Category: Biography

  • Learning to Love Ireland: An Immigrant's Tale by Althea Farren

    By Althea Farren

    In 2007 Althea and Larry go away a beleaguered, chaotic Zimbabwe to settle in eire. inside of months, although, a brutal recession has displaced the Celtic Tiger. The financial system plummets and it turns into obvious that eire will undergo greater than so much countries.

    The writer chronicles the confusion, frustration, and homesickness she reports as she attempts to discover her toes and a role in an alien, first-world state. while she identifies her emotional roller-coaster as ‘culture shock’, a typical – certainly, a ‘remarkably predictable’– phenomenon, she reveals herself greater built to deal with her new situation.

    'Learning to like Ireland' could be particularly preferred by means of those that have needed to confront the trauma of immigration and integration.
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  • Mozartiana: Two Centuries of Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes by Joseph Solman

    By Joseph Solman

    Mozartiana is a stunning, eccentric, and mesmerizing testomony to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Artist Joseph Solman has collected reviews, remembrances, letters, and more-from Albert Einstein, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Sendak, and a few two hundred others-and mixed them together with his personal sketches and drawings of the good composer. the result's an excellent get together of Mozart's lifestyles and artwork, and a distinct reward to song enthusiasts all over the place. Mozartiana is a shocking, eccentric, and captivating testomony to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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  • Porno Star by Tina Russell

    By Tina Russell

    Paperback unique biography of an actress in "some of the earliest hardcore pornographic characteristic motion pictures to be produced in New York" (via Wikipedia). Russell died in her 30's of renal failure. The ebook is unapologetic (celebratory even) approximately her paintings.
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  • The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the by Evan I. Schwartz

    By Evan I. Schwartz


    In a narrative that's either one of its time and undying, Evan I. Schwartz tells a story of genius and greed, innocence and deceit, and company vanity as opposed to self sustaining brilliance. In different phrases, the very features that experience made this kingdom -- for greater or for worse -- what it's.
    Many males have laid declare to the identify "The Father of Television" yet Philo T. Farnsworth is the genuine genius at the back of what could be the such a lot influential invention of our time. Farnsworth could have ended up a footnote in heritage, but he used to be the 1st to illustrate an digital technique for scanning, transmitting and receiving relocating pictures, a discovery that modified the way in which we are living.
    Growing up on a small farm in Idaho, Farnsworth used to be occupied with whatever medical, in particular the most recent factor out there -- radio. Wouldn't or not it's much more dazzling to undertaking photographs besides the sound? pushed via his obsession, Farnsworth came across a neighborhood philanthropist prepared to fund his dream. through the age of twenty, in 1926, Farnsworth was once working his personal laboratory above a storage in San Francisco and submitting his first patent purposes. The ensuing exposure introduced him to the eye of David Sarnoff, the prestigious founding father of the NBC radio community, whose personal RCA laboratories quickly started investigating -- with no a lot luck -- the way to transmit a relocating photo. made up our minds to regulate tv the best way he monopolized radio -- by means of possessing the entire royalty generating patents--Sarnoff, from the lofty heights of his place of work in a brand new York skyscraper, devised a plan to scouse borrow credits for Farnsworth's designs.
    Vividly written, and in line with unique learn, together with interviews with surviving individuals of the Farnsworth kinfolk The final Lone Inventor is the tale of the epic fight among both passionate adversaries and the way their conflict symbolized a turning aspect within the tradition of creativity.
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  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com by Richard L. Brandt

    By Richard L. Brandt

    Amazon’s enterprise version is deceptively basic: Make on-line buying really easy and handy that buyers won’t consider carefully. It virtually might be summed up by means of the button on each web page: “Buy now with one click.”

    Why has Amazon been such a success? a lot of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO, whose precise mix of personality characteristics and enterprise process has pushed Amazon to the head of the web retail global. Richard Brandt charts Bezos’s upward push from desktop nerd to world-changing entrepreneur.

    via interviews with Amazon staff, rivals, and observers, Brandt has deciphered how Bezos makes judgements. the tale of Amazon’s ongoing evolution is a case examine in the right way to reinvent a whole undefined, and person who companies this day forget about at their peril.
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  • François Villon: A Documented Survey by D. B. Wyndham Lewis

    By D. B. Wyndham Lewis

    A readable but hugely literate examine of the lifestyles and instances of French poet Villon. whereas little is understood of Villon's beginning or demise, there's a good deal to be discovered on his recalcitrant existence. He used to be a French Poet, a thief, and a normal vagabond. In his poems the traditional sorts of French verse are lively with the keenest feel of private emotion, of affection, of depression, of mocking depression, and of repentance for a lifestyles handed in taverns and prisons. See different titles by means of this writer on hand from Kessinger Publishing.
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  • The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull by Brian W. Lavery

    By Brian W. Lavery

    Wintry weather 1968. 3 Hull trawlers sink. One fishwife vows to alter the legislations.

    A robust tale of dying and survival. within the harsh Arctic seas of 1968, 3 trawlers from Hull’s fleet sank in precisely 3 weeks. fifty eight males died. Lillian Bilocca positioned down her filleting knife, wrote a petition, and stormed into motion. along with her military of fishwives she took her conflict to the docks and led a raid on Parliament. They replaced the delivery legislation, ‘Big Lil’ turned a world superstar. The lone survivor of the tragedies made headlines too. In a decent fishing group, it’s risky to face out.
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  • I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft by S. T. Joshi

    By S. T. Joshi

    S. T. Joshi's award-winning biography H. P. Lovecraft: A existence (1996) supplied the main specific portrait of the existence, paintings, and considered the dreamer from windfall ever released. yet that variation was once actually abridged from Joshi's unique manuscript, and this extended and up-to-date variation restores the 150,000 phrases that Joshi passed over and, moreover, updates the texts with new findings.
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  • The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the by Linda Himelstein

    By Linda Himelstein

    During this sweeping background of vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov and his kinfolk, exclusive journalist Linda Himelstein plumbs an outstanding riddle of Russian background throughout the tale of a humble serf who rose to create probably the most celebrated enterprise empires the realm has ever recognized. on the heart of this bright narrative, Pyotr Smirnov involves lifestyles as a hero of fantastic complexity—a guy of severe ambition and uncanny enterprise experience, a patriarch of a relatives that might aid outline Russian society and be afflicted by the Revolution's aftermath, and a loyalist to a country that may at some point honor him as a treasure of the kingdom.

    Born in a small village in 1831, Smirnov trusted vodka—a commodity that during many ways defines Russia—to flip a lifetime of shortage and anonymity into one in every of colossal wealth and foreign attractiveness. ranging from the backrooms and aspect streets of nineteenth century Moscow, Smirnov exploited a golden age of emancipation and incredible grassroots advertising suggestions to popularize his items and ensconce his model in the thirsts and imaginations of drinkers world wide. His vodka will be gulped within the taverns of Russia and Europe, praised with accolades at global festivals, and develop into a staple at the tables of Tsars. His unbelievable ascent—set opposed to a sobriety campaign supported through Chekhov and Tolstoy, mounting political uprisings and exertions moves, the eventual monopolization of the vodka alternate by way of the state—would collapse amidst the chaos of the Bolshevik revolution. just a set of unusual coincidences—including a huge criminal break out by means of certainly one of Smirnov's sons in 1919—would hinder Smirnov's legacy from fading into oblivion.

    Set opposed to a backdrop of political and ideological currents that might be certain the process international history—from the autumn of the Tsars to the increase of Communism, from vodka's popularization by means of none except James Bond to Smirnoff's emergence as a multi-billion buck brand—Smirnov's tale of triumph and tragedy is a charming historic touchstone. The King of Vodka is way greater than a biography of a rare guy. it's a paintings of narrative heritage on an epic scale.
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