By David Nasaw
Profiles 100 of the main influential writers all through heritage, together with Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, George Eliot, and J.K. Rowling.
By Plutarch, Robin Waterfield
'I deal with the narrative of the Lives as a type of mirror...The adventure is like not anything rather a lot as spending time of their corporation and residing with them: I obtain and welcome each one of them in flip as my guest.'
In the 8 lives of this assortment Plutarch introduces the reader to the key figures and classes of classical Rome. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be refrained from, yet his objective can be implicitly to teach and warn these in his personal day who wielded strength. In prose that's wealthy, dependent and sprinkled with realized references, he explores with a unprecedented measure of perception the interaction of personality and political motion. whereas drawing mainly on historic resources, he brings to biography a ordinary story-teller's ear for a superb anecdote. in the course of the a long time Plutarch's Lives were valued for his or her historic worth and their allure. This new translation will introduce new generations to his urbane erudition. the main accomplished choice on hand, it truly is observed via a lucid advent, explanatory notes, bibliographies, maps and indexes.
About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different precious positive factors, together with specialist introductions through top specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra examine, and masses more.
In a nutshell, Brenner's lifestyles tale encompasses the new release that made "the nice jump" from Imperial Russia's light of payment to the metropolitan facilities of modernity, and from conventional Jewish ideals and lifestyle to secularism and existentialism. In his writing he experimented with language and shape, yet continually trying to painting existence realistically. A hugely acerbic critic of Jewish society, Brenner used to be relentless in portraying the vices of either Jewish public lifestyles and person Jews. such a lot of his contemporaries not just authorized his critique, yet sought after him for his forthrightness and took it as proof of his honesty and veracity.
Renowned writer and historian Anita Shapira's new biography illuminates Brenner's existence and occasions, and his relationships with top cultural leaders resembling Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel's nationwide Poet, and so on. Undermining the authorized myths approximately his lifestyles and his demise, his melancholy, his family with writers, girls, and men—including the query of his homoeroticism—this new biography examines Brenner's existence in all its complexity and contradiction.
BESTSELLING writer and tv megastar ROSEANNE BARR IS BACK—WITH A VENGEANCE—AND the result's ROSEANNEARCHY.
Roseanne Barr is a strength of nature. no matter if taking the sitcom global by way of typhoon, tough permitted social norms, or combating the wild pigs inhabiting her nut farm in Hawaii, she isn't really to be trifled with. during this go back to the broadcast web page, Roseanne unleashes her razor-sharp observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and self-perpetuating associations of questionable value—as good as menopause, prescription drugs, and her grandkids. And she’s as arguable, unique, and humorous as ever.
Raised half-Jewish, half-Mormon, and 100% misfit, Roseanne made a care for devil early on because the expense she paid for stardom. yet now she’s seeking to refinance the personal loan of her soul—this booklet represents her ultimate exorcism of reputation.
Displaying her brilliance and sharp wit, Roseanne discusses the humor of way of life with musings on extra critical subject matters, reminiscent of category war, feminism, the cult of superstar, and Kabbalah. daring, brash, and insightful, Roseannearchy exhibits that she will nonetheless skewer any topic less than the solar and why the hot York instances describes her charm as “the energy of a complete planet, pulling every thing round it inexorably into its orbit.”
By George Sayer
As I walked clear of New constructions, i discovered the guy that Lewis had known as "Tollers" sitting on one of many stone steps in entrance of the arcade.
"How did you get on?" he asked.
"I imagine very well. i believe he'll be a finest train to have."
"Interesting? convinced, he is definitely that," acknowledged the fellow, who I later discovered was once J. R. R. Tolkien. "You'll by no means unravel him."
Over the subsequent twenty-nine years, writer George Sayer's first impact approximately C. S. Lewis proved real. He was once attention-grabbing; yet he used to be greater than simply that. He was once a religious Christian, proficient literary student, best-selling writer, and terrific apologist. Sayer attracts from various assets, together with his shut friendship with Lewis and the million-word diary of Lewis's brother, to color a portrait of the fellow whose acquaintances knew him as Jack.
Offering glimpses into Lewis's remarkable relationships and reports, Jack information the nice scholar's lifestyles on the Kilns; days at Magdalen collage; conferences with the Inklings; marriage to pleasure Davidman Gresham; and the artistic procedure that produced such world-famous works because the vintage Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters.
This e-book is an intimate account of the fellow who helped—and via his works, keeps to help—generations pay attention and comprehend the guts of Christianity.
By Roald Z. Sagdeev
The seriously acclaimed memoir that rips the curtain of secrecy off the realm of Soviet science
"Revelations and insights concerning the Soviet house software . . . it's reliable that one of these clever guy will reside between us for a while." --The ny Times
"A infrequent, invaluable, insider's examine the Soviet army commercial machine."--Publishers Weekly
"I came across it attention-grabbing . . . vital not just to scientists, but additionally in the event you style executive politics generally."--Herman Feshbach Institute Professor Emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A genuine contribution to the literature of the distance age."--Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a robust but captivating account of the Soviet Union's clinical, area, and army company, characterised through Sagdeev's frank and insightful type combined with pleasant humor and humanity."--Charles H. Townes Nobel Laureate in Physics collage of California, Berkeley
"For all who're drawn to the interplay of technology and society, and within the nature of the Soviet Union as noticeable via a willing observer who used to be whilst an 'insider' and a devoted humanist, this ebook is very recommended." --Physics Today
From Publishers Weekly
Sagdeev, a physicist who directed the previous Soviet Union's house learn Institute from 1973 to 1990, performed an important function in restraining a Soviet counteroffensive to the U.S. "Star Wars" software, thereby supporting to stop an acceleration of the nuclear hands race in area. This modest, anecdotal memoir presents an extraordinary, precious insider's examine the Soviet military-industrial computing device. engaged on the U.S.S.R.'s abortive controlled-fusion application within the Fifties, Sagdeev witnessed Stalin's harmful interference with the medical group. delivering close-ups of Brezhnev, Gorbachev and physicist/dissident Andrei Sakharov, his narrative indicates how house tasks of genuine clinical worth have been hobbled whereas most sensible precedence used to be given to expensive, prestige-oriented feats intended to rival these of NASA. Sagdeev is now a physics professor on the collage of Maryland; his spouse, Susan Eisenhower, the book's editor, is Ike's granddaughter, including a twist to this chilly conflict account.
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From Library Journal
World-class scientist Sagdeev, at the moment amazing professor of physics and director of the East-West middle for house technology on the collage of Maryland, has written an autobiography of his specialist occupation. (The paintings has been edited through his spouse, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.) whereas the reader learns little of his own lifestyles, this account deals nice perception into the politics of Soviet technology and the impression of the chilly warfare in shaping medical research-East and West. As director of the gap study Institute for the Soviet Union, Sagdeev practiced perestroika prior to the time period got here into utilization; he ultimately served as summit adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev and his technology adviser. With its transparent and easy-to-read variety, absence of technical jargon, and wit and charm-even the footnotes are enjoyable-this publication is extremely recommended.
By Ron Chernow
John D. Rockefeller, Sr.--history's first billionaire and the patriarch of America's most renowned dynasty--is an icon whose real nature has eluded 3 generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the nationwide booklet Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking households, supplies us a historical past of the wealthy person "etched with unusual objectivity and literary grace . . . as exact, balanced, and psychologically insightful a portrait of the rich person as we could ever have" (Kirkus Reviews). Titan is the 1st full-length biography in line with unrestricted entry to Rockefeller's really wealthy trove of papers. A landmark e-book choked with startling revelations, the publication will indelibly modify our picture of this so much enigmatic capitalist.
Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mom, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to turn into the world's richest guy via growing America's strongest and feared monopoly, regular Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by way of legions of muckrakers, the belief sophisticated and advertised approximately ninety percentage of the oil produced in America.
Rockefeller was once most probably the main arguable businessman in our nation's heritage. Critics charged that his empire used to be outfitted on unscrupulous strategies: grand-scale collusion with the railroads, predatory pricing, business espionage, and wholesale bribery of political officers. The titan spent greater than thirty years dodging investigations until eventually Teddy Roosevelt and his trustbusters launched into a marathon campaign to convey average Oil to bay.
While supplying considerable new facts of Rockefeller's misdeeds, Chernow discards the stereotype of the cold-blooded monster to comic strip an unforgettably human portrait of a unusual, eccentric unique. A religious Baptist and temperance suggest, Rockefeller gave cash extra generously--his selected philanthropies incorporated the Rockefeller beginning, the collage of Chicago, and what's this present day Rockefeller University--than an individual sooner than him. Titan offers a finely nuanced portrait of a desirable, complicated guy, synthesizing his private and non-private lives and disclosing various kin scandals, tragedies, and misfortunes that experience by no means ahead of come to light.
John D. Rockefeller's tale captures a pivotal second in American background, documenting the dramatic post-Civil battle shift from small company to the increase of big organisations that irrevocably remodeled the kingdom. With cameos by way of Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, Jay Gould, William Vanderbilt, Ida Tarbell, Andrew Carnegie, Carl Jung, J. Pierpont Morgan, William James, Henry Clay Frick, Mark Twain, and may Rogers, Titan turns Rockefeller's existence right into a brilliant tapestry of yank society within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. it truly is Ron Chernow's sign triumph that he narrates this enormous saga with all of the sweep, drama, and perception that this great topic deserves.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Marcus Brigstocke
'There's most likely no God ... yet I want there has been. I've obtained a few issues
I have to ask him.'
Based on Marcus Brigstocke's award-winning Edinburgh and West finish exhibit, God Collar specializes in the 'God-shaped hole' that opens up in Marcus's existence following the dying of his ally. Exploring his personal concerns surrounding religion - his loss of it, his desire for it, a few people's waste of it and what stable reasons it may serve if he may possibly pay money for it - he rails opposed to the holy trinity of Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) whereas atheists, agnostics and believers of all faiths get it within the neck too. God Collar is a scathing examine sleek religion that would depart you giggling out loud and reading your individual ideals in equivalent measure.
'As good fortune might have it, my dating with God is as dysfunctional and peppered with resentment and recrimination as ever, so this could make for sturdy writing.'
By Fred Stoller
Fred Stoller has performed the irritating schnook in precisely approximately each sitcom you’ve obvious on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My identify Is Earl—and was once even a employees author for Seinfeld, yet he’s by no means came across a high-quality gig. in terms of Hollywood, it’s a case of regularly the bridesmaid and not the bride, other than in his case he’s consistently the snarky waiter, the mopey cousin, or guy #2.
This hilarious and bittersweet rags to rags tale of the hardest-working man in showbiz follows Fred, who all started his profession as a stand-up comedian, from set to set as he attempts to discover an enduring domestic for his oddball personality. With candor, Fred stocks tales of his nice adventures pounding the Hollywood pavement, together with a humiliating come upon with Billy Crystal, a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin, and lots of awkward run-ins at craft carrier tables. And he constantly stocks his ups and downs along with his skeptical, but loving, mom ready through the telephone in Brooklyn.
Everyone can relate to looking for a dream task or looking ahead to the subsequent tremendous holiday, and should root for Fred as he weaves his manner throughout the cutthroat international of Tinseltown.