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Titanic Survivor: The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disastersby Violet Jessop
"Jessop has added a fresh, indispensable chapter to the legend of the Titanic that buffs & historians will find invaluable." Publishers Weekly "Many books on the subject are being published, but few can match this survivor's firsthand account in imparting a sense of immediacy." ALA Booklist "Jessop writes with an easy & enviable felicity.... The horror of the foundering Titanic... comes at the reader full force, as does the sinking of the hospital ship Britannic." Kirkus Reviews "I do not welcome ever more books on the Titanic, but the memoirs of a stewardess on board about that ship & the era, about her life & work... make a human story & historical vignette that needs no Titanic hype. But if that makes more people read it, so much the better, for through her own accomplished writing & Maxtone-Graham's perceptive annotations, one grows to love Violet Jessop." Lloyds List
The first definitive biography of the master painter in more than a century, Titian: His Life is being hailed as a "landmark achievement" for critically acclaimed author Sheila Hale (Publishers Weekly). Brilliant in its interpretation of the 16th-century master's paintings, this monumental biography of Titian draws on contemporary accounts and recent art historical research and scholarship, some of it previously unpublished, providing an unparalleled portrait of the artist, as well as a fascinating rendering of Venice as a center of culture, commerce, and power. Sheila Hale's Titian is destined to be this century's authoritative text on the life of greatest painter of the Italian High Renaissance.
In January 2005 Kirk Johnson, then twenty-four, arrived in Baghdad as USAID's only Arabic-speaking American employee. Despite his opposition to the war, Johnson felt called to civic duty and wanted to help rebuild Iraq. Appointed as USAID's first reconstruction coordinator in Fallujah, he traversed the city's IED-strewn streets, working alongside idealistic Iraqi translators--young men and women sick of Saddam, filled with Hollywood slang, and enchanted by the idea of a peaceful, democratic Iraq. It was not to be. As sectarian violence escalated, Iraqis employed by the US coalition found themselves subject to a campaign of kidnapping, torture, and assassination. On his first brief vacation, Johnson, swept into what doctors later described as a "fugue state," crawled onto the ledge outside his hotel window and plunged off. He would spend the next year in an abyss of depression, surgery, and PTSD--crushed by having failed in Iraq. One day, Johnson received an email from an Iraqi friend, Yaghdan: "People are trying to kill me and I need your help. " After being identified by a militiaman, Yaghdan had emerged from his house to find the severed head of a dog and a death threat. That email launched Johnson's now seven-year mission to get help from the US government for Yaghdan and thousands of abandoned Iraqis like him. The List Project has helped more than 1,500 Iraqis find refuge in America. "To Be a Friend Is Fatal" is Kirk W. Johnson's unforgettable portrait of the human rubble of war and his efforts to redeem a shameful chapter of American history.
This book is a complete, authentic, and authoritative autobiography of Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), a jazz musician, ever published.
An informal autobiography by the author of "Raisin in the Sun", with an introduction by James Baldwin.
To Begin Again provides us with a new portrait of her early years, from her family's migration to California in 1912 to her first marriage in 1929. Some pieces were written as early as 1927, some as recently as 1990. All are suffused with her trademark wit, intelligence, and insight. Fisher speaks here of the people and events which first shaped her finely tuned and lasting appetites.
A philosopher, rabbi, religious historian, and Gnostic, Jacob Taubes was for many years a correspondent and interlocutor of Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), a German jurist, philosopher, political theorist, law professor--and self-professed Nazi. Despite their unlikely association, Taubes and Schmitt shared an abiding interest in the fundamental problems of political theology, believing the great challenges of modern political theory were ancient in pedigree and, in many cases, anticipated the works of Judeo-Christian eschatologists. In this collection of Taubes's writings on Schmitt, which includes decades of letters exchanged between them, the two intellectuals explore ideas of the apocalypse and other central concepts of political theology. Taubes acknowledges Schmitt's reservations about the weakness of liberal democracy yet distances himself from his prescription to rectify it, arguing the apocalyptic worldview requires less of a rigid hierarchical social ordering than a community committed to the importance of decision making. In these writings, a sharper and more nuanced portrait of Schmitt's thought emerges, as well as a more complicated understanding of Taubes, who has shaped the work of Giorgio Agamben, Peter Sloterdijk, and other major twentieth-century theorists.
The critically acclaimed winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Fiction. Until someone tells you, you never know in whose dreams you appear... -from the prologue. Beginning in the late 1890s, Edward Sheriff Curtis embarked on an overwhelming odyssey to document and photograph the fading way of life of the American Indian. In To Catch the Lightning, Alan Cheuse creates a remarkable portrait of the man who would become a legend. Curtis turned his lens on a landscape of unparalleled beauty and tradition, and in so doing, became the architect of the finest lasting visual record of a culture close to extinction. Here is a haunting tale of the struggle between ambition and duty and a testament to the power of the sacrifices we make for the dreams that compel us. "Digs deep into the mystery and sacrifice and selfishness of creative vision." Charles Frazier. "A worthy effort... illuminating unknown corners of a great photographer's life." Kirkus Reviews
Explains the horrendous and evil history that was being made in Cambodia during 70's and 80's. This biography is about an educated Cambodian family who was exiled from Phnom Penh, along with the entire city full of inhabitants by The Khmer Rouge.
Loneliness of a young Swedish nurse's aid trainee named Lena and of an orphan girl named Karen with cerebral palsy is alleviated when they meet and form a close bond. When Karen shares her secret love of Elvis with Lena, they embark on a difficult quest to make contact with him. The story tells of the deep emotional struggles of Lena and Karen--their joys and sorrows, told with sensitivity and compassion.
Reflecting on the horific year hse and her husband, Marten, spent as hostages in the Thelipene jungle and her experiences since returning home Gracia shares how she is rebuilding her life by god's grace alone. you may be one of the many thousands who know the Burnham's story or perhaps you are seeking direction and hope in the midst of your own pain. This book addresses the confusion, fear, anxiety , and loss of control that all peiple in crisis experience. It also illistrates how God longs to pour his grace in to people with broken dreams and fill there life with new meaning and joy.
The following quotes are taken from the back cover of the book: "Wonderful awesome things occur when the sick feel loved through the prayer and compassionate touch of caregivers." According to Barbara A Camden, the President of the Association of Christian Therapists, "This book assists and encourages caregivers to be vehicles of God's tender love and compassion. Simple explanations and real-life examples clarify the power of the Rite of Anointing of the Sick. Priests will find it especially helpful in dispelling the confusion and ignorance surrounding the Rite and in explaining its purpose and worth in any health care setting." The authors of the book, "DENNIS LINN and MATTHEW LINN, S.J. work together as a team (together with Sheila Linn), integrating physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness. They have worked as hospital chaplains and therapists, and have led courses and retreats on healing in over forty countries and in many universities and hospitals. They are the authors of fifteen books which have sold over a million copies in English and have been translated into more than fifteen different languages." Further, the author, "BARBARA SHLEMON RYAN is president of Beloved Ministry and chairs the Department of Pastoral Care for Trinity College of Graduate Studies. She travels nationally and internationally as a retreat director, workshop leader and conference speaker. Barbara is a founding member of the Association of Christian Therapists and a member of the Federation of Christian Ministries. She is the author of five highly successful books."
To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Storyby Mary C. Neal
A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven -- where she experienced God's peace, joy, and angels -- and back to life again. In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back is Mary's remarkable story of her life's spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasn't her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle. Mary's life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven. To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God.
Second book of "To Paris and Prison"
This book is the number 2 of "To Paris and Prison" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The autobiography of Harold Krents, a young blind man who was a well-known lawyer in the early 1970's. Harold was the inspiration for the film and play, Butterflies Are Free.
In this marvelously researched and moving biography closely grounded in Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's work, Gail Hornstein brings back to life the maverick psychiatrist who accomplished what Freud and almost everyone else thought impossible: successfully treating schizophrenics and other seriously disturbed mental patients with intensive psychotherapy, not lobotomy, shock treatment, or drugs. To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World tells the extraordinary life story of the German-Jewish refugee analyst, who was the first wife of Erich Fromm. Written with unprecedented access to a rich archive of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's clinical work at the legendary Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, and using newly discovered family records and documents from across Europe and the United States, this is the definitive biography of a remarkable woman. Best known to millions as the courageous therapist inI Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg's bestselling chronicle of madness and recovery, Fromm-Reichmann (1889-1957) is a fascinating and controversial figure in twentieth-century psychiatry. To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World traces the story of her life and education, from a loving childhood as the eldest of three daughters in an Orthodox Jewish family to medical school at seventeen, as one of the first women admitted to study at a Prussian university. During World War I, Fromm-Reichmann took charge of a military hospital in Königsberg, transforming it into a pioneering center for the treatment of brain injury. By her mid-thirties, she had opened her own psychiatric sanitarium in Heidelberg, where she and her staff put into practice a unique and hopeful integration of psychotherapy and tikkun,the Jewish ethical principle that every person is worth saving. At thirty-six, she had an affair with and then married her patient, Erich Fromm, later the celebrated author of Escape from Freedom, The Art of Loving, and other psychological classics. Her close friends and colleagues in pre-World War II Germany included some of the most visionary intellectuals and therapists of the era: Martin Buber, Karen Horney, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, and Georg Groddeck, among others. Hornstein recounts Fromm-Reichmann's dramatic escape from Nazi Germany, exile in France and Palestine, and her flight to the United States, where she found asylum at a tiny hospital outside Washington, D.C. Over the following decades, Fromm-Reichmann would emerge as the most distinguished figure at Chestnut Lodge, a mental hospital unlike any other -- intellectually radical, yet filled with warm family feeling and deeply respectful of individual difference. Fromm-Reichmann was not only pivotal in creating a beacon of hope at Chestnut Lodge, which stood alone as the place where the sickest patients could go to be cured. She was also a maverick in her field -- the only prominent woman analyst of her day to write about schizophrenia, not femininity or children. And she had little interest in the arcane theoretical disputes that obsessed most of her colleagues; curing patients was her consuming goal. As the pendulum swings back from psychiatry's addiction to drugs as the sole treatment for mental illness, Fromm-Reichmann's breadth of vision makes this biography of a heroic, yet all-too-human, woman a timely and compelling work.
You might think that an autobiography by the senior chairman of McDonald's in Canada and Russia would be a modestly boastful, ho-hum business story of expansion and board-room debates, wrapped in some nice reminiscences about his family. You would be very wrong. Because this is George Cohon's autobiography, and George Cohon ("Call me George, please!") is not an ordinary man...not in his approach to business and not in his approach to telling his life story. It's true that George Cohon is one of the most successful businessmen of his generation and that he's also one of the most colourful. But the man you'll meet in the pages of To Russia With Fries is considerably more complex than that description suggests. Here, you'll encounter a man who not only dreamed the impossible dream of opening a McDonald's restaurant in the heart of the Soviet Union (of all places), but had the patience, the persistence, and above all the good humour to navigate the maze of obstacles set in his course by a scornful communist bureaucracy. You'll meet a man whose heart is bigger than his assets (he's donating all the royalties from this book to charity); a man with a serious sense of fun, who loves (and is frequently on the receiving end of) practical jokes; a man whose life so far has been extraordinary by any standard. You'll discover a man who is a natural and creative entrepreneur and an acknowledged expert on starting a business in Russia. He's been there and done that - long before the crash of the Iron Curtain. From a man who can think and do six things at once (he's been told he has a mind like a butterfly), comes a very lively and hugely entertaining story that has universal appeal.
Through the fields and in the cottages round about is where we view Alice Taylor's childhood in County Cork, Ireland. This gentle, witty memoir is told to the rhythms of nature and farm life as it cycles through the years. Reading it is like taking a vacation and better than any field trip you took to a farm. When the family slaughters a couple of hogs, all of the neighbours help and they all share in the meat. You'll see how it is processed from carcass to plate. You'll discover why Alice loves her quirky neighbours but isn't as fond of nuns. Sweating and happy, farmhands and children alike harvest the hay with the aid of a tumbling paddy, a huge comb like contraption made of wood. They wash off the sweat, hayseeds and insects in an icy refreshing stream. Then there's cold tea and apple cake to fortify them for another round of work. Alice's mother notices the best in everyone and oversees the daily recitation of the rosary. Her father is comforted more by the richness of life in his crops and farm animals. The children play freely outside not missing or needing toys. There are tragedies like the death of Alice's little brother, but most of Alice's memories of a time that is now lost to us, brim with joy humor and love.
Known for his physical courage and skill in battle, "Sitting Bull" was also a shrewd negotiator and compassionate leader in a period when the Sioux were being driven from their lands by the whites. In this meticulous biography, Sitting Bull is seen as a warrior and family man, a fierce enemy and a dramatic showman, set in the context of his times.
Trained as an engineer, E. Braithewaite could not get a job in his field because of anit-black prejudice in England at the time but the need for teachers in the publc schools, especially in the poorer areas of London, enabled him to get the job. He began hating it and feeling totally inadequate but ended loving the job and the school and becoming exactly what the students needed. He only retired after 50 years when he wrote the book.
The first president of the post-Soviet Czech Republic combines impressions of his time in office with contents of memos in a recollection of his rise to power.
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