Interesting Times

Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Editor: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307426416
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Eric Hobsbawm is considered by many to be our greatest living historian. Robert Heilbroner, writing about Hobsbawm’s The Age of Extremes 1914-1991 said, “I know of no other account that sheds as much light on what is now behind us, and thereby casts so much illumination on our possible futures.” Skeptical, endlessly curious, and almost contemporary with the terrible “short century” which is the subject of Age of Extremes, his most widely read book, Hobsbawm has, for eighty-five years, been committed to understanding the “interesting times” through which he has lived. Hitler came to power as Hobsbawm was on his way home from school in Berlin, and the Soviet Union fell while he was giving a seminar in New York. He was a member of the Apostles at King’s College, Cambridge, took E.M. Forster to hear Lenny Bruce, and demonstrated with Bertrand Russell against nuclear arms in Trafalgar Square. He translated for Che Guevara in Havana, had Christmas dinner with a Soviet master spy in Budapest and an evening at home with Mahalia Jackson in Chicago. He saw the body of Stalin, started the modern history of banditry and is probably the only Marxist asked to collaborate with the inventor of the Mars bar. Hobsbawm takes us from Britain to the countries and cultures of Europe, to America (which he appreciated first through movies and jazz), to Latin America, Chile, India and the Far East. With Interesting Times, we see the history of the twentieth century through the unforgiving eye of one of its most intensely engaged participants, the incisiveness of whose views we cannot afford to ignore in a world in which history has come to be increasingly forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.


Author: Caroline Moorehead
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781429900720
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The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, whose life provides a unique and thrilling perspective on world history in an extraordinary time Martha Gellhorn's heroic career as a reporter brought her to the front lines of virtually every significant international conflict between the Spanish Civil War and the end of the Cold War. The preeminent-and often the only-female correspondent on the scene, she broke new ground for women in the male preserve of journalism. Her wartime dispatches, marked by a passionate desire to expose suffering in its many guises and an inimitable immediacy, rank among the best of the twentieth century. A deep-seated love of travel complemented this interest in world affairs. From her birth in St. Louis in 1908 to her death in London in 1998, Gellhorn passed through Africa, Cuba, China, and most of the great cities of Europe, recording her experiences in first-rate travel writing and fiction. A tall, glamorous blonde, she made friends easily-among the boldface names that populated her life were Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, and H. G. Wells-but she was as incapable of settling into comfortable long-term relationships as she was of sitting still, and happiness often eluded her despite her professional success. Both of her marriages ended badly-the first, to Ernest Hemingway, publicly so. Drawn from extensive interviews and with exclusive access to Gellhorn's papers and correspondence, this seminal biography spans half the globe and almost an entire century to offer an exhilarating, intimate portrait of one of the defining women of our times.

Bill Gates

Author: Marc Aronson
Editor: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780670063482
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Born in 1955 to a time when no individual owned their own personal computer, Bill Gates had grand ideas for the future and worked to build products to fill those incredible needs, developing the computer software industry giant Microsoft and becoming the richest man in the world in the process.

Oprah Winfrey

Author: Ilene Cooper
Editor: Viking Childrens Books
ISBN: 9780670061624
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Presents the life of the African American talk-show host, describing her rise from poverty to her current status as one the country's most financially successful television personalities.

A Twentieth Century Life

Author: Edith Emery
ISBN: 9780646245607
Size: 18,36 MB
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Harper Lee

Author: Kerry Madden
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 9780670010950
Size: 18,54 MB
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Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Southern writer known for her book "To Kill a Mockingbird."

John Steinbeck

Author: Milton Meltzer
Editor: Penguin Group
ISBN: 0670061395
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Presents the life and accomplishments of the American author known for his collection of powerful novels about the lives of working people struggling to survive in the early 1900s, and especially for "The Grapes of Wrath."

A Twentieth Century Life

Author: Arthur Larson
ISBN: 9780931170638
Size: 12,11 MB
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Ella Fitzgerald

Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 9780670061495
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Presents the life and accomplishments of the world-revered jazz singer who won thirteen Grammys, toured for more than fifty years, and became known as the First Lady of Song.

Theodore Roosevelt

Author: Michael L. Cooper
Editor: Viking Childrens Books
ISBN: 9780670011346
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A biography of the president includes his interest in conservation, his presidency, his winning of the Nobel Prize, his career as a soldier and author and his role as a devoted family man.