Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah

By Nigel Cawthorne

Despite being highly well known in the course of his time, Nikola Tesla this present day continues to be principally missed between lists of the best inventors and scientists of the fashionable period. Thomas Edison will get the entire glory for locating the sunshine bulb, however it used to be his one-time assistant and lifetime arch nemesis, Tesla, who made the leap forward in alternating present expertise. Edison and Tesla carried on a sour feud for years, however it was once Tesla's AC turbines that illuminated the 1893 World's reasonable in Chicago; the 1st time that an occasion of such importance had ever taken position lower than synthetic gentle. this present day, all houses and electric home equipment run on Tesla's AC current.

Born in Croatia in 1856, Tesla spoke 8 languages and nearly single-handedly constructed loved ones electrical energy. in the course of his lifestyles, he patented greater than seven-hundred innovations. He invented electric turbines, FM radio, handheld remote control robots, spark plugs and fluorescent lighting fixtures. He had a photographic reminiscence and did complicated calculus and physics equations in his head.

Nikola Tesla was once the final word mad scientist. Like many different geniuses all through historical past, Tesla used to be wildly eccentric. He used to be liable to worried breakdowns, pronounced receiving atypical visions in the midst of the evening, spoke to pigeons, and infrequently suggestion he was once receiving electromagnetic indications from Mars. If he'd lived this present day, he'd most likely be clinically determined with an obsessive compulsive illness: he hated around gadgets and disliked numbers that were not divisible through the three.

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A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain

By Marc Morris

The first significant biography of a really ambitious king, whose reign used to be probably the most dramatic and critical of the total center a long time, resulting in struggle and conquest on an extraordinary scale.

Edward I is primary to hundreds of thousands as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). but this tale varieties purely the ultimate bankruptcy of the king's action-packed lifestyles. past, Edward had defeated and killed the recognized Simon de Montfort in conflict; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing ceaselessly its local rulers and developing a powerful chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the center a long time and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all of the Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen childrens together with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her demise, he erected the Eleanor Crosses―the grandest funeral monuments ever shaped for an English monarch.

during this e-book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all through his relentless profession: his personality, his Christian religion, and his experience of England's destiny―a feel formed specifically through the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward's competitors (including Robert Bruce) to withstand him.

the result's a sweeping tale, immaculately researched but compellingly informed, and a bright photo of medieval Britain in the meanwhile while its destiny was once made up our minds. sixteen pages of colour and B&W images

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Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor

By Suzanne McMinn

Suzanne McMinn, a former romance author and founding father of the preferred weblog chickensintheroad.com, stocks the tale of her seek to guide a lifetime of usual beauty in Chickens within the Road, her inspiring and humorous memoir.

Craving a lifestyles that might attach her to the earth and her relations roots, McMinn packed up her 3 young ones, left her husband and her sterile suburban lifestyles in the back of, and moved to rural West Virginia. Amid the tough panorama and sweetness of this rural mountain kingdom, she pursues a average way of life jam-packed with chickens, goats, sheep—and no pizza delivery.

With her new lifestyles comes an unforeseen new love—"52," a guy as beguiling and enigmatic as his nickname—a turbulent romance that reminds her that peace and success are available within the wake of heartbreak. dealing with ambitious demanding situations, together with elevating a trio of children, milking obdurate cows, being snowed in without warmth, and making her personal butter, McMinn realizes that she’s dwelling a forty-something’s coming-of-age story.

As she dares to turn into self-reliant and embody her independence, she reminds us that lifestyles is a daring adventure—if we’re prepared to reside it. 

Chickens within the Road comprises greater than 20 recipes, craft tasks, and McMinn’s images, and contours a different two-color design.

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A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates

By Blake Bailey

Celebrated in his leading, forgotten in his ultimate years, simply to be championed anew via our best modern authors, Richard Yates has regularly uncovered readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our sleek age. In Blake Bailey's masterful and unique biography, Yates himself serves because the attention-grabbing lens into mid-century the US, an international of would-be artists, depressed housewives, addled businessmen, excessive residing, wistful striving, and self-deception. the tale of Richard Yates right here stands as a unique reminder of what the author needs to sacrifice for his craft, the devil's cut price of artistry for happiness, compliment for sanity.

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Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl

By Tony Barrell

He pulse of rock 'n' roll—the drummer—finally will get its due during this designated, all-encompassing inside of examine the tradition and historical past of drumming

Beating the hell out of a drum package is tough, sweaty, difficult paintings. but rather than being showered with admire, drummers are usually seen with derision—stereotyped as loopy, borderline psychotic, or simply simple dumb. yet as each musician is familiar with, to have a very good band you would like an exceptional drummer: Ginger Baker. John Bonham. Chad Smith. Stewart Copeland. Neil Peart.

For the 1st time, Tony Barrell shines a long-overdue highlight on those musicians, delivering an exhilarating investigate their global, their artwork, and their personalities. In Born to Drum, Barrell explores the intense historical past of the world's such a lot primitive tool and the musicians who've made it legend. He interviews the most well-known, respected, and influential drummers of our time—including Chad Smith, Ginger Baker, Clem Burke, Sheila E., Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Patty Schemel, Butch Vig, and Omar Hakim—who percentage fabulous truths approximately their paintings and lives. He investigates the tales of past due, nice drummers corresponding to Keith Moon and John Bonham, analyzes the various maximum drum tracks ever recorded, and introduces us to the world's quickest and loudest drummers, in addition to the 1st musician to pilot a "flying drum kit" onstage.

Filled with attention-grabbing insights into the alternate and little-known information about the greats, Born to Drum elevates drummers and their achievements to their rightful position in track lore and pa tradition.

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Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage

By Audrey Bilger

Marriage this present day isn’t what it was once: for larger, no longer for worse. As same-sex weddings have gotten extra universal, the vintage love-story satisfied finishing is taking up a decidedly new twist, everybody has a clean position to play, and supporters and competitors of homosexual marriage alike are discovering themselves in the course of a revolution that’s redefining marriage—both as a private selection and as an institution—as we all know it.

In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort assemble jointly the voices of ladies participating in—and shaping—this significant ancient shift. Representing a range of issues of view by way of race, category, ethnicity, and gender id, this number of essays, tales, and visible pictures takes a multidimensional examine how establishing up the normal order of “man and spouse” to incorporate the opportunity of “wife and spouse” is changing our social panorama. From marriage ceremony photographs and pictures of protest symptoms to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of the way the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably replaced the way in which lesbians take into consideration their unions and their lives—and a party of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.

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Blonde: A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates

One of < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />America’s so much acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one among America’s so much enduring icons in Blonde—the nationwide ebook Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive during this strong story of Hollywood fable and heartbreaking fact. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to inform her untold historical past; her tale of a celeb created to polish brightest within the Hollywood firmament prior to her fall to earth. Blonde is a blinding fictional portrait of the complicated internal lifetime of the idolized and wanted celeb as in basic terms the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates may possibly paint it.

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François Villon: A Documented Survey

By D. B. Wyndham Lewis

A readable but hugely literate research of the lifestyles and occasions of French poet Villon. whereas little is understood of Villon's start or demise, there's a good deal to be discovered on his recalcitrant existence. He used to be a French Poet, a thief, and a basic vagabond. In his poems the traditional varieties of French verse are lively with the keenest feel of non-public emotion, of affection, of depression, of mocking depression, and of repentance for a lifestyles handed in taverns and prisons. See different titles via this writer on hand from Kessinger Publishing.

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Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews

Unbuttoned McLuhan! An intimate exploration of Marshall McLuhan’s principles in his personal words

In the final 20 years of his existence, Marshall McLuhan released – frequently in collaboration with others – a chain of books that confirmed his attractiveness because the pre-eminent seer of the fashionable age. It was once McLuhan who made the excellence among “hot” and “cool” media. It used to be he who saw that “the medium is the message” and who tossed off dozens of alternative both memorable words from “the worldwide village” and “pattern reputation” to “feedback” and “iconic” imagery.

McLuhan used to be way over a pithy-phrase maker, despite the fact that. He foresaw – at a time whilst the non-public desktop was once a teckie myth – that the realm will be introduced jointly through the web. He foresaw the ameliorations that might be wrought by way of electronic expertise. He understood, prior to any of his contemporaries, the implications of the revolution that tv and the pc have been bringing approximately. in lots of methods, we’re nonetheless catching as much as him.

In Understanding Me, Stephanie McLuhan and David Staines have introduced jointly eighteen formerly unpublished lectures and interviews through or related to Marshall McLuhan. they've got in universal the informality and accessibility of the spoken note. In each case, the textual content is the transcript taken down from the movie, audio, or video tape of the particular encounters – this isn't what McLuhan wrote yet what he stated. the result's a revelation: the seer who frequently is regarded as aloof and imprecise is proven to be humorous, spontaneous, and simply understood.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Listen Out Loud: A Life In Music--Managing Mccartney, Madonna, And Michael Jackson

By Ron Weisner, Alan Goldsher

Even hardcore tune lovers don’t comprehend the identify Ron Weisner . . . yet they need to. A high-powered supervisor for over 4 many years, Ron labored along Madonna, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, invoice Withers, and, so much significantly, Michael Jackson. He observed the King of dad via his game-changing multi-platinum albums Thriller and Off the Wall. He watched M.J.'s prickly father Joe run roughshod over either his son and professionals. He fought again because the attempted to guide Jackson in a musical course that may have derailed his profession. And he observed Michael endure via devastating press assurance that grew to become the afflicted singer's international upside down.
 Featuring an advent from Quincy Jones and remark from Winwood, Knight, and a few behind-the-scenes checklist label energy agents, Weisner's illuminating memoir Listen Out Loud underscores the damaging adjustments to the in the course of his forty-year occupation, together with the shift in concentration from creative integrity to the pursuit of chilly difficult numbers. it really is an intimate glimpse into the tune global from a guy with a prepared eye, sharp ears, and an immense heart.

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