The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I
The hidden history of one of the world’s greatest inventors, a man who disrupted the status quo and then disappeared into thin air on the eve of World War I—this book answers the hundred-year-old mystery of what really became of Rudolf Diesel.
If anyone is looking for a good biography, I’ve really been enjoying “Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America” by Joy-Ann Reid.
It has a conversational writing style that works well with the stories about Medgar and Myrlie’s life before and during the civil rights era in the U.S. There’s so much about them I never learned in school.
A PROUD FAMILY LEGACY—the pioneering accomplishments of the US military’s first Black generals, a father and son—serves as the center of a close, thoughtful look at the history of military inclusion and segregation. B PLUS
This week I've been manly reading, no. 128.
Having really enjoyed Jackie Wullschlager's recent book on Monet, I decided to go back & read her Chagall: Love & Exile (2008), despite having no real interest in the #artist. Once again its a really compelling combination of #arthistory & #biography which has shifted my view of Chagall considerably. As with the Monet, Wullschlager clearly indentifies the role of #women in the artist's life & accords them their due. Another great bio!
#Book 3: The Counterfeit Countess by Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa: an important and powerful #biography--based on an unpublished memoir and extensive research--of how a single individual overcame the fear for her own life to save thousands of her fellow Poles during the Nazi occupation. A 5* #audiobook
Piercing the Horizon: The Story of Visionary NASA Chief Tom Paine
We all know the names: Grissom, Armstrong, Cernan―legends of the space age whose names resonate with people around the world and whose deeds need no introduction. We know less about the men who led the organization that planned and began the U.S. exploration of space: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Hey, my Masty lovelies! I wanted to share that I've begun a #bookstagram page and I'm hoping to net a few fellow #readers from here! Come visit me at https://www.instagram.com/suffragettecity__bibliotheque/
"...we try to illustrate in a concise way the two main “wonders” of Faraday’s life: that the son of a poor blacksmith in the Victorian age was able to become the director the Royal Institution and member of the Royal Society, still keeping a honest and “virtuous” moral conduct, and that Faraday’s approach to many topics, but mainly to electrochemistry and electrodynamics, has paved the way to the modern (atomistic and field-based) view of physics, only relying on experiments and intuition."
Bagnoli, F. and Livi, R. (2018) “Michael Faraday: a virtuous life dedicated to science”, Substantia, 2(1), pp. 121–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-45 #OpenAccess #OA #History #Science #HistSci #Biography #Chemistry #Physics #Academia #Academic #Academics @science @chemistry @physics
"Finally, basing our discussion in part on an examination of the reading marks that Newton left in the surviving copies of Hebrew grammars and lexicons that he owned, we will argue that his interest in Hebrew was not intended to achieve linguistic proficiency but remained limited to particular theological queries of singular concern."
Joalland, M. and Mandelbrote, S. (2016) ‘Isaac Newton learns Hebrew: Samuel Johnson's Nova cubi Hebræi tabella’, Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. Royal Society, 70(1), p. 9-21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2015.0055. #Research #Article #Biography #History #Histodon #Histodons #Science #HistSci #C18th #18thCentury #Astronomy #C17th #17thCentury #Hebrew #Language #Languages #EarlyModern @earlymodern @science @histodon @histodons
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Yesterday I finished "Walt Disney: An American Original" by Bob Thomas.
Overall, a good book that is very clear with the timeline it follows, and in how Thomas wants us to see Walt as a person.
I'm not sure I ended up liking the person he was (I can't get over how the 1940s strike shaped his politics), but made me understand him more and respect what he did well.
I finished the audio version of this book today. A fuller review will come later via my blog. But I will say that it was a great read and is not about Nixon's policies but about him as seen through the eyes of those who knew before, during, and after his presidency. #richardnixon #paulcarter #Bookwyrm #bookstodon #biography @bookstodon
John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought
Drawing on insightful new findings in the study of seventeenth-century history and in a more nuanced exploration of notions like Puritanism, republicanism, radicalism, and dissent, this book sheds fresh light on the writings, the thought, and the life of poet John Milton, whose career spanned one of the most turbulent periods in English history.
Finished this yesterday...a helpful presentation of Jefferson's religious beliefs and views and how he came to them. I think the basic point Kidd makes is that for Jefferson faith was a private choice. @bookstodon #audiobook #thomasjefferson #presidentialbiography #bookreview #reader #readersofmastondon #biography
David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work
An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest
During a meteoric career that spanned from 1825 to 1834, David Douglas made the first systematic collections of flora and fauna over many parts of the greater Pacific Northwest.
Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand
Told by one of our greatest chroniclers of technology and society, the definitive biography of iconic serial visionary Stewart Brand, from the Merry Pranksters and the generation-defining Whole Earth Catalog to the marriage of environmental consciousness and hacker capitalism and the rise of a new planetary culture.
The Zelensky Effect
With Russian shells raining on Kyiv and tanks closing in, American forces prepared to evacuate Ukraine's leader. Just three years earlier, his apparent main qualification had been playing a president on TV. But Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly retorted, 'I need ammunition, not a ride.'