Category: Biography

  • Download Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du by Caroline Moorehead PDF

    By Caroline Moorehead

    Her canvases have been the court docket of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette; the nice Terror; the USA on the time of Washington and Jefferson; Paris lower than the Directoire after which lower than Napoleon; Regency London; the conflict of Waterloo; and, for the final years of her lifestyles, the Italian ducal courts. She witnessed firsthand the death of the French monarchy, the wave of the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and the precipitous upward push and fall of Napoleon. Lucie Dillon—a daughter of French and British the Aristocracy recognized in France via her married identify, Lucie de l. a. travel du Pin—was the chronicler of her age.

    In this compelling biography, Caroline Moorehead illuminates the extreme lifestyles and noteworthy achievements of this powerful, witty, based, opinionated, and dynamic lady who survived own tragedy and the devastation wrought through momentous ancient occasions.

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  • Download The Crazy Life of Brendan Behan: The Rise and Fall of by Frank Gray PDF

    By Frank Gray

    The rollicking lifetime of author Brendan Behan serves as a main instance of the general public character of an artist subsumed by way of the media's starvation for sensation and scandal.

    The writer, Frank grey, good depicts his subject's speedy upward thrust to the leading edge of Irish letters and his unhappy decline and early loss of life. His thirst for either booze and notoriety ate up Behan on the age of 41.

    Those closest to him have been surprisingly indulgent of his consuming bouts even if it used to be obvious the gargle used to be going to be the loss of life of him. He frequently landed within the health facility after marathon bacchanals.

    Gray has produced a really readable and compact biography of a guy who merits to be higher recognized nowadays, in particular for the lead he supplied to England's "Angry younger Men" tuition of literature that blossomed within the 1950s.The rollicking lifetime of author Brendan Behan serves as a first-rate instance of the general public personality of an artist subsumed through the media's starvation for sensation and scandal.

    The writer, Frank grey, good depicts his subject's speedy upward push to the leading edge of Irish letters and his unhappy decline and early dying. His thirst for either booze and notoriety ate up Behan on the age of 41.

    Those closest to him have been unusually indulgent of his consuming bouts even if it was once obvious the gargle was once going to be the loss of life of him. He usually landed within the medical institution after marathon bacchanals.

    Gray has produced a really readable and compact biography of a guy who merits to be higher recognized nowadays, specially for the lead he supplied to England's "Angry younger Men" institution of literature that blossomed within the Nineteen Fifties.
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  • Download Ann the Word: The Story of Ann Lee, Female Messiah, Mother by Richard Francis PDF

    By Richard Francis

    Ann Lee was once the most striking and mysterious ladies within the heritage of Western tradition. From humble origins in Manchester, England, this illiterate daughter of a blacksmith grew to become a visionary spiritual chief who used to be idea through her fans to be the second one incarnation of Christ. She introduced the Shaking Quakers, or Shakers, to the United States at the eve of the revolution. while she died at age forty eight, she left at the back of a non secular move that was once to have hundreds of thousands of fans and to turn into our so much winning and significant utopian neighborhood.
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  • Download Sartre: Romantic Rationalist by Iris Murdoch PDF

    By Iris Murdoch

    Sartre's strong political passions have been united with a memorable literary reward, putting him most well known one of the novelists, in addition to the philosophers, of our time. Iris Murdoch's pioneering research analyses and evaluates different strands of Sartre's wealthy and complicated oeurve. Combining the objectivity of the student with a profound curiosity in modern difficulties, Iris Murdoch discusses the culture of philosophical, political and aesthetic concept that offers historic authenticity to Satre's fulfillment, whereas exhibiting the ambiguities and hazards inherent in his place.
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  • Download Over the Ocean (UK Edition) by Erica Fischer PDF

    By Erica Fischer

    In July 1940, Erich Fischer discovered himself in Liverpool being herded onto a British delivery send sure for Australia, besides 2,500 different males.

    Conditions on board have been bad, with males locked under decks with overflowing latrines and basically seawater to scrub themselves. Separated from kinfolk, buddies and faraway from any semblance of a regular lifestyles, Erich is uncertain no matter if he'll ever see spouse and baby back.

    Erica Fischer's The King's teenagers tells the extreme tale of her personal mom and dad and even as sheds gentle on a little-known and little-discussed bankruptcy in British historical past. Fischer's mom and dad met in Austria within the early Thirties. Her mom, Irka, used to be a Polish Jew and her father, Erich, was once a Viennese lapsed Catholic.

    Faced with transforming into unrest in Europe, Irka fled to the uk in 1938, her husband a 12 months later. although on the outbreak of conflict, Erich have been arrested as an 'enemy alien', and having been interned used to be deported to the other aspect of the realm. confronted with incredible hardships, the deportees banded jointly in unity to stand their new existence in Australia and Erich used to be, opposed to the chances, in a position to make touch with Irka and their letters proven a lifeline among continents.

    The King's kids is brilliant real story facing an unexposed and unexplored interval in British historical past but additionally a narrative of the resilience of affection.
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  • Download Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero by Jeff Pearlman PDF

    By Jeff Pearlman

    No participant within the historical past of baseball has left such an indelible mark at the online game as San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. In his twenty-year occupation, Bonds has gathered an unparalleled seven MVP awards, 8 Gold Gloves, and greater than seven-hundred domestic runs, a magnificent collection of feats that has earned him attention as one of many maximum avid gamers the sport has ever visible. both deserved, although, is his acceptance as an unbearable braggart, whose legendary domestic runs are rivaled merely by means of his mythical ego. From his marvelous skill and fabled pedigree (father Bobby performed outfield for the Giants; cousin Reggie Jackson and godfather Willie Mays are either corridor of Famers) to his well-documented run-ins with teammates and the chronic allegations of steroid use, Bonds evokes a like volume of ardour from either side of the fence. for lots of, Bonds belongs beside Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in baseball's holy trinity; for others, he embodies all that's fallacious with the trendy athlete: aloof; boastful; alienated.

    In Love Me, Hate Me, writer Jeff Pearlman bargains a searing and insightful investigate some of the most divisive athletes of our time. Drawing on greater than interviews -- with former and present teammates, rivals, managers, running shoes, neighbors, and outspoken critics and unapologetic supporters alike -- Pearlman finds, for the 1st time, a perfectly nuanced portrait of a prodigiously gifted and immensely improper American icon whose debatable run at baseball immortality perpetually replaced the best way we glance at our activities heroes.
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  • Download Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox by Leah Vincent PDF

    By Leah Vincent

    Within the vein of Prozac country and woman, Interrupted, an electrifying memoir a couple of younger woman's promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being solid out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family

    Leah Vincent used to be born into the Yeshivish group, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. because the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings have been raised to worship issues: God and the boys who governed their international. however the tradition-bound destiny Leah predicted for herself was once minimize brief while, at 16, she was once stuck changing letters with a male buddy, a contravention of spiritual legislations that forbids touch among contributors of the other intercourse. Leah's mom and dad have been unforgiving. Afraid, partially, that her habit may have an effect on the wedding customers in their different teenagers, they placed her on a aircraft and bring to a halt ties. forged out in ny urban, with out a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox group, Leah was once unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular lifestyles. She spent the following couple of years utilizing her sexuality as a fashion of attracting the male approval she were conditioned to search out as a baby, whereas turning into more and more untrue to the non secular dogma of her previous. fast moving, enthralling, and brutally sincere, minimize Me free tells the tale of 1 woman's harrowing fight to outline herself as somebody.
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  • Download Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the by Gavin Edwards PDF

    By Gavin Edwards

    In Last evening on the Viper Room, acclaimed writer and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the lifestyles and tragic demise of acclaimed actor River Phoenix—a teenager idol at the speedy song to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in entrance of West Hollywood’s storied membership, the Viper Room, on the age of 23.

    Last evening on the Viper Room explores the younger star’s existence, together with his early life in Venezuela becoming up below the aegis of the cultish youngsters of God. placing him on the middle of a brand new iteration of major males rising within the early 1990s— together with Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprio—Gavin Edwards lines the Academy Award nominee’s meteoric upward push, couches him in an exam of the Nineteen Nineties, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and pop culture itself.
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  • Download From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens by 50 Cent, Kris Ex PDF

    By 50 Cent, Kris Ex

    Starred overview. The rap megastar referred to as 50 Cent was once born Curtis James Jackson III in 1976. His mom, a smalltime drug broker, used to be murdered whilst he used to be 8, yet that didn't cease him from pursuing her occupation. 50 Cent is unflinchingly sincere approximately his mom, his drug earlier and on the subject of every thing else during this uncooked, literate memoir chronicling his upward push from Jamaica, Queens, to the head of the Billboard charts. In his local, remembers 50 Cent, the single individuals with funds have been the drug buyers: "They have been my position models." through eleven, he'd made his first sale. Over the following decade, 50 Cent developed from a hustler promoting drugs of crack cocaine ("pieces") to a kingpin paying for by means of the kilo ("weight"). With funds got here women, outfits, cars—and difficulty. 50 Cent describes spraying bullets at opponents, outrunning police on his motorbike and waking as much as a drug raid on his residence. He shunned penitentiary by means of serving time in a boot camp–style incarceration middle, which did not anything yet flip him right into a "stronger, meaner, and extra centred criminal." His monstrous holiday into track got here via an opportunity assembly with Jam grasp Jay (of Run-DMC). but even whereas attempting to holiday into the enterprise, 50 Cent couldn't go away his earlier at the back of, donning bulletproof vests to conferences with list executives and slipping again into the drug alternate whilst his profession didn't take off instantly. enthusiasts will notice the origins of fifty Cent's well-known feud with Ja Rule; they'll additionally get extra information about the infamous 2000 capturing that left him with 9 bullet holes in his physique. Opinionated, unrepentant and unabashedly self-promoting, 50 Cent's memoir celebrates the rapper's bizarre model of the yankee Dream (and the name of his leap forward album): Get wealthy or Die Tryin'.
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  • Download Foreign Devils in the Flowery Kingdom by Paul French, Carl Crow PDF

    By Paul French, Carl Crow

    Initially released in 1940, this can be Carl Crow’s wonderful autobiography, the tale of his greater than 25 years of adventures and luck in Shanghai through the tumultuous early a long time of the 20 th century. This booklet is a story of East meets West set within the wild and heady days of inter-war China. it's an account of ways cultures clashed, bickering over enterprise bargains and social norms as they attempted to discover how to reside with one another.
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