Category: Biography

  • Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley

    By Joyce Tyldesley

    The Romans seemed her as “fatale monstrum”—a deadly omen. Pascal acknowledged the form of her nostril replaced the background of the area. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. yet who used to be Cleopatra, really?
    We nearly consider that we all know Cleopatra, yet our distorted snapshot of a self-destructive good looks does no justice to Cleopatra’s precise genius. In Cleopatra, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley bargains an abruptly vibrant portrait of a skillful Egyptian ruler. Stripping away our preconceptions, a lot of them as outdated as Egypt’s Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is an impressive biography of a so much impressive queen.
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  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews

    By Julie Andrews

    Andrews, who has written numerous children's books (The nice American Mousical ; Mandy ), either solo and together with her daughter, now dances in a special course with this pleasant remembrance of her personal adolescence and engrossing prelude to her cinematic profession. Spanning occasions from her 1935 beginning to the early Nineteen Sixties, she covers her upward thrust to reputation and ends with Walt Disney casting her in Mary Poppins (1963). atmosphere the level with a genealogy backdrop, she balances the sorrowful struggles of kin and tough drinkers with mirthful relatives stories and younger vocal classes amid rationing and the London Blitz: “My mom pulled again the blackout curtains and gasped—for there, snuggly settled within the concrete sq. of the courtyard, was once the incendiary bomb.” A BBC exhibit ended in a London musical at age 12: “My tune actually stopped the convey. humans rose to their toes and wouldn't cease clapping.” Her mother's revelation of her actual father left her reeling whilst she used to be 15, yet she persevered traveling, did weekly BBC pronounces and used to be Broadway-bound by way of 1954 to do The Boyfriend . the guts of her e-book files the rehearsals, tryouts and damage 1956 establishing of My reasonable girl . Readers will celebrate, due to the fact that Andrews is an entire author who holds again not anything whereas including a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes all through this memoir of bittersweet behind the curtain encounters and theatrical triumphs. (Apr. 1)
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  • Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

    By Peter Slevin

    An inspiring tale, richly unique and written with élan, here's the 1st complete account of the lifestyles and occasions of Michelle Obama, a girl of accomplishment and purpose--and the main not likely first woman in smooth American background. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing element, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White residence from her working-class adolescence on Chicago's principally segregated South Side.

    the adventure winds from the intricacies of her upbringing because the hugely centred daughter of a gregarious urban water-plant employee stricken with a number of sclerosis to the tribulations she faces at Princeton college and Harvard legislation college through the racially charged Eighties. after which returning to Chicago, the place she works in an elite legislation company and meets a legislation scholar from Hawaii named Barack Obama. unhappy by way of company legislations, Michelle embarks on a look for significant paintings that takes her again to the neighborhood of her South part formative years, while she struggles to discover stability as a mom and a professional--while married to a guy who desires to be president.

    Slevin deftly explores the drama of Barack's old campaigns and the tough glare confronted by means of Michelle in a job either relentlessly public and never fullyyt of her opting for. He bargains a clean and compelling view of the White condominium years while Michelle Obama casts herself as mentor, instructor, champion of meals, supporter of army households, and fervent opponent of inequality.

    From the Hardcover variation.
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  • Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt, William MacEwen

    By Colin Escott, George Merritt, William MacEwen

    This compelling account finds a lot that was once formerly unknown or hidden approximately Hank Williams's existence and takes its position because the authoritative biography of this nation track legend. lengthy thought of the final word on Hank Williams, this biography has remained constantly in print considering its first book in 1994. This new version has been thoroughly up to date and comprises many formerly unpublished images, in addition to an entire catalog detailing the entire songs Hank Williams ever wrote, even these he by no means recorded.
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  • The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers (Gold by John Szczepaniak

    By John Szczepaniak

    This e-book finds extra secrets and techniques concerning the heritage of jap video games than ever sooner than, with 36 interviewees and particular archive images. Konami's mystery video games console, the foundation of video game Arts and Quintet, strange occasions at Telenet, tales on Falcom, politics at the back of Enix's video game programming contests, a journey of the Love-de-Lic and deform places of work (with structure sketches). each interviewee is requested approximately unreleased titles. Foreword via GAMESIDE magazine's editor-in-chief, Yusaku Yamamoto. INTERVIEWEES comprise: Hitoshi YONEDA / Tatsuo NOMURA / Katsutoshi EGUCHI / Toru HIDAKA / Roy OZAKI / Kouichi YOTSUI / Masaaki KUKINO / Yoshitaka Murayama / Harry Inaba / Ryukushi07 / Kotaro UCHIKOSHI / ZUN / Yoshiro KIMURA / Kouji YOKOTA / Jun Nagashima / Yuzo KOSHIRO / Masamoto MORITA / Akira TAKIGUCHI / Masakuni MITSUHASHI / Kohei IKEDA / Hiroshi SUZUKI / Tomonori SUGIYAMA / Yutaka ISOKAWA / Yasuhito SAITO / Takaki KOBAYASHI / Keite ABE / Keiji INAFUNE / Makoto GOTO
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  • Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther by Michael K. Honey

    By Michael K. Honey

    Memphis in 1968 used to be governed via a paternalistic "plantation mentality" embodied in its good-old-boy mayor, Henry Loeb. Wretched stipulations, abusive white supervisors, bad schooling, and occasional wages locked so much black staff into poverty. Then sanitation employees have been chewed up like rubbish at the back of a defective truck, igniting a public worker strike that dropped at a boil long-simmering problems with racial injustice.

    With novelistic drama and wealthy scholarly aspect, Michael Honey brings to lifestyles the magnetic characters who clashed at the Memphis battlefield: stalwart black employees; fiery black ministers; unstable, younger, black-power advocates; idealistic organizers and tough-talking unionists; the 1st black individuals of the Memphis urban council; the white top crust who sought to avoid switch or conflagration; and, ultimately, the magisterial Martin Luther King Jr., venture a negative People's crusade on the crossroads of his lifestyles, vilified as a subversive, hounded via the FBI, and seeing within the operating negative of Memphis his hopes for a greater the US.
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  • Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall by Eve LaPlante

    By Eve LaPlante

    In 1692 Puritan Samuel Sewall despatched twenty humans to their deaths on trumped-up witchcraft fees. The nefarious witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts symbolize a low element of yank historical past, made recognized in works through Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne (himself a descendant of 1 of the judges), and Arthur Miller. the rigors may have doomed Sewall to infamy apart from a brave admission of guilt now venerated in a mural that hangs underneath the golden dome of the Massachusetts country condominium picturing Sewall's public repentance. He used to be the one Salem witch pass judgement on to make amends.

    But, remarkably, the judge's tale didn't finish there. as soon as he learned his mistakes, Sewall grew to become his recognition to different urgent social matters. Struck by way of the injustice of the hot England slave alternate, a trade during which his personal family and buddies have been engaged, he authored "The promoting of Joseph," America's first antislavery tract. whereas his friends considered local americans as savages, Sewall recommended for his or her crucial rights and inspired their schooling, even buying numerous Indian youths to wait Harvard collage. eventually, at a time whilst ladies have been universally thought of not so good as males, Sewall released an essay putting forward the basic equality of the sexes. The textual content of that essay, composed on the deathbed of his daughter Hannah, is republished right here for the 1st time.

    In Salem Witch pass judgement on, acclaimed biographer Eve LaPlante, Sewall's great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, attracts on relatives lore, her ancestor's own diaries, and archival files to open a window onto lifestyles in colonial the USA, portray a portrait of a guy typically vilified, yet who was once in truth an innovator and forefather who got here to symbolize the easiest of the yank spirit.
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  • Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King by Sarah-Beth Watkins

    By Sarah-Beth Watkins

    Katherine Knollys used to be Mary Boleyn's first baby, born in 1524 while Mary was once having an affair with King Henry VIII. Katherine spent her existence unacknowledged because the king's daughter, but she used to be given best appointments at courtroom as maid of honour to either Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. She married Francis Knollys while she was once sixteen and went directly to turn into mom to many profitable women and men at courtroom together with Lettice Knollys who created a scandal while she married Sir Robert Dudley, the queen's favorite. This interesting publication experiences Katherine's existence and occasions, together with her fascinating dating with Elizabeth I.
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  • Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann

    By William J. Mann

    The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying tale of the way Barbra Streisand remodeled herself into the best celebrity of her period, etching “an indelible portrait of the artist as a tender woman” (Publishers Weekly).

    In 1960, she used to be a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn child with lots of expertise yet no connections and definitely no funds; her mom introduced her soup to ensure she stayed fed as she took performing periods and scraped out a residing. simply 4 years later, Barbra Streisand used to be the top-selling girl recording artist in the US and the big name of 1 of Broadway’s greatest hits. Now the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes tale of ways Streisand and her group reworked her from an unknown dreamer right into a all over the world superstar.

    Drawing at the deepest papers of Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, and interviewing ratings of the chums and fans who knew Barbara earlier than she grew to become Barbra, Mann recreates the vanished global of Sixties big apple urban and uncovers the reality at the back of the myths of her early life. He exhibits us how humorous woman was once slowly altered, by way of Fosse and Robbins between others, from a Fanny Brice bio right into a star-making car for Streisand; takes us into the golf equipment and onto the set for her early nightclub and tv appearances, together with her torch-handing flip with Judy Garland; and introduces the canny advertising staff whose concepts made her stardom look inevitable. The Streisand who emerges is a revelation: a tender girl who, for all her tough-skinned ambition, used to be strangely weak in love.

    Everyone who has felt open air the gate, as she as soon as did, recalls a time whilst the novelty and distinction of Barbra Streisand replaced every little thing and rewrote all of the ideas. In hi, lovely, Mann incisively illuminates the lady ahead of she grew to become the icon and will pay tribute to at least one of the world’s such a lot liked performers.
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  • Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton

    By David Dalton

    For the 1st Time in Paperback with a brand new Foreword, is a Kaleidoscopic examine the numerous Faces of Bob Dylan

    For nearly part a century, Bob Dylan has been a major catalyst in rock's moving sensibilities. Few American artists are as very important, loved, and forever tested, but he is still whatever of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, craving to flee Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe taking part in Greenwich Village haunts? folks Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack destiny, or dwelling nationwide Treasure? In Who Is That Man?, timed for Dylan's seventy fifth birthday, David Dalton--cultural historian, journalist, screenwriter, and novelist--paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon, ingeniously exposing the three-card monte video games he performs together with his persona.

    Guided by means of Dalton's state-of-the-art insights and myth-debunking standpoint, Who Is That Man? follows Dylan's imaginitive lifestyles, integrating genuine occasions with Dylan's phrases and people of the folks who recognize him so much in detail. Drawing upon Dylan's acquaintances and fellow eyewitnesses--including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel , Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others--this ebook will offer a brand new point of view at the guy, the parable, and the musical period that cast them either.
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