Category: Biography

  • Phil Jackson by Peter Richmond

    By Peter Richmond

    With 11 championship jewelry to his identify, Phil Jackson is the world over well-known as one of many maximum coaches within the heritage of the NBA. often called a protective disrupter and a grasp fouler in the course of his early days as a brand new York Knick and later celebrated because the “Zen Master” for his inspirational strategies as a pacesetter, Jackson has had a protracted and storied profession marked via consistent self-reflection and reinvention. this can be the guy who led Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls to 6 championships, Kobe Bryant and the l. a. Lakers to 5; who used to be inducted into the Basketball corridor of reputation; and who retired in 2011, an reputable legend—and the main sought-after free-agent trainer in history.

    As befits a legend, Jackson has written numerous candid, insightful books approximately his existence and profession, yet now one in all America’s most beneficial sportswriters turns an unvarnished gentle on Jackson’s unusual and memorable trip, from his sheltered youth and early life in Montana and North Dakota, via his years enjoying at Madison sq. backyard, to his reviews training Jordan, Bryant, and extra of the best avid gamers of our time. long island Times-bestselling writer Peter Richmond has written a private, definitive, revealing biography of a veritable activities genius, and an American vintage.
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  • Aneurin Bevan: A Biography, Volume 2: 1945–1960 by Michael Foot

    By Michael Foot

    Publish yr note: First released in 1973
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    Michael Foot's two-volume biography of Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan (1897-1960) - arguably Britain's maximum socialist, indelibly linked to the founding of the nationwide well-being provider - is among the significant political biographies of the final century. it's the lifetime of an inspirational flesh presser, written by way of person who knew and unabashedly favourite him.

    Volume II, first released in 1973, starts off with Bevan's position within the founding of a entire nationwide well-being provider - this whereas he used to be additionally tasked with addressing the country's critical post-war housing scarcity. It takes in his 1951 resignation from the cupboard in protest on the creation of prescription fees, and his next management of a 'Bevanite' Labour left; his ebook in 1952 of rather than worry; his carrier as Shadow overseas Secretary throughout the Suez hindrance in 1956; his arguable reversal of competition to nuclear guns in 1957; and his demise from melanoma in 1960.

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  • Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography by Barry Rubin, Judith Colp Rubin

    By Barry Rubin, Judith Colp Rubin

    In this sober account, veteran writers at the heart East (The Transformation of Palestinian Politics) catalogue Arafat's profession from his pupil days in Cairo via his years because the head of a violent nationalist flow, to his superb emergence because the the world over revered chief of the Palestinian humans. The authors provide robust proof not just that Arafat has a protracted background of duplicity, yet extra curiously, that he has again and again made gross error of judgment. He bought his association "kicked from Amman to Beirut after which to Tunis" for stirring up hassle in his host nations, sided with Saddam Hussein within the 1991 Gulf battle, and has regularly made army miscalculations, as he did in 1970 opposed to Jordan's King Hussein. The writers occasionally stray from their lawyerly tone, such a lot speciously after they try and attach either Arafat and Iran to the al-Qaeda terrorist community. Suggesting that Iran (the resource of fingers got by way of Arafat) is "allies to a point with the forces of Usama bin Ladin" with no lots as a footnote undermines their credibility a bit, yet doesn't regulate their valuable point-that Arafat is a nasty chief and a worse peace associate. The authorsargue that Arafat keeps behind-the-scenes energy, yet with top Minister Mahmoud Abbas sworn in, Arafat's perceived significance could be waning. an invaluable chronology and thesaurus of names and political events is provided.

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  • Creation Stories by Alan McGee

    By Alan McGee

    Alan McGee's position in shaping British tradition over the last thirty years is tough to overstate. because the founding father of construction documents he introduced us the song that outlined an period. A charismatic Glaswegian who partied simply as tough as any of the bands on his notoriously dissolute label, he grew to become a celebrity himself.

    In production tales he tells his tale intensive for the 1st time, from leaving college at 16 to establishing the lounge membership in London, which showcased many rising indie bands, from handling the Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding construction while he used to be in basic terms twenty-three.
    He then stumbled on dance and acid condo, decamping to Manchester and putting out on the Hacienda, and took production into the massive time with Primal Scream's Screamadelica. His drug-induced breakdown, whilst it got here used to be dramatic. yet as he climbed again to sobriety, he signed Oasis, turning into one of many figureheads of Britpop. He offered the label to Sony to stave off financial ruin and finally left in 1999 yet has persisted to be in an influential determine within the track undefined.
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  • My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson - His Life and the Creation of by Susan Cheever

    By Susan Cheever

    The definitive biography of invoice Wilson, the fellow who confirmed Alcoholics nameless, and the 1st to be written with entry to records in that organization's records, through a famous writer who's herself a recuperating alcoholic.

    In this definitive and groundbreaking biography, acclaimed writer Susan Cheever deals a remarkably human portrait of a guy whose existence and paintings either motivated and kept the lives of thousands of individuals. Drawing from own letters, diaries, AA files, interviews—and Cheever's personal reports with alcoholism—My identify Is invoice is the 1st totally documented, deeply felt account of invoice Wilson and Alcoholics nameless.
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  • Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time by Joseph Frank

    By Joseph Frank

    Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely known because the top biography of the author in any language--and one of many maximum literary biographies of the earlier half-century. Now Frank's enormous, 2500-page paintings has been skillfully abridged and condensed during this unmarried, hugely readable quantity with a brand new preface by means of the writer. rigorously maintaining the unique work's acclaimed narrative type and mix of biography, highbrow background, and literary feedback, Dostoevsky: A author in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel terrible people to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by atmosphere them of their own, old, and notably ideological context. greater than a biography within the traditional experience, this can be a cultural historical past of nineteenth-century Russia, offering either a wealthy photograph of the area within which Dostoevsky lived and a tremendous reinterpretation of his lifestyles and paintings.
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  • The King's Concubine by Anne O'Brien

    By Anne O'Brien

    Heritage paints her as a low-born, unattractive, greedy and grasping lady who used her place of energy with King Edward merely for her personal ends. This gorgeous novel rewrites perceptions and brings us Alice Perrers as you've by no means obvious her before!

    Taken from the gutter by way of the Queen of britain and given a job a lot above her station, Alice can forget about the jealous whispers if it skill she's one step closer...to turning into someone. a girl of history.

    Like no different lady of the courtroom, convinced, daring and forthright, the notorious Alice Perrers quickly reveals herself within the direction of the King himself. yet is she pushed via energy, politics or love? Her enemies wish her banished. The King wishes her as his mistress. Alice is at the highway to infamy and there's no turning again.
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  • Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life by Claire Tomalin

    By Claire Tomalin

    Pursuing paintings and event throughout Europe, Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote with the Furies at her heels. demise on the age of basically 34, she grew to become posthumously probably the most influential writers of the final century. Sexually ambiguous, yearning love but quarrelsome and capricious, she glittered within the marvelous circles of DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf, her good looks and recklessness inspiring admiration, jealousy, rage and devotion. Claire Tomalin's biography brings her closer than we now have ever been to this haunted and haunting author.
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  • Santa Claus: A Biography by Gerry Bowler

    By Gerry Bowler

    An unique, frequently brilliant examine the lifetime of the world’s such a lot influential fictional character.

    He is the embodiment of charity and generosity, a construction of mythology, a device of smart capitalists. The very thought of him is enduring and powerful.

    Santa Claus was once born in early-nineteenth-century the US, yet his genealogy is going again 700 years to Saint Nicholas, client saint of kids. Intervening generations have been shaggy and unusual — whip-wielding menaces to naughty girls and boys. but because the raucous, open air, alcohol-fuelled vacation gave technique to a extra household, sentimental version, a brand new form of gift-bringer used to be known as for — a loveable elf, nonetheless judgmental yet a ways much less threatening.

    In this enticing social and cultural historical past, Gerry Bowler examines where of Santa Claus in historical past, literature, advertisements, and artwork. He lines his metamorphosis from a beardless formative years right into a red-suited peddler. He unearths the lesser-known facets of the gift-bringer’s existence — Santa’s involvement with social and political factors of all stripes (he enlisted at the Union facet within the American Civil War), his starring position within the videos and as adman for gun-makers and insurance firms. And he demolishes the myths surrounding Santa Claus and Coca-Cola.

    Santa Claus: A Biography will stand because the vintage paintings at the long-lived and multifarious Mr. Claus.
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  • The Silence We Keep by Karol Jackowski

    By Karol Jackowski

    During this uplifting and empowering name to motion, Karol Jackowski, a nun for greater than 40 years, speaks out approximately her existence and vocation, ladies within the Church, the sexual scandal within the priesthood and why the Catholic hierarchy won't repair it, and the way Catholics will take again their Church.

    From the exchange Paperback version.
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