The Constructed Mennonite [EPUB]
15 August 2014, 14:45
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.09/3.84MB
John Werner was a storyteller. A Mennonite immigrant in southern Manitoba, he captivated his audiences with tales of adventure and perseverance. With every telling he constructed and reconstructed the memories of his life.
John Werner was a survivor. Born in the Soviet Union just after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite community in Siberia. As a young man in Stalinist Russia, he became Ivan and fought as a Red Army soldier in the Second World War. Captured by Germans, he was resettled in occupied Poland where he became Johann, was naturalized and drafted into Hitler’s German army where he served until captured and placed in an American POW camp. He was eventually released and then immigrated to Canada where he became John.
The Constructed Mennonite is a unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. It investigates the tenuous spaces where individual experiences inform and become public history; it studies the ways in which memory shapes identity, and reveals how context and audience shape autobiographical narratives.
Elvis Memories: The Real Presley [EPUB]
14 August 2014, 20:31
2014 | EPUB | 2.48MB
This is not just another Elvis Presley biography, although it gets closer to the real Elvis story than many of the hundreds that have dealt with the life of the man his contemporaries have called "The King." As the author Michael Freedland puts it in his introduction, "Everyone knows Elvis." But not the way his close friends, employees, and others who entered his life knew him. For this is their story.
Freedland interviews those who knew Elvis intimately, from the now elderly woman who was at school with him and whose parents foreclosed on the shack they rented, to Elvis's mother when his father was in jail, to the maid who prepared his peanut butter sandwiches and hamburgers and watched him line up the girls he wanted to take to his bed. In between, we meet the black man who remembered sneaking into a local cinema with Elvis in defiance of Deep South race laws and members of the so-called "Memphis Mafia," who went where he went, laughed when he laughed, and suffered when he suffered—and usually received a brand new Cadillac for their troubles. There's also his doctor who denies giving him fatal doses of the drugs he collected along with the hamburgers.
Writer and broadcaster Michael Freedland went all over the West Coast and South to talk to these people who shared Elvis's life, telling the complex Presley story in a way more true to the real man than the usual collection of dates, film, and song titles.
The FBI File on Steve Jobs [EPUB]
14 August 2014, 08:14
2012 | EPUB | 40.53MB
Steven Paul Jobs (1955–2011) was a founder and leader of Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer Inc.) and one of the world’s most successful businessmen. In 1991, Jobs was considered for an appointed position on the U.S. President’s Export Council—a position he accepted after the FBI performed this extensive background check (totaling 191 pages). This release consists of the FBI’s 1991 background investigation of Jobs for that position and a 1985 investigation of a bomb threat against Apple. Declassified for the first time in February 2012, this is a must-have collector’s item. It includes:
- Interviews with friends and family members
- Stories of drug use
- Allegations against his moral character
Everyone with an interest in one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs will find this book revealing.