Download E-books Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth PDF

By Norman F. Cantor

"Alexander's habit was once conditioned alongside yes strains -- heroism, braveness, power, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the good, uncommon pupil and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the non-public lifestyles and army conquests of this so much mythical of fellows. Cantor attracts from the foremost writings of Alexander's contemporaries mixed with the latest mental and cultural stories to teach Alexander as he used to be -- a very good determine within the historical global whose perplexing character tremendously fueled his army accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous dating along with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement together with his mom, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He strains Alexander's makes an attempt to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, utilizing Achilles, hero of the Trojan conflict, as his version. eventually, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself relating to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

More than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a mental rendering of a guy of his time.

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Download E-books Chopper from the inside: Confessions of the Australian Underworld's Most Feared Headhunter, Mark Brandon Read PDF

By Mark Brandon Read

Mark Brandon "Chopper" learn is the son of a strict 7th Day Adventist mom and a shell-shocked soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his part. Bullied in school, he grew up dreaming of revenge, decided to be the hardest in any corporation. He turned against the law commando who terrorised drug buyers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers at the streets and in prison – yet boasts he by no means harm an blameless member of the general public. From streetfighter to standover guy, gunman to underworld executioner, he has been earmarked for loss of life a dozen instances yet has lived to inform the story. this is often it.

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Download E-books Torres: An Intimate Portrait of the Kid Who Became King PDF

This is often the tale of a boy who dreamt of rock stardom yet grew as much as be a soccer God. Fernando Torres is respected by means of gamers, coaches and bosses, loved in his place of birth and idolised by way of forty two million Liverpool enthusiasts the world over. From his beginning in Madrid's working-class Fuenlabrada district to his significant 33-goal first season at Liverpool and his profitable objective within the ultimate of Euro 2008, popular activities journalist Luca Caioli is going behind the curtain of Torres' existence to determine what makes the hot hero of Anfield tick - in addition to kick. utilizing usually unique fabric from interviews with Rafael Benitez, Vicente Del Bosque, Andres Iniesta, Kenny Dalglish, Fabio Capello and Torres himself, Caioli paints a blinding own portrait of 1 of the world's most enjoyable younger footballers.

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Download E-books Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage PDF

By Kenneth Silverman

John Cage was once a guy of remarkable and probably unlimited abilities: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He grew to become a significant determine of the avant-garde early in his lifestyles and remained at that top until eventually his dying in 1992 on the age of 80. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman provides us the 1st complete lifetime of this outstanding artist. We persist with Cage from his la childhood—his father used to be a profitable inventor—through his remain in Paris from 1930 to 1931, the place immersion within the burgeoning new musical and inventive routine prompted an explosion of creativity in him and, after his go back to the States, into his reviews with the seminal smooth composer Arnold Schoenberg. We see Cage’s early experiments with sound and percussion tools, and watch as he develops his signature paintings with ready piano, radio static, random noise, and silence. We study of his many friendships through the years with different composers, artists, philosophers, and writers; of his early marriage and several other fanatics, either male and female; and of his lengthy courting with choreographer Merce Cunningham, with whom he could collaborate on substantially strange dances that proceed to persuade the worlds of either track and dance.

Drawing on interviews with Cage’s contemporaries and pals and at the huge, immense archive of his letters and writings, and together with pictures, facsimiles of musical rankings, and internet hyperlinks to illustrative sections of his compositions, Silverman provides us a biography of significant value: a revelatory portrait of 1 of an important cultural figures of the 20th century.

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Download E-books Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self PDF

By Monica Seles

This New York Times hardcover bestseller is a notable trip via status, tragedy, self-discovery, and triumph

Getting a Grip chronicles Monica Seles's early luck at the tennis circuit the place, at age 16, she grew to become the youngest winner in French Open historical past. for 3 years she ruled the travel, likely unstoppable, until eventually a deranged Steffi Graf fan plunged a knife into her again in the course of a fit in Hamburg and became her existence the wrong way up. Her accidents healed however the emotional trauma used to be deep. She spent greater than years in seclusion from the media and the tennis international, attempting to struggle off the fog of depression until eventually she endured the conflict opposed to herself-grueling six-hour routines have been sabotaged by means of secretive past due- evening binges-and she was once assaulted with feedback approximately her weight from her running shoes and, so much brutally, the clicking.

After an excruciating harm pressured her to take day off from tennis in 2003, Seles launched into her personal trip. As she exposed the painful emotional purposes that have been the set off for her binge-eating, she ultimately came across the peace and stability she have been looking for. Seles's choice, striking expertise, and touching vulnerability make her tale really inspiring.

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Download E-books Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom PDF

By John Follain

Kabul used to be continuously extra appealing within the snow. Even the piles of rotting garbage in my road, the single resource of nutrients for the scrawny chickens and goats that our friends saved outdoors their dust homes, seemed appealing to me after the snow had coated them in white through the lengthy night.

Though she is just twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and continued extra tragedy and terror than most folks event in a life-time. Born in a land ravaged by means of struggle, she was once robbed of her mom and dad once they have been murdered through Muslim fundamentalists. Devastated, she fled Kabul together with her grandmother and commenced a brand new existence in exile in Pakistan. She joined the progressive organization of the ladies of Afghanistan (RAWA), a company that challenged the crushing edicts of the Taliban executive, and he or she took future into her personal arms, becoming a member of a perilous, clandestine conflict to save lots of her nation.

Direct and unsentimental, Zoya vividly brings to lifestyles the realities of transforming into up in a Muslim tradition, the phobia of dwelling in a perpetual warfare area, the discomfort of wasting these she has enjoyed, the horrors of a woman’s lifestyles lower than the Taliban, and the came across therapeutic and transformation that lead her on a direction of resistance.

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Download E-books Robert Redford: The Biography PDF

By Michael Feeney Callan

The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford.

Among the main largely favorite Hollywood stars of his new release, Redford has seemed onstage and on-screen, in entrance of and at the back of the digital camera, incomes Academy, Golden Globe, and a mess of alternative awards and nominations for appearing, directing, and generating, and for his contributions to the humanities. His Sundance movie pageant remodeled the realm of filmmaking; his motion pictures outlined a new release. the US has come to grasp him because the Sundance child, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. yet merely now, with this revelatory biography, will we see the astounding and complicated guy underneath the Hollywood façade.

From Redford’s own papers—journals, script notes, correspondence—and hundreds and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the mythical megastar into concentration. this is his scattered family members historical past and stressed youth, his rocky begin in appearing, the demise of his son, his star-making dating with director Sydney Pollack, the production of Sundance, his political activism, his creative successes and screw ups, his friendships and romances. it is a candid, remarkable portrait of a guy whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child, all of the President’s males, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary humans, Quiz Show) have either outlined and obscured essentially the most celebrated, and, beforehand, least understood, public figures of our time.

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Download E-books Fern: My Story PDF

By Fern Britton

The much-loved television celebrity Fern Britten tells her tale for the 1st time in her Sunday occasions bestselling memoir. For years now, Fern Britton has been largely enjoyed because the presenter ofReady regular prepare dinner, and, extra lately, co-presenter of This Morning with Philip Schofield. by no means one to draw back from a great chortle or cry on nationwide television, she has none-the-less by no means pointed out herself to the general public, who prefer to maintain her deepest existence deepest. Her heat and humour, empathy and compassion, have made her think like a ally to thousands each day, yet nobody understands the lady at the back of the gleaming smile. Now, for the 1st time, she will inform her tale. And it's person who will ring a bell with girls in all places. lifestyles as a baby used to be no longer regularly effortless, and he or she confronted deepest and public demanding situations along with her own lifestyles, visual appeal and her profession as she climbed the ladder to status. Now a full-time operating mum, with a truly chuffed marriage to her moment husband Phil Vickery, she is on the most sensible of her video game, and able to inform it love it is. So placed your toes up and prepare for an excellent learn with Fern Britten. Fern Britten grew up in Buckinghamshire, and commenced her occupation on Westward tv, ahead of relocating to GMTV and prepared regular cook dinner. She later co-presented This Morning with Philip Schofield, and has develop into a miles wanted presenter for indicates together with Have I bought information For You, cleaning soap famous person megastar and superstar Mr and Mrs. She lately wowed audiences together with her functionality on Strictly Come Dancing. She lives in Buckinghamshire along with her husband Phil Vickery and their 4 little ones.

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Download E-books Bolaño: A Biography in Conversations PDF

By Kit Maude, Mónica Maristain

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The first biography of Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, whose Savage Detectives and 2666 have been bestsellers within the U.S. Written via a famous journal author who knew and interviewed Bolaño.

How to grasp the guy in the back of works of fiction so liable to extravagance? within the first biography of Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño, journalist Mónica Maristain tracks Bolaño from his formative years in Chile to his formative years in Mexico and his early infatuation with literature, to his beginnings as a poet, and to the stardom that got here with the book of the novels The Savage Detectives and 2666.

Throughout the ebook, Maristain current a picture a ways faraway from the stereotypes which have been created through the years to introduce a author whose works grabbed readers all over the world. Maristain writes as a journalist and admirer, inspired with the facility of Bolaño's prose and the cool irony with which he confronted the literary world.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero PDF

By William Kalush, Larry Sloman

Handcuff King. break out Artist. foreign Superstar.

Since his dying eighty-eight years in the past, Harry Houdini’s existence has been chronicled in books, in movie, and on tv. Now, during this groundbreaking biography, popular magic specialist William Kalush and bestselling author Larry Sloman crew as much as locate the guy in the back of the parable. Drawing from hundreds of thousands of pages of study, they describe in brilliant aspect the passions that drove Houdini to accomplish ever-more-dangerous feats, his mystery existence as a undercover agent, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.

The mystery lifetime of Houdini lines the arc of the grasp magician’s existence from determined poverty to around the globe fame—his legacy later threatened via a bunch of fanatical Spiritualists led through esteemed British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. starting up the reader alongside the way in which into the arcane global magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a lifestyles according to deception, delivering an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the guy and the legend.

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