Download E-books Many Faces, One Voice: Secrets from The Anonymous People PDF

Many Faces, One Voice is a must-read spouse ebook to the award-winning movie The nameless People. The ebook stocks the intimate and encouraging tales of individuals in restoration from habit who've uncovered their secrets and techniques to mild and are scuffling with to erase stigma and discrimination. In particular interviews, celebrities, politicians, restoration leaders and advocates inform their own tales in brutally sincere and breathtaking element, as they confront the ambiguity of anonymity and demonstrate the wish and gear of recovery.

"Greg Williams’ strong documentary, The nameless humans, helped switch the public’s view of the area of individuals in restoration and people who love them, starting the doorways to a brand new figuring out of the usually-hidden means of saving your self from habit. the recent publication Many Faces One Voice takes the messages of that movie to the subsequent point, with much more strong testimony and perception from a major staff of courageous, open souls. A relocating, tough and revealing portrait of the area of restoration today—and tomorrow.”
--Patrick Kennedy, Former Congressman, fundamental sponsor of the psychological future health Parity and Addictions fairness Act, Founder, The Kennedy Forum

Many Faces, One Voice is a set of insights for people, households and everybody plagued by America’s number 1 ailment, and opens secrets and techniques to therapeutic ourselves and our society.

Bud Mikhitarian is an award-winning filmmaker and a manufacturer of The nameless People film.

Greg Williams is the director of The nameless People.

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Download E-books Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar PDF

By Brook Larmer

The riveting tale at the back of NBA massive Yao Ming, the ruthless chinese language activities computer that created him, and the East-West fight over China’s most famed son.

The NBA’s 7‘6" All-Star Yao Ming has replaced the face of basketball, revitalizing a league determined for a brand new hero whereas turning into a multimillionaire pitchman for Reebok and McDonald’s. yet his trip to America—like that of his forgotten foil, 7‘1" Wang Zhizhi—began lengthy sooner than he set foot at the world’s brightest athletic level.

Operation Yao Ming opens with the tale of the 2 boys’ mom and dad, basketball gamers introduced jointly by way of chinese language officers reason on making a iteration of athletes who might deliver glory to their resurgent motherland. Their young ones may haven't any extra freedom to settle on their fates. through age 13, Yao was once pulled out of activities college to affix the Shanghai Sharks seasoned crew, following within the footsteps of Wang, then the famous person of the People’s Liberation military staff. Rumors of the pair of chinese language giants quickly attracted the NBA and American activities businesses, all desirous to faucet a marketplace of 1.3 billion shoppers.

In suspenseful scenes, journalist Brook Larmer information the backroom maneuverings that introduced China’s first gamers to the NBA. Drawing on years of firsthand reporting, Larmer uncovers the stressful fact in the back of China’s force to supply Olympic champions, whereas additionally taking readers backstage of America’s multibillion-dollar activities empire. stuck within the heart are younger men—one becomes a mega-rich celebrity and hero to hundreds of thousands, the opposite a suffering athlete rejected by way of his native land but misplaced in America.

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Download E-books Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov PDF

By Jay Bergman

The Soviet physicist, dissident, and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov (1921–1989) was once provided the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. the 1st Russian to were so well-known, Sakharov in his Nobel lecture held that humanity had a "sacred activity" to create a lifestyles useful of its strength, that "we needs to make strong the calls for of reason," via confronting the hazards threatening the area, either then and now: nuclear annihilation, famine, toxins, and the denial of human rights.

Meeting the calls for of Reason offers a entire account of Sakharov's existence and highbrow improvement, concentrating on his political inspiration and the impression his principles had on Soviet society. Jay Bergman locations Sakharov's dissidence squarely in the moral legacy of the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia, inculcated through his father and different family from an early age.

In 1948, three hundred and sixty five days after receiving his doctoral candidate's measure in physics, Sakharov started paintings at the Soviet hydrogen bomb and later acquired either the Stalin and the Lenin prizes for his efforts. even though as a nuclear physicist he had firsthand adventure of honors and privileges inaccessible to dull electorate, Sakharov turned severe of yes rules of the Soviet executive within the past due Fifties. He by no means renounced his paintings on nuclear weaponry, yet finally grew interested in the environmental results of trying out and feared unrestrained nuclear proliferation.

Bergman exhibits that those matters led Sakharov to determine the relationship among his paintings in technological know-how and his tasks to the political lifetime of his kingdom. within the past due Sixties, Sakharov started to condemn the Soviet process as an entire within the identify of common human rights. by means of the Nineteen Seventies, he had turn into, with Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the main well-known Soviet dissident within the West, which afforded him a degree of security from the specialists. In 1980, even if, he used to be exiled to the closed urban of Gorky for protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In 1986, the hot Gorbachev regime allowed him to come to Moscow, the place he performed a significant position as either supporter and critic within the years of perestroika.

Two years after Sakharov's loss of life, the Soviet Union collapsed, and within the brave instance of his unyielding dedication to human rights, skillfully mentioned via Bergman, Sakharov is still an everlasting idea for all those that may inform fact to power.

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Download E-books Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line PDF

By Theresa Runstedtler

In his day, Jack Johnson—born in Texas, the son of former slaves—was the main recognized black guy on this planet. because the first African American global Heavyweight Champion (1908–1915), he publicly challenged white supremacy at domestic and in another country, having fun with a similar audacious way of life of conspicuous intake, masculine bravado, and interracial love at any place he traveled. Jack Johnson, insurgent Sojourner presents the 1st in-depth exploration of Johnson’s battles opposed to the colour line in areas as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape city, Paris, Havana, and Mexico urban. In referring to this dramatic tale, Theresa Runstedtler constructs a world heritage of race, gender, and empire within the early 20th century.

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Download E-books Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light PDF

Alfred Hitchcock: A lifestyles in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the grasp of Suspense and the main well known movie director of all time.

In a profession that spanned six many years and produced greater than 60 movies – together with The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new criteria for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his existence and amazing paintings, hard perceptions of Hitchcock because the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and divulges as an alternative the inventive craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends – akin to Cary provide, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and beauty Kelly – in addition to his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations within the mystery style, the booklet is filled with an analogous darkish humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations which are synonymous with some of the most recognized and misunderstood figures in cinema.

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Download E-books Raffles and the British Invasion of Java PDF

By Tim Hannigan

In 1811, a military of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore throughout the muddy shallows off Batavia (now Jakarta) to overcome the Dutch colony of Java. they might stay there for 5 turbulent years. Drawing on either British and Javanese archival resources, this narrative history-cum-biography explores the bloody battles and livid controversies that marked British rule in Java, and divulges the longer term founding father of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles in a surprising new light.

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Download E-books The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier PDF

By Jakob Walter

Eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter served within the Grand military of Napoleon among 1806 and 1813. His diary in detail documents his trials: the lengthy, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland, the disastrous Russian crusade, and the demoralizing defeat in a battle few supported or understood. it's straight away a compelling chronicle of a tender soldier's lack of innocence and an eloquent and relocating portrait of the profound results of all wars at the males who struggle them.

Also incorporated are letters domestic from the Russian entrance, formerly unpublished in English, in addition to interval engravings and maps from the Russian/Soviet and East ecu collections of the hot York Public Library.

"Vivid and grotesque … but in addition a narrative of human fortitude. … It reminds us that the troops Napoleon drove so mercilessly have been really extra sufferers than victors—a part of Napoleon that are supposed to now not be forgotten."
Chicago Tribune

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Download E-books Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion PDF

By Anne Somerset

She ascended the thrones of britain, Scotland and eire in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s final Stuart monarch, and 5 years later united of her nation-states, England and Scotland, as a sovereign country, developing the dominion of serious Britain. She had a heritage of non-public misfortune, overcoming ailing future health (she suffered from crippling arthritis; by the point she turned Queen she was once a digital invalid) and residing via seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths, and untimely births in seventeen years. by means of the top of her relatively brief twelve-year reign, Britain had emerged as an excellent energy; the succession of exceptional victories received by way of her normal, John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the principles for Britain’s destiny naval and colonial supremacy.

whereas the Queen’s army used to be acting extraordinary exploits at the continent, her personal attention—indeed her realm—rested on a extra intimate clash: the feminine friendship on which her happiness had for many years depended and which grew to become for her a resource of utter torment.

on the middle of Anne Somerset’s riveting new biography, released to nice acclaim in England (“Definitive”—London night Standard; “Wonderfully pacy and absorbing”—Daily Mail), is a portrait of this deeply emotional, advanced bond among very diversified ladies: Queen Anne—reserved, stolid, smart; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, spouse of the Queen’s nice general—beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was once both matched by means of her fearsome temper.
           
opposed to a fraught background—the revolution that deposed Anne’s father, James II, and taken her to strength . . . non secular transformations (she used to be born Protestant—her mom and dad’ conversion to Catholicism had grave implications—and she grew up so suspicious of the Roman church that she thought of its doctrines “wicked and dangerous”) . . . violently partisan politics (Whigs as opposed to Tories) . . . a battle with France that lasted for nearly her complete reign . . . the consistent possibility of overseas invasion and civil war—the  much-admired historian, writer of Elizabeth I (“Exhilarating”—The Spectator; “Ample, trendy, eloquent”—The Washington publish publication World), tells the intense tale of ways Sarah goaded and provoked the Queen past persistence, and, after the withdrawal of Anne’s want, how her substitute, Sarah’s cousin, the tom cat Abigail Masham, grew to become the ever present royal confidante and, so Sarah whispered to transforming into scandal, the article of the Queen's sexual infatuation.

To write this remarkably wealthy and passionate biography, Somerset, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for ancient Biography, has made use of royal documents, parliamentary documents, own correspondence and formerly unpublished fabric.

Queen Anne is historical past on a wide scale—a revelation of a centuries-overlooked monarch.

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Download E-books Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley PDF

By Charlotte Gordon

NATIONAL e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months through THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking twin biography brings to existence a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she by no means knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each one been the topic of various biographies, but nobody has ever tested their lives in a single book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing writer who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the Romantic visionary who gave the area Frankenstein—two brave ladies who must have shared their lives, yet in its place shared a robust literary and feminist legacy.
 
In 1797, below weeks after giving beginning to her moment daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft died, and a striking lifestyles spent pushing opposed to the limits of society’s expectancies for girls got here to an finish. yet one other was once simply starting. Wollstonecraft’s daughter Mary used to be to stick to a equally audacious direction. either ladies had passionate relationships with a number of males, bore childrens out of wedlock, and selected to reside in exile outdoor their local state. every one in her personal time fought opposed to the injustices ladies confronted and wrote books that modified literary history.
 
the personal lives of either Marys have been not anything below the stuff of serious Romantic drama, delivering impressive fabric for Charlotte Gordon, an comprehensive historian and a proficient storyteller. Taking readers on a brilliant trip throughout innovative France and Victorian England, she seamlessly interweaves the lives of her protagonists in alternating chapters, making a publication that reads like a richly textured historic novel. Gordon additionally paints unforgettable pics of the boys of their lives, together with the mercurial genius Percy Shelley, the unbridled libertine Lord Byron, and the bright radical William Godwin.
 
“Brave, passionate, and visionary, they broke virtually each rule there has been to break,” Gordon writes of Wollstonecraft and Shelley. a really revelatory biography, Romantic Outlaws finds the defiant, inventive lives of this bold mother-daughter pair who refused to be restrained by way of the inflexible conventions in their era.

Praise for Romantic Outlaws
 
“[An] impassioned twin biography . . . Gordon, alternating among the 2 bankruptcy by means of bankruptcy, binds their lives right into a attention-grabbing entire. She exhibits, in shiny element, how mom prompted daughter, and the way the daughter’s struggles reflected the mother’s.”The Boston Globe
 
“Written with the galloping velocity of a talented novel peopled with attention-grabbing characters . . . those girls live to tell the tale in its pages. . . . Thorough and irresistible.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Gordon unfolds the 2 tales in tandem, deftly balancing the gossipy elements of her topics’ lives with their critical highbrow concerns.”The New Yorker
 
“[A] considerate, clever and deeply felt ebook . . . Gordon has written a e-book approximately girls, a mom and her daughter, who replaced not just the best way we predict, however the method we are.”The Sunday Times (London)
 
“A such a lot welcome deeper tackle the ladies who scandalized Victorian England—and whose tales proceed to resonate today.”Vogue
 
“By linking those lives, Ms. Gordon’s biography stretches over a desirable period in historical past, characterised through nice flux in political and cultural considering and regarding many of the major figures in English literary and philosophical history.”—The Wall road Journal

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Download E-books Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster--the Creators of Superman PDF

By Brad Ricca

In time for the seventy fifth anniversary of the fellow of Steel, comes the 1st complete literary biography of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of the DC Comics superhero Superman and the foundation for Michael Chabon's Kavalier and Clay.
Drawing on ten years of analysis within the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up excessive colleges, and mystery, deepest collections, and a love of comedian books, Brad Ricca's Super Boys is the 1st ever complete biography approximately Superman's creators. between rankings of recent discoveries, the publication finds the 1st tales and photographs ever released by way of the 2, the place the 1st Superman tale rather got here from, the true concept for Lois Lane, the template for Superman's dress, and masses, a lot more. great Boys additionally tracks the lads' unknown, frequently mysterious lives when they left Superman, together with Siegel's mystery paintings in the course of global struggle II and never-before-seen paintings from Shuster.

Super Boys explains, ultimately, what precisely occurred with the notorious payment for $130 that pulled Superman clear of his creators--and gave regulate of the nature to the writer. Ricca additionally uncovers the real nature of Jerry's father's dying, a criminal offense that has constantly remained a mystery. Super Boys is the tale of a protracted friendship among boys who grew to become males and the normal that might be very unlikely for either one of them to stay up to.

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