'Clearing my throat, I announce that I have an idea for my next book. My mother smiles encouragingly. My father shows no sign of having heard. He is immersed in an editorial, no doubt another scathing comment on the state of the nation. Bravely, I continue. I say I am thinking of writing a book about them.' Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan is that book. In 2004, Manmohan Singh became prime minister of India. Over the next ten years he led the country through opportunities and challenges, not without some controversy. But this is not that story. This is the story of what went before, and it is told by his daughter Daman Singh. It charts the journey of a young boy growing up in undivided India, battling family hardship to pursue his dream of higher education, determining his intellectual and moral compass and learning to live life on his own terms. It is equally about Gursharan Kaur, the woman with whom he made that life. Vivacious and talented Gursharan, the centre of the family and of the circle of friends they shared. And about their three daughters, Upinder, Daman and Amrit, growing up with a resilient mother and a workaholic father who stepped into the limelight. Based on conversations with her parents and hours spent in libraries and archives, this honest and affectionate memoir provides new insights into the former prime minister and his wife. Moving from Gah, Nowshera and Peshawar; through Amritsar, Patiala and Hoshiarpur; to Chandigarh, Cambridge and Oxford; then New York, Bombay and Geneva; and on to New Delhi, this intimate portrayal of two lives is also the history of a nation unfolding over half a century.
Author: Daman Singh
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Harry S. Truman made plain speaking his trademark, and it was a common belief that "Give 'em hell" Harry spared few with his words. However, this fascinating collection of 140 amusing, angry, sarcastic, and controversial letters President Truman wrote but never mailed proves that conception wrong. Addressed to admirers and enemies alike, including Adlai Stevenson, Justice William Douglas, Dwight Eisenhower, Joe McCarthy, and Truman's wife, Bess, these intriguing letters cover such diverse subjects as the atomic bomb, running the country, and human greed.
The Letters Harry Truman Never Mailed
Author: Harry S. Truman
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
A collection of 300 fashion show invitations and associated ephemera spanning four decades from 1976 to spring/summer 2014, offering a unique insight into the fashion industry and a rare chance to share in the fashion show experience.
A Collection of 300 Fashion Show Invitations
Author: Iain R. Webb
Category: Fashion shows
Author: Kenneth Walter Cameron
Writings for the Media : a Guide and Selected Publications
Author: Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib
The Adventure of Discovering What God Is Really Like
Author: Eugenia Price
It's Not Personal-It's Strictly Business: The Godfather Way of Surviving, Conniving, and Thriving in Corporate America by Tony Serri serves up a funny and insightful perspective on surviving in the cutthroat culture of American business. It's Not Personal... takes the lessons of The Godfather saga and analyzes the actions and outcomes of the Corleone family, drawing corollaries to real-life business challenges. Having trouble keeping your cool at work? Conquer your work demons in the chapter, "Your Sonny Disposition." Do you struggle at making tough decisions? Stop listening to your "conscience" and start listening to your "Don-science" in "What Would Vito Do?" Written in droll prose, It's Not Personal... sends a clear message that you can be ruthless in the workplace and keep your eternal soul if you learn the tricks of the most famous and successful criminal family in movie history. David Shore, Executive Producer of House M.D. says of It's Not Personal, "I know some extremely funny people. I know experts on everything Godfather. I know some people who have been spit on by corporate America. But I know only one person who has dedicated his life to these great goals. If this is the same Tony Serri, you should definitely but this book."
The Godfather Way of Surviving, Conniving and Thriving in Corporate America
Author: Tony Serri
Publisher: Booksurge Publishing
Author: John S. D. Eisenhower
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y : Doubleday
Category: Children of presidents
Get no-b.s. techniques for close-quarter combat - with and without weapons - from a former navy man who brawled his way through the barrooms and back alleys of the world's major ports for 20 years. Peppering his prose with gritty war stories that both entertain and enlighten, he passes on the lessons of a lifetime like he's sitting on the barstool next to you. From punches, kicks, throws and pressure points, to breakaways, blocks and bobs to ground grappling techniques, dirty fighting and street weapons, Bryant lays out his bag of brawling tricks and backs it up with a kickass physical training regimen. Then he shows you how to integrate them into a unique "personalized combat form" tailored to your needs.
A Streetwise Guide to Personal Protection
Author: Bill Bryant
Publisher: Paladin Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham’s own true story has never been fully told. At last, the fascinating truth is revealed in a landmark biography by the award-winning writer Selina Hastings. Granted unprecedented access to Maugham’s personal correspondence and to newly uncovered interviews with his only child, Hastings portrays the secret loves, betrayals, integrity, and passion that inspired Maugham to create such classics as The Razor’s Edge and Of Human Bondage. Hastings vividly presents Maugham’s lonely childhood spent with unloving relatives after the death of his parents, a trauma that resulted in shyness, a stammer, and for the rest of his life an urgent need for physical tenderness. Here, too, are his adult triumphs on the stage and page, works that allowed him a glittering social life in which he befriended and sometimes fell out with such luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Charlie Chaplin, D. H. Lawrence, and Winston Churchill. The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham portrays in full for the first time Maugham’s disastrous marriage to Syrie Wellcome, a manipulative society woman of dubious morality who trapped Maugham with a pregnancy and an attempted suicide. Hastings also explores Maugham’s many affairs with men, including his great love, Gerald Haxton, an alcoholic charmer and a cad. Maugham’s courageous work in secret intelligence during two world wars is described in fascinating detail—experiences that provided the inspiration for the groundbreaking Ashenden stories. From the West End to Broadway, from China to the South Pacific, Maugham’s restless and remarkably productive life is thrillingly recounted as Hastings uncovers the real stories behind such classics as “Rain,” The Painted Veil, Cakes & Ale, and other well-known tales. An epic biography of a hugely talented and hugely conflicted man, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham is the definitive account of Maugham’s extraordinary life. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Selina Hastings
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography