Elia Kazan: A Biography

By Richard Schickel

Few figures in movie and theater historical past tower like Elia Kazan. Born in 1909 to Greek mom and dad in Istanbul, Turkey, he arrived in the United States with incomparable imaginative and prescient and force, and by way of the Nineteen Fifties he used to be an important and influential director within the state, concurrently dominating either theater and picture. His productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman reshaped the values of the level. His movies -- such a lot particularly On the Waterfront -- introduced a brand new realism and a brand new depth of functionality to the films. Kazan's profession spanned occasions of huge switch in his followed kingdom, and his paintings affiliated him with lots of America's nice inventive moments and figures, from manhattan City's workforce Theatre of the Thirties to the rebellious vanguard of Nineteen Fifties Hollywood; from Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to Marlon Brando and James Dean.

Ebullient and secretive, daring and self-doubting, loved but reviled for "naming names" prior to the home Un-American actions Committee, Kazan used to be someone as complicated and engaging as any he directed. He has lengthy deserved a biography as intelligent and sympathetic as this one.

In the electrifying Elia Kazan, famous movie historian and critic Richard Schickel illuminates even more than a unmarried fabulous existence and life's paintings: He can pay discerning tribute to the ability of theater and movie, and casts a brand new mild on six an important a long time of yank history.

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This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth

..three, , one... we've got liftoff! From the award-winning writer of Are We Alone? comes a identify to propel younger imaginations some distance into house. This Is Rocket Science explores the prior, current, and way forward for area travel.

The compelling text—vetted by way of NASA scientists—is a mix of heritage, technology, human drama, and destiny demanding situations. Readers learn the way fireworks in old China constructed into the hearth arrows utilized by Genghis Khan; we meet Sir Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and find out how their imaginations formed rocketry. We revisit the period of Sputnik, the satellite tv for pc that introduced a superpower house race, finishing with moonwalks and a rendezvous in area. ultimately we glance ahead to the long run demanding situations of Mars and past. We additionally get a sneak peek at new applied sciences like area elevators, sun sails, ion propulsion, and extra.

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Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir, 1985-2008

Martin Duberman describes himself as having "the double imaginative and prescient of the outsider who's allow within . . . a undercover agent within the culture." thankfully for the remainder of us, he is made up our minds to inform what he realized via his spying. this glorious mix of diary and retrospective observation places a few of the very important highbrow, cultural, and political hobbies of the Eighties and Nineties in sharp aid. Waiting to Land is an soaking up and satisfying learn.
--John D'Emilio, writer of Lost Prophet: The lifestyles and instances of Bayard Rustin

Martin Duberman was once an astute player within the LBGT move that reworked American existence long ago half-century. This e-book, drawn from his diaries and letters from 1985 to 2008, offers us a brilliant, present-time portrait of the later years of that flow, bringing to lifestyles its aspirations and its bold, and in addition displaying us how the circulation replaced because it interacted with the politics of our higher society.
--Frances Fox Piven, amazing Professor, The Graduate middle, CUNY

Although most sensible identified for his acclaimed biographies, historian Martin Duberman can be a well known memoirist who has plumbed his personal existence for truths that experience that means for us all. within the bestselling treatments, he carried his tale as much as 1970, targeting his worry that homosexuality used to be pathological and on his determined look for a healing healing. Duberman's moment autobiographical booklet, Midlife Queer, established at the Nineteen Seventies, in which time he'd thrown off his past doubts and develop into absolutely engaged within the worlds of homosexual politics and tradition.

Waiting to Land takes Duberman's tale as much as the current day. As his public engagement deepens, Duberman unearths himself more and more at odds with the mounting assimilationism of the mainstream homosexual movement--and with the left itself, which Duberman has come to think is smugly oblivious to the realities of homosexual lifestyles. Disaffection leads him to until eventually the most important new floor, together with the founding of the groundbreaking middle for Lesbian and homosexual reviews (CLAGS) and serving as an unique board member of Queers for financial Justice.

Interweaving diary entries with letters and with reflections written in 2008, Waiting to Land incisively probes problems with an important import for everybody. by means of turns relocating, humorous, provocative, and profound, this publication is an unflinchingly sincere and deeply vital window into a rare life.

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How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection

By David F. Dufty

The stranger-than-fiction tale of the creative production and lack of an artificially clever android of science-fiction author Philip okay. Dick

In past due January 2006, a tender robotocist for you to Google headquarters misplaced an in a single day bag on a flight someplace among Dallas and Las Vegas. In it used to be an absolutely useful head of the android copy of Philip okay. Dick, cult science-fiction author and counterculture guru. It hasn't ever been recovered.

In a narrative that echoes essentially the most paranoid fantasies of a Dick novel, readers get a desirable inside of examine the scientists and know-how that made this outstanding android attainable. the writer, who was once a fellow researcher on the collage of Memphis Institute of clever platforms whereas the android used to be being equipped, introduces readers to the state-of-the-art know-how in robotics, man made intelligence, and sculpture that got here jointly during this awesome desktop and captured the mind's eye of scientists, artists, and science-fiction lovers alike. And there are nice tales approximately Dick himself―his encouraged but deeply pessimistic worldview, his strange way of life, and his enduring inventive legacy. within the culture of renowned technological know-how classics like Packing for Mars and The Disappearing Spoon, How to construct an Android is unique and informative―popular technology at its best.

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Morgan: American Financier

By Jean Strouse


The definitive full-scale portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan’s tumultuous existence, either out and in of the general public eye
heritage has remembered him as a fancy and contradictory determine, half robber baron and half consumer saint. J. Pierpont Morgan earned his attractiveness as “the Napoleon of Wall road” by means of reorganizing the nation’s railroads and growing business giants comparable to normal electrical and U.S. metal. At a time whilst the rustic had no Federal Reserve method, he appointed himself a one-man crucial financial institution. He had better halves, 3 yachts, 4 little ones, six homes, mistresses, and one of many most interesting paintings collections in the United States. during this remarkable e-book, drawing commonly on new fabric, award-winning biographer Jean Strouse vividly portrays the monetary colossus, the avid buyer of the humanities, and the totally human personality at the back of the entire myths.

Praise for Morgan
“Magnificent . . . the fullest and such a lot revealing examine this striking, complicated guy that we're prone to get.”The Wall road Journal
“A masterpiece . . . not anyone else has instructed the story of Pierpont Morgan within the element, intensity, and knowing of Jean Strouse.”—Robert Heilbroner, Los Angeles occasions booklet Review
“It is tough to visualize a biographer coming any in the direction of perfection.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Strouse is in complete command of Pierpont Morgan’s own lifestyles, his monetary operations, his gathering, and his benefactions, and offers a wealthy, shiny photo of the historical past opposed to which they happened. . . . an impressive biography.”—The long island evaluation of Books
“With unusual intelligence, adulthood, and mental perception, Morgan: American Financier is that infrequent masterpiece biography that permits us to penetrate the soul of a posh human being.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Hegel: A Very Short Introduction

By Peter Singer

Hegel is thought of as the most influential figures on sleek political and highbrow improvement. After portray Hegel's existence and occasions in extensive strokes, Peter Singer is going directly to take on a number of the more difficult facets of Hegel's philosophy. supplying a extensive dialogue of Hegel's principles and an account of his significant works, Singer explains what have frequently been thought of abstruse and imprecise principles in a transparent and welcoming manner.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions offer an advent to a couple of life's best issues. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they show the best modern considering the principal difficulties and concerns in hundreds of thousands of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum conception to Islam

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Thirty Years' Musical Recollections

By Ernest Newman, Henry F. Chorley

EPUB eISBN: 9780307830791
Original booklet: 1862
Original book w/ Ernest Newman edit: 1926
Electronic e-book: 2014
Book writer: Henry F. Chorley
Book editor & advent: Ernest Newman

Thirty Years' Musical memories, first released in 1862, is a year-by-year statement in volumes at the eu operas, ballets, singers and dancers well known in London from 1830 to 1859. It's writer used to be song critic of The Athaneum for over thirty years and likewise wrote ebook reports, novels, performs and poems. quantity 1 covers the interval 1830–1847 and serves as a invaluable reference paintings to the musical lifetime of London in the course of those years. beginning together with his recollections of the opera season in 1830, Chorley takes the reader on a trip from early performances of Italian and German opera in England, through works by means of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti and the 1st appearances of Lablache and of Mademoiselle Taglioni, via to Verdi's operas in 1846. He additionally describes well-known opera singers together with Maria Malibran, Giambattista Rubini, Madame Grisi, Madame Pasta, Madame Persiani, Rachel Felix, Signor Mario, and Mademoiselle Jenny Lind.

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Cult People: Amazing tales from Hollywood's Exploitation A-list

By Nicanor Loreti

Ted Raimi seemed in Spiderman. His former babysitter is Bruce Campbell. invoice McKinney used to be a redneck rapist in Deliverance. Anthony Taylor produced Incubus, the one horror movie spoken in Esperanto. David Carradine was once Kwai Chang Caine. Cool humans. Cult humans. Cult humans is a range of interviews carried out by means of Nicanor Loreti with a few of the world's so much interesting and popular stars of cult cinema, together with the past due David Carradine, the mythical Ken Russell and the lamentable Albert Pyun... Loreti's wisdom and exuberance opens up his matters at the unimaginable global of the choice Hollywood as by no means ahead of, and the booklet is studded with anecdotes which converse the very essence of an eccentric undefined, together with mass zombie auditions, crews and casts stranded in far-off lands after investment vanishes, and admittedly harmful makes an attempt to make a low price range motion picture within the North Pole. different interviewees contain Billy Drago, Wes Craven, Michael Ironside and Don Stroud. Cult humans is a booklet for the budding director, actor, manufacturer and cinematographer up to it's the fan or enthusiast, and offers to please and tell all who learn it.

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Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

By Francesca Ambrogetti, Sergio Rubín

On March thirteen, 2013, the previous Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, longtime Archbishop of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, used to be elected to be successful Pope Benedict. he's the 1st Latin American pope, the 1st Jesuit pope, and the 1st to take the identify Francis, after St. Francis Assisi, the thirteenth century monk identified for his charity and kindness.

Elected in a single of the shortest conclaves in background, the previous Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina finds, in a chain of in depth interviews carried out over the process years, the very photograph of a humble priest, encouraged instructor, and clever and adroit cardinal. What emerges is a portrait of a guy extra attracted to substance over kind, a compassionate cleric and instructor who has avoided the highlight. In spontaneous, intimate phrases, Archbishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, covers themes as wide-ranging as his early life, relations existence, and the significance of his first activity to learning his calling and his early days within the seminary. the previous archbishop was once a instructor of psychology and literature until eventually John Paul II consecrated him as a cardinal. He befriended writers like Jorge Luis Borges and cites Homer, Cervantes, and German and Italian poets comfortably and gives nuanced innovations approximately educating. considerate, clever, or even witty, he names Babette’s dinner party as his favourite motion picture and Marc Chagall as his favourite painter.

A discovered and introspective guy, he doesn't steer clear of the uncomfortable topics: the declining numbers of clergymen and nuns; celibacy; the sexual abuse scandals that experience rocked the Church; and his critiques approximately and adventure with the army dictatorship of his personal crisis-riddled nation. It additionally discusses the brilliant position he performed within the final conclave, the place he's acknowledged to were tied with Ratzinger within the moment of 3 votes, and requested that the votes for him be transferred to Ratzinger.

Through his personal phrases, we come to grasp a guy whose activities and phrases replicate his deeply-rooted humility. The booklet concludes with the Pope’s personal writings and reflections, choked with knowledge and thought.

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