Download E-books King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel PDF

By Jonathan Kirsch

David, King of the Jews, possessed each flaw and failing a mortal is in a position to, but women and men cherished him and God showered him with many extra benefits than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual urge for food and prowess have been matched purely by way of his violence, either at the battlefield and within the bed room. A charismatic chief, exalted as "a guy after God's personal heart," he was once additionally able to deep crafty, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: the true lifetime of the guy Who governed Israel, bestselling writer Jonathan Kirsch unearths this commanding person in all his glory and fallibility.

In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new intensity and mental complexity to the everyday occasions of David's life--his slaying of the large Goliath and his quick problem to the susceptible rule of Saul, the 1st Jewish king; his tragic courting with Saul's son Jonathan, David's loved pal (and in all likelihood lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, the place his dynasty could carry sway for generations. but for all his greatness, David used to be additionally a guy in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his appealing mistress Bathsheba via secretly arranging the loss of life of her blameless husband; a cruel warrior who triumphed via cruelty; a bothered father who didn't safeguard his daughter from rape and whose loved son Absalom rose opposed to him in armed insurrection.

Weaving jointly biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and statement, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to existence in those pages with striking freshness, intimacy, and vividness of aspect. on the middle of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the caricature giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday university tales or the stainless ruler of legend and paintings yet a magnetic, disturbingly general man--a guy as brilliant and compelling this present day as he has been for millennia.

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Download E-books Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan and Maori Exiles PDF

By Kristyn Harman

Revealing the forgotten tales of Aboriginal convicts, this booklet describes how they lived, worked, have been punished, and died. Profiling numerous of the one hundred thirty Aboriginal convicts who have been transported to and in the Australian penal colonies, this assortment gains the trips of Aboriginal warriors Bulldog and Musquito, Maori warrior Hohepa Te Umuroa, and Khoisan soldier Booy Piet.

Bulldog and Musquito, Aboriginal warriors from the Hawkesbury, have been captured and despatched to Norfolk Island following frontier skirmishes in New South Wales. finally, Bulldog turns out to have made it domestic. Musquito used to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land, the place he laboured as a convict servant. He by no means lower back. Hohepa Te Umuroa used to be arrested close to Wellington in 1846, with a bunch of Maori warriors. 5 of the lads have been transported to Van Diemen’s Land the place Te Umuroa died in custody. greater than a hundred and forty years later, his continues to be have been carried domestic to New Zealand. Booy Piet, a twenty-six year-old Khoisan soldier from the Cape Colony, used to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land for desertion in 1842. After 3 years of convict labour, he died in Hobart basic health center. those males are between one hundred thirty aboriginal convicts who have been transported to and in the Australian penal colonies. They lived, laboured, have been punished, and died along different convicts, yet till this groundbreaking e-book, their tales had mostly been forgotten.

"An enticing, deeply researched, and richly-detailed research of a protracted forgotten point of Australia's colonial past." —Henry Reynolds, writer, destiny of a unfastened humans

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Download E-books Holy Toledo: Lessons From Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic PDF

By Ken Korach

Bill King, longtime voice of the Oakland A’s, Golden kingdom Warriors and Oakland (and la) Raiders, used to be a cherished determine in California for many years, celebrated for his ardour and precision in calling a online game and for his colourful lifestyles clear of activities, an completely unique determine who lives on this present day within the hearts and stories of numerous fanatics. invoice used to be additionally some of the most influential broadcasters of all time, an thought to legions of his fellow broadcasters who regarded as much as him. In Holy Toledo, Ken Korach, longtime voice of the A’s and Bill’s associate for ten seasons till King’s loss of life in 2005, brings invoice to lifestyles at the web page. A half-century in the past, Ken Korach was once a child in la, spinning the evening dial to track in Warriors basketball video games from far flung San Francisco for one cause: He simply needed to pay attention invoice. Now he tells the amazing tale of King the mythical baseball, basketball and soccer broadcaster, the coed of Russian literature, the passionate sailor, the fan of consuming something and every little thing from gourmand to onions and peanut butter, the awesome painter. Korach attracts on a life of hearing and studying from King – in addition to vast learn, together with greater than fifty interviews with King’s relatives, colleagues, associates and co-workers – to create this wealthy portrait. Holy Toledo includes a relocating foreword via corridor of status broadcaster Jon Miller, formerly of ESPN, and an excellent hide through Mark Ulriksen, across the world well-known for his New Yorker journal covers, that captures King’s aptitude and personality.

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Download E-books God and Sea Power: The Influence of Religion on Alfred Thayer Maha PDF

By Suzanne Geissler

Gallons of ink were used reading Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan's innovations, his naval theories, and his contribution to sea energy.
One very important point of his lifestyles, besides the fact that, has been missed or misunderstood by way of many students: his spiritual faith.
Mahan was once a professing Christian who took his religion with the maximum seriousness, and for this reason, his worldview used to be inherently Christian. He wrote and spoke greatly on non secular concerns, some degree usually missed by way of many historians.
This is a basic mistake, for a deeper and extra exact figuring out of Mahan as somebody and as a naval theorist might be won by means of a significant exam of his spiritual beliefs.

"God and Sea Power" is the 1st paintings to envision in a close and contextual method how Mahan's religion encouraged his perspectives on conflict, politics, and international family.

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Download E-books Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend PDF

By Michael Dregni

Django Reinhardt used to be arguably the best guitarist who ever lived, an immense impact on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and so forth. but there is not any significant biography of Reinhardt.
Now, in Django, Michael Dregni bargains a definitive portrait of this nice guitarist. good-looking, charismatic, childlike, and unpredictable, Reinhardt used to be a personality out of a picaresque novel. Born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium, he was once nearly killed in a freak fireplace that burned half his physique and left his left hand twisted right into a claw. yet with this maimed left hand flying over the frets and his correct hand plucking at dizzying velocity, Django turned Europe's most renowned jazz musician, commanding exorbitant fees--and spending the cash as quickly as he made it. Dregni not just chronicles this remarkably colourful life--including a desirable account of gypsy culture--but he additionally sheds a lot gentle on Django's musicianship. He examines his lengthy musical partnership with violinist Stéphane Grappelli--the one clever and soft, the opposite sharper and extra dissonant--and he lines the evolution in their novel string jazz ensemble, Quintette du scorching membership de France. certainly, the writer spotlights Django's extraordinary musical variety, describing his swing-styled Nouveau Quintette, his substantial band Django's song, and his later bebop ensemble, in addition to his many compositions, together with symphonic items stimulated by means of Ravel and Debussy and his unfinished organ mass encouraged through Bach. And alongside the way in which, the writer bargains shiny snapshots of the jazz scene in Paris--colorful pictures of Josephine Baker, Bricktop, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and numerous others--and of Django's vagabond wanderings round France, Europe, and the U.S., the place he toured with Duke Ellington.
taking pictures the intense existence and occasions of 1 of the good musicians of the 20th century, Django is a must-read portrait of a real unique.

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Download E-books For Team and Country: Sport on the Frontlines of the Great War PDF

By Tim Tate

Think Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, and Mo Farah replacing the glamour in their careers for the brutality of war—and quietly giving their lives for his or her kingdom. this day the inside track will be ruled via the sacrifice of Britain’s most renowned carrying icons. A century in the past the brightest carrying stars in their new release did simply that: millions of activities stars rallied to their country’s colours: many by no means back from the mechanised carnage of worldwide struggle I. The names of Walter Tull, Edgar Mobbs, and Percy Jeeves are surprising today—lost within the bad lists of the lifeless of global warfare I. yet they belong one of the pantheon of actual British wearing heroes. All were—quite literally—at the pinnacle in their video game; all made the final word sacrifice in "the maximum video game of all"—war. For staff and Country unearths how activity itself used to be Britain’s first and most crucial recruiting sergeant within the struggle opposed to Germany, and tells the extraordinary and encouraging tales of the sportsmen whose prowess at the box was once matched purely through their bravery within the King’s uniform.

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Download E-books Mary Shelley PDF

By Miranda Seymour

Gracefully sweeping in the course of the dramatic lifetime of the girl in the back of history's such a lot mythical monster, Miranda Seymour unbuttons an international of magnificent literary figures in Mary Shelley and re-creates the resourceful time during which Frankenstein was once born. The itinerant lifetime of Mary Shelley all started whilst she escaped the continent at age 16 together with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her attractiveness in ruins. With Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont in tow, they traveled from England to Switzerland to stifling Italy in the summertime. In 1816 they rented a villa close to Lord Byron's on Lake Geneva the place, in a well-known evening of eerie thunderstorms, they advised ghost tales and stories of horror. From that evening emerged the belief of Frankenstein, a monster who has haunted imaginations for almost 200 years. His author used to be an eighteen-year-old woman. yet tragedy shadowed her; she got here to lose 3 of her 4 young children in infancy and while she used to be twenty-four, Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy. After his dying she moved again to England together with her basically ultimate baby, Percy. notwithstanding Frankenstein later turned a hit, the area she back to used to be bleak and impoverished, and he or she was once diminished to hack writing to make ends meet. The Mary we meet the following, brilliantly delivered to existence by means of Seymour from formerly unexplored resources, is defective, courageous, beneficiant, and impetuous. As Jackie Wullschlager of The monetary occasions (London) stated, "Mary Shelley is the main remarkable biography of a feminine author to have come my manner for a decade."

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Download E-books Bossypants PDF

By Tina Fey

Before Liz Lemon, sooner than "Weekend Update," prior to "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey used to be only a younger lady with a dream: a habitual rigidity dream that she was once being chased via a neighborhood airport through her middle-school gymnasium instructor. She additionally had a dream that at some point she will be a comic on TV.

She has noticeable either those goals come true.

At final, Tina Fey's tale should be advised. From her younger days as a vicious nerd to her travel of accountability on Saturday evening Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of actual good looks to her existence as a mom consuming issues off the ground; from her one-sided collage romance to her approximately deadly honeymoon -- from the start of this paragraph to this ultimate sentence.

Tina Fey unearths all, and proves what we've got all suspected: you are nobody until eventually anyone calls you bossy.

(Includes exact, Never-Before-Solicited reviews on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral technique, and Italian Rum Cake!)

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Download E-books Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life PDF

“A wonderful mathematical biography.”—John Allen Paulos, New York occasions booklet Review

simply after we concept we knew every thing approximately Lewis Carroll, the following comes this “insightful . . . scholarly . . . severe” (John Butcher, American Scientist) biography that may entice Alice fanatics all over. enthusiastic about the interior lifetime of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Robin Wilson, a Carroll pupil and a famous arithmetic professor, has produced this revelatory book—filled with a couple of hundred remarkable and infrequently playful illustrations—that examines the numerous inspirations and assets for Carroll’s fantastical writings, mathematical and differently. As Wilson demonstrates, Carroll made major contributions to topics as diversified as vote casting styles and the layout of tennis tournaments, within the procedure developing huge numbers of imaginitive leisure puzzles in line with mathematical rules. 60 b/w illustrations

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Download E-books Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention PDF

By Charles M. Joseph

Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine, one of the so much influential artists of the 20 th century, jointly created the tune and stream for plenty of ballet masterpieces. it is a learn of 1 of the best inventive collaborations in background. Drawing on huge learn, Charles Joseph discusses the Stravinsky-Balanchine ballets opposed to a wealthy contextual backdrop. He explores the heritage and psychology of the 2 males, the dynamics in their interactions, their own similarities and ameliorations, and the political and historic situations that conditioned their paintings. He describes the dancers, designers and sponsors with whom they labored. He explains the 2 men's method of the inventive approach and the genesis of every of the collaborative ballets, demolishing a lot obtained knowledge at the topic. He additionally analyzes chosen sections of tune and dance, offering examples of Stravinsky's operating sketches and different illustrative fabrics.

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