The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High by Vicky Ward

By Vicky Ward

They have been the Rat Pack of Wall road. 4 shut buddies: one a embellished warfare hero, one an emotional hippie, and average men with mammoth hearts, immense goals, and noble goals. They have been going to get wealthy on Wall road. They have been going to end up that males like them ? with 0 monetary education - may perhaps greater than equivalent the Ivy-League-educated white shoe bankers who have been the contest. They have been going to create an establishment for males like them -- males who have been hungry and untrained ? and so they have been going to win, yet no longer on the expense in their souls.
In brief, they have been going to be the nice men of finance.

Under their watch, Lehman Brothers began to develop and have become self sustaining back in 1994. yet anything had long past improper at the trip. the lads slowly, possibly necessarily, replaced. As Lehman Brothers grew, so too did the cracks in and one of the males who had rebuilt it.

Ward takes you inside of Lehman's hugely charged workplaces. You'll meet liked leaders who have been erased from the company background books, yet who can have taken the enterprise in a really assorted course had they no longer fallen sufferer to infighting and their very own weaknesses. you are going to come across an not likely and virtually unknown Marcus Brutus, who can have had extra to do with Lehman?s failings than anyone?including Dick Fuld, who has broadly been thought of the poster-child for the error and greed of all bankers.

What Ward uncovers is that Lehman could have misplaced on the dicy video games of collateralized debt duties, swaps, and leverage yet that used to be simply the top of a larger tale. "Little Lehman" was once the Wall highway store recognized to be eternally struggling with for its lifestyles and in some way succeeding. On Wall road it was once cheekily often called "the cat with 9 lives." yet this cat driven its good fortune too some distance -- and died, the sufferer of guys and ladies blinded through vanity. Come contained in the Devil's on line casino and spot how solid males lose their means, and spot how a company that rose with the respect and bravery of Icarus fell burning in flames no longer lots from a sunlight, yet from a fit lit from within.

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Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock by Jesse Jarnow

By Jesse Jarnow

The first biography of Yo l. a. Tengo, the vastly influential band who all yet outlined indie tune.

Yo l. a. Tengo has lit up the indie scene for 3 a long time, a part of an underground revolution that confounded company tune conglomerates, eschewed pop radio, and located a 3rd method. Going backstage of 1 of the main impressive eras in American song background, Big Day Coming traces the sufferer upward push of husband-and-wife workforce Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, who—over 3 decades—helped forge a spandex-and-hairspray-free route to the worldwide degree, promoting thousands of documents alongside the best way and influencing numerous bands.

Using the always important Yo los angeles Tengo as a springboard, Big Day Coming uncovers the heritage of the mythical golf equipment, bands, zines, labels, checklist shops, university radio stations, fanatics, and pivotal figures that equipped the infrastructure of the now-prevalent indie rock global. Journalist and freeform radio DJ Jesse Jarnow attracts on all-access interviews and data for captivating journey via modern track historical past informed via one in every of its such a lot inventive and singular acts.

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Who is Bill Gates? by Ted Hammond, Patricia Brennan Demuth

By Ted Hammond, Patricia Brennan Demuth

Illustrated through Ted Hammond.
Age variety: eight - eleven Years.

Overview

Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, is an American company rich person, investor, philanthropist, and writer. during this Who Was...? biography, youngsters will examine of Gates' early life ardour for machine know-how, which led him to revolutionize own desktops. throughout the good fortune of his now-world-famous software program corporation, Microsoft, invoice Gates grew to become one of many wealthiest philanthropists in history.This attention-grabbing tale of a kid expertise genius is bound to captivate any viewers!

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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

By John Lahr

On 31 March 1945, on the Playhouse Theatre on Forty-Eight highway the curtain rose at the starting evening of The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams, the show's thirty-four-year-old playwright, sat hunched in an aisle seat, having a look, in response to one paper, 'like a farm boy in his Sunday best'. The Broadway most excellent, which were heading for catastrophe, closed to an staggering twenty-four curtain calls and have become an fast sell-out. loved through an American public, Tennessee Williams's work—blood scorching and personal—pioneered, as Arthur Miller declared, 'a revolution' in American theatre.

Tracing Williams's turbulent ethical and mental shifts, acclaimed theatre critic John Lahr sheds new mild at the guy and his paintings, in addition to the the US his performs helped to outline. Williams created characters so huge that they've develop into a part of American folklore: Blanche, Stanley, giant Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura go beyond their tales, haunting us with their fierce, improper lives. equally, Williams himself swung low and high in his single-minded pursuit of greatness. Lahr exhibits how Williams's late-blooming gay uprising, his fight opposed to insanity, his grief-struck relationships along with his flamable father, prim and pious mom and 'mad' sister Rose, sufferer to at least one of the 1st lobotomies in the USA, grew to become vital subject matters in his drama.

Including Williams's poems, tales, journals and personal correspondence in his dialogue of the work—posthumously Williams has been considered as the most effective letter writers of his day—Lahr grants an astoundingly delicate and energetic reassessment of 1 of America's maximum dramatists. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is the long-awaited, definitive lifestyles and a masterpiece of the biographer's artwork.

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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine

By Judith Levine

Many folks have attempted to name a halt to our spending at one time or one other. yet what if we determined to not purchase something for an entire 12 months? evidently, we might want must haves like nutrients and cleaning soap, yet how will be deal with with out new outfits, treats, leisure?

humorous, shrewdpermanent and self-deprecating, no longer paying for it's a shut examine our society's obsession with purchasing and the chilly turkey confession of a lady we will be able to all establish with -- anyone who can't dwell with no French roast espresso andexpensive wool socks, yet who has had adequate of spending cash for the sake of it. with out patron items and studies, Levine and her associate Paul pursue their careers, nurture kin relationships and check out to maintain their sanity and humour intact. monitoring their growth and lapses, she contemplates the meanings of desire and wish, shortage and safeguard, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the large questions -- can the financial system live to tell the tale with out buying? Are Q-tips a need?

A thought-provoking account of the pleasures and perils of the purchase-driven existence, Not purchasing It gets readers conversing approximately their reliance at the act of shopping for and the potential of getting off the merry-go-round.

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Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka

By Paul Trynka

“Fellow rock stars, informal participants of the general public, lords and media magnates, numerous hundreds of thousands of individuals will speak in their encounters with this pushed, gifted, indomitable creature, a guy who has plumbed the depths of depravity, but emerged with an undeniable the Aristocracy. each one of them will percentage an admiration and appreciation of the contradictions and ironies of his brilliant existence. nonetheless, they're not going to completely understand either the heights and the depths of his adventure, for the extremes are easily past the nation-states of so much people’s understanding.”

—from the Prologue

The first complete biography of 1 of rock ’n’ roll’s maximum pioneers and mythical wild men

Born James Newell Osterberg Jr., Iggy Pop transcended lifestyles in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to join the punk band the Stooges, thereby incomes the nickname “the Godfather of Punk.” he's probably the most riveting and reckless performers in track heritage, with a dedication to his paintings that's perilously overall. yet his own existence was once frequently a shambles, as he struggled with drug habit, psychological disorder, and the ever-problematic query of industrial good fortune within the tune global. that he's even alive this day, not to mention acting with undiminished power, is a ask yourself. The musical genres of punk, glam, and New Wave have been all expected and profoundly encouraged via his work.

Paul Trynka, former editor of Mojo journal, has spent a lot time with Iggy’s formative years associates, fanatics, and fellow musicians, gaining a profound knowing of the actual inventive tradition of Ann Arbor, the place Iggy and the Stooges have been shaped within the mid to past due sixties. Trynka has performed over 250 interviews, has traveled to Michigan, long island, California, London, and Berlin, and, during the final decade or so at Mojo, has spoken to dozens of musicians who count number Iggy as a power. This has allowed him to depict, through real-life tales from participants of bands like New Order and the purple sizzling Chili Peppers, Iggy’s large impact at the song scene of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, in addition to to painting in exceptional aspect Iggy’s courting together with his enigmatic pal and mentor David Bowie. Trynka has additionally interviewed Iggy Pop himself at his domestic in Miami for this ebook. What emerges is an interesting mental research of a Jekyll/Hyde character: the quietly charismatic, considerate, well-read Jim Osterberg hitched to the banshee construction and change ego that's Iggy Pop.

Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed is a very definitive work—not with reference to Iggy Pop’s lifestyles and song but in addition in regards to the dying of the hippie dream, the impression of substances on human creativity, the character of comradeship, and the depredations of reputation.

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The Radical King (The King Legacy, Book 11) by Cornel West, Martin Luther King Jr.

By Cornel West, Martin Luther King Jr.

A revealing assortment that restores Dr. King as being each piece as radical as Malcolm X

"The radical King used to be a democratic socialist who sided with terrible and dealing humans within the classification fight occurring in capitalist societies. . . . The reaction of the unconventional King to our catastrophic second might be installed one observe: revolution--a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public existence, and a basic transformation of our frame of mind and residing that promotes a move of energy from oligarchs and plutocrats to daily humans and traditional electorate. . . . may well it's that we all know so little of the unconventional King simply because such braveness defies our market-driven world?" --Cornel West, from the Introduction

Every 12 months, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is well known as one of many maximum orators in US historical past, an envoy for nonviolence who grew to become probably the main recognizable chief of the civil rights stream. yet after greater than 40 years, few humans savour how actually radical he was.

Arranged thematically in 4 elements, The Radical King comprises twenty-three choices, curated and brought through Dr. Cornel West, that illustrate King's innovative imaginative and prescient, underscoring his identity with the terrible, his unapologetic competition to the Vietnam warfare, and his campaign opposed to worldwide imperialism. As West writes, "Although a lot of the United States didn't comprehend the unconventional King--and too few be aware of today--the FBI and US executive did. They known as him 'the most threatening guy in America.' . . . This publication finds an intensive King that we will be able to now not sanitize."

From the Hardcover edition.

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The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto by Chris Fujiwara

By Chris Fujiwara

Otto Preminger used to be one among Hollywood's first really self sustaining producer/directors. He sought to deal with the main social, political, and ancient questions of his time in motion pictures designed to entice a large public. Blazing a path within the exam of arguable matters resembling drug habit (The guy with the Golden Arm) and homosexuality (Advise and Consent) and within the frank, subtle remedy of grownup fabric (Anatomy of a Murder), Preminger within the approach broke the censorship of the Hollywood construction Code and the blacklist. He additionally made a few of Hollywood's so much enduring movie noir classics, including Laura and Fallen Angel.

An Austrian émigré, Preminger all started his Hollywood profession in 1936 as a freelance director. whilst the stipulations emerged that resulted in the autumn of the studio approach, he had the perception to understand them sincerely and the confidence to exploit them, turning himself into one in every of America's strongest filmmakers. greater than an individual else, Preminger represented the transition from the Hollywod of the studios to the decentralized, wheeling and working New Hollywood of at the present time. Chris Fujiwara's severe biography--the first in additional than thirty years--follows Preminger all through his diversified profession, penetrating his conscientiously built public character and revealing the numerous layers of his paintings.

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Up and Down with the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride by Tony Sanchez

By Tony Sanchez

This insider’s account of the lives of Brian Jones, Keith Richard, and Mick Jagger within the sixties and seventies has develop into mythical within the years on account that its first booklet in 1979. Tony Sanchez labored for Keith Richard for 8 years – deciding to buy medicines, working errands, and orchestrating reasonable thrills – and he files unforgettable debts of the Stones’ perilous misadventures: racing automobiles alongside the Cote d’Azur; homicide at Altamont; nostalgic nights with the Beatles on the Stones-owned nightclub Vesuvio; frantic flights to Switzerland for blood adjustments; and the regular circulate of girls, together with Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, and Bianca Jagger. the following the Stones as by no means visible earlier than, cavorting worldwide, smashing Bentleys, operating black magic, getting raided, having young children, snorting coke, and mainlining heroin. Sanchez tells the total fact, sparing now not even himself within the strategy. With hard-hitting prose and candid photos, he creates a useful fundamental resource for someone attracted to the world’s most renowned rock and roll band.

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Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen by Sara Cockerill

By Sara Cockerill

Eleanor of Castile, the awesome lady in the back of England's maximum medieval king, Edward I, has been successfully airbrushed from heritage; but she had probably the most attention-grabbing lives of any of England's queens. Her early life was once spent within the centre of the Spanish reconquest and was once ruled via her army hero of a father (St Ferdinand) and her prodigiously smart brother (King Alfonso X the Learned). Married on the age of twelve and a mom at 13, she gave start to at the least 16 young ones, so much of whom died younger. She used to be a prisoner for a 12 months amid a civil battle within which her husband s existence was once in acute threat. dedicated to Edward, she observed him all over the place, together with on campaign to the Holy Land. All in all, she was once to reside for prolonged classes in 5 diversified international locations. Eleanor was once a hugely dynamic, forceful character who acted as a part of Edward s innermost circle of advisers, and effectively collected an enormous estate empire for the English Crown. In cultural phrases her effect in structure and layout or even gardening should be discerned to at the present time, whereas her idealised photograph nonetheless speaks to us from Edward s appealing memorials to her, the Eleanor crosses. This publication finds her untold story.

'A excellent new lifetime of probably the most staggering powers in the back of England's medieval throne. Sara Cockerill writes with scholarship and verve, bringing alive the medieval international and laying off new gentle on a misplaced Plantagenet queen.' -- Dan Jones, bestselling writer of The Plantagenets 'A compelling and intricately researched biography that brings one among history's so much interesting, influential but overlooked queens out of the shadows.' -- Tracy Borman, Joint leader Curator for ancient Royal Palaces and writer of Thomas Cromwell and Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror 'A committed queen, a girl of letters, a prepared gardener, an enthusiastic huntswoman and an acquisitive landlord, Eleanor of Castile used to be a posh lady. This deeply researched biography brings out wonderfully the contradictory points of a queen whose occupation has now not, earlier, had the eye it merits. Sara Cockerill units Eleanor in a whole context, bringing out the significance of her Spanish background, and supplying new insights into the position she performed in her husband Edward I's rule.' -- Michael Prestwich, Professor Emeritus, Durham University
About the Author
Sara Cockerill shelved an early ardour for background to acquire a firstclass measure in legislations from Oxford in 1989 and be known as to the Bar in 1990. She has seeing that been working towards as a barrister specialising in advertisement disputes and indulging her historic pursuits in such spare time as she may locate. She has spent ten years getting to know Eleanor of Castile. She is married with one cat, and divides her time among London and the seashore.

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