Reading without limits, the perfect plan for #stayhome
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Ike the Soldier - cover

Ike the Soldier

Merle Miller

Publisher: RosettaBooks

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

From the bestselling author of Plain Speaking and Lyndon comes this “vivid and consistently absorbing record of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career” (Kirkus Reviews).   Bringing together thousands of hours of interviews with the men and women who were closest to him, Merle Miller has constructed a revealing and personal biography of the man who would become the supreme commander. From his childhood in Kansas to West Point, World War I, and Europe where he led the Allied Forces to a hard-won victory in World War II, Ike the Soldier goes behind the historic battles and into the heart and mind of Ike Eisenhower.   Miller has crafted the defining biography on the life of the thirty-fourth president, bringing more depth to the man many thought they knew. His strained relationships with his father, brothers, and son are brought into focus; as well as his love affair with his wife Mamie, and his relationship with Kay Summersby—his driver turned companion and confidante during WWII.   “An informed and balanced tribute to a world-class leader whose remarkable character gains greater luster with the passage of time.” —Kirkus Reviews   “This is a highly enjoyable look at Ike’s personal and official relationships with the people most important to him during the first 55 years of his life, including family, Army and Allied colleagues and heads of state.” —Publishers Weekly

Other books that might interest you

  • Summary and Analysis of The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy - Based on the Book by Ann Rule - cover

    Summary and Analysis of The...

    Worth Books

    • 3
    • 2
    • 0
    So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Stranger Beside Me tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ann Rule’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader.    This short summary and analysis of The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule includes: Historical contextSection-by-section summariesDetailed timeline of important eventsImportant quotesFascinating triviaSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work  About The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule:   Among American serial killers, Ted Bundy is infamous not just for his crimes, but for the way he was able to charm his victims. Bundy’s friendly demeanor fooled many, including Ann Rule, bestselling true crime author and former law enforcement officer.   Rule and Bundy met while working together at a suicide hotline. The two remained friends throughout the period of Bundy’s crimes, trials, and fight against execution. This friendship gives the reader an intimate window into a man countless psychiatrists struggle to explain.   Get to know Ted Bundy, a true sociopath, and learn about his reign of terror in the Pacific Northwest, Florida, and perhaps beyond. Rule’s police background adds compelling perspective to one of the most popular, detailed, and personal books written about Ted Bundy.   The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
    Show book
  • Critical Affairs - A Composer's Journal - cover

    Critical Affairs - A Composer's...

    Ned Rorem

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Acclaimed composer Ned Rorem delights and provokes with a fearless collection of vivid memories, critiques, and musings on life, music, and his worldPulitzer Prize–winning American composer Ned Rorem has been lauded for his art songs, symphonies, operas, and other orchestral works. With Critical Affairs, as with his other literary works, the great maestro once again demonstrates that he is a master of words as well as music. Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, Critical Affairs opens a window into the brilliant mind of a multi-talented artist and acute observer of the world around him. Rorem is fearless—sometimes shameless—in critiques of his contemporaries and their work. He gives glowing praise to those who merit it and tears down those he feels do not with a sharp and cunning wit. His remembrances of past challenges and conquests, both artistic and sexual, alternately scandalize and mesmerize, and his thoughts on everything from Walt Whitman to rock music carry weight and substance. Through it all, the author retains his unique charm and grace, whether he’s confidently confessing a shocking personal indiscretion or remembering with lyrical fondness a late musical giant who helped to shape his extraordinary career.
    Show book
  • Every Drop of Blood - The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln - cover

    Every Drop of Blood - The...

    Edward Achorn

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    A strikingly original book and the best kind of micro-history, in which one particular event illuminates a much wider world—in this case the era of the Civil War. Through the lens of certain key characters among the thousands in Washington, D.C. to witness Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, Edward Achorn brings vividly to life the tensions that beset the nation before, during, and after the Civil War. Achorn fluidly weaves quotations from letters, diaries, and other accounts of those who were in Washington into his own elegant narrative, pulling readers close to the scenes he describes. Achorn’s rich cast of characters includes Salmon P. Chase, recently appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court but ever-yearning to be president; wounded colonel Selden Connor of Maine in one of D.C.’s 21 horrifying hospitals; young nurse Clara Barton intent on gaining presidential approval of her plan to identify tens of thousands of unidentified dead soldiers on both sides; Frederick Douglass, whose earlier anger at Lincoln’s hesitancy to abolish slavery had gradually warmed to respect for his tenacity; Noah Brooks, close friend of Lincoln’s and perceptive D.C. correspondent for the Sacramento Daily Union; photographer Alexander Gardner, whose pathbreaking images of the dead at Antietam had brought the horror of war into homes across the country; Walt Whitman, correspondent for the New York Times and ever-present consoler of the wounded in D.C. hospitals; and John Wilkes Booth, consumed by hatred of what Lincoln’s war had done to the old South he loved, yet also deeply in love with Lucy Hale, daughter of a northern senator. The book contains many indelible scenes: The President’s Room at the Capitol on the eve of the inauguration, where Lincoln signed last-minute legislation into law and received the stunning telegram from Grant saying that Lee had requested a meeting to discuss terms of peace; Lincoln’s bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon lecturing the president on his habit of going to the theatre without a security detail; John Wilkes Booth almost getting to Lincoln during the inauguration and later admitting to a friend he could have killed Lincoln that day and would have “lived in history”; and Frederick Douglass’s presence among the estimated 10,000 people who shook Lincoln’s hand at the White House the evening of the inauguration and later proclaimed his speech “a sacred effort.” However much we revere Lincoln’s memory today, Achorn makes clear that at the time he was reviled as much in the North as he was in the South. It is miraculous that he was elected twice, and stunning to consider how much was lost and how history was altered by his assassination. Jacket quotes have been promised by a number of well-known historians, including James McPherson, Gordon Wood, and Harold Holzer. We are also soliciting Drew Gilpin Faust, among others. We will publish on March 4, 2020, the 155th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous speech—and at the start of a hugely consequential American election season.
    Show book
  • The Crying Book - cover

    The Crying Book

    Heather Christle

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    The Crying Book is a brilliant, genre-bending, and inquisitive nonfiction look at tears—Why do we cry? What does it mean? Can tears be insincere?—and the inquiry weaves through a turbulent period in the author’s own life Simmering beneath the author's wide-ranging exploration of tears is the narrative throughline of her attempts to get pregnant, her pregnancy and anxiety over inherited depression, and her new motherhood in the throes of depression  “They say perhaps we cry when language fails, when words can no longer adequately convey our hurt.” While reckoning with tumult in her own life—the death of a close friend, the birth of her first child—Christle probes the act of crying with radiant curiosity This book is genuinely fun to read, despite (or perhaps because of!) its subject matter; it's delightful and endearing, funning and surprising and brimming with discovery, and the super-short sections—threads formatted as paragraphs or even sentences—mean you can whip through the book quickly. For fans of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize series, Heidi Julavits, Eula Biss, or Maggie Nelson, as well as Insomnia by Marina Benjamin (Catapult), The Crying Book is poetic and intimate, while also deeply and astonishingly researched
      The examples Christle presents of crying and tears are remarkable, harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring in equal measure: the racially weaponized nature of white women's tears, dismissed mother's tears, tears at a moment of national crisis, and more; they can also be delightful and surprising, like Joan Didion’s method for stopping tears 
     In beautiful ways, Christle's book is a poet's subject-specific commonplace book, with deeply satisfying intertextuality
     The Crying Book has moments of glittering, winking humor: “Hard to feel you are too tragic a figure when the tears mix with snot. There is no glamour in honking.” The Crying Book will include black-and-white photos throughout
    
    
     
    Bookseller Praise for The Crying Book
    
    "The Crying Book is a lyrical, literary, and marauding meditation on a human act with a long history of mystery and misunderstanding. Poet Heather Christle began researching and writing this sui generis social science memoir at a time when tears were most copious for her, while both grieving the suicide of a close friend and anxiously preparing for the birth of her daughter. What emerges from Christle’s exploration of the act of crying is both intimate and intellectual, particular and profound, as she dives into the significance of tears personally, scientifically, and historically." —Megan Bell, Underground Books (Carrollton, GA)
    "When, where, why do we cry? How is it that some are predisposed to cry little and others to weep endlessly? Why does it so often feel shameful? When does it relieve us, does it trap us in depression? Peaceful and powerful, The Crying Book is a poetic examination of the art of weeping. Poet Heather Christle meditates on tears, grief, in a graceful mourning song held together by personal experiences, scientific insight, and her most beloved—poetry. In the face of great loss, Christle’s account is crystalline and mystical, a necessary embrace for the bereaved, and validating manifesto to the tearful." —Mary Wahlmeier, The Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS)
    "Heather Christle's The Crying Book is a beautiful exploration into why we cry, peeling back the layers of seemingly everyday moments in her life. Each short section gives you insight into either her thoughts, daily life, or a discovery she has made about crying. While at points it feels as if it meanders—in the most beautiful of ways—it always seems to circle back and connect together again. A sincere exploration. Readers will be as blown away by Christle's honest revelations as they will be by her beautiful prose." —Erin Gold, Pages Bookshop (Detroit, MI)
    "This one's for those of us who have cried half-naked in the kitchen, who have looked in the mirror, eyes puffy, snot dripping down your chin, and wondered what the hell you're doing. It's a collection of curiosities, memories, and deep research into art, history, politics, and poetry where Christle has fashioned together a hybrid compendium memoir of a little-understood yet everyday function of our lives. Such a weird, beautiful, insightful gift that will help me feel a little less alone in my next cry." —Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)
    "Of course I would read a book about crying! I can already hear the jokes at my expense from my coworkers. But in truth, this is a beautiful study on the subject—part memoir, part science, philosophy, history, and poetry. Heather Christle uses her research in part to make sense of her own depression, as well as the mental illness of loved ones and artists who have inspired her. I was highlighting passages and writing notes in margins, something I rarely do! Definitely a book I will revisit over and over." —Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)
    "Fascinating and unique." —Buffy Cummins, Tattered Cover (Littleton, CO)
    "To be a writer is to be both in constant awe and in constant envy of other writers. Heather Christle is no exception. She is a writer to whom a world of poets look for playful imagery and careful affect. The Crying Book is not billed as poetry, but it's not prose—it's something very deeply embedded between genres. There are no line breaks, but there is lyricism and a poetic philosophy of the intimate relationship between things: between tears, grief, war, motherhood, friendship, partnership, science, history. The literary world has already likened it to Maggie Nelson's Bluets, but Christle's work seems to me more delicate, as though each turn of a tear-soaked page allows readers the permission, as Christle puts it, to be held. And to be held by a book is, I think, exactly what a reader craves. Absolutely everyone should read this book." —Lauren Korn, Fact & Fiction (Missoula, MT)
    "Heather Christle cries a lot. After the death of her close friend, she began crying even more, with more intensity. In mourning, through her thick curtain of tears, Christle asked: 'Why do I cry?' The product of that question is a tender and meandering collection of thoughts that feels too human to be simply A Book. Maggie Nelson, in Bluets (an obvious blue companion to Christle's piece), says she often cried looking at herself in the mirror—not so she could pity herself, but that she felt witnessed in her despair. The Crying Book offers a spiritual mirror of sorts: the reader bearing witness to the author's crying, and, in turn, the words seeing us, witnessing us in our pain as well. It is a beautiful and indescribable feeling to be seen without truly being seen. The Crying Book is a tiny miracle I know I will return to when I find myself, again, pushed to the kitchen floor." —Ryan, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
    "The Crying Book is intensely meta and layered in every direction. I love nothing more than the melding of the scientific and the literary, and with this exploration of tears, Heather Christle creates just that. In short bursts that are compulsively readable, she breaks down the endlessly frustrating and artificial wall between 'the academic' and 'the feminine,' encouraging a discomfort with her emotionality (and then encouraging a critique of that discomfort). A new go-to recommendation for anyone questioning their own or another's relationship to sadness." —Afton Montgomery, Tattered Cover (Denver, CO)
    
    "A beautiful look at the act of crying and all that accompanies this rawest of emotions. Best read in small doses to appreciate Christle's writing, this will make you cry, warm your heart, and have you identifying with the book over and over again." —Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks (Winston-Salem, NC)
    "The Crying Book is written in a series of vignettes (reminiscent of Bluets or 300 Arguments) that guide the reader through Christle’s research on the science of tears, the racial implications of white women’s tears, Christle’s critique of the gendered and racialized study of tears, and memoir of Christle’s friendships, her close friend’s suicide,  her family history, herself as a mother, and her own depression. This weaving of topics surrounding the obsession of tears breaks down the dichotomy that American culture often has between grief and the rest of life by reminding us that tears are a part of the everyday, even if those tears are from cutting onions, laughing, or if it's resistance to tears due to socialization. I appreciated that this book took place over many years, which helped to normalize the haunting nature of sorrow (whether it's grief or depression) and how it can sit with someone chronically, even in moments of joy and pride. Christle’s poetic tendency made this book sticky with its language; it’s the kind of book that gets stuck in your head, so when I put it down to go on a drive or out to eat, my inner monologue was writing its own vignettes in the voice of Christle. The Crying Book made me giggle, had me highlighting passages and flipping back to the end notes to read more, and made me sit long after putting the book down, heavy with all of the wonder and aches that Christle drew up in me upon reading this book. I think this would be a great book for someone who wants to get back into reading after a while, as it is a pretty quick read and is gratifying in its emotional depth and easy to read form. She does include a suicide hotline number at the end, so it may be a book that warrants a content warning for mention of suicide, however she did not go into any explicit detail or even ruminate all that much on the details of suicide or suicidal ideation, so I didn’t find it triggering or even all that dark, but its worth mentioning." —Lucy Hayes Capehart, Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)
    "Just as Maggie Nelson approached the color blue in her contemporary classic Bluets, Heather Christle uses crying and tears as lenses to explore an expanse of human experience made accessible through specificity. What arises from this approach is a profound awareness of relationship and interconnection—between crying, animals, emotion, parenting, race, gender, loss, friendship, sorrow, and despair. Christle illustrates how crying tethers us to life, demonstrating through autobiography and the biographies and works of others how bodily experience and physical sensation can indicate the greater complexities of life. Smart, attentive, always poetic, and sprinkled with humor, this book should be savored in stillness and over time." —Emma Richter, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)
    “A thorough, intimate, and deeply empathetic study into the nature and implications of our tears. Part memoir, part essay, this book centers around the author’s recent loss of a friend and her anxieties surrounding motherhood, or more specifically, mothering through heartache. Here, we meet the love child of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets and Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights, two not-distinctly-poetry books by poets as inimitable as Christle. P.S. cover goalssssssss.” —Serena Morales, Books Are Magic (Brooklyn, NY)
    “The Crying Book is a beautiful amalgamation of small epiphanies. Christle weaves succinct prose, poetry, and personal experience to create perfectly cohesive whole. The comparisons to Maggie Nelson's Bluets are justified, while Christle has created her own epic book around the ubiquitous tear. I cried, I admired, I learned.” —Mara Panich-Crouch, Fact & Fiction (Missoula, MT)
    “Are you a crier? I unabashedly am! I cry with books, commercials, conversations, in public, and in private. This book dives deep into the cultural and personal meanings behind crying. It is nearly poetic. I love the snippets, the style, and the overall depth of the book. Widely informative!” —Shane Mullen, Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
    "Poet Heather Christle's first book of prose is a sweeping collage of all things tears. Throughout a series of lyrically tinged anecdotes, Christle presents a study of crying ranging from the scientific, philosophic, performative, linguistic, and domestic. With astute intellect and pure imaginative force, The Crying Book demands we examine our most vulnerable selves in a time when compassion feels all but absent." —Tyler Heath, Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)
    “A gorgeous and contemplative mediation on crying, lyrically interwoven with Christle’s processing of the suicide of a close friend and the birth of a child. The Crying Book is beautiful and vulnerable.” —Sarah Cassavant, Subtext Books (St Paul, MN)
    "Formed at a tremendously tender and fraught juncture of Heather Christle’s life—following a dear friend’s suicide, while grappling with her own depression and impending motherhood—The Crying Book comprises a glittering, revelatory well of scientific, personal, and historical examinations of tears and the innumerable contexts in which they appear. Each of The Crying Book’s many brief scenes and ruminations bursts with intelligence and unique insights into grief, mental illness, and the often harrowing business of reckoning past with present and future." —Ben Newgard, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
    "Heather Christle's The Crying Book is positively brilliant. Christle weaves memoir, history, and criticism together in her investigation of tears and the reasons why we cry. From mentions of tears in poetry, letters, film, and pop culture, Christle asks why we cry, to what end, and what it means. She discusses the gendered and racial undertones to certain acts of crying and the ways tears have both enabled and disabled women's agency throughout history. Her prose is poetic, and the book is smart, thoughtful, and wise. For anyone who enjoys off-the-beaten-path histories, read this book!" —Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ)
    Show book
  • The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla - The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla - cover

    The Journey of Our Love: The...

    Elio Guerriero

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Between 1955–1962, Saint Gianna Beretta and her husband Pietro Molla corresponded through a series of letters, collected here. 
    Touching, inspiring, and refreshingly human, their exchanges reflect the everyday experiences and the abounding love of a modern day couple, revealing that the way of holiness can unfold in the midst of this world. From balancing work and family life, to dealing with a long-distance relationship, to parenting, to coping with illness and death, Gianna and Pietro conquered it all. 
    But none of it was accomplished without tremendous trust in each other - and in God.
    Show book
  • Reservation Restless - cover

    Reservation Restless

    Jim Kristofic

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    In the powerful and haunting lands of the Southwest, rainbows grow unexpectedly from the sky, mountain lions roam the desert, and summer storms roll over the Colorado River. As a park ranger, Kristofic explores the Ganado valley, traces the paths of the Anasazi, and finds mythic experiences on sacred mountains that explain the pain and loss promised for every person who decides to love. After reconnecting with his Navajo sister and brother, Kristofic must confront his own nightmares of the Anglo society and the future it has created. When the possible deaths of his mentor and of the American future loom before him, Kristofic must find some new way to live in the world and strike some restless path that will lead back to hózhó—a beautiful harmony.
    Show book