The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

By Robert Kanigel

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In 1913, a tender unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician's opinion on a number of principles he had approximately numbers. figuring out the letter was once the paintings of a genius, Hardy prepared for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come back to England. therefore started probably the most inconceivable and efficient collaborations ever chronicled. With a keenness for wealthy and evocative element, Robert Kanigel takes us from the temples and slums of Madras to the courts and chapels of Cambridge college, the place the religious Hindu Ramanujan, "the Prince of Intuition," verified his extraordinary theories along the subtle and whimsical Hardy, "the Apostle of Proof." In time, Ramanujan's inventive depth took its toll: he died on the age of thirty-two and left in the back of a paranormal and encouraged legacy that remains being plumbed for its secrets and techniques at the present time.

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Pride Over Pity

Kailyn Lowry is the feisty, unapologetic, tattooed attractiveness whose decision to elevate her son on her personal phrases has been documented on MTV’s severely acclaimed, hit sequence Teen mother 2. throughout 5 seasons, fanatics have watched her develop from a weak, pregnant teenager right into a fiercely self sustaining younger mom. throughout the breakup with the daddy of her baby and the resultant custody battles, her fight to come back to phrases together with her bothered adolescence, her analysis with bipolar ailment, and constant on-line bullying, Kailyn has confronted all of it together with her head held excessive and her spirit intact.

But there's extra to her tale than what has been obvious on tv. In a relocating attempt to ultimately positioned the previous at the back of her, Kailyn stocks her afflicted, usually painful tale and, for the 1st time, finds the darkish secrets and techniques she has so heavily guarded. Guided by way of the only precept of supporting different younger women like her, she takes the reader behind the curtain, writing candidly approximately her determined remain at a homeless defend to qualify for a application that may offer a secure domestic for her son, breaking her silence at the query of her sexuality, and sharing the anxious sexual reviews that experience left her deeply scarred.

Pride Over Pity is a uncooked, brutally sincere, and finally inspiring account of a tender woman’s unravel not just to outlive yet to prevail.

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Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency

By Logan Beirne

Blood of Tyrants finds the fabulous information of our Founding Fathers’ method of executive and this history’s impression on at the present time. Delving into forgotten—and usually lurid—facts of the innovative struggle, Logan Beirne specializes in the nation’s first commander in leader, George Washington, as he formed the very which means of the U.S. structure within the warmth of battle.

Key episodes of the Revolution illustrate how the Founders handled thorny wartime concerns: How can we guard voters’ rights whilst the kingdom is suffering to shield itself? Who comes to a decision conflict technique? while may still we use army tribunals rather than civilian trials? may still we inflict harsh therapy on enemy captives if it potential saving American lives? Beirne reveals facts in formerly unexplored files reminiscent of basic Washington’s letters debating using torture, an eyewitness account of the army tribunal that finished a British prisoner, Founders’ letters caution opposed to govt debt, and communications pointing to an influence fight among Washington and the Continental Congress.

Vivid tales from the Revolution set the degree for Washington’s pivotal position within the drafting of the structure. The Founders observed the 1st American commander in leader because the template for all destiny presidents: a pacesetter who might fiercely guard americans’ rights and liberties opposed to all sorts of aggression.

Pulling the reader at once into dramatic scenes from background, Blood of Tyrants fills a void in our realizing of the presidency and our creative Founders’ pragmatic method of concerns we nonetheless face today.

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All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora

By David Rensin

For 20 years, Miki "Da Cat" Dora used to be the king of Malibu surfers—a speeding, enigmatic insurgent who ruled the waves, governed his friends' imaginations, and who nonetheless evokes the fantasies of wannabes to at the present time. And but, Dora railed opposed to surfing's surprising post-Gidget reputation and the overcrowding of his as soon as empty waves, even after this avid sportsman, iconoclast, and scammer of vast reputation ran afoul of the legislations and led the FBI on a extraordinary seven-year chase world wide in 1974. The New York Times named him "the such a lot renegade spirit the game has but to provide" and Vanity Fair known as him "a darkish prince of the beach." to totally seize Dora's never-before-told tale, David Rensin spent 4 years interviewing 1000s of Dora's acquaintances, enemies, kinfolk, fanatics, and fellow surfers to discover the untold fact approximately surfing's so much outrageous practitioner, charismatic antihero, dedicated loner, and enduring mystery.

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Marcus Agrippa: Right-Hand Man of Caesar Augustus

By Lindsay Powell

Marcus Agrippa personified the time period 'right-hand man'. As Emperor Augustus' deputy, he waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and performed a vital position in laying the principles of the Pax Romana for the subsequent 200 years - yet he served regularly within the wisdom he might by no means rule in his personal identify. Why he did so, and not grasped strength completely for himself, has puzzled historians for hundreds of years.

In his youngsters he shaped a lifelong friendship with Julius Caesar's nice nephew, Caius Octavius, which might swap global heritage. Following Caesar’s assassination at the Ides of March forty four BC, Agrippa was once instrumental in announcing his friend’s rights because the dictator's inheritor. He demonstrated a name as a daring admiral, defeating Sextus Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus (36 BC), culminating within the epoch-making conflict of Actium (31 BC), which eradicated Marcus Antonius and Queen Cleopatra as competitors. He proved his genius for army command on land through finishing bloody rebellions within the Cimmerian Bosporus, Gaul, Hispania and Illyricum.

In Gaul Agrippa verified the very important street community that helped flip Julius Caesar’s conquests into conceivable provinces. As a diplomat, he befriended Herod the good of Judaea and stabilized the East. As minister of works he overhauled Rome's drains and aqueducts, reworked public bathing within the urban, created public parks with nice works of art and outfitted the unique Pantheon.

Agrippa turned co-ruler of the Roman Empire with Augustus and married his daughter Julia. His 3 sons have been followed by means of his pal as power heirs to the throne. Agrippa's unforeseen demise in 12 BC left Augustus bereft, yet his bloodline lived on within the imperial kin, via Agrippina the Elder to his grandson Caligula and nice grandson Nero.

MARCUS AGRIPPA is lucidly written through the writer of the acclaimed biographies longing for Glory and Germanicus. Illustrated with colour plates, figures and top of the range maps, Lindsay Powell provides a penetrating new overview of the existence and achievements of the multifaceted guy who positioned carrier to buddy and state prior to himself.

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“A gripping, completely researched and highly amazing biography of a key participant within the transition from the Roman Republic to Augustus's Empire'.
– Saul David, college of Buckingham, writer of warfare: From historic Egypt to Iraq.

“Augustus' ascent and reign are unthinkable with out Marcus Agrippa. strangely, there was no biography of Agrippa in English for a few 80 years. Powell's booklet admirably fills this hole and should be fundamental for a person with a significant curiosity during this an important old period.”

– Karl Galinsky, collage of Texas at Austin, writer of Augustus: advent to the lifetime of an Emperor.

“Marcus Agrippa used to be considered one of history’s so much fascinating right-hand males. Few performed a better function within the emperor Augustus’ luck. In full of life prose, and with a fingertip believe for Roman politics and battle, Lindsay Powell brings Agrippa to life.”
– Barry Strauss, Cornell collage, writer of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership.

Powell describes Agrippa as a faithful aide and imperative deputy with no whom Augustus might by no means have gained the civil warfare to take energy or governed so effectively for therefore lengthy. He was once a skilled basic on land and an excellent admiral at sea, he says, a practical diplomat, a hard-working public legit, a beneficiant philanthropist, and a detailed buddy and modern of the emperor. between his subject matters are the hot guy in Rome, mastermind of victory at Actium, statesman of the Roman international, the noblest guy of his day, and assessment.
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Xerxes: A Persian Life

The first full-scale account of a Persian king vilified by means of history

Xerxes, nice King of the Persian Empire from 486–465 B.C., has long gone down in heritage as an indignant tyrant packed with insane ambition. The stand of Leonidas and the three hundred opposed to his military at Thermopylae is a byword for braveness, whereas the failure of Xerxes’ excursion has overshadowed the entire different achievements of his twenty-two-year reign.
 
during this vigorous and complete new biography, Richard Stoneman indicates how Xerxes, regardless of sympathetic remedy via the modern Greek writers Aeschylus and Herodotus, had his recognition destroyed via later Greek writers and by way of the propaganda of Alexander the nice. Stoneman attracts at the most modern study in Achaemenid reviews and archaeology to give the ruler from the Persian viewpoint. This illuminating quantity doesn't whitewash Xerxes’ failings yet units opposed to them such triumphs because the architectural elegance of Persepolis and a attention of Xerxes’ non secular commitments. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a guy who governed an enormous and multicultural empire which the Greek groups of the West observed because the antithesis in their personal values.

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Deceived With Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood

By Angelica Garnett

A Bloomsbury baby, with Virginia Woolf her aunt and Vanessa Bell and Duncan furnish her mom and dad. She grew up in Sussex, England, a favourite accumulating position for the Bloomsbury crowd. a rare adolescence of either privilege and emotional deprivation, She lived a permissive, inventive way of life with this literary, inventive crew, which left her with a lot emotional turmoil to style via and it wasn't till after Duncan's demise in 1978 that she used to be in a position to research the reality in the back of her emotions. This, for her, was once a "healing e-book and emancipation from the past". one hundred eighty pages with Index. 8.5 x 5.6 inches.

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Heat: Extreme Adventures at the Highest Temperatures on Earth

Clean from completing the Marathon des Sables, Ranulph Fiennes has develop into the oldest Briton to accomplish this final persistence attempt. The world's maximum dwelling explorer, has travelled to a few of the main distant, risky components of the globe. recognized for his reviews on the poles and hiking Everest, he has additionally continued many of the most popular stipulations on this planet, the place temperatures usually exceed forty levels and, with no water and preserve, loss of life is inevitable.

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Strength in What Remains (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Tracy Kidder

In Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder offers us the tale of 1 man’s inspiring American trip and of the standard those who helped him, supplying really good testomony to the ability of moment possibilities. Deo arrives within the usa from Burundi looking for a brand new lifestyles. Having survived a civil struggle and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with 200 money, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious life providing groceries, dwelling in primary Park, and studying English by way of examining dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo starts to fulfill the strangers who will switch his lifestyles, pointing him finally towards Columbia college, clinical institution, and a existence dedicated to therapeutic. Kidder breaks new floor in telling this unforgettable tale as he travels with Deo again over a turbulent lifestyles and indicates us what it ability to be totally human.

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