Karunanidhi A Life in Politics

Biographies

Karunanidhi: A Life in Politics by Sandhya Ravishankar
My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace by Ehud Barak
My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Midst of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South by Issac J. Bailey
Unbeaten: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rocky Marciano by Mike Stanton
Unlocking Secrets: My Journey to an Open Heart by Kathe Crawford

Karunanidhi: A Life in Politics by Sandhya Ravishankar

English | May 31st, 2018 | ISBN: 9352779193 | 2641 Pages | EPUB | 1.19 MB

Wearing his characteristic dark glasses and draped in a yellow shawl, M. Karunanidhi has been a pillar of Tamil and Indian politics for more than six decades. He has been the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam since 1969 and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times.
With the death of J. Jayalalithaa, he is the undisputed tallest leader in the state even though his party is not in power and he is in poor health at the age of ninety-five. Karunanidhi’s contributions to state and national life are many. He is known for pioneering several social justice and welfare schemes, as also for championing the causes of Dravidian identity and Tamil language and culture.
The DMK under him was a crucial ally of the Congress and a constituent of the UPA. At the same time, he has also been embroiled in several controversies, including his party’s alleged support for the LTTE, which assassinated former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, and the involvement of ministers from his party in the 2G spectrum scam. Karunanidhi: A Life in Politics chronicles the trailblazing life of one of India’s most important politicians for the first time in English.

My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace by Ehud Barak

English | May 29th, 2018 | ISBN: 1250079365 | 480 Pages | EPUB | 25.80 MB

The definitive memoir of one of Israel’s most influential soldier-statesmen and one-time Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, with insights into forging peace in the Middle East.
In the summer of 2000, the most decorated soldier in Israel’s history―Ehud Barak―set himself a challenge as daunting as any he had faced on the battlefield: to secure a final peace with the Palestinians. He would propose two states for two peoples, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He knew the risks of failure. But he also knew the risks of not trying: letting slip perhaps the last chance for a generation to secure genuine peace.
It was a moment of truth.
It was one of many in a life intertwined, from the start, with that of Israel. Born on a kibbutz, Barak became commander of Israel’s elite special forces, then army Chief of Staff, and ultimately, Prime Minister.
My Country, My Life tells the unvarnished story of his―and his country’s―first seven decades; of its major successes, but also its setbacks and misjudgments. He offers candid assessments of his fellow Israeli politicians, of the American administrations with which he worked, and of himself. Drawing on his experiences as a military and political leader, he sounds a powerful warning: Israel is at a crossroads, threatened by events beyond its borders and by divisions within. The two-state solution is more urgent than ever, not just for the Palestinians, but for the existential interests of Israel itself. Only by rediscovering the twin pillars on which it was built―military strength and moral purpose―can Israel thrive.

My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Midst of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South by Issac J. Bailey

English | May 29th, 2018 | ISBN: 1590518608 | 304 Pages | EPUB | 2.11 MB

A rare first-person account that combines a journalist’s skilled reporting with the raw emotion of a younger brother’s heartfelt testimony of what his family endured after his eldest brother killed a man and was sentenced to life in prison.
At the age of nine, Issac J. Bailey saw his hero, his eldest brother, taken away in handcuffs, not to return from prison for thirty-two years. Bailey tells the story of their relationship and of his experience living in a family suffering from guilt and shame. Drawing on sociological research as well as his expertise as a journalist, he seeks to answer the crucial question of why Moochie and many other young black men—including half of the ten boys in his own family—end up in the criminal justice system. What role do poverty, race, and faith play? What effect does living in the South, in the Bible Belt, have? And why is their experience understood as an acceptable trope for black men, while white people who commit crimes are never seen in this generalized way?
My Brother Moochie provides a wide-ranging yet intensely intimate view of crime and incarceration in the United States, and the devastating effects on the incarcerated, their loved ones, their victims, and society as a whole. It also offers hope for families caught in the incarceration trap: though the Bailey family’s lows have included prison and bearing the responsibility for multiple deaths, their highs have included Harvard University, the White House, and a renewed sense of pride and understanding that presents a path forward.

Unbeaten: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rocky Marciano by Mike Stanton

English | June 28th, 2018 | ASIN: B078GS91L7 | 400 Pages | EPUB | 14.45 MB

Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: he never lost a professional fight. When he retired in 1956, his record was a perfect 49-0.
Unbeaten is the revelatory biography of one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Marciano rose from abject poverty and a life of petty crime to become heavyweight champion and one of the most famous faces of his era. He dominated boxing in the decade following the Second World War with a devastating punch, which he nicknamed the ‘Suzie Q’.
But perfection came at a price.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike Stanton tells the story of Marciano’s pursuit of greatness through the era of guys and dolls, hustlers and gamblers, glamorous celebrities and notorious mobsters. But boxing had its dark side, particularly at a time when Mafia mob bosses like Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo wielded immense power behind the scenes.
Marciano retired while still in his prime, weighed down by the mob’s influence in the sport he loved. For the last decade of his life, he wandered America, disillusioned, untrusting, hiding his money, cheating on his wife, consorting with the mobsters he had loathed for corrupting his sport, until his death in a plane crash in 1969, the night before his 46th birthday.
Unbeaten by Mike Stanton is the story of a remarkable champion, a sport that was rotten to its core, and a country that may have expected too much from its heroes.

Unlocking Secrets: My Journey to an Open Heart by Kathe Crawford

English | May 29th, 2018 | ISBN: 1401953271 | 164 Pages | EPUB | 3.31 MB

Kathe Crawford was barely 31-years-old and the mother of two young children when she and her husband received devastating news—information that they agreed to keep secret from everyone in their lives, including their families. As the years passed, this secret weighed heavily on Crawford, even more so as she continued to respect her husband’s wishes for more than 20 years after his death.
Raising two sons as a single parent, Crawford was determined to build a successful career and a stable home. But this proved increasingly difficult as her secret became an exhausting facade. For so many years, survival had meant hiding the one thing that she thought would harm herself and her family the most. But when she could no longer maintain the protective wall around her heart, she discovered a deeper legacy of keeping secrets that she had inherited from her parents. The only way to heal would be to open herself to her heart and then to allow others to see her as she was, without secrets and without pretense. In her debut memoir, Crawford shares her spiritual journey from hiding in the shadows of her secrets to embracing the light of absolute authenticity, learning that self-love is perhaps the most important love story of all.