Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 04 May 15

Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter

by Anna Beer

As lover, wife and widow of Sir Walter Ralegh, Bess was the hidden force behind his spectacular public achievements, the stable point in his turbulent private life, and the shrewd creator of his reputation after his death.

Having resisted being married off in her teens, she began a passionate and illicit sexual relationship with Ralegh in her twenties.

Her intelligence and business acumen were exceptional, despite having no rights as a woman (twice she built a fortune from nothing), and her remarkable emotional strength sustained her through personal tragedy and political disasters that broke many others, including her own husband.

A woman in a man’s world, Bess’s ambitious pursuit of power and wealth, and justice for herself and her children, make compelling reading.

â??Anna Beer has lovingly restored Bess Ralegh to her rightful place among Elizabethan heroines. Brave, energetic, and resourceful to the point of audacity â?? Bess was a successful gambler against the odds. She rescued the reputation of her own husband, Sir Walter Ralegh, and now, four centuries later, Anna Beer has returned the favour.’ – Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

â??[Anna Beer’s] eye for detail is outstanding.’ – Sunday Times

Anna Beer was born in London in 1964, and educated at Oxford and Reading Universities. She now lives and works in Oxford, where she is a Lecturer in Literature at the Department for Continuing Education and a Fellow of Kellog College. Her previous work includes an academic study of Sir Walter Ralegh’s political writings.

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When it was Great

by Jim Sinay

Want to go back to the Las Vegas of yesterday?

Meet John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Redd Foxx, Debbie Reynolds, Louis Prima and other celebrities.

In 1968, Jim Sinay packed up his green Caddy convertible and drove from Canton, Ohio to Las Vegas. His “Uncle” Ed Pucci, who was Frank Sinatra’s bodyguard and a close family friend, set him up with an entry level dealer’s job in Vegas. Over the next three decades, Jimmy experienced all Las Vegas had to offer. He dealt craps to famous gangsters in a private game, he interacted with John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Redd Foxx, Debbie Reynolds, Louis Prima and other celebrities. Jimmy was a confirmed bachelor who lived the high life with the ladies, although at times his carousing nearly cost him his life. He saw hundreds of thousands of dollars bet on one roll of the dice, he caught gambling cheaters and had run ins with some very nasty types.

Ë?Ë?Ë? Folktales from a bygone era

Jimmy’s stories are folktales from a bygone era, the 1960s, 70s and 80s when Vegas was still a relatively small town. Back in the day, the “joints” were ruled by men whose names all ended in vowels and there was a good time to be had 24/7. When It Was Great will make you laugh and touch your heart, but most of all it will take you back to the Las Vegas of yesterday, when the Rat Pack played at the Sands, Elvis headlined at the Hilton and working stiffs like Jimmy partied like there was no tomorrow.

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The Adventures of a Cancer Maverick

by Nina Joy

Nina Joy was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2012 and given less than 12 months to live. In her inimitable style, she decided she wouldn’t remain a Cancer Virgin, would learn what cancer survivors do to stay alive and do just that. Nina’s story is brutally honest yet hugely inspiring. She could not and would not just accept the inevitable, so Nina became a “Cancer Maverick”, learning how to survive and even thrive whilst living with cancer. For anyone who’s life has been touched by cancer, this book shows how our human spirit can overcome nature’s poison.

Courts and Criminals

by Arthur Cheney Train

By Arthur Train

These essays, which were written between the years 1905-1910 are reprinted without revision, although in a few minor instances the laws may have been changed.

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

by Andrew Carnegie

AFTER retiring from active business my husband yielded to the earnest solicitations of friends, both here and in Great Britain, and began to jot down from time to time recollections of his early days. He soon found, however, that instead of the leisure he expected, his life was more occupied with affairs than ever before, and the writing of these memoirs was reserved for his play-time in Scotland. For a few weeks each summer we retired to our little bungalow on the moors at Aultnagar to enjoy the simple life, and it was there that Mr. Carnegie did most of his writing. He delighted in going back to those early times, and as he wrote he lived them all over again. He was thus engaged in July, 1914, when the war clouds began to gather, and when the fateful news of the 4th of August reached us, we immediately left our retreat in the hills and returned to Skibo to be more in touch with the situation.

These memoirs ended at that time. Henceforth he was never able to interest himself in private affairs. Many times he made the attempt to continue writing, but found it useless. Until then he had lived the life of a man in middle lifeâ??and a young one at thatâ??golfing, fishing, swimming each day, sometimes doing all three in one day. Optimist as he always was and tried to be, even in the face of the failure of his hopes, the world disaster was too much. His heart was broken. A severe attack of influenza followed by two serious attacks of pneumonia precipitated old age upon him.

It was said of a contemporary who passed away a few months before Mr. Carnegie that “he never could have borne the burden of old age.” Perhaps the most inspiring part of Mr. Carnegie’s life, to those who were privileged to know it intimately, was the way he bore his “burden of old age.” Always patient, considerate, cheerful, grateful for any little pleasure or service, never thinking of himself, but always of the dawning of the better day, his spirit ever shone brighter and brighter until “he was not, for God took him.”

Fathers of Biology

by Charles McRae

It is hoped that the account given, in the following pages, of the lives of five great naturalists may not be found devoid of interest. The work of each one of them marked a definite advance in the science of Biology.

There is often among students of anatomy and physiology a tendency to imagine that the facts with which they are now being made familiar have all been established by recent observation and experiment. But even the slight knowledge of the history of Biology, which may be obtained from a perusal of this little book, will show that, so far from such being the case, this branch of science is of venerable antiquity. And, further, if in the place of this misconception a desire is aroused in the reader for a fuller acquaintance with the writings of the early anatomists the chief aim of the author will have been fulfilled.

From Slave to College President, Being the Life Story of Booker T. Washington

by G. Holden Pike

Just at the most severe crisis of the war between France and Germany, over thirty years ago, a London newspaper, in describing the situation, remarked that France wanted not men, but a Man. During a whole generation which followed after the close of the gigantic and sanguinary conflict between the Northern and Southern States of the American Republic, a similar remark would have applied to the millions of slaves who, though nominally free, were drifting hither and thither, now groping in the wrong direction altogether, or missing opportunities they might have embraced, had there but been one commanding personality in their midst to give the word and lead the way. There seemed to be too many negroes, while they were still increasing with a rapidity which inspired misgiving. The race seemed to be “at sea” for want of a Man. At length the much-needed chief or leader was found in Booker T. Washington, whose distinguished work on behalf of the race at the great institution which he has founded at Tuskegee has given him a world-wide reputation. As a negro, his mission is to the men and women of his own nation.

In regard to this man with his commanding personality, the International Monthly of New York says:â??”At the present time he is universally recognised as the foremost representative of his race. He is eagerly sought after as a speaker. Whatever he chooses to write immediately finds a willing publisher. Newspaper eulogy declares him to be a remarkable orator. He is often spoken of as of solid, and even brilliant, intellectual attainments. How much of all this vogue and of this unusual reputation is based upon the fact that he is a negro, and how much upon his native merit when weighed and judged without regard to any other consideration whatsoever? Has he, in fact, done that which, had he been a white man, would have given him a solid and substantial claim to the esteem that he now enjoys?”

Mr Harry T. Peck, who writes thus, ventures the opinion that the estimate of the public in regard to Booker Washington is exaggerated. “There is no evidence that his mind is in any way exceptional,” he addsâ?¦. “Were he a white man, he never would be singled out for eminenceâ?¦. He is not an orator; he is not a writer; he is not a thinker. He is something more than these. He is the man who comes at the psychological moment and does the thing which is wanting to be done, and which no one else has yet accomplished.” This can hardly be accepted as genuine criticism. Just as we judge a tree by its fruits, so we measure capacity, and even genius, by its results. If, as is generally acknowledged to be the case, Booker Washington has practically solved that Race Problem which American politicians have hardly dared to face since the close of the Civil War, it is only fair that we accord him the distinction of possessing that original shrewdness which may even be called genius. When an idea of exceptional value is given forth, one that is all the greater on account of its simplicity, people seem to be naturally disposed to underrate the power which gave it utterance. Booker Washington may merely be following in the footsteps of Adam Smith when, instead of regarding the negro population as an evil or a grievance, he prescribes that their labour, as a source of vast wealth, be utilised for the national advancement. Viewed from any other standpoint, there can be no doubt that the rapidly-increasing negroes inspire some disquieting apprehensions as a possible source of inconvenience or of actual danger. Once get the coloured race well under control, however, and the result would be all-round satisfaction.

Trickiest Detective Skills – A Guide Book

by Rajat G

Do you have it in you to become a detective? Do you have spying habits? Do you wish to acquire some of the trickiest detective skills without shelling out thousands of Dollars? Then this is the book for you.

CLIMAX: Slightly depressed to New Ideas Coach in three years

by Tony The Coach


No, that is not my photo; it looks like someone is reading my book.

My life was an anti-climax.

I was slightly depressed.

This book is about how I changed myself from a negative person into a motivated person.

I was so changed that I became a NEW IDEAS COACH.

Self-appointed, that is.

I can only ask you to read the book and make up your own mind.


I think it did. So does my family.

MARTIN LUTHER KING: LIFE LESSONS: Teachings from one of the most meaningful non violent leaders in the world

by Michael Winicott

Discover the lessons from Martin Luther King that can transform your life!

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only advocated for civil rights and human equality but also strongly supported the end of poverty, the end of all war, and the rights of workers.

This crusader of rights has his own holiday dedicated to honoring him and all the work he was able to achieve in his lifetime. He is a man who was able to change the direction of history. A man such as this is sure to have imparted wisdom that we could all benefit from.

Throughout his speeches and books he shared his wisdom and insight for us to learn from. Specifically, he left ten life lessons which can help benefit all of us by helping us to have a more peaceful existence.

This book will help you see value in living a nonviolent and peaceful lifestyle and can be your pathway to helping make the world a better place.

So are you ready to learn from the Martin Luther Kings’ life? Are you interested in learning about life? And most importantly, are you ready to learn about pacific approach to conflict resolution? All this and more in this fascinating book.

Here is a preview of what you will learnâ?¦

– Do not blindly adhere to the status quo.

– Passivity and nonviolence can provoke change.

– Everyone needs friends.

– Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.

– Sometimes you must step off of a cliff and take a risk.

– We must accept that war has become obsolete.

– Responding to violence with nonviolence is the best response.

– Acting kindly and helping others will help you make friends.

– We are all interconnected.

– Persevere through and get motivated by setbacks.

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Elizabeth Warren SuccessNotes: Flash Boys, A Fighting Chance, The Two-Income Trap, Hillary Rodham Clinton, All Your Worth, And Amelia Warren Tyagi

by Success Notes

“Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of ten books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, written with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.” – Amazon


by Betty Dowell

Betty lives in a WWII post depression period. Her family is very poor and lives as outcasts in their small town. At the age of seven, her mother gives her to her grandmother. She leaves a barely supervised home to enter an extremely strict home. Her father passes away when she is nine. Her grandmother gave her backbone. Her life with her grandmother consists of long hours hard work.

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