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The Comeback: from A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

by Geoffrey C. Ward

An eBook short.

Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio in the summer of 1921, resulting in permanent paralysis from the waist down. One year later, he went back to work. Noted historian Geoffrey C. Ward, winner...


The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914

by Bela Zombory-Moldovan & Peter Zombory-Moldovan

Publishing during the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

 

An NYRB Classics Original

 

The budding young Hungarian artist Béla Zombory-Moldován was on holiday when the First World War broke out in...


The Prince

by Nicolo Machiavelli

Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. His life falls naturally...


The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

by Ernest Scott

The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott. Contains the full illustrations of the original. Captain Matthew Flinders (1774–1814) was a distinguished navigator and cartographer, who was the first...


Vasco Nunez De Balboa

by Frederick A. Ober

Vasco Nunez De Balboa by Frederick A. Ober. Balboa is most famous for discovering the Pacific ocean, but this was but one incident in a swashbuckling life. After running amok in Hispaniola, Balboa escaped from...


The Last Victorians: A Daring Reassessment of Four Twentieth Century Eccentrics

by W. Sydney Robinson

Ever since the publication of Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians in 1918 it has been fashionable to ridicule the great figures of the nineteenth century. From the longreigning monarch herself to the celebrated...


Pericles of Athens

by Vincent AZOULAY, Janet Lloyd & Paul Cartledge

Pericles has had the rare distinction of giving his name to an entire period of history, embodying what has often been taken as the golden age of the ancient Greek world. “Periclean” Athens witnessed tumultuous...


Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

by Alexander Larman

He was 'THE WICKEDEST MAN ALIVE'.

He went to Oxford University at the age of 12

He slept with his first prostitute at 13

He was an alcoholic by 14

He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18

He was acclaimed a war hero...


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

by Olaudah Equiano

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African, first published in 1789, is the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. The book describes Equiano's time spent in slavery,...


Wayne Avenue Days: A Midcentury Memoir

by L.S.A. Hoyt

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Born in 1950, Linda Sue Hoyt grew up in an extended family home on the fringes of a little town that was rapidly evolving. The community's planned neighborhoods were filled with new starter homes,...


Goodbye Twentieth Century

by Dannie Abse

Drawing upon his Welsh and Jewish heritage, Dannie Abse presents a rich autobiography that chronicles his life as both a doctor and an author. Humorous and poignant, this new edition not only includes the...


Malcolm: Soldier, Diplomat, Ideologue of British India

by John Malcolm

Highly regarded in India to this day, Sir John Malcolm is remarkably little known in his native Scotland. This book describes his extraordinary journey from humble origins to become a leading player in the transformation...


All I Ever Wanted to Be Was A Cowboy

by Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is an 82-year-old cowboy from Florida. This book is a collection of stories about what cow hunting in Florida was like when he started his career at 13 years of age. Roberts worked with cattle in...


The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Cbook & Frederick Douglass

In the month of August, 1841, I attended an anti-slavery convention in Nantucket, at which it was my happiness to become acquainted with Frederick Douglass, the writer of the following Narrative. He was a stranger...


Admirals of the British Navy

by Francis Dodd

IF the English are singularly incurious about their Navy, that attitude must not be thought to imply neglect. On the contrary, it is a blend of admiration, respect, and, above all, confidence, induced very largely...


C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic

by Paul McCusker

Mere Christianity is one of the best books of Christian apologetics ever written. Arguably, no book other than the Bible itself has had as much influence for the cause of the gospel over the past 60 years. The...


Nyerere: The Early Years

by Thomas Molony

Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999), the first President of Tanzania, was a man whose political life was uniquely and inextricably bound into the history of the nation he created. Yet, though 'Baba wa Taifa',...


Pope John Paul II

by Tad Szulc

Pope John Paul II is one of the pivotal figures of this century, the spiritual head of more than one billion believers and a world statesman of immense stature and influence. Yet, at the age of seventy-six and...


A Thousand Laurie Lees: The Centenary Celebration of a Man and a Valley

by Adam Horovitz

This is not a book about Laurie Lee, still less a biography. It is about the spirit of the man and the spirit of a place. A Thousand Laurie Lees is a poetic reassessment of the Slad Valley, a memoir from a different...


Hitler's Heroine: Hanna Reitsch

by Sophie Jackson

Hanna Reitsch longed to fly. Breaking records and earning the respect of the Nazi regime, she became the first female Luftwaffe test pilot, earning significant awards and becoming a personal heroine of Hitler's....