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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Roger Bruns
0313336865
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
There has been recent controversy in the African American community about youth and their lack of appreciation for the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This stellar biography is a superb introduction to the foremost leader of the civil rights movement. The story and historical context will be eye-opening for students and a good refresher for others who are too young to have remembered the events. In a gripping narrative style, the biography traces the young Martin, the son and grandson of formidable preachers, to his calling as a minister too, but one who would take on the entrenched racism of the South, and North, through a nonviolent movement that changed the course of American history.

About the Author
ROGER BRUNS is an independent scholar and...


Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter's Eyes
Deana Martin
140005043X
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this evenhanded biography of her famous father, Deana Martin acknowledges that Dean "wasn't a good father, but he was a good man." The youngest child of four from Dean Martin's marriage to his first wife, Betty MacDonald, the author recalls how her mother began drinking so heavily that Dean's new wife, Jeanne Biegger, eventually took Betty's three girls in (Betty's son was living with his grandparents) and brought them up along with the three children she had with Dean. Martin details her father's life from his teenage years as a card dealer to his first Atlantic City gig with Jerry Lewis, offering her own observations along the way ("A glass of apple juice masquerading as scotch in his hand, he perfected a role that was going to become... indistinguishable from the real Dean Martin"). Perhaps Martin forgives...


Martin Luther King
Harry Harmer
0753106434
Jan 2000
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
In this short, well-rounded biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., author Harry Harmer presents not just a portrait of the great leader, but historical perspective on the Civil Rights movement of the sixties. Garrick Hagon's delivery alternates between that of a sportscaster and a college professor, an interestingly appropriate approach for this recorded snapshot of a great man in modern history. Hagon is at his best quoting King's impassioned speeches; while he does not attempt to mimic the man, he does bring all of his feelings and emotions forward, resulting in an outstanding performance. Harmer delicately balances King's good deeds with his less than stellar personal life while Hagon lights up the whole work. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Dean and Me: A Love Story
Jerry Lewis
0767920864
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Over the course of their 10-year partnership, Lewis and Dean Martin made 16 wildly popular movies (they were the world's number one box office earners from 1950 to 1956), but their real strength was their performances in nightclubs, theaters and on television. Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating. The duo's fascinating kinship—Lewis idolized his partner, while Martin was aloof—has been chronicled in Shawn Levy's King of Comedy and Nick Tosches's Dino, but Lewis wants to give his late partner the credit he feels critics missed by always praising the "the monkey" rather than the straight man. Untangling the complicated union, Lewis doesn't spare himself, admitting that when the team's relationship unraveled (they weren't speaking between scenes on their last...


Pepper Martin
Thomas Barthel
0786416025
July 2003
Paperback
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Dean and Me: A Love Story
Jerry Lewis
0739325515
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Over the course of their 10-year partnership, Lewis and Dean Martin made 16 wildly popular movies (they were the world's number one box office earners from 1950 to 1956), but their real strength was their performances in nightclubs, theaters and on television. Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating. The duo's fascinating kinship—Lewis idolized his partner, while Martin was aloof—has been chronicled in Shawn Levy's King of Comedy and Nick Tosches's Dino, but Lewis wants to give his late partner the credit he feels critics missed by always praising the "the monkey" rather than the straight man. Untangling the complicated union, Lewis doesn't spare himself, admitting that when the team's relationship unraveled (they weren't speaking between...


Dean and Me: A Love Story
Jerry Lewis
0739322745
October 2005
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
Over the course of their 10-year partnership, Lewis and Dean Martin made 16 wildly popular movies (they were the world's number one box office earners from 1950 to 1956), but their real strength was their performances in nightclubs, theaters and on television. Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating. The duo's fascinating kinship—Lewis idolized his partner, while Martin was aloof—has been chronicled in Shawn Levy's King of Comedy and Nick Tosches's Dino, but Lewis wants to give his late partner the credit he feels critics missed by always praising the "the monkey" rather than the straight man. Untangling the complicated union, Lewis doesn't spare himself, admitting that when the team's relationship unraveled (they weren't speaking between...


Governor Alexander Martin
Charles D. Rodenbough
078641684X
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Governor Alexander Martin of North Carolina was one of the most important figures in the colonial and early state history of North Carolina. A 1756 graduate of Princeton, he was the first president of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina. He served longer as governor of the state than any other person until the election of Luther Hodges in the 20th century. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Princeton and elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society while he was a U.S. senator. While in the Senate, he fought successfully to open the Senate to the public. He was one of five North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He was a friend and protector of the Moravians and other non-conformists. He was the most powerful and effective leader from the...


Biography of Martin Van Buren, Vice President of the United States
William Emmons
1417959673
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
With An Appendix Containing Selections From His Writings. With Other Valuable Documents Among Which Will Be Found The Late Letter Of Colonel Thomas H. Benton.


That's Amore: A Son Remembers Dean Martin
Ricci Martin
1589791401
December 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Celebrity-watchers keep tabloids in business hoping to catch a glimpse of the "real" side of favorite movie stars. This scattershot memoir by Dean Martin's youngest son proves that sometimes the image on the screen is a lot more colorful than the father who comes home and enjoys a slice of bread before dinner. Martin's affectionate, innocuous and slightly dull book of memories will be a treat only for true Dino fans, affording them an intimate look at the performer at home. The anecdotes have an "I guess you had to be there" flavor ("One of Dad's favorite jokes, which he would pull when we went out to dinner, was to be having a conversation and absent-mindedly butter his big hands as if they were pieces of bread") that should appeal to those who enjoy the humor in Reader's Digest. The younger Martin's focus is...


Maximum Ricky
Harry Drysdale-Wood
1842400266
Jan 2001
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin through His Daughter's Eyes
Deana Martin
1400098335
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this evenhanded biography of her famous father, Deana Martin acknowledges that Dean "wasn't a good father, but he was a good man." The youngest child of four from Dean Martin's marriage to his first wife, Betty MacDonald, the author recalls how her mother began drinking so heavily that Dean's new wife, Jeanne Biegger, eventually took Betty's three girls in (Betty's son was living with his grandparents) and brought them up along with the three children she had with Dean. Martin details her father's life from his teenage years as a card dealer to his first Atlantic City gig with Jerry Lewis, offering her own observations along the way ("A glass of apple juice masquerading as scotch in his hand, he perfected a role that was going to become... indistinguishable from the real Dean Martin"). Perhaps Martin forgives...


Martin Mansergh
Kevin Rafter
1904301053
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, and the Last Great Showbiz Party
Shawn Levy
0385495765
July 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
If you're not inclined to read individual biographies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., Shawn Levy's Rat Pack Confidential is a perfect one-stop resource. Less a group biography than a series of impressionistic snapshots, the book is loaded with can't-miss material--the dirt on the making of Ocean's Eleven, information about Sinatra's wild stint as a casino owner, deep background on Peter Lawford's habit of introducing Jack Kennedy to glamorous starlets, wiretap transcripts of mobsters Sam Giancana and Johnny Formosa discussiong Dean Martin's lack of respect.

Levy, whose previous book, King of Comedy, is a serious consideration of Jerry Lewis's life and career, offers similarly well considered insights into the members of the Rat Pack. He covers Davis's lifelong struggle against racism and the...



James Dean: The Biography
Val Holley
031215156X
December 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This September marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Dean in a racing accident, and with this anecdotal biography, his fans will have plenty of fresh fodder to chew. Born in 1931, Dean was nine when his mother died, and he was brought up by relatives in Indiana. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, which was advanced when he became sexually involved with an adman/director who introduced him to influential people in New York City. A bisexual, Dean used sex to promote his career by boating with a producer who cast him in the lead role in the Broadway-bound See the Jaguar. The book heavily concentrates on Dean's Manhattan years (groupies will have a field day visiting the myriad addresses where he lived) and gives a blow-by-blow description of almost every one...


In the Presence of My Enemies
Gracia Burnham
0842362398
March 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this remarkably honest and unaffected memoir, Burnham tells the story of her captivity at the hands of Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist group in the Philippines. For just over a year, she and her husband Martin, a missionary pilot, lived with their captors and a variety of other hostages in the Philippine jungle. In a botched rescue attempt, the Philippine army shot and killed Martin Burnham and Ediborah Yap, a nurse who was the other remaining hostage. Gracia Burnham was also shot, but rescued and treated for a leg wound. Burnham hauntingly depicts the alchemical reaction of deep Christian faith, Stockholm Syndrome and the unremitting terror of hostage life. The odd intimacy among the hostages and captors comes across in surprisingly frank conversations. At one point, Martin boldly refers to all the bad things...


Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams
Nick Tosches
038533429X
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Only a handful of showbiz biographers can lay claim to posessing the literary acumen of writers like Michael Holroyd and Peter Ackroyd. Nick Tosches is one of these writers, and his unauthorized biography of Dean Martin stands as a testament to his genius. Several inimitable sequences in which Tosches adopts his subject's perspective (most of which are regrettably unsuitable for quotation here) make the book a real standout.

Dino is a fascinating portrait of a man who had it all--money, fame, women--and didn't give a damn about any of it and suggests that, even as he wallowed in the excesses of Hollywood and the Rat Pack, Martin stayed critically aloof from that world, albeit often in a booze-and-pill-addled haze. He got into showbiz precisely because it required so little effort of him: "I can't stand an actor or...


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