Category: Biography

  • Download E-books The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those PDF

    By Safiya Bukhari

    Author note: Wonda Jones (Preface), Laura Whitehorn (Editor), Angela Y. Davis (Foreword)

    In 1968, Safiya Bukhari witnessed an NYPD officer harassing a Black Panther for promoting the organization's newspaper on a Harlem highway nook. The younger pre-med scholar felt forced to interfere in safety of the Panther's First modification correct; she ended up handcuffed and thrown into the again of a police car.

    The struggle Before strains Bukhari's lifelong dedication as an recommend for the rights of the oppressed. Following her trip from middle-class pupil to Black Panther to political prisoner, those writings offer an intimate view of a girl wrestling with the problems of her time—the bothered legacy of the Panthers, misogyny within the circulate, her choice to transform to Islam, the incarceration of outspoken radicals, and the households left in the back of. Her account unfolds with immediacy and fervour, displaying how the struggles of social justice activities have cleared the path for the growth of today.

    Born in Harlem, Safiya Bukhari joined the Black Panther get together in 1969. Imprisoned for 9 years on a theft and homicide cost, Bukhari used to be published in 1999 and went on to co-found the recent York loose Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition and different corporations advocating for the discharge of political prisoners. She died in 2003 on the age of 53.

    Laura Whitehorn has been a political activist because the Nineteen Sixties. She spent 14 years in criminal for the Resistance Conspiracy case. published in 1999, she lives in manhattan City.

    Wonda Jones is the daughter of Safiya Bukhari.
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  • Download E-books Nasser: The Last Arab PDF

    Since the loss of life of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970 there was no ideology to catch the mind's eye of the Arab global other than Islamic fundamentalism. Any feel of thoroughly secular Arab states ended with him and what we see at the present time taking place within the center East is an immediate results of Western competition to Nasser's suggestions and ideals.

    Nasser is an interesting determine fraught with dilemmas. With the CIA regularly attempting to undermine him, Nasser threw his lot in with the Soviet Union, even supposing he used to be fervently anti-Communist. Nasser desired to increase an army on par with Israel's, yet did not want both the '56 or '67 wars. This was once a guy who was once a dictator, but additionally a favored chief with an ideology which appealed to many of the Arab humans and certain them jointly. whereas he was once alive, there has been a short probability of exact Arab solidarity generating universal, sincere, and incorruptible governments through the region.

    More than ever, the Arab international is anti-Western and teetering on catastrophe, and this exam of Nasser's existence is tantamount to realizing no matter if the pursuits of the West and the Arab global are reconcilable.

    Nasser is a definitive and fascinating portrait of a guy who stood on the middle of this carrying on with conflict within the center East.
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  • Download E-books Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations PDF

    By Hannah Arendt

    ISBN 978-1-61219-311-3 (pbk.)
    ISBN 978-1-61219-312-0 (ebk)

    Arendt was once essentially the most very important thinkers of her time, recognized for her proposal of "the banality of evil" which keeps to impress debate. This assortment presents new and startling perception into Arendt's techniques approximately Watergate and the character of yankee politics, approximately totalitarianism and background, and her personal stories as an émigré.

    Hannah Arendt: The final Interview and different Conversations is a rare portrait of 1 of the 20 th century's boldest and most unusual thinkers. in addition to Arendt's final interview with French journalist Roger Errera, the quantity positive factors a massive interview from the early 60s with German journalist Gunter Gaus, within which the 2 talk about Arendt's early life and her
    escape from Europe, and a talk with acclaimed historian of the Nazi interval, Joachim Fest, in addition to different exchanges.

    These interviews express Arendt in full of life highbrow shape, taking over the problems of her day with power and wit. She bargains reviews at the nature of yank politics, on Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, on Israel; recollects her adolescence and her early event of anti-Semitism, after which the speedy upward thrust of the Hitler; debates questions of country energy and discusses her personal procedures of pondering and writing. Hers is an intelligence that by no means rests, that calls for regularly of her interlocutors, and her readers, that they believe severely. As she places it in her final interview, simply six months ahead of her demise on the age of sixty nine, "there are not any harmful innovations, for the straightforward cause that pondering itself is this type of harmful enterprise."

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  • Download E-books The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister PDF

    By John Campbell

    The Iron Lady, the definitive Margaret Thatcher biography, is obtainable simply in time for the motion picture starring Meryl Streep as probably the most notorious figures in postwar politics.

    Whether you love her or hate her, Margaret Thatcher's influence on twentieth-century historical past is indisputable. From her humble, small-town upbringing to her upward thrust to strength because the United Kingdom's first woman top minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after greater than 3 a long time of carrier, celebrated biographer John Campbell delves into the tale of this interesting woman's existence as not anyone has ahead of. the results of greater than 9 years of meticulous examine, The Iron Lady is the single balanced, unvarnished portrait of Margaret Thatcher, essentially the most important and arguable political figures of our time.

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  • Download E-books Marco Polo: The Incredible Journey PDF

    By Robin Brown

    Marco Polo is the best explorer the area has ever obvious, but on his deathbed in 1324 he declared: 'I haven't informed the 1/2 these issues that I saw.' As a adolescence of seventeen, Marco begun his epic trip via Armenia, Arabia, India and China. but for hundreds of years many students easily didn't think his great tales. during this publication, Robin Brown rescues Marco Polo from the lampooned clown determine he grew to become, and divulges the utter strong point of his bold adventures.

    Born in Venice in 1254, Marco begun his travels while his explorer father took him off into the good unknown 'East'. a few two decades later, Marco back to Venice jam-packed with stories of the wonders he had obvious: black stones which burned with a vibrant flame, coconuts, paper forex and crocodiles. whereas imprisoned in a Genoa penitentiary he composed a publication of his adventures, an outline of the area, with fellow prisoner, Rusticello. The paintings earned Marco Polo the identify 'The Father of Geography' and Christopher Columbus even took a replica of it on his voyage to the hot global. however it additionally generated a lot controversy and, to many, Marco turned often called Marco of the hundreds of thousands - a teller of one million tall tales.

    Marco's manuscript has lengthy in view that disappeared and it's from copies and translations that we will study of his time because the ambassador of the ruthless dictator Kublai Khan, his travels to Vietnam, Java, India and Arabia, and his exploration of China. yet did this intrepid Venetian particularly turn into the 1st ecu to move the continent of Asia? Did he get away demise via providing to bring the Khan's daughter as a bride to the Caliph of Baghdad? Robin Brown examines the reality of Marco Polo's claims and offers us a totally new view of the guy who made background happen.

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  • Download E-books Running with Fire: The True Story of Chariots of Fire Hero Harold Abrahams PDF

    By Mark Ryan

    Immortalised within the movie 'Chariots of Fire', Harold Abrahams continues to be one of many all-time-great British Olympians. yet his precise tale, advised for the 1st time during this professional biography, is in lots of methods much more dramatic and relocating than the distorted model formerly obvious at the immense monitor. even though it is right that Abrahams overcame anti-Semitism to develop into Britain's first a hundred metres Olympic champion in 1924, Mark Ryan's robust ebook unearths simply how even more Harold suffered - and needed to sacrifice - on a private point ahead of he reached the pinnacle. His ebook how disgracefully Harold used to be taken care of via his personal facet within the build-up to Hitler's Berlin Olympics of 1936. amazing love tales give you the back-drop to Abrahams' fight to arrive those historical video games, first as an athlete after which as a pioneering broadcaster. either romances spotlight the psychological fragility often masked by means of Harold's actual prowess and obvious self assurance. because the tale races on, the reader is ready to percentage Abrahams' pleasure as he realises that Roger Bannister has what it takes to damage the four-minute-mile barrier, and befriends the runner who quickly starts off his attack at the "Everest of athletics." and at last, Ryan exhibits how Harold not just helped to form the modern day principles of the game as an influential administrator, but in addition did greater than any guy to make athletics renowned during this state. within the build-up to London 2012, there hasn't ever been a greater time to rejoice Harold Abrahams' particular tale.
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  • Download E-books Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny PDF

    By Holly Madison

    Lost in Wonderland . . .

    A fairy-tale dream that turned a nightmare, and a girl whose energy helped her give you the option out to the opposite side

    At 21, small-town Oregon lady Holly Cullen grew to become Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s #1 female friend. yet like Alice’s trip into Wonderland, Holly’s plunge down the rabbit gap took her to an international the place all was once now not because it appeared. The fairy-tale lifestyles contained in the Playboy Mansion—which incorporated A-list big name events and starring in a leading tv show—quickly devolved into an oppressive regimen of strict principles, manipulation, and battles with formidable, backstabbing Bunnies that almost drove Holly to take her personal life.

    Down the Rabbit Hole is her introspective account of her time contained in the Mansion: the medicine, abuse, notorious events, and Holly’s actual behind-the-scenes lifestyles with Bridget, Kendra, and Mr. Playboy himself. it's also her chronicle of therapeutic and desire. by means of telling her tale, either a cautionary story and a party of private empowerment, Holly reminds us of the significance of struggling with for our dreams—and of discovering the existence we deserve.
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  • Download E-books The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye (Jewish Encounters Series) PDF

    Part of the Jewish Encounters series

    The first entire biography of 1 of the main loved authors of all time: the writer of Tevye the Dairyman, the gathering of news that encouraged Fiddler at the Roof.
    Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem used to be one of many founding giants of recent Yiddish literature. The writer of a pantheon of characters who've been immortalized in books and performs, he supplied readers in the course of the global with a desirable window into the area of japanese eu Jews as they started to confront the forces of cultural, political, and non secular modernity that tore throughout 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 continued an impoverished youth, married into fantastic wealth, after which misplaced all of it via undesirable good fortune and worse company experience. Turning to his pen to help himself, he switched from writing in Russian and Hebrew to Yiddish, on the way to create a dwelling physique of literature for the Jewish plenty. He loved astonishing luck as either a author and a performer of his paintings all through Europe and the us, and his demise in 1916 used to be front-page information world wide; a New York Times editorial mourned the lack of “the Jewish Mark Twain.” yet  his maximum reputation lay sooner than him, because the English-speaking global started to realize his paintings in translation and to introduce his characters to an viewers that may expand past his wildest goals. In Jeremy Dauber’s significant biography, we stumble upon a Sholem Aleichem for the ages.

    (With sixteen pages of black-and-white illustrations)

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  • Download E-books The Boldness of a Halakhist: An Analysis of the Writings of Rabbi Yechiel Mechel Halevi Epstein's "The Arukh Hashulhan" (Judaism and Jewish Life) PDF

    By Simcha Fishbane

    The arrogance of a Halakhist analyzes the writings of Rabbi Yechiel Mechel Halevi Epstein (1829–1908), writer of the Arukh Hashulkhan, a daring and weird method of Jewish legislations. dependent totally on the unique textual content of Rabbi Epstein's criminal codes and homilies, this paintings covers subject matters corresponding to ladies, modernity, customs, and secular stories. It analyzes the rabbi's method of Jewish legislation and Jewish lifestyles, designed to advertise the non secular welfare of Jews less than the pressures of transforming into secularization and Russification. even if dependent upon the foundations of the normal judicial technique, the rabbi’s rulings reveal a profound knowing of the modern social and old truth dealing with the Jews of Russia on the flip of the century.
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  • Download E-books A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III PDF

    The Times top Books of the yr • The Sunday Times most sensible Books of the yr
    The New Statesman publication of the 12 months choice by way of Lucy Hughes-Hallett
    BBC heritage Magazine booklet of the 12 months choice by means of Helen Rappaport
    "A masterpiece . . . . [T]his heartbreaking narrative of kin disorder and royal sacrifice is an absolute page-turner." ―Amanda Foreman, writer of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

    "[A] attention-grabbing, story-filled account . . . . each one tale is a revelation." ―Jenny Uglow, The Guardian

    The brilliant, deliciously dramatic, and eventually heartbreaking tale of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his deepest lifestyles with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children

    In the united states, Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal scan, is named the king from whom american citizens gained their independence and as "the mad king," yet in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and wonderful new biography, he's one other personality altogether―compelling and relatable.

    He used to be the 1st of Britain's 3 Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the 1st to spot as local of the country he governed. yet this used to be faraway from the one distinction among him and his predecessors. Neither of the former Georges was once trustworthy to his spouse, nor to his mistresses. either hated their very own sons. And, total, their young ones have been indignant, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and in addition made their lives unsatisfied ones.

    Pained through his early life amid this merciless and feuding family members, George got here to the throne desiring to be a brand new type of king―a strength for ethical stable. And to be that new type of king, he needed to be a brand new form of guy. opposed to his irresistibly lousy kin background―of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal―George fervently pursued an intensive household dream: he might have a loyal marriage and lift loving, expert, and resilient children.

    The fight of King George―along together with his spouse, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children―to pursue a fondness for relatives will shock historical past buffs and enjoyment a large swath of biography readers and royal watchers.

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