American Dreamer: My Story of Survival, Adventure, and Success

On July 30, 2014, almost immediately after finishing this autobiography, Robert Halmi, the prolific manufacturer of tv video clips and miniseries, died on the age of ninety. Hailed by way of Variety as “A Gulliver between television motion picture Producers,” he had a hand in additional than 2 hundred long-form narrative tv tasks from 1989’s Lonesome Dove, starring Robert Duvall, to 2000’s “Don Quixote” starring John Lithgow. jam-packed with a lot of the marquee expertise of the previous century, his lifestyles story—from scuffling with opposed to the Nazis to changing into a photographer for Life and Sports Illustrated to his tv work—is actually amazing.
Robert Halmi was once born in Hungary to a father who served as legit photographer to the Vatican and the final Habsburg court docket. whilst the Nazis invaded, he fought within the resistance, and prefer lots of his countrymen he was once captured and condemned to dying. however the advancing purple military freed him earlier than the Germans may well perform the execution. Seeing the hazards of the increasing Soviet empire, which additionally took carry of his place of origin in an army dictatorship, he grew to become heel and joined the OSS to struggle the autumn of the Iron Curtain. In 1951, with $5 in his pocket and a Leica round his neck, he made his technique to the US. As a photographer for Life and Sports Illustrated, he back showcased his Bond-like skills for chasing event and dishonest loss of life by way of dangling from helicopters, looking large video game in Africa with dictators, blowing himself up, marooning himself on a glacier for 3 weeks, or even portray Marilyn Monroe’s bare physique for a photograph shoot. within the 3rd act of his rollicking existence, as a television wealthy person, he bought an remarkable 448 Emmy nods whereas befriending a Who’s Who of Hollywood and dealing with the nice boldface actors of our time: Jimmy Cagney gave him his final functionality. He chased George C. Scott (on a bender) via a lodge. Omar Sharif did the Twist for him. He watched Patrick Stewart approximately drown at the again of an animatronic whale, and Isabella Rossellini braved a herd of rampaging elephants for him. He has lived the yank dream to the hilt. A fast paced glance again at a existence regularly in growth, his amazing tale finds approximately a century of bold and boundless optimism even within the face of bad odds. It’s a narrative of conflict, love, and ambition, the indispensable American story of a lifestyles lived large.

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Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland

By Sandra Lansky

Sandi Lansky Lombardo grew up the single daughter of mob boss Meyer Lansky. Raised in upper-class Jewish attractiveness, first on the Majestic resort after which on the Beresford, at completing faculties and fancy stables, Sandi was once the wild baby of the past due 40’s, the 50’s, and the early 60’s. She used to be the Paris Hilton of her day, partying until eventually sunrise at El Morocco and the Stork membership, relationship the largest celebrities of the period. Her lifestyles was once now not with out heartbreak and tragedy, together with the madness of her mom, and the crippling handicap of her child brother – let alone his drug addiction.

Sandi used to be aware about her father’s secrets and techniques in addition to his unforeseen tenderness. She continually caught heavily to the stern code of omerta. In Daughter of the King, Sandi groups up with Nick Pileggi (author of the seminal Wise Guy, maybe the best-selling mob e-book ever) and a number of time New York Times Bestselling author invoice Stadiem. Nick has made a occupation in books and flicks chronicling the mob, and invoice has emerged as a grasp of recreating the glamour and romance of the golden period of yankee tradition with bestsellers like Mr. S and George Hamilton’s Don’t brain if I Do.

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Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

By Hank Bordowitz

Rightly known as the saddest tale in rock 'n' roll background, this Creedence biography—newly updated with tales from band contributors, manufacturers, enterprise affiliates, shut neighbors, and families—recounts the tragic and effective story of 1 of America’s so much loved bands. Hailed because the nice American rock band from 1968 to 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival captured the imaginations of a iteration with vintage hits like “Proud Mary,” “Down at the Corner,” “Green River,” “Born at the Bayou,” and “Who’ll cease the Rain.” Mounting tensions between bandmates over vivid guitarist and lead vocalist John Fogerty’s inventive keep watch over resulted in the band's loss of life. Tracing the lives of 4 musicians who redefined an American roots-rock sound with unequaled ardour and gear, this song biography exposes the sour finish and deserted expertise of a band left crippled by way of debt and dissension.

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Marilyn At Rainbow's End: Sex, Lies, Murder, and the Great Cover-up

By Darwin Porter

As an perception into the yankee event of big name loss of life at the fiftieth anniversary of the homicide of the affection Goddess, biographer Darwin Porter has compiled, after many years of study, an fascinating roundup of the conspiracies and darkish secrets and techniques in the back of Hollywood’s so much infamous secret: Who Killed Marilyn?
This relentless page-turner, a lip-smacking and juicy learn, examines the mass hysteria that within the wake of Marilyn’s assassination. No dying within the twentieth century, except that of JFK himself, ever sparked extra cover-ups, lies, felony thefts of significant info (including physique parts), bribes, perjury, myths, incompetent investigating, distorted clinical documents, unauthorized leaks, outrageous rumors, and a blitzkrieg of unusual books that obscured greater than they published.

Like the sirens of Greek mythology, Marilyn was once an impossible to resist temptress who captivated strong males. On her street to damage, the once-vulnerable waif had mutated right into a temperamental vixen, seducing after which upsetting risky males who presided over the industrial and army mechanisms of the unfastened international and the innermost sanctums of equipped crime. full of rage, hysteria, and melancholy, “and uninterested with Jack’s lies, Bobby’s lies,” she sought revenge and mass vindication.

Her revelations at an approaching press convention can have toppled political dynasties and destroyed legal empires. Marilyn needed to be stopped. This investigative booklet treats the reader like a member of the jury, laying out proof, stripping it of its hyperlinks to the self-interest of whoever gave it, advert setting apart what relatively occurred from millions of distorted and deceptive tales.

The rendering of history’s ultimate verdict was once, in the past, crippled due to eyewitnesses who significantly replaced their stories as many as thrice because the years drifted via. Into this steamy cauldron of deceit, Marilyn herself emerges as a such a lot unreliable witness in the course of the weeks major as much as her homicide. Her personal deceptions, vanities, and self-delusion poured poisonous accelerants on an already raging hearth.

In the aftermath of the shattering occasions of August five, 1962, as Marilyn’s nude body--the item of the will of actually hundreds of thousands of men--was wheeled in for voyeuristic medical professionals to ascertain and dissect, a legend used to be already being born. This new booklet from Darwin Porter will switch, without end, how the area translates the loss of life and legacy of the main recognized actress to ever emerge out of Hollywood.

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Who Was Louis Armstrong?

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

If no longer for a stint in reform institution, younger Louis Armstrong may possibly by no means became a musician. It was once a instructor on the coloured Waifs? domestic who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band chief, and observed expertise within the difficult child from the even harder New Orleans local known as Storyville. however it used to be Louis Armstrong?s personal ardour and genius that driven jazz into new and intriguing nation-states along with his awesome, improvisational trumpet enjoying. His seventy-year lifestyles spanned a serious time in American tune in addition to black historical past.

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I Just Ran: Percy Williams, The World's Fastest Human

By Samuel Hawley

Literary Nonfiction. Biography. Canadian background. activities. on the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics an unknown Vancouver runner named Percy Williams stunned the activities global by means of shooting the a hundred- and 200-meter gold medals. a few stated the feat used to be a fluke. It wasn't. In 1929 Percy silenced naysayers by way of sweeping the united states indoor song circuit, then he went directly to set a global list within the a hundred meters that might stand until eventually the coming of Jesse Owens. And in among he waged a velocity duel with the fleetest males in the world, a conflict for tune supremacy and the name "World's quickest Human." in accordance with vast learn that incorporated entry to Percy's deepest letters, diary and scrapbooks, I simply RAN is the 1st full-length account of this activities legend, essentially the most well-known Canadians of his day yet now mostly forgotten. It starts because the Cinderella tale of a formative years who conquers a recreation ruled through American sprinters. Then it will get grittier, for achievement and popularity had a dismal aspect. I simply Ran follows Percy and his janitor-coach Bob Granger as they trip in the course of the global of elite operating within the Twenties and 30s—a international that used to be no longer continually beautiful underneath the veneer of amateurism.

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You Need Humour With a Tumour: Refelections on a Journey with Cancer

By Annmarie James-Thomas

While Annmarie, a 42-year-old mom of 4, used to be clinically determined with a level IIb tumour she was resolute she wouldn't lose her love of life.

Having watched her father succumb to bowel melanoma a yr past, she had no wish to keep on with an identical remedy regime. So she went looking for whatever different.

Refusing to be a 'victim', she rejected the in basic terms scientific direction and met her cervical melanoma head on. Her trip took her to the US looking for in a different way to strive against the tumour transforming into slowly – then no longer so slowly – inside her.

This is Annmarie's tale of wish and unhappiness, energy and braveness as she and her kinfolk care for her analysis and wish to reside existence to the entire.

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The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

By Boris Johnson

From London’s inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the recent York Times–bestselling tale of the way Churchill’s eccentric genius formed not just his international yet our own.
 
On the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s loss of life, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of 1 of an important leaders of the 20th century. taking up the myths and misconceptions in addition to the oversized truth, he portrays—with attribute wit and passion—a guy of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

Fearless at the battlefield, Churchill needed to be ordered by way of the king to stick out of motion on D-day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few may fit his event in organizing violence on a monstrous scale, but he hated conflict and scorned politicians who had no longer skilled its horrors. He used to be the main well-known journalist of his time and maybe the best orator of all time, regardless of a lisp and the continual melancholy he saved at bay via portray. His maneuvering situated the US for access into international warfare II, at the same time it ushered in England’s postwar decline. His open-mindedness made him a trailblazer in healthiness care, schooling, and social welfare, although he remained incorrigibly politically flawed. so much of all, he used to be a rebuttal to the concept that historical past is the tale of tremendous and impersonal forces; he's facts that one person—intrepid, creative, determined—can make all of the distinction.

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Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Modern America)

Josephine Roche (1886-1976) used to be a revolutionary activist, New Deal policymaker, and businesswoman. As a pro-labor and feminist member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's management, she formed the founding laws of the U.S. welfare country and generated the nationwide dialog approximately health-care coverage that americans are nonetheless having at the present time. during this gripping biography, Robyn Muncy deals Roche's continual progressivism as facts for startling continuities one of the innovative period, the hot Deal, and the nice Society.

Muncy explains that Roche grew to become the second-highest-ranking lady within the New Deal executive after operating a Colorado coal corporation in partnership with coal miners themselves. as soon as in place of work, Roche constructed a countrywide future health plan that was once stymied by way of international warfare II yet enacted piecemeal in the course of the postwar interval, culminating in Medicare and Medicaid within the Nineteen Sixties. by means of then, Roche directed the United Mine employees of the US Welfare and Retirement Fund, an initiative geared toward bolstering the exertions move, advancing controlled overall healthiness care, and reorganizing medication to facilitate nationwide medical health insurance, certainly one of Roche's unrealized dreams.

In Relentless Reformer, Muncy makes use of Roche's dramatic existence story--from her stint as Denver's first policewoman in 1912 to her struggle opposed to a murderous hard work union professional in 1972--as a special vantage element from which to envision the demanding situations that girls have confronted in public lifestyles and to re-examine the that means and trajectory of revolutionary reform.

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Strange Perspectives Volume 1: The Memoirs of Mike Najarian (From the Band State Radio)

By Mike Najarian, Carol Najarian, Matt Medium, Chuck Fay America

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Strange Perspectives is understood for its witty and funny brief tales and observations. those memoirs hide many facets of Mike Najarian's existence together with his adventures because the drummer of the politically wide awake, socially acutely aware, and across the world traveling band kingdom Radio.

Volume 1 covers his dealings with cut down of weapons N' Roses, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Tom Morello of Rage opposed to the desktop, Mike generators of R.E.M., Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band, Perry Farrell of Jane's habit, Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins, and Wyc Grousbeck (the proprietor of the Boston Celtics) simply to identify a number of.

Although Strange Perspectives is gentle, enjoyable, and straightforward to learn it additionally digs deep into the human situation and monitors a variety of principles and subject matters that make it an entire and well-rounded piece of writing.

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