Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man

By Jonathan D. Spence

“Splendid . . . it is easy to no longer think a greater topic than Zhan Dai for Spence.” (The New Republic)

Celebrated China pupil Jonathan Spence vividly brings to lifestyles seventeenth-century China via this biography of Zhang Dai, famous as one of many best historians and essayists of the Ming dynasty. Born in 1597, Zhang Dai was once forty-seven whilst the Ming dynasty, after greater than 2 hundred years of rule, used to be overthrown through the Manchu invasion of 1644. Having misplaced his fortune and lifestyle, Zhang Dai fled to the geographical region and spent his ultimate 40 years recounting the time of creativity and renaissance in the course of Ming rule earlier than the violent upheaval of its cave in. This soaking up story of Zhang Dai’s existence illuminates the transformation of a tradition and divulges how China’s historical past impacts its position on this planet this day.

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The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy died nearly part a century ago―yet as a result of his outstanding promise and premature dying, his superstar nonetheless resonates strongly. at the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato―himself within the early Nineteen Sixties and encouraged through JFK and his presidency―explores the interesting and robust effect he has had over 5 a long time at the media, most of the people, and particularly on each one of his 9 presidential successors.

A contemporary Gallup ballot gave JFK the top activity approval ranking of any of these successors, and thousands stay captivated by means of his a thousand days within the White apartment. For them all, and if you happen to consider he wouldn't be judged so hugely if he hadn't died tragically in place of work, The Kennedy Half-Century should be really revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK's assassination utilizing heretofore unseen info to which he has had particular entry, then records the extreme impression the assassination has had on american citizens of each sleek new release throughout the such a lot vast survey ever undertaken at the public's view of a old determine. the total and engaging effects, accumulated through the entire pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the rustic a half-century after the epochal killing. simply as considerably, Sabato exhibits how JFK's presidency has strongly prompted the guidelines and decisions―often in staggering ways―of each president since.

Among the loads of books dedicated to JFK, The Kennedy Half-Century stands aside for its wealthy perception and unique point of view. someone who reads it's going to have fun with in new methods the profound impression JFK's brief presidency has had on our nationwide psyche.

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Angela Merkel: The Authorized Biography

By Stefan Kornelius

An authorized biography of some of the most strong ladies within the world sheds gentle at the individual at the back of the politician
With the Eurozone engulfed in an unparalleled problem, one political determine looms biggest of all, Angela Merkel, the chief of its strongest financial system. whereas overseas affairs became the crucial problems with her chancellorship during this the most important election 12 months, the total international is anxiously having a look to Germany to play its half in Europe's rescue. From her younger days of hitchhiking in Tbilisi to being the visitor of honor at a White condominium country dinner, this book examines how a lady from East Germany rose to the top echelons of ecu energy. in addition to explaining how Angela Merkel's global view was once formed and motivated by way of her historical past and ideology, this vigorous account discusses her own family members with overseas opposite numbers corresponding to David Cameron, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin, in addition to her perspective in the direction of the international locations and cultures over which they rule.

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The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company

Based on exceptional entry to the corporation’s information, The Intel Trinity is the 1st complete historical past of Intel Corporation—the crucial corporation of the electronic age— informed throughout the lives of the 3 most crucial figures within the company’s background: Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove.

Often hailed the “most vital corporation within the world,” Intel is still, greater than 4 a long time after its inception, a defining corporation of the worldwide electronic economic climate. The mythical inventors of the microprocessor-the unmarried most vital product within the glossy world-Intel this present day builds the tiny “engines” that energy nearly each clever digital machine at the planet.

But the real tale of Intel is the human tale of the trio of geniuses at the back of it. Michael S. Malone finds how each one introduced various things to Intel, and at diverse occasions. Noyce, the main revered excessive tech determine of his new release, introduced credibility (and cash) to the company’s founding; Moore made Intel the world’s technological chief; and Grove, has relentlessly pushed the corporate to ever-higher degrees of good fortune and competitiveness. with none this kind of figures, Intel might by no means have accomplished its historical luck; with them, Intel made attainable the non-public laptop, web, telecommunications, and the private electronics revolutions.

The Intel Trinity isn't just the tale of Intel’s mythical earlier; it additionally bargains an research of the ambitious demanding situations that lie forward because the corporation struggles to keep up its dominance, its tradition, and its legacy.

With 8 pages of black-and-white photos.

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Lee Marvin: Point Blank

By Dwayne Epstein

The first full-length, authoritative, and specified tale of the enduring actor's existence to move past the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of past books, this account deals an appreciation for the fellow and his performing occupation and the vintage movies he starred in, portray a portrait of someone who took nice dangers in his performing and occupation. even supposing Lee Marvin is better identified for his icy tricky man roles—such as his chilling titular villain in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or the paternal but brutally practical platoon chief in The huge purple One—very little is understood of his own lifestyles; his relatives heritage; his reviews in WWII; his courting along with his father, kinfolk, associates, other halves; and his ongoing battles with alcoholism, rage, and melancholy, occasioned through his postwar PTSD. Now, after years of discovering and compiling interviews with kinfolk, pals, and co-workers; infrequent pictures; and illustrative fabric, Hollywood author Dwayne Epstein offers a whole realizing and appreciation of this performing titan’s position within the Hollywood pantheon despite his very actual and human struggles.

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Urbane Revolutionary: C. L. R. James and the Struggle for a New Society

By Frank Rosengarten

In Urbane innovative: C.L.R. James and the fight for a brand new Society, Frank Rosengarten strains the highbrow and political improvement of C.L.R. James (1901-1989), essentially the most major Caribbean intellectuals of the 20 th century. In his political and philosophical statement, his histories, drama, letters, memoir, and ficion, James broke new floor facing the elemental problems with his age-colonialism and post-colonialism, Soviet socialism and western neo-liberal capitalism, and the makes use of of race, type, and gender as instruments for analysis.

The writer examines the intensive 3 features of James's paintings: his interpretation and use of Marxist, Trotskyist, and Leninist suggestions; his method of Caribbean and African struggles for independence within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties; and his branching into prose fiction, drama, and literary feedback. Rosengarten analyzes James's formerly underexplored relationships with ladies and with the women's liberation circulation. The research additionally scrutinizes James's equipment of study and writing.

Rosengarten explores James's provocative and influential strategies relating to black liberation within the Caribbean, Africa, the USA, and nice Britain and James's various responses to progressive hobbies. With its large use of unpublished letters, deepest correspondence, papers, books, and different files, Urbane Revolutionary offers clean insights into the paintings of 1 of the 20 th century's most vital intellectuals and activists.

Frank Rosengarten is professor emeritus of Italian and comparative literature on the urban collage of recent York. he's the writer of The Writings of the younger Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique and The Italian Anti-Fascist Press, 1919-1945.

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Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers

By Ed Sikov

Now in paperback: "An authoritative biography and a compulsive page-turner." (Michael Palin, New York instances publication Review)

Peter dealers' explosive expertise made him a loved determine in global cinema and maintains to draw new audiences. along with his darkly comedian performances in Dr. Strangelove and Lolita and his outrageously humorous appearances as Inspector Clouseau within the Pink Panther movies, he turned essentially the most well known motion picture stars of his time.

during this vigorous and exhaustively researched biography, Ed Sikov bargains distinct perception into dealers' comedic kind. starting with ' lonely formative years ruled by way of a mom who would not allow move, via his carrier within the Royal Air strength, and his good fortune on BBC Radio's The Goon Show, Sikov is going directly to element the actor's relationships together with his kin, costars, administrators, and admirers--a portrait that's as comedian and tragic as Peter dealers himself.

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And Still I Rise: A Mother's Search for Justice

By Doreen Lawrence

'This ebook for me is a caution in addition to a reminder. could you by no means adventure what i've got experienced.'

In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence used to be murdered by means of a bunch of younger white males on a road in south-east London. From the 1st police research onwards, the case was once badly mishandled. after all, lengthy after the case opposed to the 5 suspects have been dropped, the govt needed to supply in to mounting strain and carry a public inquiry, which grew to become the main explosive in British criminal history.

These proof go away the reader unprepared for Doreen Lawrence's personal tale of her son's homicide. during this uncooked, sincere e-book, she writes frankly approximately her early life, approximately her fight for an honest existence for herself and her childrens and her hopes for her brilliant, stimulated son. Her account of the homicide and the botched and insensitive research by means of the Metropolitan Police is deeply relocating. She recreates the discomfort, frustration and bafflement she skilled as she realised that there could by no means be a second whilst she may well say to herself that justice were done.

A chilly case evaluation ended in the invention of DNA proof in 2009. In November 2011, of the alleged individuals of the group that killed Stephen have been ultimately dropped at trial on the outdated Bailey. A responsible verdict was once reported on three January 2012.

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A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France

By Susan Ottaway

The fabulous real tale of British distinct brokers Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked every thing to struggle for freedom in the course of the moment global War.

When aged recluse Eileen Nearne died, few suspected that the quiet little outdated girl was once a embellished WWII conflict hero. Volunteering to serve for British intelligence at age 21, Eileen used to be published to Nazi-occupied France to ship encoded messages of an important value for the Allies, until eventually her trap through the Gestapo.

Eileen used to be no longer the single agent in her family---her sister Jacqueline was once a courier for the French resistance. whereas Jacqueline narrowly refrained from arrest, Eileen used to be tortured through the Nazis, then despatched to the notorious Ravensbrück women's focus camp. Astonishingly, this imaginative younger girl finally escaped her captors and located her technique to the advancing American army.

In this remarkable actual tale of triumph and tragedy, Susan Ottaway unveils the key lives of 2 sisters who sacrificed themselves to shield their country.

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