Leonardo's Notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci, H. Anna Suh

By Leonardo da Vinci, H. Anna Suh

Leonardo da Vinci—artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man—is a perennial resource of fascination due to his amazing mind and boundless interest in regards to the common and man-made international. in the course of his lifestyles he created quite a few artworks and stored voluminous notebooks that specified his creative and highbrow pursuits.

The choice of writings and paintings during this remarkable e-book are drawn from his notebooks. The ebook organizes his wide variety of pursuits into topics comparable to human figures, gentle and colour, viewpoint and visible notion, anatomy, botany and panorama, geography, the actual sciences and astronomy, structure, sculpture, and innovations. approximately every bit of writing in the course of the publication is keyed to the piece of art it describes.

The writing and artwork is chosen by way of paintings historian H. Anna Suh, who presents attention-grabbing statement and perception into the cloth, making Leonardo's Notebooks a gorgeous single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

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Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the by Charles Shaar Murray

By Charles Shaar Murray

"You the funkiest guy alive." Miles Davis' accolade used to be definitely the right expression of John Lee Hooker's apotheosis as blues big name: recording with the likes of Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Carlos Santana; making television ads (Lee Jeans); showing in motion pictures (The Blues Brothers); or even starring in Pete Townshend's musical variation of Ted Hughes' tale The Iron guy. His used to be a rare existence. Born within the American deep south, he moved to Detroit after which, in a occupation spanning over fifty years, recorded hypnotic blues classics reminiscent of 'Boogie Chillen', rhythm-and-blues anthems akin to 'Dimples' and 'Boom Boom' and, in his ultimate, wonderful renaissance, the Grammy-winning album The Healer. Charles Shaar Murray's authoritative biography vividly, and infrequently in John Lee Hooker's personal phrases, does exceptional justice to the guy and his song.

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The Last Tsar: Emperor Michael II by Donald Crawford

By Donald Crawford

An ancient biography of the final Tsar of Russia — now not Nicholas II, yet his brother Michael — Emperor Michael II — who succeeded to the throne while Nicholas abdicated in March 1917. Michael, married to a double divorcée, Natasha, the daughter of a Moscow attorney, used to be the 1st Romanov murdered via the Bolsheviks, 5 weeks prior to the opposite mass killings, and since he was once the Romanov who posed the best risk to them. even if, they by no means admitted accountability for his homicide, pretending as a substitute that he had escaped. This ebook, established mainly on unique modern resources in Russia, tells you what the Soviet Union meant so you might by no means understand. Does that topic now? greatly so, for not like his brother Nicholas, Michael can function the bridge among today’s Russia and Tsarist Russia, a niche which has but to be closed. As Viktor Yevtukhov, appointed deputy Russian Minister of Justice in February 2011, has stated: ‘We may still comprehend extra approximately this guy and take note him, simply because this reminiscence can provide our society the moral beginning we need’. This booklet will let you know why, after nearly a century, that are supposed to be so. From the tragedy of the earlier, a desire for the future…

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Ruth, a Portrait: The story of Ruth Bell Graham by Patricia Cornwell

By Patricia Cornwell

Ruth Bell Graham is called the spouse of evangelist Billy Graham. It used to be Ruth who motivated Billy, as his such a lot relied on life-partner. In Ruth, a Portrait, we meet this attention-grabbing and memorable lady. Brimming with anecdotes, it is a breathtaking trip, with stops at a lot of this century's epoch-making events.

The youth years of the longer term Mrs. Billy Graham have been spent light-years away--in the China of the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. The daughter of clinical missionaries, she and her kin have been stuck in a crucible of unspeakable problem; as well as pestilence and plague, there has been the volatile political and army turmoil surrounding the Nationalist govt, the Communists, and the japanese invaders. those unsafe realities formed Ruth Bell and her kin, a relatives inured to problems, yet buoyed up by means of their deep trust in God's abiding will.

Virtually raised through the Grahams, the writer is a repository of Ruth Bell Graham's tales and has obvious firsthand the spirit of this brave lady. Patricia Cornwell not just provides readers a whole, rounded, and intimate portrait of Ruth Bell Graham, but additionally perception into the lifetime of the Graham relations and especially Billy Graham.

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