Newsweek Condensed Books: Aristotle Onassis, The Mayflower, Dear Me, The Dragons of Eden, Not So Wild a Dream
Newsweek Condensed Books Aristotle Onassis The Mayflower Dear Me The Dragons of Eden Not So Wild a Dream Author:Nicholas Fraser, Philip Jacobson, Mark Ottaway, Lewis Chester, Kate Caffrey, Peter Ustinov, Carl Sagan, Eric Sevareid Aristotle Onassis by Nicholas Fraser, Philip Jacobson, Mark Ottaway, and Lewis Chester — In this superb biography the award-winning London Sunday Times team of investigative reporters paints an intimate portrait of a brilliant, beguiling rogue. Here is the story of how Onassis, starting with a few hundred dollars, was able to amass one of the wor... more »ld's largest fortunes; how he "bought the bank at Monte Carlo" and built his fabulous yacht Christine; how he won Maria Callas and Jacqueline Kennedy. It is the story of the stormy, sometimes painful, life of a man who played for high stakes and who in the end became the hero of his own Greek tragedy.
The Mayflower by Kate Caffrey
Kate Caffrey vividly reconstructs the pioneering voyage that linked European civilization and America. In wonderfully graphic detail she presents the facts behind what was to become a legend: the cramped conditions aboard the tiny ship; the months-long journey; the landing st Plymouth; the harsh winter of 1620-21; the inspiring faith and determination of the Pilgrims who came seeking not fame or profit but peace. In these pages the Pilgrims and their historic journey are brought dramatically to life.
Dear Me by Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov's autobiography sparkles with the satirical panache of his best stage and screen performances. In this highly entertaining memoir we see the author as a one-child cabaret of vocal mimicry; taking his first steps into acting; storming Maidstone singlehandedly during an army training exercise; discovering his voice as a playwright; and embarking on a brilliant international career. His colloquy with a nettling alter ego adds depth to this vivacious memoir.
The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan
Dr. Carl Sagan explores the fascinating inner world of the mind. In lucid prose written for the layman, he explains how human beings evolved; who our ancestors were; and how our brains work. His book is full of stunning revelations about the abilities of other animals to reason, about what computers have taught us concerning the mechanisms of our brains, and about the latest theories concerning the functions of sleep, dreams, and the storage of memory. The author also speculates boldly about the probable next steps in human evolution.
Not So Wild A Dream by Eric Sevareid
Eric Sevareid's memoir, first published in 1946 and newly reissued, ranks with the finest American autobiographies. Beginning with his boyhood in a small North Dakota town in the years following World War I, it focuses particularly on the author's career as a young radio correspondent during World War II, when he was witness to the fall of France, the Battle of Britain, the landing of the Allies in Italy, and the final battle on the Rhine. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, the book has become a classic, an historical sourcebook and an exciting narrative of the author's adventures.