Download E-books Lefty: An American Odyssey PDF

By Vernona Gomez, Lawrence Goldstone

“An intimate portrait of a guy whose existence off the sphere was once both as pleasing as his extraordinary baseball career.”—Yankees Magazine  
 
Born right into a small-town California ranching kinfolk, Vernon “Lefty” Gomez rode his robust arm and jocular character throughout the US to the dugout of the recent York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters together with his blazing fastball, constructing himself because the team’s ace. Now, drawing on numerous conversations with Lefty, greater than 300 interviews carried out along with his relatives, neighbors, rivals, and teammates over the process a decade, and revealing candid photographs, files, and movie clips—many by no means proven publicly—his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the existence and adventures of the irreverent southpaw. A star-studded romp via America’s such a lot glamorous years, with cameos from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, George Gershwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Marilyn Monroe, Lefty is immediately a long-overdue reminder of a pitcher’s greatness and a heartwarming social gathering of a lifestyles well-lived.
 
“His tale transcends activities and provides us a much-needed lesson in grit and grace.”—Jon Meacham
 
“A loving and wonderfully written tribute . . . Be ready to be reworked, and to find stars who have been stars in an age whilst that note quite intended something.”—Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN’s Mike and Mike within the Morning
 
“An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose oversized character looms even greater than his massive athletic achievements.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Download E-books Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy PDF

By Andrew Cockburn

Donald Rumsfeld, who as secretary of protection oversaw the military, military, air strength, and marines from 2001 to December 2006, is extensively blamed for the catastrophic kingdom of America's involvement in Iraq. In his groundbreaking publication Rumsfeld, Washington insider Andrew Cockburn info Rumsfeld's judgements within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and likewise exhibits how his political legacy stretches again a long time and may succeed in a long way into the longer term.

counting on assets that come with high-ranking officers within the Pentagon and the White residence, Rumsfeld is going a ways past prior money owed to bare a guy ate up with the urge to dominate each human stumble upon, and whose competitive ambition has lengthy been matched by means of his lack of ability to exhibit actual management or settle for accountability for egregious blunders. Cockburn exposes Rumsfeld's early occupation as an Illinois congressman, his upward push to prominence as an legitimate within the Nixon White residence, his cautious maneuvering to prevent the fallout of the Watergate scandal, and his skillful infighting as secretary of protection below President Ford. Cockburn additionally chronicles for the first actual time Rumsfeld's next tenure as CEO of G. D. Searle (and his committed efforts to get governmental popularity of the arguable synthetic sweetener aspartame) in addition to his attention-grabbing habit in mystery high-level executive nuclear warfare video games within the years he was once out of strength.

President George W. Bush's hasty elevation of Rumsfeld as his secretary of protection proved historical, for it used to be the triumvirate of Bush, vp Dick Cheney, and Rumsfeld who plunged the United States into the disastrous quagmire of the warfare in Iraq. Cockburn finds how Rumsfeld's conduct of intimidation, indecision, ignoring awkward realities, damaging micromanagement, and bureaucratic manipulation all helped doom America's army experience. The ebook demanding situations the inspiration that Rumsfeld used to be an efficient supervisor pushed to remodel the yank army, examines the explanations that Rumsfeld used to be faraway from workplace, and indicates how his moment appointment as secretary of safeguard displays a deep clash among President Bush and his father, former president George H. W. Bush.

Brimming with robust revelations, Rumsfeld is certain to end up the must-have piece of investigative journalism as the USA grapples with its tough involvement in Iraq and the doubtful direction the rustic faces today.

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Download E-books My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope PDF

By Ellie Laks, Nomi Isak

My mild Barn is an excellent ebook. you will love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The strong sturdy Pig

Founder Ellie Laks began The mild Barn after adopting a unwell goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. a few 2 hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The light Barn has develop into a unprecedented nonprofit that brings jointly a volunteer employees of group contributors and at-risk youth to rehabilitate deserted and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to take care of the animals, they research a brand new language of therapeutic that works wonders at the people to boot.

My mild Barn weaves jointly the tale of the way the Barn got here to be what it really is this present day with Ellie's personal trip. packed with heartwarming animal tales and encouraging recoveries, My light Barn is a feel-good account that might satisfaction animal enthusiasts and memoir readers alike.

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Download E-books Hitler's Valkyrie: The Uncensored Biography of Unity Mitford PDF

By David R. L. Litchfield

The first biography to bare the total, intimate information of solidarity Valkyrie Mitford's awesome dating with Adolf Hitler

The notable and much-loved Mitford relatives has remained mostly unrepentant referring to theirs and especially Unity's enthusiastic aid of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. yet having at first inspired and supported Unity's affair with Hitler, they as a consequence insisted that she had in truth been a slightly unintelligent, clumsy lump of a lady, whose virginal dating with the most terrifying dictators of all time used to be an insignificant unrequited, romantic obsession. As this publication will express, not anything should be farther from the reality. Following extra examine and re-evaluation of the family's, friends', and newshounds' usually contradictory facts, plus new details provided via the author's circle of relatives and acquaintances, readers will locate that whereas solidarity used to be, like Hitler, an severe fantasist, there was once in truth little of the juvenile romantic approximately her, and that she used to be, to the contrary, very smart, free-spirited, and athletic. She used to be additionally the one Englishwoman who got here with regards to being able to altering the process international battle II.

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Download E-books Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon PDF

By Al Worden, Francis French

As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 venture to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what's broadly considered as the best exploration undertaking that people have ever tried. He spent six days orbiting the moon, together with 3 days thoroughly by myself, the main remoted human in lifestyles. through the go back from the moon to earth he additionally performed the 1st spacewalk in deep area, turning into the 1st human ever to determine either the complete earth and moon just by turning his head. The Apollo 15 flight capped an already-impressive occupation as an astronaut, together with very important paintings at the pioneering Apollo nine and Apollo 12 missions, in addition to the perilous flight of Apollo 13.

Nine months after his go back from the moon, Worden bought a mobile name telling him he was once fired and ordering him out of his place of work by means of the top of the week. He refused to leave.

What occurred in these 9 months, from being venerated with parades and conferences with global leaders to being unceremoniously fired, has been a resource of a lot hypothesis for 4 a long time. Worden hasn't ever ahead of instructed the entire tale round the dramatic occasions that shook NASA and ended his spaceflight occupation. Readers will examine them the following for the 1st time, in addition to the exhilarating account of what it truly is prefer to trip to the moon and again. it really is an unprecedentedly candid account of what it used to be prefer to be an Apollo astronaut, with all its glory but additionally its pitfalls.

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Download E-books Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey PDF

By Evander Holyfield

History's purely four-time international heavyweight boxing champion and one in every of America's such a lot widespread and liked athletes finds the dramatic tale of his upward thrust from poverty to the very top of the hardest recreation on earth.

slightly in a position to make it into the heavyweight department and in most cases the smaller fighter within the ring, Holyfield spent his specialist profession proving the naysayers fallacious. alongside the way in which he supplied a few of the 20th century's such a lot exciting activities moments, no longer them all on function. In Becoming Holyfield, he offers us the interesting within tale of defeating Mike Tyson, the self-proclaimed "Baddest guy on Earth," after which getting a bit of his ear bitten off within the rematch. We find out how it felt to turn into the undisputed champion of the area by means of knocking out the guy who knocked out Tyson, and we discover out what it used to be fairly prefer to be in the course of a identify struggle and spot a motorized parachute fly correct into the hoop.

there's heartbreak to head besides triumph, starting with Holyfield's lack of an Olympic gold medal as a result of a hugely debatable disqualification and carrying on with via his short-lived retirement following a misdiagnosed middle . alongside the way in which we are taken care of to glimpses of such colourful figures as Don King and Howard Cosell and we come to appreciate the extra-ordinary strength of affection in shaping a tender boy's lifestyles, and the affection he attempted to come back. Holyfield made more cash within the ring than the other fighter in historical past, and gave away hundreds of thousands to help the desires of underprivileged young ones trying to find a similar types of breaks that allowed him to turn into a champion.

Holyfield's tremendous reputation can't be overstated, and it cuts throughout all ethnicities and socioeconomic periods. the head 3 highest-grossing sporting activities in Las Vegas historical past have been all Holyfield fights, and his hugely rated appearances on Dancing with the Stars helped to make sure that show's luck. different combatants can have been higher, more suitable, or extra flamboyant, yet few may fit Evander Holyfield's poise, grace stressed, or dedication to function an concept to others.

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Download E-books The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun PDF

The definitive biography of Ahmet Ertegun—founder of Atlantic documents, the guy at the back of stars from Ray Charles to the Rolling Stones—“mesmerizing, wonderful, informative.”*

Brilliant, cultured, brash, and irreverent, Ahmet Ertegun was once a legend within the track global. Blessed with nice style and sharp enterprise acumen, he based Atlantic documents and taken rock ’n’ roll into the mainstream. He quick turned as popular for his magnificent experience of fashion and nonstop A-list social lifestyles as for his pioneering paintings within the studio.

Ertegun came across, signed, or recorded a few of the maximum musical artists of all time, between them Ruth Brown; Ray Charles; Bobby Darin; Sonny and Cher; Eric Clapton; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & younger; Led Zeppelin; and the Rolling Stones.

Ertegun lived grandly yet was once by no means happier than whilst he discovered himself in a few down-and-out joint hearing tune overdue at evening. As colourful and compelling as its topic, The final Sultan is the attention-grabbing tale of a guy who continually lived by way of his personal ideas.

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Download E-books Loudmouth: Tales (and Fantasies) of Sports, Sex, and Salvation from Behind the Microphone PDF

By Craig Carton

From one in all radio's loudest, orneriest, so much cherished, and highest-rated activities radio personalities, a daring and hilarious memoir of activities, manhood, and what it's to be a fan.

In 1991, clean from collage, Craig Carton drove a crappy 1980 Buick to Buffalo, manhattan, to interview for a task at WGR radio. The station supervisor who employed him used to be the 1st to acknowledge his significant on-air expertise, and helped commence what has develop into a mythical radio profession. usually in comparison to Howard Stern, Carton has hosted a sequence of hugely rated indicates, and in 2007 he joined WFAN, the place he and Boomer Esiason host an eponymous express each morning for 4 hours out of a studio in long island City.

In this debut ebook, Carton invitations the reader to hitch him as he recounts stories from his suburban early life, defends his long-held love affair with the hot York Jets, reminisces in regards to the shenanigans of a few of the top paid and such a lot celebrated athletes taking part in this day, and displays on his paintings as one in every of radio’s craftiest, so much hilarious personalities ever to get at the back of the microphone.

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Download E-books An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo PDF

WINNER OF THE POLITICAL booklet AWARDS POLITICAL background e-book OF THE 12 months 2014.

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused photograph of a state close to social revolution.

Britain in 1963 – Harold Macmillan was once the major Minister of a Conservative govt, devoted to culture, hierarchy and, specially, out of date morality. yet a breakdown of social barriers observed nightclub hostesses blending with aristocrats, and middle-class pros dabbling in criminal activity. in the meantime, chilly conflict paranoia gripped the general public imagination.

The Profumo Affair used to be an ideal typhoon, and while it broke it rocked the institution. In ‘An English Affair’, the writer of the critically-acclaimed ‘Titainic Lives’ Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to lifestyles. the solid of avid gamers contains the commonplace – louche health care professional Stephen Ward, good-time women Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for battle John Profumo himself. yet we additionally stumble upon the tabloid hacks, estate builders and hangers-on whose roles have, beforehand, by no means been absolutely revealed.

Sex, medicinal drugs, type, race, chequebook journalism and the legal underworld – the Profumo Affair had all of it. this can be the tale of ways Sixties England dispose of respectability and fell in love with scandal.

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Download E-books Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America PDF

By Firoozeh Dumas

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in inventive Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir

This Random condo Reader’s Circle variation contains a examining crew consultant and a talk among Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, writer of The Kite Runner!

“Remarkable . . . instructed with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . finally, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embody of America.”—San Francisco Chronicle

In 1972, while she used to be seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her kinfolk moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving without firsthand wisdom of this kingdom past her father’s sparkling thoughts of his graduate college years right here. extra family members quickly undefined, and the extended family has been the following ever on the grounds that.

humorous in Farsi chronicles the yank trip of Dumas’s splendidly attractive relatives: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later misplaced his activity in the course of the Iranian revolution; her dependent mom, who by no means absolutely mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the results of yankee quick foodstuff with an military of surprising American weightloss instruments; and Firoozeh herself, who as a woman replaced her identify to Julie, and who encountered a moment wave of tradition surprise while she met and married a Frenchman, changing into a part of a one-couple melting pot.

In a sequence of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the kin grapple with American English (hot canines and hush puppies?—a whole mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even larger secret, because it tastes like nothing), and American tradition (Firoozeh’s mom and dad snort uproariously at Bob desire on tv, even if they don’t get the jokes even if she interprets them into Farsi).

especially, this is often an unforgettable tale of identification, discovery, and the facility of relations love. it's a ebook that may depart us all laughing—without an accent.

Praise for Funny in Farsi
 
“Heartfelt and hilarious—in any language.”Glamour
 
“A cheerful success.”Newsday
 
“What’s captivating past the humor of this memoir is that it is still affectionate even within the weakest, such a lot tenuous moments for the tradition. It’s the brilliance of real sophistication at work.”Los Angeles occasions e-book Review
 
“Often hilarious, constantly attention-grabbing . . . just like the motion picture My colossal fats Greek Wedding, this publication describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of 2 cultures.”The windfall Journal
 
“A funny and introspective chronicle of a lifestyles full of love—of family members, kingdom, and heritage.”—Jimmy Carter
 
“Delightfully refreshing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“[Funny in Farsi] brings us toward researching what it potential to be an American.”San Jose Mercury News

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