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The complete and definitive biography of one of modern witchcraft’s most influential witches, written with the full support and approval of the Centre for Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation. Revealing previously unknown details of Doreen’s life, her involvement in the earliest days of Wicca, and her incredible contributions to the revival of witchcraft and paganism, this book is drawn from first-hand testimony and the vast collection of papers Doreen left behind for future generations to explore.
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in history to leave the Earth’s atmosphere and venture into space. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted only 108 minutes, but at the end of it he had become the most famous man in the world. Back on the ground, his smiling face captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Film stars, politicians and pop stars from Europe to Japan, India to the United States vied with each other to shake his hand. Despite this immense fame, almost nothing is known about Gagarin or the exceptional people behind his dramatic space flight.
An honest and deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her life"Dog Medicine simply has to be your next must-read." —Cheryl StrayedAt twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression.
The world–famous former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me if You Can now reveals the mind–boggling tricks of the scam trade–with advice that has made him one of America’s most sought–after fraud–prevention experts. "I had as much knowledge as any man alive concerning the mechanics of forgery, check swindling, counterfeiting, and other similar crimes. Ever since I’d been released from prison, I’d often felt that if I directed this knowledge into the right channels, I could help people a great deal.
Three in-depth conversations with the Nobel laureate co-discoverer of the double helix and the first director of the Human Genome Project cover a wide range of topics, including progress in science; the scientist’s role in modern life; women in science; scientific ethics; terrorism; religion; multiculturalism; and how genetics may improve human lives. Reflections by further illustrious contributors to the scientific revolution and the author’s commentaries provide a glimpse into the thinking of scientists who largely determine the progress of humankind in our time.
"Ein Lehrbuch deutscher Nachkriegsgeschichte." Die Zeit Alles sollte anders werden, als Susanne Schädlich im Dezember 1977 die DDR verließ, da ihr Vater, der Schriftsteller Hans Joachim Schädlich, dort schon lange nicht mehr ungehindert publizieren konnte. Doch die neue Heimat war fremder als gedacht, und der lange Arm der Stasi verfolgte die Familie bis in den Westen. Dreißig Jahre später stößt Susanne Schädlich in den Akten auf eine schlimme Wahrheit und erkennt: Geschichte vergeht nicht, sie holt einen immer wieder ein.
In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last.Pat Conroy’s father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son’s life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, “I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for ‘hate.’” As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father’s behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg.
A tredici anni impara a fumare sigari e a sedurre fanciulle sotto la guida del nonno bestemmiatore. Qualche tempo dopo fa il fattorino d’albergo e arrotonda lo stipendio spacciando alcolici. Poi congela per il freddo e trema di paura come guardiano di un oleodotto nel West Texas. E’ l’incubo degli insegnanti, frega gli uomini della mafia e per poco non si fa ammazzare da un vice sceriffo. Poi, tutto ad un tratto, diventa uno tra i migliori autori di genere americani.
The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”On one level, The Noble Hustle is a familiar species of participatory journalism–a longtime neighborhood poker player, Whitehead was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online online magazine Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker. But since it stems from the astonishing mind of Colson Whitehead (MacArthur Award-endorsed!), the book is a brilliant, hilarious, weirdly profound, and ultimately moving portrayal of–yes, it sounds overblown and ridiculous, but really!–the human condition.A
This is the true story of a young girl who lost her faith, her family, and her friends, but found the courage to do the most difficult thing of all. To Love Herself.
After his death Thorstein Veblen was hailed as ‘America’s Darwin and Marx’ and is normally portrayed as the perennial iconoclast. He severely criticised traditional economics and attempted to create an alternative approach based on a much more complex view of human beings. He is one of the most celebrated economists of our age and has been the inspiration for many books; the predatory version of capitalism we now again experience, the phenomenon of studying cultures of consumption and the darker sides of gilded ages can be traced back to Veblen.
After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling. Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years more to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942. And then in stepped Preston Tucker. This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had built race cars before the war, and had designed prototypes for the military during it. Now, gathering a group of brilliant automotive designers, engineers, and promoters, he announced the creation of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker ’48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up.
The intelligent art of solving crimes before they happen.Can lollipops reduce anti-social behaviour? Or wizards halt street gambling? Do fake bus stops protect pensioners? Will organising a dog show stop young people killing each other? Stevyn Colgan believes that the answer to all of those questions is ‘Yes’. Packed with fascinating anecdotes and important questions, this astonishing book reveals the innovative and imaginative ways Colgan tried to prevent crime during his thirty years on the police force.C
Rayna and her husband Bill edited the Kuomintang’s English-language newspaper in Wuhan. Rayna’s account of her intimate involvement in the Chinese Revolution brings to life the eventful Wuhan years of 1926-27, which shaped the revolution’s course. Her letters illuminate from a personal angle the battle for China’s future and include remarkable portraits of some of the people who shaped the Communist and Nationalist movements of the time.
Semën Kanatchikov, born in a central Russian village in 1879, was one of the thousands of peasants who made the transition from traditional village life to the life of an urban factory worker in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the last years of the nineteenth century. Unlike the others, however, he recorded his personal and political experiences (up to the even of the 1905 Revolution) in an autobiography. First published in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, this memoir gives us the richest and most thoughtful firsthand account we have of life among the urban lower classes in Imperial Russia.W
In Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider, Leslie Woods relates the fascinating story of his life from fisherman’s son in New Zealand to head of the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.
The Collected Works consists of 33 volumes which contain the writings of one of the leading classical liberals of the 19th century. Mill wrote works of political economy, philosophy, history, political theory, and corresponded with many of the leading figures of his day. The collection also includes the speeches he gave as a member of parliament and many volumes of his newspaper articles.
The narrator of this book is named Renee. Her last name is not revealed, nor are many other circumstances of her life. What is revealed, however, is far more unusual, far more extraordinary. In perfect, almost painfully vivid language, Renee has revealed her journey into the depths of schizophrenia, and her step-by-step return to sanity. In doing so, she has created a human document without peer in the literature of madness.
In this new pictorial history from Philip Kaplan, the perspectives of both RAF and Luftwaffe airmen are considered within the wider context of one of the most iconic and pivotal conflicts of modern history. The Blitz, primarily the bombing of London and the major cities of Britain by the German Air Force, lasted for fifty-seven nights from September 1940 into May 1941. Life under the bombing; the perspectives of German and British airmen; the experience of sheltering in the London Underground; firsthand accounts of the horror by survivors left behind; all these voices are consolidated to great effect, providing a suitable commentary to the rare archive photography on display.A
Chronicling the growth of a recruit from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, to a seasoned troop leader, this memoir also relates the experiences of the 200 marines in A Company, First Battalion, Second Marines, as they engaged in island warfare in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian.
On the morning of September 12, 2013, a fugitive task force arrested Arthur Fryar at his apartment in Brooklyn. His DNA, entered in the FBI’s criminal database after a drug conviction, had been matched to evidence from a rape in Pennsylvania years earlier. Over the next year, Fryar and his lawyer fought his extradition and prosecution for the rape-and another like it-which occurred in 1992. The victims-one from January of that year, the other from November-were kept anonymous in the media. This is the story of Jane Doe January.E
Robbert Sabbag’s Snowblind, the true story of an American smuggler whose intricate, ingenious scams made him a legendary figure in the cocaine world of the late sixties and early seventies, is a modern classic. In this “witty, intelligent, fiercely stylish, drug-induced exemplary tale” (Los Angeles Times), Sabbag masterfully traces Zachary Swan’s Roman-candle career, from his first forays into smuggling marijuana to his jaunts to Colombia to buy pure cocaine, and his ever more elaborate plans to outwit the police and customs officials.
"It is not only the Hammer films based on Dennis Wheatley’s novels that are full-blooded, sensational entertainment, so was Wheatley’s life, brilliantly evoked by Phil Baker. This gripping biography draws out all the comedy from Wheatley’s history, from his childhood in a family of wine merchants who were dedicated to social climbing (the scrambling for status never left Wheatley either, even in his 70’s he was proudly joining gentlemen’s clubs such as White’s) to his experiences in World War One.
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