Month: October 2016

Download E-books Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings PDF

From one among England’s wittiest writers, a “captivating, glittering, attractive, exciting confection” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) of one hundred and one not going encounters among pairs of old figures from Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud to Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

IMAGINE those UNLIKELY—BUT TRUE—ENCOUNTERS:

Martha Graham and Madonna

Igor Stravinsky and Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright and Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx and George Bernard Shaw

Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx and T. S. Eliot

BRILLIANT IN notion AND DIZZYING IN EXECUTION, Hello so long Hello is a daisy chain of one hundred and one attention-grabbing real encounters, likelihood conferences, and disastrous collisions among the distinguished and the proficient, the well-known and the notorious. Witty and depraved, Hello see you later Hello is the fitting instance that fact is stranger than fiction (and infinitely extra enjoyable).

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Download E-books American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf PDF

By James Dodson

With compelling aspect and natural ardour, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of 3 golfing titans and the way they kept the pro journey and created the sport as we all know it today.
 
During the melancholy golfing was once in main issue. As a spectator game it was once at the verge of extinction. This was once the sorrowful prospect dealing with Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan –two dirt-poor boys from Texas and one other from Virginia, who had devoted themselves to the game. yet then lightning struck, and from the past due thirties into the fifties those 3 males have been so completely dominant that they remodeled either how the sport was once performed and the way society looked it. Paving the way in which for the following acclaim for avid gamers from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they have been, and may continuously stay, a triumvirate for the ages.

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Download E-books Houdini: The Ultimate Spellbinder PDF

Originally released as: SPELLBINDER: The lifetime of Harry Houdini.

He was once born Ehrich Weiss yet, at an early age, he selected one other identify for himself. He sought after a reputation to fit his profession of magic and leisure and he selected a reputation that paid homage to at least one of the mythical magicians of all time: Robert Houdin. His illusions and escapes have been extra staggering and more difficult than an individual had ever performed ahead of and he eclipsed the names of all different magicians as his repute reached worldwide, made him well-known and made him the main recognized illusionist ever.

Houdini disappeared via brick partitions. He escaped from straitjackets after which straitjackets immersed in water. He played escapes in public areas and from reformatory cells in significant cities--and the crowds flocked to his performances.

Tom Lalicki tells Houdini's tale with a desirable mixture of textual content and pictures, revealing the proof and juxtaposing them with startling photos of a grasp entertainer acting masterfully and mysteriously, enchanting his audiences and mystifying specialists together with his ability and his invention. 

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Download E-books Include Me Out: My Life from Goldwyn to Broadway PDF

By Farley Granger, Robert Calhoun

In vintage Hollywood culture, Farley Granger, a highschool senior, was once came upon by means of Sam Goldwyn's casting director in an off-Hollywood street play. Granger describes how he discovered his craft as he went directly to megastar in a couple of movies, giving an insider's view of operating with Hitchcock on Strangers on a Train and Rope, Luchino Visconti on Senso, and Nick Ray on They stay by way of Night.
He is eloquent approximately his bisexuality and tells of affairs with Patricia Neal, Arthur Laurents, Shelley Winters, Leonard Bernstein and Ava Gardner and his involvement with Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and Tyrone Power.
Granger recreates his mythical fight to damage his agreement with Goldwyn. He needed to purchase his manner out to paintings on Broadway. He describes the early days of dwell tv and dealing with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Helen Hayes, and Claire Bloom. He captures the joys of performing on the degree with Janice Rule, June Havoc, Larry Hagman, Barbara cook dinner, and the nationwide Repertory Theatre, the place his selection paid off with an OBIE for his paintings in Tally & Son.
Granger's pleasant and chic memoir captures the extravangance of Hollywood's Golden Age-and offers colourful graphics of lots of its significant players.

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Download E-books Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Modern America) PDF

Josephine Roche (1886-1976) was once a innovative activist, New Deal policymaker, and businesswoman. As a pro-labor and feminist member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's management, she formed the founding laws of the U.S. welfare country and generated the nationwide dialog approximately health-care coverage that american citizens are nonetheless having this day. during this gripping biography, Robyn Muncy bargains Roche's continual progressivism as proof for startling continuities one of the innovative period, the hot Deal, and the good Society.

Muncy explains that Roche turned the second-highest-ranking lady within the New Deal govt after working a Colorado coal corporation in partnership with coal miners themselves. as soon as in workplace, Roche built a countrywide healthiness plan that was once stymied through international battle II yet enacted piecemeal through the postwar interval, culminating in Medicare and Medicaid within the Nineteen Sixties. by means of then, Roche directed the United Mine employees of the United States Welfare and Retirement Fund, an initiative aimed toward bolstering the hard work move, advancing controlled overall healthiness care, and reorganizing drugs to facilitate nationwide medical insurance, one in every of Roche's unrealized dreams.

In Relentless Reformer, Muncy makes use of Roche's dramatic lifestyles story--from her stint as Denver's first policewoman in 1912 to her struggle opposed to a murderous exertions union reputable in 1972--as a distinct vantage element from which to ascertain the demanding situations that ladies have confronted in public lifestyles and to think again the which means and trajectory of revolutionary reform.

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Download E-books John Audubon: Young Naturalist (Young Patriots series) PDF

By Miriam E. Mason, Cathy Morrison

As an grownup, John Audubon was once the easiest identified flora and fauna artist of the nineteenth century, and his ebook, Birds of America, is the normal opposed to which all next fowl paintings has been measured. during this tale in regards to the artist's adolescence within the West Indies and France, John's love of drawing sends him into the fields and woods close to his nation condominium in pursuit of winged versions. video games and adventures additionally beckon: John confronts a ghost within the outdated water mill tower, provides his good friend Cecile with a shock birthday reward (that is going horribly wrong!), and sails off to hunt his fortune in the United States. precise beneficial properties comprise a precis of John's grownup accomplishments, enjoyable proof detailing little-known information regarding him, and a time line of his life.

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Download E-books The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney PDF

Walt Disney (1901-1966) used to be probably the most major inventive forces of the 20th century, a guy who made an enduring influence at the paintings of the lively movie, the heritage of yankee enterprise, and the evolution of twentieth-century American tradition. He was once either an inventive visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose calls for he frequently couldn't reconcile.

In his compelling new biography, famous animation historian Michael Barrier avoids the well-traveled paths of earlier biographers, who've tended to painting a blemish-free Disney or to delight in lurid hypothesis. as an alternative, he's taking the entire degree of the fellow in his many points. A consummate storyteller, Barrier describes how Disney remodeled himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling younger businessman to pioneering artist and, eventually, to entrepreneur on a grand scale. Barrier describes in soaking up element how Disney synchronized sound with animation in Steamboat Willie; created in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sympathetic sketch characters whose allure rivaled that of the easiest live-action performers; grasped television’s actual power as an exceptional promotional gadget; and—not least—parlayed a yard railroad into the Disneyland juggernaut.

Based on a long time of painstaking study within the Disney studio’s data and dozens of private and non-private files within the usa and Europe, The lively guy deals freshly documented and illuminating money owed of Disney’s adolescence and younger maturity in rural Missouri and Kansas urban. It sheds new gentle on such an important episodes in Disney’s existence because the devastating 1941 strike at his studio, while his objectives as artist and entrepreneur first got here into critical conflict.

Beginning in 1969, and a part years after Disney’s dying, Barrier recorded lengthy interviews with greater than one hundred fifty those that labored along Disney, a few as early as 1922. Now just about all deceased, just a couple of have been ever interviewed for different books. Barrier juxtaposes Disney’s personal reminiscences opposed to the stories of these different gamers to nice impression. What emerges is a portrait of Walt Disney as a mistaken yet interesting artist, one whose inventive leaps allowed him to vault sooner than the contest and convey paintings that even this day instructions the eye of audiences worldwide.

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Download E-books Grace: A Biography PDF

By Thilo Wydra

Thirty years in the past, Grace Kelly was once tragically killed whilst her car tumbled 40 meters from the serpentine roads of Monaco. She has due to the fact turn into a delusion, a method icon latest among the glamour of Hollywood and the royalty of Monaco. As Hitchcock's favourite actress to paintings with, Kelly acted in vintage movies together with Rear Window and To capture a Thief, contrary actors corresponding to Frank Sinatra and Cary provide. but her inner most lifestyles remained within the shadows. Her marriage to Prince Rainier III used to be now not anchored via love, and her lifestyles at the Riviera was once extra resembling a golden cage. She used to be somebody torn among phantasm and fact, concurrently idolized by way of millions.

This complete biography attracts from formerly unreleased records from the Grimaldi family members archive and, for the 1st time, entry to the letters among Kelly and Hitchcock. it's also according to interviews with Kelly's partners and kinfolk, together with an unique interview with Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Download E-books Cheever: A Life PDF

By Blake Bailey

From the acclaimed writer of A Tragic Honesty: The existence and paintings of Richard Yates comes the unforgettable lifetime of John Cheever (1912–1982), a guy who spent a lot of his profession impersonating an ideal suburban gentleman, the higher to develop into one of many most suitable chroniclers of postwar the United States. “I used to be born into no precise class,” Cheever mused in his magazine, “and it was once my determination, early in lifestyles, to insinuate myself into the center category, like a secret agent, in order that i might have an beneficial place of assault, yet I appear every now and then to have forgotten my venture and to have taken my disguises too seriously.” Written with unparalleled entry to crucial sources—including Cheever’s colossal magazine, just a fraction of which has ever been published—Blake Bailey’s biography unearths the stricken yet surprisingly adorable guy in the back of the disguises, an artist who thrilled within the daily radiance of the realm whereas craving, notably, “to be illustrious.”

Cheever’s used to be a soul in clash: he was once a proud Yankee who flaunted his lineage whereas deploring the provincialism of his Quincy, Massachusetts, kinfolk circle; a high-school dropout who released his first tale at eighteen; a pioneer of suburban realist fiction who continuously driven the limits of realism; a dire alcoholic who recovered to write down the good novel Falconer; a mystery bisexual who struggled together with his longings and his fierce homophobia in a revolving door of self-loathing and hedonism. We see a guy who hid his anxieties at the back of the masks of a genial Westchester squire—a paterfamilias in Brooks Brothers outfits whose global was once peopled through mythical writers and lovely girls (Malcolm Cowley, Saul Bellow, William Maxwell, desire Lange, and John Updike, between them); whose groundbreaking paintings landed him at the covers of Time and Newsweek; a guy whose demons and desperation have been by no means relatively vanquished via the enjoyment he present in his work.

Blake Bailey has written a luminous biography, a revelation of a author of undying fiction and of the guy at the back of the web page.

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