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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

Richard P. Feynman - 1985
    Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.


Nicholas Pileggi - 1985
    "Wiseguy" is Henry Hill's story, in fascinating, brutal detail, the never-before-revealed day-to-day life of a working mobster - his violence, his wild spending sprees, his wife, his mistresses, his code of honor.

Yeager: An Autobiography

Chuck Yeager - 1985
    . .the World War II flying ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang . . .the hero who defined a certain quality that all hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve: the right stuff.Now Chuck Yeager tells his whole incredible life story with the same "wide-open, full throttle" approach that has marked his astonishing career.  What it was really like enaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe.  How after being shot over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape.  The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.The entire story is here, in Yeager's own words, and in wondeful insights from his wife and those friends and colleagues who have known him best.  It is the personal and public story of a man who settled for nothing less than excellence, a one-of-a-kind portrait of a true American hero.

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf

Vita Sackville-West - 1985
    Their revealing correspondence leaves no aspect of their lives untouched: daily dramas, bits of gossip, the strains and pleasures of writing, and always the same joy in each other’s company. This volume, which features over 500 letters spanning 19 years, includes the writings of both of these literary icons.DeSalvo and Leaska established the chronological order of the letters and placed them in sequence, and they have also included relevant diary entries and letters Vita and Virginia wrote to other friends where they add context and illumination to the narrative. Annotations throughout the text identify peripheral characters, clarify allusions, and provide background. As the New York Times noted, "the result is a volume that reads like a book, not just a gathering of marvelous scraps."In his introduction Mitchell A. Leaska observes, "Rarely can a collection of correspondence have cast into more dramatic relief two personalities more individual or more complex; and rarely can an enterprise of the heart have been carried out so near the verge of archetypal feeling."

Year of the King: An Actor's Diary and Sketchbook

Antony Sher - 1985
    "This is the most wonderfully authentic account of the experience of creating a performance. It's full of delicate and sometimes moving observation; full of striking information...; full of the frustration and tedium and occasional tears of the unequal struggle of any of us flawed thespians with ourselves and a great role; and full of his own astonishing and unforgettable drawings. Images, images. What images!" Simon Callow, The Sunday Times (London)

Trapped in Hitler's Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah's Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust

Anita Dittman - 1985
    By the time she was twelve, the war had begun. Abandoned by her father when he realized the price of being associated with a Jewish wife and family, Anita and her mother were ultimately left to fend for themselves. Anita's teenage years are spent desperately fighting for survival yet learning to trust in the One she discovered would not leave her ...

Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania

Hannah Pakula - 1985
    The granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tzar Alexander II of Russia, at seventeen Marie left the glittering courts of Western Europe to marry the Crown Prince of Roumania. Drawing upon the young queen s diaries and letters, the author describes her struggle to gain an independent footing in the male- dominated court of Roumania, her early years as one of the most admired beauties of Europe, and the decisive period during World War I when she all but ran the Roumanian Government. With the sweep and panache of a great epic, this compelling story is historical biography at its best. This enthralling book is like a huge spicy plum pudding stuffed with juicy fruits Maureen Cleave, Evening Standard

Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

Brian Sibley - 1985
    In time for the 2005 release of The Chronicles of Narnia movie, Sibley provides the full story behind the movie Shadowlands.

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1985
    Now, for the first time, the story of the love of these two glamorous and hugely talented writers can be given in their own letters. Introduced by an extensive narrative of the Fitzgeralds' marriage, the 333 letters - three-quarters of them previously unpublished or out of print - have been edited by noted Fitzgerald scholars, Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks. They are illustrated throughout with a generous selection of familiar and unpublished photographs.

Lime Street at Two

Helen Forrester - 1985
    In this book, Helen Forrester continues the moving story of her early life with an account of the war years in blitz-torn Liverpool, and the happiness which she so nearly captured, but which was to elude her twice.

Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

David Ritz - 1985
    With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word soul.

Kelly: More Than My Share of It All

Clarence L. Johnson - 1985
    “Kelly” Johnson led the design of such crucial aircraft as the P-38 and Constellation, but he will be more remembered for the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. His extraordinary leadership of the Lockheed “Skunk Works” cemented his reputation as a legendary figure in American aerospace management.

Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai

Dave Lowry - 1985
    Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai's arts, he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times. The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners. Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming-of-age story.

Swimming to Cambodia

Spalding Gray - 1985
    In doing so, he entered our hearts—my heart—because he made his struggle my struggle. His life became my life.”—Eric Bogosian“Virtuosic. A master writer, reporter, comic and playwright. Spalding Gray is a sit-down monologist with the soul of a stand-up comedian. A contemporary Gulliver, he travels the globe in search of experience and finds the ridiculous.”—The New York TimesIn 2004, we mourned the loss of one of America’s true theatrical innovators. Spalding Gray took his own life by jumping from the Staten Island ferry into the waters of New York Harbor, finally succumbing to the impossible notion that he could in fact swim to Cambodia. At a memorial gathering for family, friends and fans at Lincoln Center in New York, his widow expressed the need to honor Gray’s legacy as an artist and writer for his children, as well as for future generations of fans and readers. Originally published in 1985, Swimming to Cambodia is reissued here 20 years later in a new edition as a tribute to Gray’s singular artistry.Writer, actor and performer, Spalding Gray is the author of Sex and Death to the Age 14; Monster in a Box; It’s a Slippery Slope; Gray’s Anatomy and Morning, Noon and Night, among other works. His appearance in The Killing Fields was the inspiration for his Swimming to Cambodia, which was also filmed by Jonathan Demme.

Vincent by Himself

Vincent van Gogh - 1985
    The unquestionable appeal of Vincent's paintings and drawings is enhanced by his own account of his life and thought, as contained in his letters. This selection includes more than 230 of his paintings and drawings - all reproduced in full color - as well as extracts of the artist's correspondence to friends and family members.

The Death and Life of Dith Pran

Sydney Schanberg - 1985

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

Ansel Adams - 1985
    Written with characteristic warmth, vigor, and wit, this fascinating account brings to life the infectious enthusiasms, fervent battles, and bountiful friendships of a truly American original. "A warm, discursive, and salty document." - New Yorker

Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer

Richard Holmes - 1985
    Footsteps is a wonderful exploration of the ties between biographers and their subjects, filled with passion and revelation.

Ten Fingers for God: The Life and Work of Dr. Paul Brand

Dorothy Clarke Wilson - 1985

I Love Lucy Book

Bart Andrews - 1985
    In answer to countless requests from I Love Lucy fans around the world, Bart Andrews has revised, updated, and expanded his classic book on TV's most beloved series.B & W photographs throughout.

The Lives of Lee Miller

Antony Penrose - 1985
    Compiled by her son, this book offers a record of Miller's life and work.

The White Mouse

Nancy Wake - 1985
    Nancy Wake, a New Zealander who became one of the most highly decorated women of WW II, here she tells her own story.

The Hemingway Women: Those Who Love Him - The Wives And Others

Bernice Kert - 1985
    Hemingway married four times, each time to a fascinating person: Hadley Richardson, who shared the Paris years and one son; Pauline Pfeiffer, the mother of two more sons, who created a haven in Key West; Martha Gellhorn, a writer and acclaimed journalist; and Mary Welsh, a Time correspondent. Drawing on letters and interviews with the living women, Bernice Kert sheds new light on the Hemingway heroines and their real-life prototypes.

I Want to Be a Mathematician: An Automathography

Paul R. Halmos - 1985
    The main message i absorbed from it was a set of conditions required for success in mathematics: talent, yes; single-mindedness, almost as obvious; sense of humour, essential when the going gets tough; and love, yes that is the right word - you must love mathematics, and that means all the ingredients, passion, pain and loyalty." The Mathematical Gazette#1"The book is written in a very personal, but plain and honest way, result of reflected experience and mature self-assessment of a wise man. It avoids palliation as well as exaggerated modesty.- It should be a document for history and sociology of science." (R. Fischer) Zentralblatt für Mathematik#2

Depths of Glory: A Biographical Novel of Camille Pissarro

Irving Stone - 1985
    It explores the artist's relationship with other great painters of the time, including Degas, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh. By the author of "Lust for Life" and "The Agony and the Ecstasy".

Conversations with Picasso

Brassaï - 1985
    Brassaï carefully and affectionately records each of his meetings and appointments with the great artist, building along the way a work of remarkable depth, intimate perspective, and great importance to anyone who truly wishes to understand Picasso and his world.

Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life

Ian Gibson - 1985
    When, at the age of 38, Federico Garcia Lorca was executed by anti-republican rebels during the Spanish Civil War, he was already one of the world's most celebrated poets and playwrights. photos. (NIA)

The Immortal Ataturk: A Psychobiography

Vamık D. Volkan - 1985

I Came, I Saw: An Autobiography

Norman Lewis - 1985
    It is now re-published with 50 new pages increasing in depth the story in the 1960s and 1970s, recording his time spent in the south of Italy.

The Master: A Life of Jesus

John Charles Pollock - 1985
    You'll experience His unfolding story through the eyes of the disciple John--from the day he met Jesus, on to the Resurrection and the Day of Pentecost when he experienced Jesus in the fullest sense.andquot;This vivid retelling of the life of Jesus may well become a modern classic.andquot; - Billy Grahamandquot;I have been enormously blessed by John Pollock's magnificent historical works. Now he has given us the most important biography of all--a life of Jesus.andquot; - Charles W. Colson

Alex Stewart: Portrait of a Pioneer

John Rice Irwin - 1985
    Over a twenty year period of friendship the author developed a profound respect and great love for Alex Stewart, a truly remarkable Tennessee mountain character whose life epitomizes the pioneer development in America. The best of hundreds of hours of recorded conversations with Stewart are compiled into a moving portrait of this cooper, father of 13, farmer, logger, railroad man, and do-it-yourself interpreter of his rugged homeland. Because the ways Stewart tells his own stories are as important as the stories themselves, he is allowed to do most of the talking throughout the book. Through his own account of the people around him, Alex describes his rural life in the late 19th and 20th centuries through stories such as when he was bit by a rabid dog, when neighbor children begged for food, or how people gathered honey, made marbles, moonshine or furniture. Throughout his 94 years, Alex, who died in 1985, depended upon his own good sense to direct him and it led him through a rich and fascinating life. This book is a genuine labor of love.

Fair Sunshine: Character Studies of the Scottish Covenanters

Jock Purves - 1985
    Many volumes deal with that terrible yet glorious period in the history of the Scottish church between the restoration of Charles II and the accession of William III, but Fair Sunshine deserves a place alongside the very best of them.

Anne Frank in the World

Joke Kniesmeyer - 1985
    In 1947, Otto Frank published his daughter’s diary. To date, The Diary of a Young Girl has appeared in more than 50 different editions and has sold more than 20 million copies.This photo essay is an invaluable resource for readers of Anne’s diary. It offers a portrait of the Frank family, including many never-before-published photographs. And it also provides an account of the events between 1929 and 1945 that forced the Franks into hiding and resulted in their discovery and imprisonment in concentration camps. With more than 250 photographs, this book helps readers to see what Anne saw and brings the turbulent events that shaped her world into sharper focus.

Before the Trumpet: The Young Franklin Roosevelt

Geoffrey C. Ward - 1985
    We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Love Affair with Books

Helene Hanff - 1985
    Hanff recalls her serendipitous discovery of a volume of lectures by a Cambridge don, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She devoured Q’s book, and, wanting to read all the books he recommended, began to order them from a small store in London, at 84, Charing Cross Road. Thus began a correspondence that became an enormously popular book, play and television production, and that finally led to the trip to England – and a visit to Q’s study – that she recounts here. In this exuberant memoir, Hanff pays her debt to her mentor and shares her joyous adventures with her many fans.

Giacometti: A Biography

James Lord - 1985
    From modest beginnings in a Swiss village, Giacometti went on to flourish in the picturesque milieu of prewar Paris and then to achieve international acclaim in the fifties and sixties. Picasso, Balthus, Samuel Beckett, Stravinsky and Sartre have parts in his story, along with flamboyant art dealers, whores, shady drifters, unscrupulous collectors, poets and thieves. Women were a complex yet important element of his life--particularly his wife, Annette, and his last mistress and model, Caroline--as was the intimate relationship he shared with his brother Diego, who was both Alberto's confidant and collaborator.James Lord was personally acquainted with Giacometti and his entourage, and combines firsthand experience with a unique knowledge gathered during many years of observation and research. In this exceptional biography Lord unfolds the personal history of a man who managed to achieve a heroic destiny by remaining utterly true to himself and to his calling.Giacometti: A Biography was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. James Lord has subsequently published three volumes of memoirs. In recognition of his contribution to French culture he has been made an officer of the Legion of Honour.

Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman

Nancy B. Reich - 1985
    At once artist, composer, editor, teacher, wife, and mother of eight children, she was an important force in the musical world of her time. To show how Schumann surmounted the obstacles facing female artists in the nineteenth century, Nancy B. Reich has drawn on previously unexplored primary sources: unpublished diaries, letters, and family papers, as well as concert programs. Going beyond the familiar legends of the Schumann literature, she applies the tools of musicological scholarship and the insights of psychology to provide a new, full-scale portrait.The book is divided into two parts. In Part One, Reich follows Clara Schumann's life from her early years as a child prodigy through her marriage to Robert Schumann and into the forty years after his death, when she established and maintained an extraordinary European career while supporting and supervising a household and seven children. Part Two covers four major themes in Schumann's life: her relationship with Johannes Brahms and other friends and contemporaries; her creative work; her life on the concert stage; and her success as a teacher.Throughout, excerpts from diaries and letters in Reich's own translations clear up misconceptions about her life and achievements and her partnership with Robert Schumann. Highlighting aspects of Clara Schumann's personality and character that have been neglected by earlier biographers, this candid and eminently readable account adds appreciably to our understanding of a fascinating artist and woman.For this revised edition, Reich has added several photographs and updated the text to include recent discoveries. She has also prepared a Catalogue of Works that includes all of Clara Schumann's known published and unpublished compositions and works she edited, as well as descriptions of the autographs, the first editions, the modern editions, and recent literature on each piece. The Catalogue also notes Schumann's performances of her own music and provides pertinent quotations from letters, diaries, and contemporary reviews.


Martin Blumenson - 1985
    Patton. Blumenson is also the author of The Patton Papers.

Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert

Leatrice Gilbert Fountain - 1985
    The truth is different, as his daughter Leatrice Gilbert Fountain revels for the first time. She interviewed hundreds of people who worked with and respected her father--directors, writers, cameramen, actors, and actresses--and they remember a much different John Gilbert: not just a romantic idol, but one of the most innovative and admired stars of his day. As the fledgling MGM's biggest star, he had hit after hit: He Who Gets Slapped, The Merry Widow, The Big Parade--huge critical as well as commercial successes. Box office records were set and then broken when Gilbert co-starred with Greta Garbo (his offscreen lover as well) in Flesh and the Devil, Love, and A Woman of Affairs.Gilbert's career declined not because of his unsuitability for talking pictures (he spoke in a light baritone) but because of the implacable hatred of Louis B. Mayer, the tyrannical head of MGM. Gilbert and Mayer clashed over artistic and personal differences. As a result, Mayer swore to destroy the studio's biggest star: he cast Gilbert in third-rate movies and spread false stories about his drinking and unreliability. He may even have tampered with the sound track of Gilbert's first talkie to make his voice sound laughably high-pitched.John Gilbert, both a creator and victim of the movie industry, in may ways symbolizes the potent magic of Hollywood. Dark Star restores his reputation as one of the most gifted actors of the silent era and ensures his work will live on.

Elvis and Gladys

Elaine Dundy - 1985
    It is at once an intimate psychological portrait of a tragic relationship and a mesmerizing tale of the early years of an international idol."For once, a legend is presented to us by the mind and heart of a literate, careful biographer who cares," wrote Liz Smith in the New York Daily News when Elvis and Gladys was originally published in 1985. This is the book, Smith says, "for any Elvis lover who wants to know more about what made Presley the man he was and the mama's boy he became."The Boston Globe called this thoughtful, informative biography of one of popular music's most enduring stars "nothing less than the best Elvis book yet."

Dancing in the Light

Shirley MacLaine - 1985
    Outspoken,  controversial, talented, and perceptive Shirley  MacLaine now takes us on an intimate and fascinating  personal odyssey. In 1984 she won an Oscar, starred  on Broadway, wrote the best-selling Out on  a Limb -- and turned fifty years old. At  this special time, in this special year, she was  now ready to resume the spiritual journey she had  begun in her early forties. In Dancing in  the Light, Shirley MacLaine bares her  innermost self and explores the lives, both past and  present, which touched and affected her own. She  sheds new light on her loves, her losses, her  childhood, her passions, and her inner drives and  ambitions. She asks poignant questions and finds  surprising answers. She asks poignant questions and  finds surprising answers. She challenges her beliefs  and confronts her conflicts. Ultimately, she takes  us with her through a life-altering experience  that provides a stunning new vision of herself, her  future... and the fate of our world.From the Paperback edition.

Born in Paradise

Armine Von Tempski - 1985
    Throughout her youth, hers was a world of green pastures and roving herds, of hoofs and spurs and laughter. With great zest and charm, von Tempski vividly depicts the lavish and wild pattern of island life in the early years of the twentieth century. It is this breathtaking world which leaps into dazzling reality in the magic pages of her own life story.

Tecumseh: A Life

John Sugden - 1985
    He does not stand for one tribe or nation, but for all Native Americans. He remains the ultimate symbol of endeavor and courage. Over thirty years in the writing, this is the first authoritative biography of the principal organizer and driving force of Native American confederacy. For anyone studying the early years of the Republic or Native American history, it is essential reading.

Bull Halsey

E.B. Potter - 1985
    William F. Halsey was one of the leading American personalities of World War II. His reputation as a no-holds-barred fighter and his tough-guy expression earned him the nickname Bull, yet he was also known for showing genuine compassion toward his men and inspiring them to great feats in the Pacific. Originally disclaiming the praise heaped on him, Halsey eventually came to believe in the swashbuckling legend that surrounded him, and his conduct became increasingly controversial.Naval historian E. B. Potter, who established his reputation with an award-winning biography of Chester W. Nimitz, gets behind the stereotype of this national hero and describes Halsey at his best and worst, including his controversial actions at Leyte Gulf. To write this book Potter had full access to Halsey's family and to the admiral's private papers and provides detail of Halsey's youth and career before the war. First published in 1985, it remains the definitive study.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

Jan Marsh - 1985
    A meticulous testimony, this book at last records the rare vitality of these gifted and ambitious women. Delivering them from a century of masculine misrepresentation, Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood is a fascinating tribute to their spirit of independence in circumsaatnces which conspired to suppress it. It includes an intriguing set of photographs as well as reproductions of the paintings and studies they inspired.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Educational Bodybuilding

Arnold Schwarzenegger - 1985

The House of Getty

Russell Miller - 1985
    Married and divorced five times, he had five sons, and yet was cheated of his dearest ambition-to found an oil dynasty. His angelic youngest son died at age twelve after years of illness. Of the remaining four sons, three proved to be hopeless businessmen and, one by one, dropped out of Getty Oil. Only one had the talent to take the helm of the family business, and he was groomed for the part. And then he killed himself.With his cherished hopes of a family dynasty crushed, John Paul built a magnificent museum as a monument for all time to his success. But money tainted even his philanthropy; the Getty Museum has become feared for its wealth and ability to pillage the art market. In the maneuvering that followed John Paul's death, Getty Oil was sold; Texaco acquired it for $9.9 billion, the biggest corporate takeover in history.Award-winning journalist and writer Russell Miller has broken the embargo of silence that has surrounded the Gettys to bring us the extraordinary and often disturbing story of a unique American family. From the pioneering days in the Oklahoma oil fields to the bitter struggles over Getty Oil, we follow the rise and fall of three generations-all apparently cursed with the Midas touch.

Partners of the Heart

Vivien T. Thomas - 1985
    One, of renowned heart surgeon Alfred Blalock, speaks for itself. The other, of highschool graduate Vivien Thomas, is testimony to the incredible genius and determination of the first black man to hold a professional position at one of America's premier medical institutions.Thomas's dreams of attending medical school were dashed when the Depression hit. After spending some time as a carpenter's apprentice, Thomas took what he expected to be a temporary job as a technician in Blalock's lab. The two men soon became partners and together invented the field of cardiac surgery.Partners of the Heart is Thomas's extraordinary autobiography. Trained in laboratory techniques by Alfred Blalock and Joseph W. Beard, Thomas remained Blalock's principal technician and laboratory chief for the rest of Blalock's distinguished career. Thomas very rapidly learned to perform surgery, to do chemical determinations, and to carry out physiologic studies. He became a phenomenal technician and was able to carry out complicated experimental cardiac operations totally unassisted and to devise new ones.In addition to telling Thomas's life story, Partners of the Heart traces the beginnings of modern cardiac surgery, crucial investigations into the nature of shock, and Blalock's methods of training surgeons.

Queen Victoria in Her Letters and Journals

Queen Victoria - 1985
    How did she feel on hearing that she had become queen? How close was she to her eldest grandchild, who became Kaiser Wilhelm II? Why was she so reluctant to yield the crown to her son and heir, the future King Edward VII? What did she really think of Gladstone and Disraeli? These questions and many more are answered clearly and candidly in the Queen's own words. Victoria's passionate adoration of Prince Albert is evident throughout her journals, and later extracts give a touching insight into her feelings of loneliness and susceptibility after his death. Illustrated with some of the Queen's own drawings, this book presents an absorbing account of one of the most remarkable personalities of the nineteenth century.

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad

Leila Azzam - 1985
    Passages from the Qur'an are used throughout to reinforce the stories. The material is authentic and the style lively and attractive. Although the book has been written for children of 10 to 15 years of age, it can be usefully read by anyone as an introduction because of its completeness and clarity. There are 32 colour illustrations although there has been no attempt to portray either the Prophet or his Companions. The illustrations are representative of traditional Islamic life as lived in many Arab countries and portray scenes that have occurred in those countries for over a thousand years.

Sai Baba: The Ultimate Experience

Phyllis Krystal - 1985
    This is a teaching story that shares some of the personal development and growth that Krystal experienced, plus some of the very everyday things you wonder about when visiting India for the first time. What do you wear? How do you make sure you don't lose your sari? How do you handle the seperation between men and women or the living quarters at the ashram? When Sai Baba looks through you, and sees you, and knows your problems, how do you deal with it? This is a very helpful book, it presents a warm view of Sai Baba the teacher, healer, diplomat and visionary who has been a friend and a comforter to thousands of people. Phyllis Krysatl's experience with this special avater is important reading for anyone who wants to go to India to meet with him. When you've read this book, you feel like you've learned something, and you feel very close to Sai Baba and what he represents in the world.

The Shorter Pepys

Samuel Pepys - 1985
    The short Pepys recreates this world for readers daunted by the complete multi-volume set of diaries. Containing about one-third of the original, the abridgment is full enough to give us just the essence but the detail of Pepys' daily life.

Shoemaker Of Dreams: The Autobiography Of Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo - 1985

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Writer's Life

Geir Kjetsaa - 1985
    Kjetsaa vividly recreates Dostoyevsky's last-minute rescue from a firing squad and explores how his long imprisonment in Siberia profoundly shaped his vision as a novelist.

Muscle Wars: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of Competitive Bodybuilding

Rick Wayne - 1985

Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

Joan Howard Maurer - 1985
    Written by Moe Howard's daughter, this detailed biography is bursting with photographs Curly traces the life of one wacky Stooge from birth to his final status as a cult hero.

The Making of a Woman Vet

Sally Haddock - 1985
    Through anecdotes, readers learn of some minor problems female vet students may encounter, a few details on required courses and of her deep concern and affection for animals. They will also get a feeling for the rigors of studying for the vet state board. It's a book filled with laughter and tears. All animal owners and lovers will wish that this vet had set up practice in their community. Pam Spencer, Mount Vernon High School Library, Fairfax, Va.

Alexander Pope: A Life

Maynard Mack - 1985
    Winner of the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa and the Robert Kirsch Award of the Los Angeles Times.The noted Yale scholar and critic offers a complete biography of the great eighteenth-century poet, elucidating his skills as a doubly disadvantaged individual and his triumphs as a poet and spokesman for his times.

Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career

James M. Kittelson - 1985
    His single-volume biography has become a standard resource for those who wish to delve into the depths of the Reformer without drowning in a sea of scholarly concerns.

The Hidden Hand

J. Sidlow Baxter - 1985

Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story

Henri J.M. Nouwen - 1985
    It was there that an American priest, Father Stanley Rother, was murdered by a death squad in the parish where he served. In traveling to Santiago Nouwen hoped to learn more about this modern martyr about the faith that drew him there, and the love that held him in place, even when his life was threatened.

Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead

David Gans - 1985
    "Serious fun is what the Grateful Dead is up to, and that's what this book is about".--Mickey Hart. Photos.

Rio Tigre & Beyond: The Amazon Jungle Medicine of Manuel Córdova-Rios

Frank Bruce Lamb - 1985
    Bruce Lamb’s Rio Tigre and Beyond recounts an unparalleled Amazonian adventure, completing the life story of Manuel Córdova Rios who at the beginning of the 20th century was abducted by Native American tribals to be trained as their new shaman. Here he remembers the rest of his life, a series of missions and adventures guided by his pre-Columbian training but in the context of the upper Amazonian Peruvian river city of Iquitos, in a world intricately changed by its millennial contact with the imported Columbian civilization.

While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp

Ellis Reynolds Shipp - 1985

Arminius: A Study In The Dutch Reformation

Carl Bangs - 1985
    It is a complete research, a must for any scholar or lay reader interested in the life, background and theology of one the greatest Dutch thinkers that ever lived.

Dreams That Money Can Buy: The Tragic Life of Libby Holman

Jon Bradshaw - 1985
    The accident haunted the rest of her life as key men around her kept dying off : her 2d husband, her son and then Monty Clift. "She was like no one else we survivors ever knew," says Gore Vidal.

Cousin Randolph: The Life of Randolph Churchill

Anita Leslie - 1985
     This after-dinner-story view of Randolph Churchill — his arrogance, his bad manners, his manifold eccentricities — was not, however, the whole truth. Anita Leslie, his cousin, knew Randolph well and from her special vantage point wrote a sparkling life of him. Randolph's excesses are given full play, but within a sympathetic portrait. As the devastatingly attractive and brilliant son of Winston Churchill, Randolph imbibed high policy as precociously as he imbibed brandy. A wealthy man-about-town from journalism and speech-making while still under age, he found everything came to him too easily. But the really important things stubbornly failed to come on call: his attempts at a political career collapsed in recriminations with the Conservative party; his journalism, although brilliant, was no substitute; and his relationships, although often flamboyant and tempestuous, did not give him the fulfilment he craved. After a war spent partly in the special forces (notably in North Africa with the SAS and in a mission to Croatia with Evelyn Waugh and Freddie Birkenhead) he eventually submerged himself in two projects: his official biography of his father, which was planned like a military exercise; and his garden at Stour. Randolph Churchill's often extraordinary behaviour both revealed and disguised an intensely complicated yet loyal nature which is given full play in this biography. Drawing on her own memories and on those of many people closest to him, Anita Leslie has distilled the essence of Randolph, and in the process written one of the funniest and most moving biographies of the year. Anita Leslie (1914-85) was Winston Churchill’s first cousin, once removed. She published an array of fiction and non-fiction, and brought out a memoir, A Story Half Told, in 1983. As well as writing the biography of Churchill’s son, she also wrote one of Jennie, his mother. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via We are always interested in hearing from our readers. Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

Tex Avery, King of Cartoons

Joe Adamson - 1985
    Joe Adamsom guides the reader around Avery's flipped-out universe - surreal, violent and erotic. Through interviews with Avery's gagmen and script writers, together with sensitive analyses of such classics as Kingsize Canary and Red Hot Riding Hood, and with dozens of original sketches and a filmography, the book provides a comprehensive study of an important pioneer of animation.

Frederick The Great: A Military Life

Christopher Duffy - 1985
    In this detailed life of Old Fritz, Christopher Duffy, who has written widely on the army of Frederick and on the armies of his adversaries, Austria and Russia, has produced a definitive account of his military genius. "

Late Returns: A Memoir of Ted Berrigan

Tom Clark - 1985

We Tibetans

Rinchen Lhamo - 1985
    Subtitle: "A fascinating account of Tibetan life ande culture byaTibetan woman who settled in turn of the century London."

FDR's Splendid Deception: The Moving Story of Roosevelt's Massive Disability - and the Intense Efforts to Conceal It from the Public

Hugh Gregory Gallagher - 1985
    It is an intensely personal view of FDR. It traces his developments from the early years, his battle with polio, his fight for rehabilitation, his paralysis and his need to hide it, both in public and in private as well as the impact the paralysis and its cover-up had on his political career, his personality, and his relations with others. Now complete with a detailed account of the FDR Memorial and the struggle by disability advocates to have FDR depicted as he was in his wheelchair. Must reading for everyone interested in presidential history, disability history, and modern American history. A book not to be missed.

To a Violent Grave: An Oral Biography of Jackson Pollock

Jeffrey Potter - 1985

Lester Young

Lewis Porter - 1985
    . . a schematic of unparalleled insight and detail."---Down Beat"A monumental work."---Dizzy Gillespie". . . a major contribution to jazz scholarship . . . for its illumination of Lester Young's music and for setting the biographical record straight."---Dan MorgensternSeveral new biographies of Lester Young have been published in the years since Lewis Porter's Lester Young first appeared, but none have supplanted or even attempted the in-depth study that Porter brings to his subject's music. With the same care and scholarship that characterized his John Coltrane, Porter analyzes the music that made Lester Young "the most original tenor sax in jazz."In addition to helping us understand Lester Young's playing and stylistic evolution, Porter's analysis demonstrates that Young's playing at the end of his career did not mark a serious decline over his earlier style, as many critics have claimed.

Robert Capa: A Biography

Richard Whelan - 1985
    Driven from his native Hungary by political oppression, he was first recognized for photographing the Spanish Civil War. In 1938 he was in China recording the Japanese invasion. During World War II he was in London, North Africa, and Italy, and then in France covering D-Day on Omaha Beach, the liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. When the new nation of Israel was founded in 1948 he was there. In 1954 he was in Vietnam, taking photographs until the moment he was killed.Away from battle, Capa gather about him such famous people as Ernest Hemingway and his wife (the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn), Gary Cooper, Irwin Shaw, and Gene Kelly. Whelan shows Capa photographing the street life of Paris, crisscrossing America on assignment from Life, in Russia with John Steinbeck, in Italy with John Huston, on the Riviera with Picasso, and with Ingrid Bergman.

Midway on the Waves: Diaries, 1948-1949

James Lees-Milne - 1985

A Comet in the Sky (May, #3)

Phyllis Johnston - 1985
    Putting out a fire at school, rat hunting, and being caned by her teacher for helping her fiends in class are part of Ma's standard five year. In 1910, May sees Halley's comet, and also helps nurse her sick mother. May tries to get good marks in her standard six year at school, but because of a present she receives, all the standards get into trouble with their strict teacher. May's life is affected by the progress made on the bush farms of Piopio. Change comes quickly and suddenly. May realises she is nearly grown up and must think about going out to work.

Pope John XXIII: Shepherd of the Modern World

Peter Hebblethwaite - 1985
    Approx 6" x 9 1/2"with 550 pages with great old black and white pictures

Brigham Young: American Moses

Leonard J. Arrington - 1985
    He was not merely an entrepreneur with a shared vision of America as the Promised Land; he was a prophet with visions of his own and he built beyond himself."

Vita's Other World: A Gardening Biography of Vita Sackville-West

Jane Brown - 1985
    Beginning with Vita's childhood (one charming photograph shows Vita as a young girl dressed "as a basket of westiria"), the book leads the reader through the past of her beloved Knole, her marriage, travels to Constantinople and Persia, her first garden at Long Barn, and finally, to Sissinghurst Castle, where, with her husband, Harold Nicolson, Vita designed and created a garden of remarkable beauty. Color and black-and-white photographs throughout of Vita's gardens (there are also original sketches of garden plans), home interiors, and moments with family. The Daily Telegraph calls it "A gardening biography in which Vita's development as a character and a gardener are woven together and shown to achieve the fusion which, with the help of Harold Nicolson, produced Sissinghurst...'' The Times hails it as "A book hautingly illustrated by contemporary photographs, from which shines forth a deep understanding of and sympathy for her subject."

Karl Marx and World Literature

S.S. Prawer - 1985
    Marx.” S. S. Prawer’s highly influential work explores how the world of imaginative literature—poems, novels, plays—infused and shaped Marx’s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and major works. In exploring Marx’s use of literary texts, from Aeschylus to Balzac, and the central role of art and literature in the development of his critical vision, Karl Marx and World Literature is a forensic masterpiece of critical analysis.

Gifts of Age: Portraits and Essays of 32 Remarkable Women

Charlotte Painter - 1985
    These are the Gifts of Age: the time, the freedom, and hopefully the wisdom to develop creative new images of oneself and one's place in the complexities of a long life. All of the women in this book are more than sixty-five years of age, and included are such well-known personalities as Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Joan Baez Senior, and Louise M. Davies. No two have followed the same path, but each has been successful in achieving some new, frequently unanticipated distinction in her latter years. Gifts of Age is a fascinating insight into just how productive one's extended life can be, and inspiration for anyone who believes that the creative talent for living need not diminish with the passage of years.

Hannah Szenes: A Song of Light

Maxine Rose Schur - 1985
    A biography of the Jewish heroine whose mission to help rescue European Jews in World War II cost her her life.

Rebel Yell and the Yankee Hurrah

John W. Haley - 1985

Sigmund Freud: His Life in Pictures and Words

Ernst Freud - 1985
    This work, which uses illustrations assembled from family collections, manuscripts, letters and published material, sets out to discover the side of Freud the world did not often see. Each photograph is captioned by a passage from Freud's writing which pinpoints its place in his life.

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven

Sheridan Morley - 1985
    The result is a picture which both supports and contradicts the charming vagabond persona depicted in Niven’s own bestselling memoirs.While millions throughout his life were enchanted by Niven’s happy-go-lucky charisma and world-class anecdotage, he was in many respects a private figure, haunted by a fear of failure, and a victim of several key tragedies in his personal life. Morley’s biography is a warm, appreciative but perceptive account which captures both sides of one of Hollywood’s most enduringly lovable figures.‘A compassionate account that goes past the blithe persona … yet, there is much humor—the actor’s and his biographer’s—in this notable book’ Publishers Weekly‘Head and shoulders above the average showbiz biography … He understands many of Niven’s deeper feelings’ John Mortimer, Sunday Times‘A well-told story … the darker side as well as the mask of a complex and perhaps desperate character. He was a life-enhancer off-screen as well as on’ The Times‘Shrewd and pleasing; shows how dark Niven’s moon could be’ Alexander Walker, Evening Standard

The St. Andrews Seven

Stuart Piggin - 1985
    The finest flowering of missinary zeal in Scottish history.

Rusty's Story

Carol Gino - 1985
    In that book and now in Rusty s Story, she displays her extraordinary gift for reaching out to others and touching the common chord of humanity in all of us. Barbara Russell - Rusty - was a normal if poor teenager until her freshman year of high school, when she had an epileptic seizure at a football game. From then on, misdiagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia as well as toxicity from over medication led to nightmarish periods in a state mental institution. Even after she began living with Carol, a nurse, who joined her fight for more humane treatment, nothing improved. With persistence and patience they were able to......well, let s not give away the ending, we can tell you it will be a book you will not want to put down. Enjoy!It won the Epilepsy Foundation National Book Award

Diana Cooper: Autobiography; The Rainbow Comes and Goes; The Lights of Common Day; Trumpets from the Steep

Lady Diana Cooper - 1985
    Married to Duff Cooper. She is the first Lady Diana.

Catullus and His World: A Reappraisal

T.P. Wiseman - 1985
    Catullus' own social background, the circumstances of the literary life of his time, the true extent of his works and the variety of audiences he addressed - these and other questions are explored by Professor Wiseman with new and startling results. Contemporary high society and politics are illustrated through Clodia and Caelius Rufus, considered not as mere adjuncts to Catullus' story but as significant historical personalities in their own right. A final chapter on nineteenth- and twentieth-century interpretations of Catullus' world shows how anachronistic preconceptions have prevented a proper understanding of it, and made this radical reappraisal necessary. Anyone with a serious interest in Latin literature or Roman history will want to read this book. Students in the upper levels of school or at university will find it essential background reading to their work on Catullus and Cicero's Pro Caelio.

The Story of Spencer W. Kimball: A Short Man, a Long Stride

Edward L. Kimball - 1985
    Kimball grew up as an Arizona farm boy. He chased little glrls with caterpillars to hear them scream and in his high school chemistry laboratory he cooked up such a stench that the school closed down for a day. But the same boy sat up nights to read the whole Bible through by kerosene lantern and sold his horse to get money to serve a mission.He always thought of himself as a little man, both short and unimportant, and because of those feelings he worked twice as hard as others. He could hardly believe it when the telephone rang and J. Reuben Clark, Jr., of the First Presidency, informed him of his call to serve as an Apostle. After a spiritual experience in the mountains, he knew for sure that the call was from God.As an Apostle he championed the cause of the Indians with vigor and preached repentance fearlessly. But with individuals he showed his kindness - bringing cookies to a neighbor to make amends, visiting the sick, giving dollars to children to start a missionary fund, helping milk the cows on a farm he visited.When Spencer Kimball became President of the Church, many people thought that because of his age and poor health he would not be able to do much. Indeed he once said, "I still wonder what the Lord was thinking about, making a little country boy like me President of his church unless he knew that I didn't have any sense and would just keep on working." It soon became clear that the Lord knew very well what he was doing. And because this "little man" kept on working and challenging Church members to lengthen their stride, the world saw an amazing burst of missionary work, temple building, and organizational restructuring. Through him the Lord opened the priesthood to all worthy men and temple blessings to all worthy men and women, whatever their race, in one of the most significant developments in Church history. And all the time he remained the same unassuming person.These stories of Spencer Kimball's life, from farm boy to prophet, show how the Lord can make great use of little men.

Art & Life of Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe - 1985
    Jan Castro's revealing study of O'Keeffe, which relies in part on interviews with the artist and excerpts from her letters, profiles her artistic development, her place in the ever-changing art world, and her rich legacy. With reproductions of photographs of the artist and more than 100 paintings.

The Authorized Al

Tino Insana - 1985
    This tongue-in-cheek examination of the life and music of this "superstar" covers from his birth to his rise to stardom. The Authorized Al is actually based on the mock rocumentary HBO special and video The Complete Al (CBS/Fox, 1984), and the two items work well as a complementary package. The video includes such items as his rock videos, concocted interviews with family and friends and concert footage. The book provides such gems as "Weird Al's" Six-Minute Work Out, bogus newspaper and magazine clippings and The Complete Al Songbook, with all of his song lyrics to date. The book's major shortcoming is the inability to translate some of the atmosphere and humor of Al's work to the printed page. However the popularity of the entertainer plus the rock-and-roll subject matter should attract a large YA audience. John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, Va.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee's Gallant General

Gary W. Gallagher - 1985
    Commissioned major general the day after his twenty-seventh birthday, he was the youngest West Pointer to achieve that rank in the Confederate army. He later showed great skill as a divisional leader in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns before he was fatally wounded at Cedar Creek on 19 October of that year. Based on Ramseur's extensive personal papers as well as on other sources, this absorbing biography examines the life of one of the South's most talented commanders and brings into sharper focus some of the crosscurrents of this turbulent period.


Jerry Sage - 1985
    (the forerunner of the C.I.A.) during World War II. Colonel Sage's first assignment was to organize behind-the-lines operations against Erwin Rommel in North Africa. After being captured and brutally interrogated, he was sent to the P.O.W. camp Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany. As an O.S.S. officer, Sage would have been executed had his identity been known. But at the time he was captured, Sage jettisoned his O.S.S. hardware and claimed he was a shot-down flier. His true identity was never discovered by his Nazi captors. While a prisoner of war, Sage conducted classes in silent killing with a hand-picked group of Americans. He also worked for fifteen months on the huge, three-tunnel project known in book and movie as "The Great Escape" and was in charge of hiding over 200,000 pounds of golden sand from the German "ferrets." Sage is a vivid, personal account of O.S.S. training under "Wild Bill" Donovan and of the subversive activities conducted in North Africa. It recalls the Nazi interrogations and treatment of Allied prisoners, the vicious reprisals reserved for those prisoners who tried to escape and the extraordinary resourcefulness of the men inside the camps. It is the testimony of a unique individual with the faith, courage, and indomitable will to serve his country and pursue the cause of freedom.

Shake Hands With Shakespeare Eight Plays for Elementary Schools

Albert Cullum - 1985

Strindberg: A Biography

Michael Meyer - 1985
    Yet, despite their admiration by such contemporaries as Ibsen, Chekhov, and George Bernard Shaw, Strindberg's works were misunderstood and rejected by his fellow Swedes, who throughout his life considered him a crank and a failure. In this definitive biography, Michael Meyer, the foremost translator of Strindberg's plays into English, presents a full and honest portrait of Strindberg as man and artist. Concentrating on his contribution to the theater, Meyer has sifted through Strindberg's voluminous autobiographical writings as well as published and unpublished letters to discover the source of his art and its meaning to both Strindberg and the theater. He also gives a sense of Strindberg's troubled life--his three tempestuous marriages, his exile, his often disputatious relations with other artists-- and sheds new light on the playwright's supposed misogyny, his bouts with madness, and his paranoia.

Gone in October

John Clellon Holmes - 1985

Gone in October: Last Reflections on Jack Kerouac

John Clellon Holmes - 1985
    As a young, ambitious novelist, Holmes knew Kerouac as a mentor and comrade in a literary movement eventually known as the Beat Generation. They shared New England roots and shared the same birthday (March 12; Kerouac born in 1922, Holmes in 1926). They were characters in each other's novels, and they fed each other encouragement over the years through letters and get-togethers at Holmes's home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, until Kerouac's untimely death at age 47, on October 21,1969.In four essays first published under one cover by Limberlost Press in 1985, Holmes writes about the influence of their common New England roots ("Rocks in Our Beds"), about his genuine friendship with Kerouac ("The Great Rememberer"), about going to Kerouac's funeral with poets Allen Ginsberg and Gergory Corso ("Gone in October"), and about atttending the 1982 Naropa Institute 25th anniversary celebration of the 1957 publication of On the Road as a last hurrah.This new edition of Gone in October comprises a deeply heart-felt remebrance of literary friendship and personal loss, reprinted with permission of the Estate of John Clellon Holmes in honor of the Jack Kerouac centennial in 2022.

Along with Youth: Hemingway, the Early Years

Peter Griffin - 1985
    It sheds new light on his wartime romance with Agnes vonKurowsky, his first love (and a model for the character of Catherine Barkley in A Farewell to Arms), as well as on the circumstances surrounding his wounding and convalescence. It closes with Hemingway on the brink of the literary career that would bring him worldwide fame. The five short stories--The Mercenaries, Crossroads, Portrait of an Idealist in Love, The Ash Heel's Tendon, and The Current--reveal that the Hemingway vision and style preceded the 1920s, his Paris years with Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. The book also contains many other newlyuncovered documents--including letters written by Ernest to his closest friend, Bill Horne, before and after the Kurowsky love affair--which provide a rich new perspective on Hemingway's emotional development and his beginnings as a writer. Jack Hemingway, Ernest's son by his first wife, HadleyRichardson, made his mother's complete correspondence available to Griffin and also contributed a foreword in which he writes, [Griffin] has shown me insights into my own father's character and behavior I would not have thought possible in view of the time lapse between Hemingway's death and theresearch he accomplished. This is the first installment of a projected three-volume life which promises to be the definitive Hemingway biography for this generation.