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Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Man (GREAT BIOGRAPHIES Book 1)

by THE HISTORY HOUR

Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance Man

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Leonardo da Vinci achieved great things in the areas of Renaissance painting and sculpture, engineering, cartography, astronomy, geology, botany, human anatomy, history and many other areas. Uncharacteristically for the time, he traveled quite widely and worked in many disparate subject areas, because he did not really consider himself to be primarily a painter, even though he is best remembered today as the painter of two of the most critical pieces of renaissance art.

Inside you’ll read about

  • Early life
  • Apprenticeship with Verrocchio
  • Leonardo, Master of his Craft
  • Mastery of Chiaroscuro
  • Working in Milan
  • Human Anatomy
  • Flight from Milan
  • Return to Florence
  • Military Engineer for Cesare Borgia
  • The Battle of Anchiaro
  • Sojourn in Milan
  • Rome
  • Final Years
  • Leonardo’s Private Life

And much more!
Leonardo had some strange attributes: he was left-handed at a time when this was not widely accepted as appropriate, he was gay at a time when it was not only socially unacceptable but illegal, and he was a free thinker at a time when northern Italian society was extremely stratified. We are about to embark on a journey through the known life and work of the world’s greatest creative genius, examining many of the lesser known facts of his creative and personal life.



Thomas Edison: The One Who Changed The World (GREAT BIOGRAPHIES Book 1)

by THE HISTORY HOUR

Thomas Edison

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There are a lot more to the story than just the light bulb, and there is a lot more to the invention of the light bulb than just Thomas Edison. One thing is for sure that he is still remembered as one of the greatest inventors of all time, and perhaps the greatest that America has ever produced. In truth, Edison was a man who invented a lot of things while bringing about incredible advancements in many other things. With the stock ticker, the telegraph, the light bulb, and motion picture, he may not have invented them, but he improved on them beyond any recognition. They would not be the technologies they were today without Edison’s great mind working on them.

Inside you’ll read about

  • Born into a country of great change
  • the telegraph and the start of his genius
  • How Edison created the invention machine
  • Edison and the phonograph
  • It wasn’t always about success for Edison
  • The truth about the light bulb
  • The rivalry between Tesla and the “war of the currents”
  • Father of the motion pictures
  • The man behind the inventions
  • Edison’s greatest quotes
  • His death and the legacy he left behind
  • Remember him for the right reasons

And much more!
Thomas Edison seems to be remembered these days either the man who invented the light bulb or the man who didn’t. Without knowing any more about him, you are either giving him false praise for something he didn’t do or not taking into account all the other work he did.



Parkinson’s Lite: The Laughable Side

by Marie Elizabeth Tomas

Parkinson’s LITE is a funny, real-life story about a not-so-funny disease.

Readers follow Marie and Pat, a married couple, who in an attempt to cope with Parkinson’s, wind up switching roles. Pat, the retired cop accustomed to great Italian meals and endless pampering becomes the caretaker, maid, dog walker, and cook (the latter of which he compares to an acute case of Shingles). We watch Marie slowly lose her independence and become totally dependent on her exhausted, stressed out husband.

The story is real. The characters are real. The volatile, laugh-out-loud situations that arise are real.

Situations like:
Arguing while he’s helping her buck-naked body out of the tub.
Fighting over an egg roll.
Pat, never saying the right thing to assuage their arguments.

Parkinson’s LITE, at its core, is inspirational. This glimpse into Marie’s life details her amazing progress and gives hope and positive reminders to those who suffer from Parkinson’s and other debilitating diseases.



Missing: True Cases of Mysterious Disappearances

by Andrew J. Clark

They just vanished… disappeared without leaving a trace. This book shed lights on some of the most intriguing missing person cases.

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There are countless stories all over the globe of average, everyday people suddenly vanishing under the strangest and most inopportune of circumstances. These cases have baffled the experts and remained unsolved for decades. The missing person cases presented in this book have diverse backgrounds, but they are all equally mysterious. Here we will dive headfirst into some of the most unusual disappearing acts on record. Rational explanations have been put forward for some, but many lack any plausible theories whatsoever.

This book relates the true yet astonishing tales of prime ministers lost at sea, esteemed physicists vanishing without a trace, great explorers lost in the wilderness. From the World War II veteran who seemed to literally disappear into thin air on a bus ride home, to the ill-fated singer-songwriter Connie Converse who right around her 50th birthday decided to pull a “Bilbo Baggins” (Connie’s own words) on the ones she loved by slipping on her very own ring of invisibility and vanishing out of sight, this book takes us through some of the saddest, the most intriguing, and the most downright bizarre accounts of lost souls that you will ever find.

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The Beast: One Story of Pyoderma Gangrenosum

by Bradley King

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

A disfiguring, sometimes deadly, flesh-eating disease caused not by an invading organism, but one’s own immune system?

Few people have heard of the awful disease pyoderma gangrenosum. Fewer have suffered it. Fewer still have shared their story.

From first signs to full-blown disease, through to diagnosis, treatment, and a recovery of sorts, this is a true story of one person’s battle with a disease that his doctor calls, “The Beast.”

More than simply a description of the disease, the author puts the experience into perspective, describing how it has shaped his life, then and now.

The author hopes that his experience helps others put their own struggles – whatever they may be – into proper perspective.

(Book length: 25,186 words – Amazon page count can be inconsistent)



Scream Queen Confidential: A Memoir And Two Mysteries (Vampyres of Hollywood)

by Adrienne Barbeau

ADRIENNE BARBEAU’S L.A. TIMES BESTSELLING MEMOIR, There Are Worse Things I Could Do, is now available on Kindle in a box set with two thrillers from her witty, satirical fictional series about another “scream queen” – with a twistâ?¦

After the success of her bestselling memoir, a rollicking romp through five decades of Broadway and Hollywood, Tony-nominated actress and iconic “scream queen” Adrienne Barbeau turned her skill as a sharp-eyed satirist to the absurdity of Hollywood, with its petty jealousies, vain ambitions, and over-the-top visuals.

The delicious result of all these thrilling elements? The action-packed Vampyres of Hollywood series! Part comic mysteries, part police procedurals, a little bit supernatural, paranormal, and occult (with a dash of old-fashioned vampyre romanceâ??and lots of action, suspense, and adventure), Love Bites and Make Me Dead are guaranteed to make you laugh out loudâ??more than once.

Vol. 1: THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO

Barbeau hilariously details her early years in New York, securing her first apartment, then getting her first jobâ??as a barmaidâ??and, memorably, starring on Broadway in Grease. She shares warm memories of her two hit television series (Maude and Carnivale), and tales of her many television and feature films (The Fog, Escape from New York, Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, Back to School, Creepshow).

But unlike most showbiz biographies, Barbeau’s story doesn’t stopâ??or even slow downâ??at fifty, which finds our heroine newly in love, wandering the halls of the maternity ward a new mother (the only new mother on the floor with an AARP card), becoming a published author (of vampire thrillers!), and taking up trapeze-performance at seventy.

Vol. 2: LOVE BITES

NOT YOUR MAMA’S POLICE PROCEDURALâ??A COP STORY WITH BITEâ?¦AND ROMANCEâ?¦ Not to mention sharp, cutting wit.

If you think you don’t like vampyre books, you haven’t met a woman sleuth like Ovsanna Moore. Don’t think “vampyre”, think the fulfillment of your fondest personal fantasyâ??a woman who wins every fight; who (being 450 years old) can say exactly what she wants with no guilt and no regrets; and who, even at the advanced age of 450, looks like a sexy 20-year-old and is still up for hot romance. Enter Beverly Hills cop Peter Kingâ??easy on the eyes, he’s not only one hell of a detective, he’s also a consummate master of spin, concealing what he knows about the world of vampyres, werewolves, and shapeshifters while solving the crimes they commit.

Vol. 3: MAKE ME DEAD

â?¦WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
Nobody’s better than Barbeau at skewering the foibles of Hollywood and its self-involved denizens, and nobody’s got a smarter mouth than her movie star heroine, Ovsanna Moore, this time in New Orleans for a horror convention. Fasten your seat beltsâ??lots of fun to be had (at the expense of horror conventions).



Long Way To Me

by Elena Verduyn

Since I was a little girl, I always had to face something that was hard. Whether it was a family of alcoholics, bullying, molesting, abuse, being poor or being in the orphanage. When I was 15 years old, I was adopted from Russia, but things didn’t get easier. I was going through abuse and bullying again. On top of that, I was diagnosed with depression disorder, sleeping disorder, PTSD. With everything that was going I got addicted to drugs and alcohol to ease my pain, but turn my life around when my daughter was born. When people read my book I want them to understand my story and enjoy it. I hope with this story I can help many others to cope with their issues and demons. Life is very precious and we all should be thankful that we are alive today.



Beating the Odds – The Las Vegas Golden Knights

by D. Farang

The entitled Las Vegas Golden Knights got the best players ever in any NHL draft; they are a supremely cocky, hard-working and resilient bunch with a huge chip on its collective shoulder. Perhaps the NHL teams that Vegas “raped” in the expansion draft should play the Knights with an equally big chip on their own collective shoulders.

Heading into their first season, the Golden Knights were listed as 500 to 1 long shots to win the Stanley Cup and as a result, sports books in Las Vegas were due to take quite a hit had they pulled off the win. Director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said, “the estimates I heard around town of $5 or $6 million losses sounded about right,” adding that it was the biggest liability he’d seen since William Hill U.S. was formed.

As the Golden Knights progressed through the season and proved to be a veritable force in the league, odds makers had to find creative ways to hedge against the potential of a Stanley Cup win. Some sports books offered a “field” bet that allowed them to offset some of their risks, but even with the adjustments, a Golden Knights win was still a significant financial liability.

Despite this, many of those running the sports books said they would have traded the huge financial hit if it meant their newfound team got to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup in their first season. Alas, it was not to be, but the Golden Knights beat the odds – going from 500 to 1 underdogs – to 9-2 favorites to win the the Stanley Cup.

That they lost to the Washington Capitals is no shame. For the 2018-2019 NHL season, the Golden Knights are now listed as 10 to 1 favorites to win it all in their second season. It’ll be a real challenge for the NHL darling Las Vegas Golden Knights to Beat the Odds again. However, bet against them at your peril.



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