President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid self-portrait of a world leader who decided in early life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the people of America and the entire world population. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact that his work and his political ideals had on America and on the world. Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions. Filled with fascinating moments and insights, it is told openly, directly, in President Clinton's immediately recognisable voice. A fascinating journey through American politics, and one of the world's most famous politicians, and popular presidents.
Biography & Autobiography by Софья Андреевна Толстая
"One hundred years after his death in 1910. Lev Nikolaevich Leo Tolstoy continues to be regarded as one of the world's greatest writers. Historically, little attention has been paid to his wife, Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya. Acting in the capacity of literary assistant, translator, transcriber and editor, she played an important role in the development of her husband's career. Her memoirs which she entitled My Life - lay dormant for almost a century. Now the book's first-time-ever appearance in Russia is complemented by an unabridged and annotated English translation." "Tolstaya paints an intimate and honest portrait of her husband's character, setting forth new details about his life to which she alone was privy. She describes her extensive correspondence with many prominent figures in Russian and Western society, making My Life a unique account of late-19th- and early-20th-century Russia, with its cast of characters ranging from peasants to the Tsar himself. Her engaging narrative reveals not only her significant contributions to her husband's work but also her considerable talent as an author in her own right."--BOOK JACKET.
John Starks: My Life chronicles John Starks' miraculous ascension from going undrafted after one just one season at Oklahama State to his stellar career with the New York Knicks. Fans remember his memorable career in New York, capsuled by two remarkable, yet polar-opposite games. The highest of highs would be his triumphant dunk over Horace Grant and Michael Jordan, known in Knick history as "The Dunk," in the waning moments of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls which put the Knicks up two games to none. Starks also holds nothing back about his 2-for-18 shooting drought in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets, which was the last real chance the Knicks have had for a championship since 1973. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, Mark Jackson, Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy are all seen anew through Starks' clear, no-nonsense eyes. Starks also describes his other NBA stops in Golden State, Utah and, briefly, Chicago. In addition, Starks names his all-minor league-to-NBA team, his all-heart-on-the-jersey team and his all-shooting team. Starks' autobiography describes the star's rise from life in inner-city Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a child, John did not escape trouble, stealing from stores and later cars with a friend who later died in a high-speed car crash with the police. He credits his escape and rapid rise to the influence of his older brother, Monry, who watched the majority of John's NBA career from behind bars, and the single mother that raised John and his siblings. John later attended four junior colleges before making his breakthrough and playing Division I college basketball at Oklahoma State. Montry, before he was sent away to prison, was the one who drove John, toughening him up in savage games of one-on-one and convincing John that he had more in him than just being a drug dealer like himself and playing basketball on the playgrounds of Tulsa. It was Monty who called Leonard Hamilton, the then-coach of Oklahoma State, and got Coach Hamilton to come down and watch John play at Oklahoma Junior College, resulting in a scholarship. Finally, it is a book about family and Starks moving back to Tulsa and raising his family of three children (John Jr. is an aspiring basketball player with a dream to make it to the NBA like his father) with his wife, Jackie, and helping Monty after his release from prison in 2000. Montry now lives in a house on John's property, adjacent to John's house, and has helped him find employment. The two are avid golf partners who, although they constantly fight over everything from Montry rooting for OU and John for OSU, share a bond forged on the hardscrabble streets of North Tulsa.
Becoming a writer the hard way In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos – once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell – moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life. This title has Common Core connections. Hole in My Life is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
We search for the answers to life and they have been there all along, but to see it it takes the opening of a door, the turning of a key. Here are the nine doors that led us to the place that we've longed for inside. It is a new dimension, a new understanding. Here we are able to find the missing pieces and identify the ones we already have, to put together our life's puzzle. After twenty years of research, this book emerges to offer the picture of existence. Come and find your path, which leads to your destiny, and to all of the wonderful and amazing events and people who are waiting in time to interact with you. Become who you were meant to be and accomplish what you were put here to do. From your identity to your purpose, discover all of the intangible dynamics that are waiting to emerge. Find answers to what was once thought unknowable and see old truth take on new meaning. From cover to cover, this is a once in a lifetime manuscript.
Biography & Autobiography by Alfred Russell Wallace
"Author of the curious The Wonderful Century, British biologist and explorer ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE (18231913) here brings to readers a review of his own life. Discover: the studies that led him on exotic exploits, like his journeys through the Amazon River basin and the Malay archipelago researching plant and animal species; the radical social views that brought him much infamy at home, such as his refusal to believe that evolution, theories of which he developed in parallel with Darwin, could account for human endeavors such as mathematics and art. Spiritualist, creative thinker, and adventurer, Wallace led a singular life detailed with humor and humility in this autobiography. History buffs and those who are interested in the major scientific figures of the 19th century will love getting to know this influential scientist."
I tell about my boyhood in the 1920s and 1930s on a small farm, living in relative poverty (by current living standards), when I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would have the life that I have lived: – a law school degree from the University of Oregon – a successful and interesting career – an enjoyable family life with four children despite the loss of two wives to cancer – combat in WWII and military service in the Korean War – extensive involvement with government (state and federal) – interesting experiences with foreign governments—The Bahamas, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Iran – involvement in the Rockefeller for President campaigns that could have changed history – historic battles over land use planning and workmen’s compensation at the state and federal levels – campaigns for Congress in 1982 and 1984 – over twenty years as a volunteer with Oregonians In Action, fi ghting for property rights and reforming Oregon’s badly fl awed land use system – extensive travels all over the world, except the continent of Africa In the last chapter, I write about my outlook on the future of this country. I comment on the Moshofsky children’s rise from poverty to prosperity and the huge technological advances after my boyhood in the 1920s, which were made possible by the free market, private enterprise system. I warn that the system is in jeopardy because of the fl awed policies of the Obama administration, and urge everyone to do everything they can to be sure that he is a one-term president. I have included in the APPENDIX a speech I gave in 1972 on environmental extremism, a 1975 article on excessive government intrusion in land use, and my Jobs for Oregon program in my 1982 campaign for Congress.
My story will help you to better understand God and that there is life after death and everlasting life in heaven. By sharing this story, I hope to help you to overcome life's obstacles better and to know how uplifting and rewarding life can be on earth and in heaven.
This priceless historical document features firsthand accounts from top levels of leadership in the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, chronicling the struggle to establish a dictatorship of the proletariat.
Joe Gregorio was born in 1929, on the cusp of the Great Depression. His father abandoned their small family before Joe was born, and his mother passed away due to tuberculosis not long after his birth. Gregorio and his brother then became charges of the State of New York and spent their childhood and adolescence in a series of foster homes, which brought Gregorio life-changing experiences, to say the least. In his autobiography, My Life, Joe Gregorio presents his times of overwhelming difficulty as well as his victories, his darkest despair as well as the guiding lights who led him into a plentiful life. Gregorio’s path took him from orphanages to service in the Korean War—resulting in severe panic attacks. After his time in the military, he continued to lead a life that valued hard work as well as deep connections to family and friends. Tortuous as it seemed at times, his path was aided by a number of people who shared with him mutual appreciation, love, and spirit. Our present days of strained economic times bear great similarity to the early 1930s, and Gregorio’s story of hope and faith can, in turn, be a guiding light for all of us as we move into the future.