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How A Quadruple Amputee Regained Control of Her Life
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In this magnificent biography, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the fascinating rags- to-riches story of one of our most iconic business legends—Andrew Carnegie, America’s first modern titan. From his first job as a bobbin boy at age thirteen to his status as the richest man in the world upon retirement, Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream and the prototype of today’s billionaire. Drawing on a trove of new material, Nasaw brilliantly plumbs the core of this fascinating and complex man, at last fixing him in his rightful place as one of the most compelling, elusive, and multifaceted personalities of the twentieth century.
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The explosive definitive account of the Michael Jackson saga, chronicling the King of Pop's battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, from award-winning journalist
Diane Dimond, who broke the story first, over twelve years ago.
Michael Jackson has long captured the world's attention, first as the dynamic lead singer of the Jackson Five, then during his highly successful breakout solo career. But somewhere along the line Jackson transformed himself into something hardly recognizable and was investigated -- not once, but twice -- for crimes we could hardly imagine.
Be Careful Who You Love will take you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade, while giving readers a dramatic glimpse of one reporter's vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.
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Gates is a 20th century phenomenon: the greatest of the cyber-tycoons. His is not simply a story of technical brilliance and enormous wealth, it is one of remarkable business vision and an obsessive desire to win. It is also about a leadership style that is radically different to anything the business world has seen before. How does he do it? Business the Bill Gates Way not only reveals the secrets of Gates' remarkable success but also draws out the universal lessons and identifies strategies that can be applied to any business or career. From hiring very smart people to loving what you make, and from crushing your competitors to never, ever, ever taking your eye off the ball, you have in your hands the secret of phenomenal success. This is the first in a series that shows how the "big shots" of the business world have attained their positions in which they control huge empires and command vast personal fortunes. The book reveals the secrets, deals, schemes and dreams of these, the world's fiercest business competitors.
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Empress Wu was stunning in her beauty, in her ruthless elimination of rivals (including sons and daughters), and, most important, in her discernment.
Wu Zetian was esteemed for appointing capable officials throughout the realm, and she implemented reforms that improved standards of higher education, gave some status to women, and “democratized” the recruitment of candidates for official posts by eliminating the requirement that they be nominated by someone within the establishment.
Related in an easy-reading style, the facts in the book are derived from China’s classic historical record the Zizhitongjian (meaning “History is a mirror to help rule”), which was written by a courtier in Song Dynasty, the very next dynasty after the Tang Dynasty.
Beginning in AD 617, the narrative traces the rise of Wu’s father from humble bean-curd dealer to army officer and friend of the Emperor, her own arrival at age 13 as a concubine to the Emperor, and the brilliant exploitation of opportunities by which she attained the throne.
Other empresses had ruled China for a time while their husbands were weak and their sons were young; Wu did the same from 665 to 690. But Wu achieved a higher status than any woman before or since when she declared her own dynasty in 690 and ruled directly for another 15 years.
Readers are treated to some of the flavor of life inside the capital, then at Xi’an, the eastern tip of the great Silk Road (now known in international tourism as the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors). In those years the Chinese ruler held sway far to the south, into Indochina, and westward as far as today’s Kyrgyzstan. Brief descriptions indicate the tumultuous events unfolding throughout Asia as China vied with Mongol tribes and the Tibetan Empire to establish the map we know today — and some of the disputes over boundaries and sovereignty that are still ongoing.
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How golfer Phil Mickelson has endured countless disappointments to become one of the most successful and popular players on the Tour
Phil Mickelson was long known as the ''best golfer on the tour never to have won a major.'' But he endured, and in 2004 he finally claimed victory at one of the majors, jumping for joy as he sunk his winning 18-foot birdie putt at the Masters. Now, in this inspiring book, David Magee reveals the secret of Phil Mickelson’s success–his ability to endure, mature, and come back a winner. Tracing Mickelson’s golfing career from his youth (he shot a 144 when he was three-and-a-half) to his Masters victory and beyond, Magee shows how at every stage of his career Phil’s endurance was key to his development as a golfer. Whether endurance means managing the high expectations of others, carrying on under the shadow of more successful colleagues (like Tiger Woods), dealing with narrow defeats, or enduring tough times, Endurance shows how anyone can stay the course and achieve success in sports and life. For golfers, fans of Phil Mickelson, and anyone who’s ever endured a setback, this book is a must-read.
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Insight for living life like a champ, based onwhat drives the most dominant athlete of the modern era--Tiger Woods. How Tiger Does It gives you the secrets to living life to the fullest—the Tiger way. Using intimate interviews with Tiger’s contemporaries and examples from his professional and personal life, Brad Kearns analyzes the mental drive behind Tiger’s success to reveal the heart and mind of a great champion. With emphasis on the three Tiger Woods’ Success Factors, the book shows you how to apply Tiger traits to your everyday challenges, from building a career to raising a family and much more.
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LeBron James is simultaneously on the cutting edge of basketball greatness and a cultural icon. Some see him as the second coming of Michael Jordan as both an exceptional talent and a marketing marvel. This biography offers a well-rounded portrait of James unprecedented rise to basketball superstardom in a dizzying short span of time.
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National Book Award winner Sherwin Nuland "distills one of the greatest minds ever into its pure essence...truly awe-inspiring" (Time)
The life and work of the great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) have proved endless.
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Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen, (November 2, 1755 - October 16, 1793), known to history as Marie Antoinette, was born an Archduchess of Austria, and later became Queen of France and Navarre. She was married to Louis XVI of France at age 14, and was the mother of "lost Dauphin" Louis XVII. Marie Antoinette is perhaps best remembered for her legendary (and, some modern historians say, exaggerated) excesses, and for her death: she was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution in 1793, for the crime of treason.
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