Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?: The James Packer Story

Who desires to Be a Billionaire? is the tale of James Packer's determined conflict to win his father's love and recognize. it is also a story of billion-dollar bets long past disastrously flawed. yet specially it is the portrait of a stricken dating among a dominant father and dutiful son. during this strong sequel to his number 1 bestseller, The upward push and upward push of Kerry Packer, Paul Barry exhibits how James's father stored his grip at the empire whilst he lay on the subject of demise. And he unearths what drives his inheritor. As a baby James used to be derided by means of Kerry as too tender, too as regards to his mom, or just "a loser." given that then he has struggled to make his father proud—in the one manner the Packers know—by earning money. Having visible Kerry lose 1000s of thousands within the world's casinos, James selected to wager billions of bucks on procuring them in its place. Then got here the worldwide monetary problem and he virtually misplaced the lot. As markets hit all-time low in early 2009, Australia's richest guy used to be $4 billion poorer and now not on most sensible of the heap. He used to be smoking back, placing on weight, and closing himself off from pals. Years prior, a long way smaller losses in a single. Tel had driven him to the threshold of a apprehensive breakdown and made him search salvation in Scientology. Can James continue to exist this time? Will he get better? Or used to be his father right?

Show description

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel

By Rebecca Goldstein

KURT GODEL is taken into account the 20th century's maximum mathematician. His enormous theorem of incompleteness overturned the present conviction that the one real statements in math have been those who might be proved. encouraged by way of Plato's philosophy of a better truth, Godel confirmed conclusively that there are in each formal process undeniably precise statements that however can't be proved. the end result was once an upheaval in arithmetic. From the well-known Vienna Circle and sparring with Wittgenstein to Princeton's Institute for complicated learn, the place he used to be Einstein's consistent spouse. Godel used to be either a towering mind and a deeply mysterious determine, whose unusual behavior and ever-increasing paranoia resulted in his unhappy loss of life via self-starvation. during this lucid and available examine, Rebecca Goldstein, a thinker of technological know-how and a proficient novelist whose paintings frequently specializes in technological know-how, explains the importance of Godel's theorems and the outstanding imaginative and prescient at the back of them, whereas bringing this eccentric, tortured genius and his global to existence.

Show description

Jackson Pollock: A Biography

By Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon's biography units Jackson Pollock in his time and portrays him as a shy, frequently withdrawn individual, choked with insecurities and self-doubts, and regularly not able to specific himself approximately his paintings or its which means. Solomon interviewed 2 hundred those that knew Pollock and his paintings and she or he has drawn commonly on Pollock's personal writings and different own papers. She examines the artist's relationships along with his kin; his spouse and fellow artist Lee Krasner; paintings shopper Peggy Guggenheim; the painters Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and plenty of extra.

Show description

One Life: My Mother's Story

One existence is the tale of Nance Russell, whose lifestyles spanned a century of tumult and alter. In an act of serious innovative sympathy, her daughter Kate Grenville has drawn at the fragments of memoir Nance left, to create an intimate account of the styles in her mother's lifestyles. in lots of methods Nance's tale echoes that of many moms and grandmothers, for whom the unbelievable shifts of the 20th century provided a route to new freedoms and offerings. In alternative routes Nance was once extraordinary. In an period while girls have been anticipated to haven't any goals past the family, she ran winning companies as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the kinfolk domestic, and stumbled on her husband's mystery existence as a innovative. One existence is a deeply relocating homage via one among Australia's best writers.

Show description

The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You About What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War

By Kevin Sites

What is it wish to kill?  what's it prefer to be lower than hearth? How have you learnt what is correct? What are you able to by no means forget?

In The issues they can't Say, award-winning journalist and writer Kevin websites asks those tough questions of 11 squaddies and marines, who—by sharing the reality approximately their wars—display a unprecedented braveness that transcends battlefield heroics.

For each one of those males, lots of whom websites first met whereas in Afghanistan and Iraq, the reality potential anything diversified. One struggles to get over a head harm he believes has stolen his skill to like; one other makes an attempt to catch up on the killing of an blameless guy; another reveals appreciate for the enemy fighter who attempted to kill him. websites additionally stocks the unsettling narrative of his personal disasters in the course of war—including his complicity in a murder—and the redemptive powers of storytelling that kept him from a self-destructive downward spiral.

Show description

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

By Michael Patrick MacDonald

A breakaway bestseller considering the fact that its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular local with the top focus of white poverty in the United States. The anti-busing riots of 1974 perpetually replaced Southie, Boston’s operating category Irish neighborhood, branding it as a violent, racist enclave. Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in Southie’s outdated Colony housing undertaking. He describes the way in which this global inside an international felt to the bothered but keenly talented observer he was once whilst a baby: “[as if] we have been safe, as though the complete local was once looking at our backs for threats, waiting for the entire enemies lets by no means rather define.”

But the threats-poverty, medicinal drugs, a shadowy gangster world-were actual. MacDonald misplaced 4 of his siblings to violence and poverty. All Souls is heart-breaking testimony to lives misplaced too early, and the tale of the way a spot so packed with discomfort may perhaps nonetheless be “the most sensible position within the world.”

We meet Ma, Michael’s mini-skirted, accordian-playing, often unmarried mom who cares for her childrens there are finally 11 via a mix of excessive spirits and encouraged “getting over.” And there are Michael’s older siblings Davey, candy artist-dreamer; Kevin, baby genius of rip-off; and Frankie, Golden Gloves boxer and local hero whose lives are high-wire acts performed out in an international of poverty and pride.

But too quickly Southie turns into a spot managed by way of resident gangster Whitey Bulger, later published to be an FBI informant while he ran the drug tradition that Southie supposedly by no means had. It used to be an international primed for the escalation of sophistication violence-and then, with lethal and sickening inevitability, of racial violence that swirled round pressured busing. MacDonald, 8 years previous whilst the riots hit, offers an explosive account of the asphalt struggle. He tells of feeling “part of all of it, a part of anything higher than I’d ever imagined, a part of whatever that was once at the nationwide information each night.”

Within a number of years-a series specified by All Souls with captivating urgency-the neighborhood’s cave in is echoed via the MacDonald family’s tragedies. All yet destroyed via grief and by way of the Southie code that

doesn’t let him to suppose it, MacDonald will get out. His paintings as a peace activist, first within the all-Black neighborhoods of within sight Roxbury, then again to the Southie he can’t aid yet love, is the powerfully redemptive with reference to a narrative that would go away readers completely shaken and altered.

Show description

The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

By Edward White

A revealing biography of the influential and arguable cultural titan who embodied an era

The Tastemaker explores the numerous lives of Carl Van Vechten, the main influential cultural impresario of the early 20th century: a customer and dealmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, a photographer who captured the era's icons, and a novelist who created a number of the Jazz Age's so much salacious tales. an in depth confidant of Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Knopfs, Van Vechten hung out within the Twenties new york demimonde, discovering himself in Harlem's jazz golf equipment, Hell's Kitchen's speakeasies, and Greenwich Village's underground homosexual scene. manhattan urban was once a hotbed of vice in addition to creativity, and Van Vechten was once on the heart of it all.
Edward White's biography―the first complete biography of Carl Van Vechten in approximately part a century, and the 1st to completely discover Van Vechten's tangled courting to race and sexuality―depicts a arguable determine who outlined an age. Embodying a few of the contradictions of contemporary the USA, Van Vechten was once a faithful husband with a coterie of boys by way of his aspect, a supporter of inauspicious artwork who additionally enjoyed lowbrow leisure, and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance whose bestselling novel―and specially its title―infuriated a few of the similar African-American artists he championed. Van Vechten's safety of what many american citizens thought of undesirable taste―modernist literature, African-American tradition, and sexual self-expression―created a favored urge for food for those crucial parts of yank artwork. The Tastemaker encompasses its subject's inner most fears and longings, in addition to Manhattan's raucous, taboo-busting social scene of which he was once this kind of critical half. it's a extraordinary portrait of a guy whose courageous trips throughout limitations of race, sexuality, and style helped make the United States absolutely modern.

Show description

Shredded: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain

By Ian Fraser

The Royal financial institution of Scotland was probably the most profitable and ecocnomic monetary associations on the earth; respected, favorite and depended on via thousands of savers and traders. A depended on organisation for tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, with branches on approximately each excessive road within the land. Now, the very point out of the bank’s identify factors fury and resentment, and the previous CEO, Fred Goodwin, is appeared through many because the one of many vital culprits of the worst monetary crash for the reason that 1929. Now, for the 1st time, award-winning monetary journalist Ian Fraser unearths how the ‘light contact, restricted contact’ method of monetary law of recent Labour and the competitive, confrontational, autocratic and reckless sort of Fred Goodwin ended in catastrophe, not only for the Royal financial institution of Scotland, yet for everybody within the united kingdom. And as extra poisonous secrets and techniques are printed approximately Libor expense solving and over the top bonuses, he appears to be like on the destiny for the financial institution and examines its possibilities of ever regaining the public’s belief.

Show description

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors at the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they comprehend that their subsequent roles as Spock and Captain Kirk, in a brand new technology fiction tv sequence, might form their lives in methods not anyone may have expected. In seventy-nine tv episodes of megastar Trek and 6 characteristic motion pictures, they grew to grasp one another greater than such a lot neighbors might ever imagine.

Over the process part a century, Shatner and Nimoy observed one another via own highs and lows. during this powerfully emotional booklet, Shatner tells the tale of a guy who was once his pal for 5 a long time, recounting anecdotes and untold tales in their lives off and on set, in addition to collecting tales from others who knew Nimoy good, to provide an entire photograph of a wealthy life.

As a lot a biography of Nimoy as a narrative in their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt publication written via one mythical actor in get together of another.

Show description