Category Archives: Biography

American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman

| October 5, 2016 | admin | 0

From revered historian John S. D. Eisenhower comes a shocking portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil warfare normal whose direction of destruction minimize the Confederacy in , broke the need of the Southern inhabitants, and earned him a spot in background as “the first smooth general.” but at the back of his popularity as a fierce warrior was once a sympathetic guy of complicated personality.

A century and a part after the Civil battle, Sherman is still certainly one of its such a lot arguable figures—the soldier who introduced the struggle not just to the accomplice military, yet to accomplice civilians besides. but Eisenhower, a West aspect graduate and a retired brigadier common (Army Reserves), reveals in Sherman a guy of startling contrasts, under no circumstances outlined by means of the consequences of “total war.” His scruffy, matted visual appeal belied an unconventional and unyielding mind. Intensely dependable to improved officials, specially Ulysses S. supply, he was once additionally a stalwart individualist. convinced adequate to make calls for face-to-face with President Lincoln, he sympathetically listened to the issues of newly freed slaves on his famed march from Atlanta to Savannah. Dubbed “no soldier” in the course of his years at West element, Sherman later rose to the rank of normal of the military, and even though deeply dedicated to the Union reason, he held the folks of the South in nice affection.

In this outstanding reassessment of Sherman’s lifestyles and occupation, Eisenhower takes readers from Sherman’s Ohio origins and his fledgling first stint within the military, to his years as a businessman in California and his moved quickly go back to uniform on the outbreak of the warfare. From Bull Run via Sherman’s epic March to the ocean, Eisenhower deals up a desirable narrative of an army genius whose impact helped safeguard the Union—and eternally replaced warfare.

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Alice on the Line - An Australian Classic

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"The city that's now Alice Springs was once a telegraph station while Doris Bradshaw Blackwell went there as a tender lady in 1899. Doris Blackwell's father, Thomas Bradshaw, was once the officer-in-charge of the telegraph station from 1899 to 1908."

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Gerald: A Portrait

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By Daphne du Maurier

Sir Gerald du Maurier was once the preeminent actor-manager of his day, knighted in 1922 for his providers to the theater. released inside six months of her father's demise, Daphne du Maurier's frank portrait was once thought of stunning by way of lots of his admirers—but it was once a massive good fortune, successful her severe acclaim and launching her profession. the following, Daphne captures the spirit and grace of the charismatic actor who performed the unique Captain Hook, amusingly recounting his eccentricities, his humor, in addition to his darker part.

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Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery

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By Herbie J Pilato

Based on writer Herbie J Pilato’s particular interviews with Elizabeth Montgomery sooner than her dying in 1995, Twitch Upon a Star comprises insider fabric and remark from a number of contributors linked to her impressive existence and occupation prior to, in the course of, and after Bewitched, together with her vintage function motion pictures The court docket Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955), Who's Been napping In My Bed? (1963), and Johnny Cool (1963).

Two of Montgomery’s many renowned television videos, A Case of Rape (which continues to be one of many highest-rated TV-movies of all time) and The Legend of Lizzie Borden (which will quickly be remade as a function film), have been groundbreaking and stay classics. yet Twitch Upon a Star additionally is going backstage to discover Montgomery’s political activism, together with her early advocacy for AIDS victims and the peace circulate; her help for all minorities, together with the homosexual neighborhood and the disabled; and her debatable participation as narrator of the1988 function movie documentary Cover-Up and its 1991 Oscar-winning sequel, The Panama Deception (both of which chronicled the Iran/Contra scandal of the 1980s). The ebook additionally explores Montgomery's tumultuous relationships together with her father, monitor legend Robert Montgomery (she used to be a liberal; he used to be a staunch conservative), and her 4 husbands (including actor Gig younger, who later died in a murder/suicide). via it all—and to friends and family reminiscent of fellow performers Ronny Cox, Sally Kemp, and Florence Henderson—she was once simply Lizzie: down-to-earth and unaffected, similar to Samantha, the "witch-with-a-twitch" Stephens, her most renowned role.

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Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners

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He used to be a punk. He used to be a soldier. He was once a flag-waver for either the Labour celebration and the miners. he's Billy Bragg, top often called a passionate protest people singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian reasons all the world over. His existence encapsulates loads approximately his new release: born within the overdue '50s, passions solid by means of punk, politics formed via Thatcherism, desire supplied by way of the top of the chilly battle and beliefs galvanised through what he sees as a post-ideological twenty first century. desirous about compassion and responsibility, he likes amusing too, and is enduringly renowned. Billy Bragg is still to at the present time a much-loved songwriter and performer whose campaigning has now spanned 4 many years and exhibits no signal of relenting. nonetheless compatible For Miners is his reputable tale, up-to-date for the thirtieth anniversary of his debut album, Life's A insurrection with undercover agent Vs undercover agent, and together with the recording of his 10th album as a solo artist, the teeth and Nail.

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Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae

| October 4, 2016 | admin | 0

By Gale E. Christianson

A biography of the recognized astronomer finds the guy who provided observational proof helping the speculation of the increasing universe and confirmed the life of alternative galaxies, labored at the innovative velocity-distance courting, and moved simply in big name circles.

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The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers

| October 4, 2016 | admin | 0

By Angela Patrick, Lynne Barrett-Lee

In 1963, Angela Brown used to be 19, having fun with her first activity operating within the urban of London, whilst her existence grew to become the other way up. a short fling with a charismatic charmer left her pregnant, single and dealing with a stark destiny. now not but 21, she used to be nonetheless lower than the governance of her mom and dad, strict Catholics who insisted she have the infant in mystery after which placed it up for adoption. compelled to go away her task and her kinfolk, Angela used to be despatched to a convent in Essex for her 'confinement'. Run like a Victorian workhouse, she used to be vilified through the nuns for her 'wickedness'. After a terrifying labour with out discomfort aid, Angela gave beginning to a stunning son, Paul. At 8 weeks he was once taken from her and forcibly post for adoption, leaving Angela heartbroken. now not an afternoon glided by with no Angela wondering him. Then, thirty years later, a letter got here. It used to be from Paul, and a reunion used to be prepared. This important slice of social background is a stunning reminder of the way attitudes have replaced round the factor of unmarried motherhood because the early Nineteen Sixties. it's also a decent, heartfelt memoir that explores the nearest of human bonds.

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Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World's Famous and Infamous

| October 4, 2016 | admin | 0

By Marlene Wagman-Geller

Who acknowledged males Get to Monopolize the Glory?
become aware of the Little identified ladies who've placed the World's Alpha men at the Map.

From precedent days to the current, males have got many of the reliable ink. but status simply open air the highlight are the extreme, and ignored, other halves and partners who're simply as instrumental in shaping the destinies in their famous―and infamous―men.

This witty, illuminating ebook unearths the striking tales of 40 fascinating women, from Constance Lloyd (Mrs. Oscar Wilde) to Carolyn Adams (Mrs. Jerry Garcia), who've stood in the back of their mythical companions and helped to humanize them, frequently on the expense in their personal careers, reputations, and happiness. via reputation and its attendant ills―alcoholism, infidelity, psychological sickness, divorce, or even tried murder―these robust ladies quietly propelled their males to the pinnacle and altered the process history.

Meet the Untold 1/2 background, Including:
•Alma Reville (Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock)
•Elena Diakonova (Mrs. Salvador Dali)
•Winifred Madikizela (Mrs. Nelson Mandela)
•Ann Charteris (Mrs. Ian Fleming, a.k.a. Mrs. James Bond)
•Ruth Alpern (Mrs. Bernie Maddoff)
And 35 more!

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Out of Place: A Memoir

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By Edward W. Said

From essentially the most very important intellectuals of our time comes a unprecedented tale of exile and a party of an irrecoverable prior. A deadly clinical prognosis in 1991 confident Edward stated that he may still depart a checklist of the place he was once born and spent his formative years, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the misplaced Arab international of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Said writes with nice ardour and wit approximately his family members and his neighbors from his birthplace in Jerusalem, faculties in Cairo, and summers within the mountains above Beirut, to boarding university and school within the usa, revealing an incredible global of wealthy, colourful characters and unique japanese landscapes. Underscoring all is the confusion of identification the younger acknowledged skilled as he got here to phrases with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, finally, an intruder. Richly precise, relocating, frequently profound, Out of Place depicts a tender man's coming of age and the genesis of a very good sleek philosopher.

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