Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • A very interesting volume of accounts of great holocausts over the last one hundred years, with accounts from survivors, eyewitnesses, reporters and emergency service workers. Chapters:  The Great Chicago Fire of  1871; the destruction of a tiny lumbering village in Peshtigo with a death toll of over 1,000; the Iroquois Theatre Fire, 1903; the burning of the paddle-wheel excursion boat, the General Slocum in 1904, with over 1,000 lives lost;  the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed not only homes and businesses, but utility services. When fires broke out, there was no water with which to fight them; The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster, New York, 1911 when 146 employees died, many of whom had tried to leap from the windows to escape the flames; In  Halifax, 1917, a fire on board the SS Mont Blanc - a French cargo ship - set off its load of high explosives, killing over 2,000 and injuring 9,000 more; In 1930, a candle ignited some oily rags left on the roof of the West Block of the Ohio State Penitentiary. Many inmates burned to death in their locked cells; The Hindenberg airship disaster of 1937; The Cocoanut Grove was Boston's top night spot - on November 28, 1942, a fire began which became the deadliest nightclub fire in history and the second-deadliest single-building fire in U.S. history, claiming 492 lives; July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, saw a fire begin under the Big Top during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey that would kill 160+ people; The Winecoff Hotel, Atlanta,  was advertised as "absolutely fireproof" - but in December 1947,  a conflagration broke out that would kill 119 people;  In Galveston Bay, April 1947, a fire started on board the docked French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp,  detonating her cargo of about 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate, starting a chain reaction of fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities, ultimately killing at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department; December 1, 1958 - a fire broke out at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, killing 92 students and three nuns - a tragedy which caused over 16,000 schools across the U.S. to be brought up to safety standards before one year had passed. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • From the Carpenter's World Travels series.  A fascinating look at life as it was here - in 1926! With 126 photographs and enticing chapter headings, such as: Life on the Sheep Station; The Three R's in Australia; Gold Diggings in Creek and Desert; Social Pests; Kangaroos and Danc9ng Birds and Mutton and Butter for London Tables. Illustrated with fabulous black and white photographs.
  • Bill Monroe, legend of early country music and bluegrass; and Muddy Waters, iconic Chicago bluesman, tell their story in their own words as the author contrasts their remarkably similar careers.  More than just a book about music, it is a book about the time of black and white America, a microcosmic history that sets up striking comparisons. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Laurie Lawrence is a remarkable Australian - a maker of champions, capable of lifting the spirits of those around him to soaring heights. As a swim coach possessing the gift of inspiration he is without peer, and his line-up of champions - Steve Holland, Tracey Wickham, Jon Sieben, Duncan Armstrong, Julie McDonald - bears gold medal testimony to his qualities. But Laurie Lawrence is very many other things too - extrovert, patriot, poet, humorist, singer and, in the 1990s, the most sought-after motivational speaker in Australia. Lawrence of Australia captures the essence of the man through 24 remarkable stories of sport and its champions. In these deeply personal, funny and very often inspiring tales, Lawrence uncovers profound secrets of success which translate to all walks of life. It is a book for everyone - entertaining, revealing and vastly uplifting.
  • Reverend Sexton was president of the Aborigines Friends' Association, South Australia.  The book contains many historical black and white photos. The Publisher's Note reads thus:  "This book has been issued at the request of the Aborigines' Friends  Association, Incorporated, Adelaide, South Australia. It contains a selection of articles written at various times by the President of the Association, a recognised authority on Aboriginal affairs. The illustrations contained in this volume have been taken from various publications of the Association. The keynote of the work is to be found in the author's insistent plea that the Aborigines should be given the full benefits of our British civilisation, along with the blessings of the Christian religion."
  • A comprehensive coverage of the subject from an author with 38 years experience in the field.  ISBN 0444196439
  • The story of Skipper Partridge.  In 1917 he was appointed to Oodnadatta as a patrol padre and went on his first patrol by camel.  He grew to love this mode of transportation as he went from station to station with is message of practical Christianity.  He later patrolled into the remote areas of the Northern Territory.  He had a spell of ministry in Scone, NSW before rejoining the Australian Inland Mission in the vast north-west, now using a car.  During the Depression and World War II he was active from Oodnadatta to Tennant Creek and was often accompanied by Flynn of the Inland.  Here is a first hand account of the early days of the inland, the true mateship between the settlers and those who ministered to them.  With many black and white photographs.
  • The story of Robert Six - ex-sailor, ex-truck driver and ex-pilot - the man behind one of America's more dramatic success stories. Six’s career began in the buccaneering days of aviation, when every flight was an adventure - and has continued into the age of jets and supersonic transports. Tough, scrappy and a gambler, Six set out to beat the big airlines at their own game, and made Continental into one of the most profitable and reliable 'big little' airlines in the world. The results are almost a legend in the circles of commercial aviation and American business. A lively view of the history of commercial airlines in America, full of anecdotes and regarded as entertaining.
  • Referred to as 'the dean of American decorators', it seemed that Billy was always marked for success. His Aunt Olivia claimed that he even had charm in his crib. His autobiography has the same personal charm, with an unerring eye for detail and a wickedly sensitive ear. He created beautiful environments for fascinating people for over 40 years.  He was always in the limelight and could count among his friends luminaries such as Cole Porter, Great Garbo, Pauline de Rothschild, Jacqueline Onassis and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  He saw life as a celebration and in his autobiography has given the reader an intimate look at a great professional and a collection of mischievous tales about some of the most fashionable and envied celebrities of his day.  Illustrated with black and white photographs.