Charlemagne

By Derek Wilson

An soaking up biography of the nice chief who was once the bridge among historical and smooth Europe — the 1st significant learn in additional than twenty-five years.Charlemagne used to be a unprecedented determine: an creative army strategist, a sensible yet ruthless chief, a crafty baby-kisser, and a religious believer who ensured the survival of Christianity within the West. He additionally believed himself above the principles of the church, siring bastards throughout Europe, and coldly ordering the execution of 4,500 prisoners. Derek Wilson indicates how this advanced, attention-grabbing guy married the army may well of his military to the non secular strength of the Church in Rome, thereby forging Western Christendom. it is a outstanding portrait of Charlemagne and of the elaborate political, spiritual, and cultural international he ruled.

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Elton John: The Bitch Is Back

By Mark Bego

Here is the directly (and not-so-straight) scoop that each Elton John fan has been looking forward to -- from the addictions, toupees, affairs, and scandals to the successful later years. Elton John has bought over 2 hundred million documents and has greater than fifty six most sensible forty singles. He has received 5 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Tony. Rolling Stone ranks him #49 on their record of the a hundred maximum artists of all time. but no booklet released within the U.S. has so effectively captured the fervour and complexity of Elton John's lifestyles, less his track. His stylistic versatility, mixed together with his flamboyant level indicates and noteworthy costumes, make him an not going mixture of John Lennon, Noel Coward, Barry Manilow, and Liberace. In a market that often disposes of its pop icons, Elton John has been a musical strength for many years, bringing his certain skills to venues as diversified as Broadway and Las Vegas. In The whinge Is Back, Mark Bego brings this tune legend to lifestyles.

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Unbreakable: My New Autobiography

By Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne's existence has continually been an severe rollercoaster experience. And regardless of her top efforts, the previous few years were the main dramatic and turbulent of all. In her gripping new autobiography Sharon unearths the reality at the back of the headlines. there were occasions of big pleasure and enjoyment - turning into a grandmother for the 1st time and seeing either Jack and Kelly come via checking out occasions to discover happiness and contentment finally. yet there has additionally been loads of heartache. Sharon describes the surprising and unforeseen conflict to avoid wasting her thirty-year marriage to Ozzy - and the devastating betrayal that lay at the back of their separation. She additionally lived via each mother's worst nightmare whilst Jack was once clinically determined with a number of sclerosis - and writes movingly of her hopes and fears for her liked son. a tricky yet reasonable pass judgement on at the X issue, Sharon is simply as demanding on herself. She is sincere in regards to the blunders she has made - from faulty cosmetic surgery to her battles along with her weight and physique photograph. packed with laughter, tears and hard-won knowledge, Unbreakable is as humorous, frank and fearless as Sharon herself.

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Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: From Grantham to the Falklands

By Charles Moore

With unequaled authority and dramatic element, the 1st quantity of Charles Moore's licensed biography of Margaret Thatcher unearths as by no means sooner than the adolescence, upward thrust to strength, and primary years as major minister of the lady who remodeled Britain and the realm within the past due 20th century.

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Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

By Chris Thrall

Chris Thrall left the Marines to discover fortune in Hong Kong, yet ended up homeless and hooked on crystal meth. He started operating for the 14K, a infamous Hong Kong crime syndicate, as a doorman within the Wan Chai nightclub district. facing psychosis, conspiracy and the 'Foreign Triad' -- a secretive expat clique that works with the chinese language gangs -- he needed to continue to exist within the world's so much unforgiving urban, hooked on the world's most threatening drug ...

"This year's top book." -- Time Out Hong Kong

"Thrall makes use of such verve, enthusiasm and flawless comedian timing that it really is not easy to not be swept along." -- South China Morning Post

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Unreliable Memoirs

By Clive James

A best-selling vintage around the globe, Clive James’s hilarious memoir has lengthy been unavailable within the United States.

ahead of James Frey famously fabricated his memoir, Clive James wrote a refreshingly candid booklet that made no claims to be actual, distinct, or fullyyt fair, purely to entertain. In an workout of literary exorcism, James got down to placed his formative years in Australia in the back of him by means of rendering it as half novel, half memoir. Now, approximately thirty years after it first got here out in England, Unreliable Memoirs is back on hand to American readers and certain to draw a complete new new release that has, via his essays and poetry, come to like James’s inimitable voice.

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Franz Liszt and His World (The Bard Music Festival)

No nineteenth-century composer had extra different ties to his modern global than Franz Liszt (1811-1886). At quite a few issues in his existence he made his domestic in Vienna, Paris, Weimar, Rome, and Budapest. In his roles as keyboard virtuoso, conductor, grasp instructor, and abbé, he reinvented the live performance adventure, complicated a revolutionary time table for symphonic and dramatic tune, rethought the chances of church song and the oratorio, and transmitted the principles of contemporary pianism.

The essays introduced jointly in Franz Liszt and His World develop our figuring out of the composer with clean views and an emphasis on historic contexts. Rainer Kleinertz examines Wagner's enthusiasm for Liszt's symphonic poem Orpheus; Christopher Gibbs discusses Liszt's pathbreaking Viennese concert events of 1838; Dana Gooley assesses Liszt opposed to the backdrop of antivirtuosity polemics; Ryan Minor investigates cantatas written in honor of Beethoven; Anna Celenza deals new insights approximately Liszt's event of Italy; Susan Youens exhibits how Liszt's songs interact with the modernity of Heinrich Heine's poems; James Deaville seems at how publishers sustained Liszt's reputation; and Leon Botstein explores Liszt's position within the transformation of nineteenth-century preoccupations concerning faith, the country, and art.

Franz Liszt and His World additionally contains key biographical and important records from Liszt's lifetime, which open new home windows on how Liszt used to be considered by way of his contemporaries and the way he wanted to be considered by way of posterity. Introductions to and commentaries on those records are supplied via Peter Bloom, José Bowen, James Deaville, Allan Keiler, Rainer Kleinertz, Ralph Locke, Rena Charnin Mueller, and Benjamin Walton.

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Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows

By Isabel Vincent

“Isabel Vincent has written a riveting account of the lifetime of the overseas socialite and billionairess Lily Safra, allegedly the 3rd richest lady within the world.... It’s a great read.” — Dominick Dunne

In this soaking up biography of Brazilian-born philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra—the first ever published—acclaimed investigative journalist Isabel Vincent (Bodies and Souls) delves underneath the intrigue surrounding one of many world’s richest ladies. From her humble beginnings in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown to the tragic loss of life of her fourth husband, mythical billionaire banker Edmond Safra, in an arsonist’s hearth of their Monte Carlo penthouse, Gilded Lily combines all of the components of compelling fiction in a fully enchanting account.

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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

By Jon Krakauer

This variation has been up to date to mirror new advancements and contains new fabric bought during the Freedom of data Act.

Pat Tillman walked clear of a multimillion-dollar NFL agreement to affix the military and have become an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. while he used to be killed in Afghanistan years later, a legend used to be born. however the actual Pat Tillman was once even more impressive, and significantly extra complex than the general public knew...

A wonderful account of a notable younger man's heroic lifestyles and dying, from the bestselling writer of Into the Wild, Into skinny Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven.

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Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic

By Jim Derogatis

Let It Blurt is the raucous and righteous biography of Lester Bangs (1949-82)--the gonzo journalist, gutter poet, and romantic visionary of rock feedback. No author on rock 'n' roll ever lived tougher or wrote better--more passionately, extra compellingly, extra penetratingly. He lived the rock 'n' roll way of life, guzzling booze and Romilar like water, matching its strength in prose that erupted from the pages of Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. Bangs agitated within the seventies for sounds that have been harsher, louder, extra electrical, and extra alive, during which he charted and outlined the aesthetics of heavy steel and punk. He used to be handled as a peer by means of such brash visionaries as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Captain Beefheart, The conflict, Debbie Harry, and different luminaries.

Let It Blurt is a scrupulously researched account of Lester Bangs's interesting (if usually tawdry and unappetizing) existence tale, in addition to a window on rock feedback and rock tradition of their so much turbulent and inventive years. It contains a never-before-published piece by means of Bangs, the hilarious "How to Be a Rock Critic," within which he finds the secrets and techniques of his doubtful, freeloading exchange.

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