By Toby Lester
In Da Vinci's Ghost, severely acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the tale of the world’s so much iconic picture, the Vitruvian guy, and sheds astounding new mild at the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo da Vinci, certainly one of history’s such a lot attention-grabbing figures.
Deftly weaving jointly artwork, structure, heritage, theology, and lots more and plenty else, Da Vinci's Ghost is a primary highbrow enchantment.”—Charles Mann, writer of 1493
Da Vinci didn’t summon Vitruvian guy out of skinny air. He used to be encouraged via the belief initially formulated by means of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who steered that the human physique may be made to slot within a circle, lengthy linked to the divine, and a sq., with regards to the earthly and secular. to put a guy inside of these shapes was once to indicate that the human physique may well certainly be a blueprint for the workings of the universe. Da Vinci increased Vitruvius’ thought to exhilarating heights whilst he got down to do anything extraordinary, if the human physique actually mirrored the cosmos, he reasoned, then learning its anatomy extra completely than had ever been tried before—peering deep into physique and soul—might furnish him a virtually godlike viewpoint at the make-up of the realm.
Written with an analogous narrative aptitude and highbrow sweep as Lester’s award-winning first e-book, the “almost unbearably exciting” (Simon Winchester) Fourth a part of the area, and fantastically illustrated with Da Vinci's drawings, Da Vinci’s Ghost follows Da Vinci on his trip to realizing the secrets and techniques of the Vitruvian guy. It captures a pivotal time in Western background whilst the center a long time have been giving technique to the Renaissance, while paintings, technology, and philosophy have been speedily converging, and whilst it appeared attainable unmarried man or woman may embody—and even understand—the nature of the universe.
By Linda Himelstein
“A operatic tour-de-force.” —Tilar J. Mazzeo, writer of The Widow Clicquot
“An striking feat of analysis, informed speedily and enthusiastically.” —San Francisco Chronicle
From Vanderbilt and Rockefeller to invoice Gates and Steve Jobs, America’s captains of are paragons of entrepreneurial good fortune, and books approximately company heritage, from The First rich person to The significant Short, express exemplars of capitalistic crafty and tenacity…but simply as American cocktail connoisseurs can mistake Absolut, Skyy, gray Goose, or Ketel One for the imperative transparent spirit, so too has America’s imaginative and prescient of industrial heritage remained naïve to a fact lengthy famous in jap Europe: because the time of Tsar Nicholas, either vodka and commercial luck have been synonymous in Russia with one name—Smirnoff. Linda Himelstein’s significantly acclaimed biography of Russian vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov—a finalist for the James Beard Award, winner of the IACP and Saroyan Awards, and a BusinessWeek top company publication of 2009—is the sweeping tale of entrepreneurship, empire, and epicurean triumph in contrast to something the area has ever noticeable prior to.
By Gabriel Miller
In the course of his forty-five-year occupation, William Wyler (1902–1981) driven the limits of filmmaking together with his gripping storylines and leading edge depth-of-field cinematography. With a physique of labor that incorporates such memorable classics as Jezebel (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ben-Hur (1959), and Funny Girl (1968), Wyler is the main nominated director within the heritage of the Academy Awards and bears the excellence of getting received an Oscar for top Director on 3 events. either Bette Davis and Lillian Hellman thought of him America's best director, and Sir Laurence Olivier acknowledged he realized extra approximately movie performing from Wyler than from a person else.
In William Wyler, Gabriel Miller explores the profession of 1 of Hollywood's most unusual and influential administrators, studying the evolution of his cinematic sort. Wyler's movies function nuanced photographs and multifaceted narratives that replicate his preoccupation with realism and tale development. The director's later works have been deeply inspired by way of his time within the military air strength in the course of global conflict II, and the disconnect among the idealized model of the postwar adventure and truth grew to become a vital subject matter of Wyler's masterpiece, The top Years of Our Lives (1946).
None of Wyler's contemporaries approached his scope: he made profitable and seminal movies in essentially each style, together with social drama, melodrama, and comedy. but, regardless of overwhelming serious acclaim and recognition, Wyler's paintings hasn't ever been generally studied. This long-overdue ebook deals a entire review of the director, his paintings, and his motion pictures' impression.
By Donald Driver
The mythical NFL receiver, all-time receptions and yards chief for the golf green Bay Packers, and Dancing with the celebs champion appears again on his lifestyles and career.
while he was once picked within the seventh-round of 1999 NFL draft, Donald motive force couldn’t locate eco-friendly Bay on a map. He was once given little probability of creating the Packers roster, less of gathering over 10,000 yards in his profession and changing into an excellent Bowl champion. yet in an not going trip, driving force has conquer concern after situation to turn into the most winning avid gamers within the NFL.
Now, for the 1st time, driving force remembers his time starting to be up in Houston, spending nights residing in a U-Haul trailer together with his mom and stealing automobiles and promoting medicines together with his brother to get by means of. He remembers what it used to be prefer to stroll into the locker room as a little-regarded prospect out of Alcorn country, an athlete who twelve months past suggestion his destiny used to be in excessive bounce instead of soccer, and why he may have by no means made the workforce with no the aid of normal supervisor Ron Wolf.
With assistance from his successful pace, ability, let alone, smile, driving force turned one in every of Brett Favre's most-trusted ambitions and a fan favourite at Lambeau. (Though it took it slow for him to ideal his Lambeau leap.) Driven takes you contained in the locker room with Favre, stocks his reviews with Reggie White, and remembers his more moderen role as a veteran chief for like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings in the course of their great Bowl run in 2010. Over 14 years driving force has been via it all—game profitable touchdowns, crushing playoff defeats, scary accidents, and the distinction of the tremendous Bowl.
touring off the sector, driving force speak about his courting together with his spouse and 3 teenagers: how doubtful they have been whilst he undertook the relentless education essential to turn into a champion at the 2012 season of Dancing With the celebrities, and the way supportive they're of his charity paintings and repair to God.
motive force retired on his phrases after 14 years within the NFL: as a Packer for all times. pushed is the definitive tale of Donald Driver’s awesome journey.
From the Hardcover edition.
By David Goodstein
"Glorious."―Wall highway Journal
Rescued from obscurity, Feynman's misplaced Lecture is a blessing for all Feynman fans. so much recognize Richard Feynman for the hilarious anecdotes and exploits in his best-selling books Surely you are Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What DoYou Care What folks Think? yet no longer consistently visible in these tales was once his brilliance as a natural scientist―one of the century's maximum physicists. With this publication and CD, we pay attention the voice of the nice Feynman in all his ingenuity, perception, and acumen for argument. This breathtaking lecture―"The movement of the Planets round the Sun"―uses not anything extra complicated than high-school geometry to give an explanation for why the planets orbit the sunlight elliptically instead of in ideal circles, and conclusively demonstrates the dazzling incontrovertible fact that has mystified and intrigued thinkers for the reason that Newton: Nature obeys arithmetic. David and Judith Goodstein supply us a superbly written brief memoir of existence with Feynman, supply meticulous statement at the lecture itself, and relate the fascinating tale in their attempt to chase down one in all Feynman's most unique and scintillating lectures.
By Henry Ketcham
In his advent to The lifetime of Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ketcham notes that there was a lot written approximately Lincoln that the legend has began to imprecise, if to not efface, the fellow. during this biography the only goal has been to provide the residing guy with such distinctness of define that the reader can have a kind of feeling of being accustomed to him. Ketcham s clearly-written, unadorned account of Lincoln s lifestyles achieves its acknowledged objective, by no means elimination its concentration from the guy who turned the sixteenth President of the USA and led the kingdom via a few of its such a lot turbulent and hard instances.
Bringing jointly 9 biographies from Plutarch's Parallel Lives sequence, this version examines the lives of significant figures in Roman background, from Lucullus (118-57 BC), an aristocratic flesh presser and conqueror of japanese kingdoms, to Otho (32-69 AD), a reckless younger noble who consorted with the tyrannical, debauched emperor Nero prior to in brief changing into a dignified and gracious emperor himself. Ian Scott-Kilvert's and Christopher Pelling's translations are followed by way of a brand new creation, and in addition contains a separate creation for every biography, comparative essays of the foremost figures, steered extra examining, notes and maps.
Rome in trouble joins Penguin Classics' entire revised Plutarch in six volumes. different titles contain On Sparta, Fall of the Roman Republic, The upward thrust of Rome, and The upward push and Fall of Athens.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater through introductions and notes by means of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.
By Alanna Nash
[Alanna] Nash belongs within the pantheon of serious tune writers, and [Baby, Let’s Play House] is an engaging study.” —Rosanne money
Just in time for Elvis Presley’s would-be seventy fifth birthday comes a brand new ebook via Elvis specialist, journalist, and nation song organization Media fulfillment Award winner Alanna Nash. referred to as "by a long way the simplest research of Presley i've got ever learn. . . Impressively researched written—and felt" by means of ny occasions bestselling writer Philip Norman (author of John Lennon and Shout!) and “the such a lot unique Elvis e-book ever” by means of New York Times bestselling writer Jimmy McDonough (Shakey: Neil Young's Biography), Baby, Let’s Play House is the first-ever Elvis booklet to concentration completely on his complicated relationships with girls, together with celebrities equivalent to Ann-Margret, Linda Thompson, Mary Ann Mobley, Cher, Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, and Cybill Shepherd. that includes dozens of specific interviews and ratings of never-before-seen pictures, Baby, Let’s Play House is a must have collector’s merchandise for fanatics of The King everywhere.
An unrivalled account of the yank Civil struggle from the accomplice viewpoint.
probably the most compelling own narratives of the Civil struggle, Mary Chesnut's Diary used to be written among 1861 and 1865. because the daughter of a prosperous plantation proprietor and the spouse of an aide to the accomplice President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was once good familiar with the Confederacy's famous avid gamers and-from the first actual photographs in Charleston, South Carolina-diligently recorded her impressions of the conflict's most vital moments. some of the most often mentioned memoirs of the struggle, Mary Chesnut's Diary captures the urgency and nuance of the interval in an epic wealthy with remark on race, prestige, and gear inside a country divided.
By Tomas Tranströmer
Written many years after Transtromer suffered a stroke that left him not able to talk, Memories examine Me is Tomas Tranströmer’s lyrical autobiography approximately growing to be up in Sweden. His tale opens with a streak of sunshine, a comet that turns into an excellent metaphor for “my life” as he attempts to penetrate the earliest, formative thoughts of his prior. This youth existence unfolds itself slowly in 8 glistening chapters that delicately exhibit the main mystery of treasures: how Tranströmer stumbled on poetry.