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An Improbable Life Book Iii

Author : Frasar
ISBN : 1546291318
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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He already knew that he should never give up but persevere and Head towards that unknown world that represented life in order to survive And find his place within the human race If the life of Francis, the hero of the saga of An Improbable Life, were a river, it would be longer than the Nile, more exciting than the Amazon, more fascinating than the Danube, more laden with legends of the Mississippi and it would run across all continents. After his early, fascinating adventures of the Book I and Francis explorer life in the Australia outback and his extraordinary New Zealand adventures described in Antipodium, the Book II of the series, the new Book III-The Light of Canopus of the An Improbable Life series will take you from a terrifying ambush inside the Tomb of Absalom in Jerusalem to black magic rites in Venezuela, an escape from the Guatemalan guerrillas, a shipwreck in the Caribbean in addition to climbs of gigantic volcanoes, discovery of pre-Inca mummies, floating islands, diabolic events, a (true) UFO battle in Peru and spiritual wonders. Yet Book III, like all previous books, is NOT fiction. Every episode is true and documented, even photographed. And once you have finished reading it, your only desire will be to find out where the next book would take you.

An Improbable Life

Author : Trevor McDonald
ISBN : 9781474614788
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Sir Trevor McDonald is an extraordinary man - and he has led an improbable life. Now in his 80th year, he is known and loved by people the world over for his humility, charm and natural ease. As a natural storyteller and communicator, he has few equals. In An Improbable Life, Sir Trevor recounts his personal experience of world events and interviews with globally famous - or notorious - figures. He has witnessed war and death and risked his own life to meet and talk with despots and liberators. We read about his first trip to South Africa, and obtaining the first British television interview with Nelson Mandela; his reflections on the Windrush generation; and experiencing Barack Obama's momentous inauguration as President of the USA. We are also present at his dramatic meetings with Saddam Hussein (the first and only one by a British television correspondent) and Muammar Gaddafi. Engaging, intimate and moving, this is the life story of an exceptional journalist and broadcaster who over decades has expertly revealed to us history in the making.

Imperfect

Author : Jim Abbott
ISBN : 9780345523273
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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“Honest, touching, and beautifully rendered . . . Far more than a book about baseball, it is a deeply felt story of triumph and failure, dreams and disappointments. Jim Abbott has hurled another gem.”—Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Man NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott dreamed of someday being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who encouraged him to compete, Jim would become an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning: By twenty-one, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and—without spending a day in the minor leagues—cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and pitch one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. In this honest and insightful book, Jim Abbott reveals the challenges he faced in becoming an elite pitcher, the insecurities he dealt with in a life spent as the different one, and the intense emotion generated by his encounters with disabled children from around the country. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir. “Compelling . . . [a] big-hearted memoir.”—Los Angeles Times “Inspirational.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer Includes an exclusive conversation between Jim Abbott and Tim Brown in the back of the book.

Prince Charles

Author : Sally Bedell Smith
ISBN : 9780812988437
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The life and loves of Prince Charles are illuminated in a major new biography from the New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen—perfect for fans of The Crown. Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography—the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time—is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day. Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now. Praise for Prince Charles “[Smith] understands the British upper classes and aristocracy (including the royals) very well indeed. . . . [She] makes many telling, shrewd points in pursuit of realigning the popular image of Prince Charles.”—William Boyd, The New York Times Book Review “[A] masterly account.”—The Wall Street Journal “Thoroughly researched and insightful . . . In this profile, it is clear [Smith] got inside the circular barriers that protect the man and his position. The Charles that emerges is, as the subtitle suggests, both a paradox and a creature of his passions.”—The Washington Times “[A] compellingly juicy bio . . . Windsor-philes will be mesmerized.”—People “Prince Charles paints an affectingly human portrait. . . . Smith writes about [Charles’s life] with a skill and sympathy she perfected in her 2012 biography of Charles’s mother.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Comprehensive and admirably fair . . . Until his accession to the throne, Smith’s portrait will stand as the definitive study.”—Booklist (starred review) “[A] fascinating book that is not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.”—Walter Isaacson “Sally Bedell Smith has given us a complete and compelling portrait of the man in the shadow of the throne. It’s all here, from the back stairs of the palaces to the front pages of the tabs.”—Tom Brokaw

A Reason To Believe

Author : Governor Deval Patrick
ISBN : 9780307720764
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living. Warm, nostalgic, and inspirational, A Reason to Believe is destined to become a timeless tribute to a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient. GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK is donating a portion of the proceeds from A REASON TO BELIEVE to A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to opening the doors to greater educational opportunities for young people of color. To learn more, visit www.abetterchance.org.

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Author : Rosalie Sharp
ISBN : 9781550227758
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Relates the life of Rosalie Wise Sharp, wife of the man who started the Four Seasons hotel chain.

An Improbable Life

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ISBN : 9780231537056
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Columbia University began the second half of the twentieth century in decline, bottoming out with the student riots of 1968. Yet by the close of the century, the institution had regained its stature as one of the greatest universities in the world. According to the New York Times, "If any one person is responsible for Columbia's recovery, it is surely Michael Sovern." In this memoir, Sovern, who served as the university's president from 1980 to 1993, recounts his sixty-year involvement with the institution after growing up in the South Bronx. He addresses key issues in academia, such as affordability, affirmative action, the relative rewards of teaching and research, lifetime tenure, and the role of government funding. Sovern also reports on his many off-campus adventures, including helping the victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, stepping into the chairmanship of Sotheby's, responding to a strike by New York City's firemen, a police riot and threats to shut down the city's transit system, playing a role in the theater world as president of the Shubert Foundation, and chairing the Commission on Integrity in Government.

An Improbable Life Book Iv

Author : Frasar
ISBN : 1665582251
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Unlike the previous books of the series "FRASAR - An Improbable Life", Book IV doesn't have a Prologue describing a series of episodes, taking place around the year 2010. You will find instead the same episodes in Book IV, only this time in their correct chronological order. We should start however from the beginning: who is really Francis, the protagonist of the whole series? Francis is a person who has really existed and is still very active and not an imaginary personage out of a writer's creative mind. All the episodes described in the books actually took place on the dates given and, apart from a few characters whose names were changed or removed for reasons of privacy reasons, all characters are real people.

An Improbable Life

Author : David C. Wilcox
ISBN : 1928729509
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An Improbable Life

Author : Frasar
ISBN : 152466197X
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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When a Chinese astrologer in Macao told him he was a "Golden Dragon, and he could fly everywhere, Francis smiled. Those were the 70s and he already knew a lot about the world, having travelled far and wide. What he did not know, however, was that this was only the start to an epic tale of travelling and discovering the mysteries of the world while living and working in every Continent except Antarctica. His life of travels began as a gold explorer in Australia and concluded in Washington as an executive for the World Bank. FRASAR is the pen name for the writer of the "An Improbable Life" series, which has carried its readers along a trail of extraordinary and personally experienced adventures. FRASAR lives with his family between New York, Miami and a charming "town of fortune" on the Adriatic coast of Italy. THE FIVE BOOKS OF FRASAR "AN IMPROBABLE LIFE" BOOK I The Prologue, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 ) Dawn, First Adventures BOOK II (ANTIPODIUM) Chapters 3, 4 and 5 European, Australian, New Zealand Years BOOK III (to be published shortly) Chapters 6 and 7 South American and Arabian Years BOOK IV Chapters 8 and 9 Asiatic and Pacific Island Years) BOOK V Chapters 10 and 11 African and North American Years

An Improbable Life

Author : Robert Craft
ISBN : UOM:39015055474160
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"It begins with the author's childhood in Kingston, New York, his time in the New York Military Academy prep school in Cornwall-on-Hudson, and his entry into Juilliard, cut short by Army service. Soon Craft's musical activities lead him into his relationship with Stravinsky in Hollywood, New York, and elsewhere, all richly documented by Stravinsky's letters in the "Dear Bobsky" section of the book.".

The Boy Who Loved Math

Author : Deborah Heiligman
ISBN : 9781466839526
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made "Uncle Paul" a great man. The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013.

Unstrung Heroes

Author : Franz Lidz
ISBN : 0451184424
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In a poignant and offbeat memoir, the author describes his coming of age in a world dominated by his father's four eccentric brothers, whose zany presence transformed a lonely boy's life

Creative Lives

Author : Penelope Hanley
ISBN : 9780642276568
Genre : Artists
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Henry Lawson - Miles Franklin - Henry Handel Richardson - Kenneth Slessor - Eleanor Dark - Christina Stead - Kylie Tennant - Patrick White - Thomas Keneally - Mem Fox.

Topless Cellist

Author : Rothfuss, Joan
ISBN : 9780262027502
Genre : Art
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The first book to explore the extraordinary career of musician and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, whose work combined classical rigor, avant-garde experiment, and madcap daring.

Recessionproof

Author : K. F. Ventures
ISBN : 9781442125353
Genre : Religion
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The truth of this recession is that we, as a country, have moved away from our biblical roots. Corporations have become the new monarchy, here in America. In order to become the America that we were and realize the promise of what we can become, it is critical that a new, biblically centered, corporate entity rise up to replace those that are dying off, as we speak. This book will cause you to re-think your own life and how it may impact that of others.RECESSIONPROOF not only examines what is currently going on, but outlines the system by which God has allowed my family and I to avoid "Participating" in this world's recession!

Eternal Troubadour

Author : Justin Martell
ISBN : 1908279877
Genre : Music
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As Bing Crosby once put it, Tiny Tim represents 'one of the most phenomenal success stories in show business'. In 1968, after years of playing dive bars and lesbian cabarets on the Greenwich Village scene, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce, the forty-something falsetto-voiced, ukulele-playing Tiny Tim landed a recording contract with Sinatra's Reprise label and an appearance on NBC's Laugh-In. The resulting album, God Bless Tiny Tim, and its single, 'Tip-toe Thru' The Tulips With Me', catapulted him to the highest levels of fame. Soon, Tiny was playing to huge audiences in the USA and Europe, while his marriage to the seventeen-year-old 'Miss' Vicki was broadcast on The Tonight Show in front of an audience of fifty million. Before long, however, his star began to fade. Miss Vicki left him, his earnings evaporated, and the mainstream turned its back on him. He would spend the rest of his life trying to revive his career, with many of those attempts taking a turn toward the absurd. But while he is often characterized as an oddball curio, Tiny Tim was a master interpreter and student of early American popular song, and his story is one of Shakespearean tragedy framed around a bizarre yet loveable public persona. Here, drawing on dozens of new interviews, never-before-seen diaries, and years of original research, author Justin Martell brings that story to life with the first serious biography of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in popular music.

Topless Cellist

Author : Joan Rothfuss
ISBN : 0262533588
Genre : Art
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The Juilliard-trained cellist Charlotte Moorman sat nude behind a cello of carved ice, performed while dangling from helium-filled balloons, and deployed an array of instruments on The Mike Douglas Show that included her cello, a whistle, a cap gun, a gong, and a belch. She did a striptease while playing Bach in Nam June Paik's Sonata for Adults Only. In the 1960s, Moorman (1933--1991) became famous for her madcap (and often unclothed) performance antics; less famous but more significant is Moorman's transformative influence on contemporary performance practice--and her dedication to the idea that avant-garde art should reach the widest possible audience. In Topless Cellist, the first book to explore Moorman's life and work, Joan Rothfuss rediscovers, and recovers, the legacy of an extraordinary American artist. Moorman's arrest in 1967 for performing topless made her a water-cooler conversation-starter, but before her tabloid fame she was a star of the avant-garde performance circuit, with a repertoire of pieces by, among others, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, and Paik, her main artistic partner. Moorman invented a new mode of performance that combined classical rigor, jazz improvisation, and avant-garde experiment -- informed by intuition, daring, and love of spectacle. Moorman's annual festival of the avant-garde offered the public a lively sampler of contemporary art in performance, music, dance, poetry, film, and other media. Rothfuss chronicles Moorman's life from her youth in Little Rock, Arkansas (where she was "Miss City Beautiful" of 1952) through her career in New York's avant-garde to her death from breast cancer in 1991. (Typically, she approached her treatment as if it were a performance.) Deeply researched and profusely illustrated, Topless Cellist offers a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious story of an artist whose importance was more than the sum of her performances.

Two Against Hitler

Author : John Van Houten Dippel
ISBN : 0275937453
Genre : History
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Covers the espionage collaboration between Erwin Respondek and Sam Woods.

Nicolas Nabokov

Author : Vincent Giroud
ISBN : 9780199399918
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Composer, cultural diplomat, and man about town, Nicolas Nabokov (1903-78) counted among his intimate friends everyone from Igor Stravinsky to George Kennan. While today he is overshadowed by his more famous cousin Vladimir, Nicolas Nabokov was during his lifetime an outstanding and far-sighted player in international cultural exchanges during the Cold War and admired by some of the most distinguished minds of his century for his political acumen and his talents as a composer. This first-ever biography of Nabokov follows the fascinating stages of his life: a privileged childhood before the Revolution; the beginnings of a promising musical career launched under the aegis of Diaghilev; his involvement in anti-Stalinist causes in the first years of the Cold War; his participation in the Congress for Cultural Freedom; his role as cultural advisor to the Mayor of Berlin and director of the Berlin Festival in the early 1960s; his American academic and musical career in the late 1960s and 1970s. Nabokov is unique not only in that he was involved on a high level in international cultural politics, but also in that his life intersected at all times with a vast array of people within - and also well beyond - the confines of classical music. Drawing on a vast array of primary sources, Vincent Giroud's biography opens a window into history for readers interested in twentieth-century music, Russian emigration, and the Cold War, particularly in its cultural aspects. Musicians and musicologists interested in Nabokov as a composer, or in twentieth century Russian composers in general, will find in this book information not available anywhere else.

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