Author: David Remnick
La historia de uno de los más grandes atletas y una de las personalidades más irresistibles de nuestro tiempo, Muhammad Ali. Cuando aquella noche de 1964, Muhammad Ali, conocido por entonces como Cassius Clay, saltó al cuadrilátero para enfrentarse a Sonny Liston, fue contemplado por todo el mundo como un irritante adefesio que se movía y hablaba demasiado. Seis asaltos, después, Ali no sólo se había convertido en el nuevo campeón del mundo de los pesos pesados: era el «nuevo hombre negro» que en poco tiempo transformaría la política racial, la cultura popular y las nociones de heroísmo de Estados Unidos. Explorando la ascensión de Ali desde los gimnasios de Louisville, Kentucky, el autor crea un lienzo de incomparable riqueza y nos ofrece un minucioso retrato de las mafias que controlaban el negocio, de los columnistas que dominaban la información deportiva, de un audaz Norman Mailer y de un enigmático Malcom X. Nadie ha captado a Ali con tanta viveza, pasión y sagacidad como David Remnick, ganador de un premio Pulitzer y director de The New Yorker. Pero Rey del mundo es mucho más: es la crónica de una de las épocas de Estados Unidos -la década prodigiosa- más vitales y vertiginosas; y hace justicia a la rapidez, gracia, valor, humor y entusiasmo de uno de los más grandes atletas y de una de las personalidades más irresistibles de nuestro tiempo. La crítica ha dicho... «Revela detalles que ni los más cercanos a Ali han sabido nunca. Una historia fascinante.» The New York Times «Uno de los innumerables méritos de este Premio Pulitzer es huir de los juicios morales sobre la materia de estudio y escapar de la persecución lineal de meros datos biográficos para situarnos ante un púgil que hizo de su raza el motor de su epopeya vital.» El Mundo «Es una historia extraordinaria, y Remnick capta lo mejor de ella.» Clarín «Ha conseguido más éxito que cualquier otro libro anterior sobre Ali. Un derroche de energía, ego y habilidad como nunca volveremos a ver.» The Wall Street Journal «El mejor libro de no-ficción del año.» Time «Un poder narrativo casi cardiaco. Una importante crónica sobre un período en la historia social de Estados Unidos.» Chicago Tribune «Una placer. Inquietante. Tan rico que cualquiera puede imaginarse a Ali diciendo: "¿Cómo conseguiste entrar en mi cabeza, colega?"» Wilfrid Sheed, Time
Author: Gijs van Hensbergen
Publisher: Harper Collins
At the time of his death in 1926, Antoni Gaudí was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the Surrealists. This masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona and Catalonia. Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudí’s most significant buildings -- revealing their innovation and complexity, and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudí’s architecture today.
Author: David Remnick
David Remnick is a writer with a rare gift for making readers understand the hearts and minds of our public figures. Whether it’s the decline and fall of Mike Tyson, Al Gore’s struggle to move forward after his loss in the 2000 election, or Vladimir Putin dealing with Gorbachev’s legacy, Remnick brings his subjects to life with extraordinary clarity and depth. In Reporting, he gives us his best writing from the past fifteen years, ranging from American politics and culture to post-Soviet Russia to the Middle East conflict; from Tony Blair grappling with Iraq, to Philip Roth making sense of America’s past, to the rise of Hamas in Palestine. Both intimate and deeply informed by history, Reporting is an exciting and panoramic portrait of our times. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: David Remnick
The bestselling biography of Muhammad Ali--with an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would shortly transform America's racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions of heroism. No one has captured Ali--and the era that he exhilarated and sometimes infuriated--with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin's Tomb (and editor of The New Yorker). In charting Ali's rise from the gyms of Louisville, Kentucky, to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. He gives us empathetic portraits of wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; of the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; of an audacious Norman Mailer and an enigmatic Malcolm X. Most of all, King of the World does justice to the speed, grace, courage, humor, and ebullience of one of the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities of our time.
Author: Laura Cumming
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“As compelling and entertaining as a detective novel” (The Economist), the incredible true story—part art history and part mystery—of a Velázquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it. When John Snare, a nineteenth century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he found a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young—too young to be king—and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to whom the piece was attributed. Snare had found something incredible—but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations. Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. When Prince Charles of England—a man wealthy enough to help turn Spain’s fortunes—proposed a marriage with a Spanish princess, he allowed just a few hours to sit for his portrait, and Snare believed only Velázquez could have been the artist of choice. But in making his theory public, Snare was ostracized and forced to choose, like Velázquez himself, between art and family. A thrilling investigation into the complex meaning of authenticity and the unshakable determination that drives both artists and collectors of their work, The Vanishing Velázquez is a “brilliant” (The Atlantic) tale of mystery and detection, of tragic mishaps and mistaken identities, of class, politics, snobbery, crime, and almost farcical accident that reveals how one historic masterpiece was crafted and lost, and how far one man would go to redeem it. Laura Cumming’s book is “sumptuous...A gleaming work of someone at the peak of her craft” (The New York Times).
Author: Umberto Eco, Caterina Mongiat Farina, Geoff Farina, Francesco Erspamer
Publisher: MIT Press
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English. Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.ContentsThe Definition and Purpose of a ThesisChoosing the TopicConducting ResearchThe Work Plan and the Index CardsWriting the ThesisThe Final Draft
Author: A. J. Liebling
Publisher: North Point Press
A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring--a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.
Author: Saurabh Dube
Publisher: OUP India
Postcolonial Passages brings into dialogue salient writings on the cultural history and the historical anthropology of the Indian subcontinent. In the book, the postcolonial is used as a critical perspective. Taken together, the work carefully questions and incisively elaborates colonialism and nationalism, empire and community, state and nation, and modernity and its margins, also probing the postcolonial as a category.
Author: Michael Gorman, Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR., American Library Association
The 1998 Revision includes all changes and corrections authorized by the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR since 1988, including Amendments authorized through 1997.
Author: Davis Miller
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Muhammad Ali is the greatest boxer the world has ever known and the most charismatic athlete of all time. Adored by millions, Ali is a role model and symbol of courage to us all. Davis Miller was a small, sickly child mourning the loss of his mother when he first encountered Ali. From this meeting, there developed a strong personal relationship that has lasted more than thirty years. Brilliantly weaving Ali's story with his own coming-of-age memoir, Miller captures the true meaning of hero worship, fathers and sons, and strength through wisdom.
Author: Bernard Smith
Publisher: Pearson Education
Original / American English In 1974 two Black Americans fought in Zaire, in Africa. One was Muhammad Ali. After the fight, he was the boxing champion of the world — again. But why did a young boy from Kentucky start to box? Why did he stop boxing? And what is he doing now?