Big Girl by Kelsey Miller

Biographies

Mat Snow, “U2: Revolution”
Big Girl by Kelsey Miller
James Palmer, “The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia”
Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall
The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback by Bruce Arians

Mat Snow, “U2: Revolution”

A complete illustrated history of one of the world’s most influential and legendary rock band, U2: Revolution is lushly illustrated with over 200 photos, two foldout timelines, and fresh interviews by rock journalist Mat Snow. Starting with their roots in Dublin in the late 1970s, where the four teenaged friends first performed and signed with Island Records, Snow follows the band through its debut album Boy, their chart-topping albums of the 1980s, their record-breaking tours and global activism of the 1990s, and their reflective reconnection with core fans in the 21st century. With a new album and tour scheduled for release in 2014, U2: Revolution is poised to become the definitive work on a band that has stayed true to its beliefs and passions, through meteoric success, public controversy, and an astounding forty-year working relationship.
They’ve frequently been described as the biggest band in the world. The Joshua Tree alone has sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. They hold the record for the most Grammy wins by a rock act. And their 360 tour, which started in 2009, attracted more than seven million fans and is one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. U2 has revolutionized the definition of rock band by staying true to its beliefs and passions, through meteoric success, public controversy, and an astounding forty-year working relationship.
Now for the first time, get the complete photographic history of one of the world’s most influential and legendary rock bands. Mat Snow’s U2: Revolution is lushly illustrated with over two hundred photos and two gatefold timelines exploring the band’s incredible history. Starting with their roots in Dublin where the four teenaged friends first started playing together in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, Snow follows the band through their debut album, Boy, their chart-topping albums of the 1980s, their record-breaking tours and global activism of the 1990s, and their reflective reconnection with core fans in the twenty-first century.

Big Girl by Kelsey Miller

In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sinister, sadistic, and deeply demented than Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic whose penchant for Eastern mysticism and hatred of communists foreshadowed the Nazi scourge that would soon overtake Europe, Ungern- Sternberg conquered Mongolia in 1919 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians. In The Bloody White Baron, historian and travel writer James Palmer vividly re-creates Ungern-Sternberg’s spiral into ever-darker obsessions, while also providing a rare look at the religion and culture of the unfortunate Mongolians he briefly ruled.

James Palmer, “The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia”

In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sinister, sadistic, and deeply demented than Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic whose penchant for Eastern mysticism and hatred of communists foreshadowed the Nazi scourge that would soon overtake Europe, Ungern- Sternberg conquered Mongolia in 1919 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians. In The Bloody White Baron, historian and travel writer James Palmer vividly re-creates Ungern-Sternberg’s spiral into ever-darker obsessions, while also providing a rare look at the religion and culture of the unfortunate Mongolians he briefly ruled.

Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall

Here is the first dual biography of the early lives of two key figures in Russian ballet: famed choreographer George Balanchine and his close childhood friend and extraordinary ballerina Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova.
Tracing the lives and friendship of these two dancers from years just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine’s escape from Russia in 1924, Elizabeth Kendall’s Balanchine & the Lost Muse sheds new light on a crucial flash point in the history of ballet. Drawing upon extensive archival research, Kendall weaves a fascinating tale about this decisive period in the life of the man who would become the most influential choreographer in modern ballet. Abandoned by his mother at the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy in 1913 at the age of nine, Balanchine spent his formative years studying dance in Russia’s tumultuous capital city. It was there, as he struggled to support himself while studying and performing, that Balanchine met Ivanova. A talented and bold dancer who grew close to the Bolshevik elite in her adolescent years, Ivanova was a source of great inspiration to Balanchine–both during their youth together, and later in his life, after her mysterious death just days before they had planned to leave Russia together in 1924. Kendall shows that although Balanchine would have a great number of muses, many of them lovers, the dark beauty of his dear friend Lidochka would inspire much of his work for years to come.
Part biography and part cultural history, Balanchine & the Lost Muse presents a sweeping account of the heyday of modern ballet and the culture behind the unmoored ideals, futuristic visions, and human decadence that characterized the Russian Revolution.

The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback by Bruce Arians

What is an elite NFL QB and what separates that player from the others? One answer is the coach they share. In the recent history of the biggest game on earth, one man is the common thread that connects several of the very best in the sport: Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Andrew Luck; and the resurgent Carson Palmer. That coach is Bruce Arians.
A larger than life visionary who trained under the tutelage of Bear Bryant, Arians has had a major impact on the development and success of each of these players. For proof beyond the stats, go to the sources.
Bruce is gonna love you when you need some loving, but he’s gonna jump on you when you’re not doing right. – Peyton Manning
He coaches the way players want to be coached. – Ben Roethlisberger
He made players comfortable around him and let everybody have their own personality. He didn’t force anybody to be someone they weren’t. It may sound a little corny or cheesy, but there’s merit to that. I felt comfortable being myself and I felt he had my back. – Andrew Luck
We’re a resilient group. It trickles down from the head coach. I think good teams, really good teams, and hopefully great teams take on their coach’s mentality. I think that’s what B.A. brings… – Carson Palmer
Known around the game as the ‘quarterback whisperer’, Arians has an uncanny ability to both personally connect with his quarterbacks and to locate what the individual triggers are for that player to succeed. No two quarterbacks are the same. And yet with Arians they always share success. In this book Arians will explain how he does it.

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