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: Gabriela Mistral
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
These letters, published in Spanish in 2010 and now translated for the first time into English, provide insight into her work as a poet and illuminate her perspectives on politics, especially war and human rights.
Author: A. J. Liebling
Originally published in 1944, The Road Back to Paris comprises dispatches from France, England, and North Africa that A. J. Liebling filed with The New Yorker during the Second World War. The magazine sent Liebling to Paris in 1939, hoping that he could replicate in wartime France his brilliant reporting of New York life. Liebling succeeded triumphantly, concentrating on writing the individual soldier's story to illuminate the larger picture of the European theater of the war and the fight for what Liebling felt was the first priority of business: the liberation of his beloved France. The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices. For a complete list of titles, see the inside of the jacket. Despite his ill health and bad eyesight, Liebling went on patrol, interviewed soldiers, fled Paris and returned after D-Day, was shot at in North Africa and bombed in the blitz in London. Into this chaos, ashis biographer Raymond Sokolov comments, "he brought himself, a fiercely committed Francophile with a novelist's skill for crystallizing his day-to-day experiences into a profound chronicle of a 'world knocked down.'"
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?
Author: Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams
Publisher: Titan Publishing Company
An alien race called the Scrubb demands that Earth's greatest champion battle theirs. Both Superman and Muhammad Ali step forward. To determine who is truly Earth's greatest fighter, Superman temporarily loses his powers and faces Ali in the ring.
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR.
Publisher: Amer Library Assn
From the impact of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, including amendments, to technology's potential for increasing productivity, you need to keep abreast of the latest changes and the newest innovations. These detailed guides will help you: -- Determine hardware and software needs for technical services workstations -- Accurately catalog material from serials to reproductions to interactive multimedia -- Integrate preservation activities into the acquisition process The essential working tool for catalogers in public, academic, school, and special libraries. Integrates the complete text of the 1978 edition (with corrections) and all changes authorized since 1978 by the Joint Steering Committee. Additions include rules for digital sound recordings and microcomputer software, regulations for certain nonprint and cartographic materials, wider coverage of materials for the visually impaired, and revised appendixes and glossary. Published jointly by the Canadian Library Association and The Library Association, London. The 1993 Amendments are available as a separate packet.
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: Stephen Brunt
Publisher: Vintage Canada
They won, they lost, they were scorned or cheered, but they got in the ring with the champ. Muhammad Ali through the stories of 15 of his opponents — an incredible cross-section that reveals Ali as never before. Every fighter who got into the ring with Ali shone brighter as a result; no life or career could be the same afterwards. Stephen Brunt, Canada’s most respected sports writer, has travelled to meet the men who fought Ali, opening a new perspective on the most famous man on the planet. They include great champions and “tomato cans”, no-hopers and a few men who beat Ali; by turns triumphant and tragic, hilarious, uplifting and angry, each tells a different story. Brunt speaks to men like Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes, who remember their titanic bouts with Ali with love and rancour. In 1963 Henry Cooper’s perfect left hook floored Ali — but he was saved by the bell and some ringside shenanigans. Cooper’s moment still helped make “ ’Ammerin’ ’Enry” into Sir Henry Cooper, while the little-known Jurgen Blin returned from facing Ali in Zurich straight to his job at a sausage factory. The men he fought can tell us about Ali the boxer as no-one else can. But they also saw Ali invent himself as a media personality before such a thing existed. They were there when Ali’s personality and courage, his controversial beliefs and his refusal to play the parts assigned to him, indelibly changed the United States and the world. Stephen Brunt has fashioned their stories into an engaging portrait of the man who remains a phenomenon. “That night I could have beaten Godzilla. I was that sure of myself. And in that kind of shape, I could have fought for fifty rounds, easy. I was just so cocky at that point. I knew before the bell rang, in my head and in my camp, that I was going to win the fight. . . . After the decision was announced, I went right to Howard Cosell and said, ‘What do you say now, Howard?’” -- Ken Norton “When Ali was down, I remember saying to my ringman Al Braverman, ‘Start the car, we’re going to the bank, we’re millionaires.’ And Al said, ‘You’d better turn around. Because he’s getting up, and he looks pissed off.’” -- Chuck Wepner From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Lara Feigel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
When Germany surrendered in May 1945 it was a nation reduced to rubble. Immediately, America, Britain, Soviet Russia, and France set about rebuilding in their zones of occupation. Most urgent were physical needs--food, water, and sanitation--but from the start the Allies were also anxious to indoctrinate the German people in the ideas of peace and civilization. Denazification and reeducation would be key to future peace, and the arts were crucial guides to alternative, less militaristic ways of life. In an extraordinary extension of diplomacy, over the next four years, many writers, artists, actors, and filmmakers were dispatched by Britain and America to help rebuild the country their governments had spent years bombing. Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Marlene Dietrich, George Orwell, Lee Miller, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Billy Wilder, and others undertook the challenge of reconfiguring German society. In the end, many of them became disillusioned by the contrast between the destruction they were witnessing and the cool politics of reconstruction. While they may have had less effect on Germany than Germany had on them, the experiences of these celebrated figures, never before told, offer an entirely fresh view of post-war Europe. The Bitter Taste of Victory is a brilliant and important addition to the literature of World War II.
Author: Joe E. Harvey
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing, covers muay thai stances and such moves as: Upper body strikes and defenses Lower body strikes and defenses Plum/clinch tie up defenses Stalking and retreating Also, read about what equipment is best to use, training and endurance drills, and specific problem areas. This martial arts book is an outstanding aid to anyone training in muay thai or mixed martial arts. New students will learn the moves efficiently through clear diagrams that include centerline, levels, directional angles, and linear positioning. Over 200 color photographs supplement the diagrams, making it easy for more experienced students to refine their techniques.
Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Penguin UK
A famous account of growing up to be a fanatical football supporter. Told through a series of match reports, FEVER PITCH has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since it was first published in 1992. It has helped to create a new kind ofsports writing, and established Hornby as one of the finest writers of his generation.
Author: Roberto Duran
They called him “Manos de Piedra”—Hands of Stone—and he was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Now Roberto Durán tells his unbelievable story: from the streets of Panama to being crowned one of the “Four Kings,” along with Hearns, Leonard, and Hagler, as he blazed a trail through the Golden Age of Boxing. Born into abject poverty, barely able to read or write, Durán quickly realized that his fists could both protect him on the streets and put food on the table. His reputation was established on the day when, for a bet, he knocked down a horse with a single punch. At the age of twenty-one, he claimed his first world title, against Ken Buchanan at Madison Square Garden. The legend of Manos de Piedra was born, but his most glorious moment was yet to come. In 1980, Durán delivered one of the greatest upsets in boxing history by defeating the previously unbeatable Sugar Ray Leonard. But greater fame brought greater distractions, and Durán’s endless partying took its toll before the two superstars faced each other again. Here, for the first time ever, Durán confronts the debacle of the rematch that entered sporting folklore, and the truth behind the moment he was heard to utter the infamous words “No más”—No more. Durán’s explosive performances in the ring were matched only by the volatility of his life outside it. He lurched from living like royalty to bankruptcy and, after being written off as a boxing also-ran, made a bloody, legendary comeback that gave his career the ultimate ending, and finally brought redemption. He came from nothing, and changed the world. I Am Durán is the autobiography of one of boxing’s most iconic legends. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Draws on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, as well as interviews with family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues to offer a look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.
Author: John Lewis Gaddis
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind. In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents, the "Long Telegram" and the "X Article," which set forward the strategy of containment that would define U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. This achievement alone would qualify him as the most influential American diplomat of the Cold War era. But he was also an architect of the Marshall Plan, a prizewinning historian, and would become one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy, politics, and culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Now the full scope of Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars. Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis began this magisterial history almost thirty years ago, interviewing Kennan frequently and gaining complete access to his voluminous diaries and other personal papers. So frank and detailed were these materials that Kennan and Gaddis agreed that the book would not appear until after Kennan's death. It was well worth the wait: the journals give this book a breathtaking candor and intimacy that match its century-long sweep. We see Kennan's insecurity as a Midwesterner among elites at Princeton, his budding dissatisfaction with authority and the status quo, his struggles with depression, his gift for satire, and his sharp insights on the policies and people he encountered. Kennan turned these sharp analytical gifts upon himself, even to the point of regularly recording dreams. The result is a remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself. This is a landmark work of history and biography that reveals the vast influence and rich inner landscape of a life that both mirrored and shaped the century it spanned.