Category: Biography

Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride

By Joseph McBride

Till the 1st variation of Steven Spielberg: A Biography used to be released in 1997, a lot approximately Spielberg's character and the forces that formed it had remained enigmatic, largely due to his tendency to vague and mythologize his personal earlier. yet during this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride unearths hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's character and exhibits how deeply own even his so much advertisement paintings has been.

This re-creation provides 4 chapters to Spielberg's lifestyles tale, chronicling his terribly lively and artistic interval from 1997 to the current, a interval within which he has balanced his government tasks as one of many companions within the movie studio DreamWorks SKG with a amazing string of flicks as a director. Spielberg's bold contemporary work—including Amistad, Saving inner most Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority file, The Terminal and Munich—has continuously elevated his variety either stylistically and by way of adventurous, usually arguable, topic matter.

Steven Spielberg: A Biography led to a reevaluation of the nice filmmaker's existence and paintings via those that considered him as in simple terms a facile entertainer. This re-creation publications readers in the course of the mature artistry of Spielberg's later interval during which he manages, opposed to significant odds, to run a winning studio whereas conserving and enlarging his excessive creative criteria as considered one of America's so much considerate, subtle, and renowned filmmakers.

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The Broadcast Century and Beyond, Fifth Edition: A Biography by Robert L, Keith, Michael C Hilliard

By Robert L, Keith, Michael C Hilliard

The printed Century and past is a well-liked heritage of the main influential and leading edge of the century. the tale of broadcasting is instructed in an immediate and casual kind, mixing own perception and authoritative scholarship to completely catch the numerous elements of this dynamic undefined. The publication vividly depicts the occasions, humans, courses, and firms that made tv and radio dominant different types of communique. the most recent variation comprises assurance of all of the applied sciences that experience emerged during the last decade and discusses the profound influence they've got had at the broadcasting in political, social, and fiscal spheres. "Broadcasting" as an entire has been thoroughly revolutionized with the arrival of YouTube, podcasting, iphones, and so on, and the authors express how this ultimate of world-wide broadcasting channels impacts the industry.* A single-source of broadcast history-covers previous and current affects on broadcast communications, and showcases traits either outdated and rising within the broadcast undefined * Chronological strategy, timelines, and contextualizing sidebars aid orient readers and exhibit key implications of broadcasting background and broadcasting of this day * up to date to mirror new and rising applied sciences of the earlier decade, together with podcasts, internet, running a blog, and extra * significant other web site offers additional contextualizing information about the cultural weather encompass occasions in broadcast historical past, and issues to vast assets    -Instructions on how you can entry the web site will be present in the publication.    -Please stopover at http://booksite.focalpress.com/hilliard  

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Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and Beyond by Beverly Gray

By Beverly Gray

Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and past, the 1st full–length biography of Ron Howard, takes an in–depth examine the Oklahoma boy who won nationwide status as a toddler megastar, then grew as much as be one in all Hollywood's such a lot favourite administrators. even if many convey biz little ones founder as they procedure maturity, Ron Howard had the benefit of brains, logic, and down–to–earth mom and dad who saved him from having an inflated view of his personal accomplishments. He additionally had a longstanding objective: to alternate the glare of the highlight for a quieter yet both inventive lifestyles in the back of the digicam. This biography tracks his occupation from 1960, whilst he debuted as six–year–old Opie Taylor at the Andy Griffith express via 2002, whilst he authorised his Academy Award® as top Director for a gorgeous Mind.

Author Beverly grey, an leisure veteran, has spoken to academics, neighbors, colleagues from all levels of Howard's profession. She has additionally combed the data to achieve additional perception into this very deepest guy whose accomplishments have introduced excitement to such a lot of.

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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

By Antonia Fraser

France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the notorious “Let them devour cake,” used to be the topic of ridicule and interest even earlier than her demise; she has in view that been the article of dialogue and hypothesis and the fascination so usually accorded tragic figures in historical past. Married in mere girlhood, this basically lighthearted, privileged, yet differently unremarkable baby used to be thrust into an unheard of time and position, and was once commanded through condition to play an important function in heritage. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and interesting portrait of Marie Antoinette, some of the most recognizable ladies in ecu historical past, excites compassion and regard for all points of her topic, immersing the reader not just within the coming-of-age of a swish lady, but additionally within the unraveling of an period.

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Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of by S. C. Gwynne

By S. C. Gwynne

From the writer of the prizewinning big apple instances bestseller Empire of the summer season Moon comes an exhilarating account of ways Civil struggle common Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson turned an outstanding and tragic American hero.

Stonewall Jackson has lengthy been a determine of legend and romance. up to anybody within the accomplice pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern inspiration of the virtuous misplaced reason. Jackson is usually thought of, with out argument, one in all our country’s maximum army figures. His brilliance on the paintings of battle tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union excessive command in knots and threatened the last word luck of the Union armies. Jackson’s strategic strategies shattered the traditional knowledge of ways battle was once waged; he used to be to date prior to his time that his recommendations will be studied generations into the future.

In April 1862 Jackson was once in simple terms one other accomplice common in a military combating what a wasting reason. via June he had engineered might be the best army crusade in American historical past and used to be essentially the most well-known males within the Western global. He had, additionally, given the accomplice reason what it had lately lacked—hope—and struck worry into the hearts of the Union.

Rebel Yell is written with the speedily vibrant narrative that's Gwynne’s hallmark and is wealthy with conflict lore, biographical element, and severe clash among old figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s deepest existence, together with the lack of his younger liked first spouse and his regimented own behavior. It lines Jackson’s fantastic twenty-four-month profession within the Civil struggle, the interval that encompasses his upward thrust from obscurity to popularity and legend; his beautiful impact at the process the battle itself; and his tragic loss of life, which prompted either North and South to grieve the lack of a striking American hero.

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Madonna by Andrew Morton

By Andrew Morton

From motherless baby to spouse and mom, from "boy toy" to fiercely self sustaining diva, Madonna is likely one of the such a lot striking girls of our time. With a profession that spans twenty years and levels from the scandalous to the transcendent, she is a much bigger phenomenon than ever. yet who's the personal lady at the back of the general public image?

Andrew Morton, whose no 1 manhattan occasions bestsellers approximately Princess Diana and Monica Lewinsky have confirmed his skill to achieve entry to insiders who won't seek advice from someone else, solutions that query during this decidedly unauthorized new biography. Morton's huge, in-depth interviews with contributors of Madonna's internal circle-- fanatics, buddies, and enterprise connection, a lot of whom have by no means spoken out before-- let him to head past the rigorously built myths to unmask the true Madonna. Andrew Morton is ready to make startling revelations, between them the true tale of Madonna's family members historical past; the occasions in the back of the violent assault that modified her perspectives on intercourse and males; her relationships with Michael Jackson, Prince, John F. Kennedy Jr., Vanilla Ice, and different rock and Hollywood stars; the secret guy she desired to marry; and the darkest days of her profession whilst she threatened to give up exhibit enterprise. during this attention-grabbing, richly specific biography, Andrew Morton unearths Madonna in a completely new mild.

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Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

By John Fleischman

Phineas Gage was once really a guy with a gap in his head. A railroad development foreman, Phineas was once blasting rock close to Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 while a thirteen-pound iron rod used to be shot via his mind. Miraculously, he survived one other 11 years and have become a textbook case in mind technological know-how. yet he was once endlessly replaced via the coincidence, and what occurred inside of his mind will let you know much approximately how your mind works and what makes us who we're.

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Rescued: One Family's Miraculous Story of Survival by Brian Brown, Eileen Chambers

By Brian Brown, Eileen Chambers

Whilst a relatives time out in a personal airplane takes a sad flip, a Memorial excursion turns into an unforgettable 15 hours of hazard, rescue efforts, and miracles.

On a transparent Saturday morning, specialist fireplace captain and personal pilot Brian Brown, his spouse, and more youthful daughter headed out of their Cessna Sky Hawk for a weekend with their elder daughter. yet unforeseen critical stipulations ship the craft into the treacherous battle Eagle Idaho mountainside...a distant position that might make verbal exchange and rescue approximately impossible—if they survived.

This appealing tale, featured at the this day express, is set a kin in obstacle, emergency plans for survival, and the exceptional orchestration of neighborhood, nation, and nationwide rescue staff who courageous unpredictable stumbling blocks to complete the unimaginable.

An exciting account of religion and braveness reminds readers that one's darkest hour can develop into the panorama for miracles to spread.

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Teenage Kicks: A True Story Of Dark Streets To Bright New by Sian Young

By Sian Young

Whilst help from her relatives runs dry, 15-year-old Katie is confronted with the cruel fact of existence at the streets. Sucked blindly into the realm of substances and partying, this weak younger woman turns into ensnared in an internet of abuse, her desperation and defenselessness proving an ideal pathway into drug highway tradition, self-harm, and self-abuse.

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Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith by William Todd Schultz

By William Todd Schultz

Elliott Smith used to be the most proficient songwriters of the '90s, cherished via enthusiasts for his subtly melancholic phrases and melodies. The unhappiness had its resources within the lifestyles. there has been trauma from an early age, years of drug abuse, and a protracted feel of disconnection that usually appeared self-engineered. Smith died violently in l. a. in 2003, less than what a few think to be questionable situations, of stab wounds to the chest. by means of this time status had chanced on him, and record-buyers who shared the listening event felt he spoke on to them from past: astute, broken, lovelorn, scuffling with, till he may struggle not more. And but, even though his intimate lyrics carried the load of fact, Smith remained unknowable. In Torment Saint, William Todd Schultz supplies us the 1st right biography of the rock famous person, a decade after his demise, imbued with affection, authority, sensitivity, and long-awaited clarity.

Torment Saint attracts on Schultz's cautious, deeply a professional readings and insights, in addition to on greater than a hundred and fifty hours of interviews with shut acquaintances from Texas to la, fanatics, bandmates, track friends, managers, label proprietors, and recording engineers and manufacturers. This booklet unravels the rest mysteries of Smith's lifestyles and his stunning, too early finish. will probably be, for Smith's legions of enthusiasts and readers nonetheless getting to know his songbook, an crucial exam of his existence and legacy.

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