Biography

Download E-books Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man PDF

The genuine tale in the back of the acclaimed motion picture 12 Years a Slave, this publication relies at the lifetime of Solomon Northup, a loose black guy from manhattan who was once captured within the usa and bought into slavery in Louisiana.
 
Solomon Northup aroused from sleep in the midst of the evening along with his physique trembling. Slowly, he discovered that he was once handcuffed in a dismal room and his toes have been chained to the ground. He controlled to slide his hand into his pocket to appear for his loose papers that proved he used to be one in all 400,000 unfastened blacks in a state the place 2.5 million different African american citizens have been slaves. They have been gone.
 
This outstanding tale follows Northup via his 12 years of bondage as a guy abducted into slavery, enduring the hardships of slave existence in Louisiana. however the story additionally has a awesome finishing. Northup is rescued from his master's cotton plantation within the deep South via buddies in big apple. this can be a compelling story that appears right into a little recognized slice of historical past, absolute to rivet younger readers and adults alike.

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Download E-books The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country PDF

By Charlotte Gray

In February 1915, a member of 1 of Canada's wealthiest households was once shot and killed at the entrance porch of his domestic in Toronto as he was once strolling back from paintings. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old family servant, quick confessed. yet who was once the sufferer the following? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a recognized relations, or the worried, probably mentally risky Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? whilst the bright legal professional Hartley Dewart, quality control, took on her case, his grudge opposed to the strong Masseys could gas a dramatic trial that pitted the previous order opposed to the recent, wealth and privilege opposed to advantage and sincere labor. Set opposed to a backdrop of the good struggle in Europe and the altering face of a state, this sensational crime is dropped at vibrant lifestyles for the 1st time.

As in her prior bestselling ebook, Gold Diggers--now in construction as a Discovery tv miniseries--multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte grey has created a charming narrative wealthy intimately and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a gentle on a vital second in our prior.

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Download E-books David Bowie: Starman PDF

By Paul Trynka

"Ziggy Stardust," "Changes," below Pressure," "Let's Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," and naturally, "Starman." those are the vintage songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop recognition along his track. He wrote and recorded with all people from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, bought 136 million albums, has one of many really nice voices, and stimulated bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand.

Paul Trynka illuminates Bowie's possible contradictory lifestyles and his many reinventions as an artist, providing over three hundred new interviews with every person from classmates to managers to enthusiasts. He unearths Bowie's wide impression at the leisure international, from celeb to modern day icon, trend-setter to musical innovator. This publication will outline Bowie for years yet to come.

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Download E-books The Real Mrs. Brown PDF

Who'd have notion a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights may typhoon British television displays and depart a country helpless with laughter?

Brendan O'Carroll plays to tens of millions of individuals an evening in packed-out stadiums around the kingdom. within the final 4 years his television exhibit has turn into a bunch 1 rankings good fortune and he is even creating a movie.

yet Brendan has needed to conflict difficult for achievement. The youngest of 11 youngsters, his mom used to be Maureen O'Carroll, a former nun who went directly to develop into the 1st lady to be elected to the Irish parliament. Brendan cherished his robust, widowed mom - and he or she later turned the muse for his indomitable personality Agnes Brown.

even though, the relations persevered poverty akin to Angela's Ashes and Brendan observed no choice yet to depart institution at 12 to paintings. He married younger and for many years struggled to make ends meet. ultimately, bankrupt and determined, Brendan went to determine a fortune teller who advised him she may see his destiny attaining world wide luck as a comic and actor. at the start Brendan laughed on the concept, yet then he considered how a lot his pals enjoyed his gags, and made up our minds to provide it a go...

this can be the mystical tale of the way a loveable Irishman with a wig and a wit as caustic as battery acid stunned every person - so much of all himself - by way of turning into one of many best-loved comedians on this planet.
it's a tale of complication, heartbreak, and skill and may remind readers afresh that typically the evidence could be much more striking than the fiction.

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Download E-books All In: The Education of General David Petraeus PDF

By Paula Broadwell

Common David Petraeus is the main transformative chief the yank army has visible because the iteration of Marshall. within the New York Times bestseller All In, army professional Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's occupation, his highbrow improvement as an army officer, and his impression at the U.S. military.

Afforded huge entry via normal Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime pals, Broadwell suggested at the entrance strains of struggling with and on the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the studies of this American common as they have been dropped at undergo within the poor crucible of battle. All In draws on thousands of hours of specific interviews with Petraeus and his most sensible officials and infantrymen to inform the interior tale of this commander's improvement and management in war.

When Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in July 2010, the clash regarded as bleak as at any second in America's 9 years at the floor there. Petraeus's defining idea—counterinsurgency—was instant positioned to its so much tricky try: the difficult classes realized through the surge in Iraq have been to be utilized in a appreciably assorted theater. All In examines the effect in Afghanistan of latest counterinsurgency in addition to counterterrorism suggestions in the course of the instructions of numerous Petraeus protégés.

Broadwell examines his evolution as a solider from his schooling at West element within the wake of Vietnam to his past provider in relevant the USA, Haiti, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Iraq. All In also records the general's position within the battle in Washington, going backstage of negotiations in the course of coverage experiences of the warfare in Afghanistan in Congress, the Pentagon, and the White condo.

Broadwell finally appraises Petraeus's impression at the complete U.S. army: due to this man's effect, the army is best ready to struggle utilizing a complete combination of civil-military actions. As the US surveys a decade of untraditional battle, this a lot is apparent: The occupation of normal David Petraeus profoundly formed our army and left an indelible mark on its emerging leaders.

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Download E-books The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work PDF

By Korie Robertson, Kay Robertson, Missy Robertson, Jessica Robertson, Lisa Robertson

An within examine the Robertson girls

In the pages of this e-book, you'll locate either enjoyable and inspirational tales . . .

Kay stocks the sincere tale of her courting with Phil—and his wild and philandering years—and the demanding situations of being a teenage mom. much more notable, she stocks the forgiveness she provided Phil and the way they've got now celebrated forty-eight years of marriage.

Korie tells of her first come upon with Phil while she was once in precisely the 5th grade. At that first assembly Phil got here correct out and informed her what stable husbands his boys could make and that she may still keep watch over them. She additionally stocks the response her mom and dad had whilst she informed them that she and Willie have been getting married whilst she used to be simply eighteen.

Missy tells the tale in their daughter, Mia, who was once born with a cleft palate, and their changes to this situation and Mia's cheerful spirit that evokes all of them.

Jessica recounts her first dialog with Jep and the way unimpressed she was once whilst Jep bragged that his dad was once the Duck Commander Phil Robertson. She instructed him she'd heard of Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, and Duck, Duck, Goose— yet no longer the Duck Commander.

Lisa finds the intense marriage difficulties she and Al had—problems that just about ended their marriage for good—and how they labored via these matters to have a extra reliable and loving marriage than she ever imagined attainable.

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Download E-books Teacher Man: A Memoir PDF

By Frank McCourt

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling writer who wore his famous person with striking grace comes a magnificently beautiful booklet approximately educating and approximately how one nice storyteller came upon his voice.

Frank McCourt grew to become an not likely big name while, on the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his formative years in Limerick, eire. Then got here 'Tis, his excellent account of his early years in New York.

Now, right here eventually is McCourt's long-awaited e-book approximately how his thirty-year educating occupation formed his moment act as a author. Teacher Man can be an pressing tribute to academics in all places. In daring and lively prose that includes his irreverent wit and compelling honesty, McCourt files the rigors, triumphs and surprises he confronted within the school room. Teacher Man exhibits McCourt constructing his unprecedented skill to inform a superb tale as, 5 days per week, 5 classes in line with day, he labored to realize the eye and admire of unruly, hormonally charged or detached adolescents.

For McCourt, storytelling itself is the resource of salvation, and in Teacher Man the adventure to redemption -- and literary status -- is an exciting event.

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Download E-books The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt PDF

By Kara Cooney

An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning girl pharaoh in historical Egypt and the tale of her audacious upward push to power.
 
Hatshepsut—the daughter of a normal who usurped Egypt's throne and a mom with ties to the former dynasty—was born right into a privileged position in the royal family, and he or she was once anticipated to undergo the sons who could legitimize the reign of her father’s kin. Her failure to provide a male inheritor was once eventually the coincidence that lead the way for her unbelievable rule as a cross-dressing king.  At simply over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an problematic coronation rite that set the tone for her magnificent reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the baby king whose mom Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat at the throne. Hatshepsut used to be a grasp strategist, cloaking her political energy performs within the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. simply as girls this day face stumbling blocks from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of strength to grow to be Egypt's moment woman pharaoh.

Hatshepsut effectively negotiated a direction from the royal nursery to the very top of authority, and her reign observed one in every of historic Egypt’s such a lot prolific construction classes. students have lengthy speculated as to why her monuments have been destroyed inside a number of a long time of her dying, all yet erasing proof of her remarkable rule. developing a wealthy narrative background utilizing the artifacts that stay, famous Egyptologist Kara Cooney bargains a outstanding interpretation of the way Hatshepsut quickly yet methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public want simply as quick. The lady Who will be King strains the novel lifetime of an almost-forgotten pharaoh and explores our complex reactions to ladies in power.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller (Jewish History, Life, and Culture (Hardcover)) PDF

As the best-selling writer of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII, and Trinity, Leon Uris blazed a route to big name with books that readers couldn't positioned down. Uris's 13 novels bought hundreds of thousands of copies, spent months at the best-seller lists, seemed in fifty languages, and feature been tailored into both renowned video clips and television miniseries. Few different writers equaled Uris's status within the mid-twentieth century. His good fortune fueled the increase of mass-market paperbacks, motion picture tie-ins, and star writer excursions. loved via the general public, Uris was once, no longer unusually, brushed off by way of literary critics. beforehand, his personal life—as filled with drama as his fiction—has by no means been the topic of a book.

In Leon Uris: lifetime of a top Seller, Ira Nadel lines Uris from his disruptive early life to his life-changing stories as a marine in global warfare II. those reviews, coupled with Uris's embody of his Judaism and wish to write, resulted in his unparalleled luck and the lavish excesses of a occupation as a best-selling writer. Nadel finds that Uris lived the adventures he defined, together with his conflict reviews within the Pacific (Battle Cry), life-threatening travels in Israel (Exodus), stopover at to Communist Poland (Mila 18), libel trial in Britain (QB VII), and hazardous sojourn in fractious Northern eire and the Irish Republic (Trinity). Nadel additionally demonstrates that Uris's expertise for writing action-packed, but completely researched, novels meshed completely with the public's wish to revisit and comprehend the tumultuous occasions of modern heritage. This made him way more well known (and filthy rich) than extra literary authors, whereas paving the way in which for writers resembling Irving Wallace and Tom Clancy.

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