More Lives Than One: a Biography of Hans Fallada

Hans Fallada used to be a drug addict, womanizer, alcoholic, jailbird and thief. but he used to be additionally some of the most remarkable storytellers of the 20th century, whose novels, together with by myself in Berlin, portrayed usual humans in negative instances with a robust humanity. This acclaimed biography, newly revised and fully up-to-date, tells the impressive tale of Hans Fallada, whose genuine identify used to be Rudolf Ditzen. Jenny Williams chronicles his turbulent existence as a author, husband and father, shadowed by means of psychological torment and lengthy classes in psychiatric care. She indicates how Ditzen's selection to stay in Nazi Germany in 1939 ended in his self-destruction, but in addition made him a different witness to his country's turmoil. extra Lives Than One unpicks the contradictory, fallacious and engaging lifetime of a author who observed the worst of humanity, but maintained his trust within the decency of the 'little man'.

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Britten: Centenary Edition (Life &Times)

By David Matthews

Benjamin Britten was once one of many impressive British composers of the 20 th century. He shot to overseas reputation together with his operas, played via his personal English Opera crew, and a sequence of amazing instrumental works. His song gained a imperative position within the repertoire and the love of successive generations of listeners. David Matthews brings to this biography his designated perception as a fellow composer, former assistant and life-long buddy of Britten to provide a uniquely own, delicate and authoritative account.

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Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel

By Peter L. Winkler

Now in paperback, Dennis Hopper: The Wild experience of a Hollywood Rebel is the 1st publication to hide the complete mythical lifestyles and occupation of the fellow who frolicked with James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson, co-starred in and directed effortless Rider, and got here again gigantic in Blue Velvet, after recuperating from years of alcoholism and drug dependancy. writer Peter Winkler unsparingly records the adventure of a self-destructive undesirable boy to a reformed member of the Hollywood institution and iconic survivor of the counterculture. The booklet additionally delves into Hopper's tumultuous own lifestyles, together with his dramatic try and divorce his final spouse whereas he battled terminal melanoma.

Now in Paperback!

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The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist: America's Lost Musical Genius

By Deirdre O'Connell

The real tale of a black musical savant within the period of slavery.

Born into slavery in Georgia, Tom Wiggins died a world superstar in big apple in 1908. His existence used to be some of the most strange and relocating episodes in American background. Born blind and autistic-and so not able to paintings with different slaves-Tom was once left to his personal units. He used to be mesmerized via the track of the family's younger daughters, and by the point he used to be 4 Tom used to be taking part in tunes at the piano.

Eventually free of slavery, Wiggins, or "Blind Tom" as he was once known as, toured the rustic and the realm taking part in for celebrities like Mark Twain and the Queen of britain and miraculous audiences in all places. One half genius and one half novelty act, Blind Tom embodied contradictions-a celebrity and a freak, free of slavery yet nonetheless the valuables of his white father or mother. His existence deals a window into the tradition of superstar and racism on the flip of the 20th century.

In this rollicking and heartrending booklet, O'Connell takes us throughout the existence (and 3 separate deaths) of Blind Tom Wiggins, restoring to the fashionable reader this strange but quintessentially American lifestyles.

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Thomas More: A Biography

By Richard Marius

Over the centuries, biographers of Thomas extra have constantly praised him and made him an instance for his or her personal occasions. He was once a guy for all seasons. This Tudor prelate and Lord Chancellor of britain shared human traits identifiable in all ages—pride, love, ambition, generosity, hypocrisy, and greed. He used to be lower than universal simply because he used to be witty and an excellent storyteller—the most sensible among Chaucer and Shakespeare. actually, he used to be a Renaissance guy with the contradictions such compliment imposes on a towering determine. In Richard Marius's authoritative and fascinating portrait, Sir Thomas extra, the martyr and wonderful public determine, is a lesson for our season.

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Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir

By Brian Johnson

From PinkCadillac to Low Rider to Little purple Corvette, rock song hasalways had a racy love affair with automobiles. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson isnot just a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with thescreaming steel strength of a real rock and curler, but in addition a dyed-in-the-woolcar enthusiast. Books like AC/DC: Maximum Rock and Roll and Why AC/DC concerns revealed the secretsof the the world’s maximum rock band—now, in Rockers and Rollers, enthusiasts gets arare, riveting window into Brian Johnson’s different riding ardour, his love forautomobiles. From teenage thoughts within the backs of beat-up coups to a sidecareer as a racecar motive force, Johnson stocks his tantalizing lifestyles story—a memoirtold via his lifelong love affair with vehicles.

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Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

By Kevin Roose

Changing into a tender Wall road banker is like pledging the world's so much profitable and soul-crushing fraternity. each year, millions of keen university graduates are employed via the world's monetary giants, the place they are taught the secrets and techniques of constructing obscene quantities of money-- in addition to the right way to gown, speak, date, drink, and schmooze like actual financiers.

YOUNG MONEY
Inside the Hidden global of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

YOUNG cash is the interior tale of this well-guarded international. Kevin Roose, New York journal company author and writer of the significantly acclaimed The not likely Disciple, spent greater than 3 years shadowing 8 entry-level employees at Goldman Sachs, financial institution of the United States Merrill Lynch, and different prime funding businesses. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and obtained an extraordinary (and unauthorized) glimpse of the monetary world's initiation process.

Roose's younger bankers are uncovered to the hard workloads, large bonuses, and leisure medicinal drugs that experience constantly characterised Wall highway existence. yet they adventure anything new, too: an perpetually replaced by means of the big monetary cave in of 2008. And as they get their Wall highway educations, they face tough questions on morality, status, and the price in their work.

YOUNG funds is greater than an exposé of extra; it is the tale of the way the monetary difficulty replaced a generation-and remade Wall highway from the ground up.

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Aurelian and the Third Century (Roman Imperial Biographies)

By Alaric Watson

Aurelian and the 3rd Century offers a second look, within the mild of modern scholarship, of the problems dealing with the Roman empire within the advert 260s and 270s, concentrating upon the reign of the Emperor Aurelian and his half in summoning them.

With introduction interpreting the placement within the mid 3rd century, the ebook is split into parts:

* Part 1: offers chronologically with the army and political occasions of the interval from 268 to 276
* half 2: analyzes the opposite achievements and occasions of Aurelian's reign and assesses their importance.

A key complement to the learn of the Roman Empire.

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Blåbärsmaskinen

By Nils Claesson

Blåbärsmaskinen är Nils Claessons berättelse om sin uppväxt och om sin a long way, Stig ”Slas” Claesson. Författaren ger här sin egen bild av ”Slas”, males inte den allmänt traderade bilden av den folkkäre författaren och konstnären, utan en bild inifrån, från en familj där faderns missbruk och kändisskap har en betydligt mindre tilltalande sida. Berättelsen handlar om den sprakande fasaden hos en omsusad författare och konstnär och om det som finns bakom fasaden, om skapande och ansvar, och om vad som händer när ett barn måste bli förälder until sina föräldrar. males det är också berättelsen om en uppväxt i Stockholm på 1960- och 1970-talet, om kulturkrockar och om ett Sverige i förvandling. Nils Claessons skildring av sin uppväxt och av sin a ways är samtidig rättfram och ömsint, skoningslöst uppriktig och försonande. Ett sällsynt finkänsligt och humoristiskt porträtt av en människa, en familj och en tid.

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John Ruskin (Critical Lives)

John Ruskin (1819–1900) was once the main sought after artwork and structure critic of his time. but his recognition has been overshadowed by way of his own existence, in particular his failed marriage to Effie grey, which has solid him within the heritage books as little greater than a Victorian prude. during this e-book, Andrew Ballantyne rescues Ruskin from the dustbin of history’s trifles to bare a deeply attuned philosopher, one whose copious writings had great effect on all sessions of society, from roadmenders to royalty.
           
Ballantyne examines a very important point of Ruskin’s pondering: the idea that paintings and structure have ethical worth. Telling the tale of Ruskin’s adolescence and enduring devotion to his parents—who fostered his occupation as a author on artwork and architecture—he explores the situations that resulted in Ruskin’s maximum works, reminiscent of Modern Painters, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, The Stones of Venice, and Unto This final. He follows Ruskin via his altruistic ventures with the city terrible, to whom he taught drawing, encouraged by way of a profound conviction that artwork held the main to residing a priceless existence. eventually, Ballantyne weaves Ruskin’s tale right into a higher one approximately Victorian society, a time whilst the 1st nice commercial towns took form and while paintings may possibly eventually achieve past the rich elite and contact the lives of daily people. 

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