The Play Goes On

Biographies

Neil Simon, “The Play Goes On”
Tim Hornbaker, “Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers”
Paul Kengor, “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism”
Michael Wood, “On Empson (Writers on Writers)”
The Women of the Suffrage Movement: Autobiographies & Biographies of the Most Influential Suffragettes by Jane Addams

Neil Simon, “The Play Goes On”

ISBN: 0684846918, 0684869802 | 1999 | EPUB | 352 pages | 4 MB

A revealing and heartfelt memoir of a Pulitzer Prize–winning artist finding joy and inspiration after tragedy.
In his critically acclaimed Rewrites, Neil Simon talked about his beginnings—his early years of working in television, his first real love, his first play, his first brush with failure, and, most moving of all, his first great loss. Simon’s same willingness to open his heart to the reader permeates The Play Goes On.
This second act takes the reader from the mid-1970s to the present, a period in which Simon wrote some of his most popular and critically acclaimed plays, including the Brighton Beach trilogy and Lost in Yonkers, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Simon experienced enormous professional success during this time, but in his personal life he struggled to find that same sense of happiness and satisfaction.
After the death of his first wife, he and his two young daughters left New York for Hollywood. There he remarried, and when that foundered he remarried again. Told with his characteristic humor and unflinching sense of irony, The Play Goes On is rich with stories of how Simon’s art came to imitate his life.
Simon’s forty-plus plays make up a body of work that is a long-running memoir in its own right, yet here, in a deeper and more personal book than his first volume, Simon offers a revealing look at an artist in crisis but still able and willing to laugh at himself.

Tim Hornbaker, “Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers”

ISBN: 1613218087 | 2017 | EPUB | 568 pages | 37 MB

Legends of Pro Wrestling offers the first comprehensive look at the entire world of wrestling. With detailed biographies and never-before-seen statistics of some of the greatest athletes in the sport, you will be able to read about hundreds of wrestlers, dating back to the mid-1800s. As the first of its kind, this centralized reference book offers wrestling enthusiasts a range of information at their fingertips and stands alone as the ultimate wrestling resource.
This book offers readers a link between what happened a century ago to what is currently happening today. An older fan of Bruno Sammartino or “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers can enjoy this book as much as someone who follows John Cena or The Undertaker today. This collection is a never-ending source of facts, figures, and other entertaining data.
Professional wrestling is a world of accomplishment, legacy, and, most importantly, fate. Through injuries, sickness, and family tribulations, many wrestlers have given everything they have to give in the ring, and true fans of the sport love every single second of it. No matter your age, if you’re a fan of professional wrestling, Legends of Pro Wrestling is the book for you to own and cherish.
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Paul Kengor, “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism”

ISBN: 0061136905, 0061189243 | 2006 | EPUB | 432 pages | 1 MB

Based on extraordinary research: a major reassessment of Ronald Reagan’s lifelong crusade to dismantle the Soviet Empire–including shocking revelations about the liberal American politician who tried to collude with USSR to counter Reagan’s efforts
Paul Kengor’s God and Ronald Reagan made presidential historian Paul Kengor’s name as one of the premier chroniclers of the life and career of the 40th president. Now, with The Crusader, Kengor returns with the one book about Reagan that has not been written: The story of his lifelong crusade against communism, and of his dogged–and ultimately triumphant–effort to overthrow the Soviet Union.
Drawing upon reams of newly declassified presidential papers, as well as untapped Soviet media archives and new interviews with key players, Kengor traces Reagan’s efforts to target the Soviet Union from his days as governor of California to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of what he famously dubbed the “Evil Empire.” The result is a major revision and enhancement of what historians are only beginning to realize: That Reagan not only wished for the collapse of communism, but had a deep and specific understanding of what it would take––and effected dozens of policy shifts that brought the USSR to its heels within a decade of his presidency.
The Crusader makes use of key sources from behind the Iron Curtain, including one key memo that implicates a major American liberal politician–still in office today–in a scheme to enlist Soviet premier Yuri Andropov to help defeat Reagan’s 1984 reelection bid. Such new finds make The Crusader not just a work of extraordinary history, but a work of explosive revelation that will be debated as hotly in 2006 as Reagan’s policies were in the 1980s.

Michael Wood, “On Empson (Writers on Writers)”

ISBN: 0691163766 | 2017 | EPUB | 224 pages | 332 KB

From one of today’s most distinguished critics, a beautifully written exploration of one of the twentieth century’s most important literary critics
Are literary critics writers? As Michael Wood says, “Not all critics are writers―perhaps most of them are not―and some of them are better when they don’t try to be.” The British critic and poet William Empson (1906–84), one of the most important and influential critics of the twentieth century, was an exception―a critic who was not only a writer but also a great one. In this brief book, Wood, himself one of the most gifted writers among contemporary critics, explores Empson as a writer, a distinguished poet whose criticism is a brilliant literary performance―and proof that the act of reading can be an unforgettable adventure.
Drawing out the singularity and strength of Empson’s writing, including its unfailing wit, Wood traces the connections between Empson’s poetry and criticism from his first and best-known critical works, Seven Types of Ambiguity and Some Versions of Pastoral, to later books such as Milton’s God and The Structure of Complex Words. Wood shows why this pioneer of close reading was both more and less than the inventor of New Criticism―more because he was the greatest English critic since Coleridge, and didn’t belong to any school; and less because he had severe differences with many contemporary critics, especially those who dismissed the importance of an author’s intentions.
Beautifully written and rich with insight, On Empson is an elegant introduction to a unique writer for whom literature was a nonstop form of living.

The Women of the Suffrage Movement: Autobiographies & Biographies of the Most Influential Suffragettes by Jane Addams

English | March 21st, 2018 | 258 Pages | EPUB | 13.01 MB

This ebook collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices.
Apart from the autobiographies and biographies of the most influential suffragettes, this edition includes the complete 6 volume history of the movement – from its beginnings through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which enfranchised women in the U.S. in 1920.

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