Category: Biography

  • I Just Ran: Percy Williams, The World's Fastest Human

    By Samuel Hawley

    Literary Nonfiction. Biography. Canadian heritage. activities. on the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams surprised the activities global by way of shooting the a hundred- and 200-meter gold medals. a few stated the feat used to be a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers via sweeping the U.S. indoor tune circuit, then he went directly to set an international list within the a hundred meters that will stand till the arriving of Jesse Owens. And in among he waged a velocity duel with the fleetest males on this planet, a conflict for music supremacy and the name "World's quickest Human." in line with huge study that integrated entry to Percy's deepest letters, diary and scrapbooks, I simply RAN is the 1st full-length account of this activities legend, probably the most recognized Canadians of his day yet now principally forgotten. It starts because the Cinderella tale of a early life who conquers a game ruled via American sprinters. Then it will get grittier, for achievement and reputation had a dismal part. I simply Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they trip during the international of elite working within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s—a global that was once no longer constantly beautiful underneath the veneer of amateurism.
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  • The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans

    Don Whillans has an iconic importance for generations of climbers. His epoch-making first ascent of Annapurna's South Face, completed with Dougal Haston in 1970, continues to be essentially the most awesome climbs ever made - yet at the back of this and all his different bold achievements lies a difficult, recalcitrant fact: the nature of the fellow himself.

    Whillans carried inside of himself a feeling of private invincibility, forceful, direct and uncompromising. It gave him carrying megastar prestige - the incorrect heroism of a most sensible, a McEnroe, an Ali. In his personal circle, his photo used to be the working-class hero at the rock-face, laconic and bellicose, able to visit struggle with the weather or with any human who crossed his direction on a nasty day.
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  • The Beatles in America: The 50th Anniversary

    By Chris Hutchins

    The Beatles in the US is a restricted variation specific e-short awarded through the Smithsonian and the Grammy Museum. It's challenging to think that the Beatles first got here to the United States 50 years in the past. Their impact can't be understated- song, type, layout, movie, construction, politics, after which a few. The Beatles gave an oversized American spinoff, rock'n'roll, a distinct glance and sound whereas concurrently offering a soundtrack to a cultural revolution. The Beatles in the US is a thrilling examine the legacy that the Beatles created that includes never-before-published photos through Ringo Starr from his deepest portfolio, besides nice articles spanning the Fab Four's profession from starting to finish and interviews with either Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The Beatles in the United States additionally good points reminiscences at the Beatles impression from vintage rockers like Smokey Robinson, Pat Benatar, John Fogerty, Brian Wilson, and others. The Beatles in the United States is a needs to for outdated fanatics on reflection on a favored tradition phenomena and new lovers getting a view of a band that keeps to motivate tune this day.
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  • Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

    By Marc Dolan

    A vivid biography of 1 of the best rock 'n' rollers, the the USA that made him, and the the US he made.

    shrewdpermanent and incisive, this specific e-book takes us via Bruce Springsteen’s lifestyles by means of tracing the cultural, political, and private forces that formed his track. past his consistent stylistic variations, Springsteen built over the many years from expressing the voice of a man from working-class New Jersey to writing in regards to the higher matters dealing with the rustic, together with struggle, classification disparity, and prejudice. Marc Dolan attracts on more than a few new and little-known sources―including 1000s of unreleased studio recordings and bootlegs of stay performances―making this an necessary reference for avid Springsteen fanatics in addition to these attracted to studying the tales at the back of his song. Combining political research, track historical past, and colourful storytelling, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll unearths how a talented, bold group university dropout completed superstardom―and spent a long time refining what he sought after his tune to assert. 25 illustrations
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  • Ordering Life: Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition

    By Kristin Johnson

    For centuries naturalists have endeavored to call, order, and clarify organic range. Karl Jordan (1861–1959) committed his lengthy lifestyles to this attempt, describing millions of latest species within the approach. Ordering Life explores the occupation of this admired determine as he labored to make sure a persevered function for traditional historical past museums and the sphere of taxonomy within the swiftly altering international of twentieth-century technological know-how.

    Jordan made an attempt to either perform sturdy taxonomy and safe prestige and patronage in an international that may quickly be reworked via wars and financial and political upheaval. Kristin Johnson lines his reaction to those adjustments and indicates that developing medical wisdom concerning the flora and fauna will depend on even more than simply solid approach or powerful thought. the wider social context within which scientists paintings is simply as very important to the venture of naming, describing, classifying, and, finally, explaining life.

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  • Caligula: A Biography

    By Aloys Winterling

    The notorious emperor Caligula governed Rome from A.D. 37 to forty-one as a tyrant who eventually turned a monster. a really shrewdpermanent and cruelly witty guy, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate meals lined in gold leaf. He compelled women and men of excessive rank to have intercourse with him, became a part of his palace right into a brothel, and dedicated incest along with his sisters. He desired to make his horse a consul. Torture and executions have been the order of the day. either glossy and historic interpretations have concluded from this alleged proof that Caligula used to be insane. yet was once he?

    This biography tells a distinct tale of the well known emperor. In a deft account written for a basic viewers, Aloys Winterling opens a brand new viewpoint at the guy and his instances. Basing Caligula on an intensive new evaluation of the traditional assets, he units the emperor's tale into the context of the political method and the altering family members among the senate and the emperor in the course of Caligula's time and reveals a brand new rationality explaining his infamous brutality.
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  • Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping

    By Judith Levine

    Stunned via the trade in every thing from puppy cloning to patriotism, fearful by means of the downward spiral of her funds and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her companion, Paul, in a thorough test: to forgo all however the most crucial purchases for a whole yr.

    with no client items and studies, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and check out to maintain their sanity, their identities, and their humorousness intact. monitoring their growth -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates desire and wish, shortage and safeguard, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the massive Questions: Can the economic system continue to exist with out buying? Are Q-tips priceless?

    Not purchasing It is the confession of a girl any reader can establish with: a person who cannot dwell with no French roast espresso or SmartWool socks yet who has had it as much as the following with overconsumption and its results in the world and everybody who dwells there.

    For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions, Not procuring It is bound to be on anyone's record of requirements.
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  • The Eccentropedia: The Most Unusual People Who Have Ever Lived

    By Chris Mikul

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    The contrarian is the person who most likely springs most of the time to brain while humans listen the observe 'eccentric'. Contrarians are the folk who don't provide a fig for social conventions and determinedly pass their very own manner, no matter if it truly is of their garments, behavior, ideals, spare time activities or residing preparations. Their religious father is Diogenes, they usually have completely without doubt that they're the practical ones and it's the remainder of the area that's out of step. Contrarians, in particular in England, are usually linked to the aristocracy (who in the end, do frequently have the money and time so one can stay precisely as they please), but they might come from all walks of lifestyles, and certainly, one of the most amazing have actually lived at the streets, turning into within the procedure famous and sometimes well-loved participants. it's the contrarians that John Stuart Mill used to be considering whilst he wrote in On Liberty, 'That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the manager hazard of the time.' Mill understood that conformity in a society breeds stagnation. by means of rejecting conventions, eccentrics show new methods of considering and dwelling. after all, what could appear outrageous or loopy to an eccentric's contemporaries might be judged as eminently average and good by means of later generations (Charles Waterton's early conservation efforts and Victoria Woodhull's tilt on the White condo being yet of many examples which may be given).
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  • Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum

    We suppose we all know bodies in detail, yet for plenty of folks they continue to be uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. what percentage people comprehend the best way seizures impact the mind, how the guts is hooked up to health and wellbeing, or the why the foot holds the main to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning writer Gavin Francis leads readers on a trip into the hidden pathways of the human physique, supplying a consultant to its internal workings and a party of its marvels.

    Drawing on his reports as a health professional, ER professional, and kinfolk surgeon, Francis blends tales from the hospital with episodes from scientific historical past, philosophy, and literature to explain the physique in illness and in well-being, in existence and in loss of life. while assessing a tender lady with paralysis of the face, Francis displays at the age-old hassle artists have had in taking pictures human expression. A veteran of the conflict in Iraq suffers a shoulder harm that Homer first defined 3 millennia in the past within the Iliad. And while a gardener pricks her finger on a grimy rose thorn, her case of bacterial blood poisoning brings to brain the comatose dozing beauties within the fairy stories we research as children.

    At its middle, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it potential to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this e-book will remodel how you view your body.
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  • A Journey Into Michelangelo's Rome (ArtPlace)

    By Angela K Nickerson

    From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Capitoline Hill, this targeted resource—part biography, half historical past, and half commute guide—provides an intimate portrait of the connection among Michelangelo and town he restored to inventive greatness. Lavishly illustrated and richly informative, this shuttle better half tells the tale of Michelangelo’s meteoric upward thrust, his occupation marked by way of successive inventive breakthroughs, his tempestuous family members with robust buyers, and his austere yet passionate inner most existence. supplying road maps that permit readers to navigate the town and observe Rome as Michelangelo knew it, every one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a specific paintings that surprised Michelangelo’s contemporaries and glossy travelers alike.
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