The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
Author: Robert K. Massie
Pubpsher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The story of the love that ended an empire In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history—the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great. Praise for Nicholas and Alexandra “A larger-than-life drama.”—Saturday Review “A moving, rich book . . . [This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events . . . but on the royal family and their evil nemesis. . . . The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it.”—Newsweek “A wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand. Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding. . . . They come vividly before our eyes.”—The New York Times “An all-too-human picture . . . Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance.”—Newsday “A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible.”—Harper’s
Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs
Author: Kathleen Krull
Pubpsher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
One minute you can't live without them . . . the next minute you don't want them breathing your air! Siblings everywhere will relate to this humorous look at famous brothers and sisters whose important bonds have shaped their accomplishments . . . (mostly) for the better. They blame you when they get in trouble. They seem like your parents' favorite. They are the only enemy you can't live without. Almost everyone has a juicy story about their siblings--even famous people. Meet those who got along, those who didn't, and everyone in between! * Demi Lovato and her sister * Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams * Walt and Roy Disney * Princes William and Harry * Stephen Colbert and his eleven older siblings * Quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning * The Jacksons (Michael, Janet, and family) * Reality TV sensations, the Gosselins * Queen Elizabeth I and the queen who history remembers as Bloody Mary * Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker * John Wilkes Booth (the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Edwin * Vincent and Theo van Gogh * Airplane inventors, the Wright brothers * The Romanovs * The Kennedys Oh, brother! This could get ugly. . . .
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The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor
Author: Antoine Bear Rock Mountain
Pubpsher: TouchWood Editions
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing. In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school—run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the Government of Canada—three hundred kilometres away. Over the next twelve years, the three residential schools Mountain was forced to attend systematically worked to erase his language and culture, the very roots of his identity. While reconnecting to that which had been taken from him, he had a disturbing and painful revelation of the bitter depths of colonialism and its legacy of cultural genocide. Canada has its own holocaust, Mountain argues. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity.
Excerpt from Foreword, written by Stuart Ross Taylor:"Are we really the pinnacle of 4500 million years of evolution? Closely related to the aggressive chimpanzees, have we evolved enough to cope? The nightly news on television, that mervelous technical invention of scientists, no turned into a field too barren to be termed a wastelad, provides little hope that Homo sapiens is more than another of nature's failed experiments... "Will a more evolved species evolve in time? Wayne notes the extraordinary achievements of the Ashkenazi Jews, separated in European ghettos for centuries, whose descendants, now three percent of the US population, have gernered 27% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to that country. In their enforced isolation, restricted to intellectually demanding occupations, did they evolve superior brains? Perhaps there are grounds for hope before the unrestricted growth in population; the elephant in the attic falls through the ceiling. Read this book. It tells us where we are, how we got there, and how we might escape disaster."
St. Petersburg is the linchpin for travel to and around Russia, and this guidebook covers it all in this detailed city-guide format. From the historic Peter and Paul fortress to the remarkable art collection at the Hermitage, "The Rough Guide to St. Petersburg" brings this extraordinary European city fully up-to-date and makes it the most timely guide available. Four pages of color maps. 35 maps and plan.
More than 25,000 entries deliver information across every realm of learning----2.5 million words provide in-depth explanations----Over 1,300 photographs and illustrations clarify meanings----More than 350 maps and diagrams assist learning.