Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me [EPUB]
04 May 2016, 12:13
2016 | EPUB | 7.18MB
David Miscavige, the Church of Scientology’s current leader and successor to founder L. Ron Hubbard, hasn’t always ruled with a dictator’s iron fist – nor was Scientology even part of his destiny. It was his father, Ron Miscavige, who signed his family up, and David bought in totally, even as a boy. Years later, Ron could only watch with dismay as his bright, carefree son transformed into the ruthless leader he is today. Ruthless is David’s story told by the person who knows him best – his father. Ron traces the arc of David’s life from his early years to David’s eventual, stellar rise to power in Scientology; his brutal approach to running the organization today; and the disastrous effects that his leadership has had on countless numbers of Scientologists and their families.
Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman [EPUB]
02 May 2016, 14:51
2016 | EPUB | 9.62MB
The compelling biography of the violinist who founded the Palestine Symphony Orchestra and saved hundreds of people from Hitler—as seen in Josh Aronson’s documentary Orchestra of Exiles.
“The true artist does not create art as an end in itself. He creates art for human beings. Humanity is the goal.”—Bronislaw Huberman
At fourteen, Bronislaw Huberman played the Brahms Violin Concerto in Vienna— winning high praise from the composer himself, who was there. Instantly famous, Huberman began touring all over the world and received invitations to play for royalty across Europe. But after witnessing the tragedy of World War I, he committed his phenomenal talent and celebrity to aid humanity.
After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, Huberman joined the ranks of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein in calling for peace through the Pan European Movement. But when hope for their noble vision was destroyed by the rise of Nazism, Huberman began a crusade that would become his greatest legacy—the creation, in 1936, of the Palestine Symphony, which twelve years later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
In creating this world-level orchestra, Huberman miraculously arranged for the very best Jewish musicians and their families to emigrate from Nazi-threatened territories. His tireless campaigning for the project—including a marathon fundraising concert tour across America—ultimately saved nearly a thousand Jews from the approaching Holocaust. Inviting the great Arturo Toscanini to conduct the orchestra’s first concert, Huberman’s clarion call of art over cruelty was heard around the world. His story contains estraordinary adventures, riches and royalty, politicians and broken promises, losses and triumphs. Against near impossible obstacles, Huberman refused to give up on his dream to create a unique and life-saving orchestra of exiles which was one of the great cultural achievements of the 20th century.
The Child Poet [EPUB]
02 May 2016, 00:08
2016 | EPUB | 1.76MB
The Child Poet is an evocative memoir of a child’s dreams, in a stunning translation by the author’s daughter.
A celebration of the poet’s life before 1951. Imminent fatherhood helped revive memories that had, for two decades, lain dormant. This work, narrated in a succession of interconnected vignettes, provides a portrait of Homero Aridjis in his pre-poet years. A child at a time when sights and sensations were still delivered at their purest, when each day brought new perceptions of his mother and his father, when every villager in Contepec formed part of a personal mythology. It was a time when shadows were palpable and light had a sound of its own.