The Aviator's Wife [Audiobook]

The Aviator's Wife [Audiobook]

The Aviator's Wife [Audiobook] by Melanie Benjamin
Random House Audio | 2013 | ASIN: B00ANTUXMI | MP3@48 kbps | 16 hrs 22 mins | 307.08MB

With her most recent books, Benjamin has carved out a literary niche: writing heavily researched but mostly fictional biographies showcasing women somewhat lost to history. Her first two books featured Alice Liddell (Alice I Have Been), the woman who inspired Lewis Carroll to write "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"; and Lavinia Warren Bump (The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb), a perfectly proportioned little person who performed at P.T. Barnum's American Museum and married General Tom Thumb, a fellow performer and little person.

Her newest book, "The Aviator's Wife," follows the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of the multifaceted aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Anne Morrow, daughter of a U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and a teacher, was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from Smith College. On May 27, 1929, pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh married Anne, eighteen months after meeting the young woman. A year later, their first child, Charles Jr., was born. Tragically, not two years later, that baby went missing. More than two decades later, Anne published her still-selling book The Gift From the Sea. Aside from these points on the Lindbergh timeline, what more do we really know about Anne Morrow Lindbergh? Melanie Benjamin has taken the time to explore that very question in her new novel, The Aviator’s Wife.

Charles Lindbergh was a legend in his own time, having come to fame via his being the first solo transatlantic flight, from New York to Paris. The accomplished explorer did not enjoy the limelight, and though he spent his life chasing progress and advancement of the biggest sort, he much preferred to fly under the radar in his personal life. It was this desire to avoid the press that led him to move his family from the United States to England, thereby keeping many of the details of his family’s goings-on from the public eye.

But still, one can’t help but wonder: Who were the Lindberghs? Who was Anne really? How did she cope with an oft-absent husband, the loss of her firstborn, life in an unfamiliar country, and later her husband’s infidelity (which resulted in his fathering multiple children born to women other than Anne)? Melanie Benjamin explores the life of Mrs. Lindbergh in a way no one else has. She uses her imagination, of course – it is historical fiction, after all – and also applies a certain logic and intelligence to answer the question, “How did Anne stand it all?”

Melanie Benjamin touches on each major point on the Lindbergh timeline, and also completely, heartbreakingly, and tenderly connects those dots for readers. The legend of the Lindberghs is brought to life in a way it never before has been, and an iconic marriage is explored in a way only a master storyteller could manage. The Aviator’s Wife is a fantastic work of fiction steeped in both truth and imagination.

Melanie Benjamin

Printers Row recently caught up with Melanie Benjamin, a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser. Here is an edited transcript of the interview.

Q: Why do you write about these little-known women?

A: I'll read a biography and I am just not content with what is there. I see things beyond what other people see. I am always looking for hidden corners and closets of a life that I feel aren't explored either by the person who lived it or the people writing about it. I guess I am looking for women who I see a lot more to than the written record shows. I like to imagine the "what ifs" of history.

Q: Why Anne Morrow Lindbergh?

A: Charles is a well-known name in history, but I felt there were things about Anne that hadn't been explored. She seemed to hide in the shadows a lot. When I researched her accomplishments, particularly her aviation accomplishments, she wasn't the woman I suspected she would be. I wanted to look at her entire relationship with Charles, which I don't think she explored fully in her own writings.

Q: Where is the line between fiction and nonfiction in your work?

A: I don't concern myself with that line. Most readers of historical fiction are content to just get caught up in a good story, and that is what I want to do as an author. I am not concerned with people knowing exactly what I made up and what is real. I get frustrated by people who get caught up in that. That said, I certainly incorporate facts into my fiction. I take the basic facts from the life of my subject and I pick and choose what to use to construct a really interesting novel. I don't let facts get in the way of my imagination and my exploration of the subject's emotions and relationships.

Q: Anne Morrow Lindbergh is a more public figure than the other two women you previously wrote about. Was it different fictionalizing a more public life?

A: I actually wrote the first draft of "The Aviator's Wife" as a roman à clef in that it was obviously based on the Lindberghs, but I totally changed their names. It was still obviously about a great aviator and his wife. After I turned it in, my editor said that I needed to write it all over again with the real names. I think I needed to write it without the Lindbergh names first in order to get that feeling of duty to Anne and Charles out of my head and be able to create my own novel based on their lives.

Q: How did the newsreel play into their celebrity, and was their celebrity the first of its kind?

A: I think so. I think we didn't see that type of celebrity again until Princess Diana came along, and I think there is a really interesting parallel between Diana and the Lindberghs in the power of the press to ruin lives. Unlike a lot of "celebrities" today, the Lindberghs were famous but they didn't want to be. They wanted to go about their lives, and they didn't quite understand the intense media appetite for everything they did. Charles completed his flight not seeking a place in history. It was just a challenge he made to himself, and he did it at a time when newsreels were there to capture his landing, so all of a sudden people are going to the movies and seeing Charles Lindbergh larger than life and as glamorous as any movie star on the screen. Together, they were this glamorous young couple setting up house in the air, breaking records, doing amazing things, but in their mind that was just the life they lived.

Q: Amelia Earhart pops up in your book. Were the Lindberghs friends with Amelia?

A: Publicly, they both admired Amelia very much. Even during the darkest days when the baby was taken, Anne made it a point in her diary to note what Amelia was doing. Privately, I think they were both a little bit amused how closely Amelia changed her physical appearance to match that of Charles Lindbergh. She cut her hair short, she was really tall and angular like Charles, and she dressed like him. She was the feminine version of Charles Lindbergh, and I think that amused them.

Q: I understand that you are working on a new book. Can we expect another female-centric historical biography?

A: Yes. At this point, it's not in first person, so it will be a little different. Even though it is a real person, I can guarantee that you have never heard of her.

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The Little Book of Alternative Investments

The Little Book of Alternative Investments

The Little Book of Alternative Investments: Reaping Rewards by Daring to be Different by Ben Stein, Phil DeMuth
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1118075269 | 147 pages | EPUB | 2.08MB


"Ben and Phil have done it again. Another lucid, insightful book, designed to enhance your wealth! In today's stock-addled cult of equities, there is a gaping hole in most investors' portfolios...the whole panoply of alternative investments that can simultaneously help us cut our risk, better hedge our inflation risk, and boost our return. This Little Book is filled with big ideas on how to make these markets and strategies a treasured part of our investing toolkit." -- Robert Arnott, Chairman, Research Affiliates

"I have been reading Ben Stein for thirty-five years and Phil DeMuth since he joined up with Ben ten years ago. They do solid work, and this latest is no exception." -- Jim Rogers, author of A Gift to My Children

"If anyone can make hedge funds sexy, Stein and DeMuth can, and they've done it with style in this engaging, instructive, and tasteful how-to guide for investing in alternatives. But you should read this Kama Sutra of investment manuals not just for the thrills, but also to learn how to avoid the hazards of promiscuous and unprotected investing." -- Andrew Lo, Professor and Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering

The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stocks

The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stocks

The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stocks by Hilary Kramer
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118198034 | 99 pages | EPUB | 877.74KB

The key to building wealth the low-priced stock way

Low-priced gems, or what author Hilary Kramer calls "breakout stocks" come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but they all have three things in common: (1) they are mostly under $10; (2) they are undervalued; and (3) they have specific catalysts in the near future that put them on the threshold of breaking out to much higher prices. In The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stocks, small stock expert Hilary Kramer looks for stocks with fifty to two hundred percent upside potential!

  • From drug stocks that may have been punished because an FDA approval failed to materialize when Wall Street expected it to, to the overly zealous selling off of Ford, there are many great low-priced stock opportunities. In this Little Book you'll learn:
  • How to identify the low cost stocks that have the potential to yield big profits
  • The most important secret to making money in stock investing

The Little Book of Big Profits from Small Stocks explains Kramer's methodology and gives you the ability to analyze the opportunities to pick your own winners.

The Little Book of Stock Market Profits

The Little Book of Stock Market Profits

The Little Book of Stock Market Profits: The Best Strategies of All Time Made Even Better by Mitch Zacks
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118192419 | 105 pages | EPUB | 508.03KB

A timely guide to making the best investment strategies even better

A wide variety of strategies have been identified over the years, which purportedly outperform the stock market. Some of these include buying undervalued stocks while others rely on technical analysis techniques. It's fair to say no one method is fool proof and most go through both up and down periods. The challenge for an investor is picking the right method at the right time. The Little Book of Stock Market Profits shows you how to achieve this elusive goal and make the most of your time in today's markets.

Written by Mitch Zacks, Senior Portfolio Manager of Zacks Investment Management, this latest title in the Little Book series reveals stock market strategies that really work and then shows you how they can be made even better. It skillfully highlights earnings-based investing strategies, the hallmark of the Zacks process, but it also identifies strategies based on valuations, seasonal patterns and price momentum.

Specifically, the book:

  • Identifies stock market investment strategies that work, those that don't, and what it takes for an individual investor to truly succeed in today's dynamic market
  • Discusses how the performance of each strategy examined can be improved by combining into them into a multifactor approach
  • Gives investors a clear path to integrating the best investment strategies of all time into their own personal portfolio

Investing can be difficult, but with the right strategies you can improve your overall performance. The Little book of Stock Market Profits will show you how.

The Little Book of Currency Trading

The Little Book of Currency Trading

The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex by Kathy Lien
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 047077035X | 224 pages | EPUB | 1.09MB

An accessible guide to trading the fast-moving foreign exchange market

The foreign exchange market, or forex, was once dominated by global banks, hedge funds, and multinational corporations, but that has all changed with Internet technology and the advent of online forex brokers. Now, hundreds of thousands of traders and investors around the world can participate in this profitable field.

Written by forex expert Kathy Lien, The Little Book of Currency Trading will show you how to effectively invest and trade in today's biggest market. Page by page, she describes the multitude of opportunities possible in the forex market, from short-term price swings to long-term trends, and details practical products that can help you achieve success, such as currency-based ETFs.

  • Explains the forces that drive currencies and provides strategies to profit from them
  • Reveals how you can use various currencies to reduce risk and take advantage of global trends
  • Examines financial vehicles that can help you make money without having to monitor the market every day

The Little Book of Currency Trading opens the world of currency trading and investing to anyone interested in entering this dynamic arena.

The Little Book of Hedge Funds

The Little Book of Hedge Funds

The Little Book of Hedge Funds by Anthony Scaramucci
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118237072 | EPUB | 710.6KB

The Little Book of Hedge Funds that's big on explanations even the casual investor can use

An accessible overview of hedge funds, from their historical origin, to their perceived effect on the global economy, to why individual investors should understand how they work, The Little Book of Hedge Funds is essential reading for anyone seeking the tools and information needed to invest in this lucrative yet mysterious world. Authored by wealth management expert Anthony Scaramucci, and providing a comprehensive overview of this shadowy corner of high finance, the book is written in a straightforward and entertaining style. Packed with introspective commentary, highly applicable advice, and engaging anecdotes, this Little Book:

  • Explains why the future of hedge funds lies in their ability to provide greater transparency and access in order to attract investors currently put off because they do not understand how they work
  • Shows that hedge funds have grown in both size and importance in the investment community and why individual investors need to be aware of their activities
  • Demystifies hedge fund myths, by analyzing the infamous 2 and 20 performance fee and addressing claims that there is an increased risk in investing in hedge funds
  • Explores a variety of financial instruments--including leverage, short selling and hedging--that hedge funds use to reduce risk, enhance returns, and minimize correlation with equity and bond markets

Written to provide novice investors, experienced financiers, and financial institutions with the tools and information needed to invest in hedge funds, this book is a must read for anyone with outstanding questions about this key part of the twenty-first century economy.

The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles

The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles

The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles by Jeffrey A Hirsch, Douglas A Kass
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 111828349X | 587 pages | EPUB | 3.63MB

Jeffrey Hirsch discusses how to capture market-beating returns by following specific stock market cycles.

While predicting the direction of the stock market at any given point is difficult, it's a fact that the market exhibits well-defined and sometimes predictable patterns. While cycles do not repeat exactly all of the time, statistical evidence suggests that cyclical tendencies are very strong and should not be ignored by investors. The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles will show you how to profit from these recurring stock market patterns and cycles.

Written by Jeffrey Hirsch, President of the Hirsch Organization and Editor-in-Chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, this reliable resource explains why these cycles occur, provides the historical evidence behind them, and shows you how to capture consistent profits from them moving forward. In addition to describing his most widely followed cycles and patters, Hirsch also discusses both longer term boom-bust economic cycles and shorter term tendencies involving the best days, weeks, and months of the year to trade the market.

  • The methods found here follow everything from presidential election cycles to the "Santa Claus" effect
  • Written by Jeffrey Hirsch, the pre-eminent authority on market cycles and seasonal patterns
  • The strategies explored are easy-to-implement, and based on research that has proven profitable over the course of time

For investors looking to beat the buy-and-hold philosophy, The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles will provide simple, actionable ideas that have stood the test of time and consistently outperformed the market.

Magnificent Mind at Any Age

Magnificent Mind at Any Age
Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential by Daniel G Amen
2009 | ISBN: 0307339106 | 352 pages | EPUB | 1.6MB

It all starts with your brain: how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams.

Based on the most up-to-date research, as well as on Dr. Daniel Amen's more than twenty years of treating patients at the Amen Clinics, Magnificent Mind at Any Age shows that the true key to satisfaction and success at any age is a healthy brain. By optimizing our brain function we can all develop the qualities of a magnificent mind enjoyed by the world's most successful and happiest people:

• Increased memory and concentration

• The ability to maintain warm and satisfying relationships

• Undiminished sexual desire and performance

• Goal-oriented perseverance

• Better impulse control and mastery over potential addictions

• Free-flowing creativity and the ability to relax and enjoy life's pleasures

Whether you're in the midst of a demanding career or are looking forward to an active and richly rewarding retirement, Magnificent Mind at Any Age can give you the edge you need to live every day to your fullest potential.

Eating Smoke

Eating Smoke

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland by Chris Thrall
Blacksmith Books | 2011 | ISBN: 9881900298 | 420 pages | EPUB | 925.8KB

Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless and addicted to crystal meth. Soon he began working for the 14K, Hong Kong's largest crime family, in the Wanchai red-light district. Dealing with the 'foreign triad' - a secretive expat clique connected to the Chinese mafia - he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most dangerous drug.

The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs

The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs

The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs by Arthur Veno
Allen & Unwin | 2010 | ISBN: 1742371221 | 278 pages | EPUB | 631.26KB

Completely revised and updated, the definitive account of Australia's outlaw motorcycle clubs, written by the country's foremost expert on biker culture. Written by Australia’s leading expert on the scene, this book reveals the true picture of the biker brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, personal stories, and years of meticulous research, it explains the rules and rituals of becoming a club member, tells of landmark incidents in bike folklore, and profiles famous biker identities. This fully revised edition outlines the changing nature of biker culture, including the rise of the so-called Nike bikies - an outlaw motorcycle club whose drug and turf wars threaten to spill onto the streets - and governmental attempts to introduce controversial laws to control the violence. A glossary of biker terms is included.

The Fat Mexican

The Fat Mexican

The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club by Alex Caine
Random House Canada | 2009 | ISBN: 0307356604 | 240 pages | EPUB | 1.48MB

From the #1 national bestselling author of Befriend and Betray, an intimate exposé of a criminal empire and the massacre that nearly started a global biker war.

Having once infiltrated the Bandidos for three years in a landmark police operation, Alex Caine is uniquely positioned to reveal the untold story of the Hells Angels’ fiercest rivals.

Grounded in the crucible of the little understood Shedden massacre of 2006 and one unlikely prospect’s descent into the biker lifestyle, The Fat Mexican exposes the violent criminal history of the Bandidos motorcycle club, the Hells Angels’ fiercest competition: their violent beginnings, the terror their aggressive expansion caused rivals and innocents alike, and the internal politics and rivalries that drive them to this day.

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper: The True Story of a Vicious Killing and a Powerful Surf Brotherhood by Angela Kamper, Charles Miranda
Allen & Unwin | 2006 | ISBN: 1741146038 | PDF | 224 pages | 2.04MB

The true story of a vicious killing and a powerful surf brotherhood.

A blood smear trailing along a footpath of a suburban Sydney street went largely ignored by local residents accustomed to hoaxes and bloody turf brawls in their beachside suburb. Initially police suspected it was nothing more than animal blood. But at the end of the trail, at the base of a Maroubra cliff, lay the naked body of notorious underworld figure Tony Hines, shot four times at close range. Hines was a man with a history of violence, a rape conviction and a long list of enemies.

In the months following the discovery of his body, police unearthed more than just a killing. They found a story of revenge that would shock the city and the international surfing world. Koby Abberton, one of the most recognisable surfers in the world and face of the sunglasses giant Oakley, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, perverting the course of justice and hindering police. His brother Jai, a popular local surfing identity, was charged with murder after his girlfriend told police an extraordinary tale of the night of the killing.

For local surf gang the Bra Boys' bad publicity is nothing new, but the arrest of two of its founders signalled something a lot deeper.

Son of a Grifter

Son of a Grifter

Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America by Kent Walker, Mark Schone
Avon | 2002 | ISBN: 0061031690 | 528 pages | EPUB | 676.78KB

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty-three-year-old son Kenny.

But the most chilling story of all was never told—until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.

As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then—with Kent's painful collusion—snare what Sante called "my millionaire." When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell.

For the next two decades Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior.

Kent, their would-be recruit, was privy to the family business—torching houses and defrauding friends. When Kent's half-brother Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old—old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother's sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.