Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 25 Aug 18

Escape from Myself: A Manic-Depressive’s Journey to Nowhere

by Tom Roberts

This is the memoir of a man who had everything: family, good job, house. He walked away from it. Why? Tom Roberts learned five years after he just walked away and lost everything he had bipolar disorder II and the reason he left all that he had was because he was in a manic episode. Tom’s memoir takes the reader from what appeared to be a comfortable college professor’s life to the dirty streets of Hollywood, CA. He was living in a fantasy that he could earn a living as a film actor just as he dreamed when he was in high school. His “escape” as he calls it, was triggered by medical treatment following a horrible depression that had lasted six months by the time he was hospitalized. He was prescribed the new antidepressant Prozac and it turned out to be the worst anti-depressant for a yet undiagnosed manic-depressive. Tom’s story begins, however, 30 years earlier in a family dominated by his Father’s undiagnosed mental illness and then the sudden death of his 34-year-old Mother. Tom lived through the suicides of his brother and later his step-sister. The end surprisingly, is back in Hollywood as a working voice-over actor with several on-camera film credits. How he got there is the rest of the story and the final destination of his journey that went from nowhere to “now here”.

Charles I: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Charles I

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Charles I is one of the most instantly recognizable of the English monarchs. During his reign the relationship between king and Parliament changed radically, with revolutionary results. A man of deeply held convictions whose refusal to compromise brought about conflict and civil war, King Charles I almost destroyed the English monarchy forever.

Inside you will read about…

â?? The Sickly Prince
â?? The King and the Queen
â?? The Eleven Years’ Tyranny
â?? The Bishops’ Wars
â?? The Country Divides
â?? Civil War and the King’s Execution
And much more!

When considering the 24-year reign of Charles I, it is difficult not to come to the conclusion that he may have made a much better Duke of York (the title historically given to the second son of the royal family) than King of England. And perhaps Charles, too, would have been much happier had his older brother taken the throne instead.

When Lighting Strikes : How to Survive Difficult Times

by Dr. Alicia Roose

Sometimes life will send storms and difficult times our way that will rock us to our core. Journey with Dr. Alicia Roose as she recounts being struck by lightning and other crazy situations that force her to learn to deal with life struggles. She gives insightful tools that will help you overcome any problem that may seem undaunting. You don’t have to be blown off course. There is hope and a future if you will dare to believe.

Murders of Hollywood

by Laura Fona

Hogan’s Heroes was Crane’s first real taste of fame, but it was also his last. Though he toured the U.S. afterwards as part of a theater group, and starred in another sitcom, his career took a sharp downward turn after the cancellation of the show he was famous for.
But in a turn of events that turned his minor stardom to notoriety, Crane was murdered in 1978, in his own home. He was brutally beaten, maybe even strangled, in what seemed like a senseless attack. What made his death confusing was that there was no explanation for it- Crane was a family man, with no known enemies.
What came out of his case was a shock to the nation. Bob Crane, who was by all accounts a regular family man, had been living a debauched double lifeâ?¦ One that could have led to his death.
“Being in the same room with him and looking at him, I realized that one day I would be in the same position as he, facing death. Before it happens I mean to do the things I want to do. I will not end up saying, “I wish I had”.

When Sal Mineo said those words about his dying father, nobody could have predicted that just four short years later, he would, himself, be facing death.
Adrienne Shelly was one of Hollywood’s most promising young directors and actresses when she was found dead at approximately 5:45 p.m on November 1, 2006. Her husband, Andy Ostroy, discovered the body in the Abingdon Square apartment in Manhattan’s West Village that she used as an office. Ostroy had dropped her off that morning but had become concerned because she had not been in contact that day and went to the building, asking the doorman to accompany him to the apartment. They found her body hanging from a shower rod in the bathtub with a bed sheet around her neck.

Initially thought to have been a suicide, they would later discover that the actress had been murdered
Dominque Dunne appeared in several films and television series from 1979 to 1982, but was best known for portraying the oldest daughter in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist.

She seemed destined for stardom until tragedy struck on October 30th, 1982. Dominique was strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, in the driveway of her West Hollywood home and went into a coma. She never regained consciousness and died five days later.

This is her story.
To many, the name Carl Switzer doesn’t right a bellâ??the name Alfalfa, however, does.

As Alfalfa, the freckle-faced kid with an unmanageable cowlick, Switzer won movie fame in the Our Gang comedies of the early 1930s. He later became known to a new generation of children when the Hal Roach films were reissued to television under the title The Little Rascals.

Carl Switzer played the iconic character from 1935-1940, and his popularity surpassed many of the other characters. At the time, no one could’ve foreseen the tragic circumstances that lead to the end of Switzer’s life within twenty years of him leaving the show.

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