Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith: Tommie Smith, David Steele
At the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith came in first in the 200-meter dash. As they received their medals, he and bronze winner John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist, creating an indelible image of courage and protest that still resonates 40 years later. In this, his autobiography, Smith fills out the story of that moment - how it came to be and where it led him - and paints a vivid picture of the long, painful backlash that came with his fame, and his fate, all of which was rapped up in his ´´silent gesture´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derrick Hardin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015486/bk_acx0_015486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It starts with a telegram. MGM wires young Lucille LeSueur to tell her that she´s been placed under contract at a princely $75 a week, and is expected to report immediately to Hollywood, California. A fresh-faced 17-year-old with big eyes and an air of elegance, she would go on to become one of the greatest stars in Hollywood history: the fabulous Joan Crawford. Through four marriages, countless cocktail parties and more than 100 appearances in film and television, Joan lived the life of a legend from the first day she stepped onto the back lot. After becoming famous in the silent era, by 1938 she was dubbed ´´Box Office Poison,´´ and her career was considered over - but Crawford never quit. Over the next 40 years, she clawed her way back to the top, and in this engaging autobiography, she tells her story - her way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083153/bk_acx0_083153_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Davison Rockefeller was an American oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history.Rockefeller was born into a large family in upstate New York and was shaped by his con man father and religious mother. His family moved several times before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Rockefeller became an assistant bookkeeper at the age of 16 and went into a business partnership with Maurice B. Clark and his brothers at 20.After buying them out, he and his brother William founded Rockefeller & Andrews with Samuel Andrews. Instead of drilling for oil, they concentrated on oil refining. In 1867, Henry Flagler entered the partnership. The Rockefeller, Andrews & Flagler company grew by taking-over local refineries. Rockefeller formally founded his most famous company, the Standard Oil Company, Inc., in 1870 as an Ohio partnership with William, Flagler, Andrews, Jabez A. Bostwick, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. He ran it until 1897. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller´s wealth soared, and he became the richest person in the country, controlling 90 percent of all oil in the United States at his peak. Oil was used throughout the country as a light source, until the introduction of electricity, and as a fuel after the invention of the automobile. Furthermore, Rockefeller gained enormous influence over the railroad industry, which transported his oil around the country. Standard Oil was the first great business trust in the United States. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry, and along with other key contemporary industrialists such as steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, defined the structure of modern philanthropy.This autobiography details John D. Rockefeller and his rise to success and is narrated remarkably by Kevin Theis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122819/bk_acx0_122819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inside look into D12 member Swifty McVay´s life, from childhood to D12 and his solo career. The Seventh Star is a deeply personal, unflinching, and unapologetic memoir that sheds light on an intense childhood spent on Detroit´s notorious West 7 Mile, the pivotal role that the area´s hip-hop scene played, and the rise to national prominence Swifty McVay and his peers experienced after the massive mainstream success of the group D12. Ondre Moore, better known by his stage name Swift - or Swifty McVay - speaks plainly here, telling the inside story of how the members of D12 met and how their relationships have evolved throughout the years. He describes D12´s close connection and initially mixed reaction to a then little-known rapper, Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem. But Swifty also details the significant struggles each of them overcame in their personal and professional lives - including the bleak and brutal deaths of group members Bugz and Proof - as they rose through the ranks in the demanding world of rap. Finding anchors in sobriety and spirituality, Swifty continues to challenge himself creatively as he releases solo albums and tours today. The Seventh Star is the unique story of an artist finding his voice in America´s heartland, succinctly and intimately told by a creative powerhouse in the world of hip-hop. The Seventh Star also includes a seven-track EP that reflects on the life of Swifty McVay. The EP has artist features from Obie Trice, MRX SX, Lil David Ruffin,Tristan Lee, and Maestro, and production from JustChillBeat, Silent Riot, MRK SX, and DameGrease. The Seventh Star project was executive produced by LaBront ´´LB´´ Askew. 1. Star Is Born feat. Lil David Ruffin & Tristan Lee Produced by JustChillBeat 2. HipHop (State of Mind) Produced by JustChillBeat 3. Fast Life Produced by Dame Grease 4. Thinking 1. Language: English. Narrator: Swifty McVay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004508/bk_hach_004508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This autobiography is not a ´´he say, she say´´ tell all, but it says enough to keep you listening to the story of my life! The pain came a lot! And I thought the sun would never shine on me, as if I asked for such horrible defeats! But assumption is a terrible way to live! I asked God, ´´Lord, if you put me on a better path, I will not veer off!´´ Thanking him everyday, for guiding me through it all! Finally paying the, correct attention so that I could find.... my Pain to Joy! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lady Abaddon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096435/bk_acx0_096435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan´s father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan´s maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War. The last time Alan´s mother saw her father she was eight years old. When she was 13, the family was informed that he had died in an accidental shooting. Curious to explore this second mystery, Alan committed to filming an episode of the BBC´s Who Do You Think You Are? Then out of the blue, his father, who Alan and his brother had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, called. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set in motion a journey that would change Alan´s life forever. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always brave and honest, Not My Father´s Son is a powerful story about embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Cumming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000152/bk_cnon_000152_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dottie Ponedel knows how to amuse with rouge. Her autobiography, the story of a pioneering woman makeup artist, whose career spanned the entire length of Hollywood´s Golden Era from silent movies to the great films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, puts a new foundation on the stars. Sinners and saints without greasepaint make for memorable close-ups. Enjoy Dottie´s confidential revelations about Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Barbara Stanwyck, and others.´´No stranger is going to pat this puss,´´ Mae West once declared. Mae, and Dottie´s other clients, often demanded her services, but tomcats and contracts seldom blended. Dottie constantly fought all-male makeup departments at the studios to get the recognition she deserved. Amazing challenges facing a woman at the top of her craft play poignantly against her straight-talking, heartwarming, hilarious encounters with famous faces. Dottie Ponedel. The designer with eye liner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathy Garver. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012778/bk_blak_012778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hedda Hopper came into this world screaming, and she liked to say that she never stopped. Decades after, she could still out-shout any producer in Hollywood, and she wasn´t afraid to do whatever it took to get her way. One of the most glamorous stars of the silent era, Hopper became one of the most notorious gossip columnists in the country, whose acid wit and razor-sharp pen fearlessly attacked the biggest names in Hollywood. In From Under My Hat, she tells her story as only she can. From her birth in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, to her early days as a Broadway understudy to her rise and fall as a Hollywood starlet, Hopper tells the story of the golden age of the movie business with candor and grace. At the height of her popularity, 20,000,000 read Hopper’s column. Listening to her searing autobiography, it’s easy to see why. Hedda Hopper is portrayed by Judy Davis in the Ryan Murphy TV series Feud about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hillary Huber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107837/bk_acx0_107837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.