Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim

By Mary V. Dearborn

Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism because the final self-invented lady, a cultural mover and shaker who broke clear of her poor-little-rich-girl origins to form a existence for herself because the enfant bad of the artwork global. Peggy's visionary artwork of This Century gallery in big apple, which introduced jointly the eu surrealist artists with the yank summary expressionists, used to be an epoch-shaking "happening" on the middle of its time.
Dearborn's extraordinary entry to the Guggenheim kinfolk, pals, and papers contributes wealthy perception to Peggy's irritating adolescence in German-Jewish "Our Crowd" manhattan, her self-education within the methods of paintings and artists, her caustic battles with different art-collecting Guggenheims, and her mythical sexual appetites: her enthusiasts incorporated Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Duchamp, to call a trifling few. the following too is a poignant portrait of Peggy's final years as l'ultima dogaressa -- the final duchess -- in her palazzo in Venice, the place her assortment nonetheless attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday makers each year.
Mistress of Modernism is the 1st definitive biography of a lady whose wit, ardour, and provocative legacy come compellingly to life.

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The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

By Michael Konik

A riveting inside of examine the profitable international high-stakes activities making a bet by way of a journalist who lived a mystery lifestyles as a key operative within the world's such a lot winning activities playing ring. while journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, the most important guess he'd put on a carrying occasion was once $200. Konik, knowledgeable blackjack and poker participant, used to be no stranger to Vegas. yet Matthews used to be in a distinct league: the fellow was once rumored to be the world's smartest activities bettor, the mastermind in the back of "the mind Trust," a shadowy team of gamblers identified for his or her services in beating the Vegas line. Konik had heard the be aware in the street -- that Matthews was once a snake, a conniver who could do whatever to realize an side. yet he used to be additionally fantastic, crafty, and fascinating. And whilst he requested Konik if he'd prefer to "make a bit funds" through the soccer season, the author came across himself seduced . . . So begun Michael Konik's wild trip as an operative of the elite mind belief. within the shrewdpermanent funds, Konik takes readers at the back of the veil of secrecy shrouding the main profitable activities having a bet operation in the USA, bypassing the myths and the rumors, going the entire option to its innermost sanctum. He finds how they -- and he -- obtained wealthy by way of beating the Vegas traces and, finally, the multimillion-dollar offshore making a bet circuit. He information the excesses and the betrayals, the horse-trading and the paranoia, which are the perks and perils of a life-style during which staking inordinate sums of cash at the consequence of a unmarried occasion -- occasionally up to $1 million on a soccer video game -- is a regular a part of doing company.

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The Life of Alexander the Great (Modern Library Classics)

In 336 b.c. Philip of Macedonia used to be assassinated and his twenty-year-old son, Alexander, inherited his state. instantly quelling uprising, Alexander prolonged his father’s empire through-out the center East and into elements of Asia, fulfilling the soothsayer Aristander’s prediction that the recent king “should practice acts so very important and excellent as may make the poets and musicians of destiny a while labour and sweat to explain and have fun him.”

The lifetime of Alexander the Great is likely one of the first surviving makes an attempt to memorialize the achievements of this mythical king, remembered at the present time because the maximum army genius of all time. This unique smooth Library version, excerpted from Plutarch’s Lives, is a riveting story of honor, strength, scandal, and bravado written via the main eminent biographer of the traditional global.

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Rafa

By Rafael Nadal, John Carlin

What makes a champion? What does it take to be the easiest on this planet at your activity?

Rafael Nadal has the solutions. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he unearths the secrets and techniques of his video game and stocks the inspiring own tale at the back of his good fortune.

It starts off in Mallorca, the place the tight-knit Nadal kinfolk has lived for generations. Coached through his uncle Toni from the age of 4 and taught humility and admire through his mom and dad, Nadal has controlled the unusual feat of turning into an acclaimed international big name whereas final a gracious, hardworking position version for individuals in all walks of life.

Now he is taking us behind the curtain, from profitable the Wimbledon 2008 final-described by way of John McEnroe as "the maximum video game of tennis" he had ever seen-to the family members difficulties that introduced him low in 2009 and the various accidents that experience threatened his career.

With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and effective trip, by no means wasting sight of the prize he values certainly others: the team spirit and love of his relations.

From RAFA:

"During a fit, you're in an enduring conflict to struggle again your daily vulnerabilities, bottle up your human emotions. The extra bottled up they're, the higher your possibilities of profitable, as long as you have informed as demanding as you play and the distance in expertise isn't really too broad among you and your rival. the space in expertise with Federer existed, however it used to be no longer impossibly huge. It used to be slim adequate, even on his favourite floor within the match he performed most sensible, for me to grasp that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, within my head higher than he did, i may beat him. you want to cage your self in protecting armor, flip your self right into a cold warrior. it is a form of self-hypnosis, a online game you play, with lethal seriousness, to cover your individual weaknesses from your self, in addition to out of your rival."

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The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

By Tracy Daugherty

In The final Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the significantly acclaimed writer of Hiding guy (a New Yorker and New York Times striking booklet) and Just One Catch, delves deep into the lifetime of distinctive American writer and journalist Joan Didion during this, the 1st revealed biography released approximately her life.

Joan Didion lived a lifestyles within the private and non-private eye together with her overdue husband, author John Gregory Dunne. the 2 have been wildly profitable writing companions after they moved to l. a. and co-wrote screenplays and diversifications jointly. Didion is famous for her literary journalistic type in either fiction and non-fiction. a few of her most-notable paintings comprises Slouching in the direction of Bethlehem, Run River, and The yr of Magical Thinking, a countrywide publication Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, it handled the grief surrounding Didion after the lack of her husband and daughter. Daughtery takes readers on a trip again via time, following a tender Didion in Sacramento via to her grownup lifestyles as a author interviewing those that comprehend and knew her individually, whereas protecting a deferential distance from the reclusive literary nice. Lifelong lovers and readers studying approximately Didion for the 1st time might be enthralled with this outstanding tribute.

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The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

By Janet Malcolm

In an astounding feat of literary detection, some of the most provocative critics of our time and the writer of In the Freud Archives and The Purloined Clinic bargains an elegantly reasoned meditation at the paintings of biography. In The Silent Woman, Janet Malcolm examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath to create a booklet now not approximately Plath’s lifestyles yet approximately her afterlife: how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her property, attempted to serve masters—Plath’s paintings and his personal desire for privateness; and the way it fell to his sister, Olwyn Hughes, as literary agent for the property, to guard him via proscribing entry to Plath’s work.

Even as Malcolm brings her skepticism to undergo at the claims of biography to provide the reality a couple of lifestyles, a portrait of Sylvia Plath emerges that provides us a feeling of “knowing” this tragic poet in a manner we have now by no means identified her earlier than. and she or he dispels endlessly the innocence with which so much people have approached the examining of any biography.

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To Sin Against Hope: How America Has Failed Its Inmigrants: A Personal History

By Alfredo Gutierrez

Alfredo Gutierrez’s father, a US citizen, was once deported to Mexico from his Arizona hometown—the mining city the place Alfredo grew up. This happened in the course of a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria stoked via the nice melancholy, yet as Gutierrez makes transparent, in a ebook that's either a private chronicle and a thought-provoking heritage, the battle on Mexican immigrants has hardly ever abated. Barack Obama now presides over an immigration coverage each inch the equivalent of Herbert Hoover’s in its harshness.

His relations reports encouraged Gutierrez to pursue the lifetime of a Chicano activist. Kicked out of Arizona country collage after top a takeover of the president’s place of work, he later grew to become the bulk chief of the Arizona kingdom Senate. Later nonetheless, he was once a profitable political advisor. He is still an activist, and during this engrossing memoir and essay, he dissects the racism that has deformed a century of border policy—leading to a checklist variety of deportations in the course of the Obama presidency—and he analyzes the timidity of today’s immigrant advocacy companies. To Sin opposed to Hope brings to mild the issues that experience avoided the U.S. from honoring the contributions and aspirations of its immigrants. it's a name to recollect historical past and act for the longer term.

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The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings

By John M. Adams

Egypt, The Valley of the Kings, 1905: An American robber baron friends throughout the gap he has lower in an old tomb wall and discovers the richest trove of golden treasure ever visible in Egypt.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Theodore Davis was once the main recognized archaeologist on this planet; his occupation became tomb-robbing and treasure-hunting right into a technology. utilizing six of Davis's most vital discoveries in archaeology-from the feminine Pharaoh Hatshepsut's sarcophagus to the beautiful shabti statuettes looted from the Egyptian Museum now not too lengthy ago-as a lens round which to concentration his quintessentially American rags-to-riches story, Adams chronicles the dizzying upward thrust of a negative kingdom preacher's son who, via corruption and fraud, gathered large wealth in Gilded Age big apple after which atoned for his ruthless occupation by means of inventing new criteria for systematic excavation within the box of archaeology. Davis chanced on a checklist eighteen tombs within the Valley and, breaking with customized, gave the entire spoils of his discoveries to museums. A accomplice of Boss Tweed, buddy of Teddy Roosevelt, and rival of J. P. Morgan, the colourful "American Lord Carnarvon" shared his Newport mansion along with his Rembrandts, his spouse, and his mistress. the single cause Davis has been forgotten through background to a wide quantity is among the undeniable fact that he stopped simply in need of King Tutankhamen's tomb, the invention of which propelled Howard Carter (Davis's erstwhile worker) to world wide status quite a few brief years later.
Drawing on infrequent and never-before-published archival fabric, The Millionaire and the Mummies, the 1st biography of Theodore Davis ever written rehabilitates a tarnished photograph via an exciting story of crime and event, packed with larger-than-life characters, unbelievable treasures, and unique settings.

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