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Sartre: A Philosophical Biography by Thomas R. Flynn

By Thomas R. Flynn

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) used to be essentially the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. considered as the daddy of existentialist philosophy, he was once additionally a political critic, moralist, playwright, novelist, and writer of biographies and brief tales. Thomas R. Flynn offers the 1st book-length account of Sartre as a thinker of the imaginary, mapping the highbrow improvement of his principles all through his existence, and construction a story that's not basically philosophical but in addition conscious of the political and literary dimensions of his paintings. Exploring Sartre's existentialism, politics, ethics, and ontology, this ebook illuminates the defining principles of Sartre's oeuvre: the literary and the philosophical, the imaginary and the conceptual, his descriptive phenomenology and his phenomenological suggestion of intentionality, and his conjunction of ethics and politics with an 'egoless' attention. it is going to entice all who're drawn to Sartre's philosophy and its relation to his lifestyles.

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Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation by Ben Watson

By Ben Watson

Publish 12 months note: First released 2001
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This exceptional biography of the cult guitar participant will most probably reason you to desert every little thing you suggestion you knew approximately jazz improvisation, post-punk and the avant-garde. Derek Bailey used to be on the most sensible of his occupation as a dance band and checklist consultation guitarist whilst, within the early Sixties, he started enjoying an uncompromisingly summary type of song.

Today his anti-idiom of "Free Improvisation" has develop into the lingua franca of the "avant" scene, with Pat Metheny, John Zorn, David Sylvian and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore between his admirers.

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Chalked Up: My Life in Elite Gymnastics by Jennifer Sey

By Jennifer Sey

Fanciful goals of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the neighborhood gymnastics membership in 1976. A normal flair and a willingness to undergo punishing labor took her to the elite ranks by the point she used to be 11 years previous. Jennifer traveled the rustic and the realm competing for the U.S. nationwide group, however the greater she set her sights—the international championships, the 1988 Olympics—the extra she started to forget about her actual and psychological wellbeing and fitness. Jennifer suffered devastating accidents, built an consuming sickness, and lived faraway from friends and family, excited about the sake of successful. whilst her mom and dad and coaches overpassed her most sensible pursuits, Jennifer had no selection yet to redefine her course into maturity. She needed to store herself.

Chalked Up promises an unforgettable coming-of-age tale that would resonate with a person who has ever felt now not more than enough and has eventually come to just accept who they have been intended to be.

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Chopin's Funeral by Benita Eisler

By Benita Eisler

Frdric Chopin's attractiveness as one of many nice Romantics endures, yet as Benita Eisler finds in her based and elegiac biography, the guy used to be extra complex than his iconic photograph. A classicist, conservative, and dandy who relished his conquest of Parisian society, the Polish migr used to be for it slow blessed with genius, acclaim, and the affection of Europe's such a lot notorious lady author, George Sand. yet by way of the age of 39, the guy whose magnificent compositions had extremely joyful audiences within the most trendy salons lay demise of intake, penniless and deserted through his lover. within the fall of 1849, his lavish funeral used to be attended through thousands'but no longer by way of George Sand.In this intimate portrait of an embattled guy, Eisler tells the tale of a turbulent love affair, of ache and loss redeemed by way of artwork, and of worlds'both inner most and public'convulsed through momentous change.From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Fred Hoyle's Universe by Jane Gregory

By Jane Gregory

Fred Hoyle used to be a Yorkshire truant who turned the voice of British astronomy. for 50 years, he spoke out for astronomy within the newspapers, on govt committees, at medical conferences, in well known books and at the radio. He devised a unending heritage of the universe, and labored out how the weather have been made. He based a prestigious institute for theoretical astronomy and equipped an enormous telescope, and if it rained on his summer time vacation, he sat in his caravan and wrote technology fiction novels for his legions of lovers round the world.

Fred Hoyle additionally claimed that illnesses fall from the sky, that the massive bang by no means occurred, and that the Astronomer Royal might be abolished. while the outspoken Fred Hoyle spoke out for astronomy, a few astronomers particularly needed he had stored his mouth shut.

This booklet tells the behind-the-scenes tale of Hoyle's generally acclaimed and deeply arguable position within the rules, association and public face of astronomy in post-war Britain. It chronicles the triumphs, acrimony, jealousies, rewards and sour feuds of a box in turmoil, and meets the astronomers, considering cosmic questions, maintaining secrets and techniques, wasting their tempers, winkling details out of far away stars and, over tea at the garden, discussing the finer issues of libel law.

Fred Hoyle's Universe attracts on formerly personal executive files, lately published own correspondence and interviews with Hoyle's buddies, colleagues and critics, in addition to with Hoyle himself, to convey you the guy, the technological know-how, and the scandal at the back of the genial and genteel façade of the main fascinating interval within the historical past of astronomy.

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Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

By Adrian Goldsworthy

A masterfully told—and deeply human—story of affection, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy's Antony and Cleopatra promises a compelling reassessment of a tremendous episode in old history.

In this extraordinary twin biography of the 2 nice fanatics of the traditional international, Goldsworthy is going past delusion and romance to create a nuanced and traditionally acute portrayal of his matters, set opposed to the political backdrop in their time. A heritage of lives lived intensely at a time while the realm used to be altering profoundly, the publication takes readers on a trip that crosses cultures and limits from historic Greece and historical Egypt to the Roman Empire.

Drawing on his prodigious wisdom of the traditional global and his prepared experience of the period's army and political background, Goldsworthy creates a novel portrait of the enduring fanatics. "Antony and Cleopatra have been in the beginning political animals," explains Goldsworthy, who areas politics and beliefs on the middle in their storied romance. project an in depth research of old assets and archaeological facts, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of present scholarship and dispels misconceptions that experience entered the preferred cognizance. He explains why Cleopatra was once always portrayed through Hollywood as an Egyptian, even if she was once particularly Greek, and argues that Antony had a long way much less army adventure than an individual might suspect from interpreting Shakespeare and different literature. Goldsworthy makes a huge case for figuring out Antony as a strong Roman senator and political strength in his personal correct.

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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

By Leah Remini

The outspoken actress, speak convey host, and fact tv celebrity bargains up a no-holds-barred memoir, together with an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus organization with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini hasn't ever been the sort to carry her tongue. That willingness to talk her brain, stand her floor, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking lady from Brooklyn to forge an everlasting and winning profession in Hollywood. yet being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was once by no means extra obvious than in 2013, whilst Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, during this frank, humorous, poignant memoir, the previous King of Queens celebrity opens up approximately that have for the 1st time, revealing the in-depth info of her painful cut up with the church and its debatable practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a baby whereas residing along with her mom and sister in big apple, Remini ultimately moved to l. a., the place her goals of changing into an actress and advancing Scientology's reasons grew more and more intertwined. As an grownup, she came across the good fortune she'd labored so tough for, and with it a trendy position within the hierarchy of big name Scientologists along humans resembling Tom Cruise, Scientology's so much high-profile adherent. Remini hung out at once with Cruise and used to be incorporated one of the site visitors at his 2006 marriage ceremony to Katie Holmes.

but if she started to bring up questions on a few of the church's activities, she stumbled on herself a goal. in spite of everything, she was once declared by means of the church to be a possibility to their association and as a result a "Suppressive Person," and consequently, all of her fellow parishioners--including individuals of her personal family--were advised to disconnect from her. Forever.

daring, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini's awesome trip towards emotional and non secular freedom, either for herself and for her kin. this can be a memoir designed to bare the hard-won truths of a existence lived honestly--from an writer unafraid of the implications.

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Montgomery Clift: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth

By Patricia Bosworth

Bosworth's unforgettable portrait of 1 of Hollywood's so much magnetic, undying, and tragic stars—Montgomery Clift.

From the instant he leapt to stardom with the flicks purple River and a spot within the solar, Montgomery Clift used to be acclaimed through critics and enjoyed by means of lovers. dependent, moody, and strikingly good-looking, he grew to become essentially the most definitive actors of the Fifties, the 1st of Hollywood's "loner heroes," a bunch that comes with Marlon Brando and James Dean. during this affecting biography, Patricia Bosworth explores the complicated internal existence and needs of the popular actor. She strains a poignant trajectory: Clift's early life used to be ruled through a controlling, class-obsessed mom who by no means left him on my own. He constructed passionate friendships with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor despite his closeted homosexuality. Then his face used to be destroyed after a stressful motor vehicle crash outdoor Taylor's apartment. He endured to make movies, however the lack of his good looks and next addictions ultimately introduced the curtain down on his career.

Stunning and heartrending, Montgomery Clift is a amazing tribute to 1 of Hollywood's such a lot gifted—and tormented—actors.

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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

By Ron Chernow

From nationwide e-book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington.

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow presents a richly nuanced portrait of the daddy of our country. With a breadth and intensity matched by means of no different one-volume lifetime of Washington, this crisply paced narrative contains the reader via his stricken boyhood, his precocious feats within the French and Indian battle, his production of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental military, his presiding over the Constitutional conference, and his brilliant functionality as America's first president.

regardless of the reverence his identify conjures up, Washington continues to be a dull waxwork for lots of american citizens, precious yet uninteresting. A laconic guy of granite self-discipline, he frequently arouses extra recognize than affection. during this groundbreaking paintings, according to enormous learn, Chernow dashes ceaselessly the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional guy. A strapping six ft, Washington used to be a celebrated horseman, dependent dancer, and tireless hunter, with a fiercely guarded emotional existence. Chernow brings to shiny existence a rushing, passionate guy of fiery reviews and lots of moods. Probing his inner most existence, he explores his fraught dating along with his crusty mom, his younger infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax, and his usually conflicted emotions towards his followed teenagers and grandchildren. He additionally offers a lavishly unique portrait of his marriage to Martha and his advanced habit as a slave grasp.

even as, Washington is an astute and dazzling portrait of a canny political genius who knew tips to motivate humans. not just did Washington assemble round himself the most important figures of the age, together with James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, yet he additionally brilliantly orchestrated their activities to form the hot federal govt, outline the separation of powers, and identify the place of work of the presidency.

during this precise biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning trip via the entire formative occasions of America's founding. With a dramatic sweep precious of its tremendous topic, Washington is a magisterial paintings from considered one of our so much stylish storytellers.

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Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard: The Biography of a Tormented by Louis-Cyril Celestin

By Louis-Cyril Celestin

Genius and dilettantism frequently pass hand in hand. Nowhere is that this more true than within the lifetime of Charles-Edouard Brown-Séquard, the bilingual general practitioner and neurologist who succeeded Claude Bernard because the Chair of Experimental drugs on the university de France in Paris after having practiced in Paris, London and within the united states, in particular in Harvard.

For so much males, making one discovery of worldwide significance could have sufficed to fulfill their interest and self-image. now not so Brown-Séquard. His clarification of the neurological disparity following the hemi-section of the spinal wire was once a special fulfillment that additional his identify to the syndrome and made him immortal. but, the demons of his brain tormented him in his never-ending look for clinical truths and drove him to discover different phenomena, looking to clarify and treatment them.

This specific biography indicates for the 1st time the clash among his specialist and private existence, and will entice all scholars of clinical historical past and psychology.

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