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Title:Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
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Publisher:Avon
ISBN:038000321X
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Number of Pages:318
Category:Non fiction, Adventure, Survival, History, Biography, Travel

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors On October a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote snow peaked Andes Out of the forty five original passengers and crew only sixteen made it off the mountain alive For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining confronting nature head on at its most furious and inhospitable And to survive they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable This is their story one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century

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Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades, The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two, Alice in Exile, Scarpia, The Death of a Pope, Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, A Married Man, Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl, The Misogynist, Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography
Sir Alec Guinness was one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century With a talent recognised by discerning critics from his very first appearance on the stage he gained a world wide reputation playing roles on the screen such as Fagin in Oliver Twist and Sidney Stratton in The Man in the White Suit His performance as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai won him an Oscar and in his later years he captivated a new generation of admirers as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Guinness was a man who vigorously guarded his privacy and despite publishing an autobiography and two volumes of his diaries he remained an enigma to the general public and a mystery even to his family and closest friends br br After his death in August his widow Merula asked the author Piers Paul Read who had been a friend of her husband to write his authorised biography Given full co operation by the Guinness family and free access to Sir Alec s papers including his private and unpublished diaries Read has written an enjoyable yet penetrating and perceptive account of an intriguing and complex man br br Read shows how Guinness s quirks of character and genius had roots in the circumstances of his early life His marriage to Merula Salaman a young actress of great promise is chronicled by the many hundred letters Guinness wrote to her when serving in the Navy during World War II while his post war diaries reveal that readjustment to civilian life was traumatic with doubts about his talent and a confusion about his sexual nature leading to bouts of severe depression br br Guinness s conversion to Catholicism in partly exorcised his demons but he never wholly escaped the contradictions of his life his domestic ties vying with wayward passions a yearning for holiness with an intolerance of constraint a raw sensitivity to the feelings of others with an irascible and domineering nature Yet from the diaries and letters to his friends quoted extensively in this biography there emerges a man of great compassion generosity wit and charm intellectually curious a talented writer a great gossip bon viveur and munificent host, Examines the history and legacy of the warrior monks discussing their successful capture of the city of Jerusalem during the Crusades and their eventual demise, July The German military attach in Paris receives a visit from a seedy looking man who claims to be a French army officer in desperate need of money offering to sell them military secrets br br Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a rising star in the French artillery command Reserved yet intelligent and ambitious Dreyfus had everything a family money and a clear path to a prestigious post on the General Staff However Dreyfus had enemies as a result of his ambition Many of them came from the impoverished Catholic aristocracy and disliked Dreyfus because he was rich bourgeois and above all a Jew br br On the basis of flimsy evidence Dreyfus was placed under arrest for the crime of high treason Not long afterward he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life on the legendary lethal Devil s Island The saga of Dreyfus s many trials he was not exonerated until twelve years after first being arrested the fight to free him and the intrigues on both sides is a fast moving mystery story rife with heroes and villains loose women loyal wives bisexual men tricksters and charlatans But this was no mere sideshow The anti Semitism and deceit on display in the Dreyfus case was an ominous prelude to the Holocaust and the long bloody twentieth century to come br br In an era when religious conflict fierce patriotism and charged debates over national identity pervade the public sphere the scandal of Captain Dreyfus still has much to teach us In the hands of prizewinning novelist biographer and narrative historian Piers Paul Read this real life morality tale comes alive for a new generation Using his storytelling skills and a nuanced deep knowledge of French history Read rediscovers l affaire Dreyfus as a rich riveting tale, i Alice in Exile i is Piers Paul Read s triumphant return to the fiction for which he is widely praised romantic dramatic and rich with detail It features Alice Fry an independent woman in a world ruled by men and the two men who love her It is when Alice meets Edward Cobb the eligible son of a baronet When Alice s father a radical publisher gets involved in a scandal Edward breaks off their engagement unaware that Alice is expecting his child Desperate she travels to Russia to serve as a governess for charming Baron Rettenberg as the Russian Revolution and World War I rage on br