Who Were the Beatles? by Jeremy Tugeau, Geoff Edgers

By Jeremy Tugeau, Geoff Edgers

Age diversity: eight - eleven Years

Overview

Almost each person can sing in addition to the Beatles, yet what number younger readers comprehend their entire tale? Geoff Edgers, a Boston Globe reporter and hard-core Beatles fan, brings the Fab 4 to lifestyles during this Who Was...? book.

Readers will know about their Liverpudlian childhoods, their first forays into rock tune, what Beatlemania was once like, and why they broke up. It's all the following in an easy-to-read narrative with lots of black-and-white illustrations!

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Alexander of Macedon, 356–323 B.C.: A Historical Biography by Peter Green

By Peter Green

Until eventually lately, renowned biographers and so much students considered Alexander the good as a genius with a plan, a romantic determine pursuing his imaginative and prescient of a united international. His dream used to be now and then characterised as a benevolent curiosity within the brotherhood of guy, occasionally as a brute curiosity within the workout of energy. eco-friendly, a Cambridge-trained classicist who's additionally a novelist, portrays Alexander as either a fancy character and a single-minded normal, a guy in a position to such assorted expediencies as patricide or the bloodbath of civilians. eco-friendly describes his Alexander as "not in basic terms the main tremendous (and bold) box commander in historical past, but in addition supremely detached to all these administrative excellences and idealistic yearnings foisted upon him through later generations, specifically those that stumbled on the conqueror, tout court docket, a bit demanding upon their liberal sensibilities."

This biography starts off now not with one of many universally recognized incidents of Alexander's existence, yet with an account of his father, Philip of Macedonia, whose many-territoried empire used to be the 1st at the continent of Europe to have an successfully centralized executive and army. What Philip and Macedonia needed to supply, Alexander made his personal, yet Philip and Macedonia additionally made Alexander shape a big context for realizing Alexander himself. but his origins and coaching don't totally clarify the fellow. After he used to be named hegemon of the Hellenic League, many philosophers got here to congratulate Alexander, yet one used to be conspicuous by means of his absence: Diogenes the Cynic, an ascetic who lived in a clay bath. Piqued and curious, Alexander himself visited the thinker, who, whilst requested if there has been something Alexander might do for him, made the well-known answer, "Don't stand among me and the sun." Alexander's courtiers jeered, yet Alexander silenced them: "If I weren't Alexander, i'd be Diogenes." This comment was once as unforeseen in Alexander because it will be in a latest leader.

For the overall reader, the publication, redolent with gritty information and completely conscious of Alexander's darker part, deals a gripping story of Alexander's occupation. complete backnotes, fourteen maps, and chronological and genealogical tables serve readers with extra really good pursuits.

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The Life of Richard Wagner, Volume 1: 1813-1848 by Ernest Newman

By Ernest Newman

From well known track critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the 1st of 4 volumes chronicling the lifetime of mythical German composer Richard Wagner. this primary quantity takes us in the course of the early years of Richard’s existence: his delivery in Leipzig; his early life in Dresden and the sparks of his curiosity in tune, opera, and theater; his musical schooling, together with his stories at college of Leipzig; his early occupation, observed by means of his first compositions and primary funds issues; and his six years spent in Dresden, together with his involvement in left-wing politics.

Originally released among 1933 and 1947, Newman’s The lifetime of Richard Wagner, Volumes I-IV is still a vintage paintings of biography. The end result of 40 years' learn at the composer and his works, those books current an in depth portrait of probably the main influential, the main debatable and the main often reviled composer within the complete heritage of western tune. Newman was once conscious that no biography can ever declare to be entire or thoroughly exact: “The biographer can at no degree wish to have reached the ultimate fact. All he can do is to ensure that no matter what assertion he may possibly make, no matter what end he may perhaps come to, will be in response to the complete of the facts on hand on the time of writing.” during this goal he triumphantly succeeds.

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James Joyce: A New Biography by Gordon Bowker

By Gordon Bowker

A revealing new biography—the first in additional than fifty years—of one of many twentieth-century’s towering literary figures

James Joyce is likely one of the maximum writers of the 20 th century, his novels and tales foundational within the historical past of literary modernism. but Joyce’s genius was once not at all instantly famous, nor was once his luck simply received. At twenty-two he selected a lifetime of exile; he battled poverty and fiscal dependency for a lot of his grownup lifestyles; his out-of-wedlock courting with Nora Barnacle was once scandalous for the time; and the attitudes he held in the direction of the Irish and eire, England, sexuality, politics, Catholicism, well known culture—to identify a few—were advanced, contradictory, and controversial.

Gordon Bowker attracts on fabric lately come to mild and reconsiders the 2 sign works produced approximately Joyce’s life—Herbert Gorman’s licensed biography of 1939 and Richard Ellman’s magisterial tome of 1959—and, most significantly by means of binding jointly extra in detail than has ever sooner than been tried the lifestyles and paintings of this singular artist, Gordon Bowker right here offers us a masterful, clean, eminently readable contribution to our figuring out, either one of Joyce’s character and of the enormous opus he created.  

Bowker is going extra than his predecessors in exploring Joyce’s internal depths—his ambivalent relationships to England, to his local eire, and to Judaism—uncovering revealing facts. He attracts convincing correspondences among the long-lasting fictional characters Joyce created and their real-life versions and inspirations. And he paints a nuanced portrait of a guy of large complexity, the clearest photo but of a rare author who maintains to steer and fascinate over a century after his beginning. broadly acclaimed on ebook in Britain final yr, possibly the top praise paid was once by means of Chris Proctor, of London’s Tribune: “Bowker’s good fortune is to guide you again to the texts, might be knowing them larger for this wealthy account of the maddening insane genius who wrote them.”

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Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Deborah Curtis

By Deborah Curtis

The single in-depth biographical account of the lead singer of pleasure department, written by means of his widow.

Revered via his peers--Bono defined his voice as "holy"--and idolized through his fanatics, Ian Curtis left at the back of a legacy wealthy in inventive genius. He was once a enthralling performer on stange, but additionally introverted and liable to mode swings. Engimantic to the final, Ian Curtis died by means of his personal hand on 18 could 1980.

Touching from a Distance describes Curtis's existence from his early teenage years to his untimely dying at the eve of pleasure Division's first American travel. It tells how, with a spouse, baby and coming near near overseas popularity, he was once seduced via the honor of an early grave. What have been the explanations for his fascination with demise? have been his darkish, brooding lyrics a creative exorcism? In Touching from a Distance Curtis's widow, Deborah, explains the drama of his lifestyles and the tragedy of his death.

Includes discography, gig checklist and a whole set of Curtis's lyrics, a few of which seem in print for the 1st time.

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The Fault Line: Traveling the Other Europe, from Finland to by Paolo Rumiz

By Paolo Rumiz

An award-winning author travels the japanese entrance of Europe, the place the push/pull among outdated empires and new percentages hasn't ever been extra obvious. Paolo Rumiz lines the trail that has two times minimize Europe in two--first via the Iron Curtain after which by means of the bogus scaffolding of the EU--moving via vivid towns and deserted villages, a few locations nonetheless gloomy lower than the ghost of those enforcing borders, a few that experience sought to erase all reminiscence of it and bounce with either toes into the West (if in simple terms the West may have them). within the Fault Line, he's an elegant and energetic advisor via those unexpected landscapes, piecing jointly an atlas that has been erased through smooth states, delighting within the discovery of groups that have been as soon as engulfed through geopolitics then all yet forgotten, until eventually now.The farther south he is going, the extra he feels he's touring no longer alongside a few deserted jap frontier, yet correct in the midst of issues: Mitteleuropa wasn't to be present in Viennese cafés yet a lot farther east, past even Budapest and Warsaw. As in Ukraine, those stay areas in flux, the place the political and cultural values of the East and West have stared one another down for hundreds of years. Rumiz offers a human face not only to what the chilly struggle left in the back of yet to the traditional ties of empire and ethnicity which are nonetheless on the root of contemporary politics in flash-point parts similar to this.

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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

By Fred Kaplan

During this clean and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into concentration the dramatic lifetime of John Quincy Adams—the little-known and much-misunderstood 6th president of the U.S. and the 1st son of John and Abigail Adams—and finds how Adams' inspiring, revolutionary imaginative and prescient guided his lifestyles and assisted in shaping the process America.

Kaplan attracts on a trove of unpublished archival fabric to track Adams' evolution from his early life through the innovative struggle to his wonderful years as Secretary of nation to his time within the White condominium and past. He examines Adams' myriad aspects: the private and non-private guy, the statesman and author, the clever philosopher and passionate recommend, the best abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in either person liberty and the government's position as an engine of development and prosperity. In those ways—and in his strength, empathy, sharp mind, and strong present with phrases either spoken and written—Adams used to be a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. certainly, this sweeping biography, wealthy in literary research and old aspect, makes transparent how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of management, and his imaginative and prescient for the nation's destiny is as a lot approximately twenty-first-century the USA because it is set Adams' personal time.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a wealthy portrait of this magnificent chief and his imaginative and prescient for a tender state.

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The Wonder of Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the by Ben Falk

By Ben Falk

Professor Brian Cox is among the best-known physicist on the planet this day. As presenter of the hit tv sequence Wonders of the sun procedure and Wonders of the Universe, his affable attraction and infectious enthusiasm has introduced technological know-how to a complete new viewers. Born in Lancashire in 1968, Cox was once a vibrant, yet no longer incredible scholar in class - basically receiving a D grade for a degree arithmetic. He flourished at college, even if, gaining a first class honours measure and an MPhil in Physics from Manchester collage prior to being provided his PhD in particle physics in 1998. along his stories he additionally came across time to play keyboards for the band D:Ream, and the band crowned the charts in 1994 with 'Things Can in simple terms Get Better', which was once famously utilized by the Labour social gathering for its 1997 election crusade. even though he has seemed in different tv indicates, Brian Cox isn't just a star presenter - he's a Royal Society collage learn Fellow, a professor on the college of Manchester, and he additionally works at the ATLAS test on the huge Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. In 2010 he used to be provided an OBE for his providers to technological know-how, and he has additionally gained a number of awards for his tv paintings.

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Taking on the Trust: How Ida Tarbell Brought Down John D. by Steve Weinberg

By Steve Weinberg

Investigative journalist Weinberg (Armand Hammer: The Untold tale) rapidly recounts the tale of the increase of the traditional Oil monopoly within the overdue nineteenth century and muckraking reporter Ida Tarbell's position in bringing it down. The e-book is a research in opposites: John D. Rockefeller used his huge, immense wealth to set up the staid, strong relatives existence he had lacked as a young person. Tarbell—raised in bourgeois balance, intellectually starving and drawn to the women's circulation from an early age —resisted women's conventional family position. Wishing to assist handle society's difficulties, Tarbell was once lured into journal writing, the place she built what Weinberg calls her trademark tone of managed outrage. In her articles on ordinary, released simply after the flip of the 20 th century in McClure's after which in ebook shape, she collected proof that Rockefeller engaged in unfair pageant and argued forcefully that every one americans may be fascinated with enterprise ethics. Her reporting helped create the fashionable style of investigative journalism, and the author's short references to Wal-Mart and modern journalism recommend that he hopes this enticing account—a most likely decide for journalism classes—can aid encourage extra newshounds to persist with in Tarbell's footsteps.

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Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's Companion by Ian Chapman

By Ian Chapman

In Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's better half, musicologist, author, and musician Ian Chapman unravels the intense marriage of sound and visible influence that lies on the middle of the paintings of 1 of the main advanced and enduring performers in renowned track. nonetheless lively in a occupation now good into its 5th decade, Bowie's impact on tune and pop culture is colossal. on the top of the "glam rock" period, Bowie stood head and shoulders above his friends. His impression, besides the fact that, could expand a long way past glam via successive adjustments of musical variety and level paintings that impacted upon wider pop culture via style, movie, gender reports, theatre, and appearing arts.

As Chapman indicates, Bowie well-known early on that during a post-war client tradition that persevered the cross-pollination of media systems, the road among musician and actor used to be an ever-thinning one. Opposing romantic notions of authenticity in rock, Bowie wore many faces, demanding listeners who contemplate his huge physique of labor with a bewildering array of musical types, protecting every thing from vintage vaudeville to heavy steel, glam rock to soul and funk, digital tune to well known disco. In Experiencing David Bowie, Chapman serves as journey advisor via this tremendous musical panorama, tracing his improvement as a musical artist via twenty-seven studio albums he generated. Pivotal songs anchor Chapman's no-nonsense examine Bowie's paintings, alerting listeners to his suggestions as composer and performer. furthermore, via a detailed examine Bowie's "visuals"—in specific his album covers, Chapman attracts the traces of connection among Bowie the musician and Bowie the visible level artist, illuminating the large nature of his art.

This paintings will entice not just lovers of David Bowie, yet someone drawn to the heritage of contemporary renowned tune, type, level and cinema, and glossy artwork.

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