Download Best American Crime Writing 2006 by Otto Penzler (.ePUB)

The Best American Crime Writing 2006 by Mark Bowden; Otto Penzler; Thomas H. Cook (ed. Sun77)
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Overview: This year’s edition of The Best American Crime Writing amply demonstrates the irreducible and uncomplicated truth so powerfully rendered by Darcy O’Brien. From the comic to the macabre, bumbling criminals to cunning ones, it is selfishness that rules the day. The continuum runs from narcissism to solipsism, the antisocial to the sociopathic, the Me who must go first to the Me besides whom there is no other.
This is not to say that things never get complicated, for as with Medusa’s head, odd and coiling things may spring from a single source.
Genre: Non Fiction >Biographies & Memoirs >True Crime

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John Heilemann – THE CHOIRBOY
Jimmy Breslin – THE END OF THE MOB
Mark Jacobson – THE $2,000-AN-HOUR WOMAN
Skip Hollandsworth – THE LAST RIDE OF COWBOY BOB
Jeffrey Toobin – KILLER INSTINCTS
Robert Nelson – ALTAR EGO
S.C. Gwynne – DR. EVIL
Paige Williams – HOW TO LOSE $100,000,000
Mary Battiata – BLOOD FEUD
Howard Blum and John Connolly – HIT MEN IN BLUE?
Richard Rubin – THE GHOSTS OF EMMETT TILL
Chuck Hustmyre – BLUE ON BLUE
Devin Friedman – OPERATION STEALING SADDAM’S MONEY
Denise Grollmus – SEX THIEF
Deanne Stillman – THE GREAT MOJAVE MANHUNT

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Download It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin, Lucy O’Brien (.ePUB)

It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin, Lucy O’Brien
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Overview: Lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, solo artist, LGBTQ+activist and all around trail blazer – Skin is a global icon, and she has been smashing stereotypes for over twenty-five years. Her journey from Brixton to one of the most influential women in British rock is nothing short of extraordinary.

‘It’s been a very difficult thing being a lead singer of a rock band looking like me and it still is. I have to say it’s been a fight and it will always be a fight. That fight drives you and makes you want to work harder… It’s not supposed to be easy, particularly if you’re a woman, you’re black or you are gay like me. You’ve got to keep moving forward, keep striving for everything you want to be.’

Born to Jamaican parents, Skin grew up in Brixton in the 1970’s. Her career as an artist began in the ’90s, when Skunk Anansie was formed in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London’s pubs. Since then she has headlined Glastonbury and toured the world, both as lead singer of Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist.

Her success has been groundbreaking in every way, which has come at a personal cost. She has always been vocal about social and cultural issues, and was championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay.

Told with honesty and passion, this is the story of how a gay, black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.
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Download A Texan’s Story by Walter Prescott Webb, Michael L. Collins (.ePUB)

A Texan’s Story: The Autobiography of Walter Prescott Webb by Walter Prescott Webb, Michael L. Collins
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Overview: Walter Prescott Webb (1888–1963), a towering figure in Texas and western history and letters, published an abundance of books—but for decades the autobiography he’d written late in life sat largely undisturbed among his papers. Webb’s remarkable story appears here in print for the first time, edited and annotated by Michael Collins, an authority on Texas history. This firsthand account offers readers a window on the life, the work, and the world of one of the most interesting thinkers in the history, and historiography, of Texas.

Webb’s narrative carries us from the drought-scarred rim of West Texas known as the Cross Timbers, to the hardscrabble farm life that formed him, to the bright lights of Austin and the University of Texas, where he truly came of age. Fascinating for the picture it summons of the Texas of his youth and the intellectual landscape of his career, Webb’s autobiography also offers intriguing insights into the way his epic work, The Great Plains, evolved. He also describes the struggle behind his groundbreaking history of that storied frontier fighting force the Texas Rangers. Along the way, Webb reflects on the nature of historical research, the role that Texas and the West have played in American history, the importance of education, and the place of universities in our national culture.
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Download Psychological Assessment of Leaders by Jerrold M Post (.PDF)

The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders: With Profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton by Jerrold M. Post
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Overview: In an age when world affairs are powerfully driven by personality, politics require an understanding of what motivates political leaders such as Hussein, Bush, Blair, and bin Laden. Through exacting case studies and the careful sifting of evidence, Jerrold Post and his team of contributors lay out an effective system of at-a-distance evaluation. Observations from political psychology, psycholinguistics and a range of other disciplines join forces to produce comprehensive political and psychological profiles, and a deeper understanding of the volatile influences of personality on global affairs.
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Download The White Dress by Nathalie Léger (Leger) (.ePUB)

The White Dress by Nathalie Léger
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Overview: “Léger’s standout conclusion to her trilogy of meditations on the lives of women.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

THE WHITE DRESS is the third in Nathalie Léger’s award-winning triptych of books about women who “through their oeuvre, transform their lives into a mystery” (ELLE). In EXPOSITION, Léger wrote about the Countess of Castiglione, the most photographed woman of the nineteenth century; in SUITE FOR BARBARA LODEN she took up the actress and filmmaker Barbara Loden; here, Léger grapples with the tragic 2008 death of Italian performance artist Pippa Bacca, who was raped and murdered while hiking from Italy to the Middle East in a wedding dress to promote world peace. A harrowing meditation on the risks women encounter, in life and in art, THE WHITE DRESS also brings to a haunting conclusion Léger’s personal interrogation–sustained across all three books–of her relationship with her mother and the desire for justice in our lives.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Download Exposition by Nathalie Léger (Leger) (.ePUB)

Exposition by Nathalie Léger
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Overview: Award-winning writer and archivist Nathalie Léger’s autofictional study of the Countess of Castiglione, the most photographed woman of the 19th Century.

SUITE FOR BARBARA LODEN and THE WHITE DRESS. In each, Léger sets the story of a female artist against the background of her own life and research–an archivist’s journey into the self, into the lives that history hides from us. Here, Léger’s subject is the Countess of Castiglione (1837-1899), who at the dawn of photography dedicated herself to becoming the most photographed woman in the world, modeling for hundreds of photos, including "Scherzo di Follia," among the most famous in history. Set long before our own "selfie" age, EXPOSITION is a remarkably modern investigation into the curses of beauty, fame, vanity, and age, as well as the obsessive drive to control and commodify one’s image.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Download First Light by Geoffrey Wellum (.ePUB)

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum
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Overview: “In First Light, Geoffrey Wellum tells the inspiring, often terrifying true story of his coming of age amid the roaring, tumbling dogfights of the fiercest air war the world had ever seen.

It is the story of an idealistic schoolboy who couldn’t believe his luck when the RAF agreed to take him on as a “pupil pilot” at the minimum age of seventeen and a half in 1939. In his fervor to fly, he gave little thought to the coming war.”

“Writing with wit, compassion, and a great deal of technical expertise, Wellum relives his grueling months of flight training, during which two of his classmates crashed and died. He describes a hilarious scene during his first day in the prestigious 92nd Squadron when his commader discovered that Wellum had not only never flown a Spitfire, he’d never even seen one.”

A battle-hardened ace by the winter of 1941, though still not out of his teens, ‘Boy’ Wellum flew scores of missions as fighter escort on bombing missions over France. Yet the constant life-or-death stress of murderous combat and anguish over the loss of his closest friends sapped endurance. Tortured by fierce headaches, even in the midst of battle, he could not bear the thought of “not pulling your weight,” of letting the other pilots risk their lives in his place. Wellum’s frank account of his long, losing bout with battle fatigue is both moving and enlightening.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Download T.E. Lawrence & Red Sea Patrol by John Johnson Allen (.ePUB)

T. E. Lawrence and the Red Sea Patrol: The Royal Navy’s Role in Creating the Legend by John Johnson Allen
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Overview: Although many books have been written about T E Lawrence and the Arab Revolt, none before has fully explored the pivotal role of the Royal Navy in the Red Sea at the time. This is the first book to be written about the Navy’s role in the success of the Arab Revolt in the creation of the legendary figure of Lawrence of Arabia. Following extensive and detailed research into the activities of the ships of the Red Sea Patrol by the author, a maritime historian and former Merchant Navy officer, it has become evident that, without the work of those ships, the Arab revolt would have failed and T E Lawrence would have remained an obscure officer in the military bureaucracy of Cairo. Lawrence was very aware of the importance and relevance of the Royal Navy in their operations in the Red Sea and commented on it on many occasions, notably in 1918, saying ‘The naval side of the operations, when the time comes to tell of it, will provide a most interesting case of the value of command of the sea..’. Until now, nobody has investigated this angle in any detail. By doing this so comprehensively, this book gives a fresh dimension to the Lawrence of Arabia legend.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Download Model Woman by Eileen Ford, Robert Lacey (.ePUB)

Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty by Eileen Ford, Robert Lacey
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Overview: A revealing, no-holds-barred portrait of the legendary Eileen Ford—the entrepreneur who transformed the business of modeling and helped invent the celebrity supermodel.

Working with her husband, Jerry, Eileen Ford created the twentieth century’s largest and most successful modeling agency, representing some of the fashion world’s most famous names—Suzy Parker, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Lauren Hutton, Rene Russo, Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell. Her relentless ambition turned the business of modeling into one of the most glamorous and desired professions, helping to convert her stable of beautiful faces into millionaire superstars.

Model Woman chronicles the Ford Modeling Agency’s meteoric rise to the top of the fashion and beauty business, and paints a vibrant portrait of the uncompromising woman at its helm in all her glittering, tyrannical brilliance. Outspoken and controversial, Ford was never afraid to offend in defense of her stringent standards. When she chose, she could deliver hauteur in the grand tradition of fashion’s battle-axes, from Coco Chanel to Diana Vreeland—just ask John Casablancas or Janice Dickinson. But she was also a shrewd businesswoman with a keen eye for talent and a passion for serving her clients.

Drawing on more than four years of intensive interviews with Ford and her intimates, associates, and rivals, as well as exclusive access to agency documents and memorabilia, Robert Lacey weaves an unforgettable tale of a determined entrepreneur and the empire she built—a story of beauty, ambition, business, and popular culture as powerful and complex as the woman at its center.
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Download The Last Brahmin by Luke A. Nichter (.ePUB)

The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War by Luke A. Nichter
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Overview: The first biography of a man who was at the center of American foreign policy for a generation

Few have ever enjoyed the degree of foreign-policy influence and versatility that Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. did—in the postwar era, perhaps only George Marshall, Henry Kissinger, and James Baker. Lodge, however, had the distinction of wielding that influence under presidents of both parties. For three decades, he was at the center of American foreign policy, serving as advisor to five presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Gerald Ford, and as ambassador to the United Nations, Vietnam, West Germany, and the Vatican.
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