Category «Autobiography»

Download An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins PDF

By Richard Dawkins

With the 2006 e-book of The God Delusion, the identify Richard Dawkins grew to become a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first memoir bargains a extra own view.

His first publication, The egocentric Gene, triggered a seismic shift within the examine of biology through proffering the gene-centered view of evolution. It was once additionally during this publication that Dawkins coined the time period meme, a unit of cultural evolution, which has itself turn into a mainstay in modern culture.

In An urge for food for Wonder, Richard Dawkins stocks a unprecedented view into his youth, his highbrow awakening at Oxford, and his route to writing The egocentric Gene. He paints a shiny photograph of his idyllic formative years in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colourful ancestors, fascinating mom and dad, and the peculiarities of colonial existence correct after global conflict II. At boarding institution, regardless of a near-religious come across with an Elvis list, he all started his occupation as a skeptic by way of refusing to kneel for prayer in chapel. regardless of a few encouraged educating all through fundamental and secondary university, it was once in basic terms whilst he acquired to Oxford that his highbrow interest took complete flight.

Arriving at Oxford in 1959, while undergraduates "left Elvis behind" for Bach or the trendy Jazz Quartet, Dawkins started to examine zoology and was once brought to a couple of the university's mythical mentors in addition to its educational procedure. It's to this particular academic method that Dawkins credit his awakening, because it invited children to turn into students by way of encouraging them to pose rigorous questions and scour the library for the newest learn instead of textbook "teaching to" any form of try out. His occupation as a fellow and lecturer at Oxford took an unforeseen flip while, in 1973, a major strike in Britain prompted lengthy electrical energy cuts, and he was once compelled to pause his computer-based study. Provoked by means of the then common false impression of common choice referred to as "group selection" and encouraged by way of the paintings of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he started to write a booklet he known as, jokingly, "my bestseller." It used to be, in fact, The egocentric Gene.

Here, for the 1st time, is an intimate memoir of the formative years and highbrow improvement of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist, and the tale of ways he got here to put in writing what's extensively held to be the most very important books of the 20 th century.

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Download Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash PDF

By Graham Nash

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From Graham Nash—the mythical musician and founding member of the enduring bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies—comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs at the interpreting record of each vintage rock fan.

Graham Nash's songs outlined a iteration and assisted in shaping the historical past of rock and roll—he’s written over 2 hundred songs, together with such vintage hits as "Carrie Anne," “On A Carousel,” "Simple Man," "Our House," “Marrakesh Express,” and "Teach Your Children." From the hole salvos of the British Rock Revolution to the final shudders of Woodstock, he has rocked and rolled at any place tune mattered.

Now Graham is able to inform his tale: his lower-class youth in post-war England, his early days within the British Invasion crew The Hollies; changing into the sweetheart and muse of Joni Mitchell in the course of the halcyon years, while either produced their such a lot introspective and critical paintings; assembly Stephen Stills and David Crosby and attaining superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & younger; and his enduring profession as a solo musician and political activist.

Nash has precious insights right into a global and time many imagine they recognize from the surface yet few have skilled at its epicenter, and both incredible anecdotes in regards to the humans round him: the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Cass Elliot, Dylan, and different rock luminaries. From London to Laurel Canyon and past, Wild Tales is a revealing glance again at a unprecedented life—with the entire highs and the lows; the affection, the intercourse, and the jealousy; the politics; the medicine; the insanity—and the sanity—of a mystical period of song.

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Download Antonia and Her Daughters by Marlena de Blasi PDF

By Marlena de Blasi

Looking a few peace and quiet from renovations at through Del Duomo, Marlena de Blasi escapes to the mountains of Tuscany the place she meets the extreme Antonia, imperious matriach of 4 generations of strong-willed Tuscan girls. the following quantity of memoir from the writer of the overseas bestseller 1000 Days in Venice.

The renovations to 34 through del Duomo now whole, Marlena de Blasi, the bestselling overseas writer and girl with the 'fairytale life', longs to discover time and area to complete a booklet. Lured by way of a friend's provide of an easy stone cottage in a distant province of western Tuscany and far away from the distractions of daily life in Orvieto, she units off for a interval of solitude. input Antonia.

Imperious, tempestuous, Antonia is the still-stunning aged matriarch of a classy kinfolk of 4 generations of lovely blue-eyed, high-bottomed, high-strung hellions, every one with a narrative of her personal. Mistrustful of holiday makers and outsiders, Antonia baits and clashes with Marlena, units out to damage her fragile peace and ship her packing. but the 2 are attracted to each other. jogging jointly within the pre-dawn Tuscan gentle over the excessive meadows to forage for wild herbs, cooking and feasting with the kin, an affinity grows among them, a sympathy which belies the variations of their a while, cultures, characters and histories and evokes Antonia to bare her poor secrets.

Evocative, strong, haunting, the narrative provides compelling perception into Tuscany's contemporary prior and an uncensored look at one remarkable woman's tale.

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Download I Drove It My Way: Tales of a London Cabbie by John Healy PDF

By John Healy

The biography of a cabbie condensed into a frequently hilarious, celebrity-rich and geographically informative trip throughout London...

John Healy drove a black cab round London for twenty-seven years, assembly a desirable cross-section of individuals, from the wealthy and recognized to the notorious and downright tough. In his autobiography he is taking the reader on an imaginary cab trip round the capital, making a specific travelogue full of anecdotes in regards to the characters he has met.

His tale is interspersed with interesting evidence approximately London's intriguing, varied and sometimes ugly historical past, and recollects probably the most devastating terrorist atrocities to hit London in contemporary times.

Before turning into a cabbie, John labored for 20 years as a tv engineer, mending units for celebrities like Hayley Hills, Margaret Thatcher and Lord Lucan. He attracts on those reports, too, and the result's an particular, insider's view of London lifestyles that spans virtually 5 many years.

John Healy was once born in Limerick and raised in County Dublin, yet moved to the united kingdom within the past due 1950’s. He labored as a television engineer, then spent twenty-seven years as a London cabbie. John has formerly released a children's ebook, The Flea and the Cauliflower (Authorhouse, 2008). He lives in Tooting, South West London.

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Download Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee PDF

By Laurie Lee

Continuously splendidly evocative and poignant, Cider With Rosie is a captivating memoir of Laurie Lee's early life in a distant Cotswold village, an international that's tangibly actual and but corresponding to a now far away earlier. during this idyllic pastoral surroundings, unencumbered by way of the callous father who so fast deserted his relatives duties, Laurie's adoring mom turns into the centre of his global as she struggles to elevate a growing to be kinfolk opposed to the backdrop of the nice battle

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Download Lawrence Dallaglio: More Blood, Sweat and Beers by Lawrence Dallaglio, David Trick PDF

By Lawrence Dallaglio, David Trick

In additional Blood, Sweat and Beers, global Cup-winning rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio stocks his favorite tales from his time at foreign rugby's maximum match. With razor-sharp wit and strong humour he shall we the reader at the back of the closed doorways of the event, to work out what occurs off and on the pitch while the cameras aren't having a look.

All the good names are right here - Blanco, Lomu and Pienaar between them - and in his time Dallaglio has shared pints or blows (or either) with all of them and has lived to inform the tales.

Funny, frank and completely loaded with quick-fire banter those are the easiest of the easiest stories of the legends of the overseas degree.

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Download Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

From one of many twentieth century's nice writers comes one of many most interesting autobiographies of our time. Speak, Memory used to be first released through Vladimir Nabokov in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence after which assiduously revised and republished in 1966. The Everyman's Library variation contains, for the 1st time, the formerly unpublished "Chapter 16"--the most important unpublished piece of writing by means of the grasp, newly published through the Nabokov estate--which supplied a rare perception into Speak, Memory.
Nabokov's memoir is a relocating account of a loving, civilized family members, of adolescent awakenings, flight from Bolshevik terror, schooling in England, and émigré existence in Paris and Berlin. The Nabokovs have been eccentric, liberal aristocrats, who lived a lifestyles immersed in politics and literature on most suitable nation estates till their global was once swept away through the Russian revolution whilst the writer used to be eighteen years previous. Speak, Memory vividly conjures up a vanished earlier within the inimitable prose of Nabokov at his most sensible.

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Download My Friend the Mercenary: A Memoir by James Brabazon PDF

By James Brabazon

James Brabazon, a battle reporter and filmmaker, was once already a veteran of many clash zones by means of his early thirties. So while he used to be provided an particular chance to document from Liberia, stuck up in a vicious civil struggle, it proved too tempting to show down. He had to take a bodyguard, somebody with powerful wisdom of the area and, extra importantly, anyone with a gun slung over his shoulder. James employed Nick du Toit, a former South African soldier and mercenary commander, to steer him into the bloody international of Liberia's rebels. in the course of their time jointly, James and Nick slowly shaped an not going friendship, cast in the course of hot days less than unrelenting gunfire. Narrowly surviving the harrowing adventure, James lower back to the quieter, saner confines of his existence in London. yet just a couple of months later he stumbled on himself again with Nick in a fly-blown bar in West Africa plotting one other, even more harmful journey— this time to the guts of Equatorial Guinea. Nick's challenge: to overthrow the govt. of this tiny country fabulously wealthy in oil.

My pal the Mercenary is an exploration of the mercenary delusion and a bankruptcy within the tale of contemporary Africa. it's a brutally sincere and undeniably human account of a trip into the center of what it takes to be a pal, a survivor and a journalist within the morally corrosive crucible of warfare.

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Download Ecce Homo (Penguin Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche PDF

By Friedrich Nietzsche

In overdue 1888, purely weeks prior to his ultimate cave in into insanity, Nietzsche (1844–1900) got down to compose his autobiography, and Ecce Homo continues to be the most exciting but weird and wonderful examples of the style ever written. during this notable paintings Nietzsche lines his lifestyles, paintings and improvement as a thinker, examines the heroes he has pointed out with, struggled opposed to after which triumph over – Schopenhauer, Wagner, Socrates, Christ – and predicts the cataclysmic influence of his 'forthcoming revelation of all values'. either self-celebrating and self-mocking, penetrating and weird, Ecce Homo offers the ultimate, definitive expression to Nietzsche's major ideals and is in each approach his final testomony.

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Download Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Christian Robinson, Patricia Hruby Powell PDF

By Christian Robinson, Patricia Hruby Powell

In exuberant verse and stirring photos, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create a rare portrait for youth of the passionate performer and civil rights recommend Josephine Baker, the lady who labored her approach from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest levels on the planet. Meticulously researched via either writer and artist, Josephine's strong tale of fight and triumph is an thought and a spectacle, like the legend herself.

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