Category: Biography

  • Download E-books Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days: The Revised and Expanded 2011 Edition PDF

    By Jared Cade

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    In December 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared in strange situations from her domestic in Berkshire, England. the invention of the crime writer's deserted vehicle ended in the most important manhunt in British background for a lacking individual. 11 days later she used to be stumbled on over 2 hundred miles away in a northern spa city, claiming to be the sufferer of amnesia.
                Up until eventually the ebook of this booklet in 1998 none of her biographers had get a hold of conclusive facts as to what she did throughout the first twenty-four hours after she disappeared or no matter if her reminiscence loss was once actual. even if the newspaper headlines made Agatha Christie recognized, the non-public discomfort that surrounded the episode ensured she made no connection with it in her memoirs.
                Jared's Cade's no 1 bestselling biography - on which a BBC tv documentary has been established - presents the solutions to the secret, together with Agatha Christie's lengthy forgotten rationalization of the infamous episode, in addition to startling bills via her kinfolk that demonstrate for the 1st time why she staged the disappearance with the aid of a co-conspirator and the way all of it went extraordinarily flawed. His sympathetic research finds the incidents that formed her personality and the way the fall-out from the disappearance affected the remainder of her life.
                Illustrated with forty eight pictures, a lot of them from inner most albums, this absolutely improved 2011 variation attracts on a newly chanced on cache of kin papers, diaries and letters, to which Jared Cade used to be given unique entry, and divulges much more interesting secrets and techniques approximately her existence and works. Agatha Christie and the 11 lacking Days: The Revised and improved 2011 Edition is a needs to for all Christie devotees.
                'Jared Cade is an expert on Christiana, and Agatha Christie and the 11 lacking Days has obtained a lot popularity of its impressively certain exam of the Queen of Crime's disappearance.' - Crime Time
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  • Download E-books Ludwig Wittgenstein (Critical Lives) PDF

    By Edward Kanterian

    Ludwig Wittgenstein, writes famous student Edward Kanterian, used to be a philosopher's philosopher'. He used to be one of many founders of contemporary analytic philosophy and is thought of as the best philosophical genius considering the fact that Immanuel Kant. during this publication, Kanterian lines the complicated dating among the philosopher's lifestyles, his paintings and his time. the writer describes Wittgenstein's eventful existence, his various journeys, and his friendships with many of the maximum thinkers of the 20 th century, together with Bertrand Russell, John Maynard Keynes, George Edward Moore and Gilbert Royle. Kanterian additionally offers a cautious account of Wittgenstein's notoriously summary philosophical works, from his early masterpiece Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) to the Philosophical Investigations, released posthumously in 1953. the writer makes Wittgenstein's paintings understandable to put readers, in addition to delivering unique interpretations that additional remove darkness from the writings. rising from the hugely refined Viennese top classification on the flip of the final century, Wittgenstein had highbrow and creative aspirations going a long way past theoretical philosophy. particularly he took nice curiosity in paintings and track, and through his complete lifetime used to be deeply affected by moral and non secular questions. there's something approximately Wittgenstein's existence and personality, the writer believes, that captivates our collective mind's eye and turns out to supply solutions to the moral difficulties of our personal time. Kanterian sees Wittgenstein's lifestyles because the point of interest of significant conflicts and tensions of a whole age. A readable, concise account that makes use of many telling quotations from the philosopher's personal writings, in addition to various illustrations, this publication will attract students and scholars of Wittgenstein, and the large viewers for introductions to philosophy.
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  • Download E-books Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's PDF

    By Meryl Comer

    Emmy-award successful broadcast journalist and prime Alzheimer’s suggest Meryl Comer’s Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly own, unflinching account of her husband’s conflict with Alzheimer’s disorder that serves as a much-needed take-heed call to raised comprehend and tackle a innovative and lethal affliction.

    When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey Gralnick used to be clinically determined with early onset Alzheimer’s sickness in 1996, she watched because the guy who headed hematology and oncology study on the nationwide Institutes of well-being began to misplace vital files and fail to remember scientific information that had as soon as been cataloged encyclopedically in his brain. With harrowing honesty, she brings readers head to head with this devastating and its results on its sufferers and people who deal with them. Detailing the day-by-day realities and overwhelming obligations of caregiving, Comer sheds in depth gentle in this nationwide well-being challenge, utilizing her own experiences—the error and the breakthroughs—to positioned a face to a misunderstood disorder, whereas revealing the evidence everybody must know.

    Pragmatic and incessant, Meryl has committed herself to struggling with Alzheimer’s and elevating public expertise. “Nothing I do is admittedly approximately me; it’s all approximately ensuring nobody finally ends up like me,” she writes. Deeply own and illuminating, Slow Dancing With a Stranger offers perception and information for navigating Alzheimer’s demanding situations. it's also an pressing name to motion for in depth learn and a caution that we needs to arrange for the longer term, rather than being managed by way of a sickness and a healthcare approach not able to struggle it.

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  • Download E-books Ascension: John Coltrane And His Quest PDF

    By Eric Nisenson

    It is the summer season of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a guy of retirement age, is jogging on a taut cord strung among the dual Towers of latest York's global exchange heart, virtually fourteen hundred toes above the town. a long way under him within the gaping crowd stands his spouse, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise: This cord stroll will finish his profession. during this bold second, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel approximately Salvo Ursari, whose lifestyles starts in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by means of gypsy folklore and encouraged via the bravery of his persecuted humans. Salvo's tale strikes irresistibly from a sad fireplace that envelops his family members, to highway existence in Budapest, the place he learns the abilities of a cord walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the aggressive international of the yankee circus. such a lot fulfilled while dwelling with paradox, Salvo feels most secure whereas acting startling feats of stability on a cord excessive above the damaging global; and such a lot endangered if appearing above a web. With compassion, heat, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw-dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with spell binding element of Romany and circus tradition, and an unforgettable stroll with the fantastic Salvo Ursari.
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  • Download E-books Mick Jagger PDF

    By Philip Norman

    Writer Phillip Norman, whose prior bestseller, John Lennon: The Life, used to be praised as a “haunting, colossal, outstanding piece of labor” (New York instances booklet Review) and whose vintage Shout! is broadly thought of to be the definitive biography of the Beatles, now turns his recognition to the long-lasting entrance guy of the Rolling Stones, “the maximum rock ’n’ roll band within the world.” Norman’s Mick Jagger is an awfully exact and vibrantly written in-depth account of the existence and half-century-long profession of 1 of the main interesting and complicated superstars of rock music—the so much finished biography up to now of the famously enigmatic musician. Keith Richards had his say in Life. Now it’s time to get to grasp in detail the opposite half the duo liable for such enduring hits as “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Mick Jagger is a needs to learn for Stones fanatics, and everybody who can’t get adequate of the intense memoirs and biographies of renowned musicians, like Patti Smith’s Just Kids, Does the Noise in My Head hassle You? by means of Steven Tyler, and the Warren Zevon tale, I’ll Sleep whilst I’m Dead.
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  • Download E-books Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story PDF

    By Arnold Schwarzenegger

    In his signature larger-than-life variety, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total bear in mind is a revealing self-portrait of his illustrious, arguable, and actually special life.

    The maximum immigrant good fortune tale of our time.

    His tale is exclusive, and uniquely exciting, and he tells it brilliantly in those pages.

    He was once born in a 12 months of famine, in a small Austrian city, the son of an austere police leader. He dreamed of relocating to the USA to develop into a bodybuilding champion and a film star.

    By the age of twenty-one, he was once dwelling in l. a. and were topped Mr. Universe.

    Within 5 years, he had discovered English and turn into the best bodybuilder within the world.

    Within ten years, he had earned his university measure and was once a millionaire from his enterprise organisations in actual property, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was once additionally the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.

    Within 20 years, he used to be the world’s largest celebrity, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an rising Republican chief who used to be a part of the Kennedy family.

    Thirty-six years after coming to the United States, the fellow as soon as recognized through fellow body­builders because the Austrian Oak used to be elected governor of California, the 7th biggest economic climate within the world.

    He led the nation via the cheap main issue, average mess ups, and political turmoil, operating throughout social gathering traces for a greater setting, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.

    With Maria Shriver, he raised 4 excellent young children. within the wake of a scandal he introduced upon himself, he attempted to maintain his kin together.

    Until now, he hasn't ever advised the entire tale of his existence, in his personal voice.

    Here is Arnold, with overall keep in mind.
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  • Download E-books The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge PDF

    By Adam Sisman

    The tale of the mythical friendship among Wordsworth and Coleridge

    The friendship among William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge produced surprising effects. From it got here Lyrical Ballads, the amount that kick-started the Romantic flow in England. not often have such talented writers cooperated so heavily. They met in 1795 whilst either have been of their early twenties, and within the euphoria of mutual discovery those superb and idealistic younger males deliberate a poem that might prevail the place the French Revolution failed—a poem that may, relatively actually, swap the realm. during this splendidly vigorous and readable account, acclaimed writer Adam Sisman explores their passionate and tempestuous bond and how in which contention bred stress among them. although a lot has been written approximately this impressive duo, no past biographer has thought of them jointly. the end result deals insights into the wealthy but ignored subject of friendship and tantalizing glimpses of the inventive approach itself.
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  • Download E-books Through the Daemon's Gate: Kepler's Somnium, Medieval Dream Narratives, and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs (Studies in Medieval History and Culture) PDF

    By Dean Swinford

    This ebook tells the tale of the early smooth astronomer Johannes Kepler’s Somnium, which has been seemed via technology historians and literary critics alike because the first real instance of technological know-how fiction. Kepler begun writing his advanced and heavily-footnoted story of a fictional Icelandic astronomer as an undergraduate and extra to it all through his lifestyles. The Somnium fuses supernatural and clinical versions of the cosmos via a satirical safeguard of Copernicanism that includes witches, lunar population, and a daemon who speaks within the empirical language of recent technology. Swinford’s seems on the ways in which Kepler’s Somnium is stimulated through the cosmic dream, a literary style that loved massive recognition between medieval authors, together with Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante, John of Salisbury, Macrobius, and Alan of Lille. He examines the widespread conventions of the cosmic dream, additionally learning the poetic and theological sensibilities underlying the kinds of goals formulated by way of Macrobius and Artemidorus that have been wide-spread to interpret particular symbols in goals and to evaluate their total reliability.

    Swinford develops a key declare concerning the type of the Somnium because it pertains to early technological know-how: Kepler depends on a style that's heavily hooked up to a Ptolemaic, or earth-centered, version of the cosmos as a manner of explaining and justifying a version of the cosmos that doesn't posit an analogous connections among the person and the divine which are so very important for the Ptolemaic version. In influence, Kepler makes use of the cosmic dream to explain a universe that can't lay declare to a similar correspondences among an individual’s dream and the order of the cosmos understood in the ideas of the style itself. consequently, Kepler’s Somnium is the 1st instance of technological know-how fiction, however the final instance of Neoplatonic allegory.

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  • Download E-books The Wolf of Wall Street PDF

    By Jordan Belfort

    Now an important movie directed through Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

    By day he made hundreds of thousands of greenbacks a minute. by means of evening he spent it as quick as he may, on medications, intercourse, and overseas globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 resort tab, to the spouse and youngsters ready at domestic, and the fast-talking, hard-partying younger stockbrokers who referred to as him king and did his bidding, right here, in his personal inimitable phrases, is the tale of the ill-fated genius they known as . . .


    In the Nineties Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the infamous funding company Stratton Oakmont, turned one of many such a lot notorious names in American finance: an excellent, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild experience out of the canyons of Wall highway and right into a sizeable place of work on big apple. Now, during this staggering and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a narrative of greed, energy, and extra that not anyone may perhaps invent.

    apparently the prototype for the movie Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont became microcap making an investment right into a wickedly profitable video game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out agents browbeat consumers into inventory buys that have been certain to earn obscene profits—for the home. yet an insatiable urge for food for debauchery, questionable strategies, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe clothier named Steve Madden could land Belfort on each side of the legislation and right into a harrowing darkness all his own.

    From the stormy courting Belfort shared along with his model-wife as they ran a madcap loved ones that incorporated children, a full-time employees of 22, a couple of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even because the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his workplace existence, this is the intense tale of a standard man who went from hustling Italian ices at 16 to creating 1000s of hundreds of thousands. until eventually all of it got here crashing down . . .

    Praise for The Wolf of Wall Street

    “Raw and often hilarious.”The ny Times
    “A rollicking story of [Jordan Belfort’s] upward thrust to riches as head of the notorious boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . evidence that there are certainly moment acts in American lives.”Forbes
    “A pass among Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”The Sunday occasions (London)
    “Entertaining as pulp fiction, actual as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”Kirkus Reviews

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Download E-books Lost Years: A Memoir 1945 - 1951 PDF

    By Christopher Isherwood

    The English author Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the struggle years operating in Hollywood movie studios, instructing English to eu refugees, and changing to Hinduism. by the point the warfare ended, he discovered he was once no longer reduce out to be a monk. along with his self-imposed wartime vigil in the back of him, he careened right into a lifetime of frantic socializing, expanding dissipation, anxiousness, and, ultimately, melancholy. for almost a part decade he all yet ceased to write down fiction or even deserted his lifelong behavior of preserving a diary.

    This is Isherwood's personal account, reconstructed from datebooks, letters, and reminiscence approximately thirty years later, of his adventure in the course of these lacking years: his actions in Santa Monica, and in addition in big apple and London, simply after the warfare. started in 1971, in a postsixties surroundings of liberation, Lost Years contains particular information of his romantic and sexual relationships in the course of the Forties and unveils a hidden and occasionally surprising lifestyle shared with pals and acquaintances--many of whom have been recognized artists, actors, and film-makers. no longer until eventually the 1951 Broadway luck of I Am a Camera, tailored from his Berlin tales, did Isherwood start to reclaim keep an eye on of his abilities and of his future.

    Isherwood by no means ready Lost years for book simply because he speedily turned stuck up in writing the booklet that tested him as a hero of homosexual liberation, Christopher and His Kind.

    With unpolished directness, and with perception and wit, Lost Years exhibits how Isherwood built his inner most memories into the original mix of own mythology and social heritage that characterizes a lot of his top paintings. This miraculous and significant memoir additionally highlights his choice to trace down even the main elusive and unappealing facets of his prior as a way to comprehend and truthfully painting himself, either as a author and as a human being.

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