Category: Memoirs

Memoirs of My Life by Edward Gibbon

By Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon was once one of many world's maximum historians and a towering determine of his age. whilst he died in 1794 he left at the back of the incomplete drafts of his Memoirs, that have been posthumously edited via his good friend Lord Sheffield, and stay an dazzling portrait of a wealthy, complete existence. Recounting Gibbon's sickly formative years in London, his sadness with an Oxford steeped in port and prejudice', his winning years in Lausanne, his first and simply love affair and the monolithic success of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", he distils his genius for historical past right into a striking present for autobiography. Candid and unique, those writings are jam-packed with heat and highbrow ardour.

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Providence, The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest by Daniel Quinn

By Daniel Quinn

Windfall is Quinn's interesting memoir of his life-long non secular voyage. His trip takes him from a early life dream in Omaha surroundings him on a look for success, to his time as a postulant within the Trappist order lower than the assistance of eminent theologian Thomas Merton.  Later, his quest took him throughout the deep self-discovery of psychoanalysis, via a failed marriage through the turbulent and intriguing 60s, to discovering achievement along with his spouse Rennie and a profession as a author. In windfall Quinn additionally information his rejection of equipped faith and his own rediscovery of what he says is humankind's first and purely common faith, the theology that varieties the foundation for Ishmael.Providence is an insightful booklet that handle problems with schooling, psychology, faith, technology, marriage, and self-understanding, and should provide perception to somebody who has ever struggled to forge and enact a private spirituality.

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Il grande califfato by Domenico Quirico

By Domenico Quirico

Il giorno in cui, in step with los angeles prima volta, parlarono a Domenico Quirico del califfato fu un pomeriggio, un pomeriggio di battaglia advert al-Quesser, in Siria. Domenico Quirico period prigioniero degli uomini di Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida in terra siriana. Abu Omar, il capo del drappello jihadista, fu categorico: «Costruiremo, sia grazia a Dio Grande Misericordioso, il califfato di Siria… Ma il nostro compito è solo all’inizio... Alla wonderful il Grande Califfato rinascerà, da al-Andalus fino all’Asia».
Tornato in Italia, Quirico rivelò ciò che anche altri comandanti delle formazioni islamiste gli avevano ribadito: il Grande Califfato non period affatto un velleitario sogno jihadista, ma un preciso progetto strategico cui attenersi e collegare i piani di battaglia. Non vi fu alcuna eco a queste rivelazioni. Molti polemizzarono sgarbatamente: erano sciocchezze di qualche emiro di paese, suvvia il califfato, roba di secoli fa. Nel giro di qualche mese tutto è cambiato, e il Grande Califfato è ora una realtà politica
e militare con cui i governi e i popoli di tutto il mondo sono drammaticamente costretti a misurarsi.
Questo libro non è un trattato sull’Islam, poiché si tiene opportunamente lontano da dispute ed esegesi religiose. È soltanto un viaggio, un viaggio vero, con città, villaggi, strade e deserti, nei luoghi del Grande Califfato. Parte da Istanbul e si finish in Nigeria, fa tappa a Groznyj in Cecenia e nelle pianure di Francia, nel Sahel e in Somalia. Parla di uomini, delle loro storie, delle loro azioni e omissioni. Mostra come al-Dawla, lo stato islamista, esista già, poiché milioni di uomini ogni giorno gli rendono obbedienza, applicano e subiscono le sue regole implacabili, pregano nelle moschee secondo riti rigidamente ortodossi, vivono e muoiono invocandone los angeles benedizione o maledicendone l. a. ferocia.
Nondimeno, come Christopher Isherwood approdato nel 1930 a Berlino, con los angeles sua potente narrazione, Domenico Quirico diventa, in queste pagine, «una macchina fotografica» con l’obiettivo così aperto sulla cruda realtà della nostra epoca, che ne svela il cuore di tenebra meglio di mille trattati e saggi.

«Ho superato, nel momento in cui sono stato catturato, una frontiera fatale, sono entrato, me ne accorgo vivendo con loro, nel cuore di tenebra di una nuova fase storica, di un nuovo groviglio avvelenato dell’uomo e del secolo che nasce: il totalitarismo islamista globale».
Domenico Quirico

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Totto-chan, the little girl at the window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

By Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

This enticing sequence of early life memories tells approximately an excellent college in Tokyo in the course of international struggle II that mixed studying with enjoyable, freedom, and love. This strange institution had outdated railroad automobiles for school rooms, and it was once run by way of a rare man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi-who was once a company believer in freedom of expression and job.

In genuine lifestyles, the Totto-chan of the publication has turn into one in all Japan's preferred tv personalities-Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her good fortune in lifestyles to this glorious tuition and its headmaster.

The attraction of this account has gained the hearts of thousands of individuals of every age and made this ebook a runaway bestseller in Japan, with revenues hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year.

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Welcome to the Jungle by Christi Friesen

By Christi Friesen

Книга из серии past initiatives: The CF Sculpture sequence, e-book рассказывает о создании мира джунглей из пластикиDetailed pictures, step by step directions and a unusual humorousness make this 2d ebook within the past tasks sequence an effective way to discover sculpting with polymer clay, it doesn't matter what your ability point. you'll take pleasure in making unique leaves and flora, hairy creatures, insects and frogs, and upload gildings for your creations, utilizing pearls, semi-precious stones and beads.

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My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the Scenes with a by Katharine Kuh

By Katharine Kuh

One of America's top curators, "a girl of resilience and imaginative and prescient, a author of readability and ardor" (Chicago Tribune), takes you on a private travel of the area of contemporary art.

One of America’s best curators, “a girl of resilience and imaginative and prescient, a author of readability and ardor” (Chicago Tribune), takes you on a private journey of the area of recent artwork. within the Depression-era weather of the Thirties, Katharine Kuh defied the chances and opened a gallery in Chicago, the place she exhibited such really unknown artists as Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Calder. Her impressive tale unearths how and why the USA turned an immense strength on the earth of latest paintings. fifty nine

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In My Time by Dick Cheney; Liz Cheney

By Dick Cheney; Liz Cheney

In this eagerly expected memoir, former vice chairman Dick Cheney promises an unyielding portrait of yank politics over approximately 40 years and stocks own reflections on his position as probably the most steadfast and influential statesmen within the historical past of our country.The public conception of Dick Cheney has lengthy been anything of a contradiction. He has been seen as essentially the most robust vice presidents--secretive, even mysterious, and even as opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been either praised and attacked by way of his friends, the click, and the general public. via all of it, dating in simple terms the beliefs that outline him, he has remained precise to himself, his rules, his relatives, and his kingdom. Now in an enlightening and provocative memoir, a stately page-turner with flashes of unusual humor and memorable candor, Dick Cheney takes readers via his reviews as family members guy, policymaker, businessman, and flesh presser in the course of years that formed our collective history.Born right into a kin of recent Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney used to be the son of a father at battle and a high-spirited and resilient mom. He got here of age in Casper, Wyoming, taking part in baseball and soccer and, as senior classification president, dating homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American tale took an abrupt flip whilst he flunked out of Yale collage, signed directly to construct strength line within the West, and began dwelling as demanding as he labored. Cheney tells the tale of the way he obtained himself again heading in the right direction and commenced a rare ascent to the heights of yankee public existence, the place he could stay for almost 4 many years: * He used to be the youngest White residence leader of employees, operating for President Gerald Ford--the first of 4 leader executives he could come to grasp good. * He grew to become Congressman from Wyoming and used to be quickly a member of the congressional management operating heavily with President Ronald Reagan.* He grew to become secretary of protection within the George H. W. Bush management, overseeing America's army in the course of Operation wasteland hurricane and within the ancient transition on the finish of the chilly War.* He was once CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 corporation with initiatives and team of workers around the world. * He turned the 1st vice chairman of the us to serve out his time period of workplace within the twenty-first century. operating with George W. Bush from the start of the worldwide struggle on terror, he was--and remains--an outspoken defender of taking each step essential to shield the state. Eyewitness to historical past on the maximum degrees, Cheney brings to lifestyles scenes from prior and current. He describes using throughout the White condo gates on August nine, 1974, simply hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to start paintings at the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of nationwide hindrance 1 / 4 century later while, on September eleven, 2001, he was once within the White condo bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it can no longer divert. With its detailed viewpoint on a awesome span of yank heritage, "In My Time" will enlighten. As an intimate and private chronicle, it is going to shock, circulation, and encourage. Dick Cheney's is a permanent political imaginative and prescient to be reckoned with and favorite for its honesty, its knowledge, and its resonance. "In My Time" is actually the final word approximately a major political period, by means of a guy who lived it and helped outline it--with braveness and with no compromise.

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Mad Dog by Johnny Adair

By Johnny Adair

Johnny Adair used to be born within the Shankhill street sector of Belfast, Northern eire. The youngest of 7 young children he was once raised a Protestant. As Johnny and his gang might roam the streets searching for Catholics for no different cause then faith and he bears many scars and struggle wounds from unending highway battles. a tender Loyalist, Johnny earned his attractiveness as a paramilitary chief lengthy sooner than he totally understood the politics yet quick got here to grasp the aim of the paramilitary antics – freedom and peace in Northern eire – and this trust fuelled his ardour for the crusade, making him unstoppably ruthless in his quest. The specialists carry him chargeable for forty-one murders and he grew to become referred to as the main feared and notorious terrorist of all of them. Now he breaks his silence to inform his actual spine-chilling tale. In 1995 Johnny was once sentenced to sixteen years for 'Directing Terrorism' yet in 1999 he used to be the 293rd prisoner to be published from the Maze Prison...

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