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Somerset Maugham: A Life

by Jeffrey Meyers

An instinctive and magnificent storyteller, Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and successful writers of his time. He published seventy-eight books -- including the undisputed classics Of Human Bondage...


Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age

by Bruce Olson

What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and...


Not All of Us Were Brave

by Stanley Scislowski

The story of a young man's journey through the Second World War - and of ordinary soldiers who experienced misery, inspiration, and degradation.


Margaret and Charley: The Personal Story of Dr. Charles Best, the Co-Discoverer of Insulin

by Henry B.M. Best

More than just the story of Charles Best's discovery of insulin, this is the tale of an extraordinary couple, told through diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs.


Quarriers Story: One Man's Vision That Gave 7,000 Children a New Life in Canada

by Anna Magnusson

Between 1872 and 1933, William Quarrier sent thousands of destitute children from Glasgow's slums to Canada, where they often faced hard labour and loneliness.


Loyal Service: Perspectives on French-Canadian Military Leaders

by Bernd Horn & Roch Legault

Loyal Service examines the service of a number of French-Canadian leaders and their contributions to the nation during times of peace, crisis, and conflict, from New France to the end of the twentieth century....


Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream

by Womack & Zolten

By assembling a host of essays that engage in interdisciplinary commentary regarding one of Western culture's most enduring artistic and socially radicalizing phenomena, this book offers a cohesive, intellectual,...


The Life and Twelve-Note Music of Nikos Skalkottas

by Mantzourani

Eva Mantzourani provides a comprehensive study of this fascinating yet under-researched composer. The book comprises a critical biography, an exploration of Skalkottas's twelve-note compositional processes and...


Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon

by Hawkins & Niblock

This much-needed interdisciplinary analysis is the first of its kind to examine critically Prince's popular music, performances, sounds, lyrics and the plethora of accompanying visual material such as album...


Schubert's Fingerprints: Studies in the Instrumental Works: Studies in the Instrumental Works

by Wollenberg

As Robert Schumann put it, 'Only few works are as clearly stamped with their author's imprint as his'. This book explores Schubert's stylistic traits in a series of chapters each discussing an individual 'fingerprint'...


Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff

by Chase & Thomas

Christian Wolff is a composer who has followed a distinctive path often at the centre of avant-garde activity working alongside figures such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Cornelius Cardew. In a career...


Mark E. Smith and the Fall: Art, Music and Politics

by Goddard & Halligan

This volume offers a comprehensive range of approaches to the work of Mark E. Smith and his band The Fall in relation to music, art and politics. Mark E. Smith remains one of the most divisive and idiosyncratic...


Warrior, Courtier, Singer: Giulio Cesare Brancaccio and the Performance of Identity in the Late Renaissance

by Wistreich

Giulio Cesare Brancaccio was a Neapolitan nobleman with long practical experience of military life. He was also a virtuoso bass singer whose performances were praised by both Tasso and Guarini. Richard Wistreich...


The Blair Years: The Alastair Campbell Diaries

by Alastair Campbell

A revelatory account of Tony Blair’s tumultuous leadership, The Blair Years gathers extracts from the diaries of the man who knew him best: Alastair Campbell—Blair’s spokesman from 1994 to 2003, his press...


Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1997

by Sam Tanenhaus

Whittaker Chambers is the first biography of this complex and enigmatic figure. Drawing on dozens of interviews and on materials from forty archives in the United States and abroad--including still-classified...


The Vacant Seat

by Branislav Jaksic

Branislav Jaksic almost didn't make it into this world, and when he did arrive, his alcoholic father disowned him and his uncle said he was "ugly." Born in communist Yugoslavia in 1938, Branislav had a rough...


Jerry Goldsmith. Music Scoring for American Movies

by Mauricio Dupuis

This essay represents the first organic study about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), emblematic American film composer in the second half of the 20th century. Goldsmith was also a brilliant conductor. He conducted...


V. L. Parrington: Through the Avenue of Art

by H Lark Hall

"Consciously I was neither radical nor conservative, and yet my reading was drawing me inevitably out of the narrower field of polite literature into the new world of social thought that was rising about me....


Blood, Sweat, & Bears: Putting a "dent" in the Game I Love

by Richard Dent & Fred Mitchell

Richard Dent, a cornerstone of the Bears' overwhelming defense during their Super Bowl run, and a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was an 8th-round draft pick out of tiny Tennessee State in...


Rashi

by Elie Wiesel & Catherine Temerson

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

From Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, comes a magical book that introduces us to the towering figure of Rashi—Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki—the great biblical and...