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Follow the life of basketball legend Michael Jordan, one of the world's most recognizable athletes and living brands, inside this engaging and balanced biography.
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This biography profiles one of the most influential figures in today's popular culture, taking a balanced look at Oprah's life and career. It assesses her impact on the people close to her and on the public at large, from her literary and political influences to her candour about her own mental and physical health problems. Each of these areas is well researched and narrated with an equanimity and lucidity that make this book fascinating without being sensationalist. While this concise biography is written with the student in mind, and provides an ideal research tool, the lively writing style makes it enjoyable reading for anyone interested in knowing more about a truly remarkable woman. As a resource for research, the timeline is a very helpful tool in highlighting the significant events and understanding them in their chronological context. Readers will benefit from the wealth of materials that were consulted for this project: articles from the mainstream press, scholarly studies, published and televised interviews, reference materials and internet sources.
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Little is known about Ann Hathaway, the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted as evidence that she was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake from which Shakespeare did well to distance himself.
While Shakespeare is above all the poet of marriage—repeatedly in his plays, constant wives redeem unjust and deluded husbands—scholars persist in positing the worst about the writer's own spouse. In Shakespeare's Wife, Germaine Greer boldly breaks new ground, combining literary-historical techniques with documentary evidence about life in Stratford, to reset the story of Shakespeare's marriage in its social context. With deep insight and intelligence, she offers daring and thoughtful new theories about the farmer's daughter who married England's greatest poet, painting a vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.
A passionate and perceptive work of first-rate scholarship that reclaims this maligned figure from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny, Shakespeare's Wife poses bold questions and opens new fields of investigation and research.
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The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.
Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.
It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.
We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.
This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
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As cofounder of Microsoft, Allen banked billions while still a young man. Since then, he’s invested in a massive array of both high-tech and more traditional interests – he owns the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and is a primary stakeholder in the film production company DreamWorks SKG, among other investments. Dubbed the "Accidental Zillionaire" by Wired magazine, he’s often seen as a quixotic figure who succeeds primarily through luck and by investing in the visionary ideas of others. But even his harshest critics would find it hard to bet against him. Today, Allen’s money – if not his personality – casts a long shadow over the intertwined worlds of technology, business, sports, and entertainment.
In The Accidental Zillionaire, Laura Rich, one of the foremost chroniclers of the Internet economy, unravels the secret Paul Allen, his inner motivations, his vision, and his personality. She follows Allen from his days as a teen computer geek, to his role in founding the world’s largest software company, to his battle with Hodgkin’s disease, to his odd flirtation with Hollywood. Paul Allen is a man of varied interests and passions, but few, if any, know him well. This book, for the first time, reveals the inner workings of a figure whose significance is often overlooked.
Price: $27.95
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"Intensely well researched and an un-put-down-able read, Tina Brown's extraordinary book parts the brocaded velvet and allows us an unprecedented look at the world and mind of the most famous person on the planet. A social commentary, a historical document and a psychological examination, written by a superb investigative journalist."
Only Tina Brown, former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth. Tina knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself.
In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: Diana's sexually charged mother, her scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, and bad-girl Fergie, her sister-in-law, who concealed wounds of her own. Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.
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A penetrating, moving profile of one of golf?s most legendary players
Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers of all time. In 1930, he became the only person to win the Grand Slam?a singular achievement in sports history. It was also a precarious adventure that was littered with near catastrophes on and off the golf course. Using a vast amount of new material, Ron Rapoport gives an unprecedented in-depth portrait of Jones, revealing his life as never before: the anger that accompanied his early failings on the course, the effects of the pressure on his health, and the secret agonies of the illness that ultimately led to his death.
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Thomas Watson, Sr. and the Making of IBM. The first complete look at one of America's legendary business leaders.
This groundbreaking biography by Kevin Maney, acclaimed technology columnist for USA Today, offers fresh insight and new information on one of the twentieth century's greatest business figures. Over the course of forty-two years, Thomas J. Watson took a failing business called The Computer-Tabulating-Recording Company and transformed it into IBM, the world's first and most famous high-tech company.
The Maverick and His Machine is the first modern biography of this business titan. Maney secured exclusive access to hundreds of boxes of Watson's long-forgotten papers, and he has produced the only complete picture of Watson the man and Watson the legendary business leader. These uncovered documents reveal new information about how Watson bet the company in the 1920s on tabulating machines - the forerunners to computers - and how he daringly beat the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Price: $29.95
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In The Nicklaus Way, acclaimed golf writer John Andrisani analyzes how Nicklaus created such a powerful swing and developed near perfect shot selection. Andrisani also reveals the secrets to Nicklaus's mental and course-management games, and shows golfers how to prepare thoroughly for a round of golf -- Nicklaus style. What makes this book unique is that Andrisani goes far beyond the fundamentals of the setup and swing that Nicklaus learned from teacher Jack Grout and that enabled him to win so many major championships. Taking the instructional analysis process to the next level, Andrisani identifies for the first time subtle technical points of Nicklaus's swing that are not talked about in any of his instructional books or videos, as well as some new swing fundamentals Nicklaus learned from other top teachers such as Rick Smith. In The Nicklaus Way, Andrisani also looks at Nicklaus's tee-to-green game, sharing with golfers the ins and outs of this great golfer's uncanny shot-making game. The instruction is easy to follow, so golfers will have no excuse for not being able to hit everything from a power fade drive to a biting short iron to a long putt.
Price: $10.95
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"This is the Hogan book Hogan himself never wrote, a pipeline to the Master’s wisdom that we thought had been lost forever. A must-read."
—Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance
Ben Hogan invented and refined the most effective, reliable swing in the history of golf–and went on to win nine majors and 54 other tournaments on the PGA tour. Even though Hogan himself wrote a famous golf instructional book, he never revealed the complete secret of his swing–except to John Schlee, a professional golfer who became Hogan’s student in 1969 and who passed this knowledge on to Tom Bertrand. Part fable-like story of the master-disciple relationship between Hogan and Schlee, part instructional with exercises, tips, and more than 50 how-to photographs, this book at last discloses all the subtle and essential components of Hogan’s incomparable swing.
Price: $22.95
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