Category: Biography

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By Daniel Schulman

Just like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are some of the most influential dynasties of the trendy age, yet they've got by no means been the topic of an immense biography... till now.

Not lengthy after the loss of life of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, came across a letter the relations patriarch had written to his sons. "You will obtain what now looks a wide sum of money," Fred Koch counseled. "It could both be a blessing or a curse."

Fred's legacy might develop into a blessing and a curse to his 4 sons-Frederick, Charles, and fraternal twins David and Bill-who within the resulting many years fought bitterly over their birthright, the oil and cattle-ranching empire their father left at the back of in 1967. opposed to a backdrop of scorched-earth felony skirmishes, Charles and David equipped Koch Industries into one of many biggest deepest firms within the world-bigger than Boeing and Disney-and they rose to turn into of the wealthiest males in the world.

Influenced by means of the feelings in their father, who used to be current on the beginning of the loo Birch Society, Charles and David have spent many years attempting to remake the yank political panorama and mainline their libertarian perspectives into the nationwide bloodstream. They now keep an eye on a computing device that could be a middle of gravity in the Republican get together. To their supporters, they're freeing the United States from the scourge of massive govt. To their detractors, they're political "contract killers," as David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's leader strategist, positioned it throughout the 2012 campaign.

Bill, in the meantime, outfitted a multi-billion greenback power empire all his personal, and earned notoriety as an America's Cup-winning yachtsman, a flamboyant playboy, and as a litigious collector of good wine and Western memorabilia. Frederick lived an intensely deepest lifestyles as an arts client, refurbishing a sequence of old houses and estates.

SONS OF WICHITA strains the advanced lives and legacies of those 4 tycoons, in addition to their company, social, and political objectives. regardless of the place you fall at the ideological spectrum, the Kochs are essentially the most influential dynasties of our period, yet so little is publicly identified approximately this relatives, their origins, how they make their funds, and the way they stay their lives. in keeping with 1000s of interviews with acquaintances, kinfolk, enterprise affiliates, and so on, SONS OF WICHITA is the 1st significant biography approximately this prosperous and robust family-warts and all.

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Murray Leinster: The Life and Works

By Billee J. Stallings

Will F. Jenkins, recognized to technological know-how fiction fanatics through his penname Murray Leinster, used to be one of the such a lot prolific American writers of the 20 th century. "The Dean of technological know-how Fiction," as he was once occasionally recognized, released greater than 1,500 brief tales and a hundred books in a occupation spanning greater than fifty years. This biography, written by means of his youngest daughters, chronicles Murray Leinster's deepest and literary lifestyles from his first writings for The clever Set and early pulp magazines equivalent to Argosy, extraordinary tales and staggering tales, throughout the golden age of technology fiction within the Thirties in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, to his loss of life in 1975. integrated as appendices are his well-known 1946 tale "A good judgment Named Joe" and 1954 essay "To construct a robotic Brain."

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My Life As A Pornstar

The loopy ass Swedish porn famous person strips down approximately naughty superstar intercourse, the simplest saved secrets and techniques and the way to take regulate of a pilot’s joystick. “My lifestyles As A pornstar” chronicles Puma’s lifestyles from her horse-obsessed youth in Sweden to her upward push as the most effective recognized porn stars on the planet. The publication info Puma’s many loopy studies which come with Hollywood events, wobbly helicopter intercourse (as noticeable on TMZ), drug adventures in Amsterdam, big name encounters and all of the highs, and lows, of lifestyles and love and paintings in porn’s speedy lane. it's also a bankruptcy written by way of Puma’s ally, Penthouse puppy of the 12 months Nikki Benz, a “how to make it immense within the porn undefined” advisor, experiences of porn schools and letters from the enthusiasts. “I’ve already been getting frantic calls from celebs i do know, scared I’m going to reveal them. i'm hoping they get pleasure from my booklet. i am hoping YOU take pleasure in my book”, stated Puma Swede. “I don’t recognize what to think about this booklet. It’s no longer a standard autobiography, it’s not at all literature. It’s a story the place each web page is roofed with 4 letter phrases, swearing and physique beverages” (review in Aftonbladet, Sweden’s greatest nationwide newspaper)

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The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship

By Jeffrey Zaslow

the moment New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a relocating tribute to girl friendships, with the inspiring tale of 11 women and the 10 girls they grew to become, from the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The final Lecture

As childrens, they shaped a different bond, transforming into up within the small city of Ames, Iowa. As younger women, they moved to 8th diversified states, but they controlled to keep up a rare friendship that might hold them via university and careers, marriage and motherhood, relationship and divorce, the dying of a kid, and the mysterious dying of the 11th member in their staff. taking pictures their striking tale, The women from Ames is a testomony to the long-lasting, deep bonds of girls as they adventure life's demanding situations, and the ability of friendship to beat even the main daunting odds.

the ladies, now of their forties, have a life of stories in universal, a few evocative in their iteration and a few that would resonate with any lady who has ever had a chum. The ladies from Ames demonstrates how shut girl relationships can form each element of women's lives-their experience of themselves, their collection of males, their desire for validation, their relationships with their moms, their desires for his or her daughters-and unearths how such friendships thrive, lucrative those that have devoted to them. With either common occasions and deeply own moments, it is a publication that each girl will relate to and be encouraged via.

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Robert Plant: A Life

By Paul Rees

Robert Plant via Paul Rees is the definitive biography of Led Zeppelin's mythical frontman. As lead singer for one of many greatest and so much influential rock bands of all time—whose track "Stairway to Heaven" has been performed extra occasions on American radio than the other track—Robert Plant outlined what it ability to be a rock god.

Over the process his twenty-year occupation, British song journalist and editor Paul Rees has interviewed such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Bono, and AC/DC. Rees now bargains a whole portrait of Robert Plant for the 1st time, exploring the forces that formed him, the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years—including his dating with Jimmy web page and John Bonham—and his existence as a solo artist today.

Illustrated with greater than dozen photos, Robert Plant: A LIfe is the never-before-told tale of a proficient, complex track icon who replaced the face of rock 'n' roll.

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Casi una mujer

A simultaneous Spanish-language version, initially translated for classic by
Nina Torres-Vidal

In her new memior, the acclaimed writer of When i used to be Puerto Rican maintains the riveting chronicle of her life.

"Negi," as Santiago's kin affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to stay in a three-bedroom tenement residence with seven siblings, and inquisitive grandmother, and a strict mom who will not enable her thus far. At 13, Negi yearns for her personal mattress, for privateness, and her father, who is still in Puerto Rico. Translating for Mami on the welfare workplace within the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York's appearing Arts highschool within the afternoon, and dancing salsa all evening, she additionally seeks to discover stability among being an American and Puerto Rican. whilst Negi defies her mom through occurring a chain of dates, she unearths that independence brings challenges.

At as soon as a universally poignant coming-of-age story and a heartfelt immigrant's tale, Almost a Woman is Santiago's positive trip into womanhood.

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Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

By Toby Lester

In Da Vinci's Ghost, seriously acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the tale of the world’s so much iconic photograph, the Vitruvian guy, and sheds amazing new gentle at the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo da Vinci, one in every of history’s such a lot interesting figures.

Deftly weaving jointly artwork, structure, historical past, theology, and lots more and plenty else, Da Vinci's Ghost is a main highbrow enchantment.”Charles Mann, writer of 1493

Da Vinci didn’t summon Vitruvian guy out of skinny air. He used to be encouraged by way of the belief initially formulated by means of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who urged that the human physique can be made to slot within a circle, lengthy linked to the divine, and a sq., relating to the earthly and secular. to put a guy inside of these shapes used to be to indicate that the human physique may certainly be a blueprint for the workings of the universe. Da Vinci increased Vitruvius’ proposal to exhilarating heights whilst he got down to do whatever extraordinary, if the human physique really mirrored the cosmos, he reasoned, then learning its anatomy extra completely than had ever been tried before—peering deep into physique and soul—might supply him a virtually godlike point of view at the make-up of the area.

Written with an identical narrative aptitude and highbrow sweep as Lester’s award-winning first e-book, the “almost unbearably exciting” (Simon Winchester) Fourth a part of the realm, and fantastically illustrated with Da Vinci's drawings, Da Vinci’s Ghost follows Da Vinci on his trip to knowing the secrets and techniques of the Vitruvian guy. It captures a pivotal time in Western historical past whilst the center a while have been giving option to the Renaissance, while artwork, technological know-how, and philosophy have been swiftly converging, and while it appeared attainable unmarried person could embody—and even understand—the nature of the universe.

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Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll

“Fred Goodman makes this global come alive, and any fan of rock or insider stories of the song might be in heaven interpreting approximately this interesting, troubling character.” — Judd Apatow, Omnivoracious

“Writing approximately contracts, probabilities, and bargains might be tedious, yet Goodman makes it as intriguing as studying approximately an artist’s intercourse lifestyles. The e-book explodes with within dope.” —New York day-by-day News
Allen Klein was once like nobody the song had visible earlier than. although he grew to become notorious for allegedly inflicting the Beatles’ breakup and robbing the Rolling Stones, in point of fact either extra advanced and extra interesting. because the supervisor of the Stones after which the Beatles—not to say Sam Cooke, Pete Townshend, Donovan, the Kinks, and various others—he taught younger soon-to-be legends find out how to be businessmen in addition to rock stars. whereas Klein made hundreds of thousands for his consumers, he used to be as cruel with them as he used to be with an individual, incomes himself an outsize popularity for villainy that has long gone unchallenged beforehand. via specified, unparalleled entry to Klein’s data, veteran song journalist Fred Goodman tells the complete tale of the way the Beatles broke up, how the Stones completed the best advertisement luck in rock heritage, and the way the track enterprise turned what it truly is today.
“Fred Goodman is an excellent author . . . and his account the following of 1 of rock ’n’ roll’s such a lot polarizing figures couldn't be extra readable. The even-handed tone, the supposition that readers are reasonably clever and complex, and the fairly impressive involvement Allen Klein had with pop music’s biggest legends—put all that jointly, and you’ve bought one hugely engrossing read.” —Yahoo! Music
“Succeed[s] either as a compelling paintings of rock ’n’ roll historical past and as a cautionary company primer.” —Wall road Journal

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Unbreakable: My Story, My Way

By Jenni Rivera

A New York Times bestseller, this can be the reliable biography from the loved Mexican-American singer who misplaced her lifestyles in a sad airplane crash.

The in simple terms autobiography approved through Jenni Rivera

"I can’t get stuck up within the damaging simply because that destroys you. probably attempting to circulation clear of my difficulties and concentrate on the optimistic is the easiest i will do. i'm a girl like several different, and unpleasant issues occur to me like every different lady. The variety of occasions i've got fallen down is the variety of instances i've got gotten up."

those are the final phrases that liked Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera spoke publicly ahead of boarding the airplane that will crash and lower her lifestyles brief on December nine, 2012. even if, they don't seem to be the ultimate phrases that los angeles Diva de los angeles Banda had for the area. these are present in the pages you carry on your fingers, Jenni’s personal account of the highs and lows of her outstanding journey.

She grew to become the main acclaimed Spanish-language singer within the usa and bought greater than 15 million documents around the globe. A unmarried mom of 5 and grandmother of 2, she used to be additionally an actress, a tv manufacturer, the superstar of her personal truth convey, and an entrepreneur. yet for all its vast luck, Jenni’s existence usually appeared to be a chain of private battles during which perseverance used to be her simply weapon. As her reputation grew, she made it her challenge to talk about her struggles, forging an intimate reference to her lovers. She turned a determine of power and a resource of encouragement to girls of all ages.

In Unbreakable, Jenni recounts the the most important moments in her previous, revealing her stories with household and sexual abuse, divorce, physique photograph matters, making her manner in a male-dominated undefined, elevating her little ones as a unmarried mom, and studying that she may perhaps count in basic terms on herself.

although she is not any longer with us, Jenni will constantly be the "Rivera insurgent from lengthy Beach," the woman who maintained her humorousness and scuffling with spirit in each condition. during this striking memoir, Jenni leaves at the back of a legacy of proposal and backbone that might eternally survive via her worthwhile kin, associates, and lovers.

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All the Way: My Life on Ice

The bestselling tale of a real warrior's hardest conflict, now in paperback
     It appeared as if not anything may possibly cease Jordin Tootoo at the ice. The captain, a fan favorite, a celebrity in overseas festival, Tootoo used to be continually a pace-setter. And while he used to be drafted via Nashville in 2001 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he grew to become a pacesetter in one other way--as the 1st participant of Inuk descent to fit up within the NHL.
    all of the demanding situations and strain may were good enough for any rookie, yet Tootoo confronted anything way more tough: the tragic lack of his older brother sooner than his first shift for the Predators. although he performed via it, Tootoo suffered from the various similar difficulties that experience plagued such a lot of humans from his neighborhood. In 2010, he checked himself into rehab for alcohol dependancy. It appeared as if a promising profession had ended too soon.
     yet that isn't the best way Tootoo observed it and never how it could finish. informed in Tootoo's daring voice, with contributions by means of Stephen Brunt, arguably the best sportswriters, All the Way is the searing, sincere story of a tender guy who has risen to each problem yet all too approximately fell brief within the hardest video game of all.

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