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The Ragman's Son

The Ragman's Son
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-04-01
  • Total pages :510
  • ISBN : 1849839026
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Summary : Kirk Douglas's skilful and passionate autobiography charts the rise of the son of an illiterate Russian-Jewish ragman who became a Hollywood legend. With unflinching humour and frankness he reveals the inside story of more than forty years of stardom, alongside Sinatra, Wayne and Olivier - and his relationships with movie goddesses like Crawford, Hayworth and Dietrich. Rich in unforgettable anecdotes that capture the true spirit of the golden years of Hollywood and Broadway, this is an autobiography that reads like a novel, narrated by the unmistakable voice of a true superstar.

Ragman's Son

Ragman's Son
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-10-03
  • Total pages :544
  • ISBN : 145167242X
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Summary : He was the son of an illiterate immigrant Russian-Jewish ragpicker and junkman. Raised in poverty, longing for his father’s approval, Issur Danielovitch went on to become a legendary Hollywood star—Kirk Douglas. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life: his acting triumphs in Sparticus, Lust for Life, The Vikings, Paths of Glory, and Champions (to name a few); his fabled love affairs (among them, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and Pier Angeli); his long, happy marriage to Anne Buydens and tales of his four sons who sometimes do outrageous imitations of their famous father—all at once! In fascinating insider’s detail, Kirk Douglas recalls more than forty years of Hollywood, from breaking the blacklist to his epic confrontations with studio bosses. With a cast of characters that includes scores of renowned show business personalities, The Ragman’s Son is the passionate, vivid, lusty life of Kirk Douglas: man, actor, lover, husband, father—and enduring star.

The Ragman's Son

The Ragman's Son
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1989
  • Total pages :510
  • ISBN : 0330310399
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Let's Face It

Let's Face It
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-03-16
  • Total pages :238
  • ISBN : 9780470084694
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Summary : The legendary actor looks back on his long and eventful life, reflecting on the joys and sorrows of aging, his storied Hollywood career, his family and five-decade marriage, and his Jewish faith.

Life Could Be Verse

Life Could Be Verse
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-12-02
  • Total pages :128
  • ISBN : 9780757318474
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Summary : A 98th birthday treasury of poetry, prose and photos includes pieces written to commemorate the acclaimed screen legend's beloved wife, his four children, his close friendships and the milestone events of his life.

I Am Spartacus!

I Am Spartacus!
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-06-12
  • Total pages :220
  • ISBN : 9781453239377
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Summary : A “lively” memoir by the Hollywood legend about the making of Spartacus, with a foreword by George Clooney (Los Angeles Times). One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author of ten works of fiction and memoir. Now, more than fifty years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood’s moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. Trumbo was one of the “Unfriendly Ten,” men who had gone to prison rather than testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about their political affiliations. Douglas’s source material was already a hot property, as the novel Spartacus was written by Howard Fast while he was in jail for defying HUAC. With the financial future of his young family at stake, Douglas plunged into a tumultuous production both on- and off-screen. As both producer and star of the film, he faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a leading lady, and negotiations with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back at his audacious decisions. He made the most expensive film of its era—but more importantly, his moral courage in giving public credit to Trumbo effectively ended the notorious Hollywood blacklist. A master storyteller, Douglas paints a vivid and often humorous portrait in I Am Spartacus! The book is enhanced by newly discovered period photography of the stars and filmmakers both on and off the set.

My Stroke of Luck

My Stroke of Luck
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003-01-07
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 0060014040
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Summary : My stroke taught me so much, and for all that it stole, it gave me even more. In the process of healing, my life has changed for the better. Now I want to share what I have learned. In this vivid and very personal reflection upon his extraordinary life as an actor, author, and legend in his own time, Kirk Douglas offers a candid and heartfelt memoir of where it all went right in his life -- even after suffering a debilitating stroke. Revealing not only the incredible physical and emotional toll of his stroke but how it has changed his life for the better, Douglas shares the lessons that saved him and helped him to heal. Alongside his heartfelt advice and insight, he also recalls warm memories of some of the most famous figures of our time -- including Burt Lancaster, Michael J. Fox, and Gary Cooper -- as well as others who have soared to greatness in the face of adversity. Charming, soulful, and filled with personal photographs, My Stroke of Luck is an intimate look at the real person behind the fabulous talent -- and at a life lived to its very fullest.

Kirk and Anne

Kirk and Anne
  • Author : Kirk Douglas,Anne Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-05-02
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780762462186
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Summary : The late film icon and screen legend Kirk Douglas was married to Anne Buydens for more than six decades. Here they both look back on a lifetime filled with drama both on and off the screen. Sharing priceless correspondence with each other as well as the celebrities and world leaders they called friends, Kirk and Anne is a candid portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls of a Hollywood life lived in the public eye. Compiled from Anne's private archive of letters and photographs, this is an intimate glimpse into the Douglases' courtship and marriage set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs, including The Vikings, Lust For Life, Paths of Glory, and Spartacus. The letters themselves, as well as Kirk and Anne's vivid descriptions of their experiences, reveal remarkable insight and anecdotes about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans. Filled with photos from film sets, private moments, and public events, Kirk and Anne details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood marriage.

Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King

Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King
  • Author : Diana Serra Cary
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2004-09-01
  • Total pages :328
  • ISBN : 9780585466873
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Summary : Discovered by Charlie Chaplin in 1919, four-year-old Jackie Coogan soared to overnight stardom for his title role in the silent masterpiece, The Kid. A string of successes followed, including Peck's Bad Boy, Oliver Twist, and A Boy of Flanders, earning Coogan a fortune of four million dollars. Dubbed 'The Millionaire Kid' by the press, he later had to sue his parents in a futile attempt to recover his squandered fortune. His later years were marked with penury and the cruel diminishment of his childhood fame. As an adult, he found work in character roles and gained unexpected but fleeting fame as 'Uncle Fester' in the series The Addams Family. He continued to make guest appearances on television until his death in 1984. In Jackie Coogan: The World's Boy King, Diana Serra Cary reveals the little-known and even less understood private life of this famous child star and his dysfunctional family. She looks at the highs and lows of an actor who reached the height of fame before ten and whose subsequent career took an inevitable fall. Cary also examines the conduct of Coogan's parents, whose behavior served as an unfortunate model for countless others who sought fame and fortune through their children's success. The author, a major child star (the former Baby Peggy), employs her own hard-won insight to explore the career and family woes of another in this fascinating account about one of the greatest child stars of all time. Includes more than 30 photos.

Dance with the Devil

Dance with the Devil
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-05-06
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 0099579383
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Summary : Hollywood can be a tough town. But it's been awfully good to Danny Dennison. Although the movies he directs are more hot commerce than great art, he's wealthy and successful. But Danny Dennison has been living a lie. His true identity is buried half way around the world in the ruins of a Nazi concentration camp. Danny believes his secret to be safe - until he meets Luba, a young, sensuous call girl, whose mesmerising sexuality begins to shatter his well-guarded facade.

Last Tango in Brooklyn

Last Tango in Brooklyn
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994-07-01
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 0446516953
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Summary : In this, his most satisfying novel so far, Kirk Douglas exhibits the brilliant versatility that he has showcased so vividly in his many decades as an actor. Here he tells the story of two ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances - circumstances that wait right around the corner for each one of us. Ellen, a small-town girl from upstate New York, is trying to make it as a modern woman in the big city. She is doing well in her career as the librarian of a large Brooklyn hospital, but her personal life is a mess. Her boyfriend, Richard, a world-renowned heart transplant specialist, is unfaithful. Her roommate has moved out leaving her with a mountain of unpaid bills. She is broke. Then she meets Ben at a screening of Last Tango in Paris. Ben, a fitness instructor, is twice her age, but he is a vigorous man able to challenge and out-perform men young enough to be his sons. A recent widower, Ben is frantically scrambling to find a temporary place to live, because his house in Flatbush has sold much faster than he expected. Ellen rents Ben a room, but what begins as friendly business relationship slowly turns into something more. Ben feels a surge of vitality in which passion knows no age and no limits. Ellen, full of life spirit, and mischief, seems his perfect match. Yet Ellen and Ben's startling and consuming affair faces a gulf even wider than the gap that separates May and December. Ellen's best friend is appalled, Ben's daughter, a psychologist, condemns their relationship as a Freudian nightmare. A terrible accident and then a mysterious death - which could be murder - threaten to doom their love. Soon, life's expectations shatter on the rocks of the unexpected. Roleschange in astonishing ways. Yet, ultimately, Ellen and Ben's love will prove stronger than reason - in a powerful finale than will haunt the reader long after he or she has closed the book.

Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan
  • Author : Kitty Kelley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-10-18
  • Total pages :640
  • ISBN : 9781451674767
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Summary : A shocking portrait of the 1980s, America, and the woman whose position helped shape the values and policies of the Reagan administration. Through over 1,000 interviews collected during four years of exhaustive research and reporting, Kelley reveals Nancy Reagan as a superb public performer, a vain, materialistic social climber, a bitter foe and formidable strategist—an American phenomenon.

A Time for Us

A Time for Us
  • Author : Josephine Cox
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-01-19
  • Total pages :293
  • ISBN : 9780755384358
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Summary : Lucy Nolan has everything she could wish for - until tragedy intervenes. Josephine Cox's A Time For Us is a heartrending saga of love, tragedy and undying hope. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Dilly Court. Lucy Nolan is the golden girl. The only daughter of local grocers, Sally and Mike Nolan, she's grown up in a home of total love and security. The one thing her heart desires is that Jack Hanson might ask her to marry him, and when he does eventually propose, Lucy is prepared to give up everything to be with him - even though it means leaving her beloved parents to live abroad where Jack has been offered an exciting business opportunity. But then, almost on the eve of the marriage itself, tragedy strikes. And for the first time in her life, Lucy is forced to realise that Fate, which has been so kind to her, can also be just as cruel. What readers are saying about A Time For Us: 'One of the best Josephine Cox books around!...The characters really struck a chord with me and I felt very sad when the book had finished' 'Josephine Cox excels at providing entertaining and authentic characters... It is a brilliant read for those who want a light book with sparkling characters and a plot in a realistic setting' 'I just couldn't put this book down, a real page turner... I love all Josephine Cox books, but this one was exceptional'

Call Your Daughter Home

Call Your Daughter Home
  • Author : Deb Spera
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-06-11
  • Total pages :384
  • ISBN : 9781488095443
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Summary : Amazon July Best of the Month Pick “Like Jill McCorkle and Sue Monk Kidd, Spera probes the comfort and strength women find in their own company.”— O Magazine For readers of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, this extraordinary historical debut novel follows three fierce Southern women in an unforgettable story of motherhood and womanhood. It’s 1924 in Branchville, South Carolina and three women have come to a crossroads. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters. Retta, a first-generation freed slave, comes to Gertrude’s aid by watching her children, despite the gossip it causes in her community. Annie, the matriarch of the influential Coles family, offers Gertrude employment at her sewing circle, while facing problems of her own at home. These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an emotional, timeless story about the power of family, community, and ferocity of motherhood. “A mesmerizing Southern tale...Authentic, gripping, a page-turner, yet also a novel filled with language that begs to be savored.”— Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours “Deb Spera is a master of voice, a master of deep-diving access to the roiling depths of human identity...An exhilarating and important book.” — Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum
  • Author : Lee Server
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002-03-06
  • Total pages :608
  • ISBN : 1429908734
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Summary : One of the movies' greatest actors and most colorful characters, a real-life tough guy with the prison record to prove it, Robert Mitchum was a movie icon for an almost unprecedented half-century, the cool, sleepy-eyed star of such classics as The Night of the Hunter; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; Cape Fear; The Longest Day; Farewell, My Lovely; and The Winds of War. Mitchum's powerful presence and simmering violence combined with hard-boiled humor and existential detachment to create a new style in movie acting: the screen's first hipster antihero-before Brando, James Dean, Elvis, or Eastwood-the inventor of big-screen cool. Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" is the first complete biography of Mitchum, and a book as big, colorful, and controversial as the star himself. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with Mitchum's family, friends, and associates (many going on record for the first time ever) ranging over his seventy-nine years of hard living. Written with great style, and vividly detailed, this is an intimate, comprehensive portrait of an amazing life, comic, tragic, daring, and outrageous.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World
  • Author : Fredrik Backman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-04-30
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781501198236
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Summary : Fredrik Backman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown, delivers a poignant and insightful memoir from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is bestselling author Fredrik Backman’s revealing look at the relationship between fathers and sons. Delving deep into his own experience and speaking directly to his child, Backman reflects on the perspective and tools his son will need to make his way in the world. As he conveys his profound awe at facing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Backman doesn’t shy away from divulging his own false steps and fatherly flaws. Along the way, he tackles issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop. In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the sweet, true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people he cares about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son guidance about growing up, Backman contemplates the big and small moments that form their shared life, from soccer matches and Ikea trips to first homes and young love. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is Backman as you’ve never seen him before—intimate, vulnerable, and brave. Above all, it is a tribute to the love between a parent and a child. For, as Backman eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”

Bucket of Blood

Bucket of Blood
  • Author : R. S. Sukle
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :257
  • ISBN : 9780595301553
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Summary : "Bucket of Blood" is what a coal town was called when bloodshed occurred to establish a worker's union. During the 1927-1928 strike in the western Pennsylvania coalfields, Russellton became known as such a place. In an effort to break the strike, special Coal and Iron Police were brought into the area to evict the mine families from their company houses. These men imposed unconstitutional restrictions to harass the people and keep out relief workers and organizers. It was a time of brutal beatings, rape, and murder. Without union representation, the workers were constantly exploited. Because the company used many weapons to keep them enslaved, the miners' families were forced to live in abject poverty. The miner had only one weapon, the strike. Bucket of Blood: The Ragman's War chronicles the depravation and indignities suffered by the families in the Russellton camps during the strike. Author R.S. Sukle explores the glimmers of hope appearing through relief efforts by the sons of a local farmer who become union activists. Ragman, a mine mechanic, walks out with the other men. Against his intentions, he is drawn into the struggle by his brothers, and the abuse that is heaped on his family by the Coal and Iron Police. The killing of a state Coal and Iron Policeman in Russellton is a local legend. The killer was never identified. This story has been passed down in certain families, each with their own version. Each claims the killer as a relative. Bucket of Blood is one of those stories.

The Brave Cowboy

The Brave Cowboy
  • Author : Edward Abbey
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-08-19
  • Total pages :322
  • ISBN : 9780795317514
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Summary : A cowboy takes on the forces of twentieth century tyranny in a tale by “the Thoreau of the American West” that became the classic film Lonely Are the Brave (Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove). A rugged individualist and sometime ranch hand, Jack Burns has no love for the modern world. He is a man out of time, riding his horse through a Southwestern landscape corrupted by concrete, shopping centers, and superhighways. A stubborn loner, he lives by a personal moral code that often sets him at odds with contemporary society. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. When Jack’s brazen attempt to free a jailed friend fails, the “anarchist cowboy” becomes an outlaw overnight. Suddenly he and his chestnut mare are racing toward the New Mexican high country with the state police, the military, and the FBI in hot pursuit. His private war against authority has reached a dangerous new level. But if the powerful forces aligning against him think that Jack is going to go quietly, they’ve got another think coming. The Houston Chronicle called Edward Abbey “a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.” The bestselling author of The Monkey Wrench Gang delivers a stirring tribute to individualism and the vanishing American hero. Brought to the big screen in 1962 as Lonely Are the Brave—a major motion picture starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau—The Brave Cowboy is a moving and thought-provoking fable of the modern American West.

Yesterday’s Sun

Yesterday’s Sun
  • Author : Amanda Brooke
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-01-02
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9780007445912
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Summary : A heart wrenching story for fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Katherine Webb.

Ragman

Ragman
  • Author : Ray Fawkes
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-07-17
  • Total pages :144
  • ISBN : 9781401280888
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Summary : Rory Regan was the lucky one. He escaped the mission with his life. Now this battle-scarred war veteran has returned home, hoping to leave the guilt of his fatal raid on an ancient tomb behind himÑalong with the lives of all the friends and comrades he lost in the process. But from the sands of Israel to the streets of Gotham City, the horror has followed him home. Now the souls of the slain are wrapping Rory in supernatural armor, calling on him to avenge their deaths and defend his people from demonic invasion. He is no longer Rory Regan. He isÉRagman. And heÕd better get used to it fast, because the war he fought in the Middle East is nothing compared to the apocalypse that awaits Gotham should he fail. HeÕll need to adapt to the incredible new powers of his awesome Suit of SoulsÑand figure out who he can trust, be they angel or demonÑor nothing will be left but rags and ashesÉ From the acclaimed creative team of Ray Fawkes (Justice League Dark) and Inaki Miranda (Catwoman) comes a bold new reimagining of one of DC ComicsÕ greatest cult heroes that bridges war, horror, fantasy, and the world of the superhero: Ragman! ÒThe new Ragman series pulls pieces from RagmanÕs roots, while integrating a new origin and backstory that brings Ragman into modern-day Gotham City.Ó Ñ Comicosity

The Gift

The Gift
  • Author : Kirk Douglas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-11-29
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9780446569460
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Summary : Patricia Dennison's life is a chain of melodramatic events on the disastrous scale of the Titanic. Terrorists have executed her father on a passenger plane. She has inherited a multibillion-dollar empire that she doesn't want, & whose directors are plotting against her. The philanthropic doctor to whom she is engaged turns out to be gay. So she falls instead for a Portuguese bullfighter (who has just killed the husband of his last unfaithful lover). And so, with grandiose implausibility, the successive episodes crash one upon the next