Shostakovich Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings


  • Author : Laurel E. Fay
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 458
  • ISBN 10 : 0195182510

Shostakovich Book Description :

"Shostakovich's life is a fascinating example of the paradoxes of living as an artist under totalitarian rule. Alone among his artistic peers, he survived successive Stalinist cultural purges and won the Stalin Prize five times, yet in 1948 he was dismissed from his conservatory teaching positions, and many of his works were banned from performance. He prudently censored himself, in one case putting aside a work based on Jewish folk poems. Under later regimes he balanced a career as a model Soviet - holding government positions and acting as an international ambassador - with his unflagging artistic ambitions."--Jacket.

Heinrich Himmler Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Heinrich Himmler

  • Author : Peter Longerich
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 1031
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199592326

Heinrich Himmler Book Description :

Chronicles the life of the Nazi leader, including his childhood and youth, his transformation of the SS from a small bodyguard unit into a powerful organization within the Nazi Party, and how his political maneuvering and rise in power set the tone for the party's goals.

Democracy Book
Score: 2
From 2 Ratings


  • Author : Paul Cartledge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 383
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199837458

Democracy Book Description :

"Democracy: A Life holds out three unique research aims: a proper understanding of the origins and variety of ancient Greek democracies; a detailed account of the fate of democracy - both the institution and the word - in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds from the fifth century BCE to the 6th century CE; and a nuanced exploration of the ways in which all ancient Greek democracies differed from all modern so-called 'democracies'"--

Martin Luther King  Jr Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

Martin Luther King Jr

  • Author : Marshall Frady
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 0143036483

Martin Luther King Jr Book Description :

A biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., interweaves a history of the civil rights movement with King's rise to fame.

Ali Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings


  • Author : Jonathan Eig
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544435247

Ali Book Description :

"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a ... story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century [boxing world]"--

Thomas Cranmer Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Thomas Cranmer

  • Author : Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 692
  • ISBN 10 : 0300074484

Thomas Cranmer Book Description :

The first major biography of its subject in more than thirty years makes use of new British manuscript sources to draw a rich portrait of Henry VIII's archbishop of Canterbury who guided England through the Reformation. UP.

Spinoza Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings


  • Author : Steven Nadler
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2001-04-23
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN 10 : 0521002931

Spinoza Book Description :

The first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research.

Viktor Frankl Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Viktor Frankl

  • Author : Anna Redsand
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 0618723439

Viktor Frankl Book Description :

This gripping account details the life of Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and the author of Man's Search for Meaning, who, after losing his family, used his work to overcome his grief and developed a new form of psychotherapy that encouraged patients to live for the future, not in the past.

A Life Worth Living Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

A Life Worth Living

  • Author : Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-04-20
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 0198039271

A Life Worth Living Book Description :

A Life Worth Living brings together the latest thought on Positive Psychology from an international cast of scholars. It includes historical, philosophical, and empirical reviews of what psychologists have found to matter for personal happiness and well-being. The contributions to this volume agree on priciples of optimal development that start from purely material and selfish concerns, but then lead to ever broader circles of responsibility embracing the goals of others and the well-being of the environment; on the importance of spirituality; on the development of strengths specific to the individual. Rather than material success, popularity, or power, the investigations reported in this volume suggest that personally constructed goals, intrinsic motivation, and a sense of autonomy are much more important. The chapters indicate that hardship and suffering do not necessarily make us unhappy, and they suggest therapeutical implications for improving the quality of life. Specific topics covered include the formation of optimal childhood values and habits as well as a new perspective on aging. This volume provides a powerful counterpoint to a mistakenly reductionist psychology. They show that subjective experience can be studied scientifically and measured accurately. They highlight the potentiality for autonomy and freedom that is among the most precious elements of the human condition. MOreover, they make a convincing case for the importance of subjective phenomena, which often affect happiness more than external, material conditions. After long decades during which psychologists seemed to have forgotten that misery is not the only option, the blossoming of Positive Psychology promises a better understanding of what a vigorous, meaningful life may consist of.

A Life in Letters Book

A Life in Letters

  • Author : F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-07-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451602982

A Life in Letters Book Description :

A vibrant self-portrait of an artist whose work was his life. In this new collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters, edited by leading Fitzgerald scholar and biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli, we see through his own words the artistic and emotional maturation of one of America's most enduring and elegant authors. A Life in Letters is the most comprehensive volume of Fitzgerald's letters -- many of them appearing in print for the first time. The fullness of the selection and the chronological arrangement make this collection the closest thing to an autobiography that Fitzgerald ever wrote. While many readers are familiar with Fitzgerald's legendary "jazz age" social life and his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, and other famous authors, few are aware of his writings about his life and his views on writing. Letters to his editor Maxwell Perkins illustrate the development of Fitzgerald's literary sensibility; those to his friend and competitor Ernest Hemingway reveal their difficult relationship. The most poignant letters here were written to his wife, Zelda, from the time of their courtship in Montgomery, Alabama, during World War I to her extended convalescence in a sanatorium near Asheville, North Carolina. Fitzgerald is by turns affectionate and proud in his letters to his daughter, Scottie, at college in the East while he was struggling in Hollywood. For readers who think primarily of Fitzgerald as a hard-drinking playboy for whom writing was effortless, these letters show his serious, painstaking concerns with creating realistic, durable art.