Mozart: A Life Penguin Lives

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Penguin Books #ad - Mozart traces the development of the man whose life was a whirlwind of achievement, and the composer who pushed every instrument to its limit and every genre of classical music into new realms. A biography of the greatest musical mind in Western history Mozart's unshakable hold on the public's consciousness can only be strengthened by historian and biographer Peter Gay's concise and deft look at the genius's life.

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The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

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Times Books #ad - They were the giants of the gilded Age, most inventive, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, and most productive country on the planet. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. They were balanced by morgan, the gentleman businessman, instead, who fought, for a global trust in American business.

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morgan. Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary. The christian science monitorThe modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, the imperial Rockefeller, and speed.

The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy #ad - Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth—and a country of middle-class consumers. The tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.

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Crazy Horse: A Life Penguin Lives

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Penguin Books #ad - Legends cloud the life of crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day. With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtry animates the character of this remarkable figure, whose betrayal by white representatives of the U. S. A mythic figure puzzled over by generations of historians, Crazy Horse emerges from McMurtry’s sensitive portrait as the poignant hero of a long-since-vanished epoch.

. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Government was a tragic turning point in the history of the West.

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life Penguin Lives Biographies

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Penguin Books #ad - Scholarly and passionate, nuland’s Leonardo da Vinci takes us deep into the first truly modern, empirical mind, one that was centuries ahead of its time. What was it that propelled leonardo’s insatiable curiosity? Nuland finds clues in his subject’s art, relationships, and scientific studies—as well as in a vast quantity of notes that became widely known in the twentieth century.

The life and work of the great italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci 1452–1519 have proved endlessly fascinating for generations. In leonardo da vinci, sherwin nuland completes his twenty-year quest to understand an unlettered man who was a painter, architect, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist.

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Leonardo da Vinci

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Simon & Schuster #ad - His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. The #1 new york times bestseller from walter isaacson brings leonardo da vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” The New Yorker.

Based on thousands of pages from leonardo da vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” San Francisco Chronicle in a narrative that connects his art to his science. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, botany, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, birds, fossils, the heart, flying machines, geology, and weaponry.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. He shows how leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

Leonardo da Vinci #ad - Here, da vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” The Washington Post. So, gay, too, easily distracted, left-handed, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, vegetarian, and at times heretical.

He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper.

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Mozart: A Life

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - On the occasion of mozart's two hundred and fiftieth birthday, read Maynard Solomon's Mozart: A Life, universally hailed as the Mozart biography of our time.

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Saint Augustine: A Life Penguin Lives

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Penguin Books #ad - The result is a biography that makes a spiritual ancestor feel like our contemporary. It challenges the widely held misconceptions about Augustine’s sexual excesses and shows how, in embracing classical philosophy, Augustine managed to enlist “pagan authors” in the defense of Christianity. Pulitzer prize winner garry wills brings the same fresh scholarship, lively prose, and critical appreciation that characterize his well-known books on religion and American history to this outstanding biography of one of the most influential Christian philosophers.

Saint augustine follows its subject from his youth in fourth-century Africa to his conversion and subsequent development as a theologian. Look out for a new book from Garry Wills, What The Qur'an Meant, coming fall 2017.

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Napoleon: A Life

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Penguin Books #ad - And he recognizes Bonaparte’s violent legacy in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Napoleon is a magnificent work that bears witness to one individual's ability to work his will on history. In napoleon's quest for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology. From new york times bestselling author paul johnson, “a very readable and entertaining biography” The Washington Post about one of the most important figures in modern European history: Napoleon Bonaparte In an ideal pairing of author and subject, general, the magisterial historian Paul Johnson offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist, and dictator who conquered much of Europe.

Following napoleon from the barren island of Corsica to his early training in Paris, from his meteoric victories and military dictatorship to his exile and death, Johnson examines the origins of his ferocious ambition.

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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

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Vintage #ad - This widely acclaimed biography of stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader, and Russian tsar. Based on groundbreaking research, privilege and debauchery, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals the fear and betrayal, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world.

Showing how stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling. Written with bracing narrative verve, this feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing.

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Freud: A Life for Our Time

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A fresh, illuminating perspective on one of the pivotal figures of our time. J. A national bestseller"A magisterial contribution to the history of ideas. Anthony lukas"this remarkable biography… briskly traces the story of Freud's life and education, deftly weaving the familiar narrative with a style that makes it seem fresh and lively.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - An early supporter of the impressionists, oddly formal in a top hat, he appears, in Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. Sweeping yet intimate, history, and family, it is a highly original meditation on art, as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves. Yet by the end of world war ii, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox.

The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Her older daughter grew up to disdain fashionable society. A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis. Ephrussi and his cosmopolitan family were imprisoned or scattered, and Hitler's theorist on the "Jewish question" appropriated their magnificent palace on the Ringstrasse.

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss #ad - Marcel proust studied charles closely enough to use him as a model for the aesthete and lover Swann in Remembrance of Things Past. Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed to play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball.

Longing to write, she struck up a correspondence with Rilke, who encouraged her in her poetry. The anschluss changed their world beyond recognition. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

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