Category: Biography

  • Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone by Johnny Ramone

    By Johnny Ramone

    Raised in Queens, big apple, Johnny Ramone based the most influential rock bands of all time, yet he by no means strayed from his blue-collar roots and angle. He was once actually imbued with the angry-young-man spirit that may represent his character either off and on level. via all of it, Johnny stored the band centred and relocating ahead, finally securing their position in track heritage through inventing punk rock. The Ramones have been inducted into the Rock and Roll corridor of status in 2002—two years later, Johnny died of melanoma, having outlived different founding contributors. Revealing, inspiring, and instructed on his personal phrases, this hugely designed memoir additionally beneficial properties Johnny's evaluation of the Ramones' albums; a few eccentric best Ten lists; infrequent historic artifacts; and rankings of non-public pictures, lots of that have by no means ahead of been published.

    Praise for Commando:

    "Amazing booklet . . . dense and throbbing with character—enough to deliver this departed long island icon barking again to life." —New York day-by-day News

    "Johnny's pleasant, unfortunately posthumous autobiography, Commando, is rather like its author—as punk because it gets." —Wall road Journal

    "Ramone memoir unearths fascinating, grumpy punk icon." —Reuters

    "There's no grand confessional to finish Commando, only a nod of gratitude towards kinfolk, pals, and lovers. Its attribute succinctness jewelry genuine." —Austin Chronicle
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  • And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields

    By Charles J. Shields

    The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a author who replaced the dialog of yankee literature

    In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, requesting his endorsement for a deliberate biography. the 1st reaction used to be no ("A so much respectful demurring via me for the superb author Charles J. Shields, who provided to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for a solution, propelled by way of a keenness for his topic, and already deep into his learn, Shields wrote back and this time, to his pride, the reply got here again: "O.K." For the following year—a yr that ended up being Vonnegut's last—Shields had entry to Vonnegut and his letters.

    And So It Goes is the end result of 5 years of study and writing—the first-ever biography of the lifetime of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the child boomers who grew up with him to high-school and faculty scholars who're getting to know his paintings for the 1st time. Vonnegut's concise number of own essays, Man with out a Country, released in 2006, spent fifteen weeks at the New York Times bestseller record and has offered greater than 300,000 copies up to now. The twenty-first century has noticeable curiosity in and scholarship approximately Vonnegut's works develop even more suitable, and this can be the 1st e-book to envision in complete the lifetime of essentially the most influential iconoclasts of his time.
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  • Lazarus Rising by John Howard

    By John Howard

    John Howard spent a long time lower than media scrutiny, and whereas his credentials as a political chief, dedicated relations guy and activities tragic are past dispute, during this autobiography he unearths even more approximately himself. In Lazarus Rising, Howard strains his own and political trip, from adolescence within the post-World struggle II period via to the current day, portray a desirable photograph of a altering Australia.

    We see the kid who needed to triumph over critical deafness and who latched onto the kin ardour for present affairs and politics. From university debating, to a criminal profession, to the Liberal get together and existence with Janette, all of it appeared this sort of average development. but nobody might say that Howard had it effortless; now not whilst his personal colleagues sidelined him . . . two times. An fiscal radical and social conservative, John Howard's ideology united many Australians and divided simply as many others.

    Long earlier than he attained the position of top minister, he first needed to persuade his fellow Liberals that he used to be the fellow they wanted. to do this, he needed to difficult it out; it took a number of makes an attempt and plenty of years biding his time. whilst he ultimately acquired his flip to tackle the ALP, he proved fallacious all his doubters, and confirmed a complete country that it have been a mistake ever to underestimate John Howard. He led the Liberal celebration to victory in 4 elections and have become the second-longest-serving PM within the nation's history.

    Lazarus Rising is heritage obvious during the eyes of the final word insider; an account of a 30-year political profession. No major minister of contemporary occasions has reshaped Australia and its position on the earth as forcefully as John Howard. As a part of his reform schedule he privatized Telstra, dismantled over the top union energy and obligatory alternate union club, instituted the unpopular items and companies Tax, and validated the ‘work for the dole' scheme.

    Then there are the insights into political management and personality, the stuff that drives heritage. with no his deep reserves of resilience - and the help of a powerful spouse and loving relations - there may were no leading Minister John Howard strolling the realm level. He tells us how he spoke back on matters very important to Australia, comparable to gun keep an eye on, the aftermath of 11th of September, Iraq and the emerging tide of asylum-seekers. He additionally stocks his ideas on his former Treasurer and management aspirant, Peter Costello, and the Rudd-Gillard debate.

    Lazarus Rising takes us during the existence and motivations of John Howard and during the forces that have replaced and formed either him and the rustic he led for eleven years.
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  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola

    By Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton, Herman Viola

    Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton provides American youngsters a firsthand examine transforming into up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood facilities at the elevating and grazing of livestock. Readers proportion Lekuton's first come upon with a lion, the epitome of bravery within the warrior culture. They keep on with his mischievous antics as a tender Maasai farm animals herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding university escapades, football luck, and trip to the United States for faculty. Lekuton's riveting textual content combines unique information of nomadic lifestyles with the common adventure and feelings of a starting to be boy.
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  • The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel García Márquez, Randolf Hogan

    By Gabriel García Márquez, Randolf Hogan

    Author note: Translated by way of Randolf Hogan
    Title note: unique name Relato de un náufrago
    Publish 12 months note: First released in 1970
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and writer of 1 Hundred Years of Solitude, began his literary occupation with the e-book of The tale of a Shipwrecked Sailor . . .

    'On February 22 we have been informed that we'd be returning to Columbia'

    In 1955 8 workforce participants of Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, have been swept overboard. Velasco on my own survived, drifting on a raft for ten days with no nutrients or water. Marquez retells the survivor's impressive story of persistence, from his loneliness and thirst to his selection to survive.

    The tale of a Shipwrecked Sailor used to be Marquez's first significant paintings, released in a Colombian newspaper, El Espectador, in 1955 after which in booklet shape in 1970.

    'The tale of Velasco on his raft, his conflict with sharks over a succulent fish, his hallucinations, his trap of a seagull which he used to be not able to consume, his next droll rescue, has the entire grip of archetypal fable. Reads like an epic' Independent

    'A grasp storyteller' day-by-day Mail

    'Garcia Marquez is a shop of wonders' Sunday Times


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  • Who Was Sally Ride? by Ted Hammond, Megan Stine

    By Ted Hammond, Megan Stine


    Age diversity: eight - eleven Years


    Overview

    In 1978, Sally journey, a PhD candidate at Standford college, answered to a newspaper advert to affix the united states astronaut application. She was once permitted and have become the 1st American lady astronaut to fly in space!

    Among her different accomplishments, she performed tennis like a certified, used to be an astrophysicist who helped advance a robot arm for house shuttles, and later, via Sally trip technology, labored to make technology cool and available for girls.

    Sally experience, who died on July 23, 2012, will proceed to encourage children.
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  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird

    By Kai Bird

    The nice undercover agent is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the amazing existence and demise of 1 of an important operatives in CIA background -- a guy who, had he lived, may need helped heal the rift among Arabs and the West.

    On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outdoors the yank Embassy in Beirut, killing sixty three humans. The assault was once a geopolitical turning element. It marked the start of Hezbollah as a political strength, yet much more vital, it eradicated America's such a lot influential and powerful intelligence officer within the center East -- CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames except his friends used to be his outstanding skill to shape deep, significant connections with key Arab intelligence figures. a few operatives depended on threats and subterfuge, yet Ames labored through construction friendships and emphasizing shared values -- by no means extra particularly than with Yasir Arafat's charismatic intelligence leader and inheritor obvious Ali Hassan Salameh (aka "The crimson Prince"). Ames' deepening courting with Salameh held the possibility of a long-lasting peace. inside of many years, even though, either males have been killed by way of assassins, and America's family with the Arab international all started heading down a course that culminated in Sept. 11, the conflict on Terror, and the present fog of mistrust.

    Bird, who as a baby lived within the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor while he used to be twelve years previous, spent years gaining knowledge of the nice secret agent. not just does the ebook draw on hours of interviews with Ames' widow, and charges from thousands of Ames' deepest letters, it's woven from interviews with ratings of present and previous American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officials in addition to different avid gamers within the center East "Great Game."

    What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful background of twentieth-century clash within the heart East, and an soaking up hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. much more awesome, chook attracts on his reporter's abilities to carry a whole file at the bombers and divulge the stunning fact of the place the attack's mastermind is living at the present time.
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  • The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem by Jeremy Dauber

    By Jeremy Dauber

    Part of the Jewish Encounters seriesThe first complete biography of 1 of the main loved authors of all time: the writer of Tevye the Dairyman, the gathering of reports that encouraged Fiddler at the Roof.Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem used to be one of many founding giants of contemporary Yiddish literature. The author of a pantheon of characters who've been immortalized in books and performs, he supplied readers during the global with a desirable window into the area of japanese eu Jews as they started to confront the forces of cultural, political, and spiritual modernity that tore in the course of the Russian Empire within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century.But simply as compelling because the fictional lives of Tevye, Golde, Menakhem-Mendl, and Motl used to be Sholem Aleichem's personal lifestyles tale. Born Sholem Rabinovich in Ukraine in 1859, he persevered an impoverished adolescence, married into marvelous wealth, after which misplaced all of it via undesirable success and worse company experience. Turning to his pen to aid himself, he switched from writing in Russian and Hebrew to Yiddish, so that it will create a residing physique of literature for the Jewish plenty. He loved marvelous luck as either a author and a performer of his paintings all through Europe and the USA, and his dying in 1916 used to be front-page information worldwide; a New York Times editorial mourned the lack of 'the Jewish Mark Twain.' yet his maximum repute lay sooner than him, because the English-speaking international started to realize his paintings in translation and to introduce his characters to an viewers that may expand past his wildest desires. In Jeremy Dauber's fantastic biography, we come across a Sholem Aleichem for the ages.(With sixteen pages of black-and-white illustrations)
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  • Introducing Stephen Hawking: A Graphic Guide by J. P. McEvoy

    By J. P. McEvoy

    Stephen Hawking is the world-famous physicist with a cameo in "The Simpsons on his CV", yet open air his educational box his paintings is little understood. To the general public he's a sad determine - an excellent scientist and writer of the nine million-copy-selling "A short background of Time", and but restricted to a wheelchair and nearly thoroughly paralysed. Hawking's significant contribution to technological know-how has been to combine the 2 nice theories of 20th-century physics - Einstein's basic conception of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. J.P. McEvoy and Oscar Zarate's incredible image consultant explores Hawking's existence, the evolution of his paintings from his days as a pupil, and his breathtaking discoveries approximately the place those primary legislation holiday down or overlap, resembling at the fringe of a Black gap or on the beginning of the Universe itself.
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  • Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

    By John Fleischman

    Phineas Gage was once actually a guy with a gap in his head. A railroad development foreman, Phineas was once blasting rock close to Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 whilst a thirteen-pound iron rod was once shot via his mind. Miraculously, he survived one other 11 years and have become a textbook case in mind technological know-how. yet he used to be perpetually replaced by means of the coincidence, and what occurred within his mind will inform you much approximately how your mind works and what makes us who we're.
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