Legal Tender: True Tales of a Brothel Madam [MOBI]
26 September 2016, 10:07
2011 | MOBI | 0.66MB
Admit it. You’re curious. You can’t help it. Regardless of your moral view of prostitution, you’re curious about what happens within a brothel. How much money changes hands? What are the rules? Who are the working girls and who are their customers?
Legal Tender answers those questions and many more as Laraine Russo Harper relates the fascinating story of her six years as the madam of a busy and expanding brothel outside Las Vegas. Illegal in forty-nine states, only Nevada’s frontier spirit continues to legalize houses of prostitution in rural counties. Harper’s inviting mix of heart, humor, and business savvy is frank, often funny, and always straightforward. Through it all, Harper maintains a light touch, relishing the absurd situations and hilarious misadventures that highlighted her six-year odyssey in the world of legal prostitution.
After Stalingrad: Seven Years as a Soviet Prisoner of War [EPUB]
26 September 2016, 06:49
2016 | EPUB | 0.5MB
The battle for Stalingrad has been studied and recalled in exhaustive detail ever since the Red Army trapped the German 6th Army in the ruined city in 1942. But most of these accounts finish at the end of the battle, with columns of tens of thousands of German soldiers disappearing into Soviet captivity. Their fate is rarely described. That is why Adelbert Holl's harrowing and vivid memoir of his seven-year ordeal as a prisoner in the Soviet camps is such an important record as well as an absorbing story.
As he moves from camp to camp across the Soviet Union, an unsparing inside view of the prison system and its population of ex-soldiers emerges. He describes the daily life in the camps – the crowding, the dirt, the cold, the ever-present threat of disease, the forced marches, the indifference or cruelty of the guards – in authentic detail.
The Soviets treated German prisoners as slave labourers, working them exhaustively, in often appalling conditions. The prisoners could only struggled to survive, to support each other, and hope against hope to return home.
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects [EPUB]
26 September 2016, 06:41
2014 | EPUB | 4.01MB
A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship.
Spanning the period from the thirteenth century to Vasari’s own time, the Lives opens a window on the greatest personalities of the period, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. This Modern Library edition, abridged from the original text with notes drawn from earlier commentaries, as well as current research, reminds us why The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects is indispensable to any student interested in Renaissance art.