Category: Biography

  • Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland

    By Sandra Lansky

    Sandi Lansky Lombardo grew up the one daughter of mob boss Meyer Lansky. Raised in upper-class Jewish beauty, first on the Majestic lodge after which on the Beresford, at completing faculties and fancy stables, Sandi was once the wild baby of the overdue 40’s, the 50’s, and the early 60’s. She was once the Paris Hilton of her day, partying until eventually sunrise at El Morocco and the Stork membership, courting the largest celebrities of the period. Her lifestyles was once no longer with out heartbreak and tragedy, together with the madness of her mom, and the crippling handicap of her child brother – let alone his drug addiction.

    Sandi was once aware about her father’s secrets and techniques in addition to his unforeseen tenderness. She continually caught heavily to the stern code of omerta. In Daughter of the King, Sandi groups up with Nick Pileggi (author of the seminal Wise Guy, probably the best-selling mob ebook ever) and a number of time New York Times Bestselling author invoice Stadiem. Nick has made a occupation in books and flicks chronicling the mob, and invoice has emerged as a grasp of recreating the glamour and romance of the golden period of yank tradition with bestsellers like Mr. S and George Hamilton’s Don’t brain if I Do.
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  • William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come

    By James Curtis

    He used to be the consummate clothier of movie structure on a grand scale, prompted by way of German expressionism and the paintings of the good eu administrators. He used to be identified for his visible aptitude and undying innovation, a guy who meticulously preplanned the colour and layout of every movie via a sequence of continuity sketches that made transparent digital camera angles, lights, and the actors’ positions for every scene, translating dramatic conventions of the level to the recent features of movie.
    this is the long-awaited e-book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood’s first and maximum construction fashion designer, a role name David O. Selznick invented for Menzies’ outstanding, all-encompassing, Academy Award–winning paintings on Gone With the Wind (which he successfully co-directed).

    It was once Menzies—winner of the first-ever Academy Award for paintings path, together for The Dove (1927) and Tempest (1928), and who used to be besides a director (fourteen photographs) and a manufacturer (twelve pictures)—who replaced the best way video clips have been (and nonetheless are) made, in a profession that spanned 4 a long time, from the Nineteen Twenties in the course of the Nineteen Fifties. His greater than one hundred twenty movies contain Rosita (1923), Things to Come (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Kings Row (1942), Mr. Lucky (1943), The delight of the Yankees (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Address Unknown (1944), It’s an excellent Life (1947), Invaders from Mars (1953), and Around the realm in eighty Days (1956).

    Now, James Curtis, acclaimed movie historian and biographer, writes of Menzies’ existence and paintings because the such a lot influential clothier within the background of movie. His artistry encompassed the massive, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad (1924), which created a brand new ordinary for good looks at the reveal and whose unique fairy-tale units are nonetheless considered as natural genius. (“I observed The Thief of Bagdad whilst it first got here out,” acknowledged Orson Welles—he used to be, on the time, a nine-year-old boy. “I’ll always remember it.”) Curtis writes of Menzies’ layout and supervision of John Barrymore’s loved Rogue (1927), a movie that continues to be a masterpiece of craft and synthesis, the most targeted photos to emerge from Hollywood’s waning days of silent movies, and of his awesome, opulent appointments for Gone With the Wind (1939).

    It was once Menzies who outlined and solidified the function of paintings director as having total keep watch over of the glance of the movie, taking part with manufacturers like David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn; with administrators equivalent to D. W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh, Alfred Hitchcock, Lewis Milestone, and Frank Capra. And with actors as diverse as Ingrid Bergman, W. C. Fields, Cary provide, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and David Niven.

    Interviewing colleagues, actors, administrators, associates, and relations, and with complete entry to the William Cameron Menzies kinfolk number of unique paintings, correspondence, scrapbooks, and unpublished writing, Curtis brilliantly supplies us the path-finding paintings of the flicks’ such a lot bold and dynamic construction clothier: his evolution as artist, paintings director, creation dressmaker, and director. here's a portrait of a guy in his time that makes transparent how the flicks have been endlessly remodeled by way of his startling, visionary work.

    (With sixteen pages of colour illustrations, and black-and-white photos throughout.)
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  • Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices: Criminal Biographies of the Eighteenth Century

    By Philip Rawlings

    Legal biographies loved huge, immense recognition within the Eighteenth Century: this present day they give us a few attention-grabbing views at the interval. Drunks, Whores and Idle Apprentices is the 1st e-book to breed a few those biographies in full.
    Not simply do those biographies make interesting examining, additionally they bring up the matter of ways to learn them as ancient files. the writer argues that rather than attempting to discover easy topics, the main revealing factor approximately them is the tensions round which they have been developed.
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  • Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn

    Wendy Fairey grew up between books. because the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lover over the past years of his life—she all started as a toddler interpreting her manner throughout the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mom and escaped into the panorama of vintage English novels. Their protagonists grew to become her intimates, beginning with David Copperfield, whose sensibility and aspirations appeared so comparable to her personal. She felt as undeniable as Jane Eyre yet craved the panache of Becky Sharp. English novels squired her to maturity, and Bookmarked is a memoir of that journey.

    In a chain of superb chapters that mix the genres of non-public memoir and literary feedback, we stick with Fairey, refracted via her analyzing, as scholar, spouse, professor, mom, grandmother, and fortunately remarried author. E. M. Forster’s Howards End is helping her focus on a failing marriage; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Ramsay teaches vital classes approximately love and reminiscence. Like Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, she learns merely as an grownup of her Jewish history (and learns additionally the identification of her genuine father, the British thinker A. J. Ayer). during this intimate and encouraging booklet, Wendy Fairey exhibits that her love of examining has been either a resource of deep own excitement and key to dwelling a satisfying and richly self-examined life.

    Skyhorse Publishing, besides our Arcade, solid Books, activities Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to put up a extensive diversity of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our checklist comprises biographies on famous historic figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, in addition to villains from background, reminiscent of Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. we've got additionally released survivor tales of worldwide conflict II, memoirs approximately overcoming adversity, first-hand stories of experience, and lots more and plenty extra. whereas no longer each name we post turns into a New York Times bestseller or a countrywide bestseller, we're devoted to books on topics which are occasionally neglected and to authors whose paintings would possibly not another way discover a home.
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  • The Pete Seeger Reader (Readers on American Musicians)

    Might be the main widely known determine in folks song and probably the most famous figures in American political activism, Pete Seeger now belongs one of the icons of 20th-century American tradition. the line to his present prestige as activist and revered voice of people track used to be lengthy and infrequently tough, ranging from the instant he dropped out of Harvard within the past due Thirties and collected a banjo. Editors Ronald Cohen and James Capaldi hint Seeger's lengthy and storied occupation, concentrating on his paintings as not just a singer, but additionally on his gigantic contributions as an educator, songwriter, organizer, writer, and journalist. The son of musicians, Seeger all started his musical profession sooner than international struggle II and have become famous within the Nineteen Fifties as a member of the commercially renowned Weavers, in simple terms to be blacklisted through a lot of the mainstream media within the Nineteen Sixties due to his innovative politics, and to come to the tune scene in next a long time as a tireless educator and activist.

    The Pete Seeger Reader gathers writings from a variety of resources, blending Seeger's personal paintings with that of the various those who have, through the years, written approximately him. a few of the items have by no means earlier than been republished, and canopy his whole profession. A determine of wonderful productiveness, impression, and toughness, Seeger is writer of a existence that has been either forged in heroic phrases and vilified. the decisions during this e-book draw from a whole diversity of those views and may tell as they entertain, bringing into concentration the existence and contributions of 1 of the main influential figures of the 20 th century.
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  • Suspected of Independence: The Life of Thomas McKean, America’s First Power Broker

    The final signatory to the announcement of Independence was once one of many earliest to enroll in the Revolution: Thomas McKean lived a thorough, boisterous, politically exciting lifestyles and was once essentially the most influential and enduring of America’s Founding Fathers.

    Present at just about all of the signature moments at the street to American nationhood, from the 1st Continental Congress onward, Thomas McKean was once a colonel within the Continental military; president of the Continental Congress; governor of Pennsylvania; and, possibly most significantly, leader justice of the recent country’s so much influential country, Pennsylvania, a foundational effect on American legislations. His existence uniquely intersected with the various facilities of strength within the still-formative state in the course of its such a lot weak years, and exhibits the measure of uncertainty that characterised newly self reliant the US, uncertain of its destiny or its identity.

    Thomas McKean knew in detail not just the heroic figures of the innovative era—George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin—but additionally the interesting characters who fought over the political identification of the hot kingdom, resembling Caesar Rodney, Francis Hopkinson, and Alexander Dallas. His existence reminds us that America’s production used to be fraught with risks and strife, backstabbing and bar-brawling, braveness and stubbornness. McKean’s used to be an epic journey in the course of completely momentous times.
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  • Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

    Re-released to coincide with the invention of 1 of the misplaced Franklin excursion ships.

    Frozen in Time tells the dramatic tale of ways Sir John Franklin’s elite naval forces got here nearby of the Northwest Passage, in simple terms to succumb to incredible horrors. A gripping story of cannibalism, bureaucratic hubris, nice braveness and ground-breaking technological know-how, it indicates how the excavation of 3 sailors from the 1845–48 Franklin day trip, buried for 138 years at the Arctic headland of Beechey Island, has shed new gentle on what has been one of many world’s nice maritime mysteries.

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  • Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm


    Roseanne Barr is a strength of nature. even if taking the sitcom global by way of hurricane, difficult authorized social norms, or scuffling with the wild pigs inhabiting her nut farm in Hawaii, she isn't really to be trifled with. during this go back to the broadcast web page, Roseanne unleashes her razor-sharp observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and self-perpetuating associations of questionable value—as good as menopause, prescription drugs, and her grandkids. And she’s as arguable, unique, and humorous as ever.

    Raised half-Jewish, half-Mormon, and one hundred pc misfit, Roseanne made a take care of devil early on because the cost she paid for stardom. yet now she’s trying to refinance the mortgage of her soul—this booklet represents her ultimate exorcism of repute.

    Displaying her brilliance and sharp wit, Roseanne discusses the humor of lifestyle with musings on extra critical issues, corresponding to classification struggle, feminism, the cult of famous person, and Kabbalah. daring, brash, and insightful, Roseannearchy indicates that she will be able to nonetheless skewer any topic below the sunlight and why the recent York occasions describes her charm as “the energy of an entire planet, pulling every thing round it inexorably into its orbit.”
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