Posts in category: Biography
By Frank Worrall
The rules of John Maynard Keynes encouraged the recent Deal and helped rebuild global economies after international conflict II ―and have been later brushed aside as "depression economics." Then got here the nice meltdown of 2008. marketplace forces that the area depended on by surprise did not self-correct―and Keynes's doctrine of corrective motion in a less than perfect international turned extra proper than ever.
Keynes used to be no longer a conventional economist: He used to be a polemicist, iconoclastic public highbrow, peer of the world, and political operative, in addition to an overtly gay Bohemian who befriended Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster. In Keynes, famous historian Peter Clarke offers a well timed and masterful accounting of Keynes's lifestyles and paintings, bringing his genius and skepticism alive for an period fraught with fiscal problems that he without doubt may have relished solving.
This soaking up autobiography in letters bargains a extraordinary window into the lifetime of one of many maximum novelists of our time. "The top ebook of the Year." --David resort, The Guardian [UK]
one of many undisputed masters of twentieth-century English prose, Graham Greene (1904-1991) wrote tens of hundreds of thousands of private letters. This exemplary quantity provides a brand new and engrossing account of his lifestyles developed out of his personal phrases. Impeccably edited by way of pupil Richard Greene, the letters--including many unavailable even to his professional biographer--give a brand new point of view on a existence that mixed literary fulfillment, political motion, espionage, go back and forth, and romantic entanglement. The letters describe his travels in such areas as Mexico, Vietnam, and Cuba, the place he saw the struggles of mankind with a compassionate and honest eye. Letters to neighbors resembling Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark provide a glimpse into the literary tradition within which he wrote, whereas others display the agonies of his middle. The sheer diversity of expertise contained in Greene's correspondence defies comparability. eight pages
By Margaret Cheney
During this “informative and pleasant” (American Scientist) biography, Margaret Cheney explores the bright and prescient brain of Nikola Tesla, one of many 20th century’s maximum scientists and inventors.
In Tesla: guy Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the bright and prescient brain of 1 of the 20th century's maximum scientists and inventors. referred to as a madman via his enemies, a genius via others, and an enigma by means of approximately all people, Nikola Tesla was once, unquestionably, a trailblazing inventor who created unbelievable, occasionally world-transforming units that have been nearly with out theoretical precedent. Tesla not just came upon the rotating magnetic box -- the root of so much alternating-current equipment -- but in addition brought us to the basics of robotics, desktops, and missile technological know-how. nearly supernaturally talented, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was once stricken via an array of compulsions and phobias and was once keen on extravagant, visionary experimentations. He used to be additionally a favored man-about-town, famous through males as various as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and loved by means of rankings of society beauties.
From Tesla's adolescence in Yugoslavia to his dying in manhattan within the Forties, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a life of discoveries that substantially altered -- and proceed to change -- the area within which we are living. Tesla: guy Out of Time is an in-depth examine the seminal accomplishments of a systematic wizard and a considerate exam of the obsessions and eccentricities of the guy at the back of the technological know-how.
By Katie Nicholl
By Christopher Gullo, Michael G. McGlasson
By Bear Grylls
This humorously illustrated ebook is a suite of knowledge that well known adventurer endure Grylls desires to proportion along with his sons in regards to the hazards, tumbles, and victories of a well-lived lifestyles.
Mountain climber, world-record holder, and across the world recognized tv character Grylls understands a specific thing or approximately experience. the best experience he's skilled, although, is elevating his 3 boys. In To My Sons, Grylls stocks the fees, Scripture verses, and non secular knowledge he has discovered throughout the literal ups and downs of an exhilarating lifestyles. that includes cartoons from recognized cartoon artist Charlie Mackesy, this booklet is a poignant primer for boys and males of every age.
By Isabel Vincent
“Isabel Vincent has written a riveting account of the lifetime of the overseas socialite and billionairess Lily Safra, allegedly the 3rd richest lady within the world.... It’s an exceptional read.” — Dominick Dunne
In this soaking up biography of Brazilian-born philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra—the first ever published—acclaimed investigative journalist Isabel Vincent (Bodies and Souls) delves underneath the intrigue surrounding one of many world’s richest ladies. From her humble beginnings in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown to the tragic dying of her fourth husband, mythical billionaire banker Edmond Safra, in an arsonist’s hearth of their Monte Carlo penthouse, Gilded Lily combines the entire parts of compelling fiction in a completely spell binding account.
By Ben Bradlee Jr.
At lengthy final, the epic biography Ted Williams deserves--and that his enthusiasts were anticipating.
Williams used to be the simplest hitter in baseball background. His batting general of .406 in 1941 has now not been crowned when you consider that, and no participant who has hit greater than 500 domestic runs has the next profession batting commonplace. these totals may were even larger if Williams had no longer left baseball for almost 5 years within the top of his profession to function a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit domestic runs farther than any participant earlier than him--and traveled a ways himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography finds. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted may spend so much of his lifestyles disguising his Mexican history. in the course of his 22 years with the Boston crimson Sox, Williams electrified crowds throughout America--and stunned them, too: His infamous clashes with the click and lovers threatened his acceptance. but whereas he was once a God within the batter's field, he used to be profoundly human as soon as he stepped clear of the plate. His ferocity got here to outline his bothered family existence. whereas baseball could have been uncomplicated for Ted Williams, existence used to be not.
THE child is biography of the top literary order, an exhilarating and sincere account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his ultimate at-bat, Williams hit a house run. Bradlee's tremendous e-book clears the fences, too.
Outraged by means of the Vietnam conflict and racism in the United States, a bunch of younger American radicals introduced their purpose to "bring the conflict home." the elements Underground waged a low-level conflict opposed to the U.S. govt via a lot of the Seventies, bombing the Capitol development, breaking Timothy Leary out of legal, and evading one of many greatest FBI manhunts in history.
Sing a conflict tune brings jointly the 3 whole and unedited guides produced by way of the Weathermen in the course of their such a lot energetic interval underground, 1970 to 1974: the elements Eye: Communiqués from the elements Underground; Prairie fireplace: The Politics of innovative Anti-Imperialism; and Sing a conflict music: Poems through ladies within the climate Underground Organization.
Sing a conflict music is brought and annotated through 3 of the elements Underground’s unique organizers—Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Jeff Jones—all of whom are all nonetheless actively engaged in social justice move work.
Idealistic, encouraged, pissed-off, and sometimes way-over-the-top, the writings of the elements Underground epitomize the sexual, psychedelic, anti-war counterculture of the yank Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies.