Category: Biography

  • The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice Della by Caroline P. Murphy

    By Caroline P. Murphy

    The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere grew to become some of the most strong and entire ladies of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold tale of an extraordinary girl who moved with self belief via an international of popes and princes.

    Using a wide selection of resources, together with Felice's own correspondence, in addition to diaries, account books, and chronicles of Renaissance Rome, Murphy skillfully weaves a compelling portrait of this notable lady. Felice della Rovere was once to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the basis stone for the recent Saint Peter's, and observed herself immortalized by means of Raphael in his Vatican frescos. together with her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini—arranged, although now not attended, by means of her father the Pope—she got here to own nice wealth and tool, resources which she used to her virtue. whereas her father lived, Felice exercised a lot impression within the affairs of Rome, even negotiating for peace with the Queen of France. After his dying, Felice continued, making allies of the cardinals and clerics of St. Peter's and preserving her regulate of the Orsini land via tenacity, ingenuity, and punctiliously cultivated political savvy. She survived the Sack of Rome in 1527, yet her maximum enemy proved to be her personal stepson Napoleone, whose contention along with his stepbrother Girolamo ended unexpectedly and violently, and taken her perilously with regards to wasting every little thing she had spent her lifestyles acquiring.

    With a wonderful solid of characters, The Pope's Daughter is a spellbinding biography set opposed to the intense backdrop of Renaissance Rome.
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  • One of the Damned: The Life and Times of Robert Tressell by F. C. Ball

    By F. C. Ball

    Robert Tressell defined his well-known publication The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists as 'the tale of one year in Hell, advised through one of many damned'. This biography of Tressell, first released in 1973, tells the tale of a guy approximately whom almost not anything - now not even his genuine identify - used to be recognized earlier than Fred Ball all started his examine. Ball describes the relations, academic and social history of Robert Tressell; his movement from his early upbringing in eire to develop into a house-painter in Hastings (the Mugsborough of his novel); his turning into a socialist; his travels out of the country; his different writings, and his artistic paintings as a expert sign-writer. no longer least, it tells the tale of the writing and the book of his vintage booklet, and of Ball's personal function in making sure the book of the unique unabridged model of the e-book in 1953. Ball used to be a researcher of ability and exuberance, and his booklet describes clues and leads, and how the tale fell into position, till he was once ultimately capable of do complete justice to a guy who had hitherto been a slightly shadowy determine. F.C. Ball used to be the writer of a number of novels, and of an previous ebook on Robert Tressell, Tressell of Mugsborough (1951). He was once born and labored all through so much of his existence in Hastings.
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  • SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band by Martin Kielty

    By Martin Kielty

    Whilst Alex Harvey died in 1982 he left in the back of a legacy and a fondness which survives to today - really cult prestige. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) have been the biggest-grossing mid-70s reside act within the united kingdom; they published 8 critically-acclaimed albums of their 5 years jointly; they usually encouraged some of the best names in pop leisure during the last 30 years, from Robert Smith to Nick Cave; from Billy Connolly to Richard O'Brien. In 1972 a former teenage idol, Alex Harvey, joined Scotland's loudest rock workforce to shape The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. As early pioneers of punk and glitter, they prompted a sensation at stay gigs and have become one of many most powerful inventive forces in well known tune on the time. SAHB tale (based at the name of the band's 5th album) is the definitive biography of Scotland's such a lot influential artists. It follows Alex's first day trip as a 50s pop superstar then a 60s soul big name, and on the finish of the last decade alternatives up the remainder of the band as mythical too-loud prog-rockers Tear gasoline. The mainstay of the ebook is a blow-by-blow account of the SAHB years 1972-77, illustrated with own anecdotes and never-before-seen images. The occupation of every artist is into the 80s, after Alex died on journey on the age of forty seven. SAHB tale completes the band's historical past with the comeback of 2002-2004. this can be the 1st accredited biography of the band written by way of journalist Martin Kielty with the approval and cooperation of Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, and Hugh and Ted McKenna.

    Martin Kielty has labored with SAHB because the early 90s and is now the band's supervisor. He's performed in and controlled bands due to the fact he left tuition. He's a multimedia journalist with 10 years' nationwide newspaper event, writing for a variety of courses approximately Scottish track, Scottish background and tradition.
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  • Growing Up by Russell Baker

    By Russell Baker

    Russell Baker gained the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for this biography/autobiography approximately turning out to be up within the backwoods of Virginia, in a brand new Jersey Commuter city, and within the Depression-shadowed city panorama of Baltimore, all taking place among the area wars. Baker introduces us to the folk that impacted his youth, and he additionally discusses strong love, awkward intercourse, and braveness within the face of adversity. the good melancholy supplied the backdrop opposed to good fortune, and to aid his mom and kinfolk via it, he brought papers and hustled subscriptions of The Saturday night Post, which brought him to bullies, mentors, and heroes who confronted nationwide catastrophe with labor and stable cheer.


    About the Author
    Russell Baker is the winner of the 1979 George Polk Award for remark, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for amazing statement, and the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his e-book Growing Up (1982). He served as a long-time columnist for The long island Times, writing the syndicated column "Observer" and hosted the PBS convey Masterpiece Theatre. He additionally wrote a sequel to Growing Up known as The sturdy Times (1989).

    He all started his profession in 1947 at The Baltimore Sun, occurring to affix the Washington Bureau of The manhattan Times in 1954, masking nationwide politics, particularly Congress and the White apartment. "Observer" started in 1962 and lined every little thing from nationwide controversies to private stories. Baker retired from column writing in 1998, after greater than 3 a long time of well-loved and well-read writing. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia together with his spouse, Mimi, and is a widespread contributor to The big apple evaluation of Books.



    Literary awards
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (1983)
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  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

    By Michael Korda


    the tale of an epic existence on a grand scale, Michael Korda’s Hero is a gripping, in-depth biography of the extreme, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman nonetheless recognized across the world as “Lawrence of Arabia.” An Oxford student and archaeologist despatched to Cairo as a tender intelligence officer in 1916, Lawrence was once a born chief, totally fearless and possible impervious to ache and fatigue. A daring and ruthless warrior, he used to be the digital inventor of recent insurgency and guerrilla war; a author of genius who alternately sought and fled the limelight. Korda digs deeper than a person sooner than him to reveal the flesh-and-blood guy and his contradictory nature—farsighted visionary; diplomat and kingmaker; shy, delicate, and personal guy; genius army strategist; arguably the 1st sleek “media celebrity” . . . and considered one of its first sufferers. Hero is the magisterial tale of 1 of the main certain and engaging figures of recent times—the arch-hero whose existence was once, instantly, a triumph and a sacrifice.
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  • Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying by Laurence Bergreen

    By Laurence Bergreen


    Ferdinand Magellan's bold circumnavigation of the globe within the 16th century was once a three-year odyssey full of intercourse, violence, and remarkable event. Now in Over the sting of the World, acclaimed writer Laurence Bergreen, interweaving numerous candid, first-person money owed, a few formerly unavailable in English, brings to lifestyles this groundbreaking and majestic story of discovery that modified many long-held perspectives in regards to the global and how explorers may henceforth navigate its oceans.

    In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to discover a water path to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, the place the main sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. most vital, they have been trying to find a passageway, a strait, throughout the nice landmass of the Americas that will make them those fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his team as they discover, navigate, mutiny, undergo, and die around the seas. He additionally recounts the various strange sexual practices the team skilled, from orgies in Brazil to extraordinary customs within the South Pacific. With a fleet of 5 ships and greater than 200 males, they'd set out looking for the Spice Islands. 3 years later they lower back with an abundance of spices from their meant vacation spot, yet with only one send wearing eighteen emaciated males. They suffered hunger, ailment, and torture, and lots of died, together with Magellan, who was once violently killed in a fierce battle.

    A guy of significant tenacity, crafty, and braveness, Magellan used to be choked with contradictions. He used to be either heroic and silly, insightful but blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his beliefs. formidable to a fault and never above utilizing torture and homicide to keep up keep an eye on of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable ordinary risks as well as numerous violent mutinies aboard his personal fleet -- and it took not less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred males to kill him.

    This is the 1st time in approximately part a century that anybody has tried to relate the whole tale of Magellan's unheard of circumnavigation of the globe -- to inform this actually gripping and profoundly very important tale of heroism, discovery, and catastrophe. A voyage into background, a travel of the realm rising from the center a while into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a determined seize for advertisement and political energy, Over the sting of the World is an enthralling story that opponents the main interesting mystery fiction.
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  • The Journal of Jules Renard by Jules Renard

    By Jules Renard

    Spanning from 1887 to a month sooner than his dying in 1910, The magazine of Jules Renard is a special autobiographical masterpiece that, even though celebrated overseas and mentioned as a precept impression by way of writers as various as Somerset Maugham and Donald Barthelme, continues to be mostly undiscovered within the usa. all through his magazine, Renard develops not just his inventive convictions but in addition his humanity, as he displays at the nineteenth-century French literary and paintings scene and the emergence of his place as a massive novelist and playwright in that international, offers aphorisms and quips, and portrays the main points of his own life-his love pursuits, his place as a socialist mayor of Chitry, the suicide of his father-which usually seem in his paintings.
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  • Hellraisers by Robert Sellers

    By Robert Sellers

    Increase a tumbler to the tale of 4 of the best actors —and boozers —of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed. This creative image paintings seamlessly weaves their 4 biographies into one fast paced experience of drunken binges, orgies, events, and enjoyable. the tale starts off at a London pub one sorry Christmas and is advised throughout the eyes of Martin, a wannabe hellraiser sitting on the finish of the bar on my own, ingesting himself into oblivion. He’s joined in flip via Burton, Harris, Reed, and O’Toole, who take Martin on excursions in their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic own lives.

    Hellraisers:

    A savage sock within the jaw to well mannered, reverential biographical photograph novels, those hilariously bleak surprise stories make the modern day antics of Lindsay Lohan seem like Dr. Seuss.” —Publishers Weekly

    “In the palms of much less gifted creators, this booklet will be an uneventful mess. yet it’s the precise opposite.” —Boing Boing
     
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  • Alexander of Macedon, 356–323 B.C.: A Historical Biography by Peter Green

    By Peter Green

    Until eventually lately, renowned biographers and such a lot students seen Alexander the good as a genius with a plan, a romantic determine pursuing his imaginative and prescient of a united international. His dream was once from time to time characterised as a benevolent curiosity within the brotherhood of guy, occasionally as a brute curiosity within the workout of strength. eco-friendly, a Cambridge-trained classicist who's additionally a novelist, portrays Alexander as either a fancy character and a single-minded basic, a guy able to such different expediencies as patricide or the bloodbath of civilians. eco-friendly describes his Alexander as "not basically the main really good (and formidable) box commander in historical past, but additionally supremely detached to all these administrative excellences and idealistic yearnings foisted upon him through later generations, particularly those that came across the conqueror, tout court docket, a bit difficult upon their liberal sensibilities."

    This biography starts now not with one of many universally recognized incidents of Alexander's existence, yet with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire used to be the 1st at the continent of Europe to have an successfully centralized executive and armed forces. What Philip and Macedonia needed to supply, Alexander made his personal, yet Philip and Macedonia additionally made Alexander shape a tremendous context for figuring out Alexander himself. but his origins and coaching don't totally clarify the fellow. After he was once named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers got here to congratulate Alexander, yet one used to be conspicuous by means of his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay bath. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the thinker, who, while requested if there has been something Alexander may well do for him, made the recognized answer, "Don't stand among me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, yet Alexander silenced them: "If I weren't Alexander, i'd be Diogenes." This comment was once as unforeseen in Alexander because it will be in a contemporary leader.

    For the overall reader, the booklet, redolent with gritty information and completely conscious of Alexander's darker facet, bargains a gripping story of Alexander's profession. complete backnotes, fourteen maps, and chronological and genealogical tables serve readers with extra really good pursuits.
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  • Amando a Pablo, Odiando a Escobar by Virginia Vallejo

    By Virginia Vallejo

    En julio de 2006 un avión de l. a. DEA sacó a Virginia Vallejo de Colombia. Su vida estaba en peligro por haberse convertido en el testigo clave de los dos procesos criminales más importantes de los angeles segunda mitad del siglo veinte en su país: el asesinato de un candidato presidencial y los angeles toma del Palacio de Justicia, donde fallecieron alrededor de cien personas, entre magistrados, guerrilleros y civiles.
    Veintiocho años antes, Virginia Vallejo period presentadora de televisión en Colombia y modelo que aparecía en las portadas de las principales revistas.  Conoció en 1982 a Pablo Escobar, un misterioso político de treinta y tres años que en realidad manejaba los hilos de un mundo de riqueza inigualable en que gran parte del incesante flujo de dinero procedente del tráfico de cocaína se canalizaba a proyectos de caridad y a las campañas de candidatos presidenciales de su elección.
    Este libro una apasionada historia de amor convertida en crónica del horror y l. a. vergüenza, describe los angeles evolución de una de las mentes criminales más siniestras de nuestro tiempo: su capacidad de infundir terror y generar corrupción, los vínculos entre sus negocios ilícitos y varios jefes de Estado, los asesinatos de candidatos presidenciales y los angeles guerra en que sumió a todo un país. Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar es también l. a. única visión íntima posible del legendario barón del narcotráfico, plena de glamour y espíritu de supervivencia, y no exenta de humor. Virginia Vallejo narra esta historia descarnada como nadie más podía haberlo hecho.
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