Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola

By Gene D. Phillips

WITH A FOREWORD by means of WALTER MURCH Gene Phillips blends biography, studio historical past, and movie feedback to accomplish the main accomplished paintings on Coppola ever written. The strength in the back of such renowned and severely acclaimed motion pictures as Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy, Coppola has imprinted his specified variety on each one of his video clips and at the panorama of yank pop culture. In Godfather , Phillips argues that Coppola has again and again bucked the Hollywood "factory approach" in an try to create distinctive movies that replicate his personal creative vision―often to the detriment of his occupation and funds. Phillips performed interviews with the director and his colleagues and tested Coppola's construction journals and screenplays. Phillips additionally reviewed infrequent copies of Coppola's pupil motion pictures, his early tours into soft-core pornography, and his much less celebrated productions corresponding to One from the guts and Tucker: the fellow and His Dream . the result's the definitive review of 1 of Hollywood's such a lot enduring and misunderstood mavericks.

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Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

By Piers Dudgeon

The untold tale at the back of Peter Pan: The surprising account of J. M. Barrie's abuse and exploitation of the du Maurier family.

In his revelatory Neverland, Piers Dudgeon tells the tragic tale of J. M. Barrie and the Du Maurier family members. pushed via a necessity to fill the vacuum left by means of sexual impotence, Barrie sought out George du Maurier, Daphne du Maurier’s grandfather (author of the famed Trilby), who really good in hypnosis. Barrie’s fascination and obsession with the Du Maurier kinfolk is a stunning learn of greed and mental abuse, as we realize Barrie as he applies those classes in brain keep an eye on to captivate George’s daughter Sylvia, his son Gerald, in addition to their children―who turned the muse for the Darling relatives in Barrie’s immortal Peter Pan.

Barrie later altered Sylvia’s will after her demise in order that he may possibly develop into the men’ criminal dad or mum, whereas pushing numerous family members to anxious breakdown and suicide. Barrie’s compulsion to dominate used to be so obvious to these round him that D. H. Lawrence as soon as wrote: J. M Barrie has a deadly contact for these he loves. They die.
sixteen pages of black-and-white pictures

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The Human Side of Science: Edison and Tesla, Watson and Crick, and Other Personal Stories behind Science's Big Ideas

By Arthur W. Wiggins, Sidney Harris, Charles M. Wynn Sr.

This full of life and funny booklet focuses cognizance at the undeniable fact that technology is a human firm. The reader learns in regards to the foibles and quirks in addition to the admirable ingenuity and bold accomplishments of recognized scientists who made many of the maximum discoveries of the previous and present.

Examples abound: James Watson and Francis Crick shaped a mythical partnership that ended in the invention of DNA, yet they primarily overlooked the contribution of lady colleague Rosalind Franklin. Later, within the race to series the human genome, Watson criticized J. Craig Venter's approach as a strategy that "could be run by way of monkeys." Nikola Tesla as soon as labored for Thomas Edison, yet then give up after a dispute a couple of bonus. Robert Hooke accused Isaac Newton of stealing his principles approximately optics. Plato declared that the works of Democritus could be burned.

With tongue-in-cheek illustrations by way of well known technological know-how cartoonist Sidney Harris, this publication takes the reader behind the curtain of clinical examine to polish new gentle at the all-too-human those that "do" science.

From the Hardcover variation.

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The Life of Thomas More

Peter Ackroyd's The lifetime of Thomas More is a masterful reconstruction of the lifestyles and mind's eye of 1 of the main amazing figures of background. Thomas extra (1478-1535) used to be a well known statesman; the writer of a political myth that  gave a reputation to a literary style and a worldview (Utopia); and, so much famously, a Catholic martyr and saint.

Born into the pro periods, Thomas extra utilized his ambitious mind and well-placed connections to develop into the main robust guy in England, moment purely to the king. As a lot a piece of historical past as a biography, The lifetime of Thomas More provides an unrivaled portrait of the standard, non secular, and highbrow lifetime of the early 16th century. In Ackroyd's fingers, this popular "man for all seasons" emerges within the fullness of his complicated humanity; we see the unforeseen part of his character--such as his choice for bawdy humor--as good as his undeniable ethical braveness.

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Nixon, Volume 1: The Education of a Politician 1913 - 1962

By Stephen E. Ambrose

From acclaimed biographer Stephen E. Ambrose comes the lifetime of some of the most elusive and interesting American political figures, Richard M. Nixon.

From his tricky boyhood and earnest early life to bis ruthless political campaigns for Congress and Senate to his defeats in '60 and '62, Nixon emerges life-size in all his complexity. Ambrose charts the peaks and valleys of Nixon's first fifty years — his serious aid as a freshman congressman of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; his involvement in the home Committee on Un-American actions; his competitive pursuit of Alger Hiss; his ambivalent courting with Eisenhower; and extra.

It is the consummate biography; it's a lovely political odyssey.

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Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

A desirable and authoritative biography of possibly the main arguable participant in baseball historical past, Ty Cobb—“The top paintings ever written in this American activities legend: It’s a massive reconsideration of a name unfairly maligned for many years” (The Boston Globe).

Ty Cobb is baseball royalty, perhaps even the best participant ever. His lifetime batting ordinary continues to be the top in background, and whilst he retired in 1928, after twenty-one years with the Detroit Tigers and with the Philadelphia Athletics, he held greater than 90 documents. however the numbers don’t inform half Cobb’s story. The Georgia Peach used to be by means of some distance the main exciting participant of the period: while the corridor of reputation begun in 1936, he was once the 1st participant voted in.

But Cobb used to be additionally one of many game’s so much arguable characters. He acquired in loads of fights, off and on the sector, and was once usually accused of being overly competitive. Even his supporters said that he was once a fierce competitor, yet he was once additionally commonly famous. After his loss of life in 1961, despite the fact that, his popularity morphed into that of a virulent racist who additionally hated little ones and ladies, and was once in flip hated through his peers.

How did this take place? who's the genuine Ty Cobb? environment the checklist immediately, Charles Leerhsen brushed aside the myths, traveled to Georgia and Detroit, and re-traced Cobb’s trip from the shy son of a professor and country senator who used to be revolutionary on race for his time to America’s first real activities famous person. the result's a “noble [and] convincing” (The ny instances publication Review) biography that's “groundbreaking, thorough, and compelling…The so much whole, well-researched, and thorough remedy that has ever been written” (The Tampa Tribune).

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Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece (New York Review Books Classics)

By Patrick Leigh Fermor

Roumeli isn't to be came upon on present-day maps. it's the identify as soon as given to northern Greece—stretching from the Bosporus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth, a reputation that inspires a global the place the current is inseparably sure up with the past.

Roumeli describes Patrick Leigh Fermor’s wanderings in and round this mysterious and but very genuine zone. he is taking us with him between Sarakatsan shepherds, to the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, and on a project to trace down a couple of Byron’s slippers at Missolonghi. As he does, he brings to gentle the inherent conflicts of the Greek inheritance—the tenuous hyperlinks to the classical and Byzantine historical past, the legacy of Ottoman domination—along with an underlying, even older global, lines of which Leigh Fermor reveals within the hills and mountains and alongside stretches of slightly explored coast.

Roumeli is a significant other quantity to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s famous Mani: Travels within the Southern Peloponnese.

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The Double Bond: Primo Levi, a Biography

By Carole Angier

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Primo Levi's Auschwitz memoir and meditation, If this can be a guy, is a key to realizing the 20 th century. Now, Carole Angier has written the amazing and revelatory tale of this man's existence. Levi's books made their modest writer into an icon of human dignity and justice for the total of the Western global. yet what sort of guy used to be this intensely inner most Italian-Jewish chemist from Turin? Did Auschwitz make him a author at twenty-seven and kill him at sixty-seven, or is the reality extra advanced than that? Carole Angier's compelling and wide-ranging biography tackles those tricky inquiries to create a profound and relocating portrait of a rare guy.

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American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

By Bryce G. Hoffman

THE within tale OF THE EPIC TURNAROUND OF FORD MOTOR corporation below THE management OF CEO ALAN MULALLY.
 
At the tip of 2008, Ford Motor corporation was once simply months clear of working out of money. With the car careening towards wreck, Congress provided all 3 Detroit automakers a bailout. common vehicles and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, yet Ford determined to save lots of itself. less than the management of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already prepare a daring plan to unify its divided worldwide operations, rework its lackluster product lineup, and conquer a dys­functional tradition of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses. It used to be a unprecedented possibility, however it used to be the one approach the Ford family—America’s final nice commercial dynasty—could carry directly to their company.
 
Mulally and his group pulled off one of many great­est comebacks in company historical past. because the remainder of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the edge of financial ruin to being the main ecocnomic automaker within the world.
 
American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround. at the breaking point, Ford went open air the car and recruited Mulally—the guy who had already kept Boeing from the deathblow of 9/11—to lead a sweeping restructuring of a firm that were not able to beat a long time of mismanage­ment and denial. Mulally utilized the rules he built at Boeing to streamline Ford’s inefficient operations, strength its fractious executives to interact as a group, and spark a product renaissance in Dearborn. He additionally confident the United vehicle staff to affix his struggle for the soul of yank manufacturing.
 
Bryce Hoffman unearths the untold tale of the covert conferences with UAW leaders that ended in a game-changing agreement, invoice Ford’s conflict to carry the Ford family members jointly while many have been able to profit their inventory and write off the corporate, and the key alliance with Toyota and Honda that helped prop up the Amer­ican automobile provide base.
 
In one of many nice administration narratives of our time, Hoffman places the reader contained in the boardroom as Mulally makes use of his celebrated marketing strategy assessment meet­ings to force switch and strength Ford to house the painful realities of the yankee car undefined.
 
Hoffman was once granted exceptional entry to Ford’s most sensible executives and top-secret corporation files. He spent numerous hours with Alan Mulally, invoice Ford, the Ford relatives, former executives, exertions leaders, and corporate administrators. within the bestselling culture of Too enormous to Fail and the massive brief, American Icon is narrative nonfiction at its vibrant and colourful best.

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Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks

By John Curran

John Curran finds the secrets and techniques of the world’s greatestmystery author in Agatha Christie: homicide within the Making, the attention-grabbing persist with as much as Agatha Christie’s SecretNotebooks that includes moreinsight into Christie’s fascinating lifestyles tale and a brand new providence ofChristie’s unpublished work—including letters, archival papers, and a keenly incisive analysis of Christie’s final, unfinished novel.For readers new to Christie’s mysteries and for life-long lovers of Hercule Poirot, pass over Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, eitherfrom vintage Christie novels like Murder at the Orient show or fromthe renowned Masterpiece Theater variations, “Curran’s discoveries will shapehow Christie is read.” (Independent on Sunday).

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