By Marc Eliot
This arguable biography has develop into a major reference at the lifestyles & occasions of Phil Ochs, scholar activist, journalist, 60s insurgent, social commentator, highway socialist, poet, pop megastar & disturbed baby of an the USA long gone conflict & assassination-crazy.
Altho his recordings have been by no means bestsellers & there have been occasions whilst he was once extra enormously favored within the united kingdom, Canada & the third global than at domestic, the overdue Philip David Ochs used to be one of many few American folksingers, apart from Woody Guthrie & Bob Dylan, who wrote & played his personal songs. This making a song journalist's earliest ballads--championing civil rights, pacifism & revolution, attacking unemployment & US international policy--dealt with the romance of politics. Later ones celebrated the politics of romance. excited about evening, dying, drowning, James Dean & Elvis Presley, Ochs used to be basically 36 while, after surviving an assault in Africa through a psychotic holiday, he hanged himself in 1976. Eliot's sympathetic, strong biography 1st seemed in paperback in 1979. more moderen variants comprise an epilog that updates info on Ochs's relatives & associates, discusses the FBI's 13-year surveillance of him & bargains a revised discography.
By Huan Hsu
A journalist travels all through mainland China and Taiwan looking for his family’s hidden treasure and springs to appreciate his ancestry as he by no means has before.
In 1938, while the japanese arrived in Huan Hsu’s great-great-grandfather Liu’s Yangtze River homeland of Xingang, Liu used to be pressured to bury his valuables, together with an enormous choice of prized old porcelain, and adopt a decades-long trek that will splinter the relations over millions of miles. decades and upheavals later, Hsu, raised in Salt Lake urban and armed basically with interest, strikes to China to paintings in his uncle’s semiconductor chip enterprise. as soon as there, a talk along with his grandmother, his final residing hyperlink to dynastic China, ignites a wish to examine extra approximately not just his misplaced ancestral heirlooms but in addition porcelain itself. gaining knowledge of the language adequate to enterprise into the nation-state, Hsu units out to split the layers of truth and fiction that experience obscured either China and his background and eventually entire his family’s lengthy march again home.
Melding memoir, travelogue, and social and political heritage, The Porcelain Thief bargains an intimate and unforgettable method to comprehend the advanced occasions that experience outlined China during the last 200 years and gives a revealing, energetic point of view on modern chinese language society from the perspective of a chinese language American coming to phrases along with his hyphenated identity.
By Benita Eisler
Frédéric Chopin’s popularity as one of many nice Romantics endures, yet as Benita Eisler unearths in her dependent and elegiac biography, the fellow was once extra advanced than his iconic image.
A classicist, conservative, and dandy who relished his conquest of Parisian society, the Polish émigré was once for it slow blessed with genius, acclaim, and the affection of Europe’s such a lot notorious lady author, George Sand. yet through the age of 39, the fellow whose tremendous compositions had extremely joyful audiences within the most trendy salons lay demise of intake, penniless and deserted by way of his lover. within the fall of 1849, his lavish funeral used to be attended by way of thousands—but no longer through George Sand.
In this intimate portrait of an embattled guy, Eisler tells the tale of a turbulent love affair, of discomfort and loss redeemed through paintings, and of worlds—both inner most and public—convulsed via momentous swap.
By Mike Doughty
By Shane Burcaw
With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the demanding situations he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a female friend and every little thing in among, Shane handles his state of affairs with humor and a "you-only-live-once" point of view on existence. whereas he does discuss daily concerns which are relatable to adolescents, he additionally deals an eye-opening standpoint on what it's prefer to have a lifestyles threatening sickness.
By Melvin I. Urofsky
As a tender attorney within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, Louis Brandeis, born right into a kinfolk of reformers who got here to the USA to flee ecu anti-Semitism, demonstrated the best way smooth legislation is practiced. He used to be an early champion of the proper to privateness and pioneer the belief of professional bono paintings by way of lawyers. Brandeis invented rate reductions financial institution lifestyles assurance in Massachusetts and was once a motive force within the improvement of the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Reserve Act, and the legislation constructing the Federal alternate Commission.
Brandeis witnessed and suffered from the anti-Semitism rampant within the usa within the early 20th century, and with the outbreak of worldwide conflict I, grew to become at age fifty-eight the pinnacle of the yank Zionist flow. throughout the brutal six-month congressional affirmation conflict that ensued while Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the ideal courtroom in 1916, Brandeis was once defined as “a hectic point in any gentlemen’s club.” yet as soon as at the courtroom, he turned one among its such a lot influential contributors, constructing the trendy jurisprudence of loose speech and the doctrine of a constitutionally safe correct to privateness and suggesting what grew to become often called the doctrine of incorporation, during which the invoice of Rights got here to use to the states. during this award-winning biography, Melvin Urofsky supplies us a wide ranging view of Brandeis’s exceptional impression on American society and law.
By Tony Harris
Cornelius Cardew is an enigma. counting on which resources one consults he's both an influential and iconic determine of British musical tradition or a marginal interest, a footnote to a inaccurate musical phenomenon. he's either praised for his uncompromising dedication to world-changing politics, and mocked for being blindly stuck up in a maelstrom of naÃ¯ve political folly. His works are either greatly lauded as landmark achievements of the British avant-garde and ridiculed as an archaic and beside the point footnote to the demonstrated musical tradition. Even the occasions of his demise are shrouded in secret and shortage a feeling of closure. As in the past as 1967, Morton Feldman stated Cardew as an influential determine, relevant to the way forward for glossy music-making. the level to which Cardew has been a principal determine and a strength for brand spanking new rules in tune kinds the spine to this ebook. Harris demonstrates that Cardew used to be an unique philosopher, a charismatic chief, an capable facilitator, and a devoted activist. He argues that Cardew exerted enormous impression on quite a few contributors and teams, but in addition demonstrates how the composer's value has been variously underestimated, undermined and misrepresented. Cardew's diversified physique of labor and job is the following given coherence by means of its sharing within the values and ideas that underpinned the composer's global view. The it sounds as if disparate and contradictory episodes of Cardew's occupation are proven to be fused via a cohesive 'Cardew aesthetic' that permeates the fellow, his politics and his track.
A complete exam of yankee ladies scientists around the sciences in the course of the twentieth century, offering a wealthy historic context for knowing their achievements and how they replaced the perform of science.
500 alphabetically equipped entries on American ladies scientists within the twentieth century, together with genetics pioneers Barbara McClintock and Rosalind Franklin, Scotchgard inventor Patsy Sherman, and developer of the be aware processor Evelyn Berezin.
50 short essays on ladies in particular clinical disciplines, exploring how every one particular box handled gender issues
10 essays on sociocultural concerns, together with gender in well known technology, women in clinical schooling, balancing profession and family)
Chronologies of vital ancient advancements, specialist awards, and clinical "firsts"
Extensive bibliography of reference and different works pointed out within the entries in addition to up to date bibliography of scholarly books, articles, and internet sites with regards to particular concerns in women's technology schooling and employment
Indexes equipped by means of topic, key observe, and medical discipline
By Marian Edelman Borden
This ebook examines the lifetime of the impressive Paul Newman―an iconic actor, director, race vehicle motive force, political activist, businessman, philanthropist, committed husband, and father.
• includes over 25 unique interviews of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and different contemporaries
• offers a timeline of significant occasions in Newman's illustrious existence and profession
• features a bibliography of all books, articles, and movies to help scholars in additional research