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Reginald McKenna: Financier among Statesmen, 1863–1916 (British Politics and Society) by Martin Farr (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Reginald McKenna has never been the subject of scholarly attention. This was partly due to his own preference for appearing at the periphery of events even when ostensibly at the centre, and the absence of a significant collection of private papers. This new book redresses the neglect of this major statesmen and financier partly through the natural advance of historical research, and partly by the discoveries of missing archival material. McKenna's role is now illuminated by his own reflections, and by the correspondence of friends and colleagues, including Asquith, Churchill, Keynes, Baldwin, Bonar Law, MacDonald, and Chamberlain. McKenna's presence at the hub of political life in the first half of the century is now clear: in the radical Liberal governments of 1905-16, where he acted as a lightning conductor for the party; during the war, where he served as the Prime Minister's deputy and the principal voice for restraint in the conduct of the war; and as chairman of the world's ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 396 Pages (2,044 KB)
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Added: Aug 14th, 2020

The Big Book of Business Quotations: Over 1,400 of the Smartest Things Ever Said about Making Money by Johnnie L. Roberts (Skyhorse) 3.9 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

A quotable reference for anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of business or starting their own. More than one million people in the United States take the necessary steps to enroll in master's of business programs every single year. These students learn the fundamentals required to eventually start their own businesses, carry on family businesses, or become CEOs of other people's businesses. The Big Book of Business Quotations, compiled and edited by journalist Johnnie Roberts, features advice, ideas, strategies, and secrets that helped make some of the most successful businesspeople in the world rich, famous, or both. These quotes will inspire and motivate any current or aspiring businessperson to achieve success. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." —Norman Schwarzkopf “Business opportunities are like buses; there's always another one coming." —Richard Branson “You only have to ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 454 Pages (809 KB)
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Added: Aug 14th, 2020

Saving the Music (Bellafortuna Series Book 2) by Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco (Cefalutana Press) 4.8 Stars (35 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

"A courageous, emotionally charged, fast paced, gripping tale... A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music." It is the winter of 1942, and the world is at war. A few Jewish musicians attempt to flee the Nazi death grip, each desperately trying to navigate his own path to safety. With the courageous aid and kindness of strangers, they soon find themselves in Rome, where under the highly secret help of the Vatican, they are hidden in Bellafortuna, a small village in Sicily. The residents of Bellafortuna welcome them and care for them, and for a fleeting moment, the horrors the musicians are facing are forgotten while residing in the beautiful, idyllic landscape of Sicily. But word soon reaches the small village that Italy has surrendered, now making Germany at war with Italy. War quickly comes to the village as the Germans storm into Sicily to repel the Allied advance. As Bellafortuna becomes front and center in the raging war, the villagers ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 400 Pages (3,050 KB)
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Added: Aug 14th, 2020

Expression. My Cancer: a Gut Feeling. by Kerry O'Brien (Five House Publishing) 3.7 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Reading a book about an individual's journey with a terminal bowel cancer diagnosis would ordinarily seem to be a rather depressing read. However, Kerry's light-hearted sense of humour and unending positivity and love of life shines through in her writing. In this very personal book, Kerry overcomes the stigma of talking openly about the symptoms and treatments for bowel cancer: there are graphic descriptions of some of the intimate details of bodily (mal)functions; reflections on her research into what may have contributed to her diagnosis and nutritional and other lifestyle changes she has found helpful. Kerry shares how she has made sense of her situation and developed coping strategies, in the hope of helping others. The insights gained from this book will be valuable for a broad range of readers: patients with bowel cancer, wanting to learn more about other patients' experiences; families and friends of bowel cancer patients (who perhaps feel uncomfortable asking those difficult ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 426 Pages (6,316 KB)
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Added: Aug 14th, 2020

Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie by Angela Bowie (Lume Books) 3.9 Stars (77 Reviews)    Price verified 9 minutes ago

There are countless books about the great rock/pop icon of the twentieth century, David Bowie. But only one written by the woman who met him aged just nineteen, married him, had a child with him and helped shape his image and the early stages of his career. In one of the great rock'n'roll exposés, Angela Mary Hartnett Bowie gives a riveting account of her years with Bowie and his progress from aspiring young singer to international rock stardom. She emerges as a witty, powerful personality in her own right, and as his partner of ten years has insights into his background and personality that are exclusively hers. American, educated in Cyprus, Switzerland, the US and then London, Angie brought her confidence and sophistication to the young David's life and is credited with conceptualizing the costumes for the Ziggy Stardust stage show, which was his breakthrough to success. This is a fascinating glimpse into the music and club scene of early seventies London, and later the rock ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 330 Pages (12,597 KB)
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Added: Aug 13th, 2020

Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater by Kathleen Turner (Skyhorse) 4.0 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Few actors have had a career as dynamic as that Kathleen Turner's; success has followed her from the television screen to major blockbusters, from indie films to the theater stage. Over her forty-year career, Turner has developed an instinctual knowledge of what it takes to be a successful actor, and, in her conversations with esteemed film professor Dustin Morrow, she shares these lessons with the world. With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons she's learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting. An epic and intense one-on-one master class in acting from the best teacher imaginable, Kathleen Turner on Acting is a must for acting and directing students of every age, established actors and directors, filmmakers, theater pros, and artists of every stripe.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 459 Pages (6,065 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

Bird's Eye View: Stories of a life lived in health care by Sue Robins (Bird Communications) 5.0 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Bird's Eye View is a compelling book of stories sharing a life lived in health care. Written for health professionals, each chapter offers insight into how it feels to be a vulnerable patient. Poignant and provocative, this unique book highlights the patient and family experience and includes practical wisdom to inspire us all.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 302 Pages (2,296 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

The Original Six: How the Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings Laid the Groundwork for Today?s National Hockey League by Lew Freedman (Sports Publishing) 4.0 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

Since the inception of the National Hockey League on November 26, 1917, the sport of hockey has been one of the most popular games across the globe. After the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909, ceased operations, the NHL took over and became a mainstay for the sport. While there had been teams that dated back to the 1800s and many that came and went through the years, there are six teams which are considered to be the Original or Traditional Six: the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Detroit Red Wings. In The Original Six, Lew Freedman (Clouds Over the Goalpost, A Summer to Remember) takes readers on a trip down memory lane, not only introducing the NHL's humble beginnings, but how far the game has actually come. Broken up into six sections, Freedman tells the history and stories of the teams that represent the heart and soul of the NHL. From how these teams came to be and the steps that ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 328 Pages (3,254 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

Alistair Cooke by Nick Cooke (Arcade) 4.6 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

One of the preeminent journalists of the twentieth century, Alistair Cooke has enjoyed a truly extraordinary career in print, radio, and television. Born into a working-class family and christened Alfred, Cooke swiftly broke free of his modest origins and became the foremost commentator on American life and politics, first for the British press and eventually for the entire world. Alistair Cooke: A Biography is both a fascinating record of one man's determination to reinvent himself and a lively and informative journey through the highways and byways of the twentieth century.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 559 Pages (3,480 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Shocked America by Leonard A. Cole (Skyhorse) 4.6 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

At 2:00am on October 2, 2001, Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room. Feverish, nauseated, and barely conscious, no one knew what was making him sick. Three days later he was dead. Stevens was the first fatal victim of bioterrorism in America. Bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has written the definitive account of the Anthrax attacks. Cole is the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians. Fast paced and riveting, this minute-by-minute chronicle of the anthrax attacks recounts more than a history of recent current events, it uncovers the untold and perhaps even more important story of how scientists, doctors, and researchers perform life-saving work under intense pressure and public scrutiny. Updated with new information about Ivins ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 305 Pages (4,301 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2020

Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign by Lloyd Constantine (Skyhorse) 2.9 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The March 10, 2008, disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer had patronized prostitutes from the Emperors Club VIP sex ring shocked New Yorkers and his admirers around the world, who had celebrated Spitzer as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" and a likely future U.S. president. Ironically, one man's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear fifteen hours earlier, when Spitzer confessed what the rest of the world would soon learn in a media storm of unprecedented intensity. For Lloyd Constantine, Spitzer's senior advisor and longtime friend, the confession explained the governor's recently erratic behavior and marked the end of a "plague year," which encompassed the troubled Spitzer administration and its flawed transition to power. Journal of the Plague Year is Constantine's intimate account of the seventeen calamitous months preceding the March 10 revelations and the futile sixty-one-hour battle waged by the author and the governor's wife to persuade Spitzer not to resign but ...

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Length: 321 Pages (720 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2020

Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade) 2.8 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

A clear-eyed investigation into what is probably the biggest, longest cover-up in American history. As a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Richard Nixon led the investigations that first drew attention to Alger Hiss and his purported ties to the Soviet regime. These investigations eventually led to the discovery of "proof" that Hiss was a mole in the State Department and precipitated a trial that would eventually ruin him and propel Nixon to the Presidency. But what if the "proof" that eventually led to Hiss's conviction was forged? In this riveting investigation, Joan Brady—winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year—reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss, and draws a strong parallel with the French, who a half-century before turned Alfred Dreyfus into a scapegoat for anti-Semitism. Alger Hiss: Framed is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation ...

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Length: 424 Pages (885 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2020

A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History by Joan Mellen (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (119 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Working with thousands of previously unreleased documents and drawing on more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time, Joan Mellen revisits the investigation of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, the only public official to have indicted, in 1969, a suspect in President John F. Kennedy's murder. Garrison began by exposing the contradictions in the Warren Report, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was an unstable pro-Castro Marxist who acted alone in killing Kennedy. A Farewell to Justice reveals that Oswald, no Marxist, was in fact working with both the FBI and the CIA, as well as with US Customs, and that the attempts to sabotage Garrison's investigation reached the highest levels of the US government. Garrison's suspects included CIA-sponsored soldiers of fortune enlisted in assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, an anti-Castro Cuban asset, and a young runner for the conspirators, interviewed here for the first time by ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 681 Pages (5,581 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2020

Life in the Far West: A True Account of Travels across America's Wilderness by George Frederick Ruxton (Skyhorse) 3.9 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

George Frederick Ruxton was an explorer and adventurer extraordinaire. Born in England in 1820, he followed in his family's footsteps and entered the military at the age of thirteen. He quickly became a decorated soldier, serving in Spain, where he fought for Queen Isabella II in the Carlist civil war and was made a Spanish knight at seventeen, as well as in Ireland and Canada. But the rigidity of military life was not for him. In 1843 Ruxton followed his wanderlust; he sold his commission and roamed freely for a season through the remote woods of southern Canada and northern New York, hunting and living off the land. Ruxton never forgot his travels through remote America, and, after journeying through Africa, he would return in 1847. Starting in Mexico and the new American southwest territories, Ruxton would go on to travel more than two thousand miles, finally reaching present-day Colorado. Upon returning to England, Ruxton, using the pen name La Bonté, would begin to detail his ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 328 Pages (1,098 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2020

Real Irish New York: A Rogue's Gallery of Fenians, Tough Women, Holy Men, Blasphemers, Jesters, and a Gang of Other Colorful Characters by Dermot McEvoy (Skyhorse) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

As they entered their six hundredth year of British occupation, the Irish looked to America. By the 1840s, America was the oasis that the Irish sought during a decade of both famine and revolution, and New York City was the main destination. The city would never be the same. Refugees of the famine found leadership in Archbishop "Dagger" John Hughes, who built an Irish-Catholic infrastructure of churches, schools, hospitals, and orphanages that challenged the Protestant power structure of the city. Revolutionaries found a home in NYC, too: Thomas Francis Meagher would later become Lincoln's favorite Irish war general; John Devoy and Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa continued their fight from the city after the failed Rising of 1867; two men killed in the Easter Rising, Tom Clarke and James Connolly, spent substantial time in New York. From there, the Irish rose and helped shape New York politics, labor, social activism, entertainment, and art. W.R. Grace was New York's first Irish-Catholic ...

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Length: 404 Pages (1,315 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life by David Revill (Arcade) 4.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Composer John Cage is often described as the most influential musician of the last half-century. He has defined - and continues to define - our whole concept of "avant-garde", not just in music but increasingly as writer and visual artist. "The Roaring Silence" is the first full-length biography of Cage. It documents his life in unrivalled detail, interweaving a close account of the evolution of his work with an exploration of his aesthetic, political and philosophical ideas. David Revil maintains that Cage's extraordinary productivity and versatility are best understood in the light of his inner development. His life, work and ideas have clarified, refined and reinforced one another, and thereby Cage has made himself what he is. While never assuming specialist knowledge, this book discusses all of Cage's works in depth and sets them in the context of his compositional, theoretical and personal development. Also included are the most comprehensive worklist, discography and ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 509 Pages (1,963 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Classic Boxing Stories by Paul D. Staudohar (Skyhorse) Price verified 2 hours ago

Boxing has been a part of our history going back centuries. Whether it's bare knuckle or the pay-per-view fights we see today, it has been a staple in our lives. In Classic Boxing Stories, Paul D. Staudohar has collected work from dozens of writers, telling stories about the sport that has been so important to them. With tales going back 100 years, you will be enthralled in the storytelling and moved by the characters who never quit. Included in this collection are stories from such famous writers as: • O. Henry • H. C. Winter • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • Ring Lardner • Jack London • P. G. Wodehouse • Octavus Roy Cohen • And many more! Classic Boxing Stories shows the true grit of this tough and brutal sport. From knockouts to comebacks, these stories will show you why you fell in love with boxing and how this sport has lasted for so long. So tighten your gloves, put in your mouthpiece, and get ready to take on this # 1 contender!

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 336 Pages (3,552 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

The Coen Brothers, Second Edition by Ronald Bergan (Arcade) 2.6 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

Brought completely up to date, this insightful biography remains "a must for any self-respecting Coen fan" (Screentrade). This fully updated edition of the first biography of the Coen Brothers includes their complete work so far, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), with a reassessment of their remarkable career as a whole. Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off the ultimate balancing act. Despite having their movies financed and distributed by major studios, they have managed to remain true independents, rejecting commercial clichés and never giving up on their own fiercely idiosyncratic vision. While doing so, they have established themselves among the world's leading filmmakers. From their startling debut, Blood Simple (1984), all of their movies reveal a distinctive stamp: a flamboyant visual style, richly conceived characters, crisp dialogue, and brilliant casting. They have revitalized old Hollywood genres such as noir, screwball, and the western, giving them a ...

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Length: 360 Pages (8,399 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of the Blind Woman Who Brought Hope to the Children of Tibet by Sabriye Tenberken (Arcade) 4.8 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

While studying Chinese and Asian civilizations in college, Sabriye Tenberken was stunned to learn that in Tibet blind children were living in appalling conditions -- shunned by society, abandoned, and left to their own devices. Sabriye, who had lost her sight at the age of twelve as the result of a retinal disease, promised herself early on that she would never allow her blindness to turn her into an invalid. When she heard of a place where sightlessness was practically akin to leprosy, the decision was instant: she would go to Tibet to help these children.Armed with nothing but her conviction and determination, she single-handedly devised a Tibetan Braille alphabet and opened the first school for the blind in Tibet, with only a handful of students. From its modest beginnings, that school has grown into a full-fledged institution for visually impaired people of all ages. In this updated edition of My Path Leads to Tibet, Sabriye, shares the inspiring story of how she shone an unlikely ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 322 Pages (931 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Bob Wolff's Complete Guide to Sportscasting: How to Make It in Sportscasting With or Without Talent by Bob Wolff (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

How many sportscasters working today can say that they've interviewed both Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter? The answer is one, and his name is Bob Wolff. Having called everything from the World Series to the Westminster Kennel Club Show on both TV and radio, Wolff is uniquely qualified to write a comprehensive guide to the art of sportscasting. And in Bob Wolff 's Complete Guide to Sportscasting, he pours forth sixty-plus years of experience and wisdom behind the microphone to create the definitive volume on the subject, a book that will be devoured by aspiring sportscasters for generations. Part how-to, part memoir, it's a book that breaks down the sportscasting profession from all angles to present a step-by-step playbook for success. As Wolff explains in his introduction, it doesn't take great talent to become a sportscaster. After all, it's the athletes who provide the stories. The sportscaster's job is to add information and identification, sometimes entertainment, and aim at ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 369 Pages (25,612 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

My Life and the Beautiful Game by Pele (Skyhorse) 4.5 Stars (28 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

While kicking a ball through the dusty streets of his Brazilian hometown, young Edson Arantes do Nascimento was given the nickname Pelé so casually that no one remembers its meaning. Today, the name is famous worldwide as belonging to history's greatest soccer player. Here, in Pelé's own words, is his incredible life story: his five goals in the last two games of the 1958 World Cup at the tender age of 17, his glory years with his Brazilian club FC Santos, his role in four World Cup tournaments, his comeback as a member of the storied New York Cosmos, and his lifelong role as goodwill ambassador for the world's favorite sport. 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 ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 356 Pages (19,773 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Around The World With Mark Twain by Robert Cooper (Arcade) 4.6 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 20 hours ago

On July 14, 1895, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, fifty-nine years old and deeply in debt, boarded a night train to Cleveland, launching a performance tour designed to alleviate his financial woes, and, more importantly, resuscitate his alter ego, Mark Twain. The journey took him to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, and led to the resurrection of Twain as a celebrity. Equal parts travelogue, social history, and biography, Around the World with Mark Twain paints a decidedly different portrait of Clemens: a more tragic, darker figure who faced financial ruin and personal loss throughout his life. Around the World with Mark Twain delights while deepening our understanding of this magnificent personality.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 446 Pages (1,763 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Sunlight Through Dusty Windows: The Dorcas Smucker Reader by Dorcas Smucker (Good Books) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm -- today. Newspaper columnist Dorcas Smucker and her brood live out their days in full view in this collection of musings -- picking blueberries while watching for bears, hoping for angels while driving off the freeway, moving into the "thousand-story house," and enduring lectures from teenage children about the virtue of respect. Three books in one, this collection includes Smucker's Ordinary Days: Family Life in a Farmhouse, Upstairs the Peasants are Revolting: More Family Life in a Farmhouse, and Downstairs the Queen Is Knitting. Often slightly off-stride and with disarming humility, Dorcas finds endless materials for stories and life lessons in everyday happenings. As she says, "I, like my mother, feed my children mashed potatoes and stories. I repeat the ones I heard from Mom and turn our family escapades into tales to be repeated while washing dishes or snapping buckets of green beans on the front porch. A story is much more ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 506 Pages (1,169 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, A Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System by Billy Wayne Sinclair (Arcade) 3.4 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Sentenced to death in 1965 at age twenty for an unpremeditated murder during the bungled holdup of a convenience store, Billy Wayne spent his first seven prison years on death row. When the death penalty was abolished, his sentence was life. Three-and-a-half decades later, Billy Wayne is still behind bars—feared by many politicians and prison officials for his well-known incorruptibility and unrelenting crusade for prison reform. This is his memoir. A Life in the Balance begins with an almost unbearable account of his early years—when he was so abused by his father one wonders how he survived—and his “escape" into a crowd of hooligans, which led him to the fateful day in 1965 when he held up the convenience store. His story takes you behind the metal doors of the Angola State Penitentiary to reveal the brutal truth of life inside. Here you will meet Billy Ray, Billy Wayne's blood brother; old Emmitt Henderson, who died of prison neglect; Jamie Parks, a seventeen-year-old kid ...

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Length: 360 Pages (919 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership by Jon Knokey (Skyhorse) 4.6 Stars (50 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

The epic story of how one man shaped events, people, and himself to forever change a country. President Theodore Roosevelt forever transformed America, ushering the country into the arena of world supremacy. His brand of leadership is entirely American: confident, compassionate, energetic, diverse, visionary. But Roosevelt was not a born leader; his ascent to the apex of power was not a foregone conclusion. He made himself a leader of consequence and it is his epic journey to the White House--a road filled with terrific failures, intimate introspection, and self-made luck--will inspire readers anew. While a graduate student at Harvard, author Jon Knokey, a Roosevelt historian and business leader, unearthed hundreds of unpublished letters and interview notes from Roosevelt contemporaries. These long-forgotten documents provide a fresh and stunning ringside seat along the 26th President's journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The stories from Harvard chaps, idealistic political ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 513 Pages (4,863 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

They Shall Not Have Me: The Capture, Forced Labor, and Escape of a French Prisoner in World War II by Jean Helion (Arcade) 4.2 Stars (78 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The French painter Jean Hélion's unique and deeply moving account of his experiences in Nazi prisoner-of-war camps prefigures the even darker stories that would emerge from the concentration camps. This serious adventure tale begins with Hélion's infantry platoon fleeing from the German army and warplanes as they advanced through France in the early days of the war. The soldiers chant as they march and run, "They shall not have me!" but are quickly captured and sent to hard labor. Writing in English in 1943, after his risky escape to freedom in the United States, Hélion vividly depicts the sights, sounds, and smells of the camps, and shrewdly sizes up both captors and captured. In the deep humanity, humor, and unsentimental intelligence of his observations, we can recognize the artist whose long career included friendships with the likes of Mondrian, Giacometti, and Balthus, and an important role in shaping modern art movements. Hélion's picture of almost two years without his ...

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Length: 465 Pages (2,504 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Woody Allen: A Photographic Celebration by Ward Calhoun (Skyhorse) 3.8 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying." Woody Allen has been one of the most well-regarded filmmakers since his debut in 1965 with What's Up, Tiger Lily? He hit his stride by focusing on the inner neuroses of the average New Yorker with such classics as Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. This rich collection features three hundred color photographs interspersed with quotes from famous actors that have worked with him, such as Chitwetel Ejiofor, Billy Crystal, Diane Keaton, and Mira Sorvino. It makes a wonderful gift for any film or photography buff to have in his or her collection.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 542 Pages (67,680 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Warren Spahn: A Biography of the Legendary Lefty by Lew Freedman (Sports Publishing) 3.8 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

With 363 victories, Warren Spahn is the winningest left-handed pitcher in baseball history. During his 21-year career, Spahn won 20+ games thirteen times, was a 17-time All Star, a Cy Young-award winner, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. In addition, Spahn was also a war hero, serving in World War II and awarded the Purple Heart. To say Spahn lived a storied life is an understatement. In Warren Spahn, author Lew Freedman tells the story of this incredible lefty. Known for his supremely high leg kick, Spahn became one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. However, the road wasn't as easy as it would seem. Struggling in his major-league debut at age twenty, manager Casey Stengel demoted the young left. It would be four years before Spahn would return to the diamond, as he received a calling of a different kind -- one from his country. Enlisting in the Army, Spahn would serve with distinction, seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge and the ...

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Length: 331 Pages (6,377 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Custer: The Making of a Young General by Edward G. Longacre (Skyhorse) 4.7 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

The name George Armstrong Custer looms large in American history, specifically for his leadership in the American Indian Wars and unfortunate fall at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But before his time in the West, Custer began his career fighting for the Union in the Civil War. In Custer: The Making of a Young General, legendary Civil War historian Edward G. Longacre provides fascinating insight into this often-overlooked period in Custer's life. In 1863, under the patronage of General Alfred Pleasonton, commander of the Army of the Potomac's horsemen, a young but promising twenty-three-year-old Custer rose to the unprecedented rank of brigadier general and was placed in charge of the untried Michigan Calvary Brigade. Although over time Custer would bring out excellence in his charges, eventually leading the Wolverines to prominence, his first test came just days later at Hanover, then Hunterstown, and finally Gettysburg. In these campaigns and subsequent ones, Custer's reputation for ...

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Length: 384 Pages (21,621 KB)
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Audrey Hepburn: A Photographic Celebration by Suzanne Lander (Skyhorse) 4.6 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

"I never understood what makes me so special," mused Audrey Hepburn. The daughter of a Dutch baroness, Hepburn first won international acclaim with her role as a princess in the 1953 film Roman Holiday, and she maintained a rare grace and elegance throughout her life that millions have adored and tried to emulate. Audrey Hepburn: A Photographic Celebration showcases the film star, who also worked as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. This book is packed with great quotes from the woman herself and those who admire her (including Hollywood directors and movie stars) as well as engaging trivia and beautiful images of Audrey in all phases of her career. "I've been in pictures over thirty years, but I've never had a more exciting leading lady than Audrey," enthused Gary Cooper, her Love in the Afternoon costar. Audrey Hepburn: A Photographic Celebration features everybody's favorite leading lady with her leading men, including such luminaries as Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, George Peppard, ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 538 Pages (54,422 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America by Phillip Thomas Tucker (Skyhorse) 3.8 Stars (129 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Extensively researched and superbly argued in Tucker's compelling narrative, this in-depth examination of George Washington's ‘military miracle' at the Battle of Trenton unquestionably confirms the vital importance of that stunning victory." —Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, editor in chief at Armchair General Like many historical events, the American Revolution is sometimes overlooked, ignored, or minimized by historians because of common shrouding in romantic myth or interference from stubborn stereotypes. Here historian Phillip Thomas Tucker provides an in-depth look at the events of the Battle of Trenton, weeding out fiction and legend and presenting new insights and analysis. Stories from many forgotten individuals of the war, including officers and soldiers from both sides, bring to life the Continental Army's desperate circumstances and shocking victory. Myths that Tucker debunks include the Hessians' slovenly drunkenness, Washington acting alone in creating the attack strategy, and ...

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Length: 657 Pages (5,789 KB)
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The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton by Allan McLane Hamilton (Racehorse) 3.9 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The life of Alexander Hamilton is certainly one of great complexity and controversy and, as a result, has been of great interest to the general public for centuries. In the past two hundred years, there have been many accounts of Hamilton's life—mostly commenting on his political personality rather than his character, but none have touched upon the private life of the man quite like The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton. Drawn chiefly from collected original family letters and documents, some never published before this book's initial publication in 1910, Hamilton's grandson Allan McLane Hamilton presents a portrait of one of America's chief founding fathers unlike any other, recounting the life of his grandfather with an unmatchable insider's eye. The author intimately discusses his grandfather's private affairs in great detail, dispelling many rumors about Hamilton's personal life. The book presents an astounding portrait of the man and his character, revealing a softness and ...

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Length: 520 Pages (41,898 KB)
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Chaplin: A Life by Stephen Weissman (Arcade) 3.9 Stars (32 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

"Chaplin is arguably the single most important artist produced by the cinema," wrote film critic Andrew Sarris. Born in London in 1889, Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Severe alcoholism cut short his father's flourishing career, and his beloved mother first lost her voice, then her mind, to syphilis. How did this poor, lonely child, committed to the Hanwell School for the Orphaned and Destitute, become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide? Dr. Stephen M. Weissman brilliantly illuminates both the screen legend himself and the turbulent era that shaped him.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 356 Pages (3,561 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World by Mark Collins Jenkins (Skyhorse) 3.3 Stars (14 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Many regard Muhammad Ali simply as “The Greatest" heavyweight of all time. Others admire his battles against racial injustice and religious intolerance. A few just call him “Dad." They are all here in this book—fifty men and women of note coming together to celebrate the man Sports Illustrated crowned “Sportsman of the Century": Angelo Dundee, Ali's trainer; Billy Crystal, actor; Sir Henry Cooper, former British and European heavyweight champion; Bert Sugar, journalist and boxing historian; Hana Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter; Ferdie Pacheco, Ali's fight doctor; and more. This book will be treasured by anyone who has ever been inspired by “The Greatest." Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 512 Pages (42,578 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

A Season with Verona: A Soccer Fan Follows His Team Around Italy in Search of Dreams, National Character and . . . Goals! by Tim Parks (Arcade) 4.0 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football (which we Americans know as "soccer") a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? After twenty years in the bel paese, Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of his hometown soccer club, Hellas Verona, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character. From Udine to Catania, from the San Siro to the Olimpico, traveling with the raucous and unruly Verona fans -- whose conduct is a cross between that of asylum inmates and the Keystone Kops -- Tim Parks offers his highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people, and its national sport. The clubs are struggling, as always, to keep their heads above water in Series A. The fans, as always, are accused of vulgarity, racism, and violence. It's an election year and politics encroaches. The police are ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 466 Pages (3,390 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World: The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (Skyhorse) 3.8 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

When On the Origin of Species came out in 1859, it changed the understanding of life and was the foundation of evolutionary biology. All the material that he received for this book was from the famous expeditions he took on the Beagle during the 1830s. This is the story of that voyage. A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World follows Charles Darwin over his almost five-year journey around the world, in which he studied animals, plants, geology, and much more. From the tip of South America and the Galapagos Islands to Australia and Tahiti, Darwin set out to study geology, but ended up finding the information that would lead to his theory of evolution by natural selection. With the original images from Darwin's journal, A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World is an incredible look into the past at one of the most important documentations of a sea voyage ever. The information collected by Darwin changed our world, and now you can relive every moment in his own words and illustrations.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 363 Pages (18,167 KB)
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