Category: Biography

  • Hippie Hippie Shake by Richard Neville

    By Richard Neville

    As writer of the satirical journal oz. – the hippies’ guide and monument to psychedelia – Richard Neville was once on the centre of a cyclone of radicals, rock musicians, artists and hustlers. OZwas on the leading edge of the '60s underground flow, that includes articles through Germaine Greer, groundbreaking layout via pop artist Martin Sharp and cartoons via Robert Crumb. while the journal used to be attempted for obscenity on the outdated Bailey, John Lennon and Yoko Ono marched in protest and John Peel, George Melly and Edward de Bono have been between its defendants. Now up-to-date to incorporate a bankruptcy at the legacy of flower energy a iteration later, Richard Neville demythologises the Nineteen Sixties during this hilarious, vibrant and provocative memoir of the days.
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  • Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity by Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

    By Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

    In lots of methods, Marie Curie represents glossy technological know-how. Her significant lifetime achievements—the first girl to be offered a Nobel Prize, the single lady to be offered the Prize in fields, and the single individual to be presented Nobel Prizes in a number of sciences—are studied via schoolchildren the world over. while, in 2009, the recent Scientist performed a ballot for the “Most Inspirational woman Scientist of All Time,” the end result was once a foregone end: Marie Curie trounced her closest runner-up, Rosalind Franklin, profitable double the variety of Franklin’s votes. She is a job version to girls embarking on a profession in technology, the satisfaction of 2 nations—Poland and France—and, now not least of all, a eu Union model for excellence in science.

    Making Marie Curie explores what went into the production of this icon of technological know-how. it's not a conventional biography, or one who makes an attempt to discover the “real” Marie Curie. quite, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, by way of tracing a profession that spans centuries and an international struggle, offers an leading edge and traditionally grounded account of ways glossy technological know-how emerges in tandem with big name tradition lower than the effect of highbrow estate in a dawning age of knowledge. She explores the emergence of the Curie character, the data tradition of the interval that formed its improvement, and the options Curie used to control and make the most her highbrow estate. How did one create and hold for oneself the personality of scientist in the beginning of the 20 th century? What particular stipulations bore upon clinical ladies, and on married girls specifically? How was once French identification claimed, confirmed, and subverted? How, and with what results, used to be a systematic recognition secured?

    In its exploration of those questions and lots of extra, Making Marie Curie offers a composite photograph not just of the making of Marie Curie, however the making of recent technological know-how itself.
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  • Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz

    By Chris Salewicz


    What used to be it approximately Bob Marley that made him so well known in an international ruled by means of rock ’n’ roll? How is it that he not just has remained the one so much profitable reggae artist ever, but in addition has develop into a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to iteration after new release of lovers?

    The guy who brought reggae to a global viewers, Marley used to be a hero determine within the vintage, mythological feel. From immensely humble beginnings, with expertise and non secular trust his merely guns, the Jamaican recording artist utilized himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message around the globe. In 1980, on journey, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed to the biggest audiences a musical act had ever skilled in Europe. below a 12 months later, Marley may die, simply thirty-six years previous. revenues of Marley’s albums prior to his demise have been marvelous; within the years in view that he died, they've been out of the ordinary.

    Chris Salewicz, the bestselling writer of Redemption Song, the vintage biography of Joe Strummer, interviewed Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979. Now, for the 1st time, during this thorough, particular account of Marley’s existence and the realm within which he grew up and which he got here to dominate, Salewicz brings to existence not just the Rastafari faith and the musical scene in Jamaica, but additionally the spirit of the fellow himself. Interviews with dozens of people that knew Marley and feature by no means spoken ahead of are woven in the course of the narrative as Salewicz seeks to provide an explanation for why Marley has develop into such an enigmatic and heroic determine, enjoyed by means of hundreds of thousands around the world.
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  • Eisenhower: A Life by Paul Johnson

    By Paul Johnson

    Within the rousing sort he’s well-known for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson bargains a desirable portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing fairly on his years as a five-star basic and his time because the thirty-fourth President of the United States.

    Johnson chronicles President Eisenhower's modest youth in Kansas, his university years at West element, and his quick ascent in the course of the army ranks, culminating in his appointment as ultimate Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in the course of international warfare II. starting while Eisenhower assumed the presidency from Harry Truman in 1952, Johnson paints a wealthy portrait of his consecutive phrases, exploring his risky courting with then-Vice President Richard Nixon, his abhorrence of isolationism, and his place at the chilly conflict, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights circulation. Johnson notes that after Eisenhower left the White condominium at age 70, reluctantly passing the torch to President-elect John F. Kennedy, he feared for the country’s destiny and prophetically warned of the looming military-industrial complex.

    Many components of Eisenhower’s presidency communicate to American politics this day, together with his skill to stability the price range and ability in coping with an oppositional Congress. This short but accomplished examine will attract biography fanatics in addition to to fanatics of presidential heritage and army historical past alike.
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  • The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl

    By Charles Nicholl

    A brilliantly drawn detective tale with fullyyt new insights into Shakespeare’s life

    In 1612, William Shakespeare gave facts in a courtroom case at Westminster and it's the simply get together on which his genuine spoken phrases have been recorded. The case turns out routine—a dispute over an unpaid marriage dowry—but it opens an unforeseen window into the dramatist’s famously imprecise existence. utilizing the courtroom testimony as a springboard, acclaimed nonfiction author Charles Nicholl examines this interesting interval in Shakespeare’s lifestyles. With proof from a large choice of resources, Nicholl creates a compelling, precise account of the conditions during which Shakespeare lived and labored in the course of the time during which he wrote such performs as Othello, degree for Measure, and King Lear. The case additionally throws new gentle at the complicated tale of Shakespeare’s collaboration with the hack writer and violent brothel proprietor George Wilkins.

    In The Lodger Shakespeare we see the playwright within the day-by-day context of a highway in Jacobean London: “one Mr. Shakespeare,” accommodation within the room upstairs. Nicholl is likely one of the nice ancient detectives of our time and during this atmospheric and interesting publication he has created a substantial rarity—something new and unique approximately Shakespeare.
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  • Nietzsche: The Man and his Philosophy (2nd Edition) by R. J. Hollingdale

    By R. J. Hollingdale

    Hollingdale's biography is still the only top account of the existence and works for the scholar or nonspecialist. This vintage biography of Nietzsche was once first released within the Sixties and used to be enthusiastically reviewed on the time. lengthy out of print, it's now reissued with its textual content up-to-date within the gentle of modern study. The biography chronicles Nietzsche's highbrow evolution and discusses his friendship and breach with Wagner, his perspective towards Schopenhauer, and his indebtedness to Darwin and the Greeks. It follows the years of his adulthood and his psychological cave in in 1889. the ultimate a part of the publication considers the improvement of the Nietzsche legend in the course of his years of insanity. R. J. Hollingdale, one of many preeminent translators of Nietzsche, permits Nietzsche to talk for himself in a translation that transmits the vividness and virtuosity of Nietzsche's many types. this can be definitely the right e-book for a person attracted to Nietzsche's existence and paintings who needs to benefit why he's this type of major determine for the improvement of contemporary suggestion. R. J. Hollingdale has translated and edited numerous of Nietzsche's texts, in addition to different prestigious German thinkers. Mr. Hollingdale labored within the editorial division of the parent for over 20 years and has written e-book reports for the parent and the days Literary complement.
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  • The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov by Andrea Pitzer

    By Andrea Pitzer


    A startling and revelatory exam of Nabokov’s existence and works—notably Pale Fire and Lolita—bringing new perception into one of many twentieth century’s so much enigmatic authors.

    Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed the horrors of his century, escaping innovative Russia then Germany below Hitler, and fleeing France together with his Jewish spouse and son simply weeks earlier than Paris fell to the Nazis. He again and again confronted accusations of turning a blind eye to human discomfort to put in writing crafty stories of depravity. yet does one of many maximum writers within the English language particularly deserve the label of amoral aesthete bestowed on him by way of such a lot of critics?

    Using info from newly-declassified intelligence documents and recovered army background, journalist Andrea Pitzer argues that faraway from being a proponent of paintings for art’s sake, Vladimir Nabokov controlled to conceal aggravating heritage in his fiction—history that has long gone overlooked for many years. Nabokov emerges as one of those documentary conjurer, spending the most efficient many years of his occupation recording a saga of forgotten focus camps and searing bigotry, from international warfare I to the Gulag and the Holocaust. Lolita surrenders Humbert Humbert’s mystery id, and divulges a Nabokov appalled by way of American anti-Semitism. The lunatic narrator of Pale Fire remembers Russian tragedies that when haunted the area. From Tsarist courts to Nazi movie units, from CIA entrance companies to wartime Casablanca, the tale of Nabokov’s relatives is the tale of his century—and either are woven inextricably into his fiction.
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  • The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane by Ben Collins

    By Ben Collins

    The Stig will get his equipment off and divulges how he got here to be most sensible Gear's iconic racing driving force and much more - together with what it's prefer to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, teach for the military and face the fear of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear…

    When the Black Stig disappeared off the tip of an plane provider in 2003, we have been brought to The White Stig. speedier. Stranger. tougher to maintain fresh. And ever because, hundreds of thousands have questioned – who's the fellow within the White swimsuit? They're approximately to discover out.

    Ben Collins stuck the auto the computer virus younger, kicking his dad's boss within the balls for now not giving him a firm Jag. This was once the angle that finally led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's lingerie, James May's PhD thesis and Richard Hammond's hairspray. simply because he's The Stig.

    Now he tells all approximately existence contained in the iconic white helmet. What it's wish to consultant a blind ex-RAF officer round the most sensible equipment music; pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo opposed to a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara opposed to Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Routemasters opposed to flexible buses. let alone the entire inside of stuff on how the show's remarkable riding sequences are made.

    He additionally finds how he acquired to be there – setting
    a Dunsfold lap time quicker than Michael Schumacher's. Breaking documents with the simplest of the simplest at Daytona and Le Mans.

    It's an grand tale, informed by means of an awesome guy.
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  • A Safe Place by Lorenzo Carcaterra

    By Lorenzo Carcaterra

    'IT'S TIME YOU KNEW the reality, ' 'ABOUT YOUR FATHER. ' 'WHAT approximately HIM?' 'HIS FIRST spouse, ' SHE acknowledged. 'SHE DIDN'T DIE OF melanoma. ' 'HOW DID SHE DIE?' 'HE MURDERED HER. ' on the age of fourteen Lorenzo Carcaterra made a surprising discovery. at the back of closed doorways he and his mom survived the erratic, violent outbursts of his father. a strong guy, he tempered his rage with affection. To a tender boy he was once a guy to either love and worry. until eventually Lorenzo discovered a shattering proven fact that ceaselessly replaced his existence. His father used to be a assassin.
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  • Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin by Barney Hoskyns

    By Barney Hoskyns

    A special examine the heritage, adventures, myths and realities of this such a lot mythical and robust of bands, it's a labour of affection in line with hours of first-hand and unique interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the 4 musicians themselves, in addition to a clean perception into the close-knit entourage that secure them, from Peter furnish to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, monstrous figures from the long-vanished international of Seventies rock.


    Featuring many infrequent and not ahead of obvious images, it's also the 1st e-book on Led Zeppelin to hide such contemporary occasions as their successful 2007 O2 area gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of modern years.
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