Magellan by Stefan Zweig

By Stefan Zweig

The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480–1521) is likely one of the most renowned navigators in heritage – he was once the 1st guy to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, and led the 1st voyage to circumnavigate the globe, even if he was once killed en path in a conflict within the Philippines.
In this biography, Zweig brings to existence the Age of Discovery by means of telling the story of 1 of the era’s so much bold adventurers. In in general flowing and chic prose he's taking us on a desirable trip of discovery ourselves.

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Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change by Paul S. Collins

By Paul S. Collins

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2001

The old list crowns luck. these enshrined in its annals are women and men whose rules, accomplishments, or personalities have ruled, continued, and most vital of all, came upon champions. John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists, and Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets are vintage celebrations of the best, the brightest, the ceaselessly constellated.

Paul Collins' Banvard's Folly is a distinct form of ebook. listed below are 13 unforgettable pics of forgotten humans: women and men who may have claimed their percentage of renown yet who, even if from ailing timing, skullduggery, monomania, the tinge of insanity, or simple undesirable luck—or possibly a few mix of them all—leapt instantly from existence into thankless obscurity. between their quantity are scientists, artists, writers, marketers, and adventurers, from around the centuries and worldwide. They carry in universal the silenced aftermath of failure, the identify that earrings no bells.

Collins brings them again to excellent lifestyles. John Banvard used to be an artist whose big panoramic canvasses (one behemoth depiction of the complete japanese shore of the Mississippi River was once easily referred to as "The 3 Mile Painting") made him the richest and most renowned artist of his day. . . sooner than he determined to move nose to nose with P. T. Barnum. René Blondot used to be a exotic French physicist whose celebrated discovery of a brand new type of radiation, known as the N-Ray, went extraordinarily awry. on the soft age of seventeen, William Henry eire signed "William Shakespeare" to a booklet and introduced a brief yet meteoric profession as a forger of undiscovered works via the Bard — till he driven his success too a ways. John Symmes, a hero of the warfare of 1812, approximately succeeded in convincing Congress to fund an excursion to the North Pole, the place he meant to end up his conception that the earth used to be hole and ripe for exploitation; his quixotic quest counted Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe between its maximum admirers.

Collins' love for what he calls the "forgotten ephemera of genius" provide his pics of those figures and the opposite 9 women and men in Banvard's Folly sympathetic intensity and poignant relevance. Their influence isn't really to make us sneer or p0revel in schadenfreude; listed here are no cautionary stories. particularly, listed below are short introductions-acts of excavation and reclamation-to humans whom historical past could have forgotten, yet whom now we cannot.

Literary Awards
Oregon e-book Award Nominee for Nonfiction (Finalist) (2002)

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Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to by Tina Sutton

By Tina Sutton

As inconceivable because it is inspiring, the tale of 1 of the best ballerinas of the 20 th century; her fortitude and reinvention; and her trip from the Ballets Russes, Balanchine, and Matisse to overseas stardom

In pre–World struggle I England, a frail Jewish girl—so shy she slightly spoke a note till age six and so sickly she had to be homeschooled—is clinically determined with flat ft, knock knees, and vulnerable legs. in brief order, Lilian Alicia Marks may develop into a dance prodigy, the loved child ballerina of Sergei Diaghilev, and the youngest ever soloist at his famed Ballets Russes. It was once there that George Balanchine choreographed his first ballet for her, Henri Matisse designed her costumes, and Igor Stravinsky taught her music—all whilst the re-christened Alicia Markova was once simply fourteen. however the timid British dancer will be pressured to beat poverty, jealousy, anti-Semitism, and prejudices opposed to her unconventional appears to be like to turn into the best classical ballerina of her generation—and some of the most celebrated, self sustaining, and adventurous. a real ambassador of ballet, Markova co-founded traveling businesses, traveled to the a ways corners of the realm, and used to be the 1st ballerina to seem on tv. Given unparalleled entry to Dame Markova's intimate journals and correspondence, Tina Sutton paints an entire photo of the dancer's awesome existence and occasions in Nineteen Twenties Paris and Monte Carlo; Nineteen Thirties London; and wartime in long island and Hollywood. Ballet fans and readers all over the place could be fascinated about the tale of 1 of the 20th century's nice artists.

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The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the by Mickey Hess, Buddha Monk

By Mickey Hess, Buddha Monk

At the 10th anniversary of Ol' soiled Bastard's demise, his right-hand guy and ally, Buddha Monk, provides The soiled Version—the first biography of the hip-hop big name and founding member of the Wu-Tang extended family, to be written by way of a person from his internal circle.

Ol' soiled Bastard rocketed to reputation with the Wu-Tang extended family, the raucous and renegade workforce that eternally altered the hip-hop international. ODB was once one of many Clan's wildest icons and so much artistic performers, and whilst he died of an overdose in 2004, on the age of thirty-five, hundreds of thousands of lovers mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he as soon as picked up his welfare sign in a limousine; lifted a burning automobile off a four-year-old woman in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of shoes on journey on the height of his luck. Many have wondered no matter if his stunts have been conscientiously calculated or the results of paranoia and psychological instability.

Now, Dirty's good friend when you consider that early life, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator onstage and within the studio, finds the reality concerning the advanced and proficient performer. From Dirty's days with Buddha at the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric upward push of Wu-Tang's celebrity, from his bouts in felony to his court-mandated rehab, from his favourite type of pizza to his struggles with status and good fortune, Buddha tells the true story—The soiled Version—of the mythical rapper.

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Billy Joel by Fred Schruers

By Fred Schruers

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a song legend

In Billy Joel, acclaimed track journalist Fred Schruers attracts upon multiple hundred hours of particular interviews with Joel to offer an unparalleled examine the lifestyles, occupation, and legacy of the pint-sized child from big apple who grew to become a rock icon.

Exhibiting extraordinary intimate wisdom, Schruers chronicles Joel's upward push to the head of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing earrings and sweaty golf equipment to his enormous good fortune within the seventies and eighties. He additionally explores Joel's inventive transformation within the nineties, his dream functionality with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way in which, Schruers finds the tales in the back of all of the key occasions and relationships--including Joel's high-profile marriages and felony battles--that outlined his route to stardom and encouraged his signature songs, resembling "Piano Man," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "New York country of Mind," and "She's continuously a Woman." all through, he captures the spirit of a stressed artist decided to wreck via by way of sharing, in his deeply own lyrics, the goals and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and packed with Joel's thoughts and reflections--as good as these of the kin, buddies, and band contributors who've shaped his internal circle, together with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen--this is the definitive account of a cherished rock star's epic American trip.

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Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

By Peter Guralnick

From the instant that he first shook up the area within the mid Nineteen Fifties, Elvis Presley has been the most shiny and enduring myths of yankee culture.

Last educate to Memphis: the increase of Elvis Presley is the 1st biography to move earlier that fable and current an Elvis past the legend. according to thousands of interviews and approximately a decade of analysis, it strains the evolution not only of the guy yet of the tune and of the tradition he left completely remodeled, making a thoroughly clean portrait of Elvis and his world.

This quantity tracks the 1st twenty-four years of Elvis' lifestyles, overlaying his adolescence, the beautiful first recordings at solar documents ("That's All Right," "Mystery Train"), and the early RCA hits ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel"). those have been the years of his unbelievable self-invention and remarkable triumphs, while it appeared that every thing that Elvis attempted succeeded wildly. there has been scarcely a cloud in sight via this era till, in 1958, he used to be drafted into the military and his mom died almost immediately thereafter. The e-book closes on that somber and poignant note.

Last educate to Memphis takes us deep inside of Elvis' existence, exploring his lifelong ardour for tune of each kind (from blues and gospel to Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza), his compelling affection for his kinfolk, and his intimate relationships with girlfriends, mentors, band individuals, specialist affiliates, and neighbors. It exhibits us the loneliness, the trustfulness, the voracious urge for food for event, and exceptionally the unshakable, virtually mystical religion that Elvis had in himself and his tune. Drawing usually on Elvis' personal phrases and at the memories of these closest to him, the e-book bargains an emotional, advanced portrait of younger Elvis Presley with a intensity and size that for the 1st time let his awesome accomplishments to ring true.

Peter Guralnick has given us a formerly unseen international, a wealthy panoply of individuals and occasions that light up an success, a spot, and a time as by no means published earlier than. Written with grace, humor, and affection, final educate to Memphis has been hailed because the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. it's the first to put aside the myths and concentrate on Elvis' humanity in a manner that has but to be duplicated.

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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower

By Tom Bower

"Sweet Revenge" deals a close insider's account of leisure wealthy person Simon Cowell's upward push to meteoric reputation and all the debatable highs and lows alongside the way in which as he settles rankings with competitors. The booklet should be choked with juicy info, hard-to-get interviews and never-before-revealed proof all written from an target journalist's point of view. simply named considered one of Barbara Walter's "Most interesting humans of 2011," Cowell maintains to reign as a popular culture icon and media influencer.

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The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) by Kirstie Alley

By Kirstie Alley

John Travolta.
Parker Stevenson.
Ted Danson.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Kelsey Grammer.
Patrick Swayze.
Woody Allen.
Woody Harrelson.
And many others. . . . In 3 a long time in Hollywood, Kirstie Alley has lived with, labored with, enjoyed, or misplaced all of those males, and during this revealing memoir, she peels again the layers (and occasionally the sheets) on her relationships with them all.
From the early days of her adolescence in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded through her loving father, her inquisitive and doting grandfather, and a more youthful brother she fiercely safe while she wasn’t promoting tickets to determine him bare, Kirstie Alley’s lifestyles has been formed and molded via males. “Men, males, excellent men!” gave her her first significant holiday in Hollywood and her awardwinning function on Cheers, and during marriages, a debilitating cocaine dependancy, the dying of her mom, roles in the various greatest comedies of the final two decades, and a shocking stint on Dancing with the Stars, males proved to be the muse for multitudes of the choices and dramas in Kirstie Alley’s existence.
In this choice of associated essays that’s either hilarious and poignant in turns, Kirstie chronicles all of the sturdy, the undesirable, and the grotesque males who've stimulated and guided her. She demonstrates how males will be the air that girls breathe or the resource of all in their frustrations. yet for higher or worse, Kirstie exhibits lifestyles good lived is a existence lived within the corporation of guys, specially in the event that they
remember to place the lid down. The artwork of guys (I want Mine al Dente) is a hilarious expedition into love, pleasure, motherhood, loss, intercourse, and self-discovery from one among Hollywood’s so much enduring stars.

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Rubem Braga: Um Cigano Fazendeiro do Ar (2nd Edition) by Marco Antonio de Carvalho

By Marco Antonio de Carvalho

Rubem Braga começou a escrever e assinar suas crônicas aos 15 anos de idade, sem imaginar que, mais tarde, iria tornar-se uma espécie de padroeiro do gênero no Brasil e o inventor da crônica moderna no país. Em Rubem Braga – Um cigano fazendeiro do ar, Marco Antonio de Carvalho, conterrâneo de Braga, faz um “registro da vida privada do escritor e do landscape social de sua época, oscilando entre os fatos anedóticos e saborosos da memória afetiva e os acontecimentos da história e da política”, como outline o jornalista Manuel da Costa Pinto, que assina a orelha do livro.

Publicada originalmente em 2007 e vencedora do Prêmio Jabuti como Melhor Biografia em 2008, a obra ganha nova revisão técnica e apresentação de Álvaro Costa e Silva, mas mantém o trabalho de pesquisa feito por Marco Antonio de Carvalho, que mergulhou nas raízes familiares de Rubem Braga, seu conterrâneo de Cachoeiro de Itapemirim (ES), por mais de 10 anos. Reuniu informações de cerca de 270 entrevistas feitas com pessoas que conviveram com Braga, teve acesso a cartas trocadas por ele com familiares, amigos e companheiros de ofício, além de fotos que vão do início do século 20 até a morte do escritor (de câncer na laringe, em 19 de dezembro de 1990) para compor, em livro, a história do mais importante cronista brasileiro.

A vida de Rubem Braga confunde-se com a da crônica brasileira, mas também com a política e a cena cultural do país. Experiências marcantes que teve como jornalista, correspondente internacional (o único que testemunhou a rendição dos alemães à Força Expedicionária Brasileira na Itália, em abril de 1945, durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial), cônsul e embaixador do Brasil em países como Chile e Marrocos estão retratadas no livro, assim como a perseguição que sofreu durante o Estado Novo de Getúlio Vargas e sua amizade com muitos dos protagonistas da cena intelectual do começo do século passado, como Paulo Mendes Campos (com quem chegou a dividir um apartamento), Otto Lara Rezende e Vinicius de Moraes.

Rubem Braga – um cigano fazendeiro do ar relata a vida de uma referência da literatura e jornalismo brasileiros, que, mais do que fazer o retrato de sua época a partir de suas crônicas, deu a elas uma função lírica.
Sobre o Autor

Sobre o autor: Marco Antonio de Carvalho nasceu em Cachoeiro do Itapemirim (ES), em 195, e viveu nessa cidade até 1964. Morou em Campos (RJ) , Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo. Foi professor de literatura brasileira, repórter, redator e editor de jornais e revistas (Última Hora, Veículo, Transporte Moderno, Reposição & Negócios, Jornal da Tarde, O Estado de S. Paulo), além de tradutor e revisor. Publicou livros infantis (Branco overall, A história do lobo, Pato sem patrão), a biografia do coreógrafo Klauss Vianna (A dança), entre outros. Foi colaborador de cadernos de cultura e lançou Memórias de Cachoeiro em 25. Faleceu no dia 25 de junho de 2007.

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The Look of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s by Paul Willetts

By Paul Willetts

Within the heyday of his sleaze empire, Raymond used to be for lots of the brash personification of nouveau riche vulgarity. For others, he expemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that enabled a terrible boy from Liverpool to develop into Britain's richest guy. This publication follows him from his strict Catholic upbringing to the isolation and paranoia of his previous age.

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