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George Gershwin lived with purpose and gusto, but with melancholy as well, for he was unable to make a place for himself -- no family of his own and no real home in music. He and his siblings received little love from their mother and no direction...

George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life)

A journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human spirit Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey decided to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off from other peo...

To the Last Breath

A portrait of Stephanie von Hohenlohe (1891-1972), notorious as a secret go-between and even a professional blackmailer. Despiter her Jewish roots, Stephanie always claimed to be of pure Aryan descent. Soon enough, Hitler would begin to employ her...

Hitler's Spy Princess

Indisputably one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Brad Pitt has skyrocketed from the Levi jeans boy in a 1988 commercial to a pay packet of $5 million per movie in a space of five years. This intimate biography looks beyond Pitt's reputation as ...

Brad Pitt: The Rise to Stardom

Eddie on his ex-wives: Debbie Reynolds: Debbie's whole life has been an act. When I left her for Elizabeth Taylor, she should have won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the wronged woman. [p. 83]. Elizabeth Taylor: If I had known that first ni...

Been There, Done That: An Autobiography

It takes an irreverent, original writer and thinker like Bill McKibben to reveal to a new generation of readers how intensely practical Thoreau's vision in Walden is for those of us living our lives at the cusp of the new millennium. Recent Thorea...

Walden: Lessons for the New Millennium

For more than forty years Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles is one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. The subject of several biographies, now Miles...

Miles: The Autobiography

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U. S. war against Islamic extremism in Ira...

Hitch-22: A Memoir

Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times...

My Life and Hard Times (Perennial Classics)

A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign o...

World History Biographies: Gandhi: The Young Protestor Who Founded A Nation (National Geographic World History Biographies)

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