Ingrid Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography

Biographies

Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors: Lionel Atwill, Colin Clive, George Zucco by Gregory William Mank
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction by Ritchie Robertson
My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File by Katherine Verdery
Gregory Claeys, “Marx and Marxism”

Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

English | February 20, 2007 | ISBN: 0743294211, 155783735X | EPUB | 352 pages | 0.9 MB

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) was perhaps best known for her roles in Casablanca and Notorious , but she won three Oscars for Gaslight , Anastasia , and Murder on the Orient Express , and was a seven-time nominee. She also won two Emmy Awards and a Tony. In 1949, though married and a mother, she fell in love with director Roberto Rossellini and conceived a child with him. Her fans were shocked and she was denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Chandler interviewed Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Cary Grant, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Gregory Peck for the book, which contains synopses of all her films, including the Swedish ones.

Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors: Lionel Atwill, Colin Clive, George Zucco by Gregory William Mank

English | February 22, 2018 (1998) | ISBN: 188766422X, ASIN: B079ZZND6V | EPUB | pages | 16.5 MB

Finally a biography on those titans of terror from the Golden Age of Horror Films: Lionel Atwill (Doctor X, Mystery of the Wax Museum), Colin Clive (Frankestein) and George Zucco (The Flying Serpent). Author Gregory Mank delves into the lives and careers of three of the actors who helped shape the modern horror film. A thrilling and involving story as the reader delves into the Hollywood of the 1930s and 1940s and discovers a cast of characters whose tragic lives or distressing careers brought about their downfall. Fans of the golden age of horror films will not want to miss this story of Lionel Atwill, Colin Clive and George Zucco, three of Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors.

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction by Ritchie Robertson

English | April 1, 2016 | ISBN: 0199689253 | EPUB | 144 pages | 1.5 MB

In 1878 the Victorian critic Matthew Arnold wrote: ‘Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times… because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man.’
In this Very Short Introduction Ritchie Robertson covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic and supreme literary writer in a vast variety of genres. Looking at Goethe’s poetry, novels and drama pieces, as well as his travel writing, autobiography, and essays on art and aesthetics, Robertson analyses some of the key themes in his works: love, nature, religion and tragedy. Dispelling the misconception of Goethe as a sedate Victorian sage, Robertson shows how much of his art was rooted in turbulent personal conflicts, and draws on recent research to present a complete portrait of the scientific work and political activity which accompanied Goethe’s writings.

My Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police File by Katherine Verdery

English | May 8, 2018 | ISBN: 0822370662, 0822370816 | PDF | 344 pages | 22.9 MB

As Katherine Verdery observes, “There’s nothing like reading your secret police file to make you wonder who you really are.” In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police—the Securitate—compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was “actually” a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania.
In My Life as a Spy she analyzes her file alongside her original field notes and conversations with Securitate officers. Verdery also talks with some of the informers who were close friends, learning the complex circumstances that led them to report on her, and considers how fieldwork and spying can be easily confused. Part memoir, part detective story, part anthropological analysis, My Life as a Spy offers a personal account of how government surveillance worked during the Cold War and how Verdery experienced living under it.

Gregory Claeys, “Marx and Marxism”

ISBN: 1568588976 | 2018 | EPUB | 384 pages | 2 MB

A new biography of Karl Marx, tracing the life of this titanic figure and the legacy of his work
Karl Marx remains the most influential and controversial political thinker in history. He died quietly in 1883 and a mere eleven mourners attended his funeral, but a year later he was being hailed as “the Prophet himself” whose name and writings would “endure through the ages.” He has been viewed as a philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, even a literary craftsman. But who was Marx? What informed his critiques of modern society? And how are we to understand his legacy?
In Marx and Marxism, Gregory Claeys, a leading historian of socialism, offers a wide-ranging, accessible account of Marx’s ideas and their development, from the nineteenth century through the Russian Revolution to the present. After the collapse of the Soviet Union his reputation seemed utterly eclipsed, but now a new generation is reading and discovering Marx in the wake of the recurrent financial crises, growing social inequality, and an increasing sense of the injustice and destructiveness of capitalism. Both his critique of capitalism and his vision of the future speak across the centuries to our times, even if the questions he poses are more difficult to answer than ever.