Category: Biography

Rod Laver: An Autobiography

Rod Laver's memoir is the inspiring tale of the way a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed kingdom boy from Rockhampton, Australia grew to become one among activities' maximum champions. Rod was once a dominant strength in global tennis for nearly twenty years, taking part in and defeating many of the maximum avid gamers of the 20 th century. In 1962, Rod grew to become the second one guy to win the Grand Slam - that's, successful the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in one calendar 12 months. In 1969, he gained it back, turning into the single participant ever to win the Grand Slam two times. Laver's ebook is a perfectly nostalgic trip into Laver's route to stardom, from the early days of turning out to be up in a Queensland nation city within the Fifties, to breaking into the beginner circuit, to the extreme highs of Grand Slam victories. clear of on-court triumphs, Rod additionally movingly writes in regards to the life-changing stroke he suffered in 1998, and of his cherished spouse of greater than forty years, Mary, who died in 2012 after a protracted disease. jam-packed with anecdotes concerning the nice gamers and nice fits, set opposed to the backdrop of a tennis global altering from inflexible amateurism to the pro video game we realize this day, Rod's publication is a hot, insightful and engaging account of 1 of tennis's all-time greats.

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Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James

By Rick James, David Ritz

Top identified for his track “Super Freak,” hitmaker, singer, innovator, manufacturer, award-winning pioneer within the fusion of funk groove and rock, the overdue Rick James collaborated with song biographer David Ritz during this posthumously released, wildly wonderful, and profound expression of a rock star’s existence and soul.

He used to be the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from beneath cocktail tables on the indicates of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was once a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, the place he ended up twiddling with Neil younger and Joni Mitchell, and he grew to become a family identify within the Nineteen Eighties along with his hit tune “Super Freak.” Later in existence, he used to be a foul boy who acquired stuck up in drug smuggling and ended up in felony. yet in view that his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a mythical icon whose identify is sort of synonymous with funk music—and who popularized the style, making a lasting impact on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, between numerous others.

In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed song biographer David Ritz collaborated to jot down a no-holds-barred memoir in regards to the boy and the guy who grew to become a tune famous person in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and the way his mom brought him to musical geniuses of the time. And it finds info on many universally respected artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself acknowledged, “My trip has taken me via hell and again. It’s all in my music—the events, the ache, the outsized ego, the insane obsessions.” yet regardless of his undesirable boy habit, James was once a big expertise and a distinct, unforgettable man or woman. His “glow” was once an overriding caliber that one in all his mentors observed in him—and one who will stick with this mythical determine who left an indelible mark on American renowned song.

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By Sharon Robinson

Just in time for the foremost movie unlock, realize every little thing you desired to learn about Jackie Robinson!

To tie- in with the April 2013 free up of the motion picture forty two, the existence tale of Jackie Robinson, this full-color complete biography will characteristic every thing there's to grasp approximately this inspiring American hero. The motion picture, that includes high-profile actors resembling Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, and T.R. Knight, explores Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers lower than the counsel of workforce government department Rickey. The biography will discover what led as much as Robinson's signing and what occurred after. because the first black guy to play significant league baseball, his growth monumentally motivated the desegregation of baseball. due to this, Robinson grew to become an icon for not just the game of baseball, but additionally for the civil -rights circulate. that includes photographs all through, this biography might be a activities story and a background lesson. it's going to coincide with the motion picture and in addition supply many extra Robinson info, introducing him to a brand new new release of readers.

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Bob Marley: Roots, Reggae & Revolution

By Brian Richardson

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Brian Richardson takes a pointy awl to the basis of the methods of capitalist commodification that idiot a few humans into occasionally seeing Bob Marley as a 'harmless icon'. As Marley himself as soon as declared, 'mi see myself as a revolutionary', and Richardson's superb portrait explains why, via exploring the liberation struggles and wealthy cultural traditions of the Caribbean and wider African diaspora that encouraged Marley's songs of freedom. (Christian Høgsbjerg)

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The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend

By Sarah Manguso

"An unidentified white guy was once struck and immediately killed through a Metro-North educate final night," pronounced the July 24, 2008, variation of the Riverdale Press. This guy was once named Harris, and The Guardians―written within the years after he escaped from a psychiatric medical institution and ended his life―is Sarah Manguso's heartbreaking elegy.

Harris used to be a guy who "played track, wrote software program, wrote tune, discovered to force, went to school, went to mattress with girls." In The Guardians, Manguso grieves now not for kin or for a lover, yet for a ally. With startling humor and candor, she paints a portrait of a friendship among a guy and a woman―in all its unforeseen detail―and indicates that love and grief don't continuously take the shapes we think them to.

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Lorca: A Dream of Life

By Leslie Stainton

An impressive and astonishingly shiny biography of 1 of the century's optimal poets.

With a unprecedented mixture of grace and scholarship, Leslie Stainton increases the stakes of our appreciation for the best of Spain's sleek poets, Federico Garca Lorca. Drawing on fourteen years of analysis; greater than 100 letters formerly unknown to biographers; unique interviews with Lorca's associates, relatives, and buddies; and newly came across archival fabric, Stainton has introduced her topic to existence as few biographers can. She describes his carefree formative years in rural Andalusia; his lifestyles in Madrid and Granada, then in ny, Havana, and Buenos Aires; his effective relationships with different Spanish artists, resembling Salvador Dal, Luis Buuel, and Manuel de Falla; and, ultimately, his marginal political involvement within the Spanish Civil warfare that still expense him his existence.

Lorca exasperated his family members for years together with his "idleness," yet he captivated his many admirers via his air of secrecy, ardour, and inventive genius. Deeply divided, Lorca grappled with problems with classification, tradition, and identity-he struggled to return to phrases together with his homosexuality, and Stainton indicates how that fight knowledgeable his paintings.

Throughout, Stainton meticulously relates the oeuvre to the existence. Her biography will fast develop into the normal one-volume paintings at the poet.

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A Cargo of Women

By Babette Smith

New version of the bestselling heritage that strains the chequered tale of a hundred girls transported jointly in 1829 to Sydney. comprises new details at the girls and therapy of convicts, and new illustrations.

Intrigued to find a convict ancestor in her genealogy, Babette Smith made up our minds to enquire her existence and the lives of the ninety nine girls who have been transported together with her at the send Princess Royal in 1829.

Piece by means of piece she finds the tale of her ancestor the indomitable Susannah Watson who, trapped within the crowded filthy slums of Nottingham, stole simply because she couldn't endure to work out her young ones starving'. Separated eternally from her husband and 4 little ones, she was once transported to Australia for 14 years. She persevered the convict procedure at its worst, but emerged positive to die in her mattress elderly eighty three making a song Rock of Ages'.

Babette Smith reconstructs the lives of the ladies from the Princess Royal from fragments of data in transport lists, authentic documents, newspapers and courtroom transcripts. Her study overturns stereotypes of girls convicts as drunken whores and criminals. stuck in an England convulsed via swap, they develop into the unwitting and unwilling pioneers of a brand new land. Many proved to be imaginative and resilient, profiting from the possibilities provided by way of a brand new society.

First released 20 years in the past, A shipment of girls turned a bestseller and continues to be probably the most priceless money owed of convict existence in Australia. This new version comprises extra information regarding the ladies from the Princess Royal and new illustrations.

Smith comes as shut as any historian has come to reconstructing the advanced event of a convict girl an soaking up story.'

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One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey ',The Kid', Ungar, The World's Greatest Poker Player

By Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson

Now in paperback comes the first and authorized biography of Stuey Ungar, the best card participant of all time, who used to be subsidized through the Mob in long island ahead of relocating to Las Vegas the place he gained the realm sequence of Poker thrice, then died mysteriously in a seedy inn at the Vegas strip on the age of 45.

He used to be the Jim Morrison of the on line casino, a legend ahead of he used to be of felony age. Stuey Ungar, the son of a Jewish bookie on Manhattan's decrease East aspect, dropped out of highschool to turn into an underground card-table sensation, finally putting off each most sensible gin-rummy participant at the East Coast. Bankrolled through the Genovese crime kinfolk, Stuey may quickly go back and forth round the kingdom looking for new competitors and opportunities—including poker. He may move directly to win the realm sequence of Poker a checklist thrice. after which his success started to run out.

One of a Kind is the startling story of a guy who gained at his online game and misplaced keep an eye on of his existence. no matter if tossing away his winnings on the racetrack or on a unmarried roll of the cube, Stuey was once infamous for playing each greenback in his pocket. even though he had received an anticipated $30 million in his lifetime, Stuey had no checking account, now not even a house tackle. He used to be came across lifeless in a Vegas motel—with $800 in money on his individual, the single funds he had left—at the age of forty-five.

An intimate, licensed biography—Nolan Dalla was once commissioned via Stuey in 1998 to pen his tale, leading to thousands of hours of taped interviews and conversations—One of a Kind illuminates the darkish genius of 1 of poker's such a lot memorable figures.

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Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould

By Kevin Bazzana

Whilst Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto in 1974, he admitted that he knew purely 3 issues approximately Canada: It had nice hockey groups, loads of wheatfields, and Glenn Gould.
In Wondrous Strange, Kevin Bazzana vividly recaptures the lifetime of Glenn Gould, the most celebrated pianists of our time. Drawing on two decades of extensive learn, together with unrestricted entry to Gould's inner most papers and interviews with rankings of associates and co-workers, lots of them by no means interviewed sooner than, Bazzana sheds new gentle on such themes as Gould's relatives heritage, his secretive sexual lifestyles, and the mysterious difficulties that bothered his palms in his later years. the writer locations Gould's designated traits--his eccentric interpretations, his garish onstage demeanor, his resistance to convention--against the backdrop of his spiritual, higher- middle-class Canadian formative years, illuminating the effect of Gould's mom in addition to the lasting influence of the single piano instructor Gould ever had. Bazzana bargains a clean appreciation of Gould's live performance career--his high-profile yet illness-plagued overseas excursions, his adventurous paintings for Canadian track gala's, his musical and felony issues of Steinway & Sons. In 1964, Gould made the intense selection to accomplish just for documents, radio, tv, and movie, a turning element that the writer examines with extraordinary thoroughness (discussing, for instance, his far-seeing curiosity in new recording technology). the following, too, are Gould's pursuits clear of the piano, from his bold yet failed attempt to be a composer to his cutting edge model of "contrapuntal radio."
Richly illustrated with infrequent images, Wondrous Strange is a wonderfully written account of 1 of the main memorable and complete musicians of our times.

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The Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba's Last Tycoon

By John Paul Rathbone

The son of a Cuban exile recounts the extraordinary and contradictory lifetime of famed sugar baron Julio Lobo, the richest guy in prerevolutionary Cuba and the final of the island's haute bourgeoisie.

Fifty years after the Cuban revolution, the mythical wealth of the sugar rich person Julio Lobo continues to be emblematic of a undeniable lifestyle that got here to an abrupt finish while Fidel Castro marched into Havana. recognized in his day because the King of Sugar, Lobo was once for many years the main strong strength on this planet sugar marketplace, controlling significant swathes of the island's sugar pursuits. Born in 1898, the 12 months of Cuba's independence, Lobo's amazing lifestyles mirrors, in nearly lurid technicolor, the numerous rises and ultimate fall of the Cuban republic.

the main points of Lobo's lifestyles are healthy for Hollywood. He two times cornered the overseas sugar industry and had the most important selection of Napoleonica outdoors of France, together with the emperor's again tooth and dying masks. He as soon as confronted a firing squad merely to be pardoned on the final second, and later survived a gangland taking pictures. He courted motion picture stars from Bette Davis to Joan Fontaine and stuffed the swimming pool at his sprawling property with fragrance whilst Esther Williams came around.

As Rathbone observes, such are the legends of which revolutions are made, and later justified. yet Lobo used to be additionally a innovative and a philanthropist, and his genius used to be so broadly stated that Che Guevara for my part provided him the placement of minister of sugar within the Communist regime. while Lobo declined-knowing that their worldviews might by no means be compatible-his houses have been nationalized, so much of his fortune vanished in a single day, and he left the island, by no means to come back to his loved Cuba.

Financial Times journalist John Paul Rathbone has been thinking about this intoxicating, whirligig, and contradictory prerevolutionary interval his whole existence. His mom used to be additionally a member of Havana's storied haute bourgeoisie and a pal of Lobo's daughters. Woven into Lobo's story is her family's event of republic, revolution, and exile, in addition to the author's personal fight to come back to grips with Cuba's, and his family's, turbulent background.

Prodigiously researched and imaginatively written, The Sugar King of Havana is an enthralling portrait of the glittering finish of an period, but additionally of a extra hopeful Cuban earlier, person who may perhaps even offer a window into the island's destiny.

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