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Tex Rickard: Boxing's Greatest Promoter

By Colleen Aycock, Mark Scott

Even if establishing saloons, elevating livestock, or selling sports, George Lewis "Tex" Rickard (1870-1929) possessed a force to be the easiest. After an early profession as a cowboy and Texas sheriff, Rickard pioneered the biggest ranch in South the US, equipped a sequence of ecocnomic saloons within the Klondike and Nevada gold rushes, and became boxing right into a million-dollar game. As "the Father of Madison sq. Garden," he promoted over two hundred fights, together with the most impressive of the twentieth century: the "Longest Fight," the "Great White Hope," struggle, and the recognized "Long count number" struggle. alongside the way in which, he rubbed shoulders with a few of history's most famous figures, together with Teddy Roosevelt, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, John Ringling, Jack Dempsey, and Gene Tunney. This precise biography chronicles Rickard's colourful existence and his serious position within the evolution of boxing from a minor activity to a latest spectacle.

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Gilbert White: A Biography of the Author of The Natural History of Selborne

By Richard Mabey

With greater than 2 hundred variants, Gilbert White’s The average heritage of Selborne is without doubt one of the so much released books within the English language. An environmental examine of the eighteenth-century Hampshire parish the place White was once born and later served as curate, the booklet is extraordinary by means of the author’s meticulous observations of plant and animal life--the "minute particulars"--and his uncanny feel in their interdependence. His publication is either the definitive expression of the English love for geographical region and a cornerstone of all environmental writing.

In this Whitbread Prize-winning biography, Richard Mabey--whom the Times has referred to as "Britain’s superior nature writer"--looks on the existence from which the prestigious paintings grew. this isn't a simple activity. even though White’s findings didn't cross not noted in his personal time (much of the Selborne book’s contents are in reality letters to Thomas Pennant, one of many era’s best zoologists), really little is understood approximately this minor clergyman, who made twenty kilos a yr and barely ventured open air his parish. Mabey visits not just the private and non-private documents however the environs of Selborne, which live to tell the tale to at the present time and are remarkably unchanged. A portrait of outstanding element emerges, and we start to work out very basically this singular guy whose remarkable medical eye used to be complemented via a sufferer interest (he valued watching over amassing) and an emotional funding in his paintings that also speaks to us. White typifies the eclectic yet extreme engagement that has approximately vanished in our period of medical specialization. We realize in his paintings a very important shift within the human notion of nature--as whatever benign instead of as an adversary.

The first U.S. variation of this vintage biography coincides with a brand new BBC documentary on Gilbert White, for which Mabey is a featured commentator. those are just the most recent reminders of the fascination White’s publication has exercised upon readers for 2 centuries.

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The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

America's personal The Professor and the Madman: the tale of Noah Webster, writer of the 1st dictionary of yankee English-and a forgotten chief in the course of a turning element in our nation's historical past.

Noah Webster's identify is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, yet even though there's even more to his tale than that singular fulfillment, his rightful position in American heritage has been forgotten over the years. Webster hobnobbed with a variety of Founding Fathers and was once a tender confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, between others. He began long island City's first day-by-day newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue- sponsored speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary attempt, bought hundreds of thousands of copies and motivated early copyright legislation. He helped chanced on Amherst university and served as a kingdom consultant for either Connecticut and Massachusetts. yet maybe most crucial, Webster used to be an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American tradition, targeted from the British, at a time while the U.S. of the USA have been something yet unified-and his dictionary of yankee English is a testomony to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, writer of The guy Who Made Lists: Love, dying, insanity, and the production of Roget's Thesaurus, offers us a well-researched and soaking up investigate the lifetime of Webster, one other guy pushed through his obsessions and compulsions to bring together and set up phrases. the result's a deal with for notice fanatics and background buffs alike.

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The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963

By Laurence Leamer

The well known biographer and New York Times bestselling writer of The Kennedy Women returns with this primary quantity in a multigenerational historical past that may without end switch the best way the United States perspectives its most renowned family members ...

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Stranger than fiction: The life and times of Split Enz

By Mike Chunn

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Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga

By Maureen Callahan

"Stop feeding me bullshit. inform me the truth."
--Lady Gaga, 2009

"I hate the reality. I hate the reality rather a lot I favor an enormous dose of bullshit any day over the truth."
--Lady Gaga, 2010

In little over a yr, Stefani Germanotta, a suffering performer in New York's reduce East part burlesque scene, has develop into the worldwide demographic-smashing pop icon often called girl Gaga. She is a once-in-a-decade artist, a talented singer, composer, fashion designer, and function artist who mixes low and high tradition, the avant-garde with the obtainable, authenticity with artifice.

Who is woman Gaga? She is a twenty-four-year-old lady whose degree mantra--"I'm a unfastened bitch!"--is the polar contrary of who she is offstage: remoted, insecure, and not able to be on my own. She is an outré artist who desired to be a delicate singer-songwriter, whose musical heroes contain Britney Spears, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen. She is a lady who says no guy can ever compete along with her occupation, yet who nonetheless isn't really over the ex-boyfriend who acknowledged she was once too formidable. She claims to not care what humans imagine, yet spends her downtime on-line, examining what humans need to say approximately her. She claims to be a con artist and totally real. She is rarely lower than compelling.

Based on over fifty unique interviews with associates, staff, opponents, and song veterans, Poker Face is the 1st in-depth biography of the intense cultural phenomenon that's woman Gaga.

Quotes from POKER FACE:

"It's a privilege to be the following this night to open for woman Gaga. i have made it."

--President Barack Obama, October 2009

"I bear in mind considering, `That might be her. yet i am hoping it truly is not.'"

--Producer Rob Fusari

"Her `crazy' outfit used to be placing suspenders on her jeans."
--former classmate

"She is completely, virtually genetically engineered to be a twenty-first-century pop star."
--Eric Garland, CEO,

"If you checked out her, you would imagine she was once a jam band chick. She had a heady, dirty vibe."
--former NYU classmate Jon Sheldrick

"She's no longer revolutionary, yet she's an outstanding mimic. She sounds extra like me than I f---ing do!"
--Singer/rapper M.I.A.

"You can't order a cup of espresso on the f---ing deli with no listening to or seeing me."
--Lady Gaga to an ex-boyfriend, 2008

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Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency

By Bill O'Reilly

From the bestselling workforce of invoice O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, a page-turning epic account of the profession of President Ronald Reagan that tells the shiny tale of his upward push to strength -- and the forces of evil that conspired to deliver him down.

Just months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay close to demise after a gunman's bullet got here inside inches of his middle. His restoration used to be not anything in need of extraordinary -- or so it appeared. yet Reagan used to be grievously injured, forcing him to come across a problem that few males ever face. might he silently conquer his annoying adventure whereas even as undertaking the tasks of the main strong guy within the world?

Told within the similar riveting style as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, Killing Reagan reaches again to the golden days of Hollywood, the place Reagan discovered either popularity and heartbreak, up over the years within the California governor's mansion, and eventually to the White condo, the place he presided over growth years and the autumn of the Iron Curtain. however it was once John Hinckley Jr.'s assault on him that caused President Reagan's such a lot heroic activities. In Killing Reagan, O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the curtain, growing an unforgettable portrait of a very good guy working in violent times.

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Primo Levi: A Life

By Ian Thomson

Primo Levi, writer of Survival in Auschwitz and The Periodic Table, wrote books which were known as the basic works of humankind. but he lived an unremarkable life, final until eventually his loss of life in the home within which he'd been born; coping with a paint and polish manufacturing unit for thirty years; and tending his invalid mom to the final. Now, in a matchless account, Ian Thomson unravels the strands of a lifestyles as inconceivable because it used to be influential, the tale of the main modest of guys who turned a common touchstone of moral sense and humanism.

Drawing on specific entry to relatives and formerly unseen correspondence, Thomson reconstructs the area of Levi's youth-the rhythms of Jewish lifestyles in Turin throughout the Mussolini years-as good as his event in Auschwitz and tough reintegration into postwar Italy. Thomson offers Levi in all his aspects: his fondness for Louis Armstrong and quickly autos, his insomnia and lots of near-catastrophic paintings injuries. eventually, he explores the talk and isolation of Levi's later years, besides the expanding tensions in his life-between his deepest pain and reward for friendship; his serious bouts of melancholy and keenness for all times and ideas; his pervasive dread and reasoned, pragmatic ethic.

Praised in Britain as "the most sensible kind of historical past" and "a version of its kind," Primo Levi: A lifestyles is sure to take its position because the typical biography and an important significant other to the works themselves.

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Ghetto Medic - A Father in the 'Hood

By Rachel Hennick

Ghetto Medic: A Father within the 'Hood is the amazing real tale of the lifetime of invoice Hennick, a firefighter and paramedic in Baltimore, Maryland, a urban which this day boasts the busiest fireplace stations within the usa. the tale starts in 1945, while invoice, elderly 4, is wrongly burned in a negative fireplace begun through an older baby fidgeting with suits. while he reaches maturity, he starts looking for his function in existence and identifies fireplace as ''the enemy.'' He joins the still-segregated Baltimore urban hearth division on the peak of the civil rights circulation, witnesses the race riots of 1968 which the assassination of Martin Luther King, and battles the resultant infernos.

When the higher and center sessions abandon the town, invoice sees a ''wasteland'' and develops empathy for these humans left in the back of. He attempts to make a distinction via changing into a paramedic, a provider then in its infancy. His tale is determined opposed to the historical past of Baltimore, recognized for its wealthy black history, the house of jazz legends akin to Billie vacation and Cab Calloway. He embarks on a non secular trip as he hazards his personal lifestyles in taking good care of the poorest of the terrible in a urban with one of many world's optimum crime premiums.

In this poignant biographical memoir approximately her father, Rachel Hennick tells a dramatic American tale with bright characters, pathos and a twist of humor. Ghetto Medic penetrates the center with a thought-provoking and common message in regards to the enduring energy of compassion.

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Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far…

By Kristina Tracy, Len Lucero, Penny Weber

Author note: ahead by means of Penny Weber

Welcome to the lifetime of Chris P. Bacon!

This lovely child pig, who was once born with out using this again legs, grew to become a YouTube and talk-show sensation while his followed dad, veterinarian Len Lucero, published a video on-line of tiny Chris studying tips to use a cart produced from toys. This made up our minds piglet quickly mastered the machine and used to be rolling to interviews around the nation.

Here, in his first booklet, this inspiring little man tells the tale of his lifestyles up to now.

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