Category: Biography

  • The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

    By Samuel Heilman


    From the Fifties until eventually his loss of life in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson--revered by way of his fans all over the world easily because the Rebbe--built the Lubavitcher circulate from a comparatively small sect inside of Hasidic Judaism into the robust strength in Jewish existence that it really is this present day. Swept away through his expectation that the Messiah used to be coming, he got here to think that he may possibly deny demise and alter history.


    Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman paint an unforgettable portrait of Schneerson, displaying how he reinvented himself from an aspiring French-trained electric engineer right into a charismatic chief who believed that he and his Lubavitcher Hasidic emissaries may well rework the area. They demonstrate how his messianic convictions ripened and the way he tried to convey the traditional suggestion of an afternoon of redemption onto the trendy world's schedule. Heilman and Friedman additionally hint what occurred after the Rebbe's dying, wherein time lots of his fans had come to consider him because the Messiah himself.


    The Rebbe tracks Schneerson's outstanding existence from his delivery in Russia, to his pupil days in Berlin and Paris, to his upward thrust to worldwide renown in big apple, the place he built and preached his robust non secular message from the group's gothic mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This compelling booklet demonstrates how Schneerson's include of traditionalism and American-style modernity made him uniquely fitted to his messianic mission.


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  • The Flying Pineapple

    By Jamie Baulch

    Along with his blonde dreadlocks and his pace at the working song, Jamie Baulch earned the nickname 'The Flying Pineapple'. this is often Jamie’s tale approximately his lifestyles as essentially the most adorned British athletes. He places his luck all the way down to his followed mom and dad who encouraged him to be the simplest he might be. His carrying power was once fast noticed from an early age by way of his instructor, Mr Atkins. Jamie's tale is set the joys he had competing in class and worldwide. His lifestyles at the music used to be consistently approximately how briskly he may possibly run. whilst he retired in 2005, he was resolute to not decelerate. he's now head of a activities administration corporation and keeps to motivate a brand new iteration of sportsmen and women.

    About the author:

    Jamie Baulch was once born in Nottingham, followed by means of Welsh mom and dad and taken up in Newport, South Wales. From an early age he was once the best in his university at game. came across by means of his instructor, Mr Atkins, Jamie turned essentially the most recognisable...
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  • Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets

    By Kathleen Krull

    Sesame Street and The Muppet Show brought Jim Henson's Muppets to the area, making Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, and large chook family names. yet whilst a baby in rural Mississippi, hearing the radio and placing on comedy indicates for his family members, Jim famous the ability of laughter to deliver humans jointly. On Sesame Street, Jim's Muppets remodeled kid's tv by means of making studying enjoyable for children all over. A visionary, Jim constantly believed that puppets may well succeed in a much wider viewers. In 1976, he proved it, drawing thousands of family members audience to The Muppet Show. together with his characteristic movie The darkish Crystal and his famous person Wars characters—including Yoda—Jim endured to push the bounds of what was once attainable in puppetry till his demise in 1990 on the age of 53.

    Kathleen Krull, recipient of the kid's e-book Guild 2011 Non-fiction Award and lots of different accolades, once more does what she does so well—illuminating the lifetime of an enormous determine in historical past, paintings, and tradition together with her informative yet approachable writing style.

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  • Leonardo's Notebooks: Writing and Art of the Great Master

    An all-new, jewel-like, reader-friendly layout supplies new lifestyles to this relaunch of a global best-seller.

    Leonardo da Vinci?artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man?is a perennial resource of fascination as a result of his wonderful mind and boundless interest concerning the ordinary and man-made international. in the course of his existence he created quite a few artistic endeavors and stored voluminous notebooks that targeted his creative and highbrow pursuits.

    The selection of writings and artwork during this remarkable booklet are drawn from his notebooks. The e-book organizes his wide variety of pursuits into matters comparable to human figures, mild and coloration, standpoint and visible conception, anatomy, botany and panorama, geography, the actual sciences and astronomy, structure, sculpture, and innovations. approximately each piece of writing in the course of the booklet is keyed to the piece of paintings it describes.

    The writing and paintings is chosen through artwork historian H. Anna Suh, who offers interesting statement and perception into the fabric, making Leonardo's Notebooks a wonderful single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

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  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

    By John Wood

    John wooden came across his ardour, his maximum good fortune, and his life's paintings now not at company college or aiding lead Microsoft's cost into Asia within the Nineties yet on a soul-searching journey to the Himalayas. He made the tricky choice to stroll clear of his profitable profession to create Room to learn, a nonprofit association that promotes schooling around the constructing global. by way of the tip of 2007, the association could have proven over 5,000 libraries and four hundred colleges, and presented long term scholarships to greater than 3,000 ladies, giving multiple million kids the lifelong reward of schooling.

    If you've ever meditated leaving behind your table activity for an event and a chance to offer again, Wood's tale will encourage you. He bargains a shiny, emotional, and soaking up story of the way to take the teachings realized at a hard-charging corporation like Microsoft and observe them to the world's so much urgent social difficulties.

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  • Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days: The Revised and Expanded 2011 Edition

    By Jared Cade

    NOW below choice to A HOLLYWOOD movie COMPANY
    In December 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared in strange conditions from her domestic in Berkshire, England. the invention of the crime writer's deserted motor vehicle resulted in the most important manhunt in British background for a lacking individual. 11 days later she used to be discovered over 2 hundred miles away in a northern spa city, claiming to be the sufferer of amnesia.
                Up until the book of this publication in 1998 none of her biographers had get a hold of conclusive proof as to what she did in the course of the first twenty-four hours after she disappeared or no matter if her reminiscence loss was once real. even though the newspaper headlines made Agatha Christie recognized, the personal ache that surrounded the episode ensured she made no connection with it in her memoirs.
                Jared's Cade's number 1 bestselling biography - on which a BBC tv documentary has been dependent - presents the solutions to the secret, together with Agatha Christie's lengthy forgotten clarification of the infamous episode, in addition to startling money owed by means of her relations that exhibit for the 1st time why she staged the disappearance with the aid of a co-conspirator and the way all of it went extraordinarily fallacious. His sympathetic research finds the incidents that formed her personality and the way the fall-out from the disappearance affected the remainder of her life.
                Illustrated with forty eight pictures, a lot of them from deepest albums, this absolutely elevated 2011 version attracts on a newly chanced on cache of relatives papers, diaries and letters, to which Jared Cade used to be given particular entry, and divulges much more attention-grabbing secrets and techniques approximately her existence and works. Agatha Christie and the 11 lacking Days: The Revised and elevated 2011 Edition is a needs to for all Christie devotees.
                'Jared Cade is an expert on Christiana, and Agatha Christie and the 11 lacking Days has obtained a lot approval for its impressively particular exam of the Queen of Crime's disappearance.' - Crime Time
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  • Charles Darwin: A Biography, Volume 1: Voyaging

    By Janet Browne

    Few lives of significant males provide lots curiosity - and such a lot of mysteries - because the lifetime of Charles Darwin, the best determine of nineteenth-century technological know-how, whose rules are nonetheless inspiring discoveries and controversies greater than a hundred years after his dying.

    Yet, simply with the ebook of Voyaging, the 1st quantity of this acclaimed biography, can we have a very bright and entire photograph of Darwin as a guy and a scientist.
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  • The House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War

    By Alexander Waugh

    The Wittgenstein relations used to be one of many richest, so much proficient and so much eccentric in eu background.
    The domineering paternal impression of Karl Wittgenstein left his 8 teenagers fraught via internal antagonisms and worried stress. 3 of his sons devoted suicide; Paul, the fourth, turned a world-famous live performance pianist (using purely his left hand), whereas Ludwig, the youngest, is now considered as one of many maximum philosophers of the 20th century.
    In this dramatic historic and mental epic, Alexander Waugh lines the triumphs and vicissitudes of a relatives held jointly via a fanatical love of tune but torn aside by way of cash, insanity, conflicts of loyalty and the cataclysmic upheaval of 2 global wars.
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  • Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter

    By Alyn Shipton

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon defined him because the Beatles' "favorite group," he received Grammy awards, wrote and recorded hit songs, and but no determine in well known song is as a lot of a paradox, or as underrated, as Harry Nilsson.

    during this first ever full-length biography, Alyn Shipton strains Nilsson's lifestyles from his Brooklyn early life to his la early life and his slow emergence as a uniquely proficient singer-songwriter. With interviews from neighbors, relatives, and co-workers, and fabric drawn from an unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes underneath the enigma to find the genuine Harry Nilsson. a big superstar at a time while large concert events and fairs have been changing into the norm, Nilsson avoided concert. His venue used to be the studio, his degree the dubbing sales space, his maximum triumphs masterful examples of studio craft. He used to be a proficient composer of songs for a large choice of performers, together with the Ronettes, the Yardbirds, and the Monkees, but Nilsson's personal largest hits have been just about all written via different songwriters. He received Grammy awards, in 1969 for "Everybody's Talkin'" (the subject matter music for dead night Cowboy), and in 1972 for "Without You," had best ten singles, a variety of album successes, and wrote a few songs--"Coconut" and "Jump into the Fire," to call simply two--that nonetheless sound remarkably clean and unique this day. He was defined by means of his manufacturer Richard Perry as "the best white male singer at the planet," yet close to the top of his existence, Nilsson's occupation used to be marked through voice-damaging substance abuse and the notorious deaths of either Keith Moon and Mama Cass in his London flat.

    Drawing on particular entry to Nilsson's papers, Alyn Shipton's biography deals readers an intimate portrait of a guy who has appeared either recognized and unknowable--until now.
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