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Ada's algorithm - how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age Ada's algorithm - how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age

Behind every great man, there's a great woman; no other adage more aptly describes the relationship between Charles Babbage, the man credited with thinking up the concept of the programmable computer, and mathematician Ada Lovelace, whose contributions, according to Essinger, proved indispensable to Babbage's invention. The Analytical Engine was a series of cogwheels, gear-shafts, camshafts, and power transmission rods controlled by a punch-card system based on the Jacquard loom. Lovelace, the o

Oct 28, 2014
American general - the life and times of William Tecumseh Sherman American general - the life and times of William Tecumseh Sherman

Oct 28, 2014
George Marshall - a biography George Marshall - a biography

Presents a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, from his childhood and military training through his role as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and his leadership efforts as Secretary of State in rebuilding post-war Europe.

Oct 28, 2014
Limonov Limonov

"This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrere's sparkling 2011 biography of Edward Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times. The subtitle is no exaggeration: Limonov, a prolific and celebrated author, cofounder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party, onetime coleader of the Drugaya Rossiya opposition movement, and current head of Strategy-31 (which organizes protests in Russia aimed at securing the right to peacefully assemble), has led an extraordinary lif

Oct 28, 2014
On his own terms - a life of Nelson Rockefeller On his own terms - a life of Nelson Rockefeller

The definitive life of one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century, this biography draws on thousands of newly available documents and interviews, including Rockefeller's own unpublished reminiscences. Grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, Nelson coveted the White House from childhood. Before he was thirty he had helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art. At 32 he was Franklin Roosevelt's wartime coordinator

Oct 28, 2014
Victoria - a life Victoria - a life

Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of a momentous epoch in Britain's history -- and the world's.

Oct 29, 2014
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - the untold story Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - the untold story

A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

Oct 30, 2014
Commander Will Cushing - daredevil hero of the Civil War Commander Will Cushing - daredevil hero of the Civil War

A thrilling narrative biography of William Barker Cushing, the Civil War's most celebrated naval hero.

Oct 30, 2014
The good son - JFK Jr. and the mother he loved The good son - JFK Jr. and the mother he loved

Like many parents and children, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr. shared an intense, tender, and often tempestuous bond. It was, quite simply, the most important relationship in John's life. With riveting insight, Andersen reveals how mother and son influenced, challenged, and supported each other through good times and bad, unveiling startling new details about a family we thought we already knew: John's reaction to his mother's bout with suicidal depression and growing dependence on presc

Oct 30, 2014
The woman I wanted to be The woman I wanted to be

"Von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women, ... [mining] the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, 'I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be

Oct 30, 2014
Isabella - the warrior queen Isabella - the warrior queen

Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Oct 30, 2014
Sacred fireplace (Oceti Wakan) - life and teachings of a Lakota medicine man Sacred fireplace (Oceti Wakan) - life and teachings of a Lakota medicine man

Oct 30, 2014
Joan of Arc - a life transfigured Joan of Arc - a life transfigured

A fully documented, inspiring portrait of the 15th-century peasant-turned-saint draws on historical facts, folklore and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.

Oct 30, 2014
Jubal Early - Robert E. Lee's "bad old man" Jubal Early - Robert E. Lee's "bad old man"

Oct 30, 2014