An American Life

Author: Ronald Reagan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671691988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 748

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The former president relates the story of his public and private life from his modest beginnings in the Midwest, through a distinguished film career, to a second career in politics

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Walter Isaacson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743258074

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 586

View: 5630


Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers.

TIME Hillary

Author: Editors of TIME Magazine

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 1618939912

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 112

View: 1690


This book will also help to dissect what the future might hold for Hillary, whether she chooses to run for office again or decides to remain a private citizen and devote her time to lecturing, teaching, and philanthropy.

George F. Kennan

Author: John Lewis Gaddis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110154810X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

View: 1613


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents, the "Long Telegram" and the "X Article," which set forward the strategy of containment that would define U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. This achievement alone would qualify him as the most influential American diplomat of the Cold War era. But he was also an architect of the Marshall Plan, a prizewinning historian, and would become one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy, politics, and culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Now the full scope of Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis began this magisterial history almost thirty years ago, interviewing Kennan frequently and gaining complete access to his voluminous diaries and other personal papers. So frank and detailed were these materials that Kennan and Gaddis agreed that the book would not appear until after Kennan's death. It was well worth the wait: the journals give this book a breathtaking candor and intimacy that match its century-long sweep. We see Kennan's insecurity as a Midwesterner among elites at Princeton, his budding dissatisfaction with authority and the status quo, his struggles with depression, his gift for satire, and his sharp insights on the policies and people he encountered. Kennan turned these sharp analytical gifts upon himself, even to the point of regularly recording dreams. The result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.

Jack London: An American Life

Author: Earle Labor

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466863161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 9866


A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money. An irrepressibly optimistic crusader for social justice and a lover of humanity, he was also subject to spells of bitter invective, especially as his health declined. Branded by shortsighted critics as little more than a hack who produced a couple of memorable dog stories, he left behind a voluminous literary legacy, much of it ripe for rediscovery. In Jack London: An American Life, the noted Jack London scholar Earle Labor explores the brilliant and complicated novelist lost behind the myth—at once a hard-living globe-trotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for seeking new worlds to explore never waned until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Labor resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.

Pat Robertson

Author: David John Marley

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742552951

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

View: 1424


A complimentary, independent portrait of the 700 Club host and co-founder of the Christian Coalition considers his role as a reviled figure in the secular world and a formidable role model among Christian fundamentalists, in a profile that lauds his achievements while questioning some of his decisions.

Guitar: an American life

Author: David Mamet,Tim Brookes

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802142580

Category: Music

Page: 53

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When baggage handlers destroy Tim Brookes's guitar, he discovers that a dream guitar is built, not bought, and sets out to find someone to make him the perfect guitar. His quest takes him across the country, talking to historians, curators, and guitar mak

Ralph Bunche

Author: Brian Urquhart

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393318593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 6815


A biography of the former UN Undersecretary General for Special Political Affairs describes his childhood in a hardworking family, his public service, his racial consciousness, and his battle with prejudice

Babbitt

Author: Glen A. Love

Publisher: Twayne Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 105

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"Babbitt, the tragicomic novel of revolt against smug, middle-class materialism, which earned Sinclair Lewis the 1930 Nobel Prize for literature, is a unique increment in the elevation of American literature to world status. Glen A. Love's unified, in-depth study of Babbitt sets American literary realism in the historical and cultural context of the 1920s - post-World War I liberalism, the Jazz Age, speakeasies, Red scares, the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the Scopes Monkey Trial, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and the collapse of Puritanism - and carries its relevance to the present. A clear, readable discussion of satire, romance, and cultural symbolism, the book moves in concentric circles from the work to its critical reception and outward to its significance as a mocking, yet heroic authentication of Lewis's fanatic American-ness, which is connected to pioneer and frontier mores." "More thorough and wide-ranging than former studies of the novel, Love's interpretation treats Babbitt as a work of realism and satire disguising an urgent, meaningful affirmation of - and appeal to - a nation replete with myriad possibilities. The scope of this multifaceted critique renders it invaluable to students and teachers of the American novel and realism as well as to general readers, critics, and researchers. This concise volume includes chronology, historical context, analysis, plus notes, a selected bibliography, and index."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

George Washington

Author: Laurie Calkhoven

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402735462

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 124

View: 6415


Presents the life and accomplishments of the American hero, who was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and who became the first president of the United States.