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An American Life

An American Life ebook ISBN: 0671691988
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Ronald Reagan
Number of Pages: 748 
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The former president relates the story of his public and private life from his modest beginnings in the Midwest, through a distinguished film career, to a second career in politics

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin ebook ISBN: 9780743258074
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Author: Walter Isaacson
Number of Pages: 586 
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Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers.

Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson ebook ISBN: 9780742552951
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Author: David John Marley
Number of Pages: 312 
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A complimentary, independent portrait of the 700 Club host and co-founder of the Christian Coalition considers his role as a reviled figure in the secular world and a formidable role model among Christian fundamentalists, in a profile that lauds his achievements while questioning some of his decisions.

Babbitt

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Publisher: Twayne Pub
Author: Glen A. Love
Number of Pages: 105 
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"Babbitt, the tragicomic novel of revolt against smug, middle-class materialism, which earned Sinclair Lewis the 1930 Nobel Prize for literature, is a unique increment in the elevation of American literature to world status. Glen A. Love's unified, in-depth study of Babbitt sets American literary realism in the historical and cultural context of the 1920s - post-World War I liberalism, the Jazz Age, speakeasies, Red scares, the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the Scopes Monkey Trial, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and the collapse of Puritanism - and carries its relevance to the present. A clear, readable discussion of satire, romance, and cultural symbolism, the book moves in concentric circles from the work to its critical reception and outward to its significance as a mocking, yet heroic authentication of Lewis's fanatic American-ness, which is connected to pioneer and frontier mores." "More thorough and wide-ranging than former studies of the novel, Love's interpretation treats Babbitt as a work of realism and satire disguising an urgent, meaningful affirmation of - and appeal to - a nation replete with myriad possibilities. The scope of this multifaceted critique renders it invaluable to students and teachers of the American novel and realism as well as to general readers, critics, and researchers. This concise volume includes chronology, historical context, analysis, plus notes, a selected bibliography, and index."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

TIME Hillary

TIME Hillary ebook ISBN: 1618939912
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment
Author: Editors of TIME Magazine
Number of Pages: 112 
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This book will also help to dissect what the future might hold for Hillary, whether she chooses to run for office again or decides to remain a private citizen and devote her time to lecturing, teaching, and philanthropy.

Jack London: An American Life

Jack London: An American Life ebook ISBN: 1466863161
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Earle Labor
Number of Pages: 480 
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A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. In Jack London: An American Life, the noted Jack London scholar Earle Labor explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth—at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Labor resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.

Guitar: an American life

Guitar: an American life ebook ISBN: 9780802142580
Publisher: Grove Press
Author: David Mamet,Tim Brookes
Number of Pages: 53 
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When baggage handlers destroy Tim Brookes's guitar, he discovers that a dream guitar is built, not bought, and sets out to find someone to make him the perfect guitar. His quest takes him across the country, talking to historians, curators, and guitar mak

George Washington

George Washington ebook ISBN: 9781402735462
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Author: Laurie Calkhoven
Number of Pages: 124 
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Presents the life and accomplishments of the American hero, who was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and who became the first president of the United States.

George F. Kennan

George F. Kennan ebook ISBN: 110154810X
Publisher: Penguin
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Number of Pages: 800 
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents, the "Long Telegram" and the "X Article," which set forward the strategy of containment that would define U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. This achievement alone would qualify him as the most influential American diplomat of the Cold War era. But he was also an architect of the Marshall Plan, a prizewinning historian, and would become one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy, politics, and culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Now the full scope of Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis began this magisterial history almost thirty years ago, interviewing Kennan frequently and gaining complete access to his voluminous diaries and other personal papers. So frank and detailed were these materials that Kennan and Gaddis agreed that the book would not appear until after Kennan's death. It was well worth the wait: the journals give this book a breathtaking candor and intimacy that match its century-long sweep. We see Kennan's insecurity as a Midwesterner among elites at Princeton, his budding dissatisfaction with authority and the status quo, his struggles with depression, his gift for satire, and his sharp insights on the policies and people he encountered. Kennan turned these sharp analytical gifts upon himself, even to the point of regularly recording dreams. The result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

King Edward VIII

King Edward VIII ebook ISBN: 0192514571
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Ted Powell
Number of Pages: 320 
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Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII had fallen in love with America. As a young Prince of Wales, Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War and, captivated by the energy, confidence, and raw power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage, he paid a number of subsequent visits: surfing in Hawaii; dancing with an American shop-girl in Panama; and partying with the cream of New York society on Long Island. Eventually, of course, he fell violently in love with Wallis, a Southern belle and latter-day Scarlett O'Hara. Forceful, irreverent, and sassy, she embodied everything that Edward admired about modern America. But Edward's fascination with America was not unreciprocated. America was equally fascinated by the Prince, especially his love life, and he became an international media celebrity through newsreels, radio, and the press. Indeed, even in the decades after his abdication in 1936, Edward remained a celebrity in the US and a regular guest of Presidents and the elite of American society.

An American Life

An American Life ebook ISBN: 9780972407809
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Author: Jimmy Gentry
Number of Pages: 200 
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Jimmy Gentry was one of nine children who grew up in a working-class Williamson county family during the Depression. Franklin, Tennessee was a small, intimate community surrounded by fields and woods, and by unspoiled streams during the days of his boyhood. After the death of his father, he became an expert hunter, trapper, and fisherman in order to provide for his struggling family. Jimmy Gentry was a noted high school athlete, and at the age of 18 he went to war to help defend his nation. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for his actions during the invasion of Germany, and he was among the first Allied troops to enter Dachau, the infamous Nazi death camp. He returned to Franklin and became one of Williamson County's most widely-known citizens, serving as a teacher and a coach for over half a century. An American Life chronicles a time that has all but disappeared--both in Franklin and in small-town America. It gives one soldier's account of surviving war and encountering horror, and tells what became of Williamson County over the years that followed the return of that soldier. An American Life is a book about Jimmy Gentry, about Franklin, and about America. Jimmy Gentry lives three miles west of Franklin, Tennessee along with his wife Rebecca, their three children, and their five grandchildren, on their farm Pleasant View. He operates his summer camp, draws, paints, and is a continuing presence in the lives of his many friends and admirers.

Hallelujah Junction

Hallelujah Junction ebook ISBN: 0571260896
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: John Adams
Number of Pages: 352 
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'Sometimes I liken the creative act to that of being a good gardener. The musical material itself, the harmonies, rhythms, the timbres and tempi, are seeds you have planted. Composing, bringing forth the final formal arrangement of these elements, is often a business of watching them grow, knowing when to nourish and water them and when to prune and weed.' A book unlike anything ever written by a composer, part memoir and part description of the creative process, Hallelujah Junction is an absorbing journey through the musical landscape of John Adams, one of today's most admired and frequently performed composers. A musician of enormous range and technical command, Adams has built a huge audience worldwide through the immediacy and sincerity of his music, such as his Pulitzer prize-winning memorial for the September 11 attack On The Transmigration of Souls. Hallelujah Junction isn't so much an autobiography as a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of his life and times, centred around the three highly controversial operas based on social and political issues he has written in the past twenty-five years - Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer and, most recently, Dr Atomic.

Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster ebook ISBN: 0804151288
Publisher: Knopf
Author: Kate Buford
Number of Pages: 464 
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Startlingly handsome, witty, fanatically loyal, charming, scary, and intensely sexual, Burt Lancaster was the quintessential bête du cinéma, one of Hollywood's great stars. He was, as well, an intensely private man, and he authorized no biographies in his lifetime. Kate Buford is the first writer to win the cooperation of Lancaster's widow, close friends, and colleagues, and her book is a revelation. Here is Lancaster the man, from his teenage years, bolting the Depression-era immigrant neighborhood of East Harlem where he grew up for the life of a circus acrobat -- then the electric New York theater of the 1930s, then the dying days of vaudeville. We see his production company -- Hecht-Hill-Lancaster -- become the biggest independent of the 1950s, a bridge between the studio era and modern filmmaking. With the power he derived from it we see him gain a remarkable degree of control, which he used to become the auteur of his own career. His navigation through the anti-Communist witch-hunts made him an example of a star who tweaked the noses of HUAC and survived. His greatest roles -- in Sweet Smell of Success, Elmer Gantry, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Swimmer, Atlantic City -- kept to the progressive edge that had originated in the tolerant, diverse, reforming principles of his childhood. And in the extraordinary complete roster of his films -- From Here to Eternity, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Leopard, 1900, and Field of Dreams, among many others -- he proved to be both a master of commercial movies that pleased a worldwide audience and an actor who pushed himself beyond stardom into cinematic art. Kate Buford has written a dynamic biography of a passionate and committed star, the first full-scale study of one of the last great unexamined Hollywood lives.

Race in an American Life

Race in an American Life ebook ISBN: 9781686891069
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Author: R P Rogers
Number of Pages: 660 
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RACE IN AN AMERICAN LIFE BY R P ROGERSRace-a four letter word written in the fabric of the American character. No other letters or group of letters compels the incredible range of emotional responses as does R-A-C-E. RACE IN AN AMERICAN LIFE is the chronicle of one person's interface with America's struggle searching for its sense of being and its soul. I am the author, R P Rogers and RACE IN AN AMERICAN LIFE is my personal trial with the ongoing racial conflict and ambiguities. This is the saga of an American who has charged, strolled, meandered, and been dragged through the aftermath of The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the ongoing Civil Rights Movement. It is very up close and personal-it is a life.RACE IN AN AMERICAN LIFE is about my life intertwined with the reality, consequences, and gargantuan struggle of America's struggle with race. This is the account beginning with a boy born in rural South Carolina during the lingering depression going into WW11 and continuing through the turbulence of the nineteen sixties. My attitude on race was formed working side by side with black and white, in the searing Carolina sun, at a very young age. This book weaves all parts of my life with the events of WW11, Atom Bomb, especially Vietnam, and the protest of the nineteen sixties. Whether front and center, or lurking in the background, the racial component is always there. Go there with me-it is more than a story-it is a life.

Between Worlds

Between Worlds ebook ISBN: 9781440628962
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Bill Richardson
Number of Pages: 384 
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Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, may be the most charismatic figure in the Democratic Party today and one of its best natural politicians whose name isn't Bill Clinton. He is the man Colin Powell has called for advice, and the man George Stephanopoulos once called the Red Adair of diplomacy in homage to his ability to put out international fires. He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and is counted as one of our most knowledgeable politicians on Iraq and Saddam Hussein; on Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Al-Qaeda; on North Korea; on energy policy; on Latin American affairs; on domestic politics; and on Hispanic America. Richardson's background as the son of an American businessman father and a Mexican mother has offered him an unusual starting point from which to seek a life in public service, but one of his most interesting roles has been that of global troubleshooter. What he has to say about how to negotiate to get what you want shows his true colors: He can be blunt, but charming; tough, but respectful; realistic, but hopeful. Through his work as a hostage negotiator sitting across the table from the likes of Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and many others-as well as his toil on Capitol Hill, in the United Nations, and New Mexico's state government-he has learned the vital importance of preparation: know as much as possible about your adversary; test your partner's truthfulness; know how much you can concede; never lie and always be direct. Between Worlds is the surprising story of one of our most seasoned and captivating national figures.

Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts ebook ISBN: 9780253114419
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Author: David Edwin Harrell, Jr.
Number of Pages: 640 
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"This book may give you the best opportunity of deciding the truth about me and the ministry I hold so dear." -- Oral Roberts "Among several biographies of Oral Roberts, the most recent, most accurate, and best documented is Oral Roberts: An American Life, an objective, impressive study... " -- New York Review of Books "Oral Roberts: An American Life is more than the story of a well-known evangelist and educator. It is the story of a part of the American religious life that not many Americans know or understand.... Dr. Harrell has researched thoroughly and written superbly." -- Billy Graham "... a first-rate biography, one which should give pause to Roberts' supporters and critics alike.... Roberts' first scholarly biographer has done a beautiful job." -- Allen Boyer, Newsday

Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche ebook ISBN: 9780393318593
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Author: Brian Urquhart
Number of Pages: 496 
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A biography of the former UN Undersecretary General for Special Political Affairs describes his childhood in a hardworking family, his public service, his racial consciousness, and his battle with prejudice

Joe Papp

Joe Papp ebook ISBN: 9780306806766
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Author: Helen Epstein
Number of Pages: 592 
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Self-made impresario, controversial producer, contentious champion of human rights and the First Amendment, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and unquestionably the most dynamic force in American theater in the last quarter century, Joseph Papp (1921–1991) changed forever America's cultural landscape. He was the first to demand and to provide—against enormous odds—free Shakespeare to the public, and the first to pioneer colorblind casting and minority-group theater. He discovered and showcased at the Public Theater playwrights like David Rabe, John Guare, and Vaclav Havel; directors like Michael Bennet and James Lapine; actors like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Denzel Washington; and produced such classic American plays as Hair, Sticks and Bones, Streamers, The Normal Heart, and A Chorus Line, the longest running musical in Broadway history. Joe Papp offers readers a compassionate, unsparing portrait of a complex man who inspired both anger and admiration, but whose far-reaching impact on American theater remains unsurpassed.

Mellon

Mellon ebook ISBN: 0307386791
Publisher: Vintage
Author: David Cannadine
Number of Pages: 778 
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A landmark portrait of Andrew Mellon describes his rise to the heights of political and financial power, his controversial role as treasury secretary under three presidents, and his remarkable philanthropy and gift to America of the National Gallery of Art. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.