johnny Cash-not just his unforgettable music but also his relationship with June Carter Cash and his faith in Christ. His authenticity, love for God and family, and unassuming persona are what Steve Turner captures with passion and focus in this inspiring book. Different from other books written about him, The Man Called CASH brings Cash's faith and love for God into the foreground and tells the story of a man redeemed, without watering-down or sugar-coating. The Man Called CASH will be a huge success with his millions of fans and will draw in many new fans with this inspiring story of faith and redemption.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Pdf Biographies A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Pdf:A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.Review “A virtuosic piece of writing, a big, daring, manic-depressive stew of a book that noisily announces the debut of a talented—yes, staggeringly talented new writer.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   “ Exhilarating…. Profoundly moving, occasionally angry and often hilarious…. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly.” —The New York Times Book Review   “Eggers evokes the terrible beauty of youth like a young Bob Dylan, frothing with furious anger…. He takes us close, shows us as much as he can bear…. His book is a comic and moving witness that transcends and transgresses formal boundaries.” —The Washington Post   “[F]unny, wildly intelligent…. What’s consistent throughout is the full-throttle voice: the sensibility of the man who grieves his parents, who safeguards his brother, who knows that his own presence here can walk the line between ‘self-conscious’ and ‘self-devouring.” —The Boston Globe   “Eggers crafts something universal here, something raw and real and wonderful that transcends any zeitgeist and manages to deal trenchantly with ‘big issues’ that often prove too daunting for younger writers: mortality, youth the artifice of writing, the Zen of Frisbee. This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book.” —San Francisco Chronicle Read more From the Inside Flap The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World

Pdf Biographies What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World

Pdf:What Would Dolly Do?: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World.Review 'This illustrated read highlights the best of Dolly's wisdom, positivity, and spirituality...this book helped me tap into my 'Inner Dolly' - her lessons made me feel inspired and confident!'―First For Women Read more About the Author Lauren Marino is the former founding editor and editorial director of Gotham Books, where she published multiple bestsellers and award-winning books. She is the author of Jackie and Cassini and has collaborated with celebrities, doctors, and psychologists on their books. She lives in New York City. Read more

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The Anthology, Part III: Live

Pdf Biographies The Anthology, Part III: Live

Pdf:The Anthology, Part III: Live.Go inside the electric world of Garth Brooks LIVE. From the first on-stage appearance in college to headlining his own record breaking tours and worldwide stardom. Includes behind the scene stories, insider secrets, interviews with band and crew. Five CDs with 52 Live Recordings including Triple Live, the soundtrack of the record breaking world tour. 100 behind-the-scenes and performance photos. 10 augmented reality experiences that come to life through the Garth Live app.The Anthology Part III, LIVE is part three of Garth's massive five part anthology. Part III is an exciting, detailed, insider look at the electrifying concerts of Garth Brooks. From just being a bar bouncer to playing with only a few people watching at Willie's Saloon in Stillwater OK, to being an opening act for Reba, The Judds and Kenny Rogers to finally headlining his own tours which garnered him 6 CMA Entertainer of the Year awards. You get to watch the audience grow larger and larger with each show, from the multi-sold-out stadium shows around the world, to the historic night in Central Park where over a million people gathered to witness the entertainer of a lifetime! You are part of Garth's entourage for the whole thing.The 5 CDs contain 52 live recordings, including the new live album, TRIPLE LIVE. It's the soundtrack of the record breaking, number one tour in North American history. Includes over 100 amazing behind-the-scenes and performance photos and over 10 augmented reality experiences. Download the Garth Live app and hold it over the cover and various photos inside the Anthology to watch Garth's LIVE story come to life!

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf Biographies Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

Pdf:Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc..*A Rolling Stone Best Music Books of 2018 selection**A Pitchfork Pick: Best Music Books of 2018*The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process.Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He'll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and write lovingly about his parents, wife Susie, and sons, Spencer and Sammy. Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy's memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.

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Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier

Pdf Biographies Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier

Pdf:Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier.About the Author Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live and author of Once Upon a Farm and The Cow Said Neigh. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through roryfeek.com and has more than two million Facebook followers. As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning country music duo Joey+Rory. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, with Love and directed the feature-length love story Finding Josephine. Rory has appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Today Show. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse, where she goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community. Read more

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Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash

Pdf Biographies Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash

Pdf:Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.June Carter was born in the rugged mountains of Maces Springs, Virginia, to Ezra and Maybelle Carter, pioneers of country music. On stage from a very young age, June found her niche in the spotlight with her vivacious personality and down-home sense of humor. Her confidence and spirit were what attracted Johnny Cash to her in the late 1950s. On the road together, they quickly bonded. June was his helpmate and closest companion. They were married for forty years, through addiction and success, tragedy and triumph. Anchored in Love is an inside look into the life of June Carter Cash, through the eyes of her only child with Johnny Cash-John Carter Cash. With skillful prose, he reveals new information about the legendary woman through his tender memories and heartwarming stories.

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Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir

Pdf:Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir.About the Author From his Dove Award–winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and CMA Award–winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists, and still a road warrior at age 81, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multiplatinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. Read more

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Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

Pdf Biographies Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way

Pdf:Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.About the Author Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs, story, and walk halfway across America in 2010 continue to help bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. He earned the prestigious “Million-Air Award” for receiving one million radio spins of his song 'Do You Believe Me Now.' He is the author of Walk to Beautiful, his New York Times best-selling memoir, and the author of the novel and made-for-TV movie Paper Angels. Jimmy lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more

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Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf Biographies Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat

Pdf:Fail Until You Don't: Fight Grind Repeat.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWinner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (Season 27)The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bare Bones, host of the marquee morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,” comedian and dedicated philanthropist delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.  Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern. As "the most powerful man in country music" (Forbes), he has reached the peak of his profession and achieved his childhood dreams. Each weekday morning, more than five million fans tune in to his radio show. But as Bobby reveals, a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility. In this eye-opening book, he’ll include ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures. He also includes anecdotes from some of his famous friends—Andy Roddick, Chris Stapleton, Charlamagne Tha God, Charles Esten, Brooklyn Decker, Walker Hayes and Asa Hutchinson—who open up about their own missteps. Bobby’s mantra is Fight. Grind. Repeat. A man who refuses to give up, he sees failure as something to learn from—and the recollections in this funny, smart book, full of Bobby’s brand of self-effacing humor, show how he’s become such a beloved goofball.

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Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Pdf Biographies Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Pdf:Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business.From Booklist Even people who don't know country music from Kaopectate know Dolly Parton, the big-in-front, big-on-top blonde with the perky, little-girl voice who seems sometimes a hick Mae West and sometimes sweeter than Little Mary Sunshine. Given her obvious assets, the tabloid crowd knows her, too, which only increases the appeal of her memoirs. Well, she's more Mary than Mae here, with plenty of vanilla-lite sex-talk and spoofing of her persona ('It costs a lot to make a person look this cheap,' etc.) but nary a word about extramarital tumbles or surgical augmentation of her charms. She explains that while she does indeed sleep with longtime friend Judy Ogle, it's not, never was, what suspicious minds think. She praises husband Carl Dean every time she speaks his name, and she doesn't say anything catty about Porter Wagoner, on whose TV show she found fame in the early 1970s and with whom she famously fought. In short, Dolly's so squeaky clean and nice that a reader can't help wondering why HarperCollins wouldn't countenance advance reviews and sent out no early copies. The book contains no secrets to expose, no juice to spill. That doesn't mean it's flat--coming from Dolly, how could it be? It's an entertaining country music rags-to-riches story, full of just enough humor and heart to thoroughly charm the fans. Ray Olson Read more From the Publisher The inspiring, tell-it-like-it-is autobiography of one of America's best-loved stars, who tells the rags-to-riches story of her life as only she can -- with honesty, insight and an unfailing sense of humor. Here, for the first time, Parton talks openly about her life -- both public and private. She reveals how she got to where she is today, her no-nonsense attitude and the down-home philosophy that has helped her from the start. Whether discussing her sense of style, her inability to have children, the music she loves so much, her unique marriage or her friendships with other stars, Parton is amazingly candid, incredibly warm, wise and funny, proving over and over again why she is so loved. In this refreshing, candid and heartfelt autobiography, Parton reveals the woman behind the superstar, who still considers herself a simple girl from the country. It is a book that millions of readers have been waiting for. Read more

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Paul Simon: The Life

Pdf Biographies Paul Simon: The Life

Pdf:Paul Simon: The Life.A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers. Finally, Simon has opened up—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America’s greatest artists. It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of One-Trick Pony and Hearts and Bones; from the historic comeback success of Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints to the star-crossed foray into theater with The Capeman and a late-career creative resurgence—his is a musical life unlike any other. Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon’s friends, family, colleagues, and others—including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time—and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon’s long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon’s search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions—fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity—that have derailed so many great pop figures. Paul Simon is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist. “With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, it delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician” (Kirkus Reviews).

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This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

Pdf Biographies This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

Pdf:This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever.About the Author Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live and author of Once Upon a Farm and The Cow Said Neigh. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through roryfeek.com and has more than two million Facebook followers. As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning country music duo Joey+Rory. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, with Love and directed the feature-length love story Finding Josephine. Rory has appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Today Show. Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse, where she goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community. Read more

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Chronicles: Volume One

Pdf Biographies Chronicles: Volume One

Pdf:Chronicles: Volume One.WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.“I’d come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.” So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan’s eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan’s New York is a magical city of possibilities—smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book’s side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota, and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times. By turns revealing, poetical, passionate, and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan’s thoughts and influences. Dylan’s voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful, and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

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Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

Pdf Biographies Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

Pdf:Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.Review “Jewel is a truth-teller. Never Broken occupies that sacred space of soulful storytelling, hard-earned wisdom, and beautiful writing. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t stop thinking about it. This is a book that lingers in your heart.”—Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of Rising Strong  “From the very beginning of her recording career, Jewel's lyrics reflected the America she lived in with her conversational poetic touch. My friend Ben Keith brought her to my ranch to record, collecting our favorite musicians together for her early songs. The result, the enduring Pieces of You, was a great record. Jewel's lyrics resonated with the times. In this, her first memoir, she has a lot to reflect on, and the touch to tell her story well.” —Neil Young“Never Broken reads like one of Jewel's songs—it's vulnerable, passionate and forthright. And it tells a compelling story, in this case, one about a young gifted woman's journey to becoming an adult and an artist. Her writing, too, is like her voice, which, bolstered by sturdy melodies, rings with honesty and clarity. This book is filled with deep, rewarding pleasures.” —Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone“Jewel’s life in Never Broken reminded me so much of my own. But if we hadn’t of come from hardship and nothing, we wouldn’t have made something out of ourselves. Her life is in her songs and in her voice, and after knowing her, I know it’s her soul. She is honest and tender, yet has a backbone and a fire that only comes from her roots. In her stories about her childhood I can’t help but see so much of my own. The good, the bad, the love, the heartbreak. It's all there and it’s all Jewel.” —Loretta Lynn“Jewel renders an intimate portrait of a young woman who, although immensely talented, has spent her life 'surviving and recovering and problem solving since being a toddler.' [Never Broken] is lushly descriptive, chronicling the author's earliest days on the old 'homestead,' singing in saloons, busking in Mexico, and later living out of broken-down automobiles while trying to make a living in the music business. The author mines her psyche for the benefit of both herself and anyone else embroiled in profound emotional crisis….A moving musical essay that should strike all the right notes with a wide selection of readers.” —KirkusJewel’s evocative and captivating how-to for living a full and creative life…Jewel’s writing is conversational poetry, filled with rich details, as she explores her heritage or explains what she taught herself about music, art, and the music business….Her book will delight her fans, [and] reach beyond that base to those intrigued by what it takes to be successful after years of plugging away. Jewel’s lyrics, generously included throughout, reflect her authenticity and generosity.” —Publishers Weekly“Singer, and poet Jewel has lived a famous rags-to-riches story and now tells all the painful details of her turbulent life in this appealing memoir….Fans will be impressed by the singer’s tenacity and most likely shocked [as] she chronicles her struggle to earn a living, regain control of her finances, and maintain her marriage…Her determination to carve out a happy life in the midst of so much conflict is admirable, and her honesty is both bracing and appreciated….her story is sure to inspire.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW“A deeply personal memoir [that] reveals a cycle of struggles and abuse that, until now, she had kept private….Jewel reflects on an abusive upbringing and the highs and lows of her professional career, including discovering that she was broke at what should have been the pinnacle of success.” —The Tennessean Read more About the Author Jewel is an American singer, songwriter, poet, actress, philanthropist, and mother. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. She is the founder of Project Clean Water, and author of the New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor: Poems as well as two books for children. Raised in Homer, Alaska, Jewel currently lives in Tennessee and Colorado with her son.From the Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life

Pdf Biographies It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life

Pdf:It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life.Alan and Denise Jackson's life seemed like a fairy tale: high school sweethearts marry young and leave small-town Georgia to pursue big dreams in Music City. They pay their dues, work hard, weather deep disappointments. Then their dreams come true.In fairy tales, the Jacksons' material success?plus their "perfect" marriage, their three beautiful daughters, and their supportive families?would have signaled a happily-ever-after ending.But real life is different from fairy tales.At the pinnacle of their success, the Jacksons separated. For Alan, musical renown fame, and wealth still did not make up for the marital problems the Jacksons had struggled with for years. And for Denise, building her life around Alan and riding the tide of his success had somehow left her hollow, unsure of just who she really was.You don't have to be rich and famous to go through struggles like these. Sooner or later, we all come to the point when we relize that real joy and peace isn't just around the corner of the next achievement, the next relationship, the next new thing.That's why Alan and Denise Jackson's story isn't just a great read and a dramatic, intimate look at the golden world of celebrity. It's a story of the greatest love of all, the love that will never let you go . . . and how to find it, no matter who you are, where you live, or what you've done."Denise's story is an inside perspective on the results of the ups and downs of fame. Her personal struggles with life's ordinary and extraordinary consequences, her passion to have a stronger marriage, and her desire to have a closer walk with God make for a truly inspiring life." ?Carrie Underwood, 2005 American Idol Winner, ACM & CMA Female Vocalist of the Year

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Maus. I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History

Pdf Biographies Maus. I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History

Pdf:Maus. I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History.Amazon.com Review Some historical events simply beggar any attempt at description--the Holocaust is one of these. Therefore, as it recedes and the people able to bear witness die, it becomes more and more essential that novel, vigorous methods are used to describe the indescribable. Examined in these terms, Art Spiegelman's Maus is a tremendous achievement, from a historical perspective as well as an artistic one. Spiegelman, a stalwart of the underground comics scene of the 1960s and '70s, interviewed his father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor living outside New York City, about his experiences. The artist then deftly translated that story into a graphic novel. By portraying a true story of the Holocaust in comic form--the Jews are mice, the Germans cats, the Poles pigs, the French frogs, and the Americans dogs--Spiegelman compels the reader to imagine the action, to fill in the blanks that are so often shied away from. Reading Maus, you are forced to examine the Holocaust anew. This is neither easy nor pleasant. However, Vladek Spiegelman and his wife Anna are resourceful heroes, and enough acts of kindness and decency appear in the tale to spur the reader onward (we also know that the protagonists survive, else reading would be too painful). This first volume introduces Vladek as a happy young man on the make in pre-war Poland. With outside events growing ever more ominous, we watch his marriage to Anna, his enlistment in the Polish army after the outbreak of hostilities, his and Anna's life in the ghetto, and then their flight into hiding as the Final Solution is put into effect. The ending is stark and terrible, but the worst is yet to come--in the second volume of this Pulitzer Prize-winning set. --Michael Gerber Read more From School Library Journal YA Told with chilling realism in an unusual comic-book format, this is more than a tale of surviving the Holocaust. Spiegelman relates the effect of those events on the survivors' later years and upon the lives of the following generation. Each scene opens at the elder Spiegelman's home in Rego Park, N.Y. Art, who was born after the war, is visiting his father, Vladek, to record his experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland. The Nazis, portrayed as cats, gradually introduce increasingly repressive measures, until the Jews, drawn as mice, are systematically hunted and herded toward the Final Solution. Vladek saves himself and his wife by a combination of luck and wits, all the time enduring the torment of hunted outcast. The other theme of this book is Art's troubled adjustment to life as he, too, bears the burden of his parents' experiences. This is a complex book. It relates events which young adults, as the future architects of society, must confront, and their interest is sure to be caught by the skillful graphics and suspenseful unfolding of the story. Rita G. Keeler, St. John's School , HoustonCopyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Pdf Biographies Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Pdf:Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Pantheon Graphic Library).From Publishers Weekly Spiegelman's startling comic about the Holocaust, which revolves around his survivor father's experiences, won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review 'The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust.'—The Wall Street Journal'Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world.'—Umberto Eco'In part two of Maus, Art Spiegelman finishes his masterpiece . . . You can't help witnessing—even feeling—the act of private pain being transformed into lasting truth.'—The Boston Globe'One of the most poweful and original memoirs to come along in recent years . . . An epic story told in tiny pictures.'—The New York Times Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot

Pdf Biographies Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot

Pdf:Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot.Review WWII History, March 2007“It goes without saying that James Maitland Stewart was one of Hollywood’s greatest and most enduring stars. Be he was also an American patriod of the first order … Veteran journalist Starr Smith has captured the true essence of the man in this superbly written and profusely illustrated biography … With so many of the current generation of Hollywood stars decidedly antiwar and antimilitary, this book is a refreshing, nostalgic look back at a time when personal fame, money and safety took a back-seat to the ideals of duty, honor and country. Not to be missed.” Read more From the Back Cover Of all the celebrities who served their country during World War II, Jimmy Stewart was unique. At the height of his fame, Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the army several months before the Pearl Harbor attacks woke Hollywood and the rest of the nation to the reality of war. “It’s a true story of personal knowledge,” writes Walter Cronkite in the foreword, “and is told with skill, respect, and admiration.” Author Starr Smith chronicles for the first time Stewart’s long journey to becoming a bomber pilot in combat, including:   ·         Stewart’s battles with the Air Corps high command ·         His assignment to a Liberator squadron in England with the famed Mighty Eighth Air Force ·         His twenty combat missions—including one to Berlin—in command of his own squadron in the 445th Bomb Group ·         Later, Stewart’s promotion to group operations officer for the 453rd Bomb Group   “I have met a few movie stars, but of them all, I think that Jimmy Stewart was most like those modest heroes he portrayed. Now journalist Starr Smith has raised the curtain on Stewart’s gallant service as a bomber pilot and air combat commander in World War II.” —Walter Cronkite, from the foreword   “My father’s experiences during World War II affected him more deeply and permanently than anything else in his life. . . . He would feel honored by this book.” —Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy Stewart   “Smith’s clear admiration for Stewart comes through on every page, but with an understatement that even George Bailey could have lived with.” —Publishers Weekly   “How wonderful it is that Starr Smith has finally directed a literary light on the personal history of Jimmy Stewart. I welcomed Starr’s book. It’s needed and wanted. Bravo!” —Gay Talese, noted journalist and author of A Writer’s Life and Honor Thy Father   “This is a very well-researched and written book. Starr Smith has filled it with personal anecdotes about a World War II hero. It fills a place in history about no mere actor, but a courageous and selfless man.” —General Michael E. Ryan, USAF (ret.) and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force    “Jimmy Stewart was that rare public man who performed his duty without calling attention to himself. Stewart has found his biographer in Starr Smith, a man who knew Stewart, who knew the World War II Army Air Corps, and who surely knows how to write.” —Wayne Flynt, professor of history, Auburn University   “This is an excellent biography of a distinguished airman and fine human being, not a Hollywood star in uniform but a dedicated officer whose primary interest was the campaign of the Eighth Air Force. It is the work of a very accomplished writer, one who really knows his craft. When you turn the last page, you cannot but have a clear understanding of Jimmy Stewart’s character.” —Roger A. Freeman, air power historian and author, The Mighty Eighth   “Several senior-officer mentors, recognizing Stewart’s competence as more than merely respectable, secured him combat assignments when Hollywood and the air force would probably rather have kept him making training films. . . . Smith dishes no dirt, possibly because, like other Stewart limners before him, he found none to dish.” —American Library Association, Booklist Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Flags of Our Fathers

Pdf Biographies Flags of Our Fathers

Pdf:Flags of Our Fathers.Review “Unforgettable . . . one of the most instructive and moving books on war and its aftermath that we are likely to see . . . its portrayal rivals Saving Private Ryan in its shocking, unvarnished immediacy.”—The New York Times“The best battle book I ever read . . . These stories, chronicling the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe.”—Stephen E. Ambrose “A powerful book whose vivid and horrific images do not easily leave the mind . . . [Flags of Our Fathers] relates the brutalizing story of Iwo Jima with a fine eye for both the strategic imperative and the telling incident.”—The Boston Globe   “Brings a heartfelt personal dimension to this penetrating and insightful look at an American icon . . . Flags of Our Fathers captivates as the story behind a famous photo; a story that lives on in a son’s heart.”—National Review Read more About the Author James Bradley is the son of John “Doc” Bradley, one of the six flagraisers. A speaker and a writer, he lives in Rye, New York.Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is the author of White Town Drowsing and Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain. He lives in Vermont. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Flags of Our Fathers

Pdf Biographies Flags of Our Fathers

Pdf:Flags of Our Fathers.Amazon.com Review The Battle of Iwo Jima, fought in the winter of 1945 on a rocky island south of Japan, brought a ferocious slice of hell to earth: in a month's time, more than 22,000 Japanese soldiers would die defending a patch of ground a third the size of Manhattan, while nearly 26,000 Americans fell taking it from them. The battle was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, and it produced one of World War II's enduring images: a photograph of six soldiers raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point. One of those young Americans was John Bradley, a Navy corpsman who a few days before had braved enemy mortar and machine-gun fire to administer first aid to a wounded Marine and then drag him to safety. For this act of heroism Bradley would receive the Navy Cross, an award second only to the Medal of Honor. Bradley, who died in 1994, never mentioned his feat to his family. Only after his death did Bradley's son James begin to piece together the facts of his father's heroism, which was but one of countless acts of sacrifice made by the young men who fought at Iwo Jima. Flags of Our Fathers recounts the sometimes tragic life stories of the six men who raised the flag that February day--one an Arizona Indian who would die following an alcohol-soaked brawl, another a Kentucky hillbilly, still another a Pennsylvania steel-mill worker--and who became reluctant heroes in the bargain. A strongly felt and well-written entry in a spate of recent books on World War II, Flags gives a you-are-there depiction of that conflict's horrible arenas--and a moving homage to the men whom fate brought there. --Gregory McNamee Read more From Publishers Weekly Say 'Iwo Jima,' and what comes to mind? Most likely a famous photograph from 1945: six tired, helmeted Marines, fresh from a long, terrifying and bloody battle, work together to raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi. Bradley's father, John, was one of the six. In this voluminous and memorable work of popular history mixed with memoir, Bradley and Powers (White Town Drowsing) reconstruct those Marines' experiences, and those of their Pacific Theater comrades. The authors begin with the six soldiers' childhoods. Soon enough, bombs have fallen on Pearl Harbor, and by May '43 the young men have become proud leathernecks. Bradley and Powers incorporate accounts of specific battles, like 'Hellzapoppin Ridge' (Bougainville, December '43), and pull in corps life and lore, from the tough-minded to the slightly silly, from mandatory penis inspections (medics checking for VD) to life in the pitch-dark of 'Tent City No. 1.' And they cover the strategy and tactics leading up to the awful battle for the islandAthe navy's disputed plans for offshore bombardment, cut at the last minute from 10 days to three; the 16 miles of Japanese underground tunnels, far more than Allied intelligence expected. A quarter of the book follows the fighting on Iwo Jima, sortie by sortie. The final chapters pursue the veterans' subsequent lives: Bradley and Powers set themselves against often-sanctimonious tradition, retrieving the stories of six more or less troubled individuals from the anonymity of heroic myth. A simple thesis emerges from all the detail worked into this touching group portrait, in a comment by John Bradley: 'The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn't come back.' No reader will forget the lesson. (May) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

Pdf Biographies Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

Pdf:Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits.Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl)

Pdf Biographies Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl)

Pdf:Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties—Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl).Rock me all night long... A decade of rock history...and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne's Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and plenty more.Rockin' Rita and her sexy entourage were ultra-fans who rocked the boys in the bands backstage and between the covers when the heavy metal rockers and hair bands rolled into town in their tour buses. With her own outrageously high hair and edgy original clothing designs, Rita never missed an opportunity to get the coveted backstage passes that led to dressing room parties and hotel hook-ups.This is a sex-and-tell story about her obsession for sex and drugs with rock stars. Rita reveals her flirtatious romps and hard rock tales with the bad boys of eighties heavy metal in her legend-filled story...Once Upon a Rock Star

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Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

Pdf Biographies Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal

Pdf:Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal.The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd, with a foreword by Patton Oswalt.Brian Posehn is a successful and instantly recognizable comedian, actor, and writer. He also happens to be a giant nerd. That's partly because he's been obsessed with such things as Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, and heavy metal since he was a child; the other part is because he fills out every bit of his six-foot-seven-inch frame. Brian's always felt awkward and like a perpetual outsider, but he found his way through the difficulties of growing up by escaping into the worlds of Star Wars, D&D, and comics and by rocking his face off. He was a nerd long before it was cool (and that didn't help his situation much), but his passions proved time and again to be the safe haven he needed to persevere and thrive in a world in which he was far from comfortable.Brian, now balls deep in middle age with a wife, child, and thriving career, still feels like an outsider and is as big a nerd as ever. But that's okay, because in his five decades of nerdom, he's discovered the key to happiness is not growing up. You can be a nerd forever and find success that way - because somehow along the way the nerds won.Forever Nerdy is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. This isn't Brian's life story, just some bizarre and hilarious stories from his life, along with a captivating look back at nearly 50 years of nerd culture. Being a nerd hasn't always been easy, but somehow this self-hating nerd who suffered from depression was able to land his dream job, get the girl, and learn to fit in. Kind of. See how he did it while managing to remain forever nerdy.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Sinatra: The Photographs

Pdf Biographies Sinatra: The Photographs

Pdf:Sinatra: The Photographs.Full of commentary by the people who knew him best, this exceptional collection of photographs showcases Frank Sinatra like never before.   Nobody packed a visual punch like Frank Sinatra. With his clothes, his gestures, his posture, and even his facial expressions, Sinatra exuded a confident swagger that inspired generations. Photographs capture not only his ineffable sense of style, but also his aura of vulnerability, intensity, sexuality, and charm.  Sinatra: The Photographs focuses on the decades after World War II, when he towered over the American entertainment landscape. These were the years of the Rat Pack and Las Vegas, socializing with Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, and making music with Nelson Riddle, Count Basie, and Quincy Jones.   Featured here is the best work by a group of photographers—Ted Allan, Bob Willoughby, Ed Thrasher, Sid Avery, and Bernie Abramson—who helped shape the public image of an immortal legend.   “Andrew Howick, who helps curate and edit one of the world’s largest collections of photos of Sinatra, collects a stunning array of photographs that helped shape the singer’s persona.” —Publishers Weekly

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Prince: A Private View

Pdf Biographies Prince: A Private View

Pdf:Prince: A Private View.About the Author AFSHIN SHAHIDI, an Iranian-born, American photographer and filmmaker, has worked worldwide on a depth and variety of projects, ranging from films and documentaries, to music videos and commercials. Early in his career, he worked as a camera assistant on Prince’s music video sets in Minnesota. Afshin lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children and continues to create art at any and all cost, in the spirit of his mentor. Read more

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The Upside: A Memoir (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Pdf Biographies The Upside: A Memoir (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Pdf:The Upside: A Memoir (Movie Tie-In Edition).The acclaimed true story of an aristocrat, a con man, and the friendship that transformed them both, now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman. Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo were two people marginalized by society: Sellou a wisecracking, unemployed immigrant, just out on parole; Pozzo a man born to wealth and privilege, recently paralyzed from the neck down after a paragliding accident. How they came to help each other, and the unlikely friendship that became a lifeline for them both, is an uplifting story that's now been told and retold around the world. In this bestselling memoir, Sellou shows us the irreverent, real-life character behind Kevin Hart's smiling face. The book takes us from Sellou's childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic. Sellou tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, humor, style, and--though he denies that he has any--humility. Originally published as You Changed My Life

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I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures

Pdf Biographies I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures

Pdf:I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures.Teller of Penn & Teller declares “nobody knows more about magic from the inside than Steve.” Here is Steve Spill’s life story about lying for a living.   In this irreverent memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, often maddening, but ultimately rewarding offbeat showbiz profession—that of a working magician.   Starting when his grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician’s tuxedo back in 1910, Spill’s dream of performing magic took him on a journey from shows at house parties to engagements in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Today, he stars in shows at Magicopolis—the theater he designed and built himself.   In his memoir, Spill reveals the many unique encounters that his profession has led him to enjoy (and endure): hosting Sting as his opening act one night, spending two days on camera with Joan Rivers, and selling tricks to Bob Dylan as well as encounters with Adam Sandler, Stephen King, and many other celebrities.  I Lie for Money captures the highs and lows of an extraordinary life. Spill will delight and amaze you “with his combination of writing and performing skills and his endless inventiveness” (Dick Cavett).

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Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors

Pdf Biographies Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors

Pdf:Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors.Review “[A] departure from anything anyone named Bush — or any other President — has published after leaving office . . . Accompanying the portraits are stories, also written by Bush, about how each subject dealt with setback and then mounted a recovery. The paths are anything but straightforward, and Bush's book, in words and pictures, is a challenge and a road map for anyone who faces difficulty.”  -TIME“What an uplifting volume.  It’s a testament to, for sure, the GIs it portrays – and, by implication, to all our soldiers, airmen, and sailors.  It’s also a tale of life’s capacity to surprise, its ability to hand up new and unexpected lives not only to these veterans but also to their constitutional commander.” -Seth Lipsky, New York Post “Evocative and surprisingly adept . . . After staring at the haunting close-up portraits of wounded warriors and reading the searing accounts of their suffering, I’m beginning to understand why this beautifully published book went to No. 1 on The Times’s nonfiction best-seller list.”-Jonathan Alter, the New York Times Book Review“Most of [the portraits] show the head and face full size, seemingly bursting out of the frame with genuine presence and considerable expressive energy . . . There is genuine empathy in Bush’s embrace of the stories told by these soldiers . . . He demonstrates in this book and in these paintings virtues that are sadly lacking at the top of the American political pyramid today: curiosity, compassion, the commitment to learn something new and the humility to learn it in public.” -Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post“[It’s] impossible to look at these 98 extraordinary images without thinking deeply about the artist who made them: A leader who sent troops off to the battlefield, and who, so many years later, spends his days channeling the damaged but determined warriors who came home . . . Spend a little time in the presence of these pictures, and one is overwhelmed by their subjects’ sacrifices, their courage, their strength and, in some cases, their turmoil.”-Task and Purpose Read more About the Author GEORGE W. BUSH is the 43rd President of the United States, serving from 2001 to 2009. He previously served as Governor of Texas. He and his wife, Laura, now live in Dallas, where they founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. President Bush is also the author of two number one bestsellers: Decision Points, his presidential memoir; and 41, a biography of his father, President George H.W. Bush. Read more

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Pdf Biographies How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Pdf:How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you've ever met or anyone you've even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket. No career guide can offer advice for success that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares what he learned for turning one failure after another into something good and lasting. Adams reveals that he failed at just about everything he's tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But there's a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of humor along the way. While it's hard for anyone to recover from a personal or professional failure, Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance: Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners "Passion" is bull. What you need is personal energy A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others. You won't find a road map to success in this audiobook. But Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: "This is a story of one person's unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me."

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

Pdf Biographies Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

Pdf:Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles , Eric Clapton, The Faces . . ..Born just outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album, Children of the Future, and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for the best in the business: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts, Who’s Next by the Who, and many others. Even more impressive, Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober, and so he is one of the most reliable and clear-eyed insiders to tell these stories today.In this entertaining and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over: he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked  to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stones’ first European tour, Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.Johns’s career has been long and prolific, and he’s still at it—over the last two decades he has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, most recently, Ryan Adams. Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industry—like musicians themselves—has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and roll.

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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Pdf Biographies The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Pdf:The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.About the Author Robert Edsel began his career in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1996 he moved to Europe to pursue his interests in the arts. Settling in Florence seeing some of the great works, he wondered how all of the monuments and art treasures survived the devastation of World War II. During the ensuing years, he devoted himself to finding the answer. In the process, he commissioned major research that has resulted in this book. Robert also coproduced the related documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and cowrote Rescuing Da Vinci, a photographic history of an art heist of epic proportions and the Allied rescue effort. The author lives in Dallas. Bret Witter cowrote the bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Grand Central, 2008). He lives in Louisville, KY. Read more

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In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII’s iconic queens

Pdf Biographies In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII’s iconic queens

Pdf:In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII’s iconic queens.About the Author Sarah Morris runs the website www.anneboleynbook.co.uk, dedicated to her non-fiction and fiction writing about England’s most famous queen consort.Natalie Grueninger is a researcher, writer and educator, and founder of www.onthetudortrail.com, a site about Anne Boleyn and Tudor England. Read more

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Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pdf Biographies Pimp: The Story of My Life

Pdf:Pimp: The Story of My Life.Review 'THE BEST KNOWN PIMP OF OUR TIME'--Hollie West for The Washington Post'ICEBERG SLIM WAS THE GODFATHER OF A GENRE.' --K'wan, #1 Essence Best-selling author'ICEBERG, SLIM BABY RIDE RIMS' --Jay-Z lyrics to 'So Ghetto''ONE OF THE GREATEST BLACK WRITERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY.' --Ice-T'ESSENTIAL READING' --Irvine Welsch for The Guardian Read more About the Author Iceberg Slim, also known as Robert Beck, was born in Chicago in 1918 and was initiated into the life of the pimp at age eighteen. He briefly attended the Tuskegee Institute but dropped out to return to the streets of the South Side, where he remained, pimping until he was forty-two. After several stints in jail he decided to give up the life and turned to writing. Slim folded his life into the pages of seven books based on his life. Catapulted into the public eye, Slim became a new American hero, known for speaking the truth whether that truth was ugly, sexy, rude, or blunt. He published six more books based on his life and Slim died at age 73 in 1992; one day before the Los Angeles riots. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf Biographies The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection

Pdf:The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection.From the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go. • A thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida• A cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry• A billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution• A book that became a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah favorite• A massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the U.S. governmentHow could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.The Surrender Experiment is now a New York Times bestseller!

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Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

Pdf Biographies Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

Pdf:Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life.Review 'Melton writes about spirituality, faith, creativity, and compassion without once surrendering her hilarious and hard-knocks identity.' (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of BIG MAGIC)“In Carry On, Warrior, Glennon Melton’s honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor will keep readers racing through the pages—and set them thinking more deeply about their own lives.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home)“Glennon embodies all that we want to be and fear we are not: she is authentic, funny, wise, loving, and resilient in the face of extraordinary challenges. But the magic of Carry On, Warrior is that by the time you finish the book, you realize you ARE all those things, and more. It is a book that actually makes you feel that you are loved and cherished. Has a book ever accomplished anything more marvelous than that?” (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers)“CarryOn, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emergingfrom addiction and living life at full-tilt.” (Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God)“Funny,honest, and brave, Glennon Melton joins the ranks of Anne Lamott, Sara Miles,and Barbara Brown Taylor by giving her readers a precious gift:permission--permission to doubt, permission to believe, permission to struggle,permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth, and permission to do it allimperfectly. Carry On, Warrior takes its place among the best ofspiritual memoirs as the kind of book readers will want to return to again andagain. It reads like a conversation with a close friend, but impacts theheart like an encounter with the divine.” (Rachel Held Evans, author of Evolving in Monkey Town and a Year of Biblical Womanhood)“An inspirational guide. Only by living in a state of loving vulnerability [was Melton able] to do what she desired most: touch others and be touched by them in return. Gentle words of wisdom from a woman driven by 'senseless, relentless hope.'” (Kirkus Reviews)'Refreshingly frank. Writing, or as she calls it 'living out loud,' is for Melton a bracing therapy to chase away loneliness, learn humility, and banish the fears of revealing the less than flattering sides of herself.' (Publishers Weekly)“Glennon Doyle Melton is church and Carry On, Warrior reads like one of those old rollicking hymns that make you want to stand up at the end and shout, “Amen!” Life is indeed “brutiful” but Glennon’s humor, warmth, and honesty are profound reminders that there is beauty in our struggle. I can’t stop thinking about this book.” (Brené Brown, Ph.D. New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Tra)“First and foremost, Melton's book is chock-a-block with great characters, and she's number one. Melton pulls this off with the help of smart, funny, plain prose.”— (The Agony Column Bookotron.com)“Carry On Warrior is like sitting down for a cup of coffee with a friend to share stories, laughter, and tears, mixed with a whole lot of “me too!”s and “I thought I was the only one.” You leave refreshed, renewed, and reminded that we aren't alone in this. Not even a little.It isn't the kind of book you put down and say “oh, that was good.” It’s the kind of book you put down, then go to the store and buy three more copies because you know you are going to run into someone who needs them.” (Examiner.com) Read more About the Author Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior, an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Glennon is also the founder of the online community, Momastery, where she shares shameless, humorous, and inspiring essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and connection. She is the creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over three million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving. Glennon is a sought-after public speaker both domestically and internationally. She has been featured on the TODAY show, The Talk, OWN, and in The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and in other television and print outlets. Glennon lives in Florida with her family.  Read more

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One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth

Pdf Biographies One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth

Pdf:One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth.Amazon.com Review Ordained minister and 'spiritual life counselor' Iyanla Vanzant doesn't know the exact moment when her soul opened up 'and the spirit of the divine entered [her] body.' But she will always remember the key insight that opened the door to her soul and simultaneously locked the door to her insanity: 'If you know who walks beside you, you can never be afraid.' This is the premise from which Vanzant has launched her enormously successful 40-day, spiritual self-help program. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up is designed as day-by-day journal/workbook to help readers believe in a divine presence while pondering daily spiritual lessons such as simplicity, peace, compassion, and nonjudgement. The charismatic Vanzant (whom Oprah Winfrey considers to be one of the world's most admirable spiritual leaders) has a gift for humble, tell-it-like-it-is talk. She is also a wise and warm soul, eager to help others trust in love and find a relationship with God in order to get on with their lives. Readers especially like her daily list of inspirations titled 'Let Me Remember.' For example, under day 23, 'When You Feel Angry,' she uses the list to remind readers: 'All things work to bring me healing'; 'Forgiveness will provide relief and release'; and 'Love will heal anything that is not an expression of love.' --Gail Hudson Read more Review Tavis Smiley Host of BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley Everyday I read Iyanla Vanzant's inspired work, my sould just opens up! And so will yours if you heed her advice on how to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and self-assurance. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Haywire

Pdf Biographies Haywire

Pdf:Haywire.From the moment of its publication in 1977, Haywire was a national sensation and a #1 bestseller, a celebrated Hollywood memoir of a glittering family and the stunning darkness that lurked just beneath the surface. Brooke Hayward was born into the most enviable of circumstances. The daughter of a famous actress and a successful Hollywood agent, she was beautiful, wealthy, and living at the very center of the most privileged life America had to offer. Yet at twenty-three her family was ripped apart. Who could have imagined that this magical life could shatter, so conclusively, so destructively? Brooke Hayward tells the riveting story of how her family went haywire.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf Biographies To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Pdf:To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret.New York Times bestseller | “Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth.”  —Cheryl StrayedFrom travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia.On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review.In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home.A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.

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My Love Story

Pdf Biographies My Love Story

Pdf:My Love Story.Review “Harrowing . . . Fascinating . . . Neither sensationalistic nor self-serving . . . For a famous sex symbol who has turned a tragedy into a fairy tale, Turner is charmingly down to earth.”  (The New York TImes)'Full of revelations that illustrate Turner's iron will and perserverance over seemingly imporssible obstacles.' (USA Today)'A rollicking, dishy, emotional memoir from the 78-year-old icon.' (People)'Brave and wry.' (Vulture)'Astonishing, soul-baring - the must-read memoir by rock's greatest survivor.' (Daily Mail (UK))“[Tina Turner] shares openly and in riveting detail in her new memoir, My Love Story...If you want to get closer to a living legend, this engrossing work is decidedly the way to do it.” (Parade.com) Read more About the Author Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer and actress whose career has spanned more than sixty years. She has won numerous awards, including eight Grammys. Tina began her music career with her husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of hits including “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Proud Mary.” She divorced Ike in 1978 and, after virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years, rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits including her 1984 solo album Private Dancer. In 1986, she published a bestselling memoir I Tina which was turned into the Academy Award-nominated film What’s Love Got to Do with It in 1993. One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Tina has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history. She lives with her husband, Erwin Bach, in Zurich, Switzerland. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

Pdf Biographies Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story

Pdf:Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story.Review “A fellow craftsman from Georgia, Clint shows how to live life as an adventure. From the floor of his first shop to the foundations of Habitat for Humanity houses, to building furniture for the world to see, Clint Harp is living a handcrafted life.” –President Jimmy Carter “I’m proud of Clint. I’m proud of the husband and father he is, and I’m proud that he’s my friend. He’s the kind of guy who just bears down and gets stuff done. I’m glad he took the time to put his life story together, and I’m honored to have played a small part. Don’t be dumb...read this book!” --Chip Gaines “As Clint crafts the inspiring details of his personal journey from meager means to craftsman to TV personality, he points us to our own stories, and leaves us eager to find and admire the beauty in every reclaimed piece of our own lives, to value all the parts, people, and unlikely moments that have shaped us and nudged us toward our own dreams.'--Chris Rice Read more About the Author Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper as the dumpster-diving, reclaimed wood-loving carpenter and furniture artisan. He and his wife, Kelly, own and operate their business, Harp Design Co. The Harp family lives in Waco, Texas. Handcrafted is Clint’s first book. Read more

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My Love Story

Pdf Biographies My Love Story

Pdf:My Love Story.Tina Turner—the long-reigning queen of rock & roll and living legend—sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life in this eye-opening and compelling memoir.From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits.

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The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Pdf Biographies The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder

Pdf:The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder.About the Author Lisa Gungor has been scribbling down songs since she was seven years old. A maker at heart, Lisa studied art in college, and in 2005 she began recording and traveling with the band that eventually turned into the two-time Grammy-nominated musical collective with her husband known as Gungor. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband Michael and their two beautiful girls, Amelie and Lucie. She writes for Gungor, the Storyline blog, The Liturgists, and The Huffington Post.     Read more

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf Biographies The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Pdf:The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.Review 'An astounding triumph...A recovery memoir like no other...Jamison is a writer of prodigious ambition...Here, she's a bare-it-all memoirist, an astute critic, and a diligent archivist all in one. The book knows no bounds, building in depth and vitality with each passing concern...There's something profound at work here, a truth about how we grow into ourselves that rings achingly wise and burrows painfully deep.'―David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly (A)'A sprawling, compelling, fiercely ambitious book...Its publication represents the most significant new addition to the canon in more than a decade...Jamison's writing throughout is spectacularly evocative and sensuous...She thinks with elegant precision, cutting through the whiskey-soaked myths...Jamison is interested in something else: the possibility that sobriety can form its own kind of legend, no less electric, and more generative in the end.'―Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic'Masterful...beautifully honest...Essential reading...The most comprehensive study of the relationship between writing and alcohol that I have read, or know about...The prose is clean and clear and a pleasure to read, utterly without pretension. Although the subject is dark, Jamison has managed to write an often very funny page turner...In short, The Recovering is terrific, and if you're interested in the relationship between artists and addiction, you must read it.'―Clancy Martin, Bookforum'Magnificent and genuinely moving. This is that rare addiction memoir that gets better after sobriety takes hold.'―Dwight Garner, New York Times'A remarkable feat...Jamison is a bracingly smart writer; her sentences wind and snake, at turns breathless and tense...Instead of solving the mystery of why she drank, she does something worthier, digging underneath the big emptiness that lives inside every addict to find something profound.'―Sam Lansky, Time'Riveting...Jamison orchestrates a multi-voiced, universal song of lack, shame, surrender, uncertain and unsentimental redemption...It is a pleasure and feels like a social duty to report that Jamison's book shines sunlight on these creepy, crepuscular enchantments. Wisdom floods the scene, and genius never flees. Quite on its own terms, The Recovering is a beautifully told example of the considered and self-aware becoming art.'―Priscilla Gilman, Boston Globe'Such is Jamison's command of metaphor and assonance that she could rivet a reader with a treatise on toast. We perhaps have no writer better on the subject of psychic suffering and its consolations.'―Gary Greenberg, The New Yorker'Brilliant...We are aware, most fundamentally, of Jamison's urgency. This, of course, is as it should be, for sheis writing to survive...The Recovering leaves us with the sense of a writer intent on holding nothing back.'―David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times'Fascinating...energetic, colorful, fun, buzzy, affecting, and spot-on...Emotional, as well as factual, honesty is the sine qua non of a memoir. Yet this kind of deep honesty--the merciless self-examination and exposure that Jamison displays--is increasingly rare.'―Melanie Thernstrom, New York Times Book Review'Wonderful...wholly original...it shines.'―Matt McCarthy, USA Today Read more About the Author Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the novelist Charles Bock, and their two daughters. Read more

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Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf Biographies Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf:Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life.From the Back Cover Cold Tangerines---now available in softcover--- is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in your everyday life. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that are called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we all long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling you upward to the best possible life, and giving you room to breathe, to rest, to break down, and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak and boredom and broken glass. Read more About the Author Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild and silly and darling boys, Henry and Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for IF:Table, she is a member of the Relevant podcast, and a guest teacher at her church. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.   Read more

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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Pdf Biographies Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Pdf:Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.About the Author Bethany Hamilton, who YM magazine called the 'Bravest Girl in America,' has been surfing since she was seven years old. Since her shark attack last year Bethany has participated in numerous competitions and has received the 2004 Teen Choice award for Most Courageous Teen and the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete.Sheryl Berk most recently collaborated with Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala on her memoir, Wise Girl, and with Britney Spears on her autobiography, Stages. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Peter, and their own little miracle, daughter Carrie.Rick Bundschuh is a surfer, writer, and cartoonist, and serves as one of the pastors at Kauai Christian Fellowship. He makes his home in Kalaheo, Hawaii, along with his wife, Lauren, their four kids, a weenie dog, and a quiver of surfboards. Read more

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99: Stories of the Game

Pdf Biographies 99: Stories of the Game

Pdf:99: Stories of the Game.Review Praise for 99: Stories of the Game“The Great One delivers a personal history of the National Hockey League...Gretzky’s sense of his sport’s history rings clearly throughout these pages, as if he is the tour guide of a museum in which he also has created some of the best art...This enjoyable book provides an overview that will educate longtime fans and relative newcomers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews“One of the most enjoyable hockey books to be published in many years.”—Booklist (starred review)“Arguably the best player in the history of hockey, [Gretzky] has written a warm and enthusiastic collection of memories and stories. This book showcases some of hockey’s best moments through the keen eyes of an avid student, lover, and ambassador of the game. VERDICT: Essential for all hockey fans, old and new.”—Library Journal“Wayne Gretzky’s 99 glides across a lifetime of high sticks and higher stakes.”—Vanity Fair   Read more About the Author Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, and is the only NHL player to total more than two hundred points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held sixty-one separate NHL records (forty regular season, fifteen playoff, and six All-Star)—and still holds most of them today. His honors include 31 Hart, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Lester B. Pearson, and Lady Byng trophies and awards.His teams included the Edmonton Oilers (1979–1988, including four Stanley Cups), the Los Angeles Kings (1988–1996, including a Stanley Cup final), the St. Louis Blues (1996), and the New York Rangers (1996–1999). Following his retirement, he became the ninth and final player to be ushered into the Hall of Fame with no waiting period, and the first to have his jersey number retired league-wide.Among his activities since, he has been minority owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and executive director of Canada’s 2002 gold medal-winning men’s hockey team, and is a restaurateur, winemaker, and philanthropist with his own Wayne Gretzky Foundation. He lives with his family in Westlake Village, California.   Kirstie McLellan Day is the coauthor of the Canadian bestselling hockey memoirs Cornered (HarperCollins, 2011), with Ron MacLean; Playing with Fire (Triumph, 2010), with Theo Fleury; and Tough Guy (Triumph, 2009), with Bob Probert. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Read more

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I Was Somebody Before This.

Pdf Biographies I Was Somebody Before This.

Pdf:I Was Somebody Before This..As seen in Rolling Stone, Radio personality and New author Kitti Jones shares her more detailed story of her time with singer R.Kelly and her life before meeting him, including never before seen photo's and shocking information never revealed.

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Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

Pdf Biographies Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

Pdf:Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul.Review “Drawing on poignant personal stories, Jewish life and traditions, and a spiritual letter from Einstein to a grieving father, Naomi Levy’s book outlines an inspiring guide on how to live a meaningful and connected life.” ―Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams“Rabbi Naomi Levy shares her loving spirit, her inspirational stories of Einstein and the rabbi whose grief he sought to assuage, and her lessons on hearing the voice of your soul. This remarkable book spoke to me as I am sure it will speak to you.” ―Susan Cain, author of Quiet“It is the task of the rabbi to articulate the wisdom and power of the Jewish religion in all its profundity, mystery, and earthy relevance. Naomi Levy performs the task spectacularly; she speaks from deep within the Jewish soul and gives the spiritual gifts of Judaism not only to Jews but to the world at large. It is difficult to overestimate her contribution. Einstein and the Rabbi is worthy of the matriarchs from whom originated the blessing of Jewish womanhood and who continue, through such as her, to bless it still.' ―Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Everyday Grace“[Levy] is a gifted storyteller―courageous, daring, witty and wise…. She brings not only eloquence and wisdom but also a wry sense of humor and the deepest compassion to her writing. Yet [Einstein and the Rabbi] achieves something even more exalted, an intimate revelation that rings with courage and authenticity. The reader surely will come away from Levy’s latest book with that sense of spiritual fullness she seeks to impart in everything she does.” ―Jewish Journal“[Levy's] wisdom and openness and wondrous spirit ripple through the pages of her engaging new book.” ―The Jerusalem Post'Engaging...genuinely moving.' ―Publishers Weekly“Everyone needs to read this book. It is a book for the times we live in now...capturing the human spirit through historic journeys, present-day gestures of kindness, and understanding. Naomi Levy writes with a clear, easy style that allows us to fall into her narrative, bearing witness to the soul life.” ―Julianna Margulies, actor/producer“With keen insight, an open heart, and the graceful, accessible wisdom for which she is widely known, Rabbi Naomi Levy has written a book that will be a balm and a provocation for all who read it. It made me cry. It made me think. To read it is to be gently guided into a deeper place.” ―Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Hourglass“Throughout, Levy comes off as a trustworthy guide, with just the right leavening (or perhaps unleavening) of humor and endless compassion.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Spiritual seekers of any faith should find guidance and comfort in these intricately woven stories of love, loss, suffering, and success.” ―Library Journal'Part candid and moving memoir, part accounting of an inspiring spiritual quest. This unusual volume is also a page-turner.' ―Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee'Do not miss this unique work combining wisdom, inspiration, a mystery about the world's greatest scientist, and a modern search for the soul. The combination will enchant your mind and make your spirit sing.' ―Rabbi David Wolpe, author of David: The Divided Heart and Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times'Naomi Levy examines life's polarities: birth and death, love and loss, faith and doubt. With keen insight, she shows how each duality is connected by the vital force we call 'the soul.' This is a lovely, tender book that will illuminate and inspire.' ―Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor at Harvard University and author of The Anatomy of Hope“Naomi Levy writes from my heart. She brings together my Judaism and my social science and my current spiritual path of love.” ―Ram Dass“Read about Naomi Levy's spiritual journey at the risk of having her take you deeper into yourself. Einstein and the Rabbi takes you on the journey of journeys.” ―Norman Lear“What is the soul?’ This question has been on the tips of the tongues of seekers, saints and prophets from the beginning of time. ‘Are there words to describe the ineffable?’ This question has been on the tips of the pens of poets across the ages and the continents. Rabbi Naomi Levy takes on these questions in Einstein and the Rabbi, and she does so with humility, mastery, and poetry in a book that reads like mystery novel. I couldn’t put it down.” ―Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open and Marrow, and cofounder of Omega Institute'Rabbi Naomi Levy has done something extraordinary. Inspired by one of the most famous letters written by Einstein, she has, through meticulous research uncovered the utterly unexpected background to Einstein’s letter, words written to a saintly rabbi who had just undergone the worst suffering a parent can experience. Naomi Levy, who decades earlier had undergone the worst suffering a child can experience, has united the words of Einstein, the story of Rabbi Robert Marcus, and of herself and her own father in a way that makes us all realize that the soul truly can see what eyes cannot. With Naomi Levy as our guide we too can learn to see with our souls, and thereby bless the lives of those around us and our own lives as well.' ―Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy, Rebbe, and Words that Hurt, Words that Heal'Levy offers us a blessing―which indeed comes true as one travels through her luminous book: 'I am praying that something sacred will happen to you. Something unexpected. A turning. An awakening.' And it does; all of that and more.' ―Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year and Stars of David“In these bewildering and often implausible times, Naomi Levy’s book provides a vital and necessary antidote. Without stooping to easy remedies or spiritual jargon and drawing on centuries of Jewish thought, Levy shows us a soulful way to navigate a materialist world. Einstein and the Rabbi is a heartwarming and lucid reflection on balancing your life and schooling your heart.” ―Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression“A great read both for those who love the science of Einstein and the soul of the Zohar. The history of Einstein’s correspondence with Rabbi Marcus is fascinating and brings together science and soul.” ―Alan Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law “Naomi Levy weaves together a series of stories from her perspective as a rabbi, her personal journey through illness, and a remarkable search for a letter to Einstein that results in describing the indescribable―the nature of our souls.” ―Stephen Tobolowsky, actor and author of My Adventures with God and The Dangerous Animals Club'You will be moved by Levy's ability to weave personal memoir and philosophical discourse so accessibly and emotionally.' ―Tom Allon, Huffington Post Read more About the Author NAOMI LEVY is the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You. She is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in L.A. Levy was named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and on NPR. Read more

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There Is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce

Pdf Biographies There Is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce

Pdf:There Is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce.A new edition of the landmark, worldwide bestseller on the life of the famed medical clairvoyant and founding father of the New Age: Edgar Cayce. Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is known to millions today as the grandfather of the New Age.  A medical clairvoyant, psychic, and Christian mystic, Cayce provided medical, psychological, and spiritual advice to thousands of people who swore by the effectiveness of his trance-based readings.But Cayce was not always a household name. When a young, skeptical journalist named Thomas Sugrue first met Cayce in 1927 the world had not yet heard of the "sleeping prophet.” During years of unique access, Sugrue completed his landmark biography, which on its publication in 1942 brought national attention to Cayce and stands as the sole record written during the seer’s lifetime.This edition includes a new introduction by historian Mitch Horowitz that highlights the enduring significance of Cayce’s message and the role this book played in its dissemination.

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Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

Pdf Biographies Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter

Pdf:Appointments with Heaven: The True Story of a Country Doctor's Healing Encounters with the Hereafter.When Dr. Reggie Anderson is present at the bedside of a dying patient, something miraculous happens. Sometimes as he sits vigil and holds the patient’s hand . . . he can experience what they feel and see as they cross over. Because of these God-given glimpses of the afterlife―his “appointments with heaven”―Reggie knows beyond a doubt that we are closer to the next world than we think. Join him as he shares remarkable stories from his life and practice, including the tragedy that nearly drove him away from faith forever. He reveals how what he’s seen, heard, and experienced has shaped what he believes about living and dying; how we can face the passing of our loved ones with the courage and confidence that we will see them again; and how we can each prepare for our own “appointment with heaven.” Soul-stirring and hope-filled, Appointments with Heaven is a powerful journey into the questions at the very core of your being: Is there more to life than this? What is heaven like? And, most important: Do I believe it enough to let it change me?

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Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition)

Pdf Biographies Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition)

Pdf:Muchas vidas, muchos maestros / Many Lives, Many Masters (Spanish Edition).About the Author Brian Weiss, después de obtener el titulo de médico «cum laude» en la Universidad de Columbia y de completar su formación en la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Yale, trabajó como médico interno en el hospital de la Universidad de Nueva York y se especializó en psiquiatría.En ese periodo escribió varios artículos científicos. Posteriormente, el doctor Weiss publicó Muchas vidas, muchos maestros y A través del tiempo, en donde transmite al lector las múltiples experiencias con sus pacientes. Pero la historia más interesante de todas aparece en Lazos de amor su tercera novela que trata de las almas gemelas, las personas que están unidas internamente por los lazos del amor y que se encuentran una y otra vez en distintas vidas. Read more

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One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost

Pdf Biographies One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost

Pdf:One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost.Review 'Compelling...poignant...like James Van Praagh (Talking to Heaven) tempered with the down-to-earth appeal of Caroline Myss.'—Publishers Weekly “Brilliant…I recommend this book to anyone who knows or needs to know that no one you love ever dies.”—Patricia Romanowski, coauthor of Love Beyond Life and We Don’t Die Read more About the Author John Edward is an internationally acclaimed psychic medium. He has appeared on national television and a number of talk shows including Larry King Live.   Read more

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Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf Biographies Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Pdf:Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life.Cold Tangerines is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in our everyday lives. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that we have called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and her life, and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling us upward to the best possible life, and giving us room to breathe, to rest, to break down and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak And boredom and broken glass.

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded

Pdf Biographies The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded

Pdf:The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded.Review 'America has given the world Emily Dickinson, 'Moby-Dick,' jazz, Faulkner, Hollywood, rock 'n' roll, and this book.' --Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune'The best book on the movies ever written in English.' —The New Republic“Thomson proves anew that he is irreplaceable . . . His monologue has blossomed into an unlikely, searching dialogue about what to value in the movies—how to love what’s come before without nostalgia, and how to find the courage to demand more from the stuff being made right now . . . Deservedly treasured . . . One of the most probing accounts ever written of a human being’s engagement with the movies.” —Sarah Kerr, The New York Times Book Review“Delicious. One of the best and most useful books written about the movies.” —Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle“The Dictionary is not only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our time.”  —Geoff Dyer, Sight & Sound“A marvel . . . Eccentric, audacious, sparkling . . . Probably the greatest living film critic and historian, Thomson writes the most fun and enthralling prose about the movies since Pauline Kael.” —Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic“From Abbott and Costello to Crumb’s Terry Zwigoff, David Thomson expertly caters the banquet of film history in the latest edition of this classic. One critics’ poll called it the best movie book ever; it also has some of the finest, orneriest writing in the English language.”—Time  “Truly, maddeningly, gloriously subjective . . . Buy this book for a friend, and bask in the pleasure of knowing that you have incalculably enriched his life. Buy it for yourself, and book some quality time with one of the finest writers the story of film has ever had.”—Saul Austerlitz, San Francisco Chronicle “[A] mad and magnificent opus . . . Thomson is a great rhapsodist of how film acts on his, and therefore our, imagination. . . . Close viewing, and the insights that spring from rapt attention, are what Thomson’s criticism is all about. Despite its seemingly straitlaced A-to-Z format, the ‘Dictionary’ is oddball and Borgesian, finding imaginative ecstasy in its encyclopedic tendency. The book crackles with epigram while often reaching for meanings that endow familiar subjects with a new reality. . . . It’s an essential, loony, irresistible book, and scarcely a week passes when I don’t submerge myself for an hour or two in its labyrinthine marvels.”—Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times “Essential . . . Razor-sharp reviews are often commentaries on both the filmmaker and the audience. . . . We’re always aware that we’re engaging with a passionate educated human being. Isn’t that more interesting and rewarding than marketing-driven Netflix summaries? Great critics are cinema’s most inspiring enthusiasts. Four stars.”            —Jeffrey Overstreet, Books & Culture “Witty, expasive, convincing, honest, more than a little mischievous and, so often, absolutely on the money. Thomson’s voice is one of the most distinctive and enjoyable in film criticism. It leaps from the pages of this spruced up classic like flames from a bonfire. . . . Almost every page contains at least one unexpected nugget of information that you would struggle to come across by any other means. . . . However, the real value of this book lies not in facts, but in opinions. Thomson’s views are so shrewd, so exquisitely stated that, more often than not, they feel like thoughts you already held but were never quite sure how to put into words. . .  In a world awash with amateur pundits, the value of a genuine expert who knows his own mind has never been higher. . . . Dip into any entry and you will find irrefutable proof that his gaze remains as sharp as ever. For as long as there are films worth writing about, Thomson’s opinions will remain worth reading.”            —Benjamin Secher, The Telegraph “The newest edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film is 1,076 pages long. It weighs a ton. And yet, it’s almost impossible to put down.”—The New York Observer “Invaluable and occasionally maddening.”          —Steven Rea, The Kansas City Star “Skip the movie; read David Thomson instead. Addictive . . . his landmark work. You’ll see how erudite, generous, cheeky, elegant and fascinating Thomson’s writing is. Take any entry and it’s impossible not to want to read to the finish.” —Kyle Smith, New York PostFrom the Trade Paperback edition. Read more About the Author David Thomson has taught film studies at Dartmouth College, has served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival, and has been a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, The Nation, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon. His other books include “Have You Seen . . . ?”: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films; Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick; and three works of fiction: Suspects, Silver Light, and Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes. Thomson lives in San Francisco with his family. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

Pdf Biographies Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

Pdf:Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles.Review 'So long, Carrie Bradshaw--there's a new role model for go-getting thirty-somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the postmodern spiritual set.'  —Elle Magazine“Gabrielle is one of my most treasured soul sisters and a true ‘Spirit Junkie’ in the most fun and exhilarating ways imaginable! I read Gabby’s books for spiritual life lessons on how to love myself and others more deeply and with authentic honesty. Open your hearts to this beautiful goddess-diva and, most important, discover the one that lives inside you!”  —Eliza Dushku“A decade ago, young women like Ms. Bernstein might have been expected to chase the lifestyle of high heels and pink drinks…But now there is a new role model for New York’s former Carrie Bradshaws…well versed in self-help and New Age spirituality…Ms. Bernstein is one of a circle of such figures, influenced less by the oeuvre of Candace Bushnell than that of Marianne Williamson.”  —The New York Times “For those ready to give up their addiction to suffering or who simply need to release the general malaise of a too-busy, too shallow way of life, Spirit Junkie is a soothing balm for the soul.  Gabrielle Bernstein is a brilliant shining guide for all who seek to have more love, more light and more miracles in their life.”—Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret  “In this mixture of humor, grief and how-to instructions on achieving enlightenment, Bernstein offers more than just autobiography or a user’s guide to meditation . . . A groovy blend of meditative and instructive writing.”--Kirkus Read more About the Author Gabrielle Bernstein, a member of Oprah's Super Soul 100, has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow. She gives talks and leads seminars throughout the country, is on the Forbes list of the 20 Best Branded Women, and has been featured in media outlets such as Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, Self, CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Add More ~ing to Your Life and can be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle. Or just look for her online at gabbyb.tv.From the Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf Biographies Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.Review “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade“You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic’s origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime. . . . [He] developed his aptitude for witty truth telling [and]…every hardscrabble memory of helping his mother scrape together money for food, gas, school fees, and rent, or barely surviving the temper of his stepfather, Abel, reveals the anxious wellsprings of the comedian’s ambition and success. If there is harvest in spite of blight, the saying goes, one does not credit the blight-but Noah does manage to wring brilliant comedy from it.”—O: The Oprah Magazine   “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “This isn't your average comic-writes-a-memoir: It’s a unique look at a man who is a product of his culture—and a nuanced look at a part of the world whose people have known dark times easily pushed aside.”—Refinery29 “Noah’s memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it.”—The Seattle Times“Powerful prose . . . told through stories and vignettes that are sharply observed, deftly conveyed and consistently candid. Growing organically from them is an affecting investigation of identity, ethnicity, language, masculinity, nationality and, most of all, humanity—all issues that the election of Donald Trump in the United States shows are foremost in minds and hearts everywhere. . . . What the reader gleans are the insights that made Noah the thoughtful, observant, empathic man who wrote Born a Crime. . . . Here is a level-headed man, forged by remarkable and shocking life incidents, who is quietly determined and who knows where home and the heart lie. Would this unique story have been published had it been about someone not a celebrity of the planet? Possibly not, and to the detriment of potential readers, because this is a warm and very human story of the type that we will need to survive the Trump presidency’s imminent freezing of humane values.”—Mail & Guardian (South Africa) “[Noah’s] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing.”—Cosmopolitan “A gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony.”—Entertainment Weekly “Noah has a real tale to tell, and he tells it well. . . . Among the many virtues of Born a Crime is a frank and telling portrait of life in South Africa during the 1980s and ’90s. . . . Born a Crime offers Americans a second introduction to Trevor Noah, and he makes a real impression.”—Newsday “An affecting memoir, Born a Crime [is] a love letter to his mother.”—The Washington Post“Witty and revealing . . . Noah’s story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region’s slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice, and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book’s final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom, and the differences between ‘White Church’ and ‘Black Church.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Biographies Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", cohost of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness. In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.

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Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Pdf Biographies Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir

Pdf:Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir.Actor, voice actor, and comedian H. Jon Benjamin helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own - despite his success starring on Archer and Bob's Burgers - in a hilarious, self-helpful memoir. While he's not quite a household name, most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin, the voice-actor star of Archer and Bob's Burgers (and a sentient can of mixed vegetables in 2015's Wet Hot American Summer) a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. In a hilarious, self-deprecating memoir, Jon lays out some of his many failures in all areas of life, from Work ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to Family ("wherein a trip to PF Chang's fractures a family"). Fans of his characters' signature wit and voice will rejoice in H. Jon Benjamin's comical failures - and appreciate a rare look into the life of the man behind their favorite shows.

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Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom

Pdf Biographies Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom

Pdf:Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom.Leonard Maltin is America's best-known film historian, film reviewer, and author of books that have sold more than 7 million copies. He remains a thought leader on past and present Hollywood through his website www.leonardmaltin.com, and a social media presence that includes an active Facebook page and a Twitter feed with more than 66,000 followers. In Hooked on Hollywood, Maltin opens up his personal archive to take readers on a fascinating journey through film history. He first interviewed greats of Hollywood as a precocious teenager in 1960s New York City. He used what he learned from these luminaries to embark on a 50-year (and counting) career that has included New York Times bestselling books, 30 years of regular appearances coast-to-coast on Entertainment Tonight, movie introductions on Turner Classic Movies, and countless other television and radio performances. Early Maltin interviews had literally been stored in his garage for more than 40 years until GoodKnight Books brought them to light for the first time in this volume to entertain readers and inform future film scholars. Teenaged Leonard Maltin landed one-on-ones with Warner Bros. sexy pre-Code siren Joan Blondell; Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Burgess Meredith; Cecil B. DeMille's right-hand-man Henry Wilcoxon; Oscar-winning actor Ralph Bellamy; playwright, novelist, and MGM screenwriter Anita Loos; early screen heartthrob George O'Brien; classic Paramount director Mitchell Leisen; and others. Later in his career, Maltin sat down with men and women who worked inside the top studios during the heyday of movies and early television. This second set of in-depth interviews reveals what life was like under Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Harry Cohn, and the other titans of Hollywood. What emerges is a fascinating and at times uproarious homage to Golden Era Hollywood. In addition, key feature articles from Maltin's newsletter Movie Crazy are published here for the first time, providing new perspectives on the Warner Bros. classics Casablanca and Gold Diggers of 1933 as well as many other masterpieces—and bombs—from Hollywood history. Finally, Maltin looks back at what he considers Hollywood's "overlooked" studio, RKO Radio Pictures, which gave us such classics as King Kong and the many dance musicals of Astaire and Rogers. In Leonard's unique and witty style, he looks at dozens of obscure RKO features from the 1930s, including saucy pre-Codes, musicals, comedies, and mysteries. Leonard Maltin's love of movies and vast knowledge about their history shines through from the first page to the last in this unique volume, which includes 150 rare photos and a comprehensive index.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf Biographies Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Pdf:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.Review “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade“You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic’s origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime. . . . [He] developed his aptitude for witty truth telling [and]…every hardscrabble memory of helping his mother scrape together money for food, gas, school fees, and rent, or barely surviving the temper of his stepfather, Abel, reveals the anxious wellsprings of the comedian’s ambition and success. If there is harvest in spite of blight, the saying goes, one does not credit the blight-but Noah does manage to wring brilliant comedy from it.”—O: The Oprah Magazine   “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “This isn't your average comic-writes-a-memoir: It’s a unique look at a man who is a product of his culture—and a nuanced look at a part of the world whose people have known dark times easily pushed aside.”—Refinery29 “Noah’s memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it.”—The Seattle Times“Powerful prose . . . told through stories and vignettes that are sharply observed, deftly conveyed and consistently candid. Growing organically from them is an affecting investigation of identity, ethnicity, language, masculinity, nationality and, most of all, humanity—all issues that the election of Donald Trump in the United States shows are foremost in minds and hearts everywhere. . . . What the reader gleans are the insights that made Noah the thoughtful, observant, empathic man who wrote Born a Crime. . . . Here is a level-headed man, forged by remarkable and shocking life incidents, who is quietly determined and who knows where home and the heart lie. Would this unique story have been published had it been about someone not a celebrity of the planet? Possibly not, and to the detriment of potential readers, because this is a warm and very human story of the type that we will need to survive the Trump presidency’s imminent freezing of humane values.”—Mail & Guardian (South Africa) “[Noah’s] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing.”—Cosmopolitan “A gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony.”—Entertainment Weekly “Noah has a real tale to tell, and he tells it well. . . . Among the many virtues of Born a Crime is a frank and telling portrait of life in South Africa during the 1980s and ’90s. . . . Born a Crime offers Americans a second introduction to Trevor Noah, and he makes a real impression.”—Newsday “An affecting memoir, Born a Crime [is] a love letter to his mother.”—The Washington Post“Witty and revealing . . . Noah’s story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region’s slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice, and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book’s final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom, and the differences between ‘White Church’ and ‘Black Church.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Seriously.I'm Kidding

Pdf Biographies Seriously.I'm Kidding

Pdf:Seriously.I'm Kidding."I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" ---Ellen DeGeneres

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf Biographies The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.From School Library Journal Former Philadelphia Inquirer editor King reveals Fred Rogers (1928–2003), creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, whose guiding principles of his Christian faith—kindness, acceptance, and unconditional love—underpinned every aspect of his professional and personal life. Arranged more or less chronologically, this title traces Rogers's development from an often sickly and overweight child, subjected to childhood bullying and an overprotective mother. His upbringing, while often socially isolating, provided a rich environment for the development of his creativity; he went on to study musical composition and become ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001, was radical for its time, covering war, death, divorce, and other controversial topics honestly and respectfully for children's understanding. Myths about Rogers—that his sweaters covered up tattoos or that he was a Vietnam sniper—are debunked, revealing instead that he was exactly as he appeared. VERDICT Grown-up fans, pop culture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the history of educational television and child development will be inspired. An excellent and timely addition to most collections.–Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal Read more Review “In King’s [The Good Neighbor] … the inimitable Mister Rogers becomes somehow even more enchanting. In addition to elegantly narrating the facts of Rogers’ life… King’s book brims with anecdotes of intimate exchanges that highlight Rogers’ kindness and grace.” (Booklist)'King is a skilled storyteller who captures the essence of not only Rogers the person but also the very particular American scene that produced him.' (The Washington Post)“As the extreme importance of our most gifted teachers, and the credit they are due, become ever more evident, Maxwell King has provided a superb, thoughtful biography of the brilliant Fred Rogers, who with his long-running television show, reached more children than any teacher ever. The enormous amount of thought, creative talent, and hard work that Rogers put into every aspect of the show becomes abundantly clear in this book, as do the lessons in empathy and kindness that he took so to heart.  Much there is for all of us to learn in Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor.” (David McCullough)“Fred launched the ship that carried us all.” (LeVar Burton)“Mere pages into this beautiful account, tears began to roll down my cheeks as my heart remembered the kind and gentle manner of Mr. Rogers. Deeply researched, Maxwell King’s biography brings Rogers to life in small moments recalled by those who knew him best. Through a meticulous unspooling of his childhood, we learn why Fred Rogers—a child born into extreme wealth who could have done anything or nothing with his life—wound up of all things a child whisperer, a seer of the human heart, a builder of bridges constructed of unconditional love and acceptance. Reading King’s narrative, one cannot help but long for a time when children spent their afternoons watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; one cannot help but sense that what we all need right now is an infusion of Fred Rogers’ enduring teachings back onto our airwaves and into our America.” (Julie Lythcott-Haims author of How to Raise an Adult)“Anyone who has seen Fred Rogers on TV eventually gets around to the same core question: Was he really like that in real life? In this well-researched, insightful and affectionately written biography, Maxwell King answers ‘Yes.’ I suspect Mister Rogers himself would have approved of The Good Neighbor, and Rogers always maintained the highest of standards.” (David Bianculli)“Fred Rogers recognized how essential the first years of life are to a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. No one understood the strength of human kindness better. His message spans all generations, from my own children to their children. He was a man truly ahead of his time.” (Jackie Bezos President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf Biographies The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Pdf:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

Pdf Biographies Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

Pdf:Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words.Review 'Enlightening and frequently charming.' --Library Journal'Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ennio Morricone has consistently proven to be one of the most imaginative and idiosyncratic composers in the history of cinema. This book reveals the powerful personality behind his brilliant work and will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the magic of music in film.' -- John Williams 'Maestro Morricone has moved my soul to places I could not go alone. An inspiration like no other.' -- James 'Papa Het' Hetfield, Singer/Songwriter of Metallica 'I feel so fortunate to be alive at a time where I can say that I have witnessed the work of a genius as he weaves his magic in unlimited ways, in infinite settings, with that rare quality of being distinctive and innovative while always being instantly identifiable, and doing all of this in the service of the film at hand, honoring and enhancing it in ways that are indescribably detailed, vivid and perfect. Maestro Morricone is one of my major heroes.' -- Pat Metheny 'I have the absolute highest amount of respect for my brother Ennio and I will always be one of his greatest admirers. When I was studying in France, my teacher Nadia Boulanger used to tell me that 'your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being,' and I truly believe that is why Ennio's music is so special: he is simply a great human being! Ennio is the definition of 'original' and his compositions are like a window into his mind: incredibly beautiful and genius!' -- Quincy Jones Read more About the Author Ennio Morricone graduated in trumpet and composition from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Throughout his career, he mastered a wide range of musical expressions, first as an orchestrator and conductor in the recording industry, then as a composer for theater, radio, television, and cinema. He has composed over four hundred and fifty film scores and over a hundred absolute music works. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 2007 and won an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016, for The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino. Alessandro De Rosa undertook his study of music composition following Ennio Morricone's advice. He studied with Boris Porena in Rome and then graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. As a composer and arranger, he collaborated with Jon Anderson of the band Yes. He currently works as a freelance musician and collaborates with the RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) and the RSI (Radiotelevisione Svizzera di lingua italiana). Read more

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Pdf Biographies Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Pdf:Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?" Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you've come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door-not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf Biographies Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf:Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.Review 'Laura Jane Grace shows great bravery diving into every detail of a story seldom told, with the advantage of having kept journals documenting everything she went through, from childhood to the beginnings of her band. Capturing the pain and struggle, self-doubt and lack of support she experienced, Grace provides a valuable starting point for a conversation to broaden the understanding of, and empathy for, trans people.'―Joan Jett, Billboard's 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time'An ambassador for the gender revolution currently sweeping through public restroom policy and National Geographic covers [and] a potent tool for empathy that hasn't quite existed in pop culture....Grace and co-writer Dan Ozzi spin green room drama and rock star recklessness into a gem of a rock bio that belongs on a shelf alongside Hammer of the Gods and Get in the Van.'―Paste Magazine, Best Nonfiction Books of 2016'A full-length tell-all about Grace's lifelong journey to discovering, accepting, and at last publicly acknowledging her true identity....[told] with daring candor...the memoir establishes her as at once a transgender icon and a modern day heroine.'―Harper's Bazaar, Best Books of November'A savagely candid transgender memoir, and thus far, the only quintessential text regarding Against Me!--one of the most significant punk bands of the aughts and onward. Without a smidgen of sarcasm, I would highly recommend the book to your grandmother, even if she is afraid of transpeople and can't name three Clash songs.'―Esquire'In this riveting and at times harrowing biography, Grace recounts in unflinching detail her path to self-realization....The story [of the band] would be enough for a compelling book, but Grace's gender dysphoria adds a remarkable twist to the tale....[a] brutally honest, soul-searching memoir.'―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review'An engrossing story about the perils of the rock star lifestyle, identity, drug abuse, and what it means to be a punk.'―Third Coast Review, Best Music and Art of 2016'The extraordinary story of the misfit among the punks who attempted to save himself by choosing his gender--as if by erasing the man he was might heal the diseased society that produced him. Laura Jane Grace claws her way into the light and we are all inspired to find our own grace.'―John Cameron Mitchell'Laura Jane Grace has pulled off the near impossible. With her first book, Tranny, she has added a new perspective to a vastly over populated genre of music-based literature.In doing so, she has also managed to tell her own deeply personal, at times heartbreaking, story of her struggle with gender identity in a society still content to ascribe gender using an archaic binary system that drives so many transgender people to despair.This book is a mandatory read for anyone interested in gender identity, intellectual punk rock, or an engrossing account of a great rock and roll band, subjects that may sound mutually exclusive but here are inextricably linked.'―Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage'Grace writes about juggling the pressures of grappling with dysphoria and keeping her band together with such naked honesty that you can feel the weight being lifted off of her shoulders....A page turner that brims with hard emotional truth....A poignant and timely look at a still-emerging cultural issue worthy of serious discussion.'―A.V. Club'Potent...Grace writes viscerally about her experiences grappling with this condition throughout her life.'―Rolling Stone Read more About the Author Laura Jane Grace is a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. She has a daughter and lives in Chicago. Dan Ozzi is a New York-based writer and has served as the editor of VICE's music site, Noisey. Read more

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The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf Biographies The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf:The Only Pirate at the Party.About the Author Lindsey Stirling is an acclaimed electronic violinist, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, and 11 billion views on her YouTube channel. She has enjoyed Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide, all without the backing of a label. To date, she has released two studio albums: her 2013 self-titled debut and the smash 2014 follow up, Shatter Me. The latter debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and won her a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” On stage, Lindsey combines the infectious energy of dance, electronica, and modern classical music with ballet-inspired dance moves. In her spare time, Lindsey is a motivational speaker, and she uses her own story to help others build confidence, hope, and passion.Brooke S. Passey is a writer, a horseback riding instructor, and the co-author of this book. She is also a member of her local book club, The Muumuu Society, where women of all ages gather in support of literature and muumuu sales. Brooke currently lives in Arizona with her husband, several horses, and a puggle with an embarrassing underbite. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The Only Pirate at the Party CROSS YOUR EYES ANDDOT YOUR TEES: A PIRATE’S INTRO I didn’t learn to read until I was halfway through the first grade. Reading was work—hard work, and not the rewarding kind. For years, I struggled through reading at school, doing so slower and with longer vowels than anyone else. This befuddled my mother. I was a pretty sharp kid in all other aspects of life. I was a math whiz, a science pro, relatively talented with my violin, and I could repeat the facts I learned on Sesame Street from memory. Why couldn’t I read? At the end of second grade, I was still phonetically sounding out basketball, so she took me in for some testing. When the results came back, the doctor pulled my mom aside and told her I had a learning disability referred to as cross dominance. Cross what? I know, you’ve never heard of it before, either. But it’s a real thing. In case you don’t want to google it, I’ll give you the skinny. Most people have a dominant half. Meaning, information goes in primarily through the dominant eye or ear, processes in the brain, and comes out instructing the dominant side of the body to perform a correlating motor function. For example, when someone sees a soccer ball information processes mostly through the dominant eye, and the brain tells the dominant leg to kick the ball. Oftentimes, people with cross dominance mix up these signals, and use alternating sides of the body instead of a consistently dominant one. Cross dominance also affects the way the brain processes cognitive functions. A normal person reads as follows: the dominant eye sees the word matriculation, information processes mostly on the dominant side of the brain, and the mouth says matriculation. In my case, the left eye sees the word matriculation, it goes into my brain where the signals get passed around and switched up, and it comes out my mouth bran muffin. I don’t know, ask my doctor. Basically, it’s a lot like dyslexia, only completely different. Anyway, with this new knowledge, it was recommended that I undergo eye therapy a few times a week to help my nondominant eye catch up, and maybe teach my brain how to process information in a more organized manner. I was also given a series of exercises to do at home during the week. This included the task of wearing an eye patch over my dominant eye for an hour every day. Oh, the agony! Wearing the eye patch was awful. Until one day I came across a disposable pirate hat in my closet, and it clicked. I wasn’t a weird girl stuck in an eye patch, I was a pirate stuck in a weird suburban backyard. From that time forward I spent at least an hour every day turning the swing set into a giant pirate ship, where I played Cap’n Davy and made my sister and our friend Mary walk the plank. Arrr! Even after the mandatory eye patch time came to an end, my fascination with the swashbuckling riffraff remained. Pirates rarely shower, have a random and effortlessly cool sense of style, and if you turn a blind eye to all the plundering, they are really just in search of “treasure.” I can relate to all these things. More than anything, though, I have always admired the pirate attitude. Pirates don’t take orders or ask permission. They do what they want. Allow me to clarify. If your mom asks you to do the dishes, DO NOT pull out your pirate attitude. But if someone tells you you’re not good enough, says your dreams are too lofty, or claims there is no room in showbiz for a dancing violinist—well then, by all means, pull out your eye patch, my friend, and take to the high seas. (That’s my way of saying do it anyway.) The reason people said I would never succeed is the very reason I did succeed: because I am different. That’s not to say I’ve tried to stand out, but when given the choice between being a weird kid in an eye patch or a pirate, the answer was easy. I want to say it is still easy, but I can’t lie to you like that. Sometimes being the only pirate is hard. And that’s okay, too. With the help of Cap’n Davy’s accessory, my reading improved over the years, but I still spell worse than the average bear. Anyone who follows me on social media knows this to be true. My fans are constantly screen-grabbing my spelling errors—it’s a little game they play. Luckily, my trusty spellcheck and an even trustier editor assure me I won’t embarrass myself in the pages you hold now. (My editor asked me to clarify that this refers only to spelling mistakes, and he cannot protect me from any other form of embarrassment in this book.) Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! Shall we get this party started? Read more

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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf Biographies Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Pdf:Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout."If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her". (The Ocean) A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, and failed marriages to the music and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

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See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

Pdf Biographies See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

Pdf:See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody.Review 'As a long time fan, I feel so grateful that Bob chose to share his life story in such a candid and open manner. See A Little Light stands tall with the greatest rock and roll memoirs of all time.'—Benjamin Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie'Bob mould's incredible journey is an inspiring one. I hope to one day be able to write a book like this, to live like this, to rock like this, but in the meantime, I can read this. A poetic and devastating memoir from one of the greatest artists of all time. I love Bob Mould.'—Margaret Cho'Ultimately, it’s [Mould's] ongoing quest to transform himself from an isolated and work-obsessed individual into someone who’s actively involved with his community and lover on multiple levels that informs his life’s story—and which makes See a Little Light such a compelling and rewarding read.'—ForeWord Reviews'Bob Mould's revealing memoir written with Michael Azerrad, would make a great gift for the music-lover on your list. Mould, who played in groundbreaking bands such as Husker Du and Sugar, was that rare commodity in the alternative and college rock scene, an out gay man.'—The Bay Area Reporter'See a Little Light tells of Mould’s struggles with homosexuality, personal relationships and various addictions, but this is not just another titillating rock ’n’ roll memoir ... It’s a clear, plain account of one troubled musician’s life, with a lively and happy ending.'—Chicago Sun-Times' After all, if you take my word for it, See A Little Light is a treat, an absolutely-first-tier rock autobiography.'—LA Weekly'[A] brutally honest autobiography tour de force.'—Village Voice“See A Little Light is not a memoir, it is an autobiography. Bob Mould’s story is an entertaining, funny, intensely-inspirational and perhaps the consummate tale of human spirit and willpower in the hands of a master. As well as a great narrative history for casual to fanatical fans of Bob’s myriad endeavors (Husker Du, Sugar, Bob Mould solo, etc), See A Little Light is also the story of one of our era’s great rugged individualists.”-Andrew Earles, author of Husker Du'More than just another punk rock memoir, See A Little Light”is an open-hearted testament to one self-made man’s undying, unflagging, undeniable voice, and an inspiring tale of spiritual and musical growth that deserves a spot on the shelf of any serious DIY or GLBT library. In the end, I read it mostly as a love letter of explanation to Mould’s alcoholic and angry father, and as an amazingly self-aware (and often deliciously good-humored) meditation on how son channeled dad’s shared rage into sobriety, music, catharsis, and redemption. Riveting stuff.'—Jim Walsh, author of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History and The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History'The critic Lester Bangs used a phrase, “imperative groin thunder,” to describe the loud, raw music he loved most. Mr. Mould’s music brings that kind of thunder. Some of the time, and in surprising ways, so does his book.'— Dwight Garner, New York Times'Any number of veterans of the punk and post-punk campaigns of the 1980s could pack a memoir with endless drives in the van, bad food and bad contracts, shoestring recording sessions, hellhole nightclubs, sleeping on floors and all the other genre touchstones. A select few could also explore the conflicts, rewards and drawbacks of wider popularity, and the challenges of sustaining a musical life into advanced adulthood. But there's only one who could do all that and also describe dealing with his unresolved homosexuality and, why not, going to work plotting the story lines in professional wrestling. Those last two elements definitely distinguish Bob Mould's autobiography from the predictable pack, and should keep readers from feeling they're on an endless van ride themselves.'— Richard Cromelin, LA Times'Mould captures something of his terrific will, which is a great gift.'—NPR“A blunt, bracing and astonishingly confessional look back at a man who’s produced some of the best rock music of the last 20 years.'—Patrick Beach, Austin American Statesman“Mould never fails to captivate and inspire.”—Publishers Weekly“As satisfying as [Mould’s] best work...compulsively readable.'—Ben Westhoff, Washington City Paper'Brisk and enjoyable...urgently personal.'—NPR's 'Books We Like'“Offers an emotional depth and level of insight absent from most musical biographies.”—Biblioklept'His story is one of persevering and becoming one of the forces that changed American music.'—Amos Lassen Read more From the Back Cover 'A beautiful, painful, frank memoir.' —The Wall Street JournalFrom the start, Bob Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the world—fast and loud, but with melody and emotional depth. In See a Little Light, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music of the late twentieth century.For the first time, Mould tells his dramatic story, opening up to describe life inside that furnace and beyond. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, and his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and most of all, finally finding his place in the world.A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography is an open account of the rich history of one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Pdf:No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir.Review 'The Grammy-winning [Ani DiFranco] recounts the eventful story of her life as a musician and feminist political activist. . . . Interspersed throughout with feminist/political musings and anecdotes about such music legends as Pete Seeger, Prince, and Bob Dylan, DiFranco's tale celebrates both independent music and an unconventional life daringly lived. A refreshingly frank and free-spirited memoir from a feminist icon.'—Kirkus Reviews'[DiFranco] makes her literary debut in this powerful reflection on her life and career. . . . Throughout, DiFranco writes of her self-doubts and romantic hardships. . . . Honest and passionate, DiFranco's memoir will resonate with her many fans.'—Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting which pierces social convention and challenges the status quo, as well as for her social activism and political engagement. One of the first artists to create her own label in 1990, she is the mother of the DIY movement and has sold over 5.5 million albums on her own Righteous Babe Records, and recently released her twentieth studio album. While she has been known as the 'Little Folksinger,' her music has embraced many genres and collaborators ranging from Pete Seeger to Chuck D to Prince. She lives in New Orleans. Read more

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Devotion (Why I Write)

Pdf Biographies Devotion (Why I Write)

Pdf:Devotion (Why I Write).Review 'Devotion is short enough to devour at one enjoyable sitting and thought-provoking enough to deserve re-reading . . . It's a privilege to spend any time with Patti Smith, however brief.'—Suzi Feay, Financial Times“A triptych of compact, heartfelt essays on discovery, solitude and writing.”—Darragh McManus, Irish Independent'By turns allegorical, metaphysical, fictional and factual, Devotion shows rather than tells what it means to give a life to writing. A master of poetic innovation, Smith takes her style to the next level in this slim volume.'—Katherine Cooper, Hyperallergic“Smith, a contemplative writer of gratitude and reverence, . . . deepens her inquiry into the nature of inspiration in this slender, trenchant volume. . . . Gracefully improvisational, as always, Smith offers an unusually poetic, mystical, and transfixing perspective on the mystery of literary creation.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist'The lesson is obvious: that a writer draws on every detail of his or her life for the alchemical, often unconscious process of creation. But seeing the process in action is a profound experience. Smith’s writing in the essays is as beautifully structured as her poetry.'—Publishers Weekly“Smith is telling it her way, but also in the ancient way. It’s recognizable to readers for its mythic proportion, accessible to all kinds of people for its brevity and intensity—and yet, it’s still distinctly Patti Smith.”—Megan Volpert, PopMatters'This is what is so astonishing about [Smith's] career and what motivates Devotion — the way that, as she has gotten older, Smith’s vision has expanded, framing her self-awareness not as self-absorption but rather a deep dive into everything, the exhilaration and the terror and the transcendence that we all share.'—David Ulin, Barnes & Noble Review'A creative, graceful and uncommonly beautiful little book about writing from the poet and singer who has, in maturity, become an even richer and more complex artist than she was at her greatest fame. She has become one of the most compelling writers of prose that we have and one of the most arresting about artists and other writers. Follow her here as she deals with Camus, Nabokov, Mishima, Genet, Simone Weil, and Patrick Modiano. Originally delivered as a series of lectures at Yale and artfully illustrated for this edition, this, in book form, is as exquisite as anything published in this season. In her late-life self discovery as a prose master, Patti Smith may have found yet another masterful voice.'—Jeff Simon, Buffalo News'Packed with enough passion and contagious energy to move readers to tune into their own inspirations and—whatever their medium—get to work.'—Kelsey J. Waite, AV Club'In Devotion, [Smith] starkly shares and uncovers, through a spare, haunting prose, the reasons she is compelled to write; so evocative is Smith’s writing that we’re compelled to read it as her voices transfixes us with its bell-like clarity and ringing passion.'—Henry Carrigan, No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music'An enchanting peek into the mysterious ways of creativity, as Smith immerses in her beloved French literary classics and cites the everyday encounters that can spark inspiration.'—Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press'This is what Smith does to her devoted readers — she provokes memory, isolation, and the desire to make something out of the mundane. . . . Devotion, though a departure from her previous books, does not deviate from Smith’s remarkable gift.'—Jerilyn Jordan, Detroit Metro Times'Through her lyrical and mystical style, Smith gracefully shares her perspective on the mystery of literary creation.'—New York Spaces Read more About the Author Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City. Read more

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The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf Biographies The Only Pirate at the Party

Pdf:The Only Pirate at the Party.About the Author Lindsey Stirling is an acclaimed electronic violinist, who has over 7 million YouTube subscribers, and 11 billion views on her YouTube channel. She has enjoyed Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide, all without the backing of a label. To date, she has released two studio albums: her 2013 self-titled debut and the smash 2014 follow up, Shatter Me. The latter debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and won her a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” On stage, Lindsey combines the infectious energy of dance, electronica, and modern classical music with ballet-inspired dance moves. In her spare time, Lindsey is a motivational speaker, and she uses her own story to help others build confidence, hope, and passion.Brooke S. Passey is a writer, a horseback riding instructor, and the co-author of this book. She is also a member of her local book club, The Muumuu Society, where women of all ages gather in support of literature and muumuu sales. Brooke currently lives in Arizona with her husband, several horses, and a puggle with an embarrassing underbite. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The Only Pirate at the Party A GIRLIN CURLS As a child, I had a big head, a tiny voice, and a total disregard for social cues. All young kids are oblivious at first—public tantrums and soiling one’s pants are somehow okay in infancy—but eventually most children start noticing and mimicking cultural norms. I, on the other hand, managed to glide through childhood without perceiving (or perhaps caring about) these “accepted behaviors.” To be clear, my mother tells me I stopped pooping my pants at a very early age, but she also told me not to use any form of the word poop in my book. Anyway, I just never seemed to care much about what other people were doing. I was a natural-born drama queen, and my kindergarten classroom set the stage for one of my earliest impromptu performances. One morning as I was getting dressed for school I found myself digging through boxes of dress-up clothes instead of my dresser. And to think, all this time I’d been limiting the use of costumes to playdates and Halloween—what a waste! Minutes later, I emerged from my room wearing a kimono, red sequined shoes, a single glove, and a curly brown wig. Had the wig been red I would have been overjoyed—Little Orphan Annie was one of my first idols—but this wig would do. It had short, uneven ringlets, and if I shifted my weight just so, I could make the frizzy curls dance around my face. The cute outfit my mother had purchased for the first day of school lay in a heap on my bedroom floor. When I announced to her that I was ready for school, she took one bemused look at me and did what any good mother would do—she handed me my lunch and drove me to Jefferson Elementary. When I arrived, my class was already gathered for Circle Time, reading quietly on the opposite side of the room. To draw their attention I walked through the door, spread my arms wide, and struck the most dramatic pose I could think of. “Tada!” I said in a mouse-like voice as I hopped from one spindly leg to the other. The class erupted into giggles, and I felt like a champion. Mrs. Fowler wasted no time in sending for the principal—but only so she could showcase her slightly odd student. Despite my larger-than-life theatrics, I was always quite small for my age. In the first grade, I compensated by becoming best friends with two giants named Krista and Naomi. Maybe their tall-girl instincts told them I needed looking after, or maybe I subconsciously gravitated to their protective body types; either way, we made a wicked team. Here we are on a field trip to the petting zoo, Krista and Naomi mean muggin’ the camera in my defense. On second thought, maybe it was our mutual love for saggy denim that brought us together. Krista and Naomi’s parents were also best friends, so they were constantly doing things together outside of school. After a few months of playing with them at recess, the girls brought me into their inner circle of friendship by inviting me to Knott’s Berry Farm. When Naomi asked me if I wanted to go with her I was speechless. Going to Knott’s Berry Farm was considered a full-fledged vacation for my family. Apparently, to hers it was an average weekend activity, one to which she could invite friends no less! When Naomi’s mom called that night I could hear my mom in the next room. “Hi Clair, I was just thinking we needed to invite Naomi over again soon.” There was a pause. “Oh, are you sure? Okay.” My mom continued, “Thank you, she is going to be so excited.” And just like that it was settled. On the morning of our outing I slipped into my best saggy jeans and waited anxiously for my ride by the front door. As I sat looking out the window my mom watched from the kitchen. “Lindsey, are you excited to go to Knott’s Berry Farm?” she asked. “Yes,” I said smiling, eagerly looking for Naomi’s red SUV. “I want you to tell me about all the rides when you get back. Maybe another time we’ll go together.” “Okay,” I replied, my focus unwavering. My mom, like most, wanted to give her kids everything and more. But she was also the kind of mom who never spent money she didn’t have. If we ran out of milk before the end of the month, we ate Cream of Wheat instead of cereal; and when we ate a lot of Cream of Wheat, we didn’t go places like the local Blockbuster, let alone Knott’s Berry Farm. “Hey Lindsey, look at me for a second.” Reluctantly, I turned toward my mom. She was smiling gently. “You know I love you, right?” “Yep,” I said quickly, but I was immediately distracted by the slow crunch of tires pulling into the driveway. “She’s here!” I screamed, jumping up and running for the door. “All right, have fun!” she yelled back, scrubbing a pan in the sink. Soon after arriving at the amusement park, we realized I wasn’t tall enough for the most exciting rides. I frequently got left behind with Naomi’s younger brother, Troy. At first I was disappointed—how was I going to tell my mom about the rides if I couldn’t even get on them? But eventually Naomi’s mom started buying Troy and me special treats to keep us occupied. All I had to do was look at something for longer than six seconds and she would offer to buy it: cotton candy, churros, frozen lemonade, fry bread, and endless turns at the ring toss booth. The wonders of concession stand food were new to me. Usually, when we went out, my mom packed sandwiches that became soggy in her purse by lunchtime. Naomi’s mom had obviously forgotten to make lunches, which was okay, since she seemed to have an endless supply of five-dollar bills to fill their place. At one point, Naomi’s mom suggested that the girls go on a smaller ride with Troy and me. Naomi looked back and forth between her mother and Krista before she replied, “But those rides are boring.” I waited for Naomi’s mom to pull her daughter aside to have a chat about being polite and, I don’t know, a good friend. Instead, she handed me another five-dollar bill and let the girls go on their way. Before long I was stuffed, but the more I ate, the more I wanted. There was no telling when I would get another opportunity to have so much processed food and sugar, or win such ugly (but giant!) stuffed animals again. So I kept looking, and eating, and playing the ring toss. When I returned home at the end of the day I felt sick. But I was delighted by the hideous stuffed lizard under my arm. So what if I’d spent the entire day with a four-year-old boy? Over time Krista and Naomi introduced me to other things: the Miss America Pageant, eating at restaurants for no particular reason, and the idea of getting paid for doing chores. They called that one “allowance,” and they were both shocked to hear I had never received one. “What do you mean you don’t get paid to clean your room?” I was also surprised to find out that a different tooth fairy visits rich people. One time Naomi received five dollars for a front tooth. One tooth! It wasn’t even that big. In fact, Naomi had tiny teeth—the kind of teeth that barely reached the cob when she ate corn. I, on the other hand, had beaver cleavers, and I was certain they were going to work in my favor. The next time I lost a tooth I asked Naomi if she would put it under her pillow, which she did, and I eagerly awaited my grand prize. Her fairy was going to be so impressed. The next day she returned with the tooth but no cash. Her fairy didn’t buy it. Disappointed, I put it under my pillow and awoke the next morning to find two shiny quarters in its place. I imagined my little fairy carrying those quarters through the night, one under each arm (which would have been much harder to fly with than a five-dollar bill), and I was grateful for her extra effort—even if the amount of money was a letdown. At breakfast that morning my mom handed me a bowl of Cream of Wheat and sat down at the table. “So, did the tooth fairy come last night?” she asked. I considered telling her about Naomi’s five dollars, but I was worried she might call the Tooth Fairy Office to complain, and what if my fairy got fired? I kept it to myself and answered, “Yes, I got two quarters.” “Two whole quarters? That must have been one big tooth!” Tell that to Naomi’s fairy, I thought. But the more I thought about it, the more I appreciated my fairy’s quarters. She wasn’t the richest, obviously, but she was definitely one of the strongest. I liked my little fairy, she did good. Read more

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Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf Biographies Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf:Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality.About the Author Brad Warner lives in California. He has studied Soto Zen with Gudo Wafu Nishijima. If there is such a thing as a Zen Master (and there isn't), he is one (and he's not). In the early 80s, he was the bassist for ODFx (or Zero Defex), a hardcore punk band. After ODFx bit the dust, he made five albums under the band name Dimentia 13. After living in Japan for some time, he returned to the United States in 2012 to start the Dogen Sangha of Los Angeles. Read more

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Paul McCartney: The Life

Pdf Biographies Paul McCartney: The Life

Pdf:Paul McCartney: The Life.Review One of Amazon's Best Books of the Month A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Pick 'An enormous and sympathetic book.... It's rich with detail about Mr. McCartney's philanthropy, his knighthood, his taste in country homes, his dabbling as a painter, a poet and a composer of classical music.... The story of its subject's life from his childhood in Liverpool through the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 has lost none of its ability to charm ... One of the best stories the past century has to tell.'―Dwight Garner, New York Times'Norman offers a fully-fleshed out biography . . . What Norman gets so very right are the feelings: the intense relationship between John and Paul with its curves and angles; the normality being a husband and father brought him; the improbability of being one of the most famous men in the world. The shelves are full of books about the Beatles, but fans will want to make room for this one.'―Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)'The most thorough and insightful biography of Paul McCartney to date.... Paul McCartney: The Life is loaded with wonderful passages, fascinating stories and cracking humor... A masterful account, the kind of biography fitting McCartney's continued prowess and genius. Or, as McCartney said at the end of one Beatles take, 'Keep that one. Mark it 'FAB.'''―Jeremy Mikula, Chicago Tribune'Norman's portrait of McCartney is fascinating and exhaustive.... Norman lifts the curtain to show us the real guy.'―William McKeen, Boston Globe'A thorough, objective telling of McCartney's story--in and out of the most famous band ever. But it's also a breezy read, considering the tremendous ground it covers.'―Jeff Slate, Esquire'Norman is an enviably skilled pen-portraitist, with a consummate ability to conjure the presence of [McCartney].... A powerful sense of McCartney the man comes across in this book's evocative high points.... A capably executed biography, brimming with detail.'―John Harris, The Guardian'A compelling narrative about a working-class Liverpudlian whose extraordinary musical gifts made him the most successful songwriter in history... McCartney emerges from [the book] as a textured but decent man.'―Graham Boynton, Newsweek'Norman is thorough... and his book gives us a fuller McCartney than you'll find anywhere else.'―Colin Fleming, Washington Post'Norman shows McCartney in all his colors: artist, songwriter, genius, family man, and businessman... Even those of us with bookshelves full of Beatles books and libraries of bootleg recordings will be surprised by what they read in The Life.'―Laurie Ulster, bio.'The once-for-all-time record of the lad from Liverpool whose song lyrics and boyish good looks broke hearts and whose career after the Beatles was almost as successful as his time with them.'―Henry L. Carrigan Jr., BookPage Read more About the Author Philip Norman is the bestselling biographer of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, and the author of the classic Beatles biography SHOUT! He is also a novelist and playwright. He lives in London. Read more

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Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf Biographies Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Pdf:Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality.From Publishers Weekly There's a Zen story about a teacher who holds up his finger, then reminds his student to look beyond the finger itself, to what the finger is pointing at-the moon. That's what this book does: it transcends itself-and with outrageous style. Warner, an early-'80s hardcore punk musician, discovered Zen in college, moved to Japan to make B-grade monster movies, and eventually became a bona fide Zen master by formally receiving 'dharma transmission.' Yet true to his punk spirit, he relentlessly demands that all teaching, all beliefs, all authority-including his own-must be questioned. ('Why should you listen to me? Who the hell am I?... No one. No one at all.') By turns wickedly funny, profane, challenging and iconoclastic-but always with genuine kindness-Warner devotes chapters to some common Zen notions such as the oneness of reality ('Why Gene Simmons Is Not a Zen Master'), reincarnation ('In My Next Life I Want to Come Back as a Pair of Lucy Liu's Panties') and the vital importance of the present moment ('Eating a Tangerine is Real Enlightenment'). Yet this is no litany of Zen orthodoxy designed for study. By liberally sharing anecdotes from his own life as a down-and-out punk rocker and maker of monster movies, Warner constantly focuses on the importance of a direct experience of reality in all its rawness over adherence to any set of beliefs-even Zen ones. Entertaining, bold and refreshingly direct, this book is likely to change the way one experiences other books about Zen-and maybe even the way one experiences reality. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal Adult/High School--Warner has appropriated the phrase 'Question authority,' a longtime battle cry for the punk-rock aesthetic, for use as a Buddhist mantra. Much of his book is laid out like a memoir. Readers follow the author from high school and his interest in '70s rock music and philosophical thought through his musical career under names like Zero Defex and Dimentia 13 and finally to his dream job with the Japanese television studio that produces the popular live-action children's show, Ultra Man. The common threads throughout are a rabid interest in transcendental meditation and enlightenment. A conversational tone and endless streams of pop references to everything from Minor Threat to TheMatrix movies make this a readable and even fun book. Warner stresses that enlightenment and meditation do not come easy, which separates his writing dramatically from many other Western books on Buddhism. It's nice to see someone with strong ties to rock coming down so hard on people like Terence McKenna or even the Beatles, who promoted drug use as a way toward higher thought. Although some of Warner's connections between Buddhism and the various pieces of pop culture are simplified, his idea of questioning is particularly striking. Not just questioning authority, but friends, oneself, and, yes, him. This wonderfully engaging primer just might get those more dubious, less willing readers to look at the world a bit differently.--Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Pdf Biographies Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Pdf:Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art.The rich, revealing, and thrilling story of five women whose lives and painting propelled a revolution in modern art, from the National Book Award finalist. Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-century abstract painting - not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At 23 she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.

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Artists: Their Lives and Works

Pdf Biographies Artists: Their Lives and Works

Pdf:Artists: Their Lives and Works.About the Author Foreword Writer: Ross King is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino. He lives in England, near Oxford. Read more

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Fogg in the Cockpit: Howard Fogg—Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot

Pdf Biographies Fogg in the Cockpit: Howard Fogg—Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot

Pdf:Fogg in the Cockpit: Howard Fogg—Master Railroad Artist, World War II Fighter Pilot.Renowned for decades as the world's foremost railroad artist, Howard Fogg's career spanned half a century and some twelve hundred paintings. However, while his art has been welcomed for decades, few of his enthusiasts have been aware of his prior career, as a fighter pilot in the U.S. 8th Air Force during World War II. Fortunately Fogg left behind a detailed diary of his experiences, which illuminate this brief but exciting aspect of his life at the controls of P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs. Articulate and insightful, his diary offers a frank and fascinating glimpse into the life of a fighter pilot, both in the sky and in wartime England. Written during 1943 and 1944 it offers a confidential perspective of life as a "flyboy," during which Howard flew 76 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with three clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster. Presented in its entirety, with supplementary material by Richard and Janet Fogg, and supporting illustrations from Fogg himself, including satirical cartoons, military and railroad artwork, Fogg in the Cockpit paints with a broad brush, from the smallest details of a pilot's day-to-day existence. to air combat, and the strategic and political decisions that influenced the course of the war.

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The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women

Pdf Biographies The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women

Pdf:The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women.#1 Amazon New Release ─ Inspiring biographies of women who make moviesWith the success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman and the rise of the MeToo movement, women creators in film are more important than ever.Movies with a female perspective: You may have heard the term “male gaze,” coined in the 1970s to talk about what happens to viewers when the majority of art and entertainment has been made by the one gender perspective. So, what about the opposite? Women have been making movies since the very beginning of cinema. What does the world look like through the “female gaze”?Movies made by women: The Female Gaze comprises of a list detailing the essential movies from the past and present made by women. It delves into what the female perspective gives to each of the films.A collection of fascinating biographies: Discover brilliantly talented and accomplished women filmmakers, both world renowned and obscure, who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely fully acknowledged. Learn about the hidden figures of filmmaking and about the acclaimed luminaries of the past and present.Readers will learn:The accomplishments of numerous women in film such as Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and moreThe lives of these women and the struggles they faced carving a place for themselves in the film industryHow these women’s unique voices shaped the films they made and influenced all the film worldAn essential movie list by women: The Female Gaze contains multiple mini-essays written by a variety of diverse female film critics, about a woman or a movie made by women that they love.A guidebook for movie lovers who want to support women in film!

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Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

Pdf Biographies Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

Pdf:Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. CHAPTER 1 Shook “I am not at peace. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life. There’s a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember.” —Kid Cudi “Damn, I’m about to OD on weed, and my wife hates me for not making her squirt.” That’s all I could think about lying in my bed at the SLS, my favorite hotel in Los Angeles. Now before you jump to conclusions, I’m not one of these new niggas that partakes in every type of drug under the sun. Nope, I’ve never sniffed coke. (I did smoke it once in a blunt by accident. Best high of my life, don’t let anybody tell you other-wise. If I wasn’t officially an oldhead, I would do it again by accident.) Just like I’ve never sipped lean or popped a Perc. (Except for the one time when I was in a car accident and had them legitimately. I was literally having sex all day. That right there is a key factor as to why so many dudes use them.) Nope, hard drugs just aren’t my thing. My tastes run more to cognac and weed.  All I’d done that night was sit with my wife on our hotel room’s back patio and smoke a joint. It had some nut-ass name like Blue Dream, White Widow, or Green Crack. Granted, I haven’t smoked much since being put on probation for a fire-arm charge back in high school. But one joint, even if it was LA chronic (whoever named it the City of Angels has never smoked a high grade of sativa because that shit ain’t nothing but the devil), shouldn’t have had me curled up in the fetal position like Smokey in the chicken coop in Friday. But that’s exactly where I found myself. Before I go any further, let me explain why I was in LA in the first place. I was promoting my debut book, Black Privilege, which had been on the New York Times bestseller list for close to a month. I’d spent the previous weeks traveling around the country appearing before absolutely insane crowds at book-stores. Seven hundred people in Houston. Five hundred in Charlotte. Another five hundred at one bookstore in Atlanta, then another four hundred at another bookstore a few miles away the same day. I don’t know about you, but I’m not used to seeing that many Negroes in a bookstore. People were lined up to buy my book the way black folks usually line up to buy Jordans or Yeezys. I should have been the happiest man in the world, right? Just the opposite. I wasn’t happy. OK, let me rephrase that: I was happy, but with a side of worry. With that worry came appetizers called nervousness. Oh, and for dessert they brought out some unease. Yes, for years I’d dreamed about becoming a bestselling author. I’d grown up loving books and had always wanted to see my own words inspiring and motivating people. But now that I’d achieved that goal, I was finding that being a successful author is served with a full course of ANXIETY. This sort of anxiety attack always happens whenever I reach a new level of success. I start overthinking about the new devils that come with the new levels. Great things can be happening all around me and my mind gets stuck playing a loop of the worst-possible scenarios. So it was no surprise that by the time I got to LA, I’d become obsessed with the idea that the tour was going to fall apart. Just because six hundred people showed up to hear me speak in Washington, DC, didn’t mean six hundred people would show in LA. Or even if they did, maybe it would be on the day that the Big One, that apocalyptic earthquake we’ve been hearing about all these years, would finally happen. “What do I do during an earthquake?” I was spiraling. “Am I supposed to stand in the middle of the doorway? Do I stop, drop, and roll? Or is it “stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop”? Should I yell out ‘That’s how Ruff Ryders roll’?” If the Big One didn’t get me, then I even convinced myself that a white supremacist was going to decide they want to make a political statement and let the mayonnaise fly by shooting up the Black Privilege book tour stop in Burbank. LOOK, I DON’T KNOW WHY MY BRAIN WORKS THIS WAY, BUT IT DOES. When I shared my stresses with some of my LA friends, they assured me that weed would lessen my anxiety. Now, what they failed to tell me is that weed isn’t like what I was smoking back in the day in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Back home, I only knew of two types: good weed and wack weed. One got you high, and the other didn’t. Nowadays it’s all types of flavors and grades, uppers and downers, sativa and indica. Indica is the one that is supposed to make you relax, and is probably what I should have been smoking. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that until after the fact. In the moment, I chose the other strain. It wasn’t a problem until my wife and I started fooling around. I’ve been with my woman since 1998, and we’ve been married for four of those twenty years, and I definitely still care about things like making her orgasm. But never in our time together do I remember us having sex with high-grade weed in our systems. At first everything was cool, but then I decided to go down on her. I swear I was doing a decent job, but after what felt like an eternity, my weed-triggered brain went from “Damn she’s taking a long time to cum,” to “Oh, shit, I can’t make my woman cum anymore! My tongue is broke!” Never mind the fact she’s been squirting in my face for the last eighteen years and I’ve been taking it like a champ. In that moment though, all my prior good work seemed to be lost. What purpose would I serve my woman sexually if I couldn’t make her cum? My jaw and neck were starting to hurt, but thankfully she changed the energy of the room and had me stop so she could return the favor. I’d say I only lasted twenty-seven seconds tops until I busted off. Now, my wife knows me; I’m “one and done,” especially now that I’m in the 40/40 Club (all that “nut and then get hard again” shit is out the window). My wife didn’t trip, all she said was, “You owe me.” But the weed and anxiety translated that to “We are getting a divorce because you can no longer please me sexually. IT’S OVER, NIGGA” in my mind. That’s how I ended up on my back, looking like a cockroach trying to scramble onto its feet, legs all flying in the air. I was Milly Rocking between twelve-hundred-thread-count sheets. When I say Milly Rocking, what I really mean is shaking uncontrollably like Rocky at the beginning of Rocky V when he was sitting in the locker room after fighting the Russian. Like Muhammad Ali holding the torch at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Seeing me Harlem Shake against my will, my wife started laughing. It was only because she was high, but my paranoid mind raced to the million-dollar life-insurance policy we’d just taken out. She was trying to kill me to collect the money! That made my heart start beating like crazy. “I’m going to die of a heart attack!” my mind screamed. “I’m nowhere near famous enough to OD in a LA hotel room!” Every time I would almost fall asleep, I would see black shadowy hands trying to pull me somewhere, causing me to literally jump out of the bed and scream. At one point my wife said to me, “You aren’t going to run out of here naked, are you?” I considered it, then I thought of Martin Lawrence talking about running down the streets of LA naked and high as hell in his stand-up special Runteldat. The last thing I needed was that on my résumé, so I put my clothes on just in case and laid back down to sleep. My heart was beating so loud, so hard, and so fast that I just knew a heart attack was inevitable. I started counting down from ten, and it felt like when I struck one my heart was going to explode and I was going to die of a sativa overdose. Not to mention a bro-ken heart courtesy of my broken tongue causing my wife not to orgasm. Of course it didn’t happen. I eventually fell asleep and then woke up at 2:00 a.m. LA time with my heart still intact to go tape my syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club for the East Coast. I did the book signing later that day, and it ended up being a success, without a member of Vanilla Isis in sight. That’s what anxiety does: scares the living shit out of us for absolutely no reason at all. But even though I went on with my tour and the rest of my life, that LA freak-out really stuck with me. It made me begin to think: Just how much does anxiety affect us? I’ve literally felt anxious every day for as long as I can remember. How have I been functioning like that? Is it a poison that paralyzed me? Or a fuel that propels me to greatness? Until recently I’ve always believed that my accomplishments have come from being fearless. Yet as I get older, and a little more self-conscious, I’ve come to believe that I’ve actually got-ten here because I was scared. The fear of ending up under a tree in Moncks Corner doing nothing, or back on the street, or of things not working out in radio and on TV has pushed me to succeed. But what I’ve also realized is that while fear has been a good motivator and it can be a good motivator for you, it doesn’t work forever. Anxiety had become too much for me to handle, and I knew if I wanted to keep going and keep growing I needed to deal with my shit. Fear had gotten me here, but it wasn’t going to get me any further. That’s why I started therapy. And the more I opened up to people about my anxieties, it very quickly became evident that I am far from alone. From rappers to radio hosts to running backs to runway models, so many successful people I know admitted to me that they are filled with angst too. Most of them are fellow hip-hop heads, part of a culture where fear is the last thing you’re ever supposed to admit to. In the culture, if you project anything less than fearless confidence, you’re seen as weak. Someone who is never going to make it. That’s the myth we’re sold. The truth, I’ve come to learn, is that your favorite rapper is probably racked with as much fear as you are. Probably even more. He or she has just learned how to reckon with their fears as they continue to grow as an artist. That’s the same skill I want to teach you through this book. Facing and overcoming your fears, rather than being hand-cuffed by them. I’m going to undress all my fears in these pages so you can see that you aren’t alone in your anxieties. Not only the ones I’ve been aware of for years, but also the ones I’ve become more conscious of by going to therapy. I’ve gone to therapy specifically to deal with anxiety and PTSD issues. That’s been my challenge. But I also know there are a host of additional mental health issues that other people face. I want to touch on some of those too, but the truth is I’m not an expert on anyone but myself. In order to address that, I reached out to Dr. Ish Major who is a board-certified psychiatrist. Even better, he’s a black guy who got his degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After we connected, Dr. Ish agreed to write what we’re calling Clinical Correlations to provide a little more detail and mental health context. The hope is that through Dr. Ish’s analysis of what I’ve written, you’ll begin to get a sense of the type of information and feedback you might get yourself through therapy. Just to be clear, Dr. Ish is not the therapist I’ve been seeing. Why? Because I’m selfish. I want my therapist all to myself. I’m not trying to share her with y’all. But Dr. Ish is here for all of us. And if something he says resonates with you, I’d suggest you reach out to him directly. I’ve found his contributions very accessible and insightful, and I hope you will too. I’ve already mentioned one classic hip-hop song, but I want to conclude by saying that in many ways this book is a response to the Mobb Deep classic “Shook Ones.” Prodigy (RIP) is one of the greatest MCs of all time, and I grew up trying to live by the song’s hook: ’Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks Scared to death, scared to look, they shook. . . . Some get shot, locked down, and turn nuns Cowardly hearts and straight-up shook ones, shook ones. However, today as a grown-ass man with a lot more experience under my belt, I have to say that way of looking at the world is bullshit. We can be shook. In fact, we all should be shook. Because we’re never going to get past our fears until we face them.   Read more

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Biographies Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more

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Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf Biographies Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Pdf:Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.Review “After meeting this young man I was impressed by his real desire to be relevant and his genuine yearning to leave meaningful footprints in the sand, this book is just that: a young man passing on relevant knowledge and experiences to help others better their position in life. Way to go young soldier, UNK is proud.” --Steve Harvey“Charlamagne thinks that just because he's wise about race stuff he can say whatever the f*ck he wants about women. That's now how it works dude. Nice try. And stop asking questions about my butt.” --Lena Dunham“Charlamagne is a great friend.....after you threaten to punch him in the face a few times.”  --La La Anthony“South Carolina has produced some really beautiful, talented, smart, upstanding citizens…..and Charlamagne!”  --Stephen Colbert“Charlamagne is a f*cking asshole, but he's my favorite one.' --Issa Rae Read more About the Author Charlamagne Tha God is cohost of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and a television and media personality. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World LLC; and cohost of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Charlamagne quickly rose to become one of today’s most unique and compelling media personalities. His point of view and provocative celebrity interviews help drive the daily national conversation about issues related to hip-hop, race, society, and politics. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Privilege and Shook One. Read more

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Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition

Pdf Biographies Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition

Pdf:Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition.Review 'Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era.' —Steve Forbes'Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg’s care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop’s most enigmatic mogul.' —Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop'Greenburg follows the money and key pieces of the Jay Z puzzle in this insightful,savvy read. This book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban realityof how Jay Z’s empire was built.' —Fab 5 Freddy, artist, hip-hop pioneer, and former host of Yo! MTV Raps'A superb guide for your career, even if you are looking to be an investment banker or grocery store manager instead of a hip-hop legend.' —CNN.com Read more About the Author Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a seniorr editor at Forbes, where he has covered finance and music since 2005. He has profiled the likes of Akon, 50 Cent, and Afrika Bambaataa, and his stories have taken him from the casinos of Macau to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone. He has also written for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Dan’s Papers. He lives in New York City. Read more

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The Keys

Pdf Biographies The Keys

Pdf:The Keys.Review “[The Keys is] an invitation to join someone else’s victory lap, in the hopes that it might help you envision your own… He’s left a key under the mat so you can let yourself in.” - The New Yorker “There is a Khaled quote running through my head: ‘Those who have a hundred percent chance of losing are the people who never try.’ He's right. How can I win if I don't even play?” - Vice Read more About the Author DJ Khaled is a music-industry mogul who has produced dozens of chart-topping records with artists such as Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne. He is the founder of We The Best Music Group, and the creator of one of the most globally viewed Snapchat accounts. He currently lives in Miami, where he continues to record new music. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How to Ruin Everything: Essays

Pdf Biographies How to Ruin Everything: Essays

Pdf:How to Ruin Everything: Essays.Review 'Whether you're a fan of Watsky's poetry or hip-hop or a total newcomer, you will find joy in the words contained herein. Watsky in prose form is just like Watsky on a track—funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition.' —Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of Hamilton: An American Musical and In the Heights'George's essays will lift you and light you up.' —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars“Watsky is a skillful lyricist who has successfully transferred his wit, humor and humility into a smartly written collection of essays. How to Ruin Everything shows off his versatility as a writer and proves that the nerdy guys can also be part of the cool crowd.” —Russell Simmons   “George Watsky is a lyrical mastermind. Unflinchingly honest, sincere, and gut-wrenchingly funny, How to Ruin Everything is one of the best books I've read this year. Watsky effortlessly translates his razor sharp wit from the stage to the page. This will be the first of many amazing books in the life of a tireless artist.” —Hasan Minhaj, The Daily Show correspondent   'In How To Ruin Everything, George Watsky sets off around the world to find out why nothing ever explodes the way it should—not fireworks, spicy foods, hip-hop, sex with middle-aged women, or minor criminal activities. Along the way he captures how it feels to be young, in beautiful writing that is compulsively readable, gut-clutchingly funny, and deeply humane. Don't miss it.' —Jeff Chang, author Can't Stop Won't Stop, Who We Be, and We Gon' Be Alright   'At their best, these essays are incisive and soulful, suffused with scorching wit, careful observation, and probing self-awareness. And at their worst, they're still funnier than anything you're likely to hear at your city's most entertaining bar, even if you drink there every night for a month. Which you might have to, in order to process the fact that a guy who looks like he's twelve just wrote the best debut essay collection of the year.'  —Adam Mansbach #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the Fuck to Sleep'He reminds me of myself, only a better writer than I can.' —Rhys Darby, Flight of the Conchords“When George Watsky raps, the quantity and quality of his words and concepts often flow so quickly that you can only hope to let them wash over your consciousness and bathe in their essence, because it's impossible to stop time and live appreciatively in each individual moment. Thankfully though, in this collection of his writings, you can do just that, because that's how reading works. You can examine every drop of Watsky's kindness, thoughtfulness, self-awareness, curiosity, and adventurousness, seeing how he is continually and/or continuously growing as an artist and a human, and you will too.' —Myq Kaplan, comic featured on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and The Late Show with David Letterman'How to Ruin Everything is laugh-out-loud funny, painfully honest, and subversively sincere. Watsky speaks boundlessly and insightfully about the life of a creative person. It is instantly relatable, clever, sharp and observant.” —Jonny Sun, creator of the popular @jomnysun Twitter comedy account and MIT doctoral candidate 'George Watsky does again what he does best: attaches disarming, unparalleled wit to the mundane, making meditation of the routine and human. Everything you've come to expect from Watsky the rapper and George the poet is housed in this brilliant and unmatched collection of essays. His unique approach to rhythm is buoyed by his precision of idea and economy of language…An instant classic.' —Chinaka Hodge, author of Dated Emcees Read more About the Author George Watsky is a writer and musician from San Francisco, California. After getting his start as a teenager in competitive poetry slam, winning both the Youth Speaks Slam and Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam at the Apollo Theater, he has since branched out into hip hop and long-form writing. Watsky has performed on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, the Ellen Show, the NAACP Image Awards, and his online videos have received hundreds of millions of YouTube hits. A committed live performer, he’s played hundreds of shows, both with his band and solo, across the North America, Europe, Australia, and India, including festival slots at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Just for Laughs in Montreal, Rock the Bells, Soundset, Warped Tour, and released numerous music albums and mixtapes, including his most recent projects, a track on “The Hamilton Mixtape” in 2016, 2013’s “Cardboard Castles” and 2014’s “All You Can Do.' He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in acting and dramatic writing, where he received the Rod Parker playwriting fellowship, and released a poetry collection, “Undisputed Backtalk Champion,” on First Word Press way back in 2006. And although he was forced to write a lot essays in school, he considers this his first attempt at prose. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf Biographies My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf:My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.Review Praise for My Own Devices“[Dessa is] a natural at the written word. There's not an essay in My Own Devices that's less than fascinating… [My Own Devices] is funny, heartbreaking and brilliantly written, and very possibly the best memoir by a musician since Patti Smith's Just Kids.” —Star Tribune“Dessa has captured the punishing beauty of untenable love and touring, states of being that both require a stubborn, romantic heart.”—Tegan and Sara“Dessa’s words are an articulation of the universal.” —MN Daily“In a witty, well-researched collection of essays, the multidisciplinary creator delves into heartache, philosophy, and science from an artistic perspective.” —The Austin Chronicle“I’m not exaggerating when I say Dessa’s words will change your life.”—HelloGiggles“My Own Devices is filled with… not just wit, candor and intelligence, but also the depth normally associated with longer works.” —amNewYork“Well-written and full of art and science, a really enjoyable read.” —Angela Moon, Publisher's Weekly“My Own Devices is more universal than most performer bios and more lyrical than many celebrity essay collections, as sharp and witty as the best magazine pieces.” —Shelf Awareness“As with any good memoir, Dessa’s writing mingles the specific and the universal.”—City Pages“I found myself laughing with almost every page, often because the writing was funny, but even more often out of sheer delight at someone using the English language so audaciously well. Dessa has an essayist’s eye and a rapper’s virtuosity, and she’s going to conquer the world.”—Joseph Fink, author of Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead“Dessa is a master of putting words to our feelings, even the ones that are hardest to pinpoint. This book is her deftest work: an articulation of the feelings that haunt so many of us: the thrill of pursuing everything you want, the terror of realizing you’re racing against an invisible clock, and the ache of loving a person you probably shouldn’t. I read it cover to cover—twice—and dogeared so many pages it would be easier to find the pages I *hadn’t* marked. A beautiful book.”—Nora McInerny, Author and host, Terrible, Thanks for Asking “Dessa has consistently transcended conventional stereotyping, and her writing should command interest even from readers who know nothing of her work with the Doomtree collective and her solo releases.”—Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Dessa is a rapper, a singer, an essayist, and a proud member of the Doomtree hip-hop crew. She's performed around the world at opera houses and rock clubs and while standing on barroom tables. She's landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech, Chime), as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As a writer, she's contributed to the New York Times Magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. She now splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story

Pdf Biographies Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story

Pdf:Broken Crayons Still Color: Based on a True Story.Multi-platinum rapper Devin has it all. Money, cars, fame, women— he’s living the life of a rockstar. As with anything in life, all good things come to the end of its cycle, and God takes you off of a path so that you can begin anew. Devin stops getting booked for shows, and it causes a ripple affect on his life. Now unable to take care of his family, he turns to heavy drug use to take his mind off of the pain. When the money stops flowing, all of the love that he thought was genuine, doesn’t exist at all. Scandal after scandal surfaces on all of the major blog sites, allegations and rumors, liens from the IRS, and now rumors of his ties to murder for hire plots has him mentally defeated. It’s just him against the world until he meets and helps Ashlon when she too was down and out. A good girl with problems of her own, Ashlon understands him in a way that nobody else cares to. She vows to do all she can to help him the same way that he helped her when nobody else would. The question is... can Devin escape his spiraling rollercoaster of drug and alcohol addiction enough to help himself? Can he defeat his demons and pull back to reality long enough to accept help? Or will the devil continue to break and take him under? Certified tear-jerker based on a true story.This is a story of addiction and redemption, of overcoming some of life’s most overwhelming obstacles with the help of God and his most qualified angels.

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Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story

Pdf Biographies Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story

Pdf:Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story.Review 'An extraordinary and complete work ... [Pimp C was] the most important and influential musician in Southern rap history.' - Music journalist Matt Sonzala 'A work of intense reporting and deep love by Julia Beverly, the founder and often one-woman engine behind Ozone magazine ... it's a virtual ticktock of Pimp C's life, covering his school choir days; his early years as a producer; UGK's success; his drug use; his many squabbles; his criminal history; his family life; the comeback that never quite came; and the legal troubles that dogged his estate after his death, from a combination of prescription cough syrup intoxication and sleep apnea. It also ends up being a document of the last innocent days of Houston rap, before eyes and hands were fixed on it.' - The New York Times 'Fascinating, well-researched biography of a brilliant, troubled, flawed, talented, compassionate individual who changed the world despite all that stood in his path ... [SWEET JONES] shattered every single assumption I would make about rappers - the book humanizes him and his family and friends, and exposes his genius and his flaws ... an incredible story - hilarious, difficult, tragic, and frustrating throughout.' - Professor Andrew Cencini 'One of the most entertaining and informative rap books that I've ever read ... I gained a whole new level of respect and understanding of [UGK] through the book. [It] took me into that world, into Short Texas, into Bun B's mind, into Pimp C's life ... It's almost like an action movie ... an astounding piece of work ... I only hope it gets all of the praise and exposure it deserves and inspires a spate of deeply researched books in the genre.' - Music journalist Kris Ex Read more From the Back Cover '[Pimp C] was brilliant, but he was mad; he was a little nutty. He was a madman, and he really didn't give a shit. That's what was so endearing and refreshing about him, and what made him such a special person ... [He] had a rough exterior but underneath it all he had a big heart and was really just a good person who was - as many artists are - just frustrated, [trying] to get his voice heard.' - Barry Weiss, former CEO of Jive Records'I wouldn't be here without [UGK] ... All it takes is one person to do something and make everybody else feel that they can do it too. And they was one of the first to do it.' - Lil Wayne'[UGK] gave birth to Southern rap. UGK made it cool to be country.' - Scarface'Pimp C helped lay the foundation that we stand on where Southern Hip-Hop music is concerned.' - J. Prince, CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, Raw Report DVD'I grew up on 'em. If it wasn't for UGK, Ludacris probably wouldn't even be here.' - Ludacris, The Final Chapter DVD'[Pimp C] was a revolutionary. He was an undercover agent of God. [To] change people's lives, you gotta be able to get into spots where people need the most help.' - Kool Ace'Pimp was larger than life. I honestly thought he would live forever.' - Nancy Byron, Pimp C's publicist, The Source Magazine'The [posthumous] music doesn't really matter to me. I'd give it all back if I could have my friend back.' - Bun B, Houston Chronicle'As we keep a lighter up for the Pimp, it's only right that we remember him not just for his often-under-rated musical contribution but also for his indomitable, smack-talking spirit.' - The FADER Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir

Pdf:Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir.Review 'Tookie learned the hard way that belonging to a gang is not smart. I salute him for his courage and determination to overcome his circumstances.' -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate'Some of the most vital peacemakers arise out of the very heart of the most destructive spaces. Tookie's story is proof of this.' -- Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running Read more About the Author Stanley Tookie Williams, activist and author, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and the Nobel Prize in literature four times. He is the only man in history to be nominated while imprisoned. He was executed in 2005.Tavis Smiley is a nationally known intellectual, activist, political commentator, entrepreneur, and radio and television personality.  He founded the ground-breaking and historic State of the Black Union series.  Mr. Smiley has authored several best-selling books, including The Covenant and The Covenant in Action. Read more

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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf Biographies My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Pdf:My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love."Dessa writes beautifully about a wide range of topics, including science, music, and the pain that comes with being in love; it's a surprising and generous memoir by a singular voice."--NPR, Best Books of 2018Dessa defies category--she is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated by philosophy and behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and heartache. She's ferocious on stage and endearingly neurotic in the tour van. Her stunning literary debut memoir stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language--a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig. In "The Fool That Bets Against Me," Dessa writes to Geico to request a commercial insurance policy for the broken heart that's helped her write so many sad songs. "A Ringing in the Ears" tells the story of her father building a wooden airplane in their backyard garage. In "'Congratulations,'" she describes the challenge of recording a song for The Hamilton Mixtape in a Minneapolis basement, straining for a high note and hoping for a break. "Call Off Your Ghost" chronicles the fascinating project she undertook with a team of neuroscientists to try to clinically excise romantic feelings for an old flame. Her writing is infused with scientific research, dry wit, a philosophical perspective, and an abiding tenderness for the people she tours with and the people she leaves behind to be on the road.My Own Devices is an uncompromising and candid account of a life in motion, in music, and in love. Dessa is as compelling on the page as she is onstage, making My Own Devices the debut of a unique and deft literary voice.

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Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island

Pdf Biographies Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island

Pdf:Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island.Review “Transfixing…[Wayne’s] prison diary is, above all, a testament to the irrepressibility of his charisma—his is a force that can never go dormant, even when it’s not plainly on display.”–The New Yorker'Inspiring ... an intimate and personal look into the mind of Lil Wayne.'–New York Journal of Books '[Wayne’s] slangy, informal tone shines vibrantly throughout … as an account of daily life in prison and its discontents, and as an exhortation to avoid incarceration, Gone 'Til November offers a rare perspective.'–Shelf Awareness Read more About the Author Having sold millions of albums worldwide and garnered four Grammy Awards, Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in hip hop. He released his first project at the age of twelve and went on to release his first solo album in 1999 when he was just seventeen. He released his first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008. Lil Wayne also holds the record for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist with 109 entries, having surpassed the record previously set by Elvis Presley. His most recent studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was released in 2013 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts. In 2015, Wayne released FWA (Free Weezy Album) exclusively on Tidal, where it was streamed a staggering ten million times within the first seven days alone. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne is the CEO of his own Young Money Records, as well as the successful apparel brand Trukfit. He also recently launched his own app, Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up. Read more

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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

Pdf Biographies The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

Pdf:The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life.Review Advance Praise for The Impossible Climb“With the possible exception of the lunar landings, free-soloing El Capitan may rank as one of the most audacious—and terrifying—things a human being has ever done. Synnott’s narrative plasters you a 3,000-foot granite cliff and doesn’t let you go until the climb is done. It is one of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I’ve ever read.” —Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe, War, and The Perfect Storm “Bracing... brings Honnold’s epic,rope-free ascent to vivid life.”--Harper's Bazaar“A thrills-and-chills—and occasional spills—view of the mad heroes of free climbing…Fans of mountaineering will find this a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews“Readers will pick up this for Honnold but will be equally engrossed by Synnott’s own adventures and writing.” —Library Journal“Yes, The Impossible Climb is the gripping story of the most perilous rock ascent of all time – but it’s much more than that.  In seamlessly fusing memoir, reporting, social history, climbing lore, technical expertise and intimate glimpses of his tribe, Mark Synnott has given us a kind of epic of life on the edge. Even readers who have never set toe to rock are going to find themselves glued to this insanely brilliant account of extreme athletic ambition and endurance.”  —David Laskin, author of  The Children’s Blizzard “Mark Synnott's The Impossible Climb is to climbing what William Finnegan's Barbarian Days is to surfing.” —John Long, founder of the Stonemasters“Immensely enjoyable. Tapping his own impressive mountaineering resume, Mark Synnott dives deep into the rebellious counterculture of extreme climbing to get inside the head of Alex Honnold, the planet's foremost rock climber. What motivated Honnold to free climb El Capitan without a rope? 'Because it's there' doesn't come close to explaining it. Synnott's The Impossible Climb does.” —Andy Hall, author of Denali's Howl Read more About the Author Mark Synnott is a twenty-year member of the North Face Global Athlete team. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine and has written for Outside, Men's Journal, Rock and Ice, and Climbing. He is also an internationally certified mountain guide and a trainer for the Pararescuemen of the United States Air Force. He lives in the Mt. Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Read more

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Love, Janis

Pdf Biographies Love, Janis

Pdf:Love, Janis.A revealing and intimate biography about Janis Joplin, the Queen of Classic Rock, written by her younger sister. Janis Joplin blazed across the sixties music scene, electrifying audiences with her staggering voice and the way she seemed to pour her very soul into her music. By the time her life and artistry were cut tragically short by a heroin overdose, Joplin had become the stuff of rock–and–roll legend. Through the eyes of her family and closest friends , we see Janis as a young girl, already rebelling against injustice, racism, and hypocrisy in society. We follow Janis as she discovers her amazing talents in the Beat hangouts of Venice and North Beach–singing in coffeehouses, shooting speed to enhance her creativity, challenging the norms of straight society. Janis truly came into her own in the fantastic, psychedelic, acid–soaked world of Haight–Asbury. At the height of her fame, Janis's life is a whirlwind of public adoration and hard living. Laura Joplin shows us not only the public Janice who could drink Jim Morrison under the table and bean him with a bottle of booze when he got fresh; she shows us the private Janis, struggling to perfect her art, searching for the balance between love and stardom, battling to overcome her alcohol addiction and heroin use in a world where substance abuse was nearly universal. At the heart of Love, Janis is an astonishing series of letters by Janis herself that have never been previously published. In them she conveys as no one else could the wild ride from awkward small–town teenager to rock–and–roll queen. Love, Janis is the new life of Janis Joplin we have been waiting for–a celebration of the sixties' joyous experimentation and creativity, and a loving, compassionate examination of one of that era's greatest talents.

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Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf Biographies Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)

Pdf:Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition).Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear—completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (National Geographic) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (New York Times). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (Vertical magazine).Alone on the Wall recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold’s extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which Outside called "the moon landing of free soloing…a generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words…one of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."

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The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path

Pdf Biographies The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path

Pdf:The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path.Review 'If you want to be inspired by a great leader, if you want to feel what it takes to do what no one thought possible, if you want to be absorbed by a heroic journey--Tommy Caldwell's story is one of the best you could ever hope to find.  Here, in his own words, you get more than just a climbing adventure, you get the inside view of how a person can endure crushing setbacks and persist to fulfill a spectacular vision.  And in sharing his story, he has become a teacher to us all.' —Jim Collins, author of Good to Great“The Push is the most insightful book about climbing I’ve ever read, and quite possibly the most enjoyable. Whether Caldwell is explaining his astounding feats on vertical terrain, or the agony of trying to sustain a doomed relationship, or the merits of what he calls ‘elective suffering,' the writing is consistently captivating and unfailingly honest.”  —Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air'Yes, Tommy Caldwell is a badass, but he is no different than you or I. I've always been interested in how people do the impossible. This isn't just a book about climbing, it's about laser sharp focus in all aspects of life. Tommy's story provides insight how we can all push a little further and a little higher.'  —Scott Jurek, author of Eat & Run“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.”—The Denver Post“You always know Caldwell’s going to make it to the top of that 3,000-foot hunk of Yosemite granite.  But it doesn’t matter – the book’s raw honesty helps it transcend the sports-autobiography genre.” —Outside “Stands out as a genuine achievement . . . the authenticity of Caldwell’s voice comes through clearly in passages of well-crafted prose . . . The Push is not simply a book about rock climbing, but about human relationships and the ways in which we can hurt each other while trying to be kind.  Caldwell, for all his magnificent achievements on stone, reminds us that in the end, the only really serious enterprise is living.” – The Guardian (U.K.)“Full of rich stories that fluctuate between gripping, tender, moving, laugh-out loud funny, devastating and inspiring . . . Caldwell’s writing also crystallizes moments of intense natural beauty . . . The Push is an adventure is its own right, exploring the unknown self, being open to growth, sharing friendship with others – and encouraging readers to do the same.” – The Kansas City Star“Caldwell expertly blends the triumphs and tragedies of a life well lived with discussions of mastering the vertical climb . . . an eloquent, absorbing story about testing one’s limits.” —Publishers Weekly “Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; adventure readers will love his descriptions of climbs and techniques, even if they are new to the sport.” —Library Journal Read more About the Author Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter. Read more

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Just Kids

Pdf Biographies Just Kids

Pdf:Just Kids.Review “[Just Kids] reminds us that innocence, utopian ideals, beauty and revolt are enlightenment’s guiding stars in the human journey. Her book recalls, without blinking or faltering, a collective memory — one that guides us through the present and into the future.” (Michael Stipe, Time magazine)“Reading rocker Smith’s account of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it’s hard not to believe in fate. How else to explain the chance encounter that threw them together, allowing both to blossom? Quirky and spellbinding.” (People, Top 10 Books of 2010)“The most enchantingly evocative memoir of funky-but-chic New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s that any alumnus has yet committed to print.” (Janet Maslin's top 10 books of 2010, New York Times)“Composed of incandescent sentences more revelatory than anything from Patti Smith’s poems or songs, her romantic memoir also reveals what blunt narrative instruments the earlier career bios of her and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have been.” (Village Voice, Best Books of 2010 Round-Up)“Smith’s beautifully crafted love letter to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe functions as a memento mori of a relationship fueled by passion for art and writing. Her elegant eulogy lays bare the chaos and the creativity so embedded in that earlier time and in Mapplethorpe’s life and work.” (Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of the Year)“Poetically written and vividly remembered. [Smith] reminded me of the idealism of art.” (Matthew Weiner, creator of MAD MEN, in New York magazine)“A spellbinding portrait of bohemian New York in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.” (New York Times Book Review, Paperback Row)“One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” (Don Imus)“Sometimes there is justice in the world. That was my first thought when I heard that Patti Smith had won the National Book Award this fall for her glorious memoir, Just Kids.” (Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of 2010, NPR's Fresh Air)“[JUST KIDS] offers a revealing account of the fears and insecurities harbored by even the most incendiary artists, as well as their capacity for reverence and tenderness.” (USA Today) Read more From the Back Cover It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous—the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Moonwalk

Pdf Biographies Moonwalk

Pdf:Moonwalk.About the Author MICHAEL JACKSON was the undisputed King of Pop and has been called 'the greatest entertainer who ever lived.'SHAYE AREHEART was, along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Michael Jackson's original editor. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes. I think I have a goody-goody image in the press and I hate that, but it’s hard to fight because I don’t normally talk about myself. I am a shy person. It’s true. I don’t like giving interviews or appearing on talk shows. When Doubleday approached me about doing this book, I was interested in being able to talk about how I feel in a book that would be mine – my words and my voice. I hope it will help clear up some misconceptions. Everybody has many facets to them and I’m no different. When I’m in public, I often feel shy and reserved. Obviously, I feel differently away from the glare of cameras and staring people. My friends, my close associates, know there’s another Michael that I find it difficult to present in the outlandish “public” situations I often find myself in. It’s different when I’m onstage, however. When I perform, I lose myself. I’m in total control of that stage. I don’t think about anything. I know what I want to do from the moment I step out there and I love every minute of it. I’m actually relaxed onstage. Totally relaxed. It’s nice. I feel relaxed in a studio too. I know whether something feels right. If it doesn’t, I know how to fix it. Everything has to be in place and if it is you feel good, you feel fulfilled. People used to underestimate my ability as a songwriter. They didn’t think of me as a songwriter, so when I started coming up with songs, they’d look at me like: “Who really wrote that?” I don’t know what they must have thought – that I had someone back in the garage who was writing them for me? But time cleared up those misconceptions. You always have to prove yourself to people and so many of them don’t want to believe. I’ve heard tales of Walt Disney going from studio to studio when he first started out, trying to sell his work unsuccessfully and being turned down. When he was finally given a chance, everyone thought he was the greatest thing that ever happened. Sometimes when you’re treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. Slavery was a terrible thing, but when black people in America finally got out from under the crushing system they were stronger. They knew what it was to have your spirit crippled by people who are controlling your life. They were never going to let that happen again. I admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put their blood and soul into what they believe. I believe performers should try to be strong as an example to their audiences. It’s staggering what a person can do if they only try. If you’re under pressure, play off that pressure and use it to advantage to make whatever you’re doing better. Performers owe it to people to be strong and fair. Often in the past performers have been tragic figures. A lot of truly great people have suffered or died because of pressure or drugs, especially liquor. It’s so sad. You feel cheated as a fan that you didn’t get to watch them evolve as they grew older. One can’t help but wondering what performances Marilyn Monroe would have put in or what Jimi Hendrix might have done in the 1980s. A lot of celebrities say they don’t want their children to go into show business. I can understand their feelings, but I don’t agree with them. If I had a son or daughter, I’d say, ”By all means, be my guest. Step right in there. If you want to do it, do it.” To me, nothing is more important than making people happy, giving them a release from their problems and worries, helping them to lighten their load. I want them to walk away from a performance I’ve done saying, ”That was great. I want to go back again. I had a great time.” To me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s wonderful. That’s why I don’t understand when some celebrities say they don’t want their kids in the business. I think they say that because they’ve been hurt themselves. I can understand that. I’ve been there too. Read more

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Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books)

Pdf Biographies Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books)

Pdf:Justin Bieber (Downtown Bookworks Books).Discovered singing on YouTube in 2008, Justin Bieber is now a worldwide pop teen sensation. His first album My World was certified platinum in the United States, with seven Billboard Hot 100 hits. His first full studio album titled My World 2.0 released on March 23rd, 2010, and debuted at number one. Pop culture maven Sarah Parvis has compiled everything a true Justin Bieber fan needs to know inside this adorable minibiography book. With multiple promotional appearances and performances, a rabid fanbase, and a squeaky clean image, Justin Bieber's star is just beginning to shine.

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Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll

Pdf Biographies Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll

Pdf:Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N' Roll.Review “Her love for him...jumps out from between the lines.”—Marilyn Beck, New York Daily News“A sad, sweet book...the story it tells is fascinating.”—Washington Post“This honest, full-lenth portrait paints him as he really was both in and out of the spotlight...his wife, who knew him better than anyone else, sees him clearly, steadily, and sees him whole.”—John Barkham Reviews Read more About the Author Priscilla Presley is an American actress and business magnate. She is the former wife of the late entertainer Elvis Presley as well as co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). Read more

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Just Kids

Pdf Biographies Just Kids

Pdf:Just Kids.National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2010 It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to 42nd Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max's Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous - the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf Biographies In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf:In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary.Review ““[Morris] is the same age as Queen Elizabeth II and like that remarkable monarch she still seems, in her early 90s, to be completely engaged with the world, understanding of its foibles and appreciative of what life has to offer.... Reading these beautifully written pages, one is struck by the gentle note of lament they host.... In My Mind’s Eye is a lovely book, halfway between a diary and a volume of brief essays, a book that has a gentle, haunting tone. It will remind us of what a good, wise and witty companion Jan Morris has been for so many readers for so long.”” - Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times Book Review“It is remarkable to be writing a book at 91, yet what grips is not so much her thoughts about the world (towards which she turns and turns away) but her sense of the rhythms of domestic life.” - The Guardian“Morris is one of Britain’s greatest living writers.” - The Times (UK)“A splendidly quirky confection that mixes the trivial with the serious, like life.... Morris has a gift for picking out what seems only in retrospect to be obvious. Like all good diaries, this one benefits from the strengths of the form: the possibility of being (or sounding) spontaneous and impressionistic.” - Literary Review (UK)“In committing her ruminations to 320 entertaining pages, Morris creates a captivating image of a delightfully dotty elderly lady.... After closing the book, I felt bereft of Morris’s company and her chummy, conversational prose style.” - Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Sunday Herald Read more About the Author Born in 1926, Jan Morris is the author of such classics as the Pax Britannica trilogy and The World, among many others. She lives in Wales. Read more

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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Pdf Biographies When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Pdf:When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson.Amazon.com Review As this skilled duo did with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick bring to life the story of yet another remarkable American woman, gifted black contralto Marian Anderson.Undoubtedly one of America's greatest singers, Anderson was hardly known in her own country because of her race--music schools ignored her applications ('We don't take colored!') and even after she began singing professionally, many venues only featured white performers. Ryan's well-paced story becomes especially poignant as she recounts Anderson's overwhelming success in Europe ('one newspaper in Sweden called it 'Marian Fever' ... In Austria, the world-famous conductor Arturo Toscanini announced that what he had heard, one was privileged to hear only once in a hundred years'). The book reaches its climax with a wordless, deep brown two-page spread from Selznick, a crowd's-eye view of Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, an historic concert that drew an integrated audience of over 75,000.Ryan's simple, metered text (punctuated frequently by lyrics) captures the quiet drama of Anderson's story, and kids will especially identify with the confusion and frustration of young Marian. And as with the pair's previous collaboration, Selznick's rich illustrations ably convey the undeniable strength and courage of a talented, determined woman. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes Read more From Publishers Weekly The creative team behind Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride returns with a picture book biography as understated and graceful as its subject, singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). Tracing the African-American diva from her beginnings as an eight-year-old church choir wonder ('the pride of South Philadelphia') through years of struggle to rise above the racism that would delay her debut with the Metropolitan Opera until she was 57, this book masterfully distills the events in the life of an extraordinary musician. Ryan's narrative smoothly integrates biographical details with lyrics from the gospel songs Anderson made famous: a passage about the budding singer's longing to perform onstage ('Opera was simply the sun and the moon a dream that seemed too far away to reach') segues to 'He's got the sun and the moon right in His hands'; 'Sometimes I feel like a motherless child...' follows a 2/3 spread of the singer on the bow of a ship bound for Europe, the sun creating a halo effect. Working with a sepia-toned palette, Selznick's paintings shimmer with emotion, his range of shading as versatile as Anderson's three-octave voice. Whether depicting her as barely visible beyond the crowds at her famous 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or in a final scene of her stepping into the spotlight at the Met, the images are striking and memorable (particularly the soulful face of Marian herself as she matures from child to woman). The author's and artist's notes, timeline and discography round out this stellar effort. Ages 6-10. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

Pdf Biographies The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport:  A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival

Pdf:The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival.Review 'A deeply moving and heartfelt tale...brings tears to the reader's eyes...a testament to maternal love.' ―Washington Post Book World''Uplifting...vivid.'―Publishers Weekly Read more About the Author Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally celebrated concert pianist, and star of the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane.Lee Cohen is a journalist, screenwriter, and poet. Read more

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf Biographies In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

Pdf:In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary.Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection.Celebrated as the “greatest descriptive writer of her time” (Rebecca West), Jan Morris has been dazzling readers since she burst on the scene with her on-the-spot reportage of the first ascent of Everest in 1953. Now, the beloved ninety-two-year-old, author of classics such as Venice and Trieste, embarks on an entirely new literary enterprise—a collection of daily diaries, penned over the course of a single year. Ranging widely from the idyllic confines of her North Wales home, Morris offers diverse sallies on her preferred form of exercises (walking briskly), her frustration at not recognizing a certain melody humming in her head (Beethoven’s Pathétique, incidentally), her nostalgia for small-town America, as well as intimate glimpses into her home life.With insightful quips on world issues, including Britain’s “special relationship” with the United States and the #MeToo movement, In My Mind’s Eye will charm old and new Jan Morris fans alike.

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Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius

Pdf Biographies Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius

Pdf:Lost Secrets of Master Musicians: A Window Into Genius.Review 'Why has the audience for classical music declined? David Jacobson's painstaking studies of the performances of past master musicians support a provocative and original hypothesis: The quality of musical expression has declined over the past century. Important reading for anyone concerned with the future of classical music and the training of classical musicians.'--Robert J. Flanagan, The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges 'Musicians become virtuosos in many different ways, and David Jacobson has extracted common principles and codified them to help us all achieve higher levels of mastery. Thorough and engaging.'-- Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music'Mr. Jacobson's unique idea, what he has termed the 'bel canto instrumental technique,' eschews the idea of individual musical talent in favor of exploring--and challenging--how music itself is approached and taught from the most basic level of instruction to the pinnacle of performance.'  'The unique 'Bel Canto Instrumental Technique' as described by master musician, David Jacobson, in Lost Secrets will shift the way we think about the very nature of musical genius and talent.'-- Chanticleer Reviews 'Jacobson challenges sacrosanct beliefs and opens a Pandora's box of questions...he analyses in great depth the genius of past masters and controversially questions Galamian's and Suzuki's teaching methods. Jacobson exhorts us to see, hear and feel anew.'--Mary Nemet, Austa National Reviews editor'To demonstrate that talent and skill can be investigated, understood and learnt, Jacobson has developed from his analyses a scientific performance approach: 'bel canto instrumental technique'...Jacobson's part-autobiographical narrative is logically structured and fluently written...and is accessible to a wide readership. '--The Strad 'A tremendously enlightening book brilliantly written by a truly renaissance man. Every musician should read this.'--Endre Granat, The Heifetz Scale Book Read more From the Author ContentsAuthor's Note   ixPreface   xiIntroduction   xixACT I   GENESIS  Chapter 1    Beginning   3  Chapter 2    School   9  Chapter 3    Jake Krachmalnick   17  Chapter 4    Philadelphia   21  Chapter 5    Meadowmount   27  Chapter 6    Curtis   29  Chapter 7    Center City   35ACT II   THE PLAY, EDEN, AND THE FALL   Chapter 8    The Play   39  Chapter 9    Eden   47  Chapter 10  The Fall   59ACT III  EDUCATIO  Chapter 11   Confusion   81  Chapter 12   Opportunity   85  Chapter 13   New York   91  Chapter 14   Paradigm Shifts   95  Chapter 15   The 'Secrets' of the Masters   101  Chapter 16   'Laws' of Music, Visualization, and other Discoveries   119  Chapter 17   Skeletal, or Compositional, Thinking   163  Chapter 18   Technique: A Three-Part System   187  Chapter 19   Religion   217ACT IV  POWER AND IMPORTANCE  Chapter 20   Instruments and Violin Dealers   227  Chapter 21   Mentors and the 'Importance' of Importance   235  Chapter 22   Conductors   247  Chapter 23   Agents and Soloism   261  Chapter 24   Composers   269ACT V  TEACHING--VALUES CREATE CULTURE & POTENTIALITY  Chapter 25   The Suzuki Violin Method   277  Chapter 26   Galamian   309  Chapter 27   Responsibility   351  Chapter 28   On 'Feeling' in Music and Life   365  Chapter 29   Altered States   371  Chapter 30   The Development of Intelligence and Talent   383  Chapter 31   Return to Curtis   403  Chapter 32   Can We Change?   409  Chapter 33   Some Answers   417Appendix   425 Sources   443 Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

Pdf Biographies Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

Pdf:Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music.Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women. He loved and respected them, composed for them, performed with them. This unique biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters). His relationships with his artists are examined, in particular those of his operas, through whose characters Mozart gave voice to the emotions of women who were, like his entire female acquaintance, restrained by the conventions and structures of eighteenth-century society. This is their story as well as his -- and shows once again that a great part of the composer’s genius was in his understanding and musical expression of human nature. Evocative and beautifully written, Mozart’s Women illuminates the music, the man, and above all the women who inspired him. 'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Readable, informative and moving…Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Sunday Times

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The Beatles Book

Pdf Biographies The Beatles Book

Pdf:The Beatles Book.Review “This would make a popular addition to any music collection.' —Booklist “[A]n authoritative, encyclopedic, extensively researched foray into everything Beatle-related, including people, songs, places, TV and movie appearances . . .  Does any Beatles fan need it? Yeah, yeah, yeah!” —Parade.com Read more About the Author Hunter Davies is the author of the only ever authorized biography of The Beatles, still in print in almost every country in the world. In 2012 he edited The Lennon Letters, published in 20 different countries, and in 2014 The Beatles Lyrics. Read more

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The Skin Above My Knee

Pdf Biographies The Skin Above My Knee

Pdf:The Skin Above My Knee.Review 'A tale of triumph over a childhood rife with abuse, yet blessed with talent. Filled with insight and honesty, [Butler's] memoir flows like a series of gorgeous musical phrases, taking the reader on a journey as uplifting as it is disturbing.... Her courageous memoir is a testament to the power of art to inspire and heal.'―Washington Post'Marcia Butler's original and lyrically written memoir charts her rise from oboe prodigy to freelance professional on the international classical scene. Transportive portraits of Carnegie Hall concerts share space with memories of childhood trauma and gritty slices from 1970s New York.'―New York Magazine'For Marcia Butler, the oboe was a protective garment and a ticket to the world, though both applications came at a steep price.... The Skin Above My Knee ultimately succeeds because it leaves readers knowing a thing or two about an esoteric world.'―Meghan Daum, New York Times Book Review'Impressive.... [Butler's] imaginative prose fires the senses dramatically. Music aficionados will find an extraordinarily kindred spirit here, and lovers of memoir will find this a sensationally satisfying one.'―Booklist'A moving account of how passion and creativity can be powerful weapons against neglect, cruelty, and self-harm.'―Publishers Weekly'[Butler] writes lovingly and beautifully.... The light and the dark fight it out in this fierce, fiery memoir.'―Kirkus'Marcia Butler has written a beautiful memoir -- meticulously nuanced, daringly honest, and utterly inspiring. I'm not sure I've ever read a book that captures so fully the ability music has to transport, sustain, defend and elevate struggling human beings through difficult times.' ―Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize winning music critic, The Washington Post, author of Parallel Play and Dawn Powell: A Biography'Gorgeously written, The Skin Above My Knee takes the reader from the world's most lauded concert venues into the innermost sanctums of musician's lives in New York. Always honest and admirably adverse to self-pity, Marcia Butler's beautiful book cuts its devastating insights with poetic love for the world. My heart broke in several places, and leapt in several others. When I finished reading, I felt as if I understood music on a level usually reserved for world class musicians. Stunning.'―Marie-Helene Bertino, author of 2 A.M at The Cat's Pajamas'Heartbreaking, page turning, and ultimately redemptive, The Skin Above My Knee is a dazzling memoir about life as an internationally recognized classical musician and about one woman's journey to the only sort of love that lasts-self-acceptance. An insider's look at the world of professional performance and a moving account of one woman's effort to transmute pain into beauty, this book will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered how you get to Carnegie Hall or how to survive family. Reader, she succeeds beautifully.'―E.J. Levy, author of Love, In Theory'In her debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, Marcia Butler shows us how music - listening to it, playing it, losing it, and rediscovering it - can save us. With bravery and honesty, she unflinchingly tells her story. And through it all, music resonates and becomes the soundtrack for us all.' ―Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most Read more About the Author Marcia Butler's nationally acclaimed memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post's 'top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017'. She was chosen as 2017 notable debut author in 35 OVER 35. Her work has been published in Literary Hub, PANK Magazine, Psychology Today, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, Bio-Stories and others. Her first piece of flash fiction appears in the anthology One Hundred Voices from Centum Press. Marcia was a 2015 recipient of a Writer-in-Residence through Aspen Words and the Catto Shaw Foundation. Marcia was a professional oboist for twenty-eight years until her retirement in 2008. During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras - including pianist Andre Watts, and composer/pianist Keith Jarrett. The New York Times hailed her as a 'first-rate artist'. She lives in New York City. Read more

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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Pdf Biographies The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Pdf:The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

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WALT DISNEY: The Man Behind The Magic: A Walt Disney Biography

Pdf Biographies WALT DISNEY: The Man Behind The Magic: A Walt Disney Biography

Pdf:WALT DISNEY: The Man Behind The Magic: A Walt Disney Biography.WALT DISNEY: The Man Behind The Magic (A Walt Disney Biography)The legend later known as Walt Disney was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5th in 1901 in Chicago, Illinois and died on December 15th in 1966 in Burbank, California at the age of 65. His work as an American film producer, animator, voice actor, and entrepreneur would lead to a variety of enhancements in the way that we make cartoons and his personal style would touch the world and forever leave his mark. Regardless of the negative connotations associated with his name since his death, none can deny his importance in film and animation history and in the cultural fabric of the United States. The awards and commendations he has won and been awarded speak for themselves, but so does his work and the innovations he’s brought into the future of animation and filmmaking. His movies are still shown, re-released, and adapted quite frequently, and his legacy lives on with Disney as a film company, the Disney amusement parks that now span several countries, and so much more. His high standards and expectations live on in the Disney company’s continued efforts in the production of popular entertainment and they inspire other innovators in the field of entertainment, film, television, and animation as well. No matter what your opinion of Walt Disney may be, none can argue against the extraordinary magnitude of the span of contact that his work has had on the world. The physical proof of his existence is everywhere. Walk into any mall, scan the channels on your television on any day, or even just walk out of your house and chances are, something that was created by Disney will cross your path.This book looks at the life and work of this great animator, and the legacy he leaves behind.

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Karl Lagerfeld King of Fashion: His life quotes and His sketches

Pdf Biographies Karl Lagerfeld King of Fashion: His life quotes and His sketches

Pdf:Karl Lagerfeld King of Fashion: His life quotes and His sketches.In the past 7 decades, Karl has been in the fashion industry. He has created countless pieces and created unexpected things for the fashion industry. Those who hold the reins of 2 fashion houses in the A-level whether it is the Italian brand Fendi (started in 1965) and the legendary luxury brand Chanel (started in 1983) and also created his own fashion line, Karl Lagerfeld. With a tireless work attitude, his sketch and his quotes still hit in people mind. Let's appreciate his work through "Karl Lagerfeld: King of Fashion"

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A Dream of Resistance: The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki

Pdf Biographies A Dream of Resistance: The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki

Pdf:A Dream of Resistance: The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki.Review 'Prince, already one of the field's greatest observers of film form, has moved beyond form to demonstrate Kobayashi's deep humanism, fierce political convictions, and religio-philosophical leanings within a career of rare depth and beauty. This is the definitive work.' (David Desser author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa)'Prince delves broadly and deeply into the world of Kobayashi’s films, providing an introduction to the international community. This will be a great boon to a new generation of audiences.' (Ogasawara Kiyoshi co-writer of the screenplay for Tokyo saiban)“He was regarded as a ‘filmmaker of steel,’ But throughout his films you can see the figure of the director himself, drawn to beauty, friendly, easily moved to tears, prone to feeling lonely, straightforward, and possessing the heart of a youth…. It has been one hundred years since Kobayashi Masaki’s birth and twenty since his death. I sincerely hope that through Professor Prince’s book, the thoughts that director Kobayashi entrusted to his films will cross national borders and reach a new generation.'  (Kajiyama Koko managing director, Geiyukai, Kobayashi Masaki archive)'Draws on previously untranslated material in a study of the Japanese filmmaker (1916-96), who is known for his critique of war and militarism.' (Chronicle)'[A] meticulously researched new book, A Dream of Resistance: The Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki, is sensitive to many of these issues and refreshingly demonstrates the insights a scholar can arrive at by using rigorous auteurist analysis and concentrating on recurring stylistic and narrative devices.' (New York Review of Books) Read more About the Author STEPHEN PRINCE is a professor of cinema at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He has written or edited fourteen books, including The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality (Rutgers University Press). Read more

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Clint Eastwood: A Biography

Pdf Biographies Clint Eastwood: A Biography

Pdf:Clint Eastwood: A Biography.Through extensive, exclusive interviews with Eastwood (and the friends and colleagues of a lifetime), Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel has penetrated a complex character who has always been understood too quickly, too superficially. Schickel pierces Eastwood's monumental reserve to reveal the anger and the shyness, the shrewdness and frankness, the humor and powerful will that have helped make him what he is today. of photos.From the Hardcover edition.

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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

Pdf Biographies The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

Pdf:The Gardens of Bunny Mellon.Review 'Mellon was the garden design master. She designed not only the gardens at all five of her homes spanning across the East Coast and beyond, but also the Rose Garden at the White House for President Kennedy and the formal and vegetable gardens of Hubert de Givenchy's Chateau du Jonchet. These lavish landscape designs are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, in addition to her own garden plans, sketches, watercolors and archival photographs.' (Beach Modern Luxury)'The Gardens of Bunny Mellon is part guide--with gorgeous photographs by Roger Foley that could make even the least inclined to go hunting for a trowel--part biography, and part social history. Mellon's passion is apparent throughout.' (Vogue.com)'Takes an insider's tour through the legendary tastemaker's influential green spaces.' (Veranda)'Bunny Mellon was happiest weilding a pair of garden clippers. Even as a child, Mellon was drawn to landscape design. . . . Mellon's ingenious, often underappreciated body of work should be noticed, and this book is a valuable contribution to that end.' (Flower)'The Gardens of Bunny Mellon reveals the horticulturalist's iconic oases, including her Oak Spring estate in Virginia and the White House Rose Garden.'  (Martha Stewart Living)'For admirers of the inimitable style of 'Bunny' Mellon, and the innate design flair that took her—without formal training—to the White House and Versailles, the upcoming book, The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, is a tome to treasure.' (ArchitecturalDigest.com)'It could be just one more envy-inducing look at how the 1% live, but instead The Gardens of Bunny Mellon is a tribute to a woman who found her passion in beautiful gardens. . . . The self-taught horticulturist didn't just create beautiful green oases in each of the family homes around the world, she also left her mark on some of the most famous gardens on the planet.' (American Express Essentials) Read more About the Author Linda Holden is the author of Presidents’ Gardens.Roger Foley is an award-winning garden and landscape photographer. Sir Peter Crane is the inaugural president of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Read more

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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Pdf Biographies Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Pdf:Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling.In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. During the four extraordinary years that Michelangelo spent laboring over the 12,000 square foot ceiling, power politics and personal rivalries swirled around him. He battled ill health, financial and family difficulties, inadequate knowledge of the art of fresco, and the Pope's impatience - a history that is more compelling than most novels. The author presents a magnificent tapestry of day-to-day life for the artist, the upheaval of early 16th-century Italy, as well as uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history. In the end, Michelangelo produced one of the world's most renowned artistic wonders.

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An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

Pdf Biographies An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

Pdf:An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.A provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America's motion picture industry.   The names Harry Cohn, William Fox, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and Adolph Zucker are giants in the history of contemporary Hollywood, outsiders who dared to invent their own vision of the American Dream.  Even to this day, the American values defined largely by the movies of these émigrés endure in American cinema and culture. Who these men were, how they came to dominate Hollywood, and what they gained and lost in the process is the exhilarating story of An Empire of Their Own.

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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Pdf Biographies Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Pdf:Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.In this updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life. Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help US forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed "all but lost." In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the US and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields. Since its release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition)

Pdf Biographies Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition)

Pdf:Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition).Review “This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader.” ―Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations“Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I’m honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it.” ―Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor“The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's Six Sigma.” ―Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning“Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliché platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types.” ―Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist“Extreme Ownership provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game!” ―Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales'One of the best books on leadership I've ever read and a tremendous war story book as well.' ―Marc Andreessen Read more About the Author JOCKO WILLINK is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the 'Ready First' Brigade of the US Army's First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries and fields. Jocko is also the author of the children's book Way of the Warrior Kid and the New York Times bestseller Discipline Equals Freedom.LEIF BABIN is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated former Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL platoon commander in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped the 'Ready First' Brigade of the US Army's 1st Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. Leif returned from combat as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline. There, he reshaped SEAL leadership training to better prepare SEAL officers for the immense challenges of combat. During his last tour, Leif served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at a SEAL Team where he again deployed to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. In 2011, Leif left active duty and co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership consulting company that helps others build their own high-performance winning teams. Clients include individuals, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries. Leif speaks on leadership, U.S. military strategy, and foreign policy matters. His editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on a variety of national television news and radio programs. Read more

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Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America's Top Stock Traders

Pdf Biographies Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America's Top Stock Traders

Pdf:Stock Market Wizards: Interviews with America's Top Stock Traders.About the Author Jack Schwager is a managing director and principal of The Fortune Group, an alternative asset management firm regulated in the UK and the United States. Schwager is the Senior Portfolio manager for Fortune's Market Wizards Funds of Funds, a broadly diversified series of institutional hedge fund portfolios. He also serves on the board of Fortune's research affiliate Global Fund Analysis, a leading source of independent hedge fund research. His prior experience includes 22 years as the director of futures research for some of Wall Street's leading firms and 10 years as the co-principal of a commodity trading advisory firm.Mr. Schwager is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling Market Wizards (1989), and the equally popular The New Market Wizards (1992). A third volume in this series, Stock Market Wizards, published by HarperCollins, was released in early 2001. Mr. Schwager's first book, A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets, which was published in 1984, is considered to be one of the classic reference works in the field. More than a decade later he revised and expanded this original work into the three-volume series, Schwager on Futures, consisting of the following titles: Fundamental Analysis (1995), Technical Analysis (1996), and Managed Trading: Myths and Truths (1996). He is also the author of Getting Started in Technical Analysis (1999), which is part of John Wiley's popular 'Getting Started' series.Mr. Schwager is a frequent seminar speaker and has lectured on a range of analytical topics with particular focus on the characteristics of great traders, hedge fund investment, performance measurement, technical analysis, and trading system evaluation. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Economics from Brown University. Read more

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Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America

Pdf Biographies Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America

Pdf:Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America.Review “Masterful . . . Standiford has a way of making the 1890s resonate with a twenty-first-century audience.” —USA Today“To the list of the signal relationships of American history . . . we can add one more: Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick . . . The tale is deftly set out by Les Standiford.” —Wall Street Journal“The narrative is as absorbing as that of any good novel—and as difficult to put down.” —Miami Herald“Standiford tells the story with the skills of a novelist . . . a colloquial style that is mindful of William Manchester’s great The Glory and the Dream.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review“A muscular, enthralling read that takes you back to a time when two titans of industry clashed in a battle of wills and egos that had seismic ramifications not only for themselves but for anyone living in the United States, then and now.” —Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River Read more From the Inside Flap Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry--Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick--and the bloody steelworkers' strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation, probably to ease his conscience. Frick's reply: 'Tell him that I'll meet him in hell.' It is a fitting epitaph. Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, a time when Horatio Alger preached the gospel of upward mobility and expansionism went hand in hand with optimism, 'Meet You in Hell is a classic tale of two men who embodied the best and worst of American capitalism. Standiford conjures up the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century big business, and the fraught relationship of 'the world's richest man' and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the emerging school of thought that applied the notion of survival of the fittest to human society, both Carnegie and Frick would introduce revolutionary new efficiencies and meticulous cost control to their enterprises, and would quickly come to dominate the world steel market. But their partnership had a dark side, revealed most starkly by their brutal handling of the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. When Frick, acting on Carnegie's orders to do whatever was necessary, unleashed three hundred Pinkerton detectives, the result was the deadliest clash between management and labor in U.S. history. WHILE BLOOD FLOWED, FRICK SMOKED ran one newspaper headline. Thepublic was outraged. An anarchist tried to assassinate Frick. Even today, the names Carnegie and Frick cannot be uttered in some union-friendly communities. Resplendent with tales of backroom chicanery, bankruptcy, philanthropy, and personal idiosyncrasy, 'Meet You in Hell is a fitting successor to Les Standiford's masterly 'Last Train to Paradise. Artfully weaving the relationship of these titans through the larger story of a young nation's economic rise, Standiford has created an extraordinary work of popular history. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Inventor's Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber

Pdf Biographies The Inventor's Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber

Pdf:The Inventor's Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber.Review 'David Gerber has produced an extraordinary account of a life that combined human drama and courage with a nearly magical knack for invention and business. Gerber’s portrait of his father, Joseph Gerber, is lyrical, engrossing, and crystal-clear in its exposition of often-arcane technological innovation.'—Steve Courtney, author of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain’s Closest Friend (Steve Courtney)“If we needed proof that a single creative person is capable of improving the very fabric of human life, this lively portrait of one of the greatest engineers of the 20th century would offer it, incontrovertibly. H. Joseph Gerber pioneered the marriage between computation and manufacturing, transforming so many industries that it is difficult to imagine what the world would look like without him.”—Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Shirley Ann Jackson)'From the horrors of the Holocaust to Ellis Island to the pages of Fortune magazine, Joe Gerber personified the American Dream. He invented the future. His technologies automated many industrial operations and revolutionized manufacturing workflows. These technologies allowed American businesses to compete and prosper around the globe. This book documents how he truly made a difference for his adopted country.'—Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology(Frank Romano)“This book artfully weaves biography, a good story well told, with perceptive insight into the process of invention. A must-read for the history of technology, it explores the complex aspects of personality, skill, and knowledge that align to make a great innovator.”—Peter Liebhold, Chair, Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Peter Liebhold)'A gripping story of a little-known genius—a real-life MacGyver and Thomas Edison rolled into one. Reminiscent of a Robert Caro biography, this book reveals through vivid detail a fascinating life and an important history: how Joe Gerber, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, reinvented both himself and American manufacturing. From clothes and circuit boards to printing and airplanes, Gerber’s inventions (starting with a variable ruler made from the elastic of his pajamas!) pioneered industrial automation and revolutionized the production of almost every product we use. By showing us Gerber’s systems method of invention and the critical interdependence of manufacturing and innovation, this book is at once an intimate history and a clarion call about our future.'—Barry Nalebuff, Milton Steinbach Professor, Yale School of Management, and entrepreneur (cofounder of Honest Tea) (Barry Nalebuff)'The Inventor’s Dilemma reveals to the general public the genius of inventor Joseph Gerber, an immigrant to America who created industrial tools and systems that dramatically increased productivity in measurement, plotting, drafting, textiles, and apparel. The book illuminates the inventor’s thought processes. It also tells a compelling story of his harrowing escape from Nazi Vienna as a teenager.'—Frederick H. Abernathy, Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, Harvard University, and cofounder of [TC]² (Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation) (Frederick H. Abernathy)'An excellent addition to history of technology and business collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.' — American Library Association Read more About the Author David J. Gerber has been a fellow at the Yale School of Management and has handled legal, technical, and business responsibilities for Gerber Scientific as an officer and a director. He lives in West Hartford, CT. Read more

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Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company

Pdf Biographies Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company

Pdf:Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company.For decades there have been two iconic Japanese auto companies. One has been endlessly studied and written about. The other has been generally underappreciated and misunderstood. Until now. Since its birth as a motorcycle company in 1949, Honda has steadily grown into the world's fifth largest automaker and top engine manufacturer, as well as one of the most beloved, most profitable, and most consistently innovative multinational corporations. What drives the company that keeps creating and improving award-winning and bestselling models like the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, and Pilot? According to Jeffrey Rothfeder, what truly distinguishes Honda from its competitors, especially archrival Toyota, is a deep commitment to a set of unorthodox management tenets. The Honda Way, as insiders call it, is notable for decentralization over corporate control, simplicity over complexity, experimentation over Six Sigma-driven efficiency, and unyielding cynicism toward the status quo and whatever is assumed to be the truth. Honda believes in freely borrowing from the past as a bridge to "innovative discontinuity" in the present. And those are just a few of the ideas that the company's colorful founder, Soichiro Honda, embedded in the DNA of his start-up sixty-five years ago.

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Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Pdf Biographies Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Pdf:Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's.Few entrepreneurs can claim to have radically changed the way we live, and Ray Kroc is one of them. His revolutions in food-service automation, franchising, shared national training, and advertising have earned him a place beside the men and women who have founded not only businesses, but entire empires. But even more interesting than Ray Kroc the business man is Ray Kroc the man. Not your typical self-made tycoon, Kroc was 52 years old when he opened his first franchise. In Grinding It Out, you'll meet the man behind McDonald's, one of the largest fast-food corporations in the world with more than 32,000 stores around the globe. An irrepressible enthusiast, intuitive people person, and born storyteller, Kroc will fascinate and inspire you.

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Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Pdf Biographies Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Pdf:Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's.About the Author Ray Kroc was an American businessman most famous for founding McDonald's at the age of fifty-two. Widely regarded as one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the twentieth century, Kroc was unfailingly motivated, and continued to evolve and adapt his business practices up until his death to make McDonald's the worldwide phenomenon it is today. He died in California in 1984. Read more

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It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture

Pdf Biographies It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture

Pdf:It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture.Businesses are built by growing relationships with customers. Culture is created by the stories those relationships tell. Two of the most important differentiators of a business are its talent and its culture. Talent energized by a compelling culture will drive organizational success and provide innovative growth opportunities for both the business and the individual. Based on her more than 30 years at Chick-fil-A, most of which have been spent as vice president of corporate talent, Dee Ann Turner shares how Chick-fil-A has built a devoted talent and fan base that spans generations. It's My Pleasure tells powerful stories and provides practical applications on how to develop extraordinary talent able to build and/or stimulate a company's culture.

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Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

Pdf Biographies Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

Pdf:Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time.Review 'For entrepreneurs, managers, and fans of Starbucks coffee, Pour Your Heart Into It is the definitive chronicle of how a curling-edge company built a worldwide reputation through retail by leading with its heart.'―Business Times'It is hard to imagine a more satisfying brew than this memoir.'―Publishers Weekly'By offering a detailed account of how Starbucks captured the psyche of its audience, Schultz reveals a purely American truism: If you can capture the imagination of your audience, you have a winner.'―USA Today Read more About the Author Howard Schultz is a native of Brooklyn, New York, who joined Starbucks in 1982 and has been Chairman and CEO since 1987. He lives in Seattle.Dori Jones Yang has over fifteen years' experience as a reporter, writer, and bureau chief for Business Week in New York, Hong Kong, and Seattle. She lives in Bellevue, Washington. Read more

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf Biographies Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf:Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.Amazon.com Review An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Anyone who's watched Sheryl Sandberg's popular TED Talk, 'Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,' is familiar with--and possibly haunted by--the idea of 'having it all.' 'Perhaps the greatest trap ever set for women was the coining of this phrase,' writes Sandberg in Lean In, which expands on her talk's big idea: that increasing the number of women at the top of their fields will benefit everyone. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, encourages women to challenge the common workplace assumption that 'men still run the world.' She asks men to be real partners, sharing in the family work that typically leads to a woman's decision to stay home; she asks women who expect to start a family soon not to check out of work mentally. Sandberg's critics note that her advice may not resonate with the masses: The Harvard-educated exec can afford a veritable army to help raise her children. But Sandberg's point--which affects all of us--is that women who have what it takes to succeed at the highest professional level face many obstacles, both internal and external. Lean In is likely to spur the conversations that must happen for institutional changes to take place at work. --Alexandra Foster Read more From Booklist *Starred Review* If Facebook COO (and first-time author) Sandberg succeeds, it will be because she’s made us mad—and more than willing to act. With no small amount of self-deprecating humor, a massive quantity of facts and research, plus a liberal dose of very personal anecdotes, Sandberg forces each one of us—woman and man—to reexamine ourselves at work and in life, using a unique filter. Are we more concerned about being liked than succeeding? Do we think of our career as a series of upward ladders rather than a jungle gym? Do our authentic selves—and honesty—show up in business? In short, every single undoing of a woman’s career is examined thoughtfully and with twenty-first-century gentleness and exposed with recommended remedies. Her colleagues act as advocates for her theme: lean in, or take a risk and drive change for us all. And though there are no solutions offered, except in the formation of communities around the country and (we hope!) around the world, there’s tremendous reenergy in feeling that, thanks to Sandberg, the world just might be a different place. --Barbara Jacobs Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf Biographies Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf:Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives. Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power - grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf Biographies Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Pdf:Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.The #1 international best seller In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace.Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home. Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. 

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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Pdf Biographies Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Pdf:Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.Arianna Huffington's personal wakeup call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye - the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, one of the fastest growing media companies in the world, celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she found herself wondering, is this really what success feels like? In Thrive, she has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. In a commencement address she gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, Arianna likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over. We need a third leg - a Third Metric for defining success. In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and two daughters - of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse - and to her "aha moment". Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life

Pdf Biographies Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life

Pdf:Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life.Amazon.com Review Amazon.com Exclusive: William J. Bernstein on Enough William Bernstein, Ph.D., M.D. is the critically acclaimed author, financial theorist and historian whose books include A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, The Birth of Plenty, The Four Pillars of Investing, and The Intelligent Asset Allocator. Bernstein is frequently quoted in national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Money, and Forbes. If you are wondering about the cause of the current market crisis, then you haven't been reading enough of Jack Bogle. Because he certainly knows not only where, but why and how. For decades Jack has been communicating his disquiet in previous books, speeches, and public testimony. Years from now, when historians and investors dissect the economic and market meltdowns of 2008, they'll consult this slim, well-written volume. In order to understand the intellectual and moral platform from which he surveys the economic wreckage, you need to know a little of his story. Bogle founded one of the world's great investment companies, the Vanguard Group. Most men in his situation would have levered such success into a multi-billion-dollar net worth; instead, he 'mutualized' Vanguard, converting it, in effect, into a nonprofit organization whose only goal was to benefit its fund holders. From an ethical perspective, Vanguard is the only 'investment company' worthy of that name. (As opposed to most financial firms, which are in fact 'marketing companies' whose main purpose is to milk unwitting investors of fees and commissions.) The answer to the conundrum of 2008 lies in the book’s title, 'Enough,' which is the punch line from a delightful Kurt Vonnegut/Joseph Heller story. Simply put, our nation has been suffering from decades of unchecked financial excess, for which we are now paying the piper: excess in investment company fees; excess in financial speculation masquerading as diversification and innovation; excess in the salaries of top executives; excess in salesmanship; and most importantly, excess in the role played by the financial industry in our national economy and national life. Each of these excesses gets its own chapter, and each one is a tightly written gem. Chapters 2 and 3, which dissect out the frenzy of derivatives, structured vehicles, and layers of intermediation behind the recent collapse, alone justify the book's purchase price. As Bogle states in the book's beginning, in the spring of 2007 the financial services sector--which, after all, produces nothing of substantive value--accounted for one-third of the earnings of the S&P 500. By the time you read this, this outsized influence will have shrunken drastically. Let Enough be your welcome to the brave new world; it will satisfy your curiosity, give you a sense of moral balance in this most materialistic of ages, and even plump up your investment portfolio. --William J. Bernstein Product DescriptionWritten by John C. Bogle–the legendary founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund–Enough. offers his unparalleled insights on money, the values we should emulate in our business and professional callings, and what we should consider as the true treasures in our lives. Inspired in large measure by the hundreds of lectures Bogle has delivered to professional groups and college students in recent years, this book will help you discover what it really means to have 'enough' and how close you are to really having it. Read more Review “Why don’t people publish pamphlets any more. I’m not talking about the slim-jims handed out at trade shows, but rabble-rousing, world-changing works like Common Sense and The Communist Manifesto. John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, follows in the footsteps of the great pamphleteers…‘Central to the effective functioning of capitalism,’ he writes, ‘was the fundamental principle of trusting and being trusted’—and that is disappearing. The problem now: No one is satisfied with having ‘enough’ money or enough success. … If pamphlets were still the rage, 48 pages distilled from the contents of this book could be something as powerful to our age as anything written by Thomas Paine or Marx and Engels. In our more bookish time, though, Bogle has fleshed his ideas out to an interesting, 266-page overview of his life and his views.”—Barron’s “’What have I created?’ [Bogle] asks in mock horror in his new book…his cry reflects a deeper personal dilemma, one that jags like a scar through this thoughtful meditation on the excess and greed that created the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. … I applaud his enthusiasm and don’t doubt his wisdom and sincerity. ‘Enough’ – with the period – is a worthy addition to the canon, a variation of his familiar sermon on thrift, simplicity, and the superiority of low-cost index funds.”—James Pressley, Bloomberg News “Jack Bogle’s passionate cry of Enough. contains a thought-provoking litany of life lessons regarding our individual roles in commerce and society. Employing a seamless mix of personal anecdotes, hard evidence, and all-too-often-underrated subjective admonitions, Bogle challenges each of us to aspire to become better members of our families, our professions, and our communities. Rarely do so few pages provoke so much thought. Read this book.” —David F. Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University 'We live in a time that values achievement over character. When the two collide, character often takes a back seat and relationships of all kinds are shattered. Bogle observes that while the financial represents the worst of it, what we see today is not just a financial sector problem, but a societal problem. There is really just too much greed everywhere. … Enough is really about discovering what is really important in our lives. ' (Michael McKinney, LeadingBlog) 'Bogle is a rarity - a true captain of industry who speaks about complex economic issues in a language comprehensible to the layperson.' (Michael Smerconish, The Philadelphia Enquirer) 'Enough shines a light on Bogle's sense of despair over the state of the financial industry, and perhaps industry in general. … From CEOs who implode their companies and float away on golden parachutes, to financial companies who create instruments so complex they themselves have trouble understanding them, to mutual fund companies that market rosy returns while sugarcoating their fees, Bogle sees a lack of integrity and a willingness to play fast and loose with ethical rules in order to make a buck. (Or, maybe more accurate, 150 billion bucks.)' (Justin McHenry, BlogCritics Magazine) 'It's hard to imagine a better time to publish a book that advocates moderation, balance and integrity in the business world. In this wise meditation, Bogle, the folk-hero creator of the first index mutual fund and founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, deplores ‘our worship of wealth and the growing corruption of our professional ethics but ultimately the subversion of our character and values.’ Directly in his sights: CEOs and hedge-fund managers who draw ‘obscene’ compensation. At this time of plunging portfolios, it is a relief to be told that ‘enough’ is within reach.' (TIME Magazine) 'I will simply say that it is one of the best business books ('life' books?) I have ever read, an easy All-time Top 10. And its timing is, well, read it yourself ...' —Tom Peters “This is an impressive message from a distinguished businessman. It will challenge all decision makers to consider the sufficiency and direction of their lives and work. What do we mean by Enough? Enough of what? Enough for what purpose? Feast here and reflect.” —Robert F. Bruner, Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business “From one ‘battler’ to another: Thank you for putting in one little book the premise for an active, long life. A primer for those who will abjure complacency and just wanting more, who’d rather focus on the joy of trying to move some ball downfield.” —Ira Millstein, Senior Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP “The balances one must create in investing, in running a business, and in life more generally are simply and clearly stated in Jack’s most recent book, Enough. Unfortunately there are not enough Jack Bogles around in today’s world of instant gratification. Enough. should be must reading for business students and corporate board members.” —David L. Sokol, Chairman, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company 'Although Enough. is presented in a small volume, John Bogle's wisdom is writ large and profound. The messages are particularly meaningful as we all reel from the moral, economic and financial meltdown that confronts us today.—William H. Donaldson, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “[an] engaging, highly readable new book on what went wrong in financial markets in recent years. In the growing canon of 'what went wrong' books, Bogle's offering holds a unique place. . . readers will value the common sense packed in these pages.” —Jared Bernstein, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Pdf Biographies The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Pdf:The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.Review 'Will Allen's remarkable story, told with eloquence and compassion, conveys the universal value of social justice and real food.' — Alice Waters“From the plots of his Milwaukee urban farm to low-income communities across America, Will Allen has shown us a new type of heroism.  Through The Good Food Revolution, Allen recounts his effort to reclaim his family’s heritage and, in doing so, confront lingering disparities in racial and economic justice.  As the champion of a new and promising movement, Allen is skillfully leading Americans to face one of our  greatest domestic issues – our health.” — Former President Bill Clinton“Not only compelling but a treatise on how our country supplies food and how the absence of a grocery store in your ‘hood is no excuse for not finding a good way to feed your family good food.” — Ebony“What Allen does with a small plot of land and a lot of determination is nothing short of inspiring. A moving story of one man’s success in producing healthy food for those who need it the most.” — Kirkus Reviews“Far more than a book about food, The Good Food Revolution captivates your heart and mind with the sheer passion of compelling and righteous innovation. Wow!” — Joel Salatin, Author and Farmer at Polyface Farm, Inc.“Will Allen is a hero and an inspiration to urban farmers everywhere.  Now, with The Good Food Revolution, we learn  how Allen rediscovered the power of agriculture, and in doing so transformed a city, its community, and eventually the world – with the help of millions of red wiggler worms.  Told with grace and utter honesty, I found myself cheering for Allen and his organization, Growing Power.”  — Novella Carpenter, Author of Farm City and The Essential Urban Farmer“Generously and forthrightly sharing his life story and his passions as he makes the case for a new food system, Allen inspires us to move beyond self-interest when considering greener and healthier food. Assisted by the able writing of journalist Charles Wilson, Allen gives us the straight talk we yearn to hear from politicians…These gripping personal stories woven through the narrative provide a strong foundation for Allen’s incisive historical and social commentary…The Good Food Revolution is a real-world guidebook to positive change.” — Real Change News“The Good Food Revolution is the kind of book you just can’t put down, rich with personal stories, and full of insightful lessons about business and life that transcend the food industry. There are fundamental lessons in Allen’s work that all leaders can learn from.” — 800 CEO Read/Blog“Mr. Allen's connection to his sharecropper roots may open the way against the larger stigma against raising our own food: a need to escape from an occupation equated with poverty and inequality.” — Karen Tallant, Booksellers at Laurewood Read more About the Author After retiring from professional basketball and executive positions at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Will Allen became the CEO of Growing Power. He lives in Milwaukee. Charles Wilson is a journalist and the coauthor with Eric Schlosser of the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Pdf Biographies The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Pdf:The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur "Genius Award" winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed - and heal - broken communities.  The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee's largest public-housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.  In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country's preeminent urban farm - a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen's organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will's personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf Biographies How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.New York Times Book Review - 10 Best Books of 2018A New York Times Notable BookThe number-one New York Times best seller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs - and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Pdf Biographies Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Pdf:Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World.Review A New York Times Best SellerBest Science Books of 2016, Science FridayGreatest Science Books of 2016, BrainPickings.org'Years ago, I saw a photograph of a young boy in a collection of images from Life magazine. He sits on a stoop with his head thrown back, ecstatically hugging a new pair of shoes. I can imagine a young girl feeling that way about this book. Even before you start to read, the spell is cast. The illustrations are gorgeous, irresistible whimsy. The cover lettering shines silver against a caressable black matte surface.  And then you start reading. Here are women who dared, who pioneered, who took risks and changed the world. Here is Jane Goodall as a young girl, scaring the family's chickens by 'trying to observe how they laid eggs.' Here is Alice Ball, discovering a cure for leprosy. Here's microbiologist Esther Lederberg, so broke she cooked up the leftover frog legs from the dissection lab.  Here's Rosalind Franklin, documenting DNA's distinctive double helix (only to have her work pirated by Watson and Crick). Here are physicists, astronauts, mathematicians. Vulcanologist and entomologists. Inventors and Nobel laureates. Here is inspiration. I can't wait to wrap this book up and give it to my granddaughter Gus the moment she's old enough.'– Mary Roach, author of Gulp, for Google Play's 'Our Favorite Authors’ Favorite Books of 2016''This charming encyclopedia includes a page of text and a fanciful drawing of the women scientists you’ve heard of — and plenty who you haven’t! The book has good coverage of the 1800s and early 1900s — a critical time when women’s expanding participation in science was changing the very structure of how knowledge is pursued.  Interspersed with gems like a colorful timeline of women’s achievements, and a cartoon celebrating a wonderful hoard of lab supplies, Ignotofsky’s profiles of diverse female scientists is a great addition to the shelf of any student, of any age.' – Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, for The Fader'In this wittily illustrated, accessible volume, Rachel Ignotofsky highlights 50 women who changed the course of science.'– Wall Street Journal'With the help of eye-catching artwork, Ignotofsky celebrates not just astronauts, but also the engineers, biologists, mathematicians, and physicists who’ve blazed a trail for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields from the ancient to modern world. The book elevates this information with beautiful and instructive infographics that delve into topics like the number of women currently working in STEM fields.'– Entertainment Weekly (online)'With short, inspiring stories and the accessibility of a graphic novel. . .the perfect book to share with the science- and tech-minded people (male and female, young and old) in your life. . . .The must-read, girl-power STEM book.'– InStyle.com'This book of illustrated biographies of scientific pioneers is hands-down gorgeous. . . .Kids will love paging through this, looking at all the detailed drawings, but they'll likely have to rip it out of the hands of the adults who are marveling at each new page of factoids.'– Sarah Mirk, Bitch Media'The book is a beautifully curated collection of personal narratives from female scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, with a dash of whimsy thrown in.' – Upworthy'I applaud Ignotofsky and her publisher for telling these important stories about women through such a rich, visual medium. The world needs more books like this.'– ScientificAmerican.com's Symbiartic'. . .an illustrated homage to some of the most influential and inspiring women in STEM. . . .Ignotofsky captures the heartbreaking inequalities that only amplify the impressiveness of these women’s feats.'– Maria Popova, BrainPickings.org'. . .a clever introduction to women scientists through history.'– Science Friday'True fact: This book is so cool that I had to go steal it back from my fifth grade daughter to review it. . . .this book perfectly balances well-researched facts with gorgeous, whimsical illustrations making it a favorite you just can’t put down.'– Cool Mom PicksAdvance praise for Women in Science:“If there were constellations celebrating the incredible accomplishments of women in science, Rachel Ignotofsky's illustrations would serve as the blueprints. As Ignotofsky floats NASA computer programmer and mathematician Annie Easley amid rockets and stars, surrounds Higgs boson discoverer Sau Lan Wu with particles, and cradles Barbara McClintock with corn and chromosomes, she anchors her dreamy depictions into our brains. Women in Science captures the joy of so many essential discoveries while also celebrating the extraordinary lives of the women who've achieved them.” – Rachel Swaby, author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World “I wish I had a daughter so I could give her a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky's lovingly illustrated Women in Science. In addition to Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, and Ada Lovelace, the book profiles dozens of less familiar female scientists—African American, Asian, Jewish, Russian, French, in stylish dresses, lab coats, trousers, spacesuits, shorts—whose accomplishments in astronomy, physics, mathematics, biology, psychology, and computer science came as news even to me. Ignotofsky provides young women with the courage and confidence to follow the exciting paths these pioneers have blazed before them.” – Eileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club “Women in Science is a comprehensive and stunningly illustrated tribute to brilliant female minds. Through real stories of perseverance and passion, Rachel Ignotofsky affirms the important role of women in shaping humankind's scientific journey. The book offers the next generation of young women a diverse set of relatable and enormously inspiring role models.”  – Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author “In Rachel Ignotofsky’s edifying and inspiring book we meet some of history’s most remarkable women. Each profile contains extraordinary stories of obstacles and achievements. The drawings float on the pages’ dark backgrounds, making each figure appear to hover in the sky like a constellation. That’s what the reader is doing in this book: stargazing.” – Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive and Thunder & Lightning   “Paired with her delightfully whimsical drawings, the concise and accessible profiles of women scientists in Rachel Ignotofsky’s book reveal the setbacks faced by women in male-dominated scientific careers and show how these women cared deeply about making the world—and the world of science—a more equal place. With its enthusiastic tone and its colorful layout, this inviting introduction to women in science urges its readers to take advantage of their education and to participate in scientific discoveries of their own.” – Rory Dicker, author of A History of U.S. Feminisms Read more About the Author Rachel Ignotofsky grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program in 2011. Now she lives in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri, where she spends all day drawing and learning as much as she can. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible and is dedicated to creating educational works of art.Rachel is inspired by history and science and believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She uses her work to spread her message about education, scientific literacy, and powerful women. She hopes this book inspires girls and women to follow their passions and dreams.This is Rachel’s first book and she plans on writing many more in the future. To see more of Rachel’s educational art and learn more about her, please visit www.rachelignotofskydesign.com. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf Biographies How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.Amazon.com Review Michael Pollan, whose curiosity about our eating habits led to thoughtful, culturally transformative writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and, most recently, Food Rules, here explores the potential psilocybin and other psychedelics hold for transformation of the spiritual and emotional kind. As he tells it in How to Change Your Mind, a fascinating, sometimes moving look at the history and uses of psychoactive compounds, Pollan avoided such drugs in his youth, but later in life became intrigued by the opportunity “to become more ‘open’—especially at this age, when the grooves of mental habit have been etched so deep as to seem inescapable.” And then there was the chance of experiencing a spiritual epiphany—“touching the face of God,” as one ecstatic user put it. Pollan’s natural skepticism and wry humor is a good match for the detailed accounts he includes of mind-blowing, trip-induced revelations. Ultimately, whether such experiences lead to genuine insight into, say, the origins of the universe or what we can expect after death seems less interesting to Pollan than the hope psychedelics offer people suffering from depression, addiction, and acute illness. Can magic mushrooms be used more broadly for “the betterment of well people”? Readers who begin reading Pollan’s book feeling doubtful about the responsible use of psychedelics may find their own minds changed by his engaging, enlightened, and persuasive combination of personal and journalistic research. “I felt as if I were standing on the edge of a wide-open frontier, squinting to make out something wondrous,” he writes, and with him as our guide, so do we. —Sarah Harrison Smith, Amazon Book Review Read more Review “Pollan’s deeply researched chronicle will enlighten those who think of psychedelics chiefly as a kind of punchline to a joke about the Woodstock generation and hearten the growing number who view them as a potential antidote to our often stubbornly narrow minds....engaging and informative.”—Boston Globe   “Pollan keeps you turning the pages …. cleareyed and assured.”—New York Times   “A deep dive into the history of psychedelics….Deliciously trippy.”—NY Post“Amid new scientific interest in the potential healing properties of psychedelic drugs, Pollan…sets about researching their history—and giving them  a (supervised!) try himself.  He came away impressed by their promise in treating addiction and depression—and with his mind expanded.  Yours will be too.”—People“Astounding.”—Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine“Sweeping and often thrilling….It is to Pollan’s credit that, while he ranks among the best of science writers, he’s willing, when necessary, to abandon that genre’s fixation on materialist explanation as the only path to understanding. One of the book’s important messages is that the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics, for the dying or seriously ill, can’t be separated from the mystical experiences to which they give rise.”—The Guardian “Makes a compelling case for the potential value of psychedelic experiences.”—Pittsburgh Post Gazette“Journalist Michael Pollan explored psychoactive plants in The Botany of Desire(2001). In this bold, intriguing study, he delves further…Pollan even ‘shakes the snow globe’ himself, chemically self-experimenting in the spirit of psychologist William James, who speculated about the wilder shores of consciousness more than a century ago.”—Nature, International Journal of Science'Pollan, Cooked, 2013,  has long enlightened and entertained readers with his superbly inquisitive and influential books about food. He now investigates a very different sort of comestible, psychedelics (from the Greek: “mind manifesting”), and what they reveal about consciousness and the brain.  Pollan’s complexly elucidating and enthralling inquiry combines fascinating and significant history with daring and resonant reportage and memoir, and looks forward to a new open-mindedness toward psychedelics and the benefits of diverse forms of consciousness.” —Booklist (starred review)“Pollan, Cooked, shifts his focus to other uses of plants in this brilliant history of psychedelics across cultures and generations, the neuroscience of its effects, the revival of research on its potential to heal mental illness—and his own mind-changing trips…. This nuanced and sophisticated exploration, which asks big questions about meaning-making and spiritual experience, is thought-provoking and eminently readable.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing.” —Kirkus (starred review) “Known for his writing on plants and food, Michael Pollan… brings all the curiosity and skepticism for which he is well known to a decidedly different topic…How to Change Your Mind beautifully updates and synthesizes the science of psychedelics, with a highly personalized touch.” — Science Magazine“I've never regretted my adolescent use of LSD, but reading this fascinating, lucid, wise and hopeful book did make me wonder if those drug experiences weren't another example of youth wasted on the young. Michael Pollan, who waited until he was a grownup to experiment, is the perfect guide to today’s dawning psychedelic renaissance.”—Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland   “Michael Pollan masterfully guides us through the highs, lows, and highs again of psychedelic drugs. How to Change Your mind chronicles how it’s been a longer and stranger trip than most any of us knew.”—Daniel Goleman, co-author Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body   “Very few writers, if any, have the gravitas and journalistic cred to tackle this explosive subject—from both the outside and the inside—extract it from its nationally traumatic and irrationally over reactive past, and bring both reason and revelatory insight to it. Michael Pollan has done just that. This is investigative journalism at its rigorous and compelling best— and radically mind opening in so many ways just to read it.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses   “Michael Pollan assembles a great deal of information here on the history, science, and effects of psychedelics. I found his frank recounting of his recent experiences with LSD, psilocybin, and toad venom most revealing. They appear to have softened his materialistic views and opened him to the possibilities of higher consciousness. He did, indeed, change his mind.”—Andrew Weil, author of The Natural Mind and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health'Do psychedelics open a door to a different reality, or is it just the same-old, same-old reality seen through a different set of lenses? I quickly became engrossed in Pollan’s narrative–– the intersection of science, consciousness-enhancing, and government prohibition. But at the center of Pollan’s story is the greatest conundrum of all–– why should substances that have been so beneficial to so many people, be the focus of crazy criminal penalties? Why, indeed.”—Errol Morris   “Michael Pollan has applied his brilliant mind and fastidious prose to the Mind itself, specifically the modes by which psychedelic substances temporarily obliterate the ego and engender deep spiritual connectedness to the universe. Michael walks the tight-rope between an objective ‘reporter’ and a spiritual pilgrim seeking insight and sustenance from psychedelics, and his innocence and integrity serve as a balance bar between cynicism and partisan affirmation. His success here places these drugs and what they do at the center of a potential revolution in medicine. It’s an extraordinary achievement, and no matter what you may think you know about psychedelics, if you even know the word, you should read this book.”—Peter Coyote, author and Zen Buddhist Priest   “After 50 years underground, psychedelics are back. We are incredibly fortunate to have Michael Pollan be our travel guide for their renaissance. With humility, humor, and deep humanity, he takes us through the history, the characters, and the science of these “mind manifesting” compounds. Along the way, he navigates the mysteries of consciousness, spirituality, and the mind. What he has done previously for gardeners and omnivores, Pollan does brilliantly here for all of us who wonder what it means to be fully human, or even what it means to be.'—Thomas R. Insel, MD, former director of National Institute of Mental Health and co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health“A rare and utterly engrossing exposition that will most certainly delineate a fundamental change in the understanding of the human mind and the mystery of consciousness. Pollan previously reshaped our knowledge of earthly landscapes in his writings. With this book, he transforms our understanding of the innerscape, the unbounded world we occupy every conscious second of our life experienced by thoughts, suffering, awareness, joy, and reasoning. This is more than a book—it is a treasure.'—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf Biographies How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pdf:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018A New York Times Notable Book The #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

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Steve Jobs

Pdf Biographies Steve Jobs

Pdf:Steve Jobs.Featuring a new epilogue read by the author. From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf Biographies Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf:Leonardo da Vinci.The author of the acclaimed best sellers Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs delivers an engrossing biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the world's most creative genius. Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius. Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf Biographies Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf:Leonardo da Vinci.Review 'As always, [Isaacson] writes with a strongly synthesizing intelligence across a tremendous range; the result is a valuable introduction to a complex subject. . . . Beneath its diligent research, the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it. . . . Most important, Isaacson tells a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life.' —The New Yorker“To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages.' —David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wright Brothers and 1776“I’ve read a lot about Leonardo over the years, but I had never found one book that satisfactorily covered all the different facets of his life and work. Walter—a talented journalist and author I’ve gotten to know over the years—did a great job pulling it all together. . . .  More than any other Leonardo book I’ve read, this one helps you see him as a complete human being and understand just how special he was.” —Bill Gates“Isaacson’s essential subject is the singular life of brilliance. . . . Isaacson deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo . . . a masterpiece of concision.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A captivating narrative about art and science, curiosity and discipline.” —Adam Grant, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Originals“He comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography . . . a vigorous, insightful portrait of the world’s most famous portraitist...Isaacson’s purpose is a thorough synthesis, which he achieves with flair.” —The Washington Post“Walter Isaacson is a renaissance man. . . . Rather like Leonardo, he’s driven by a joyful desire to discover. That joy bubbles forth in this magnificent book. In Isaacson, Leonardo gets the biographer he deserves—an author capable of comprehending his often frenetic, frequently weird quest to understand. This is not just a joyful book; it’s also a joy to behold. . . . Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing a very human portrait of a genius.” —The Times of London“The pleasure of an Isaacson biography is that it doesn’t traffic in such cynical stuff; the author tells stories of people who, by definition, are inimitable....Isaacson is at his finest when he analyzes what made Leonardo human.”  —The New York Times“Monumental  . . . Leonardo led an astonishingly interesting eventful life. And Isaacson brilliantly captures its essence.” —The Toronto Star'Majestic . . . Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize. . . . Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Read more About the Author Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Pdf Biographies Einstein: His Life and Universe

Pdf:Einstein: His Life and Universe.How did Einstein's mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Pdf Biographies Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Pdf:Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people". Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively. In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the 21st century.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf Biographies Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf:Leonardo da Vinci.The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf Biographies The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.Best-selling author Michael Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis' own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms. The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield - both had important careers in the Israeli military - and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. In the process they may well have changed for good mankind's view of its own mind.

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The Last Lecture

Pdf Biographies The Last Lecture

Pdf:The Last Lecture.Amazon.com Review 'We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.' --Randy Pausch A lot of professors give talks titled 'The Last Lecture.' Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--'Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams'--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because 'time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think'). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come. Questions for Randy Pausch We were shy about barging in on Randy Pausch's valuable time to ask him a few questions about his expansion of his famous Last Lecture into the book by the same name, but he was gracious enough to take a moment to answer. (See Randy to the right with his kids, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe.) As anyone who has watched the lecture or read the book will understand, the really crucial question is the last one, and we weren't surprised to learn that the 'secret' to winning giant stuffed animals on the midway, like most anything else, is sheer persistence. Amazon.com: I apologize for asking a question you must get far more often than you'd like, but how are you feeling? Pausch: The tumors are not yet large enough to affect my health, so all the problems are related to the chemotherapy. I have neuropathy (numbness in fingers and toes), and varying degrees of GI discomfort, mild nausea, and fatigue. Occasionally I have an unusually bad reaction to a chemo infusion (last week, I spiked a 103 fever), but all of this is a small price to pay for walkin' around. Amazon.com: Your lecture at Carnegie Mellon has reached millions of people, but even with the short time you apparently have, you wanted to write a book. What did you want to say in a book that you weren't able to say in the lecture? Pausch: Well, the lecture was written quickly--in under a week. And it was time-limited. I had a great six-hour lecture I could give, but I suspect it would have been less popular at that length ;-). A book allows me to cover many, many more stories from my life and the attendant lessons I hope my kids can take from them. Also, much of my lecture at Carnegie Mellon focused on the professional side of my life--my students, colleagues and career. The book is a far more personal look at my childhood dreams and all the lessons I've learned. Putting words on paper, I've found, was a better way for me to share all the yearnings I have regarding my wife, children and other loved ones. I knew I couldn't have gone into those subjects on stage without getting emotional. Amazon.com: You talk about the importance--and the possibility!--of following your childhood dreams, and of keeping that childlike sense of wonder. But are there things you didn't learn until you were a grownup that helped you do that? Pausch: That's a great question. I think the most important thing I learned as I grew older was that you can't get anywhere without help. That means people have to want to help you, and that begs the question: What kind of person do other people seem to want to help? That strikes me as a pretty good operational answer to the existential question: 'What kind of person should you try to be?' Amazon.com: One of the things that struck me most about your talk was how many other people you talked about. You made me want to meet them and work with them--and believe me, I wouldn't make much of a computer scientist. Do you think the people you've brought together will be your legacy as well? Pausch: Like any teacher, my students are my biggest professional legacy. I'd like to think that the people I've crossed paths with have learned something from me, and I know I learned a great deal from them, for which I am very grateful. Certainly, I've dedicated a lot of my teaching to helping young folks realize how they need to be able to work with other people--especially other people who are very different from themselves. Amazon.com: And last, the most important question: What's the secret for knocking down those milk bottles on the midway? Pausch: Two-part answer:      1) long arms      2) discretionary income / persistence Actually, I was never good at the milk bottles. I'm more of a ring toss and softball-in-milk-can guy, myself. More seriously, though, most people try these games once, don't win immediately, and then give up. I've won *lots* of midway stuffed animals, but I don't ever recall winning one on the very first try. Nor did I expect to. That's why I think midway games are a great metaphor for life. Read more About the Author Randy Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon, where he was the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). He was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow. He had sabbaticals at Walt Disney Imagineering and Electronic Arts (EA), and consulted with Google on user interface design. Dr. Pausch received his bachelors in Computer Science from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He was the director of the Alice (www.alice.org) software project, and had traveled in zero-gravity. He lived with his wife, Jai, and their three young children in Virginia.Jeffrey Zaslow was an award-winning columnist with the Wall Street Journal and author of several bestsellers including The Girls from Ames, The Magic Room, and Sully (with Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger). Read more

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Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Pdf Biographies Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Pdf:Memories, Dreams, Reflections.'I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings. It is these that make up the singularity of my life, and with these my autobiography deals' (Carl Gustav Jung) In 1957, four years before his death, Carl Gustav Jung, psychiatrist and psychologist, began writing his life story. But what started as an exercise in autobiography soon morphed into an altogether more profound undertaking. The result is an absorbing piece of self-analysis: a frank statement of faith, philosophy and principles from one of the great explorers of the human mind. Covering everything from Sigmund Freud, analytical psychology and Jungian dream interpretation to a forthright discussion of world myths and religions, including Christianity, Buddhism and other religions, these final reflections on an extraordinary life are a fitting coda to the work of Carl Gustav Jung. It was Jung who observed and named key human characteristics such as the introvert, the extrovert, the animus, the anima, and other concepts such as archetypes (the wise old man, the mother), the collective unconscious, the complex and many more. His studies took him into many fields - religion, anthropology, archeology and literature - which instructed his clinical work. This extraordinary breadth gave him a view of humanity and of culture that still resonates deeply. Memories, Dreams, Reflections is a remarkable document showing a man of great depth, humility and perspicacity. Once read, it is never forgotten. Aniela Jaffé's introduction is read by Elizabeth Proud.

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'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character

Pdf Biographies 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character

Pdf:'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character.Review “A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. Feynman proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time.” - K. C. Cole, New York Times Book Review“Quintessential Feynman―funny, brilliant, bawdy…enormously entertaining.” - The New Yorker“Books like this are temptations―to give up reading and devote life to rereading…The book is a litmus paper: anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is bad crazy.” - Los Angeles Times Book Review“A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman’s life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light.” - Time“Feynman is legendary among his colleagues for his brilliance and his eccentricity…It’s not hard to smile all the way through.” - Newsweek Read more About the Author Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988) was a professor at Cornell University and CalTech and received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965. In 1986 he served with distinction on the Rogers Commission investigating the space shuttle Challenger disaster.Ralph Leighton lives in northern California. Read more

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Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf Biographies Leonardo da Vinci

Pdf:Leonardo da Vinci.Amazon.com Review With biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs under his belt, and a reputation as one of our premiere nonfiction writers, Walter Isaacson is the right person to take on a monumental figure like Leonardo da Vinci. To write this biography Isaacson immersed himself in da Vinci’s 7,200 pages of notebooks, which these days are spread across the map. Da Vinci’s interests were even more divergent, and Isaacson’s empathetic and deeply researched portrait illustrates how he willed himself to genius through endless curiosity and a creativity that sometimes crossed over into fantasy. Much like Isaacson’s previous subjects of Ben Franklin and Steve Jobs, da Vinci was a polymath-- he was passionate about art, science, nature, and technology, and he never stopped questioning, practicing, or experimenting. This is what made him the great innovator and historical figure that we recognize today—and Isaacson points out that this is a particular form of genius that can teach us how to live our own lives. -- Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review Read more Review 'As always, [Isaacson] writes with a strongly synthesizing intelligence across a tremendous range; the result is a valuable introduction to a complex subject. . . . Beneath its diligent research, the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it. . . . Most important, Isaacson tells a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life.' —The New Yorker“To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages.' —David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wright Brothers and 1776“Isaacson’s essential subject is the singular life of brilliance. . . . Isaacson deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo . . . a masterpiece of concision.” —San Francisco Chronicle“I’ve read a lot about Leonardo over the years, but I had never found one book that satisfactorily covered all the different facets of his life and work. Walter—a talented journalist and author I’ve gotten to know over the years—did a great job pulling it all together. . . .  More than any other Leonardo book I’ve read, this one helps you see him as a complete human being and understand just how special he was.” —Bill Gates“A captivating narrative about art and science, curiosity and discipline.” —Adam Grant, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Originals“He comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography . . . a vigorous, insightful portrait of the world’s most famous portraitist...Isaacson’s purpose is a thorough synthesis, which he achieves with flair.” —The Washington Post“Walter Isaacson is a renaissance man. . . . Rather like Leonardo, he’s driven by a joyful desire to discover. That joy bubbles forth in this magnificent book. In Isaacson, Leonardo gets the biographer he deserves—an author capable of comprehending his often frenetic, frequently weird quest to understand. This is not just a joyful book; it’s also a joy to behold. . . . Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing a very human portrait of a genius.” —The Times of London“The pleasure of an Isaacson biography is that it doesn’t traffic in such cynical stuff; the author tells stories of people who, by definition, are inimitable....Isaacson is at his finest when he analyzes what made Leonardo human.”  —The New York Times“Monumental  . . . Leonardo led an astonishingly interesting eventful life. And Isaacson brilliantly captures its essence.” —The Toronto Star'Majestic . . . Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize. . . . Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Pdf Biographies A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Pdf:A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution.Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize    “The future is in our hands as never before, and this book explains the stakes like no other.” — George Lucas“Required reading for every concerned citizen.” — New York Review of Books   Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. That is, until 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans. Writing with fellow researcher Sam Sternberg, Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery and describes the enormous responsibility that comes with the power to rewrite the code of life.  “An invaluable account . . . We owe Doudna several times over.” — Guardian

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Pdf Biographies Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Pdf:Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!.With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Pdf Biographies Einstein: His Life and Universe

Pdf:Einstein: His Life and Universe.Review 'Walter Isaacson has captured the complete Einstein. With an effortless style that belies a sharp attention to detail and scientific accuracy, Isaacson takes us on a soaring journey through the life, mind, and science of the man who changed our view of the universe.' -- Brian Greene, Professor of Physics at Columbia and author of The Fabric of the Cosmos'This book does an amazing job getting the science right and the man revealed.' -- Sylvester James Gates, Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland'This book will be widely and deservedly admired. It is excellently readable and combines the personal and the scientific aspects of Einstein's life in a graceful way.' -- Gerald Holton, Professor of Physics at Harvard and author of Einstein, History, and Other Passions'Once again Walter Isaacson has produced a most valuable biography of a great man about whom much has already been written. It helps that he has had access to important new material. He met the challenge of dealing with his subject as a human being and describing profound ideas in physics. His biography is a pleasure to read and makes the great physicist come alive.' -- Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics and author of The Quark and the Jaguar'With unmatched narrative skill, Isaacson has managed the extraordinary feat of preserving Einstein's monumental stature while at the same time bringing him to such vivid life that we come to feel as if he could be walking in our midst. This is a terrific work.' -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln'Isaacson's treatment of Einstein's scientific work is excellent: accurate, complete, and just the right level of detail for the general reader. Taking advantage of the wealth of recently uncovered historical material, he has produced the most readable biography of Einstein yet.' -- A. Douglas Stone, Professor of Physics at Yale'This is a brilliant intellectual tapestry -- and a great read. Skillfully weaving Einstein's revolutionary scientific achievements, his prolific political initiatives, his complex personal life, and his fascinating personality, Isaacson has transformed the transformer of the twentieth century into a beacon for the twenty-first century.' -- Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of American Prometheus:The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography'I found so much to admire; there are many places where I just had to cheer what Isaacson had written.' -- Dudley Herschbach, Professor of Science at Harvard'Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life.' -- Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein'Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait.' -- Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso Read more About the Author Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson Read more

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Lab Girl

Pdf Biographies Lab Girl

Pdf:Lab Girl.Review “Engrossing. . . . Thrilling. . . . Does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.” —The New York Times“Lab Girl made me look at trees differently. It compelled me to ponder the astonishing grace and gumption of a seed. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced me to a deeply inspiring woman—a scientist so passionate about her work I felt myself vividly with her on every page. This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.” —Cheryl Strayed“Brilliant. . . . Extraordinary. . . . Delightfully, wickedly funny. . . . Powerful and disarming.” —The Washington Post   “Clear, compelling and uncompromisingly honest . . . Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature'Spirited. . . . Stunning. . . . Moving.” —The New York Times Book Review “A powerful new memoir . . . Jahren is a remarkable scientist who turns out to be a remarkable writer as well. . . .  Think Stephen Jay Gould or Oliver Sacks. But Hope Jahren is a woman in science, who speaks plainly to just how rugged that can be. And to the incredible machinery of life around us.” —On Point/NPR “Lyrical . . .  illuminating . . . Offers a lively glimpse into a scientifically inclined mind.” —The Wall Street Journal “Some people are great writers, while other people live lives of adventure and importance. Almost no one does both. Hope Jahren does both. She makes me wish I’d been a scientist.” —Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder  “Lab Girl surprised, delighted, and moved me. I was drawn in from the start by the clarity and beauty of Jahren’s prose. . . . With Lab Girl, Jahren joins those talented scientists who are able to reveal to us the miracle of this world in which we live.” —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone “Revelatory. . . . A veritable jungle of ideas and sensations.” —Slate “Warm, witty . . . Fascinating. . . . Jahren’s singular gift is her ability to convey the everyday wonder of her work: exploring the strange, beautiful universe of living things that endure and evolve and bloom all around us, if we bother to look.” —Entertainment Weekly “Deeply affecting. . . . A totally original work, both fierce and uplifting. . . . A belletrist in the mold of Oliver Sacks, she is terrific at showing just how science is done. . . . She’s an acute observer, prickly, and funny as hell.” —Elle “Magnificent. . . . [A] gorgeous book of life. . . . Jahren contains multitudes. Her book is love as life. Trees as truth.” —Chicago Tribune “Mesmerizing. . . . Deft and flecked with humor . . . a scientist’s memoir of a quirky, gritty, fascinating life. . . . Like Robert Sapolsky’s A Primate’s Memoir or Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, it delivers the zing of a beautiful mind in nature.”  —Seattle Times “Jahren's memoir [is] the beginning of a career along the lines of Annie Dillard or Diane Ackerman.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “A scientific memoir that's beautifully human.” —Popular Science “Breathtakingly honest. . . . Gorgeous. . . . At its core, Lab Girl is a book about seeing—with the eyes, but also the hands and the heart.” —American Scientist Read more About the Author Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway. hopejahrensurecanwrite.com jahrenlab.com Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Lab Girl

Pdf Biographies Lab Girl

Pdf:Lab Girl.National Book Critics Circle Award winner, Autobiography, 2016. An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see and think about the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away. Lab Girl is a book about work, about love, and about the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about the things she's discovered in her lab as well as how she got there; about her childhood - hours of unfettered play in her father's laboratory; about how she found a sanctuary in science and learned to perform lab work "with both the heart and the hands"; about a brilliant and wounded man named Bill, who became her loyal colleague and best friend; about their adventurous, sometimes rogue research trips, which take them from the Midwest all across the United States and over the Atlantic, from the ever-light skies of the North Pole to tropical Hawaii; and about her constant striving to do and be the best she could, never allowing personal or professional obstacles to cloud her dedication to her work. Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her insights on nature enliven every minute of this book. Lab Girl allows us to see with clear eyes the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal and the power within ourselves to face - with bravery and conviction - life's ultimate challenge: discovering who we are. 

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Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

Pdf Biographies Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

Pdf:Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home - an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

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The Last Lecture

Pdf Biographies The Last Lecture

Pdf:The Last Lecture."We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ( Randy Pausch) A lot of professors give talks entitled "The Last Lecture". Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come. This recording includes an interview with the author.

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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

Pdf Biographies Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

Pdf:Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story.PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved) is a unique book written by renowned psychopharmacologist Alexander Shulgin and his wife Ann Shulgin. This book gives details of their research and investigations into the use of psychedelic drugs for the study of the human mind, and is also a love story. The second half of the book describes in detail a wealth of phenethlyamines, their physical properties, dosages used, duration of effects observed, and commentary on effects.

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'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character

Pdf Biographies 'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character

Pdf:'Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!': Adventures of a Curious Character.A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Random House Large Print)

Pdf Biographies How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Random House Large Print)

Pdf:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Random House Large Print).About the Author Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Read more

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Lab Girl

Pdf Biographies Lab Girl

Pdf:Lab Girl.Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for AutobiographyA New York Times 2016 Notable BookNational Best SellerNamed one of TIME magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016A Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016A TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.

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American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

Pdf Biographies American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

Pdf:American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road.The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom - and almost got away with it In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself - including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks, and unbelievable close calls. It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it's all too real.

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Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Pdf Biographies Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Pdf:Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders."Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was, "Because you told me to." Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. That's when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control. Before long, each member of Marquet's crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.

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Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback)

Pdf Biographies Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback)

Pdf:Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback).The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker.Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.

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Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback)

Pdf Biographies Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback)

Pdf:Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback).Review “The funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read.” - Tom Wolfe“Often profane, always hilarious, right on the mark.” - People“So memorable and alive . . . one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era.” - Fortune Read more About the Author Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children. Read more

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University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf Biographies University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf:University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.Review 'Seasoned investors, as well as Buffett fans, will find plenty of value in this storehouse of financial counsel. A rare view into the mind of Warren Buffett.'―Kirkus Reviews'Daniel S. Pecaut [is a] proprietor of a family brokerage firm in Sioux City, Iowa, and a close student of his Corn Belt neighbor.' ―New York Times'For 25 years, I have religiously read Daniel and Corey's annual commentaries about Berkshire Hathaway. I know of no keener observers on what has made Berkshire such a wonderful wealth-builder. I also know of no investment firm that cares more about their clients than their firm, Pecaut and Company. You can't help but learn valuable lessons by reading this book.' ―Jonathan Brandt, Research Analyst, Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb [5x Featured Analyst at Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholders Meeting]'Since Buffett and Munger always expressed themselves candidly and clearly, once you've read Daniel and Corey's copious notes, you'll understand Berkshire's extraordinary approach to investing. This book is a true gem.' ―Jean-Marie Eveillard, Senior Adviser, First Eagle Investment Management[Recipient of Morningstar's 'Fund Manager Lifetime Achievement Award']'Congratulations on your excellent book, University of Berkshire Hathaway.'―Robert P. Miles, Author of The Warren Buffett CEO'Thank you for sharing notes which captured real-time key messages from the expanding curriculum at the University of Berkshire Hathaway. I have been a proud 'part-time' student myself and marvel at the memories released by thumbing through your own journal... Great work. Congratulations. A must read.'―Thomas A. Russo, Gardner Russo & Gardner LLC'Having attended nearly every Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting since 1985, I know first-hand that these notes cover every base Buffett and Munger have touched. University of Berkshire Hathaway is a unique gateway inside these legendary meetings. This book will be a resource for generations.' ―Daniel P. Boyle, President, Schwerin Boyle Capital Management'I'm impressed. I've attended quite a few Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings but this book filled in the gaps for those I haven't attended and better still, it underscored any number of valuable insights Buffett and Munger have provided more than once. What's more, because it covers so many years, it shows how they've learned and changed and how they haven't been afraid to fess up to mistakes. All in all, a fascinating look at two extraordinary investors who unselfishly share their many talents and who educate by putting on a very entertaining show in Omaha every spring.' ―Randy Cepuch, Author of A Weekend with Warren Buffett'Having never been to one of Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, I now feel I have attended many. With so many pieces of investment wisdom woven throughout this book, University of Berkshire Hathaway should become a 'must read' for every investor and investment professional.' ―Wayne F. Holly, President, Sage Rutty & Company'This is a fascinating book where they went and took notes of every meeting. You can see such an overview of Buffett and Charlie's thinking in a way that's really condensed and an overall bird's eye view of it--really fast. It speeds up the 30 years into a few hours of reading.'―Holly Lafon, GuruFocus Podcast'Anyone can buy all the old BRK shareholder letters, but there are very few transcripts from the live shareholder meetings in Omaha, Nebraska (1986-2015). There is definitely overlap, but these live interactions sometimes provide a peek into their less-publicized opinions (especially Munger's)... If you're a Buffett & Munger enthusiast, this is a nice addition to your collection.'―Jonathan Ping, MyMoneyBlog.com'Anyone interested in Berkshire Hathaway will find this book interesting.'―Ravi Nagarajan, RationalWalk.com Read more From the Inside Flap 'My dad was also my hero, just like the case with you. Dick clearly was a terrific guy and a sound thinker. You were lucky to have him as a father, teacher, and inspiration.'―Warren E. Buffett (written on the back of a Pecaut & Company newsletter)After my dad, Dick Pecaut, passed away in 2009, I wrote a loving tribute to him in my investment firm's monthly newsletter. Days later, I received one of the newsletters back. Handwritten, on the back of that newsletter, was a note from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. The man whose mindset, strategies, and investing insights my business partner, Corey, and I have studied for three decades. The man whose wisdom we are honored to share with you in the coming pages.Buffett's short note served as a heartwarming footnote to my father's life work as an investment advisor. It also served as validation of both the newsletters that make up this book and our work as investment advisors. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Pdf Biographies Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Pdf:Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.).Review “Utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry...you’re gonna love it.” (Denver Post)“The kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.” (USA Today)Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory. (USA Today)“A gonzo memoir of whats really going on behind those swinging doors.... Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.” (Newsweek)“Bourdain’s prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)“Hysterical.... Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors.” (New York Times Book Review) Read more From the Back Cover A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf:I.M.: A Memoir.Review “I.M. is the must-read that will be in every chic woman’s handbag this season.” ―Popsugar“Fashion designer Mizrahi reveals the many layers of his exceptional life in this witty, intelligent memoir….In luminous prose, Mizrahi chronicles not only the glamour…but also the low points of his life….This is a must-read for fashion fanatics.” ―Publishers Weekly“I.M. is a surprisingly literary work; he sharply describes his world…a playful read, yet there is a weight to it, a few heavy paillettes to keep the structure in place.” ―BookForum“The key to the warmth and overall success of the memoir is Mizrahi’s unapologetic, bare-all approach as he shares the best and worst aspects of his life…a charming and witty memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Intimate and generous and 100 percent Isaac. It is a heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir of growing up an outsider and how one finds themselves and their place in the world. Isaac’s honesty in writing about what it is be a fat kid―and the struggle to come to terms with one’s body, one’s sexuality, and one’s parents―is inspiring and a comfort to those who are in search of identity and acceptance. What makes this book so incredibly deliciously good is Isaac’s specificity, his memory of shopping with his mother at Loehmann’s, his awareness of style, fabric, texture and culture in all its forms―i.e., not just as material (pun intended) but beyond the fabric of clothing and into the fabric of life, the experiences, the nuances, the brilliance, and the oddity of the times we’re living in. I can’t wait to give this book to all my friends―it is the perfect present.” ―A. M. Homes, New York Times bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven“I.M. has everything! It’s colorful, hysterical, touching, bold, and heartbreaking. It’s about coming of age, creativity, being yourself, Jewish mothers, fashion, art, loss, and glamour. I loved it.” ―Andy Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of Superficial“Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He’s managed to live several lives in one lifetime.”―RuPaul“In this bracingly honest, courageously vulnerable, and often hilarious memoir, Isaac Mizrahi traces a life full of yearning, telling his story as generously as he’s lived it. This is the narrative of how a fat and conflicted yeshiva boy became a great and glamourous designer, and it is both gossipy and insightful, both elegant and profound, a portrait of Mizrahi’s enduring anxiety and prodigious brilliance.” ―Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree Read more About the Author Isaac Mizrahi (Libra) performs cabaret across the country, has written two books, hosted his own television talk show, and made countless appearances in movies and television. He has directed and designed many productions for the stage and screen. He founded his design company in 1987, was the star and cocreator of the documentary Unzipped, and was the subject of a large-scale, mid-career survey at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He currently develops projects in television, theatre, and literature through his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment. Read more

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Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Pdf Biographies Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Pdf:Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business.Review “Danny Meyer, restaurateur nonpareil, shares his never-fail recipe for business success.” (Vanity Fair)“Restaurateur Danny Meyer offers a rich menu of business tips.” (Time magazine)“Anyone in the hospitality industry would do well to consult ‘Setting the Table’.” (Wall Street Journal) Read more From the Back Cover A landmark, bestselling business book and a fascinating behind-the-scenes history of the creation of Danny's most famous eating establishments, Setting the Table is a treasure trove of valuable, innovative insights applicable to any business or organization. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies I.M.: A Memoir

Pdf:I.M.: A Memoir.“Honest, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining…Mizrahi comes off in writing just like his onscreen persona: warm, witty, humble—and ready to dish.” —Booklist, starred reviewIsaac Mizrahi is sui generis: designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, a TV celebrity. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the late 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now.In I.M., Isaac Mizrahi offers a poignant, candid, and touching look back on his life so far. Growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, Isaac had unique talents that ultimately drew him into fashion and later into celebrity circles that read like a who’s who of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few. In his elegant memoir, Isaac delves into his lifelong battles with weight, insomnia, and depression. He tells what it was like to be an out gay man in a homophobic age and to witness the ravaging effects of the AIDS epidemic. Brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac's narrative reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Rich with memorable stories from in and out of the spotlight, I.M. illuminates deep emotional truths.

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Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf Biographies Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf:Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.About the Author Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House and later to Richard Nixon, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975.Lisa McCubbin is the coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers: Five Presidents; Mrs. Kennedy and Me; Five Days in November; and The Kennedy Detail. A former television news anchor and reporter, she currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her at LisaMcCubbin.com. Read more Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Five Presidents INTRODUCTION Walking Beside History As a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service, I had the honor and privilege of serving five presidents—Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford—three Republicans and two Democrats. From my unique vantage point, I had the rare opportunity to observe the human side of these men—the most powerful men in the world—as each dealt with the enormous responsibilities and unforeseen challenges thrust upon them, and how their individual characters and personalities affected grave decisions. My seventeen years in the Secret Service spanned the period that encompassed the U-2 spy incident; the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the civil rights movement, riots and burning of major U.S. cities; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Nixon. In less than two decades, America went from being unquestionably the most respected and admired nation in the world to a country whose image had become tarnished by violence, scandal, and deceit. It is interesting to note that of these five presidents, only Eisenhower had a normal run as president—elected by the people and serving two full terms. Kennedy was elected in 1960 by the slimmest of margins, and his term lasted just one thousand days, cut short by an assassin. Suddenly, the vice president became president. Johnson was reelected the following year, but when the demands of the office and the casualties of the Vietnam War became more than he could bear, he chose not to run for a second term. Nixon was elected in 1968, and again in 1972, but in the wake of the Watergate scandal, he became the first United States president to resign, in 1974. A year earlier, when Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace, Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as vice president. Thus, upon Nixon’s resignation, Ford became president, never having been elected to the office. It was a turbulent time, and there I was, in the middle of it all. As with our two previous books, my talented writing partner, Lisa McCubbin, and I have attempted to bring history to life through my experiences. While Mrs. Kennedy and Me focused on my interactions with Jacqueline Kennedy, and Five Days in November detailed those tragic days surrounding the assassination, the Kennedy section in this book focuses on my observations of and interactions with President Kennedy. There is unavoidably some overlap, but the recollections of my years with Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford are revealed here for the first time. There is no doubt that the assassination of President Kennedy was a defining moment for me, and it would affect me on many levels for the rest of my life. I was thrust onto the pages of history, but it has often bothered me that I would be remembered solely for my actions on that one day. For there was much that led up to that moment, and much that followed. Like the five presidents I served, there were many things that influenced the decisions I made, the actions I took, the man I became. It has indeed been an extraordinary journey. Read more

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Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf Biographies Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf:Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through Five Presidents. After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America’s history—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon. It was indeed a turbulent time—and through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.

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Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf Biographies Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

Pdf:Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon. Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include: Eisenhower's reaction to Russian prime minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf Biographies I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf:I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.Introduction by Gillian Flynn Afterword by Patton Oswalt A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. "You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark." For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer". Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the Online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of 18 and 30, Caucasian, and athletic - capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim - he favored suburban couples - he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death - offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by Michelle's husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic - and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Pdf Biographies Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Pdf:Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy.Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019—Woman’s Day The Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out This Year—BookBub “A nonfiction thriller.”—Wall Street Journal From internationally bestselling author of the “gripping” (Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author) Into the Lion’s Mouth comes the extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II—perfect for fans of Unbroken, The Nightingale, and Code Girls. The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues. In Code Name: Lise, Larry Loftis paints a portrait of true courage, patriotism, and love—of two incredibly heroic people who endured unimaginable horrors and degradations. He seamlessly weaves together the touching romance between Odette and Peter and the thrilling cat and mouse game between them and Sergeant Bleicher. With this amazing testament to the human spirit, Loftis proves once again that he is adept at writing “nonfiction that reads like a page-turning novel” (Parade).

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20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents

Pdf Biographies 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents

Pdf:20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents.When shots rang out in Dallas on November 22, 1963, U.S. Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood immediately lunged over the seat of the vice president's car and bravely used his body to shield Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Faced with the unknown, Youngblood maintained this protective position as they sped toward Parkland Hospital. Throughout that fateful day, he vigilantly remained by LBJ’s side to ensure his safety. This candid memoir includes Youngblood's first-hand account of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath, as well as highlights from his twenty-year career in the Secret Service during which he protected Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Readers will enjoy Youngblood's behind-the-scenes look at some of the most pivotal events in U.S. history, humorous anecdotes, and descriptions of the complexities, risks, and constant tensions involved in protecting America's chief executive. A unique and comprehensive collection of more than one hundred photographs has been added to illustrate this agent's amazing story.

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Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Pdf Biographies Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Pdf:Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy.Review Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019—Woman's Day The Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out This Year—BookBub The 10 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In January 2019—Bustle Best Books of January 2019—Amazon 7 Essential True Crime Books for January—CrimeReads Book of the Month (Jan.)—Palm Beach Book Festival January 2019 Book Recommendations —Book Riot 8 Must-Read Books Coming Out in January—Des Moines Public Library What to Read This Week—Valdosta Daily Times History Picks for February—Wellington (NZ) City Libraries #1 True Crime Audiobook—Audible.com 'A nonfiction thriller.'—Wall Street Journal “Reading like a thrilling spy novel and the most exciting sort of non-fiction—well researched, well written, and fast paced enough to keep the pages turning—this will interest fans of the history of espionage, World War II history, military history, women’s history, and biography.”—Library Journal (starred review) “With evident sympathy, Loftis tells a well-researched, novelistic story of a heroine and patriot…Swift and entertaining, Loftis’s work reads less like a biography and more like a thriller.”—Publishers Weekly 'A true-life thriller...page-turner...Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger...A vivid history of wartime heroism.'—Kirkus Reviews 'Extraordinary bravery ... made this woman one of World War II's most remarkable spies.  That she survived the war was almost miraculous.'—TIME 'The stuff of classic World War II thrillers.'—Newsday 'A story of sheer bravery and survival that should astound even an avid reader of military history.  A splendid read about a splendid woman.' —Washington Times  'How an 'ordinary' mom of three became Britain's most decorated WWII spy.'—New York Post “Continues the scholarly thriller style of Into the Lion’s Mouth.”—Orlando Sentinel 'Written in the style of a thriller, this is a thrilling account of the exploits of World War II’s most highly decorated spy, Odette Sansom.'—Daily Mail (UK) 'Loftis gives Sansom the epic story her experience warrants, full of spycraft, complex and important missions, incredible feats of bravery, and love.'—CrimeReads 'Fascinating ... A page-turner, especially the final third of the book which provides a riveting account of the mayhem of the final days of WWII ... Loftis’ meticulous research is evident throughout.' —The Cipher Brief 'Readers will not want to put this book down...A spy thriller instead of a dry biography.'—MilitaryPress.com '[A] fascinating story of resistance and romance.' —Daily Beast 'Code Name: Lise is impossible to put down. Suffused with romance, told with a novelist’s eye for page-turning thrills and the historian’s acumen for facts, Loftis brings to colorful life a hero for our time, Odette Sansom.  Like Unbroken and Code Girls, Odette Sansom’s story is epic, intensely personal, emotionally rich, and hard to forget.”—Doug Stanton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of 12 Strong and In Harm’s Way 'An astonishing story of love, survival, and almost unimaginable courage.  Code Name: Lise is non-fiction that reads like a thriller and will keep readers riveted.'—Tilar Mazzeo, New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children “Code Name: Lise is a grand adventure, part thriller, part love story, and full of wonderful details about the tradecraft of wartime espionage and the bravery of unsung heroes. A remarkable achievement that does honor to its subject. I hope someone takes it to the big screen as it has everything.”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch and Judgment 'Larry has a knack for finding untold stories that read more like fiction than fact, and he's done it again with Code Name: Lise.  Having grown up reading about the Jedburgh teams - the forerunners of US Special Forces - I found the story riveting, not the least because it's true, and Larry's relentless research makes Odette Sansom's heroics leap off the page, putting her in the pantheon of our own Special Forces heroes.'—Brad Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of War “Loftis delivers a tale of courage, daring, valor—and love—for the ages. Code Name: Lise is the closest history comes to a romance novel.”—Elizabeth Cobbs, New York Times bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair “Larry Loftis brings the past to life with a brilliantly researched and executed tale of one woman's unparalleled heroism in occupied France during World War II. A riveting true story of love, betrayal and sacrifice, as engaging as any thriller, and not to be missed.”—Mark  Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical “Larry Loftis has crafted a true thriller, a highly entertaining account of the most highly decorated spy of WW2. A great read.” –Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of  The First Wave and Avenue of Spies 'Another masterpiece from Larry Loftis, the king of nonfiction thrillers. If you try just one nonfiction book this year, there's no question ... it should be this one.'—The Real Book Spy 'Loftis's detail of Sansom's life reads like a spy thriller, but with the research of a nonfiction narrative, covering one of the best stories of clandestine heroism during the Second World War.' —WeAreTheMighty.com PRAISE FOR INTO THE LION'S MOUTH 'Gripping ... This one will keep you planted in your reading chair from start to finish.'—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author 'A work of non-fiction that's more thriller than biography.'—USA Today 'A sensational book, telling a remarkable true story that few know, even those in the intelligence business. Written in the style of the best spy thrillers, the book is impossible to put down.'—Michael Morell, CIA Director (acting 2011, 2012-13)  Read more About the Author Larry Loftis is the international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thriller, Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond, which has been translated into multiple languages around the world. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Loftis was a corporate attorney and  adjunct professor of law. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at LarryLoftis.com.     Read more

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf Biographies I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf:I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:Washington Post | Maureen Corrigan, NPR | Paste | Seattle Times | Entertainment Weekly | Esquire | Slate | Buzzfeed | Jezebel | Philadelphia Inquirer | Publishers Weekly | Kirkus Reviews | Library Journal | Bustle | Mother Jones | Real Simple | Crime Reads | Book Riot | Bookish | Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Hudson Booksellers New York Public Library | Chicago Public LibraryWinner of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Nonfiction | SCIBA Book Award Winner | Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.Introduction by Gillian Flynn • Afterword by Patton Oswalt“A brilliant genre-buster.... Propulsive, can’t-stop-now reading.”   —Stephen KingFor more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf Biographies I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf:I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.Amazon.com Review I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara’s compelling investigation of the “Golden State Killer,” who terrorized northern California from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, is one of the best true crime books to come along in a decade. It’s the story of two obsessions: McNamara’s obsession with the criminal, and whatever abhorrent obsession drove him to commit a series of horrific rapes and murders over ten years. The author, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, describes the crimes and examines clues in an effort to uncover his identity. Occasionally, she challenges convention by inserting herself into the narrative (at one point, she even writes directly to the Golden State Killer), and the book acquires even more personal weight when one takes into account the fact that McNamara, at the age of 46, died while writing it. Knowing all of this, and with each chilling description, McNamara’s obsession begins to become our own. She believed that the Golden State Killer would still be alive today. You will discover yourself hoping she’s right, so that you can see him captured and brought to justice. -- Chris Schluep, the Amazon Book Review Read more Review “Unputdownable.... Powerful.” (Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air)“A singular, fascinating read. It’s lifelike in its incompletion... a posthumous treasure that feels thrillingly alive. A-” (Entertainment Weekly)“What makes McNamara’s work so compelling is her empathy and sensitivity toward the people touched by these crimes.... I wish I could read the next 10 books she would have written.” (Kate Tuttle, Los Angeles Times)“What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.”   (Stephen King)“Both a vivid and meticulous investigation of a twisted predator who terrorized quiet, upper middle-class communities in California for nearly a decade, and a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject.” (New York Times)“Remarkable… The detective’s nose for the crucial clue transmutes so easily into a novelist’s eye for the concrete detail that conjures a memory or emotion. She applies the same gift to a handful of portraits of people affected by the killer’s crimes.... These read like fragments from Raymond Carver stories, tales of ordinary lives fractured by incomprehensible violence. Had she lived, McNamara might have helped identify the man who committed that violence, but before she died, she did something nearly as miraculous: making them all live again in some small way.” (Laura Miller, Slate)“This book just knocked me over.” (Megan Abbott)“Utterly gripping.” (People)“A powerful portrait of the scale of the Golden State Killer’s crimes, of the mechanics of criminal investigations, of the strange particular dread and paranoia in the California in the 1970s, and of McNamara’s own obsession with violent men, and this one violent man.” (San Francisco Chronicle)“Breathtaking, ambitious, and exquisitely written.” (New York) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf Biographies I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Pdf:I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.Review “Unputdownable.... Powerful.” (Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air)“A singular, fascinating read. It’s lifelike in its incompletion... a posthumous treasure that feels thrillingly alive. A-” (Entertainment Weekly)“What makes McNamara’s work so compelling is her empathy and sensitivity toward the people touched by these crimes.... I wish I could read the next 10 books she would have written.” (Kate Tuttle, Los Angeles Times)“What readers need to know—what makes this book so special—is that it deals with two obsessions, one light and one dark. The Golden State Killer is the dark half; Michelle McNamara’s is the light half. It’s a journey into two minds, one sick and disordered, the other intelligent and determined. I loved this book.”   (Stephen King)“Both a vivid and meticulous investigation of a twisted predator who terrorized quiet, upper middle-class communities in California for nearly a decade, and a wrenching personal account from a writer who became consumed by her subject.” (New York Times)“Remarkable… The detective’s nose for the crucial clue transmutes so easily into a novelist’s eye for the concrete detail that conjures a memory or emotion. She applies the same gift to a handful of portraits of people affected by the killer’s crimes.... These read like fragments from Raymond Carver stories, tales of ordinary lives fractured by incomprehensible violence. Had she lived, McNamara might have helped identify the man who committed that violence, but before she died, she did something nearly as miraculous: making them all live again in some small way.” (Laura Miller, Slate)“This book just knocked me over.” (Megan Abbott)“Utterly gripping.” (People)“A powerful portrait of the scale of the Golden State Killer’s crimes, of the mechanics of criminal investigations, of the strange particular dread and paranoia in the California in the 1970s, and of McNamara’s own obsession with violent men, and this one violent man.” (San Francisco Chronicle)“Breathtaking, ambitious, and exquisitely written.” (New York) Read more From the Back Cover A MASTERFUL TRUE-CRIME ACCOUNT OF THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER—THE ELUSIVE SERIAL RAPIST TURNED MURDERER WHO TERRORIZED CALIFORNIA FOR OVER A DECADE—FROM MICHELLE MCNAMARA, THE GIFTED JOURNALIST WHO DIED TRAGICALLY WHILE INVESTIGATING THE CASEYou’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.Over the course of more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. In 1986 he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, inter-viewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing his victims—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their homes when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layouts. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction from Gillian Flynn and an afterword by McNamara’s husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true-crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Pdf Biographies Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Pdf:Mrs. Kennedy and Me.Review 'With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, but also a time when the White House was filled with youth and promise. Of the many words written about Jacqueline Kennedy, these are among the best.' --'Kirkus 'starred review'Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish.' --Liz Smith'['Mrs. Kennedy and Me'] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know.' --'USA Today' (3 1/2 stars) Read more About the Author Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House and later to Richard Nixon, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975.Lisa McCubbin is the coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers: Five Presidents; Mrs. Kennedy and Me; Five Days in November; and The Kennedy Detail. A former television news anchor and reporter, she currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her at LisaMcCubbin.com. Read more

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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

Pdf Biographies Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

Pdf:Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir.The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Clint Hill that Kirkus Reviews called “clear and honest prose free from salaciousness and gossip,” Jackie Kennedy’s personal Secret Service agent details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.In those four years, Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy’s side for some of the happiest moments as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. on November 25, 1960, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill’s mind is that of President Kennedy’s head lying on Mrs. Kennedy’s lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible. Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady. Mrs. Kennedy’s strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.

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Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis

Pdf Biographies Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis

Pdf:Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis.Review '[An] incredible story.'―New York Post'Drug Warrior is a riveting account of America's drug war. Jack Riley steps right out of central casting: a tough cop on a mission. But Drug Warrior goes beyond Riley's gruff exterior and shows the trials and tribulations of fighting a war that can't be won. Riley's sense of duty is the heart of the book. Want to better understand America's first forever war? You'll find answers here.'―Kevin Maurer, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers No Easy Day and American Radical'For 15 years, Chapo has been Riley's white whale, the object of an obsession that teetered on derangement and sidelined everything else, including his family... A ruddy, white-haired bruiser who holds court from a bar stool, Riley seemed dispatched from the days of fedoras and cops lighting Luckies at crime scenes.'―Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone'Riley's intensity and charisma have made him one of the most quoted and recognizable advocates for drug enforcement in the country.'―Chicago Reader'A sturdy, unadorned tale of true crime and its foes.'―Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author John 'Jack' Riley spent his DEA career combating Mexican and Colombian cartels and drug-related gang violence. At the time of his retirement, Riley was the highest ranking career Special Agent at the DEA, serving as the organization's second in command, overseeing global drug enforcement efforts. Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist currently working for the Associated Press. Over the last 25 years, he has investigated government corruption, white-collar crime, police misconduct, and clerical sexual abuse. His books include Tiger Force and The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima. Read more

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Murder, Interrupted (James Patterson's Murder is Forever Book 1)

Pdf Biographies Murder, Interrupted (James Patterson's Murder is Forever Book 1)

Pdf:Murder, Interrupted (James Patterson's Murder is Forever Book 1).As seen on Discovery's Murder is Forever TV series: In these two true crime thrillers, a reluctant hitman and a cheating husband fight for their lives . . . and a single mother exacts her revenge.In Murder, Interrupted, rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes: $750,000, to be exact. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other in a fight for their lives . . . Mother of All Murders is the story of local celebrity Dee Dee Blancharde. Television reports praise her as a single mother who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound, chronically ill daughter. But when the teenaged Gypsy Rose realizes she isn't actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years, Gypsy Rose exacts her revenge . . .

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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

Pdf Biographies Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

Pdf:Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir.He called her Mrs. Kennedy. SHE called him Mr. Hill. For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend. Now, looking back 50 years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world. When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit. From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK's presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick's sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie's trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Jackie's intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination; to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children. Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon - a tragedy that haunted him for 50 years.

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Riding with Reagan

Pdf Biographies Riding with Reagan

Pdf:Riding with Reagan.A Secret Service agent’s story of his unlikely friendship with President Ronald Reagan offers “a wonderful portrait of a man who was larger than life” (Nelson DeMille).  It is an image etched in the minds of a generation: Ronald Reagan atop his horse, riding through the dusty trails and canyons of his California ranch with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. But what most of us did not see was the man who always rode just a few steps behind.   John Barletta was a Vietnam veteran and Secret Service agent who spent over a decade with the Reagans, poised to give his own life at any moment to save the 40th president of the United States. His riding skills made Barletta the perfect choice to protect Reagan during his visits to the ranch, and over time, he got to know the commander-in-chief as few others did. But what did these two men talk about during their long solitary hours on horseback—and how did they become the unlikeliest of friends and confidants?   In Riding with Reagan, John Barletta shares his one-of-a-kind memories of the president as a rugged man who thrived outdoors, deeply loved his family, and was a prankster at heart. Barletta recalls watching Reagan take pleasure in clearing brush from the grounds, spending quiet time with Nancy, and entertaining world figures like Mikhail Gorbachev and Queen Elizabeth, both of whom were surprised by the simplicity of the Reagan ranch.   Barletta also recalls the sad times: watching a once-robust Reagan fade into the dark shadows of Alzheimer’s disease, and the painful moment when he had to tell the former president that his days of horseback riding had come to an end. Poignant and candid, Riding with Reagan is an intimate portrait of the man who remains one of the most popular presidents in our nation’s history.

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Murder, Interrupted

Pdf Biographies Murder, Interrupted

Pdf:Murder, Interrupted.Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery's Murder Is Forever TV series - premiering January 2018 Murder, Interrupted Rich, cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay Billie Earl Johnson whatever it takes, to the tune of $750,000. When his bullet misses the mark, Billie Earl and Frank will turn on each other in a fight for their lives.... Mother of All Murders Dee Dee Blancharde is a local celebrity. Television reports praise her as a single mother who tirelessly cares for her wheelchair-bound, chronically ill daughter. But when the teenage Gypsy Rose realizes she isn't actually sick and Dee Dee has lied all these years, Gypsy Rose exacts her revenge....

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Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein

Pdf Biographies Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein

Pdf:Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein.You've read the Jeffrey Epstein headlines, now get the full story. The world's bestselling author, James Patterson, has written the definitive book on the billionaire pedophile who -- at least so far -- got away.

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Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis

Pdf Biographies Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis

Pdf:Drug Warrior: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo and the Rise of America's Opioid Crisis.DEA Agent Jack Riley, "[Chicago's] most famous federal agent since the days of The Untouchables" (-Rolling Stone) tells the inside story of his 30-year hunt for the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, and reveals the true causes of the American opioid epidemic. Jack Riley, grandson of a Chicago cop known for using his fists, was born to be a drug warrior. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who farmed marijuana and opium poppies as a teenager in Mexico, was born to be a drug lord. Their worlds collided when Riley, a career special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was promoted to lead the fight against Chapo on the border at El Paso.Drug Warrior is the story of Riley's decades-long hunt for the world's most wanted drug lord, set against the rise of modern international drug trafficking, and America's spiraling opioid epidemic. Jack Riley started his career as an undercover street agent in Chicago busting small-time dealers. By the time he worked his way up to second in command of the DEA - a post few field agents ever reach - he had overseen every major mission to capture foreign drug kingpins since the 1990s, and had witnessed first-hand how El Chapo changed the game. As brilliant as he was lethal, Chapo not only decimated his competition, he foresaw Americans' dependence on opioids and heroin, and manipulated supply to increase demand. Riley's story culminates as he and the DEA win their greatest victory - the capture and extradition of his long-time nemesis - and Chapo faces his darkest fear: U.S. justice. A riveting memoir of life inside the drug wars, and a never-before-seen glimpse of the inner-workings of the DEA, Drug Warrior is a critical examination of how America's opioid crisis came to be, and the extraordinary people fighting it.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf Biographies Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf:Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI.Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us - and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers. Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler uses the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them, Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers for the police to capture. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

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Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf Biographies Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI

Pdf:Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI.Amazon.com Review This book is an overview of the career of the FBI man who nearly single-handedly created the system for personality profiling of violent offenders. If there's a big-time multiple murderer from about 1950 until now who hasn't been interviewed by Robert Ressler, he probably refused the honor. Indispensable reading for serial killer mavens, and better written than John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's Mindhunter, this book is packed with fascinating details from dozens of cases: The killer John Joubert, for example, started his life of cruelty as a kid one day when he was riding his bike with a sharpened pencil in his hand. He rode up next to a little girl who was walking, and stabbed her in the back with the pencil. Ouch! Read more From Publishers Weekly Former FBI agent Ressler, who coined the term 'serial killer' in the 1970s, recounts in straightforward style his interviews with such infamous murderers as Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. A BOMC selection in cloth. Photos. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf Biographies Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf:Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime-green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all start-ups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in the world today. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, in a memoir that is candid, humble, gutsy, and wry, he tells his story, beginning with his crossroads moment. At 24, after backpacking around the world, he decided to take the unconventional path to start his own business - a business that would be dynamic, different. Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream - along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf Biographies Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf:Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.Review “A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Here Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do. I don’t think Knight sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, he accomplishes something better. He tells his story as honestly as he can. It’s an amazing tale.”—Bill Gates, one of his favorite books of 2016“Shoe Dog is a great American story about luck, grit, know-how, and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike. That it happened at all is a miracle, because as I learned from this book, though we are a nation that extols free enterprise, we also excel at thwarting it. This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone“‘The best book I read last year. Phil is . . . a gifted storyteller.”—Warren Buffett'I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs.'—Andre Agassi, New York Times bestselling author of Open'Shoe Dog is an extraordinary hero's journey, an epic tale of faith, unparalleled determination, excellence, failure, triumph, hard-earned wisdom, and love. It's nothing short of a miracle that Nike exists. I finished the last sentence in complete awe, inspired and grateful for the experience.'—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens'A touching, highly entertaining adventure odyssey, with much to teach about innovation and creativity. Phil Knight takes us back to the Big Bang of the swoosh, recalls how he first begged and borrowed from reluctant banks, how he assembled a crew of eccentric but brilliant misfits, how they all worked together to build something unique and paradigm-changing. An inspiration for everyone with an unconventional dream.'—Michael Spence, Nobel-prize winning economist'A fresh historical perspective on one of the most profiled companies in the world...[Shoe Dog] builds characters of the people behind the brand.'--ESPN.com'Loaded with hard-earned wisdom...Want a simple recommendation? Go get a copy.'—Portland Business Journal Review'Shoe Dog is, at its heart, an origin story, of both a global brand and a footwear lifer...it reads like pure adventure story, boys facing steeper and steeper challenges and finding ways through, often by the skin of their teeth. As Knight collects the misfits and oddballs who become the core of his growing company, Shoe Dog is more like The Lord of the Rings than a typical mogul memoir.'—Complex“A rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh.”—Booklist STARRED review Read more About the Author One of the world’s most influential business executives, Phil Knight is the founder of Nike, Inc. He served as CEO of the company from 1964 to 2004, as board chairman through 2016, and he is currently Chairman Emeritus. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Penny. Read more

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The Pursuit of Happyness

Pdf Biographies The Pursuit of Happyness

Pdf:The Pursuit of Happyness.The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall StreetAt the age of twenty, Milwaukee native Chris Gardner, just out of the Navy, arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the city's working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children, the two spent almost a year moving among shelters, "HO-tels," soup lines, and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station. Never giving in to despair, Gardner made an astonishing transformation from being part of the city's invisible poor to being a powerful player in its financial district. More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, this is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher, and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream.

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The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Pdf Biographies The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Pdf:The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy.Review The implication of The Millionaire Next Door...is that nearly anybody with a steady job can amass a tidy fortune. (Forbes)The kind of information that could lift the economic prospects of individuals more than any government policy...The Millionaire Next Door has a theme that I think rings very true...'Hey, I can do it. You can do it too!' (Rush Limbaugh)[A] Remarkable book. (The Washington Post)A nerve has been hit....[For] people who want to become wealthy. (USA Today)A primer for amassing wealth through frugality. (The Boston Globe)An interesting sociological work. (Business Week)A fascinating examination of the affluent in American society. (The Dispatch (Lexington, NC), (Nc) Dispatch)These, for the wise, are tips for all of us....A very readable book. (Cox News Service)Debunks the image of the rich as high-living spendthrifts. (U.S. News and World Report)I love the book, The Millionaire Next Door. It talks about how it is a myth that most millionaires in America have inherited their money. The fact is, we have created such a great country over 250 years. We have actually found the way for poor people to go from nothing to huge wealth and to create a life-changing opportunity for their children and grandchildren. We celebrate it, write movies about it, and our libraries are full of books about it. There is nothing wrong with that. (Bernie Sanders) Read more About the Author Thomas J. Stanley is an author, lecturer, and researcher who has studied the affluent since 1973. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. William D. Danko is associate professor of marketing in the School of Business, University at Albany, State University of New York. Read more

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Pdf Biographies Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Pdf:Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice.Review 'Hard to put down . . . Red Notice is part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.' (Andrew Ross Sorkin New York Times)“Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city . . . but it’s all true.” (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series)'The first half of Red Notice traces Browder’s improbable journey from prep-school washout through college, business school, and a series of consulting and Wall Street jobs before becoming Russia’s largest foreign investor....This book-within-a-book does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books.' (Norman Pearlstine Fortune)'The story of Sergei Magnitsky's life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it.' (Tom Stoppard)“In Red Notice, Bill Browder tells the harrowing and inspiring story of how his fight for justice in Russia made him an unlikely international human rights leader and Vladimir Putin's number-one enemy. It is the book for anyone interested in understanding the culture of corruption and impunity in Putin's Russia today, and Browder’s heroic example of how to fight back.” (Senator John McCain)'This book reads like a thriller, but it's a true, important, and inspiring real story. Bill Browder is an amazing moral crusader, and his book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand Russia, Putin, or the challenges of doing business in the world today.' (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators)'A fascinating and unexpected story.' (Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie)'Browder’s true story is a heart-in-your-throat page turner, and the only close-up look I know of what it’s like to take on Putin. It is also a moving account of a man who found his calling, and ended up winning in the end.' (Bryan Burrough, co-author of Barbarians at the Gate and author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich)'A fascinating, heart-stopping account of how to take on Putin--and win. It's exciting to read about Browder's roller-coaster ride to wealth in Russia, and to learn how his compassion for Sergei Magnitsky, his murdered lawyer, inspired his memorable struggle against the venal apparatchiks of a corrupt state. This is the gripping--and absolutely true--story behind the Magnitsky Law, a signal advance in human rights.' (Geoffrey Robertson, human rights lawyer and author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice)'This indispensable look at the brutal realities of the Putin regime is of even greater relevance thanks to Bill Browder’s unique expertise and personal experience inside the belly of the beast.” (Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and author of How Life Imitates Chess) Read more About the Author Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009, when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Before founding Hermitage, Browder was vice president at Salomon Brothers. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Trump: The Art of the Deal

Pdf Biographies Trump: The Art of the Deal

Pdf:Trump: The Art of the Deal.President-elect Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work-a firsthand account of the rise of America's foremost deal-maker. "I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big." -Donald J. Trump Here is Trump in action-how he runs his organization and how he runs his life-as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks-really talks-about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur-the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight. Praise for Trump: The Art of the Deal "Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again." -The New York Times "Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet." -Chicago Tribune "Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump's larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader's attention is instantly and fully claimed." -Boston Herald "A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography." -New York Post

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Pdf Biographies Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Pdf:Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice.New York Times bestseller THE BOOK THAT EXPLAINS WHY RUSSIANS WANTED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN “Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” —The New York Times “[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States—The Magnitsky Act—that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans. A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.

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Little Black Stretchy Pants

Pdf Biographies Little Black Stretchy Pants

Pdf:Little Black Stretchy Pants.The unauthorized story of Lululemon. This is a book about ordinary people who took an opportunity to be creative, to be innovative, and to maximize their potential. Chip Wilson’s part in this story comes from the learnings of thousands of mistakes. He set the culture, business model, quality platform, people development program and then got out of the way. Lululemon’s exponential growth, culture, and brand strength has few peers and it is because of those who employees who choose to be great. This book is also about missed opportunity – five years of missed opportunity. Chip was playing to win, while the directors of the company he founded were playing not to lose.

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One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

Pdf Biographies One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market

Pdf:One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In The Market.Review Anise C. Wallace The New York Times Mr. Lynch's investment record puts him in a league by himself. Read more From the Back Cover THE NATIONAL BESTSELLING BOOK THAT EVERY INVESTOR SHOULD OWNPeter Lynch is America's number-one money manager. His mantra: Average investors can become experts in their own field and can pick winning stocks as effectively as Wall Street professionals by doing just a little research.Now, in a new introduction written specifically for this edition of One Up on Wall Street, Lynch gives his take on the incredible rise of Internet stocks, as well as a list of twenty winning companies of high-tech '90s. That many of these winners are low-tech supports his thesis that amateur investors can continue to reap exceptional rewards from mundane, easy-to-understand companies they encounter in their daily lives.Investment opportunities abound for the layperson, Lynch says. By simply observing business developments and taking notice of your immediate world -- from the mall to the workplace -- you can discover potentially successful companies before professional analysts do. This jump on the experts is what produces 'tenbaggers', the stocks that appreciate tenfold or more and turn an average stock portfolio into a star performer.The former star manager of Fidelity's multibillion-dollar Magellan Fund, Lynch reveals how he achieved his spectacular record. Writing with John Rothchild, Lynch offers easy-to-follow directions for sorting out the long shots from the no shots by reviewing a company's financial statements and by identifying which numbers really count. He explains how to stalk tenbaggers and lays out the guidelines for investing in cyclical, turnaround, and fast-growing companies.Lynch promises that if you ignore the ups and downs of the market and the endless speculation aboutinterest rates, in the long term (anywhere from five to fifteen years) your portfolio will reward you. This advice has proved to be timeless and has made One Up on Wall Street a number-one bestseller. And now this classic is as valuable in the new millennium as ever. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Trump: The Art of the Deal

Pdf Biographies Trump: The Art of the Deal

Pdf:Trump: The Art of the Deal.Review “Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.”—The New York Times   “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.”—Chicago Tribune   “Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump’s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader’s attention is instantly and fully claimed.”—Boston Herald   “A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography.”—New York Post Read more About the Author Donald J. Trump is the forty-fifth president of the United States. He is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He was named the Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century by the UJA Federation. Trump is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Time to Get Tough, The America We Deserve, Think Like a Billionaire, How to Get Rich, Surviving at the Top, The Art of the Comeback, and The Art of the Deal. These books have sold millions of copies. An ardent philanthropist, Trump is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine

Pdf Biographies Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine

Pdf:Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine.A lively and practical guide to sell anything and up your business game from one of the top realtors in the world and costar of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing: New York and Sell It Like Serhant."Ryan is not only charming and hilarious, he could sell milk to a cow. This book is going to be very helpful and humorous to a lot of people looking to up their business game." (Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live... and New York Times best-selling author of Superficial)Ryan Serhant was a shy, jobless hand model when he entered the real estate business in 2008 at a time the country was on the verge of economic collapse. Just nine years later, he has emerged as one of the top realtors in the world and an authority on the art of selling. Whether you are selling a brownstone or a hot tub, golf balls or life insurance, Serhant shares the secrets behind how to close more deals than anyone else, expand your business, and keep clients coming back to you. Sell It Like Serhant is a smart, at times hilarious, and always essential playbook to build confidence, generate results, and sell just about anything. You'll find tips on:The seven stages of sellingGetting FKD: how to be a time manager, not a time stealerNegotiating like a boss"The one who...": everyone needs a hookPulling the indecisive client forwardAnd much more!This audiobook is the blueprint for how to go from sales scrub to sales machine. Serhant provides useful lessons, lively stories, and examples that illustrate how anyone can employ his principles to increase profits and achieve success. Your measure of a good day will no longer depend on one deal or one client.  A good salesperson never closes a deal and wonders, "What now?" The next deal is already happening. Serhant shares practical guidance on how to juggle multiple deals at once and close all of them every. Single. Time.  Whatever your business or expertise, Sell It Like Serhant will make anyone a master at sales.Ready, set, go!

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Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff

Pdf Biographies Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff

Pdf:Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff."National Best-seller-New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, Wall Street Journal" The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn't quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step. Now a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Capital Gaines offers readers a ringside seat as Chip relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines. Capital Gaines is the perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf Biographies Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf:Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this instant and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.” Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers. Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Pdf Biographies Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Pdf:Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr..John D. Rockefeller, Sr., history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty, is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, a National Book Award-winning biographer, gives us a detailed and insightful history of the mogul. Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world's richest man by creating America's most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America. Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nation's history. Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officials. The titan spent more than 30 years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay. While providing abundant evidence of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettably human portrait of a quirky, eccentric original. A devout Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave money more generously than anyone before him - his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what is today Rockefeller University. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that have never before come to light. John D. Rockefeller's story captures a pivotal moment in American history, documenting the dramatic post-Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. P. Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller's life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is Ron Chernow's signal triumph that he writes this monumental saga with all the sweep, drama, and insight that this giant subject deserves.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf Biographies Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pdf:Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.Review “A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Here Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do. I don’t think Knight sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, he accomplishes something better. He tells his story as honestly as he can. It’s an amazing tale.”—Bill Gates, one of his favorite books of 2016“Shoe Dog is a great American story about luck, grit, know-how, and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike. That it happened at all is a miracle, because as I learned from this book, though we are a nation that extols free enterprise, we also excel at thwarting it. This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone“‘The best book I read last year. Phil is . . . a gifted storyteller.”—Warren Buffett'I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs.'—Andre Agassi, New York Times bestselling author of Open'Shoe Dog is an extraordinary hero's journey, an epic tale of faith, unparalleled determination, excellence, failure, triumph, hard-earned wisdom, and love. It's nothing short of a miracle that Nike exists. I finished the last sentence in complete awe, inspired and grateful for the experience.'—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens'A touching, highly entertaining adventure odyssey, with much to teach about innovation and creativity. Phil Knight takes us back to the Big Bang of the swoosh, recalls how he first begged and borrowed from reluctant banks, how he assembled a crew of eccentric but brilliant misfits, how they all worked together to build something unique and paradigm-changing. An inspiration for everyone with an unconventional dream.'—Michael Spence, Nobel-prize winning economist'A fresh historical perspective on one of the most profiled companies in the world...[Shoe Dog] builds characters of the people behind the brand.'--ESPN.com'Loaded with hard-earned wisdom...Want a simple recommendation? Go get a copy.'—Portland Business Journal Review'Shoe Dog is, at its heart, an origin story, of both a global brand and a footwear lifer...it reads like pure adventure story, boys facing steeper and steeper challenges and finding ways through, often by the skin of their teeth. As Knight collects the misfits and oddballs who become the core of his growing company, Shoe Dog is more like The Lord of the Rings than a typical mogul memoir.'—Complex“A rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh.”—Booklist STARRED review Read more About the Author One of the world’s most influential business executives, Phil Knight is the founder of Nike, Inc. He served as CEO of the company from 1964 to 2004, as board chairman through 2016, and he is currently Chairman Emeritus. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Penny. Read more

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Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine

Pdf Biographies Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine

Pdf:Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine.Review 'Selling-your product, your service, even yourself-has changed more in the past 10 years than in the previous 100. That's why you need this book. Drawing on his incredible success selling real estate in one of the world's most pressure-cooker markets, Ryan Serhant offers smart, practical, modern guidance for getting, keeping, and serving customers and clients. Whatever you do for a living, you'll do it better if you learn to sell like Serhant.' ―Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and To Sell is Human'Ryan Serhant is the authority on all things selling. If you want to sell more than anyone else, read this now.' ―Gary Vaynerchuk, New York Times bestselling author of Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence – and How You Can, Too'Sell It Like Serhant is the only sales book you'll ever need. Ryan Serhant distills the secrets to achieving long term sales success for making more money and gaining freedom in your life. Ryan's sales methodology and techniques can benefit anyone regardless of industry, profession, and income level. Whether you're just starting out, or looking to up your game, this is the book for you.' ―Dan Schawbel, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Back to Human 'Whether you're in real estate or an author, you have to know how to sell yourself and your work. Because if you don't, you can't eat. This book from one of America's hardest hustling salesmen is a crash course into becoming great at it.' ―Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy'Sales are the foundation of any company, and this must-read book shows you how to master it. Ryan's journey as he sharpened his own sales skills is truly inspiring and something every salesperson or entrepreneur needs to learn from.'―Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Grind'This book isn't just about sales, it's about self-improvement overall. If you're looking to maximize your potential, you should read Ryan's book.'―Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author of The School of Greatness'You want a big life on your own terms, and Sell It Like Serhant provides excellent advice that will help you boost your confidence, expand your network and sell yourself or your ideas to absolutely anyone.'―Ann Shoket, former Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine and author of The Big Life'Ryan is not only charming and hilarious, he could sell milk to a cow. This book is going to be very helpful and humorous to a lot of people looking to up their business game.'―Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live... and New York Times bestselling author of Superficial'Sell It Like Serhant cuts to the heart of what it takes to build a great sales career - passion, curiosity, and being willing to do almost anything.' ―Larry King, host of Larry King Now and New York Times bestselling author of My Remarkable Journey Read more About the Author Ryan Serhant is a costar on Bravo's hit show Million Dollar Listing New York and the star of Sell It Like Serhant. Ryan fell into real estate by accident after giving up his acting career. He made just over $9,000 his first year in the business. Ten years later, Ryan leads a team of 60 brokers and averages a billion dollars in sales every year, making him one of the most successful real estate brokers in the world. He lives in New York City with his wife, Emilia. Read more

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Steve Jobs

Pdf Biographies Steve Jobs

Pdf:Steve Jobs.FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.   Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf Biographies University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf:University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.Will there ever be another investing book quite like this? It's unlikely. University of Berkshire Hathaway is a remarkable retelling of the lessons, wisdom, and investment strategies handed down personally from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger to shareholders during 30 years of their closed-door annual meetings. From this front row seat, you'll see one of the greatest wealth-building records in history unfold, year by year.If you're looking for dusty old investment theory, there are hundreds of other books waiting to cure you of insomnia. However, if you're looking for an investing book that's as personal as it is revelatory, look no further.Packed with Buffett and Munger's timeless, generous, and often hilarious wisdom, University of Berkshire Hathaway will keep serious investors listening late into the night:Get unique insight into the thinking, strategies, and decisions- both good and bad - that made Buffett and Munger two of the world's greatest investors.Understand the critical reasoning that leads Buffett and Munger to purchase a particular company, including their methods for assigning value. Learn the central tenets of Buffett's value-investing philosophy "straight from the horse's mouth." Enjoy Munger's biting wit as he goes after any topic that offends him. Discover Buffett's distaste for "commonly accepted strategies" like modern portfolio theory. See why these annual meetings are often called "an MBA in a weekend."

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One Up On Wall Street

Pdf Biographies One Up On Wall Street

Pdf:One Up On Wall Street.Peter Lynch, one of the most successful investors of all time, shows you how to use what you already know to make money in the market. You'll discover why smart money is not so smart - and why you may be a better stock picker than the pros, how to follow your hunches and back them up with facts, how to disregard reports on the economy and pick your own time to buy and sell, and how to determine which types of stocks are right for you. Lynch is the former manager of the $9 billion Fidelity Magellan Fund, where he earned investors a $190,000 return on a $10,000 investment.

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Leaders: Myth and Reality

Pdf Biographies Leaders: Myth and Reality

Pdf:Leaders: Myth and Reality.An instant national best-seller! Stanley McChrystal, the retired US Army general and best-selling author of Team of Teams, profiles 13 of history's great leaders, including Walt Disney, Coco Chanel, and Robert E. Lee, to show that leadership is not what you think it is - and never was.Stan McChrystal served for 34 years in the US Army, rising from a second lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division to a four-star general, in command of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. During those years he worked with countless leaders and pondered an ancient question: "What makes a leader great?" He came to realize that there is no simple answer. McChrystal profiles 13 famous leaders from a wide range of eras and fields - from corporate CEOs to politicians and revolutionaries. He uses their stories to explore how leadership works in practice and to challenge the myths that complicate our thinking about this critical topic. With Plutarch's Lives as his model, McChrystal looks at paired sets of leaders who followed unconventional paths to success. For instance...Walt Disney and Coco Chanel built empires in very different ways. Both had public personas that sharply contrasted with how they lived in private. Maximilien Robespierre helped shape the French Revolution in the 18th century; Abu Musab al-Zarqawi led the jihadist insurgency in Iraq in the 21st. We can draw surprising lessons from them about motivation and persuasion. Both Boss Tweed in 19th-century New York and Margaret Thatcher in 20th-century Britain followed unlikely roads to the top of powerful institutions. Martin Luther and his future namesake, Martin Luther King Jr., both local clergymen, emerged from modest backgrounds to lead world-changing movements. Finally, McChrystal explores how his former hero, General Robert E. Lee, could seemingly do everything right in his military career and yet lead the Confederate Army to a devastating defeat in the service of an immoral cause. Leaders will help you take stock of your own leadership, whether you're part of a small team or responsible for an entire nation.

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Pdf Biographies Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Pdf:Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr..Review “A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel. . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling.” —The New York Times “A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly interesting, it brings John D. Rockefeller Sr. to life through sustained narrative portraiture of the large-scale, nineteenth-century kind.” —The New York Times Book Review “Important and impressive. . . . Reveals the man behind both the mask and the myth.” —The Wall Street Journal “One of the great American biographies. . . . [Chernow] writes with rich impartiality. He turns the machinations of Standard Oil . . . into fascinating social history.” —Time Read more From the Inside Flap John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most famous dynasty--is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul 'etched with uncommon objectivity and literary grace . . . as detailed, balanced, and psychologically insightful a portrait of the tycoon as we may ever have' (Kirkus Reviews). Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book will indelibly alter our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world's richest man by creating America's most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded 'the Octopus' by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America. Rockefeller was likely the most controversial businessman in our nation's history. Critics charged that his empire was built on unscrupulous tactics: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, industrial espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officials. The titan spent more than thirty years dodging investigations until Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters embarked on a marathon crusade to bring Standard Oil to bay. While providing abundant new evidence of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to sketch an unforgettablyhuman portrait of a quirky, eccentric original. A devout Baptist and temperance advocate, Rockefeller gave money more generously--his chosen philanthropies included the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, and what is today Rockefeller University--than anyone before him. Titan presents a finely nuanced portrait of a fascinating, complex man, synthesizing his public and private lives and disclosing numerous family scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that have never before come to light. John D. Rockefeller's story captures a pivotal moment in American history, documenting the dramatic post-Civil War shift from small business to the rise of giant corporations that irrevocably transformed the nation. With cameos by Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. Pierpont Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and Will Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller's life into a vivid tapestry of American society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is Ron Chernow's signal triumph that he narrates this monumental saga with all the sweep, drama, and insight that this giant subject deserves. 'From the Hardcover edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Pdf Biographies The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Pdf:The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.Review “The mandatory book to read in these treacherous times of financial crisis. . . . A thoughtful and intimate biography of the globe’s wisest investor.”—Forbes “Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story.”—New York Times “If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists.”—Washington Post “Anyone who has been watching events unfold in recent months—which would be everyone—can now appreciate the wisdom of Buffett. . . . The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.”—Los Angeles Times “Even people who don't care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait. . . . Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen.”—Time Magazine “Schroeder . . . has a meat-and-potatoes style that matches the homespun wisdom of her subject. . . . Now more than ever, Buffett’s emphasis on fundamentals seems like genius. It’s the perfect moment for a great book on an immensely inspiring capitalist.”—People, four stars “Schroeder . . . is well equipped to elucidate Buffett’s deals [and] Buffett’s life abounds with good stories.”—New Yorker “You will learn a lot about one of the nation’s most compelling and important men from reading The Snowball.”—Boston Globe “In The Snowball, novice biographer Alice Schroeder gives us one of the most detailed, candid life stories ever published. . . . It is almost impossible to stop reading.”—Christian Science Monitor “A penetrating and personal look at the Oracle of Omaha . . . An astute, and at times riveting, read—especially now.”—BusinessWeek “Everyone knows that in a deep and liquid capital market like that of the US, it is just about impossible to beat the stock market averages over anything more than the short term. But Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past 50 years, making him one of the world’s richest people. Alice Schroeder’ s massive authorized biography, The Snowball, provides some clues about how he’s done it.”—Financial Times “In this startlingly frank account of Buffett’s life, Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley—and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer—strips away the mystery that has long cloaked the word’s richest man to reveal a life and fortune erected around lucid and inspired business vision and unimaginable personal complexity.”—Publishers Weekly  “This massive—and highly readable—text (produced with Buffett’s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections.”—Library Journal “For students of the Oracle of Omaha, or even those looking for a little reassurance during the crisis, Schroeder’s book is a fascinating study of America’s most successful investor.”—New York Post “Alice Schroeder’s accumulation of detail, her vivid, artless descriptions of people and places, and the resulting narrative fluidity make this a compelling book. It has the bouncing vitality of an early Sinclair Lewis novel.”—Times Literary Supplement “An excellent and highly enjoyable look at the business titan . . . If you’ve looked at your 401(k) statement and started to fear that everyone in financial markets is either greedy, predatory or incompetent, do yourself a favor. Take $35 out of the mattress and buy a copy of Alice Schroeder’s The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. At a time like this, it’s a real comfort: Buffet is living proof there’s at least one wholly rational person managing money.”—Houston Chronicle “Ms. Schroeder does a good job of pulling . . . volunteered disclosures out of Mr. Buffett but her real contribution is her own investment expertise which enables her to make the convoluted financing schemes over the last 50 years understandable to lay readers and truly instructive to the business information junkie.”—Washington Times “This is a fast-paced, precisely drawn profile of a man who, despite his high visibility in the financial world, isn’t someone we’ve known much about. . . . We do now.”—Kansas City Star “This massive—and highly readable—text (produced with Buffett’s full cooperation) is an unvarnished and well-paced biography that is essential for all public and academic business collections.”—Library Journal “Top-notch biographies demand thorough research and crisp, finely honed writing. Schroeder exhibits both. . . . It’s hard to imagine a more complete account of Buffett’s life had he written it himself.”—Buffalo News  “Riveting and encyclopedic . . . The overall power of the story carries The Snowball forward. There is much to be learned from it.”—Wall Street Journal “A monumental biography . . . Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer. . . . She deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway.”—Forbes Read more About the Author Author Alice Schroeder was a noted insurance industry analyst and writer who was a managing director at Morgan Stanley. She first met Warren Buffett when she published research on Berkshire Hathaway; her grasp of the subject and insight so impressed him that he offered her access to his files and to himself. Their friendship and mutual respect make her ideally positioned to write the The Snowball.Ms. Schroeder was born in Texas, and she earned an undergraduate degree and her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin before moving east to work in finance. She is a former CPA and lives in Connecticut with her husband. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill

Pdf Biographies Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill

Pdf:Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill.New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Gitomer brings you the very foundation of Napoleon Hill’s self-help legacy: his long-lost original notes, letters, and lectures—now compiled, edited, and annotated for the modern reader.Twenty years before the publication of his magnum opus Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill was an instructor, philosopher, and writer at the George Washington Institute in Chicago, where he taught courses in advertising and sales. These rare, never-before-seen lectures were thought to be lost to history. Until now.Given exclusive access to the archives of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Jeffrey Gitomer has unearthed Hill’s original course notes containing the fundamental beliefs in hard work and personal development that established Hill as a global leader of success and positive attitude.In Truthful Living, Gitomer has captured Hill’s foundational wisdom for the twenty-first century. These easy-to-implement real-world strategies for life, family, business, and the bottom line prove as energizing and inspiring today as they were nearly one hundred years ago.

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Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography

Pdf Biographies Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography

Pdf:Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography.Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where best-selling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion-dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain's best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children, Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife, Joan, and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea, and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting 'grand-dude' to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie, and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st century while continuing to push boundaries, break rules, and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado, and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.

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Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Pdf Biographies Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Pdf:Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.Foreword by Bill Gates Microsoft's CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era. As much a humanist as an engineer and executive, Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies and a distinct call to action for leaders everywhere. Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives - the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It's about how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform "hit refresh" in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. At its core, it's about us humans and how our one unique quality - empathy - will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will disrupt the status quo as never before. Satya Nadella explores a fascinating childhood before immigrating to the US and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO - one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He tells the inside story of how a company rediscovered its soul - transforming everything from culture to their fiercely competitive landscape and industry partnerships. Nadella concludes with his vision for the coming wave of technology and by exploring the potential impact to society and delivering a call to action for world leaders. "Ideas excite me," Nadella explains. "Empathy grounds and centers me." Hit Refresh is a reflection, meditations, and series of recommendations presented as algorithms from a principled, deliberative leader searching for improvement - for himself, for a storied company, and for society.

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The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

Pdf Biographies The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

Pdf:The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance.Winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty. Acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as "brilliantly researched and written", the book tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned. It is the definitive account of the rise of the modern financial world. A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece, a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.

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Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit

Pdf Biographies Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit

Pdf:Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit.Review “Fins pulls readers into the futuristic fantasies, intramural fights and forward thinking of the legendary GM executive who revolutionized America’s love affair with the automobile.” (David Cay Johnston)Fins is a fascinating story, well told. Can’t beat that. (Inc.)“Fins is a lively study, as big and broad as one of GM’s Buick Roadmasters but as sleek and speedy as one of its Chevrolet Corvettes. It’s essential reading for anyone interested in America’s auto obsession.” (Los Angeles Times)“A rollicking tale about the years when Detroit design dazzled the globe and defined an entire era.” (Detroit News)“A terrific biography...Fins’ should prove a valuable history to have on hand as we enter the age of the autonomous vehicle.” (Wall Street Journal) Read more From the Back Cover The New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Brew turns to the American auto industry, chronicling its birth and rise to greatness through the remarkable life of Harley Earl, the eccentric visionary who revolutionized the way cars were made, marketed, and even imagined.Harley Earl’s story qualifies as a bona fide American family saga. It began in the Michigan pine forests in the years after the Civil War, traveled across the Great Plains on the wooden wheels of a covered wagon, and eventually settled in a dirt road village in California called Hollywood, where young Harley took the skills he learned working in his father’s carriage shop and applied them to designing sleek, racy-looking automobile bodies for the fast crowd of the burgeoning silent movie business.As the 1920s roared with the sound of mass manufacturing, Harley returned to Michigan, where, at General Motors’ invitation, he introduced art into the rigid mechanics of automaking. Over the next thirty years, Harley operated as a kind of combination Steve Jobs and Tom Ford of his time, redefining the form and function of the country’s premier product. His impact was profound. When he retired as GM’s vice president of styling in 1958, Detroit reigned as the manufacturing capital of the world, and General Motors ranked as the most successful company in the history of business.     William Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the automaker with the histories of Detroit and of the Earl family, and examining the effects of the automobile on America’s economy, culture, and national psyche. As he did in Bitter Brew, Knoedelseder uncovers personal tragedies, corporate battles, and moments of sheer genius, providing rich portraits of this difficult and surprisingly canny genius and of the company—and country—he helped to shape. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison

Pdf Biographies Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison

Pdf:Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison.Review #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER“The definitive volume on the life and career of two-time Railway Age Railroader of the Year Ewing Hunter Harrison III.” Railway Age “Green plays to his strengths in Railroader:.... Green also excels at narrating the deals that shaped Harrison’s career.... Green’s immersion in the world of high finance and familiarity with the view from the C-suite really shines through. And more than three hundred hours of interviews with Harrison, his family, and close associates paint a detailed, intimate portrait of the man himself.” ―Freight Waves“Thorough, readable, and expansive biography.... This is ultimately a business book, but reveals much about Harrison the person.”―TownVibe Ridgefield“New and engaging biography.... What Green delivers in Railroader is insight into Hunter the man, and his paradox.... Howard Green has written a Jim-dandy of a book.”―Railway Age“Green’s book offers new insights into the development of Harrison's business model.... It also reveals a CEO that although a demanding workaholic was also passionate about developing talent around him.... Green’s book is a frank account of his career. It doesn’t shy away from hot topics, like Harrison’s poor health when he began at CSX, and it digs deeper into stories that have been ‘Hunterized.’.... It also shares revelations from the deals that never were.”―Jacksonville Business Journal“Well-researched.... Green paints a picture of a colorful and complex self-made man.... Green unearths a few previously untold stories of corporate intrigue.... Green adds rich insider details to Harrison’s public exploits.... Harrison critics and fans alike will find Railroader to be an engaging, insightful look at the man who could be funny and furious, charming and tough, but always interesting.” ―Trains“Filled with telling details.... Incisive and well-balanced biography.” ―Journal of Commerce“Hunter Harrison was a colorful man with a zest for life and a passion for railroading. He was certainly the greatest modern manager of these massive networks of commerce that undergird industrial society. Railroader is the story of an interesting life and the intricacies of complex managerial challenges, woven into an enjoyable and highly informative book.”―Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation“Railroader presents both a fascinating business story with global resonance and a very personal tale of a life fully lived in a ‘no-holds barred’ fashion to the very end. It is a brilliant profile of an enigmatic, somewhat obsessed, railroad mercenary, who turned his industry on its head, with new benchmarks for future generations of leaders. Lots of juicy learnings throughout.”―Calin Rovinescu, president & CEO, Air Canada“Precision railroading was his vision and unbending will his advantage. In this tightly written account of Hunter Harrison’s fifty years of extraordinary achievement, Howard Green has captured the essence of the man. A valuable history and, as well, a great read.” ―Bill Downe, former president & CEO, BMO Financial Group“A great read. Railroader offers a balanced view of Hunter Harrison’s complex personality. Hunter Harrison, like Steve Jobs, is proof that a strong, knowledgeable leader with a vision can make a huge difference.”―Jim Keohane, president & CEO, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan“A riveting, up-close profile of one of the most successful and controversial CEOs of the modern era. Railroader is a master class in sharp-elbowed management in a fabled industry. Part hard ass, part mentor, part preacher, Hunter Harrison goes from one railroad to another to another to another, turning them all around and creating conflict everywhere he went. You won’t be able to put this book down.” ―Ali Velshi, anchor, MSNBC and business correspondent, NBC News“Howard Green infuses his narrative with the passion and snap that epitomized Hunter Harrison’s consummate success running four different North American railroads. Railroader is an affectionate but blunt portrayal that is a lively, compelling read, giving vibrant, human texture to an exceptional business career.”―Derek Burney, former Canadian ambassador to the United States“This book energized me to approach business and life just a little more like Hunter Harrison.... Howard Green masterfully puts you up close and personal with a man who’s both utterly straightforward yet complicated, all while giving a great perspective on what was happening in business at the time.... This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.”―Nicole Verkindt, founder and CEO, OMX“Revered and reviled, Hunter Harrison was a CEO like no other. He transformed North American railroads. He repriced executive compensation. He ignited debates about safety and competitiveness, and left us all debating the price of precision.... In Railroader, Howard Green captures the man in full, with an intimate yet nuanced portrait of an uncompromising, compulsive executive whose legacy both endures and confounds.” ―John Stackhouse, senior vice-president, RBC, and former editor-in-chief, The Globe and Mail Read more About the Author Howard Green was a broadcast journalist for thirty-three years, best known as founding anchor at Canada’s Business News Network where he hosted the flagship interview program, Headline with Howard Green. During his almost fifteen years at BNN, he conducted more than 14,000 interviews, many with leading CEOs and the biggest names in business and politics, including Sir Richard Branson, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Prior to that, Green spent eighteen years as a correspondent, producer and director making programs for a variety of networks including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and PBS. A two-time Emmy Nominee and winner of Canada’s top television prize for his documentary work, his films have been broadcast worldwide. In 2013, Green became a bestselling author with the release of his first book, Banking on America: How TD Bank Rose to the Top and Took on the USA (HarperCollins). His second book, Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball and Philanthropy (HarperCollins, 2016), co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was also an instant Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller and finalist for the National Business Book Award. Howard Green lives in Toronto. Read more

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Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit

Pdf Biographies Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit

Pdf:Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit.The New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Brew chronicles the birth and rise to greatness of the American auto industry through the remarkable life of Harley Earl, an eccentric six-foot-five, stuttering visionary who dropped out of college and went on to invent the profession of automobile styling, thereby revolutionized the way cars were made, marketed, and even imagined.Harleys Earl’s story qualifies as a bona fide American family saga. It began in the Michigan pine forest in the years after the Civil War, traveled across the Great Plains on the wooden wheels of a covered wagon, and eventually settled in a dirt road village named Hollywood, California, where young Harley took the skills he learned working in his father’s carriage shop and applied them to designing sleek, racy-looking automobile bodies for the fast crowd in the burgeoning silent movie business.As the 1920s roared with the sound of mass manufacturing, Harley returned to Michigan, where, at GM’s invitation, he introduced art into the rigid mechanics of auto-making. Over the next thirty years, he functioned as a kind of combination Steve Jobs and Tom Ford of his time, redefining the form and function of the country’s premier product. His impact was profound. When he retired as GM’s VP of Styling in 1958, Detroit reigned as the manufacturing capitol of the world and General Motors ranked as the most successful company in the history of business.Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the company with the history of Detroit and the Earl family as Fins examines the effect of the automobile on America’s economy, culture, and national psyche.

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Iacocca: An Autobiography

Pdf Biographies Iacocca: An Autobiography

Pdf:Iacocca: An Autobiography.“Vintage Iacocca . . . He is fast-talking, blunt, boastful, and unabashedly patriotic. Lee Iacocca is also a genuine folk hero. . . . His career is breathtaking.”—Business Week He’s an American legend, a straight-shooting businessman who brought Chrysler back from the brink and in the process became a media celebrity, newsmaker, and a man many had urged to run for president. The son of Italian immigrants, Lee Iacocca rose spectacularly through the ranks of Ford Motor Company to become its president, only to be toppled eight years later in a power play that should have shattered him. But Lee Iacocca didn’t get mad, he got even. He led a battle for Chrysler’s survival that made his name a symbol of integrity, know-how, and guts for millions of Americans. In his classic hard-hitting style, he tells us how he changed the automobile industry in the 1960s by creating the phenomenal Mustang. He goes behind the scenes for a look at Henry Ford’s reign of intimidation and manipulation. He recounts the miraculous rebirth of Chrysler from near bankruptcy to repayment of its $1.2 billion government loan so early that Washington didn’t know how to cash the check.

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Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Pdf Biographies Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Pdf:Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business.Review “This book should be required reading for every young person who seeks a business degree. That applies equally to the current management of GM.”—David E. Davis, Jr., former editor and publisher of Car and Driver“This is exactly what you’d expect from Bob Lutz: no holds barred, no punches pulled, and no stone left unturned. It’s a true insider’s perspective and a great read.”—Stephen J. Girsky, vice chairman of General Motors“Car Guys vs. Bean Counters is the best book written by an auto industry insider since Iacocca in 1984, and deserves to be shelved alongside Alfred P. Sloan’s management classic, My Years with General Motors.”—Fortune Read more About the Author BOB LUTZ held senior leadership positions at Gm, ford, Chrysler, and BMW over the course of an unparalleled forty-seven-year career, culminating in his vice chairmanship of General motors from 2001 to 2010. He is the bestselling author of Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Time. Read more

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Den of Thieves

Pdf Biographies Den of Thieves

Pdf:Den of Thieves.A number one best seller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells, in masterfully reported detail, the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice. Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the biggest names on Wall Street - Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine - created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions - until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America's most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice. Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this new edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative - a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Pdf Biographies Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Pdf:Reminiscences of a Stock Operator.Review '...certainly one of the most entertaining books ever written about stock trading...' (Money magazine, November 2007) '...is a classic that gives readers a sense of a trader's mind...' (Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2006) '…an engaging read, chock-full of pearls of wisdom and amusing anecdotes...candid and analytical style evoking sympathy for the narrator.' (Money Week, October 2006) “…contains timeless advice on the markets.” (The Independent, Extra, Thu 13th March) Read more From the Back Cover Investment/Finance 'Although Reminiscences. . . was first published some ninety years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is as timely as last summer's frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.' —Worth magazine 'The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lef'evre, first published in 1923.' —The Seattle Times 'After twenty years and many re-reads,Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites.' —Kenneth L. Fisher, Forbes 'A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced.' —William O'Neil, founder and Chairman, Investor's Business Daily 'Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular and in print ninety years on.' —GQ magazine First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever. Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life—and your portfolio. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Pdf Biographies Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Pdf:Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World.Pulitzer Prize, History, 2010It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades. In Lords of Finance, we meet the neurotic and enigmatic Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, the xenophobic and suspicious Émile Moreau of the Banque de France, the arrogant yet brilliant Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank, and Benjamin Strong of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose facade of energy and drive masked a deeply wounded and overburdened man. After the First World War, these central bankers attempted to reconstruct the world of international finance. Despite their differences, they were united by a common fear - that the greatest threat to capitalism was inflation - and by a common vision that the solution was to turn back the clock and return the world to the gold standard. For a brief period in the mid-1920s, they appeared to have succeeded. The world's currencies were stabilized, and capital began flowing freely across the globe. But beneath the veneer of boomtown prosperity, cracks started to appear in the financial system. The gold standard that all had believed would provide an umbrella of stability proved to be a straitjacket, and the world economy began that terrible downward spiral known as the Great Depression. As yet another period of economic turmoil makes headlines today, the Great Depression and the year 1929 remain the benchmark for true financial mayhem. Offering a new understanding of the global nature of financial crises, Lords of Finance is a reminder of the enormous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, of their fallibility, and of the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong.

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Den of Thieves

Pdf Biographies Den of Thieves

Pdf:Den of Thieves.From Publishers Weekly This 29-week PW bestseller, a QPB main selection, tells of the rise and fall during the 1980s of the biggest insider trading ring in Wall Street history. Updated in paperback. Photos. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review Absolutely Splendid...Tremendously Important...Indecently Readable. (Michael Thomas The New York Times)A fast-paced adventure populated with people who could teach the characters in 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' a thing or two....It is a must read for anyone trying to make sense of the greed decade. (USA Today)A revealing, disturbing tale of what can happen when greed runs rampant. (The Seattle Times)Bursting with details...but told with magical clarity. (The Washington Post)Stewart takes the reader through the maze of arcane Wall Street dealings as if he were writing a detective story. (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History

Pdf Biographies The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History

Pdf:The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History.The Wall Street Journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history. In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world's largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor - the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide - was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that among others included a French trader nicknamed "Gollum"; the broker "Abbo", who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; a broker known as "Village" (short for "Village Idiot") and fascinated with human-animal sex; an executive called "Clumpy" because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed "Big Nose". Eventually known as the "Spider Network", Hayes's circle generated untold riches - until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, designed to promote envelope-pushing behavior while shielding higher-ups from the consequences of their subordinates' rapacious actions.

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A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind

Pdf Biographies A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind

Pdf:A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind.A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind is Stephen Mitford Goodson’s companion volume to Inside the South African Reserve Bank Its Origins and Secrets Exposed. While the latter volume describes the mechanics of the fraudulent usury banking system, with a focus on Goodson’s experiences as a director of the SA Reserve Bank, this volume expands the focus to encompass the role of banking and money in history from ancient times to the present.The role of money-lenders in history was once aptly termed by many acute observers as the “Hidden Hand.” It is the power to create, lend and accumulate interest on “credit,” and then re-lend that interest for further interest, in perpetuity, that creates pervasive, worldwide debt, from the individual, to the family, to the entire state. The ability to operate a fraudulent credit and loan system has long been known, and through all the slickness of a snake-oil salesman, the money-lenders – the same types Jesus whipped from the Temple – have persuaded governments that banking is best left to private interests.Many wars, revolutions, depressions, recessions, and other social upheavals, have been directly related to the determination of these money-lenders to retain and extend their power and profits. When any state, individual or idea has threatened their scam they have often responded with wars and revolutions. The cultural and material progress of a civilization will often relate to the degree by which it is free from the influence of debt, and the degradation that results when the money-lenders are permitted to regain power. Hence, Goodson shows that both World Wars, the Napoleonic wars, the American Revolution, the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, the overthrow of Qathafi in Libya and the revolution against Tsar Nicholas, among much else relates to the power and influence of the money-lenders throughout history. This is the key to understanding the past, present and future.Enlarged and updated 3rd Edition - July 2017

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Den of Thieves

Pdf Biographies Den of Thieves

Pdf:Den of Thieves.A #1 bestseller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.Pulitzer Prize–winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties’ biggest names on Wall Street—Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine —created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America’s most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice. Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this paperback edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative—a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

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The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History

Pdf Biographies The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History

Pdf:The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History.SHORT-LISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEARThe Wall Street Journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of shadowy team that used hook and crook to take over the process and set rates that made them a fortune, no matter the cost to others. Among the motley crew was a French trader nicknamed “Gollum”; the broker “Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose.” Eventually known as the “Spider Network,” Hayes’s circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.Praised as reading “like a fast-paced John le Carré thriller” (New York Times), “compelling” (Washington Post) and “jaw-dropping” (Financial Times), The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was warped and shady throughout.

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The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations

Pdf Biographies The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations

Pdf:The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations.Amazon.com Review Biographer Larry Tye can't help but be entertained by his subject's professional antics. Edward L. Bernays (1892-1995), a pioneering practitioner of public relations, zestfully ballyhooed his clients, utilizing a shrewd blend of publicity stunts, careful cultivation of the press, and solicited endorsements from 'experts.' Yet journalist Tye is also aware of the moral ambiguities inherent in the career of a man who vigorously promoted cigarette smoking and whose work for the United Fruit Company played at least some role in the 1954 military overthrow of Guatemala's democratically elected government. This judicious book balances appreciation for Bernays' inventiveness with a sober understanding of its consequences, including the extent to which PR permeates contemporary American life. --Wendy Smith Read more From Publishers Weekly Dubbed the 'Prince of Puff' and the 'Baron of Ballyhoo,' Edward L. Bernays, who died in 1995 at the age of 103, was arguably the most influential publicist of the 20th century. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, Bernays brought an astute grasp of human behavior to the nascent field of public relations, opening his own PR firm in 1919 and launching celebrated publicity campaigns for American Tobacco, Ivory Soap, United Fruit, book publishers, manufacturers of eggs and bacon and the platforms of presidents from Coolidge to Eisenhower. In this comprehensive biography, Tye, a Boston Globe reporter, attributes Bernay's success to a marketing philosophy that he terms 'Big Think,' which combined high-concept publicity stunts, endorsements from doctors, national surveys and other forms of publicity whose actual product endorsement was cleverly veiled. To promote Lucky Strike cigarettes among women in an age in which smoking in public was still outre, for example, he arranged for a parade of smoking debutantes to march down Fifth Avenue. To market Ivory soap, he created a hugely popular national soap-sculpting contest. A domineering and self-absorbed man who never missed a chance to promote himself ('in an era of mass communication,' he often remarked, 'modesty is a private virtue and a public fault'), Bernays eventually became a pariah in the industry that he helped to create. At times, Tye too blithely credits Bernays for shaping events and product success, rather than seeing his work as only one part of the welter of mass media manipulations that have long since transformed American life. But Tye succeeds in piercing the rapidly spinning mythology that perpetually surrounded the man who, he convincingly argues, pioneered the modern science of spin. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam

Pdf Biographies Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam

Pdf:Metal Men: Marc Rich and the $10 Billion Scam.This true story of the multibillionaire who fled to Switzerland “reads like a mystery novel” (USA Today).   How did Marc Rich make over ten billion dollars while paying hardly any taxes? Journalist A. Craig Copetas infiltrated the inner circle of the commodities market and Rich’s associates to show not only how the metals and minerals trader pulled off the scam, becoming one of America’s most wanted criminals, but also how other traders have used the same model to evade taxes as well.   A continuing figure of controversy even after his death, Rich, a hedge fund manager and the founder of Glencore, was wanted for evading almost ninety million dollars in taxes and if caught, could have spent life in prison. From a former staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Metal Men is a story of international intrigue spanning the globe, from the inside of the White House to the Kremlin, a brilliantly researched work that exposes the inner workings of one of country’s largest scams.   “Mr. Copetas is at his best evoking the high-stakes, fast-paced life of the commodities traders: the greed and corruption that consume them are the stuff of high drama.” —The New York Times Book Review

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University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf Biographies University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting

Pdf:University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting.Review 'Seasoned investors, as well as Buffett fans, will find plenty of value in this storehouse of financial counsel. A rare view into the mind of Warren Buffett.'―Kirkus Reviews'Daniel S. Pecaut [is a] proprietor of a family brokerage firm in Sioux City, Iowa, and a close student of his Corn Belt neighbor.' ―New York Times'For 25 years, I have religiously read Daniel and Corey's annual commentaries about Berkshire Hathaway. I know of no keener observers on what has made Berkshire such a wonderful wealth-builder. I also know of no investment firm that cares more about their clients than their firm, Pecaut and Company. You can't help but learn valuable lessons by reading this book.' ―Jonathan Brandt, Research Analyst, Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb [5x Featured Analyst at Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholders Meeting]'Since Buffett and Munger always expressed themselves candidly and clearly, once you've read Daniel and Corey's copious notes, you'll understand Berkshire's extraordinary approach to investing. This book is a true gem.' ―Jean-Marie Eveillard, Senior Adviser, First Eagle Investment Management[Recipient of Morningstar's 'Fund Manager Lifetime Achievement Award']'Congratulations on your excellent book, University of Berkshire Hathaway.'―Robert P. Miles, Author of The Warren Buffett CEO'Thank you for sharing notes which captured real-time key messages from the expanding curriculum at the University of Berkshire Hathaway. I have been a proud 'part-time' student myself and marvel at the memories released by thumbing through your own journal... Great work. Congratulations. A must read.'―Thomas A. Russo, Gardner Russo & Gardner LLC'Having attended nearly every Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting since 1985, I know first-hand that these notes cover every base Buffett and Munger have touched. University of Berkshire Hathaway is a unique gateway inside these legendary meetings. This book will be a resource for generations.' ―Daniel P. Boyle, President, Schwerin Boyle Capital Management'I'm impressed. I've attended quite a few Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meetings but this book filled in the gaps for those I haven't attended and better still, it underscored any number of valuable insights Buffett and Munger have provided more than once. What's more, because it covers so many years, it shows how they've learned and changed and how they haven't been afraid to fess up to mistakes. All in all, a fascinating look at two extraordinary investors who unselfishly share their many talents and who educate by putting on a very entertaining show in Omaha every spring.' ―Randy Cepuch, Author of A Weekend with Warren Buffett'Having never been to one of Berkshire Hathaway's annual meetings, I now feel I have attended many. With so many pieces of investment wisdom woven throughout this book, University of Berkshire Hathaway should become a 'must read' for every investor and investment professional.' ―Wayne F. Holly, President, Sage Rutty & Company'This is a fascinating book where they went and took notes of every meeting. You can see such an overview of Buffett and Charlie's thinking in a way that's really condensed and an overall bird's eye view of it--really fast. It speeds up the 30 years into a few hours of reading.'―Holly Lafon, GuruFocus Podcast'Anyone can buy all the old BRK shareholder letters, but there are very few transcripts from the live shareholder meetings in Omaha, Nebraska (1986-2015). There is definitely overlap, but these live interactions sometimes provide a peek into their less-publicized opinions (especially Munger's)... If you're a Buffett & Munger enthusiast, this is a nice addition to your collection.'―Jonathan Ping, MyMoneyBlog.com'Anyone interested in Berkshire Hathaway will find this book interesting.'―Ravi Nagarajan, RationalWalk.com Read more About the Author Daniel Pecaut is a Harvard graduate whose insights have been featured in the New York Times, Money Magazine, Grant's Interest Rate Observer, Outstanding Investor Digest, and the Omaha-World Herald. He has worked in investing for 30+ years and is CEO of a successful investment firm, Pecaut & Company.Corey Wrenn has an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Corey is the Vice President, Treasurer, and CCO for Pecaut & Company. Before he joined the firm in 1992, he worked for 9 years as an internal auditor for Berkshire Hathaway. Read more

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Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

Pdf Biographies Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

Pdf:Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters.Review “When prosecutors place a political agenda and career ambition over truth and justice, people inevitably get trampled. Michael Kimelman is a perfect example of that collateral damage.” – Joe Tacopina, celebrity criminal defense lawyer and owner of the Venezia FC Futbol team“Kimelman is guilty of one thing: writing a helluva book. If you want a front row seat to a Wall Street witch-hunt – read this.” - Turney Duff, bestselling author of The Buy Side“Kimelman delivers a taut page-turner that gives readers an inside seat at the real life Billions that are a daily part of the cutthroat world of proprietary traders. He also exposes a criminal justice system in which prosecutors will do anything to win a case and questions of innocence are far less important than notching a victory. In this disturbing and cautionary tale from the inner sanctums of Wall Street to Federal prison, Kimelman ultimately tells a singular and riveting tale of survival and endurance.” - Gerald Posner, author of God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican“Kimelman’s account as a defendant in the federal criminal justice system provides insights into just how broken and frightening that system has become.” – Walt Pavlo, Jr., Forbes columnist and co-author of Stolen Without a Gun'If you like wild rides, you'll love Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, Michael Kimelman's gripping, well-written, memoir of his incredible journey from an associate at the tony law firm Sullivan & Cromwell to the lunacy of day trading, and into the great beyond of Wall Street hedge funds. When he's arrested for insider trading in 2009, the adventure really begins.' - William D. Cohan, best-selling author of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street.'As most media outlets touted Bharara's record of wins and losses, few looked into the tactics used to win a number of these cases. Now, Michael Kimelman gives us a view of what it was like.... If you work on Wall Street, you owe it to yourself to take a read about the risks you take on when you go to work each day. If you don’t work on Wall Street you owe it to yourself to be informed.' - Forbes“When prosecutors place a political agenda and career ambition over truth and justice, people inevitably get trampled. Michael Kimelman is a perfect example of that collateral damage.” – Joe Tacopina, celebrity criminal defense lawyer and owner of the Venezia FC Futbol team“Kimelman is guilty of one thing: writing a helluva book. If you want a front row seat to a Wall Street witch-hunt – read this.” - Turney Duff, bestselling author of The Buy Side“Kimelman delivers a taut page-turner that gives readers an inside seat at the real life Billions that are a daily part of the cutthroat world of proprietary traders. He also exposes a criminal justice system in which prosecutors will do anything to win a case and questions of innocence are far less important than notching a victory. In this disturbing and cautionary tale from the inner sanctums of Wall Street to Federal prison, Kimelman ultimately tells a singular and riveting tale of survival and endurance.” - Gerald Posner, author of God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican“Kimelman’s account as a defendant in the federal criminal justice system provides insights into just how broken and frightening that system has become.” – Walt Pavlo, Jr., Forbes columnist and co-author of Stolen Without a Gun'If you like wild rides, you'll love Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, Michael Kimelman's gripping, well-written, memoir of his incredible journey from an associate at the tony law firm Sullivan & Cromwell to the lunacy of day trading, and into the great beyond of Wall Street hedge funds. When he's arrested for insider trading in 2009, the adventure really begins.' - William D. Cohan, best-selling author of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street.'As most media outlets touted Bharara's record of wins and losses, few looked into the tactics used to win a number of these cases. Now, Michael Kimelman gives us a view of what it was like.... If you work on Wall Street, you owe it to yourself to take a read about the risks you take on when you go to work each day. If you don’t work on Wall Street you owe it to yourself to be informed.' - Forbes Read more About the Author Michael Kimelman is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Southern California Law School. Formerly an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, he was the Founder & Managing Partner of Incremental Capital, a New York based hedge fund with over $250 million in assets, which closed shortly after his arrest. A serial entrepreneur, he is currently consulting and launching new ventures in the culinary, retail, and entertainment spaces. He actively volunteers his time to several causes, including prison and education reform. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York. Read more

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Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

Pdf Biographies Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

Pdf:Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters.Although he was a suburban husband and father, living a far different life than the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Michael Kimelman had a good run as the cofounder of a hedge fund. He had left a cushy yet suffocating job at a law firm to try his hand at the high-risk life of a proprietary trader — and he did pretty well for himself. But it all came crashing down in the wee hours of November 5, 2009, when the Feds came to his door—almost taking the door off its hinges. While his wife and children were sequestered to a bedroom, Kimelman was marched off in embarrassment in view of his neighbors and TV crews who had been alerted in advance. He was arrested as part of a huge insider trading case, and while he was offered a “sweetheart” no-jail probation plea, he refused, maintaining his innocence.The lion’s share of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider was written while Kimelman was an inmate at Lewisburg Penitentiary. In nearly two years behind bars, he reflected on his experiences before incarceration—rubbing elbows and throwing back far too many cocktails with financial titans and major figures in sports and entertainment (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan, to drop a few names); making and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in daily gambles on the Street; getting involved with the wrong people, who eventually turned on him; realizing that none of that mattered in the end. As he writes: “Stripped of family, friends, time, and humanity, if there’s ever a place to give one pause, it’s prison . . . Tomorrow is promised to no one.” In Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, he reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles, and how, in the end, it just might have made him a better person.Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story

Pdf Biographies Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story

Pdf:Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.Review Stolen Innocence is one of the most mesmerizing true stories I have ever come across. --Darla Isackson, Author, Ghost Writer, EditorA new book will soon be available under the title: ABDUCTED: THE JAN BROBERG STORY which tells the return of her abductor who interrupts a women's conference where she is speaking. His continued harassment becomes an issue for the next 2 years. --Nathan Jones & Wendy Wishart Read more About the Author 27 years after graduating from high school Mary Ann Broberg entered college and five years later graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree. A licensed social worker, Mary Ann spent most of her career helping children, most recently as an adoption specialist. In speaking before the Idaho State Legislature in 1996, Mary Ann was instrumental in the establishment of the Idaho Missing Person’s Clearinghouse which offers valuable leads in locating missing persons and provides a link to all the other state clearinghouses and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Mary Ann is a strong and active advocate in the fight to stop crimes against children and speak frequently to a wide variety of groups and organizations on the topics of child sexual abuse, brainwashing and kidnapping. Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Mary Ann is the fourth of nine children. She and her husband Bob, lived in Pocatello Idaho until 2006 She has 3 daughters and 12 grandchildren. Read more

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf Biographies The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf:The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.Review “Because of Ronson’s relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it’s easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research.” -- The Boston Globe“A rollicking, page-turner of a book... no ordinary piece of investigative journalism… Ronson’s storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer.” -- San Francisco Chronicle“…A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.” -- Los Angeles Times“Engagingly irreverent…” -- New York Times “[A] fascinating and humane book…” -- Washington Post Book World“…Both terrifying and hilarious.” -- O, The Oprah Magazine Read more About the Author Jon Ronson’s works include New York Times bestseller So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Lost at Sea, The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, and international bestsellers: Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. Ronson lives in New York. Read more

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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Pdf Biographies The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Pdf:The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.Review 'Her descriptions of her descents into psychosis are riveting.'--Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-)'Elyn Saks has been to hell and back . . . chilling.'--San Francisco Chronicle Read more About the Author Elyn R. Saks is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, an expert in mental health law and a Mac¬Arthur Foundation Fellowship winner. She graduated from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She has published three books and more than two dozen articles, and serves on the board of several mental health foundations. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Will Vinet. Read more

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf Biographies The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf:The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths, teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

Pdf Biographies The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

Pdf:The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales.In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks' splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject". PLEASE NOTE: Some changes have been made to the original manuscript with the permission of Oliver Sacks.

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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf Biographies The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.Review “Lewis has written one hell of a love story.” - Jennifer Senior, New York Times“Hugely important.” - Samantha Power, New York Times Book Review“A must-read.” - Greg McKenna, Business Insider“Fascinating stories about intriguing people.” - Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, The New Yorker“Brilliant… Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” - William Easterly, Wall Street Journal“Compelling… The Undoing Project is a history of the birth of behavioral economics, but it’s also Lewis’s testament to the power of collaboration.” - Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek“Whatever subject strikes his fancy, Lewis renders it clear and understandable while showcasing its human drama. In the realm of exalted journalistic wizardry, he is surely kin to Tracy Kidder and Malcolm Gladwell.” - Dan Cryer, Boston Globe“Intellectually mesmerizing and inspiring.” - Harper's Bazaar“Mind-blowing… [The Undoing Project] will raise doubts about how you personally perceive reality.” - Don Oldenburg, USA Today“Michael Lewis has a genius for finding stories about people who view reality from an unusual angle and telling these stories in a compulsively readable way.” - Geoffrey Kabat, Forbes Read more About the Author Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children. Read more

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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf Biographies The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Pdf:The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.Review “Lewis has written one hell of a love story.” - Jennifer Senior, New York Times“Lewis is the ideal teller of [Tversky and Kahneman’s] story… You see his protagonists in three dimensions―deeply likable, but also flawed, just like most of your friends and family.” - David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review“Fascinating stories about intriguing people.” - Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, The New Yorker“Brilliant… Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” - William Easterly, Wall Street Journal“Compelling… The Undoing Project is a history of the birth of behavioral economics, but it’s also Lewis’s testament to the power of collaboration.” - Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek“Intellectually mesmerizing and inspiring.” - Harper's Bazaar“Mind-blowing… [The Undoing Project] will raise doubts about how you personally perceive reality.” - Don Oldenburg, USA Today“Michael Lewis has a genius for finding stories about people who view reality from an unusual angle and telling these stories in a compulsively readable way.” - Geoffrey Kabat, Forbes“A fantastic read.” - Jesse Singal, New York Magazine“Lewis [is a] master of the character-driven narrative.” - Charlie Gofen, The National Book Review Read more About the Author Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children. Read more

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf Biographies The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf:The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

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The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources

Pdf Biographies The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources

Pdf:The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources.This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money - earning it, spending it, and giving it away - can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advice, she demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. In this Nautilus Award-winning book, Twist shares from her own life, a journey illuminated by remarkable encounters with the richest and poorest, from the famous (Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama) to the anonymous but unforgettable heroes of everyday life.

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The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

Pdf Biographies The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

Pdf:The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir.For listeners of Room and The Glass Castle, an astonishing memoir of one woman rising above an unimaginable childhood. Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood, and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness". Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak. And when, after more than a decade, an outsider managed to penetrate her family's paranoid world, Maude seized her opportunity. By turns horrifying and magical, The Only Girl in the World is a story that will grip you from the first minute and leave you spellbound, a chilling exploration of psychological control that ends with a glorious escape.

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Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

Pdf Biographies Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism

Pdf:Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism.Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism - because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf Biographies The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Pdf:The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.Review “Because of Ronson’s relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it’s easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research.” -- The Boston Globe“A rollicking, page-turner of a book... no ordinary piece of investigative journalism… Ronson’s storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer.” -- San Francisco Chronicle“…A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched.” -- Los Angeles Times“Engagingly irreverent…” -- New York Times “[A] fascinating and humane book…” -- Washington Post Book World“…Both terrifying and hilarious.” -- O, The Oprah Magazine Read more About the Author Jon Ronson’s works include The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats—both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London. Read more

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Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

Pdf Biographies Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

Pdf:Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir.Review 'Like Oliver Sacks . . . Ms. Slater writes about her patients with enormous compassion and insight. . . . A revealing memoir and thoughtful meditation on the therapeutic process itself . . . powerful.'        ---The New York Times, about Welcome to My Country'Stunningly written . . . [Welcome to My Country] is relentless in its mask-stripping, yet instead of indulgence the act of revealing is handled with beauty and bravery.'        ---Los Angeles Times Book Review, about Welcome to My Country'With the playful mind of a philosopher and the exquisite, unique voice of a poet, Slater renders a self-portrait that challenges our understanding of illness and health--and illuminates both.'        ---The Washington Post Book World, about Prozac Diary Read more About the Author A 1999 National Magazine Award nominee, Lauren Slater has a masters degree in psychology from Harvard University and a doctorate from Boston University. Her work was chosen for the Best American Essays/Most Notable Essays volumes of 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. Her previous book, Lying, was chosen by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2000. Slater lives with her family in Massachusetts. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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The Other Side of Hell 3

Pdf Biographies The Other Side of Hell 3

Pdf:The Other Side of Hell 3.The Other Side of Hell 3 holds 17 more stories of true crime murder committed by men. The first 10 stories take place in the US. The first two stories take place in Gaffney, South Carolina and features two serial killers terrorizing the town 40 years apart. Lee Roy Martin in 1968 and Patrick Burris in 2008. Chapter 3 is the story of Darren Mack. It is the story of a very successful man in Reno, Nevada who had it all but comes unglued during a nasty divorce. The next three stories focus on family annihilators. The stories of John Yowell, Seth Privacky and Joshua Durcho are all vastly different from each other but the end result was the same - the destruction of three families. Chapter 7 is the story of Professor George Zinkhan III. Why did a much celebrated professor turn to murder? Denise Huber was missing for three years - a victim of the Cold Storage Killer. Her story is told in Chapter 8. We go to Virginia Beach for a mass murder at the Witchduck Inn in Chapter 9. A story of murder and forgiveness is told in the Whitaker Family Murders in Chapter 10. The next six stories take place in the UK. Donald Neilson aka the Black Panther is the focus of Chapter 11. The story of the Stockwell Strangler is told in Chapter 12. The Bullseye Killer features serial killer John Cooper who appeared on the British gameshow Bullseye in 1989 - the same year that he committed a brutal double murder. Archibald Hall aka Roy Fontaine is known as the killer butler. This serial killer didn't start killing until he was 53 years old. The story of Mark Martin is told in the Sneinton Strangler in Chapter 15. The last chapter in the UK section tells the story of Anthony Hardy who became known as the Camden Ripper. The final chapter is titled Murder in Tisdale - a tragic mass murder in Saskatchewan, Canada. The last section of the book features 10 stories that we are working on for the next couple of books. It includes short outlines of the crimes and some excerpts from the stories that we are working on.

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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Pdf Biographies The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Pdf:The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.From Publishers Weekly In this engrossing memoir, Saks, a professor of law and psychiatry at the University of Southern California, demonstrates a novelist's skill of creating character, dialogue and suspense. From her extraordinary perspective as both expert and sufferer (diagnosis: Chronic paranoid schizophrenia with acute exacerbation; prognosis: Grave), Saks carries the reader from the early little quirks to the full blown falling apart, flying apart, exploding psychosis. Schizophrenia rolls in like a slow fog, as Saks shows, becoming imperceptibly thicker as time goes on.- Along the way to stability (treatment, not cure), Saks is treated with a pharmacopeia of drugs and by a chorus of therapists. In her jargon-free style, she describes the workings of the drugs (getting med-free, a constant motif) and the ideas of the therapists and physicians (psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, cardiologist, endocrinologist). Her personal experience of a world in which she is both frightened and frightening is graphically drawn and leads directly to her advocacy of mental patients' civil rights as they confront compulsory medication, civil commitment, the abuse of restraints and the absurdities of the mental care system. She is a strong proponent of talk therapy (While medication had kept me alive, it had been psychoanalysis that helped me find a life worth living). This is heavy reading, but Saks's account will certainly stand out in its field. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist At eight years old, Saks began suffering hallucinations and obsessive fears of being attacked. An adolescent experimentation with drugs provoked her parents to enroll her in a drug treatment program. But Saks' incredible self-control masked the fact that she was suffering from a debilitating mental illness. By the time she entered graduate school at Oxford University, her symptoms were so severe—including full-blown psychotic episodes and suicidal fantasies—that she was hospitalized. Through Oxford, law school at Yale, and a move to Los Angeles to work in the law school of the University of California, Saks struggled mightily to balance her ambitions with her illness, which was eventually diagnosed as schizophrenia. Never wanting to concede to her mental illness, Saks founds calm and comfort in a rigorous work routine. An analyst characterized her as having three lives: as Elyn, as Professor Saks, and as the Lady of the Charts mental patient. As Saks battled to get off medication and leave behind the Lady of the Charts, she fought for the rights of mental patients, and came to terms with her own limitatio