Download E-books Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War PDF

By Bruce Henderson

From the number 1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of And the ocean Will inform comes Hero Found: the fabulous yet precise tale of Dieter Dengler, the single pilot to flee captivity from a POW camp within the Laotian jungle through the Vietnam warfare. This striking tale of overcome likely insurmountable odds has been filmed through Werner Herzog as either a documentary (Little Dieter must Fly) and a movie (Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale), and now gets its booklet remedy from Bruce Henderson, who served with Dengler in Vietnam.

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Download E-books Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion PDF

By W. K. Stratton

"A well-researched and past due tribute. Like considered one of Patterson's trustworthy left hooks, Stratton sharply recounts the lifetime of a huge, yet usually forgotten, two-time international heavyweight champion." — Gary Andrew Poole, writer of PacMan: behind the curtain with Manny Pacquiao

In 1956, Floyd Patterson grew to become, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to assert the name of worldwide heavyweight champion. Later, he was once the 1st ever to lose and regain that honor.

Here, the acclaimed writer W. ok. Stratton chronicles the lifetime of "the light Gladiator" — an athlete overshadowed by way of Ali's theatrics and Liston's fearsome acceptance, and a civil rights activist ignored within the who is Who of race politics. From the Gramercy gymnasium and wildcard supervisor Cus D’Amato to the ultimate rematch opposed to Ali in 1972, Patterson's profession spanned boxing's golden age. He received an Olympic gold medal, had bouts with Moore and Johansson, and used to be interviewed by way of James Baldwin, homosexual Talese, and Budd Schulberg. a posh, misunderstood determine — he as soon as kissed an opponent on the finish of a fit — he was once recognized for his peekaboo stance and soft-spoken nature.

Floyd Patterson used to be boxing’s invisible champion, yet during this deeply researched and fantastically written biography he comes vividly to existence and is ultimately given his due — as probably the most crafty boxers of his time and as certainly one of our nice sportsmen, a guy who formed the realm out and in of the ring.

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Download E-books Who Were the Beatles? (Who Was...?) PDF

By Geoff Edgers

Nearly every body can sing besides the Beatles, yet what percentage younger readers be aware of their complete story?  Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard-core Beatles fan, brings the Fab 4 to lifestyles during this Who Was...? book.  Readers will find out about their childhoods in Liverpool, their first forays into rock track, what Beatlemania was once like, and why they broke up.  it is all right here in an easy-to-read narrative with lots of black-and-white illustrations!

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Download E-books The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul PDF

By Patrick French

Due to the fact V. S. Naipaul left his Caribbean birthplace on the age of seventeen, his inconceivable lifestyles has the worldwide circulation of peoples, whose preeminent literary chronicler he has develop into. In The international Is What It Is, Patrick French deals the 1st authoritative biography of the debatable Nobel laureate, whose in simple terms acknowledged ambition was once greatness as a author, in pursuit of which objective not anything else was once sacred.

Beginning with a richly special portrait of Naipaul’s formative years in colonial Trinidad, French provides us the boy born to an Indian kinfolk, the displaced soul in a displaced neighborhood, who by way of dint of expertise and ambition reveals the one possible manner out: a scholarship to Oxford. London within the Nineteen Fifties deals desire and his first literary luck, yet homesickness and melancholy virtually defeat Vidia, his slender break out aided by means of Patricia Hale, an Englishwoman who will commit herself to his paintings and overall healthiness. she is going to stand via him, occasionally tenuously, for greater than 4 a long time, at the same time Naipaul embarks on a twenty-four-year affair, with a purpose to wake up half-dead passions and feed probably his maximum wave of dizzying creativity. Amid this harrowing emotional lifestyles, French lines the process the fierce visionary impulse underlying Naipaul’s singular strength, a present to provide masterpieces of fiction and nonfiction.

Informed via unique entry to V. S. Naipaul’s deepest papers and private reminiscences, and through nice feeling for his bold physique of labor, French’s revelatory biography does complete justice to an enigmatic genius.

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Download E-books The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church PDF

By Michael W. Harris

Such a lot observers think that gospel track has been sung in African-American church buildings in view that their association within the overdue 1800s. but not anything should be farther from the reality, as Michael W. Harris's historical past of gospel blues finds. Tracing the increase of gospel blues as visible during the profession of its founding determine, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, Harris tells the tale of the main trendy individual within the introduction of gospel blues.
Also often called "Georgia Tom," Dorsey had significant luck within the Nineteen Twenties as a pianist, composer, and arranger for famous blues singes together with Ma Rainey. within the Nineteen Thirties he grew to become concerned with Chicago's African-American, old-line Protestant church buildings, the place his historical past within the blues enormously encouraged his composing and making a song. Following a lot controversy in the course of the Thirties and the eventual overwhelming reaction that Dorsey's new type of song got, the gospel blues turned a massive strength in African-American church buildings and faith. His greater than four hundred gospel songs and up to date Grammy Award point out that he's nonetheless at the present time the main prolific composer/publisher within the circulate. Delving into the lifetime of the critical determine of gospel blues, Harris illuminates not just the evolution of this well known musical shape, but additionally the concept and social forces that cast the tradition within which this track was once formed.

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Download E-books That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor PDF

By Anne Sebba

The first complete scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written via a lady, exploring the brain of 1 of the main glamorous and reviled figures of the 20 th Century, a personality who performed prominently within the blockbuster movie The King's Speech.
This is the tale of the yank divorcee infamous for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne. "That woman," so known as through Queen Elizabeth, The Queen mom, used to be born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore. Neither attractive nor superb, she persevered an impoverished early life, which fostered in her a burning wish to upward push above her circumstances.
Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba bargains an eye-opening account of 1 of the main referred to girls of her new release. It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson's dating with Prince Edward, the advice that she could have had a illness of Sexual improvement, and new proof displaying she might by no means have desired to marry Edward in any respect.
Since her loss of life, Simpson has turn into a logo of girl empowerment in addition to a method icon. yet her psychology is still an enigma. Drawing from interviews and newly stumbled on letters, That Woman shines a mild in this alluring and intricate girl, an item of fascination that has in basic terms grown with the years.

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Download E-books Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty PDF

The nonfiction debut from the writer of the overseas bestseller "Sacred video games" in regards to the excellent overlap among writing and computing device coding

Vikram Chandra has been a working laptop or computer programmer for nearly so long as he has been a novelist. during this remarkable new publication, his first paintings of nonfiction, he searches for the connections among the worlds of artwork and know-how. Coders are passionate about beauty and elegance, simply as writers are, yet do the phrases suggest an analogous factor to either? will we ascribe attractiveness to the craft of writing code?
Exploring such various subject matters as common sense gates and literary modernism, the machismo of tech geeks, the omnipresence of an "Indian Mafia" in Silicon Valley, and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta, "Geek chic" is either an idiosyncratic historical past of coding and a desirable meditation at the writer's paintings. half literary essay, half know-how tale, and half memoir, it's an engrossing, unique, and heady e-book of sweeping ideas.

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Download E-books The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor PDF

By Ellis Amburn

Ellis Amburn's very good biography of the Academy Award®-winning actress and mythical attractiveness captures the unheard of Elizabeth in all her tragedy and splendor--her tumultuous loves, her doomed affections, her surprising excesses, her braveness, and her inimitable type. choked with wonderful revelations concerning the males in her life--Burton, Clift, Hilton, Dean, Fisher--it is a wonderful get together of the turbulent lifetime of a super superstar that none in Hollywood or heaven may perhaps ever outshine.

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Download E-books Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones PDF

By Chris Masters

How will we rank a guy who increases thousands for individuals in want yet whose activities waste hundreds of thousands in aid of unworthy pals and terrible public coverage? How can we outline a person who on his personal reveals jobs for the out of labor yet who sometimes trashes the careers of others? those are a few of the many paradoxes of Alan Jones. Why is he loved? Why is he reviled? Why does this speak radio host have the facility to dine with presidents, lecture major ministers and premiers, and impression govt ministers? and the way is it that he couldn't in basic terms live on a scandal reminiscent of the 'cash for remark' affair, yet move directly to better gift? Chris Masters seeks the solutions to those questions and in doing so unearths a posh person and the effective relationships he has with either fight highway and the large finish of city. Compelling and probing, Jonestown takes us to the dangerous intersection of populism and politics. It reaches deep right into a robust and exposes the parable and the magic of an important guy.

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