Category: Biography

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

    By Holly Madison

    Lost in Wonderland . . .

    A fairy-tale dream that grew to become a nightmare, and a girl whose energy helped her give you the chance out to the opposite side

    At 21, small-town Oregon woman Holly Cullen turned Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s no 1 female friend. yet like Alice’s trip into Wonderland, Holly’s plunge down the rabbit gap took her to a global the place all was once now not because it appeared. The fairy-tale existence contained in the Playboy Mansion—which incorporated A-list famous person events and starring in a leading tv show—quickly devolved into an oppressive regimen of strict ideas, manipulation, and battles with formidable, backstabbing Bunnies that just about drove Holly to take her personal life.

    Down the Rabbit Hole is her introspective account of her time contained in the Mansion: the medication, abuse, notorious events, and Holly’s genuine behind-the-scenes existence with Bridget, Kendra, and Mr. Playboy himself. it's also her chronicle of therapeutic and desire. by way of telling her tale, either a cautionary story and a party of non-public empowerment, Holly reminds us of the significance of battling for our dreams—and of discovering the existence we deserve.
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  • Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson

    By Phillip F. Schewe

    Scientist. Innovator. insurgent.

    For a long time, Freeman Dyson has been considered as one of many world's most vital thinkers. The Atlantic wrote, "In the variety of his genius, Freeman Dyson is inheritor to Einstein – a visionary who has reshaped considering in fields from math to astrophysics to drugs, and who has conceived nuclear-propelled spaceships designed to move human colonists to distance planets." Salon.com says that, "what units Dyson aside between an elite workforce of scientists is the sense of right and wrong and compassion he brings to his work." Now, during this first entire biography of Dyson, writer Phillip F. Schewe examines the lifetime of a guy whose accomplishments have formed our global in lots of ways.

    From quantum physics to nationwide protection, from house to biotechnology, Dyson's paintings has cemented his place as a guy whose impact is going some distance past the sector of theoretical physics. It even received him the million greenback Templeton prize for his writing approximately technology and faith. lately, Dyson has made headlines for his debatable perspectives on worldwide warming, and he maintains to make waves within the technological know-how group to today.

    A colleague of Albert Einstein at Princeton and acquaintances with prime thinkers together with Robert Oppenheimer, George F. Kennan, and Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson is a larger-than-life determine. lots of his colleagues, together with Nobelists Steven Weinberg and Frank Wilczek, in addition to his other halves and his little ones, Esther and George Dyson, were interviewed for this ebook. Maverick Genius, Schewe's definitive biography, paints a compelling and colourful portrait of a guy who has been either praised for his genius and criticized for his unorthodox views.

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  • It's a Long Story: My Life

    One of the main liked well known musicians of our time tells the tale of his notable life.

    This is Willie Nelson's entire, unvarnished tale, instructed in his voice and leaving no major second or event untold, from Texas, Nashville, Hawaii, and past. Having lately became eighty, Nelson is able to shine a gentle on all features of his existence, together with his force to jot down song, the ladies in his existence, his collaborations, and his largest lows and highs--from his financial ruin to the founding of Farm Aid.

    An American icon who nonetheless excursions continually and headlines tune fairs, Willie Nelson and his track have discovered their manner into the hearts and minds of fanatics internationally, successful ten Grammys and receiving Kennedy middle Honors. Now it is time to listen the ultimate approximately his life--from the fellow himself.
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  • American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman

    From revered historian John S. D. Eisenhower comes a stunning portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil battle normal whose direction of destruction minimize the Confederacy in , broke the desire of the Southern inhabitants, and earned him a spot in heritage as “the first glossy general.” but at the back of his recognition as a fierce warrior used to be a sympathetic guy of advanced personality.

    A century and a part after the Civil battle, Sherman is still one in all 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 element graduate and a retired brigadier common (Army Reserves), reveals in Sherman a guy of startling contrasts, under no circumstances outlined through the consequences of “total war.” His scruffy, matted visual appeal belied an unconventional and unyielding mind. Intensely unswerving to enhanced officials, in particular Ulysses S. supply, he was once additionally a stalwart individualist. convinced sufficient 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 aspect, Sherman later rose to the rank of common of the military, and even though deeply devoted to the Union reason, he held the folks of the South in nice affection.

    In this outstanding reassessment of Sherman’s lifestyles and profession, 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 struggle. From Bull Run via Sherman’s epic March to the ocean, Eisenhower deals up a desirable narrative of an army genius whose impact helped protect the Union—and endlessly replaced battle.
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  • The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks

    Silent movie big name Douglas Fairbanks used to be an absolute charmer. Irrepressibly vivacious, he spent his lifestyles jumping over and into issues, from his early Broadway successes to his marriage to the good monitor actress Mary Pickford to the best way he made Hollywood his personal city. The inventor of the swashbuckler, he wasn’t merely an actor—he all yet directed and produced his videos, and in founding United Artists with Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith, he challenged the studio system.

    yet directory his accomplishments is something and telling his tale one other. Tracey Goessel has made the latter her life’s paintings, and with particular entry to Fairbanks’s love letters to Pickford, she brilliantly illuminates how Fairbanks conquered not only the leisure international however the middle of probably the main recognized lady on the planet on the time.

    while Mary Pickford died, she used to be an alcoholic, self-imprisoned in her mansion, approximately on my own, and principally forgotten. yet she left in the back of a small field; in it, worn and refolded, have been her letters from Douglas Fairbanks. Pickford and Fairbanks had governed Hollywood as its first king and queen for a wonderful decade. however the letters all started lengthy sooner than, once they have been either married to others, whilst revealing the affair could have brought on a good scandal.

    Now those letters shape the center piece of the 1st really definitive biography of Hollywood’s first king, the fellow who did his personal stunts and outfitted his personal studio and shaped a firm that allowed artists to distribute their very own works outdoor the studio process. yet Goessel’s study exposed extra: that Fairbanks’s first movie visual appeal used to be years just before were assumed; that his tales of ways he bought into theater, after which into motion pictures, have been fabricated; that the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios had a in particular built underground trench in order that Fairbanks might jog within the nude; that Fairbanks himself insisted racist references be faraway from his motion pictures’ intertitles; and the genuine reason behind Fairbanks’s death.

    Fairbanks used to be the pinnacle male megastar of his new release, the maker of a few of the best movies of his period: The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro. He was once enjoyable, witty, enticing, inventive, athletic, and a strength to be reckoned with. He formed our concept of the Hollywood hero, and Hollywood hasn't ever been a similar considering. His tale, like his videos, is stuffed with ardour, bravado, romance, and hope. right here finally is his definitive biography, according to vast and brand-new study into each element of his occupation, and written with wonderful realizing, wit, and verve.
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  • Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan

    By David Dalton

    For the 1st Time in Paperback with a brand new Foreword, is a Kaleidoscopic examine the various Faces of Bob Dylan

    For nearly part a century, Bob Dylan has been a major catalyst in rock's transferring sensibilities. Few American artists are as vital, cherished, and eternally tested, but he continues to be whatever of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, craving to flee Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe enjoying Greenwich Village haunts? folks Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack destiny, or residing nationwide Treasure? In Who Is That Man?, timed for Dylan's seventy fifth birthday, David Dalton--cultural historian, journalist, screenwriter, and novelist--paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon, ingeniously exposing the three-card monte video games he performs together with his persona.

    Guided via Dalton's state-of-the-art insights and myth-debunking standpoint, Who Is That Man? follows Dylan's inventive lifestyles, integrating real occasions with Dylan's phrases and people of the folk who be aware of him so much in detail. Drawing upon Dylan's buddies and fellow eyewitnesses--including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel , Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others--this booklet will offer a brand new point of view at the guy, the parable, and the musical period that solid them either.
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  • The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley (Dark Masters)

    By Phil Baker

    One of many giants of renowned fiction, with overall revenues of round fifty million books, Dennis Wheatley held twentieth-century Britain spellbound. His Black Magic novels just like the satan Rides Out created an oddly seductive and lush imaginative and prescient of Satanism, yet actually he was once as attracted to politics as occultism. Wheatley was once heavily concerned with the key intelligence group, and this powerfully researched research exhibits simply how without delay this drove his paintings, from his not likely warnings concerning the threat of Satanic alternate Unionism to his function in a British scheme to engineer a revival of Islam. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished fabric, Phil Baker examines Wheatley’s key friendship with a fraudster named Eric Gordon Tombe, and uncovers the complete tale of his sensational 1922 homicide. Baker additionally explores Wheatley’s relationships with occult figures comparable to Rollo Ahmed, Aleister Crowley, and the Reverend Montague Summers, the shady priest and demonologist who encouraged the memorably evil personality of Canon Copely-Syle, in To The satan – A Daughter.
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  • Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool

    By Greg Prato

    One of BookRiot's Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

    "Prato has curated a suite to draw the uninitiated in addition to hold forth to the unwashed switched over masses."
    --Examiner.com

    "It's a wild experience that is vividly captured in Greg Prato's very good oral historical past, Primus: Over the electrical Grapevine."
    --Bass participant Magazine

    "A e-book concerning the hugely unusual San Franciscans Primus has been late for years, so Greg Prato's very good oral historical past of the band is welcome--doubly so, on condition that the major bandmembers, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander, are involved....Great stuff."
    --Record Collector Magazine

    "A grasp storyteller, expert within the artwork of assembling oral histories that not just study their topics in nice intensity but in addition spin an exceptional yarn, Prato is ready to mix a radical research of Claypool's eccentric genius with a peaceful, free-flowing narrative of the Primus's origins tale, detailing impacts and lineup alterations, early performances and the making of landmark Primus albums....[The booklet] does not get slowed down by way of trivia, and even though it should be known as an 'exhaustive' paintings, it's miles from an hard read."
    --Backstage Auctions

    "Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary abilities in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you liked Primus sooner than yet possibly did not comprehend every little thing they did, that might switch after examining this. actually, should you end the final web page right here, race over for your Primus CD assortment and re-listen to all their song with new and expert ears. Their song won't ever have sounded so good."
    --Curled Up With a superb Book

    "Almost as though you are sitting throughout from them on the bar as they reminisce in regards to the past...this booklet used to be the main enjoyable i have had examining a e-book all 12 months. move get it!"
    --Erlenmeyer's Mind

    Praise for Primus:

    "They have been actual musicians' musicians...Primus had their very own factor, evidently. no one fairly does that Primus thing--they have their very own character, that's anything tough to do."
    --Chad Smith, crimson sizzling Chili Peppers

    "Primitive, lively, dinosaur, Halloween, trailerfunk. I felt Les was once a kindred spirit. somebody i'll study from and collaborate with. quickly, schooled, humble, with an grand musical lexicon and down domestic as hell, with an inclination feel of humor."
    --Tom Waits

    Usually while the "alternative rock revolution" of the early Nineteen Nineties is mentioned, Nirvana's Nevermind is credited because the recording that led the cost. but there have been numerous prior albums that helped pave the best way, together with the Pixies' Doolittle, the crimson scorching Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk, Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking, and particularly Primus's 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

    This interesting and wonderfully curated oral heritage tells the story of this actually distinctive band. Compiled from approximately fifty all-new interviews carried out via journalist/author Greg Prato--including Primus contributors earlier and current and plenty of extra fellow musicians--this publication is bound to attract longtime fanatics of the band, in addition to admirers of the musicians interviewed for the book.

    Interviewees include: Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage opposed to the Machine), Chad Smith (Red sizzling Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and plenty of more.
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  • Strange Perspectives Volume 1: The Memoirs of Mike Najarian (From the Band State Radio)

    By Mike Najarian, Carol Najarian, Matt Medium, Chuck Fay America

    Author note: Carol Najarian (Editor), Matt Medium (Illustrator) , Chuck Fay the US (Foreword)
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    Strange Perspectives is understood for its witty and funny brief tales and observations. those memoirs conceal many elements of Mike Najarian's lifestyles together with his adventures because the drummer of the politically awake, socially acutely aware, and the world over traveling band nation Radio.

    Volume 1 covers his dealings with decrease of weapons N' Roses, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Tom Morello of Rage opposed to the computing device, Mike turbines of R.E.M., Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band, Perry Farrell of Jane's habit, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins, and Wyc Grousbeck (the proprietor of the Boston Celtics) simply to identify a number of.

    Although Strange Perspectives is gentle, enjoyable, and straightforward to learn it additionally digs deep into the human situation and screens a range of principles and subject matters that make it a whole and well-rounded piece of writing.
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  • Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia

    By Garry Leech

    Self sustaining journalist Garry Leech has spent the final 8 years operating within the so much distant and hazardous areas of Colombia, uncovering the unofficial tales of individuals residing in clash zones. Beyond Bogotá is framed round the 11 hours that Leech was once held captive by means of the FARC, Colombia's biggest leftist guerrilla staff, in August of 2006. He remembers approximately thirty years of shuttle and paintings in Latin the US whereas weaving in a ancient context of the zone and on-the-ground reporting with every one passing hour of his detention.

    More than $5 billion in U.S. relief during the last seven years has did not finish Colombia's civil clash or decrease cocaine construction. Leech reveals that normal Colombians, no longer drug lords, have suffered the main and that peasants and indigenous peoples were stuck within the crossfire among the armed teams. in the meantime, greater than thirty Colombian reporters were murdered over the past 3 a long time, making Colombia the most harmful international locations during which to perform journalism. therefore, the vast majority of the Western media infrequently go away Bogotá to discover the genuine tale. Leech, even if, learns the reality in regards to the clash and the U.S. conflict on medications without delay from the resource: bad coca farmers whose fields and foodstuff plants were sprayed with poisonous aerial fumigations, woman FARC guerrillas who see armed fight as their simply choice, union organizers whose lives are threatened simply because they safeguard workers' rights, indigenous peoples whose groups were forcibly displaced through the violence, and so forth.

    Leech additionally investigates the presence of establishment oil and mining businesses in Colombia through getting access to military bases the place U.S. squaddies teach Colombian troops to struggle the guerrillas in resource-rich areas and through vacationing neighborhood villages to benefit what the international presence has intended for nearly all of the inhabitants.

    Drawing on extraordinary entry to infantrymen, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and peasants in clash zones and cocaine-producing components, Leech's documentary memoir is an epic story of a journalist's look for which means in the course of violence and poverty, in addition to a humanizing firsthand account that offers clean insights into U.S. overseas coverage, the function of the media, and the plight of daily Colombians stuck in the course of a brutal war.

    From the Hardcover edition.
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