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Posts Tagged ‘biography’

Day 826 April 6 2011

In 5th line on April 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

“Art was the Erie Canal, a man-made river that turned a wilderness into new farms and towns.”~~Sam Patch, The Famous Jumper by Paul E. Johnson

Who was Sam Patch? A stunt man, of sorts.

Day 760 January 30 2011

In 5th line on January 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

“On the other his expression was pale and gentle, and with this hand he offered an olive branch.”~~The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate

The good, bad and ugly of Beecher’s life.

Day 701 December 2 2010

In 5th line on December 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

“After all, he had his own hit, “Country Boy,” on the national charts and was now a producer/artist for a Hollywood record label; no one thought of the upstart Domino as the tour’s headliner.”~~Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘N Roll by Rick Coleman

Coleman asserts that the “Fat Man” was the true father of rock ‘n roll.

Day 682 November 13 2010

In 5th line on November 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

“Assigned a berth in an abandoned steerage because his name began with W, he resented the denail of empty first-class cabins to the ordinary soldiers.”~~Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature by Lewis M. Dabney

Dabney investigates the personal life of one of the most influential literary critics.

Day 681 November 12 2010

In 5th line on November 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

“How far away it all seems – I only hope this indifference is genuine.”~~Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909 – 1954by Hilary Spurling

A thorough look at the personal and artistic clash of Matisse.

Day 680 November 11 2010

In 5th line on November 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

“He slid into Los Angeles like a duck onto a new pond, perfectly at home.”~~Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock

Here’s the story of John R. Brinkley, who said he could cure those with “manly” problems by implanting goat testicles. Sure, people died, but Brinkley cashed in. Dr. Morris Fishbein finally brought the flimflam man to justice.

Day 679 November 10 2010

In 5th line on November 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

“So Mike, very tentatively, walks over to the piano and sits down and one, two, three . . .”Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector by Mick Brown

The fall of the music genius.

Day 676 November 7 2010

In 5th line on November 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

“No doubt he sometimes used such an Indian-like technique, especially for hunting with spear or bow at close range.”~~Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan

A true glimpse of Daniel Boone’s life.

Day 658 October 20 2010

In 5th line on October 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

“Amerigo ended up, by his own reckoning, 140,000 maravedies to the bad.”~~Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Discover Amerigo Vespucci as the navigator makes his way around the world. Smart reading!

Day 652 October 14 2010

In 5th line on October 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

“In short, Buffett’s opportunities were limited.”~~Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein

A thorough bio of Warren Buffett, the oracle of Omaha.