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Colonel Roosevelt

Posted by admin | Posted in Biographies-Memoirs-Books | Posted on 26-11-2010-05-2008

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0375504877 : Colonel Roosevelt
ISBN: 0375504877

 
Author: Edmund Morris

Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain ?Colonel Roosevelt,? he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. ?If I see another king,? he joked, ?I think I shall bite him.?

Had TR won his historic ?Bull Moose? campaign in 1912 (when he outpolled the sitting president, William Howard Taft), he might have averted World War I, so great was his international influence. Had he not died in 1919, at the early age of sixty, he would unquestionably have been reelected to a third term in the White House and completed the work he began in 1901 of establishing the United States as a model democracy, militarily strong and socially just.

This biography by Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award?winning author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex, is itself the completion of a trilogy sure to stand as definitive. Packed with more adventure, variety, drama, humor, and tragedy than a big novel, yet documented down to the smallest fact, it recounts the last decade of perhaps the most amazing life in American history. What other president has written forty books, hunted lions, founded a third political party, survived an assassin?s bullet, and explored an unknown river longer than the Rhine?

Colonel Roosevelt begins with a prologue recounting what TR called his ?journey into the Pleistocene??a yearlong safari through East Africa, collecting specimens for the Smithsonian. Some readers will be repulsed by TR?s bloodlust, which this book does not prettify, yet there can be no denying that the Colonel passionately loved and understood every living thing that came his way: The text is rich in quotations from his marvelous nature writing.

Although TR intended to remain out of politics when he returned home in 1910, a fateful decision that spring drew him back into public life. By the end of the summer, in his famous ?New Nationalism? speech, he was the guiding spirit of the Progressive movement, which inspired much of the social agenda of the future New Deal. (TR?s fifth cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt acknowledged that debt, adding that the Colonel ?was the greatest man I ever knew.?)

Then follows a detailed account of TR?s reluctant yet almost successful campaign for the White House in 1912. But unlike other biographers, Edmund Morris does not treat TR mainly as a politician. This volume gives as much consideration to TR?s literary achievements and epic expedition to Brazil in 1913?1914 as to his fatherhood of six astonishingly different children, his spiritual and aesthetic beliefs, and his eager embrace of other cultures?from Arab and Magyar to German and American Indian. It is impossible to read Colonel Roosevelt and not be awed by the man?s universality. The Colonel himself remarked, ?I have enjoyed life as much as any nine men I know.?

Morris does not hesitate, however, to show how pathologically TR turned upon those who inherited the power he craved?the hapless Taft, the adroit Woodrow Wilson. When Wilson declined to bring the United States into World War I in 1915 and 1916, the Colonel blasted him with some of the worst abuse ever uttered by a former chief executive. Yet even Wilson had to admit that behind the Rooseveltian will to rule lay a winning idealism and decency. ?He is just like a big boy?there is a sweetness about him that you can?t resist.? That makes the story of TR?s last year, when the ?boy? in him died, all the sadder in the telling: the conclusion of a life of Aristotelian grandeur.

Pages: 784
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: Random House Year: 2010

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Their Love of Music

Posted by admin | Posted in Professional & Technical | Posted on 26-11-2010-05-2008

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0975395432 : Their Love of Music
ISBN: 0975395432

 
Author: Stephen Azzato

In Their Love of Music photographer Steve Azzato has captured the essence of the creative spirit in the faces and words of the musicians themselves. Featuring portraits of one-hundred seventeen artists, the book takes a slightly different approach to music photography than typically seen. Steve was able to sit with a wide range of musicians and explore what drew them to their art. He was able to hear it in their voices and record it visually in his images. In the simple quiet of a green room, without the crowds or bandmates or tour managers, Azzato s photographs transcend the chaos of the stage and the intensity of the studio to reveal the inner spirit that drives each of his subjects. From grizzled veterans to kids just starting out, folks who play stadium shows to unpaid openers in small clubs, jazz to blues to rock to roots…what unites them all is in fact, their love of music. He has assembled a collection that is unrivaled in its intimacy and expression. When photographer Stephen Azzato had just started working on his project Their Love of Music, he found himself on the campaign trail covering the presidential elections. Covering the events with him was a noted rock & roll photographer who said to him, You had to pick the hardest subjects to photograph . While there are many books on rock & roll and on certain musicians, never has anyone taken the time to sit down, one on one, with so many artists and ask why they do what they do. Yet this did not deter Steve as he set out to photograph and interview some of the worlds most famous musicians and those just starting out in music. His questions always revolved around the theme, why do you do this, and how did you get here. The answers are varied and as complex as the musicians themselves. Anna Fermin said simply, I just knew I wanted to serenade somebody. Aaron Neville had a more complex answer A lady had told me once about this little five year old boy who was autistic and the only thing that would calm him down was to put a pair of headsets on him and listen to my voice singing. And that gave me a chill, but it s not me, it s the God in me that maybe touches the God in him. And Buddy Guy said, Most young people now can look up and say I want to learn how to play the horn, the drums, the guitar or something for the love of money. When I picked up the guitar I wanted to learn the guitar for the love of music. And I think that s the big difference of what you got today than what you had back then. Because when I came to Chicago I thought Muddy Waters and all those guys was living the Life of Riley, and come to find out they was almost as bad as me with a day job. They didn t make as much as me. Steve listened to their words as he interviewed them in the green rooms and then created a portrait in which these same feelings come to life for the world to see. Steve found that in the end everyone had one thing in common – their love of music. The foreword is written by musician and newsman Lester Holt. The list of artists is an eclectic assortment from all genres of music, and their words are varied and at times deep, at times funny and always interesting. This book is destined to be a favorite of those who love photography, those who love music and those who love great books.

Pages: 252
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: Quiet Light Publishing Year: 2010

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Ignorance and Competition in the Book Market

Posted by admin | Posted in Books Industry | Posted on 06-03-2010-05-2008

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I’ve been having a long Twitter discussion with Will Wilkinson about the economics of the book industry. Will wanted to know how authors could make money without “digital rights management” technology, and I replied by saying that writing a book has always been less about making money than it is about promoting the book’s author, and I suggested that the activity is going to become a lot less lucrative in the future.

To think clearly about the future of the book industry, it’s essential to understand its present. In particular, to make an educated guess about what the price of a book will be in the future, we need to understand why books cost what they cost today. Read the rest of this entry »

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