Best of: Vincent van Gogh

By Victoria Charles

The Best of sequence provides, because the identify indicates, highlights from the paintings of popular artists followed via biographical text

Van Gogh’s lifestyles and paintings are so intertwined that it really is tricky to differentiate the 2. While
observing his work, we see a landscape of his existence tale – a story that's now considered
a legend. Van Gogh represents the embodiment of a discomfort, misunderstood martyr of modern
art and is a logo of the radical artist.

About the Author
Victoria Charles got her PhD in paintings background. She has released commonly on paintings historical past and has contributed to artwork info, a world consultant to modern paintings. A well-published journalist, Ms. Charles additionally contributed to a collective paintings, a thousand work of Genius.

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Che Guevara: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

By Richard L. Harris

This concise biography of the realm recognized innovative Che Guevara offers the main updated and complete account to be had of his awesome lifestyles, tragic loss of life, and enduring political legacy.

• A map of Che Guevara's innovative operations

• images

• An up to date annotated bibliography of the key print and digital resources of knowledge on Che Guevara

• A timeline of key events

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Suspected of Independence: The Life of Thomas McKean, America’s First Power Broker

The final signatory to the statement of Independence used to be one of many earliest to join the Revolution: Thomas McKean lived an intensive, boisterous, politically exciting existence and used to be probably the most influential and enduring of America’s Founding Fathers.

Present at just about all of the signature moments at the highway to American nationhood, from the 1st Continental Congress onward, Thomas McKean used to be a colonel within the Continental military; president of the Continental Congress; governor of Pennsylvania; and, maybe most significantly, leader justice of the recent country’s so much influential nation, Pennsylvania, a foundational impact on American legislations. His existence uniquely intersected with the various facilities of energy within the still-formative nation in the course of its so much weak years, and indicates the measure of uncertainty that characterised newly autonomous the USA, not sure of its destiny or its identity.

Thomas McKean knew in detail not just the heroic figures of the progressive era—George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin—but additionally the attention-grabbing characters who fought over the political id of the recent kingdom, comparable to Caesar Rodney, Francis Hopkinson, and Alexander Dallas. His existence reminds us that America’s production was once fraught with risks and strife, backstabbing and bar-brawling, braveness and stubbornness. McKean’s used to be an epic experience in the course of totally momentous times.

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Eminent Victorians

By Lytton Strachey

Eminent Victorians, first released in 1918 and which include biographies of 4 prime figures from the Victorian period. Its status rests at the irreverence and wit Strachey delivered to endure on 3 males and a girl who had until then been considered as heroes and heroine. They have been: * Cardinal Manning * Florence Nightingale * Thomas Arnold * normal Gordon The ebook made Strachey's identify and put him firmly within the most sensible rank of biographers, the place he is still.

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The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education

By Peter Coyote

"The rainman gave me cures
And he stated, ‘Just bounce correct in.’
The one used to be Texas Medicine
And the opposite was once railroad gin.
And like a idiot I combined them
And they strangled up my mind
Now humans simply get uglier
And i've got no experience of time.”
--Bob Dylan, “Stuck inside cellular with the Memphis Blues back”

The guiding metaphor in Peter Coyote’s new non secular biography is drawn from a line in an early Bob Dylan track. For Coyote, the dual forces Dylan identifies as Texas drugs and Railroad Gin – characterize the competing forces of the transcendental, inclusive, and ecstatic global of affection with the aggressive, status-seeking global of wealth and tool. The Rainman’s 3rd Cure is the story of a tender guy stuck among those it sounds as if antipodal ideas and the adventure that leads him from the privileged halls of energy to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to detention center, to the White condo, classes from a guy who actually held the facility of lifestyles and loss of life over others, to executive carrier and overseas good fortune on level and screen.

Expanding his body past the wild journey during the 1960’s counterculture that occupied a lot of his lauded debut memoir, napping the place I Fall, Coyote offers readers intimate graphics of mentors that formed him—a violent, intimidating father, a be-bop Bass participant who teaches him that lifestyles could be improvised, a Mafia consiglieri, who demonstrates to him that males can be purchased and manipulated, an ex game-warden who initates him into the legislation of nature, a homosexual dancer in Martha Graham’s corporation who introduces him to Mexico and marijuanas, beat poet Gary Snyder, who introduces him to Zen perform, and eventually famed dressmaker Nino Cerruti who made the high-stakes global of haute monde Europe to be had to him.

What starts off as a peripatetic flirtation with Zen deepens right into a life-long avocation, ordination as a clergyman, and at last the line to Transmission---acknowledgement from his instructor that he's able to be an autonomous instructor. via Zen, Coyote discovers a 3rd choice that gives an alternative choice to either the worlds of affection and Power’s correlatives of prestige looking and fabric wealth. Zen was once his portal, yet what he discovers at the within is admittedly to be had to all people. during this vigorous, reflective and clever memoir, The Rainman’s 3rd Cure is the way in which out of the field. the best way that works.

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Kissinger: Vol 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968

By Niall Ferguson

No American statesman has been as respected or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. as soon as hailed as “Super K”—the “indispensable man” whose recommendation has been sought by way of each president from Kennedy to Obama—he has additionally been hounded by way of conspiracy theorists, scouring his each “telcon” for facts of Machiavellian malfeasance. but as Niall Ferguson exhibits during this 2-volume biography, drawing not just on Kissinger’s hitherto closed inner most papers but in addition on files from greater than 100 files around the globe, the assumption of Kissinger because the ruthless arch-realist relies on a profound false impression. the 1st 1/2 Kissinger’s lifestyles is mostly skimmed over as a integral story of yankee ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany who made it to the White apartment. yet during this first of 2 volumes, Ferguson exhibits that what Kissinger accomplished earlier than his appointment as Nixon’s nationwide protection adviser used to be surprising in its personal correct. Toiling as a young person in a brand new York manufacturing unit, he studied indefatigably at evening. He was once drafted into the infantry & observed motion on the conflict of the Bulge—as good because the liberation of a focus camp—but ended his military profession interrogating Nazis. It used to be at Harvard that Kissinger came upon his vocation. Having immersed himself within the philosophy of Kant & the international relations of Metternich, he shot to superstar by means of arguing for restricted nuclear conflict. Nelson Rockefeller employed him. Kennedy referred to as him to Camelot. but Kissinger’s upward push used to be whatever yet impossible to resist. Dogged by means of press gaffes & upset via Rocky, Kissinger appeared stuck—until a visit to Vietnam replaced everything. The Idealist is the tale of 1 of an important strategic thinkers the USA has ever produced. It's additionally a political Bildungsroman, explaining how “Dr Strangelove” ended up as consigliere to a political candidate he'd regularly abhorred. Like Ferguson’s vintage 2-volume background of the home of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds new mild on a whole period. the fundamental account of a rare existence, it recasts the chilly struggle global.

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The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

By Andrew Marr

A awesome and extremely own biography of a girl who could be the world's final nice queen, released to coincide with the 60th anniversary of her reign

Elizabeth II, one among England's longest-reigning monarchs, is an enigma. In public, she confines herself to positive pieties and protected smiles; in inner most, she is wry, humorous, and a very good mimic. Now, for the 1st time, one in all Britain's prime newshounds and historians will get in the back of the masks and tells us the attention-grabbing tale of the true Elizabeth.

Born presently sooner than the melancholy, Elizabeth grew up in the course of global conflict II and have become queen a result of surprising abdication of her uncle and the early dying of her father. in basic terms twenty-five whilst she ascended to the throne, she has been on the apex of the British nation for almost six many years. She has entertained and recognized quite a few global leaders, together with each U.S. president for the reason that Harry Truman. mentioned to treat family members values as sacred, she has noticeable all yet certainly one of her teenagers divorce; her inheritor, Prince Charles, behavior an adulterous affair ahead of Princess Diana's dying; and a gradual movement of family members secrets and techniques poured into the open. but she hasn't ever didn't perform her tasks, and he or she hasn't ever acknowledged a notice approximately any of the concerns she has endured.

Andrew Marr, who enjoys notable entry to senior figures at Buckingham Palace, has written a revealing and crucial e-book a couple of girl who has controlled to stay inner most to the purpose of puzzle all through her reign.

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The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice Della Rovere

By Caroline P. Murphy

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere turned the most robust and entire girls of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold tale of a unprecedented girl who moved with self belief via a global of popes and princes.

Using a large choice of resources, together with Felice's own correspondence, in addition to diaries, account books, and chronicles of Renaissance Rome, Murphy skillfully weaves a compelling portrait of this notable lady. Felice della Rovere was once to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the basis stone for the hot Saint Peter's, and observed herself immortalized by way of Raphael in his Vatican frescos. together with her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini—arranged, notwithstanding now not attended, via her father the Pope—she got here to own nice wealth and tool, resources which she used to her virtue. whereas her father lived, Felice exercised a lot effect within the affairs of Rome, even negotiating for peace with the Queen of France. After his dying, Felice persisted, making allies of the cardinals and clerics of St. Peter's and holding her regulate of the Orsini land via tenacity, ingenuity, and punctiliously cultivated political savvy. She survived the Sack of Rome in 1527, yet her maximum enemy proved to be her personal stepson Napoleone, whose competition together with his stepbrother Girolamo ended without warning and violently, and taken her perilously with reference to wasting every little thing she had spent her lifestyles acquiring.

With a fabulous forged of characters, The Pope's Daughter is a spellbinding biography set opposed to the intense backdrop of Renaissance Rome.

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Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee

By Noralee Frankel

Every time stripper Gypsy Rose Lee encountered public feedback, she spoke frankly in her personal safety. "Thousands have visible me at my--ah--best; and millions have made no objections."

Noralee Frankel's vigorous biography, Stripping Gypsy, the 1st ever released concerning the hugely mythologized Gypsy, examines the struggles Lee confronted in creating a profitable and unconventional profession for herself whereas keeping a feeling of dignity and social worth. Frankel exhibits that the recognized omit Lee was once an enigma, essentially suffering from her offerings and her wish to be revered and legitimized. those that be aware of Gypsy Rose Lee basically from the musical and movie according to her upward thrust to stardom may be stunned through what they discover in Stripping Gypsy. In all methods, Lee trafficked within the incongruous: she was once right away intercourse item, highbrow, and activist. as well as her hugely winning strip-tease act and picture profession, she released secret novels and a memoir, wrote performs, and confirmed her unique art in famed smooth Art-impresario Peggy Guggenheim's gallery. Lee additionally won notoriety for her participation in liberal politics. As photographer Arnold Newman stated, "She used to be a girl, an excellent, brilliant girl who used to be the pal of many writers and intellectuals." notwithstanding she wasn't above utilizing her femininity to complete virtue, Lee aspired to even more than admiration for her actual beauty.

Frankel areas Lee's existence in social and political context whereas detailing a desirable leisure profession, within which Lee created and recreated her personal id to slot altering occasions. Frankel's biography transcends the sensationalism of stripping and asks the general public to determine the lady underneath the gown, a lady who continually stored a bit of herself shrouded in mystery.

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