Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell by Simon Heffer Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6.7 Mb Overview: There were few more controversial British politicians of the twentieth-century than Enoch Powell. There were few more brilliant, and yet, whilst being an MP for thirty-seven years, his ministerial career lasted a mere fifteen months. His influence however was enormous not least as a harbinger of Thatcherism.
There was much more to him though: he was a Professor of Greek at the age of twenty-five: a brigadier at the age of thirty-two: he was also a poet, biblical scholar and devoted family man.
The word ‘definitive’ is hackneyed but in describing this biography it can be used legitimately. Not only was Simon Heffer able to interview Enoch Powell he was also given access to Powell’s massive private archive. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell Requirements: .ePUB reader, 16 MB Overview: Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and whose terrible errors in judgment quickly led her to the executioner’s block.On the morning of July 28, 1540, as King Henry’s VIII’s former confidante Thomas Cromwell was being led to his execution, a teenager named Catherine Howard began her reign as queen of a country simmering with rebellion and terrifying uncertainty. Sixteen months later, the king’s fifth wife would follow her cousin Anne Boleyn to the scaffold, having been convicted of adultery and high treason. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Eindstation Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind Requirements: ePUB Reader / 2.7 MB Overview: Prachtig en aangrijpend geschreven over liefde, familie en overleven.
In januari 2020 wordt de bevrijding van Auschwitz, dan 75 jaar geleden, herdacht Een belangrijk en uniek historisch document dat op aangrijpende wijze het lot van gevangenen in de vernietigingskampen in beeld brengt
In 1942 meldde de Joodse arts Eddy de Wind zich vrijwillig aan als arts om in Westerbork te werken, in de veronderstelling dat hierdoor zijn moeder uit het kamp zou worden vrijgelaten. Bij aankomst bleek zijn moeder echter al op transport gezet naar Auschwitz. In Westerbork ontmoette De Wind de achttienjarige verpleegster Friedel. Ze werden verliefd en trouwden in het kamp. Samen werden ze in september 1943 naar Auschwitz gedeporteerd. Eddy belandde in barak 9, waar hij werd tewerkgesteld als Pfleger van Poolse gevangenen. Friedel in barak 10, waar de medische experimenten werden uitgevoerd. Pas na de oorlog, die ze beiden op miraculeuze wijze overleefden zonder dat van elkaar te weten, vonden ze elkaar terug in Nederland.
In Eindstation Auschwitz doet Eddy de Wind verslag van de verschrikkingen in het kamp en analyseert en observeert hij het gedrag – zowel goed als kwaad – waar mensen toe in staat zijn. Hij beschrijft Auschwitz zoals nooit eerder is gezien, rechtstreeks vanuit het kamp en met de emotie van dat moment.
Geïllustreerd met beeldmateriaal uit het archief van de familie De Wind, waaronder twee niet eerder gepubliceerde foto’s van vlak na de bevrijding van Auschwitz Het originele schrift is momenteel een van de belangrijkste stukken van de Auschwitz-tentoonstelling, te zien in New York Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
John Peter Zenger: Free Press Advocate by Karen Westermann Requirements: .PDF reader, 5.5 Mb Overview: Offers a biography of the colonial New York printer whose trial for offending the governor helped to establish the principle of freedom of the press. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
James Oglethorpe: Humanitarian and Soldier by Cookie Lommel Requirements: .PDF reader, 8 Mb Overview: British general, Member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia, James Edward Oglethorpe hoped to resettle the poor in Britain in the New World. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter’s Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic by Thomas Goltz Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 26.9 MB Overview: In its first years as an independent state, Azerbaijan was a prime example of post-Soviet chaos – beset by coups and civil strife and astride an ethnic, political and religious divide. Author Goltz was detoured in Baku in mid-1991 and decided to stay, this diary is the record of his experiences. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > Journalism
Remembering Ravensbrück: From Holocaust to Healing by Natalie B. Hess Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.0 MB Overview: In her luminous and engrossing memoir, award-winning writer and teacher, Natalie Hess, takes us from a sheltered childhood in a small town in Poland, into, through, and after the horrors of the Holocaust.
When her parents are rounded up and perish in the Treblinka concentration camp, a Gentile family temporarily hides six-year-old Natalia. Later, protected by a family friend, she is imprisoned in her city’s ghetto, before she is sent to a forced-labor camp, and finally, Ravensbrück concentration camp, from which, at nine, she is liberated.
Taken to Sweden, by the Swedish White Cross busses, she adapts to and grows to love her new home, becoming a “proper Swedish School girl,” until, at 16, she is claimed by relatives and uprooted to Evansville, Indiana. There, she must start over yet again, mastering English, and ultimately earning a PhD in literature.
As a married young mother, she and her husband move to Jerusalem where they and their three children experience life as Israelis, including the bombing of their home during the Six Day War. Back in the States, they settle into life in Arizona until Natalie’s husband dies unexpectedly when a teenager runs a stop sign and hits his car. In her grief, Natalie moves to Philadelphia to be with her daughter and discovers that life still holds surprises for her, including love.
Hess’s compelling portrait in which terror is muted by gratitude and gentle humor, shares the story of so many immigrants dislocated by tyranny and war. Through her experience as a child separated from her parents, a teenager, young woman, wife, mother, college professor, and later a widow, Hess shows the power of the human spirit to survive and thrive. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Eleanor Roosevelt: Vol 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938 (Eleanor Roosevelt #2) by Blanche Wiesen Cook Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 13.3 MB Overview: Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth century.
Now in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes readers through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II, the years of the Roosevelts’ greatest challenges and finest achievements. In her remarkably engaging narrative, Cook gives us the complete Eleanor Roosevelt— an adventurous, romantic woman, a devoted wife and mother, and a visionary policymaker and social activist who often took unpopular stands, counter to her husband’s policies, especially on issues such as racial justice and women’s rights.
A biography of scholarship and daring, it is a book for all readers of American history. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Politics > Historical
Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn by Brett Anderson Requirements: .ePUB reader, 360 KB Overview: The trajectory of Suede – hailed in infancy as both ‘The Best New Band in Britain’ and ‘effete southern wankers’ – is recalled with moving candour by its frontman Brett Anderson, whose vivid memoir swings seamlessly between the tender, witty, turbulent, euphoric and bittersweet.
Suede began by treading the familiar jobbing route of London’s emerging new 1990s indie bands – gigs at ULU, the Camden Powerhaus and the Old Trout in Windsor – and the dispiriting experience of playing a set to an audience of one. But in these halcyon days, their potential was undeniable. Anderson’s creative partnership with guitarist Bernard Butler exposed a unique and brilliant hybrid of lyric and sound; together they were a luminescent team – burning brightly and creating some of the era’s most revered songs and albums.
In Afternoons with the Blinds drawn, Anderson unflinchingly explores his relationship with addiction, heartfelt in the regret that early musical bonds were severed, and clear-eyed on his youthful persona. ‘As a young man . . . I oscillated between morbid self-reflection and vainglorious narcissism’ he writes. His honesty, sharply self-aware and articulate, makes this a compelling autobiography, and a brilliant insight into one of the most significant bands of the last quarter century. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story by Alexandra Joel Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.4 Mb Overview: The scandalous Australian woman who enchanted British society
Headstrong and beautiful, in 1905 Rosetta escaped her safe Melbourne life, deserting her respectable husband and five-year-old daughter to run away with Zeno the Magnificent, a half-Chinese fortune teller and seducer of souls.
The pair reinvented themselves in London, where they beguiled European society and risked everything for a life of glamour and desire. Rosetta said she was American; Zeno claimed to be a brilliant Japanese professor. Together they attracted the patronage of famous writers, inventors and scientists, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses. Empress Eugenie, the widow of Napoleon III, and Princess Charlotte, sister of Germany’s last Kaiser, were among their greatest devotees.
Rosetta revelled in a life few women of her time would have dared to embrace, yet all the while she hid her secret shame: the daughter she had left behind.
This is the compelling story of Alexandra Joel’s quest to uncover the truth about her scandalous great-grandmother, and the shocking century-old secret she would discover at the heart of her family. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs