A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch

By Stacy Perman

New York Times bestselling writer Stacy Perman chronicles the exciting pursuit among bold males within the early 1900s to possess the most intricate timepiece in history.

Two prosperous, strong males interact in a decades-long contest to create and own the main outstanding watch in history.

James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, used to be an entrepreneur and a skilled engineer of limitless interest, a self-made guy who earned thousands from his innovations, together with the layout and manufacture of America’s first luxurious car—the dependent and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., used to be the very essence of blue-blooded refinement within the early 1900s: son of a Wall road financier, a important determine in manhattan excessive society, and a gourmand of lovely things—especially wonderful watches.

Then, as now, dear watches have been the final word signal of luxurious and wealth, yet within the early 20th century the unlimited ambition, wealth, and creativity of those males driven the limits of arithmetic, astronomy, craftsmanship, expertise, and physics to create ever extra creative timepieces.

In any watch, positive factors past the reveal of hours, mins, and seconds are referred to as “complications.” Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces—a fabled watch that included twenty-four problems and took approximately 8 years to layout and construct. For the interval, it used to be the main advanced watch ever created. For years it disappeared, yet then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s public sale in 1999, touching off a heated bidding warfare, shattering all identified documents while it fetched $11 million from an nameless bidder.

New York instances bestselling writer Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby global of recent York excessive society into the ateliers of the best Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, frequently secretive lifestyle of modern day watch amassing. With meticulous learn, brilliant old info, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand worry is the attention-grabbing tale of the exciting duel among of the main interesting males of the early 20th century. particularly, it's a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the need for good looks, and the lengths humans will visit own it.

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By Stacy Perman

New York Times bestselling writer Stacy Perman chronicles the exciting pursuit among bold males within the early 1900s to possess the most intricate timepiece in history.

Two prosperous, strong males interact in a decades-long contest to create and own the main outstanding watch in history.

James Ward Packard of Warren, Ohio, used to be an entrepreneur and a skilled engineer of limitless interest, a self-made guy who earned thousands from his innovations, together with the layout and manufacture of America’s first luxurious car—the dependent and storied Packard. Henry Graves, Jr., used to be the very essence of blue-blooded refinement within the early 1900s: son of a Wall road financier, a important determine in manhattan excessive society, and a gourmand of lovely things—especially wonderful watches.

Then, as now, dear watches have been the final word signal of luxurious and wealth, yet within the early 20th century the unlimited ambition, wealth, and creativity of those males driven the limits of arithmetic, astronomy, craftsmanship, expertise, and physics to create ever extra creative timepieces.

In any watch, positive factors past the reveal of hours, mins, and seconds are referred to as “complications.” Packard and Graves spurred acclaimed Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe to create the Mona Lisa of timepieces—a fabled watch that included twenty-four problems and took approximately 8 years to layout and construct. For the interval, it used to be the main advanced watch ever created. For years it disappeared, yet then it surfaced at a Sotheby’s public sale in 1999, touching off a heated bidding warfare, shattering all identified documents while it fetched $11 million from an nameless bidder.

New York instances bestselling writer Stacy Perman takes us from the clubby global of recent York excessive society into the ateliers of the best Swiss watchmakers, and into the high-octane, frequently secretive lifestyle of modern day watch amassing. With meticulous learn, brilliant old info, and a wealth of dynamic personalities, A Grand worry is the attention-grabbing tale of the exciting duel among of the main interesting males of the early 20th century. particularly, it's a sweeping chronicle of innovation, the need for good looks, and the lengths humans will visit own it.

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One Soldier's Story: 1939-1945: From the Fall of Hong Kong to the Defeat of Japan

This is the tale of a seventeen yr outdated boy who ran clear of domestic to affix the Canadian military on the outbreak of the second one international struggle in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of 2 regiments dispatched to the Pacific to stand the japanese, and the braveness of 2 thousand younger infantrymen who, whilst confronted with an very unlikely job millions of miles from domestic, behaved with honour and contrast. although they misplaced the conflict of Hong Kong, they succeeded in exhibiting the area the mettle of which they have been made.

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This is the tale of a seventeen yr outdated boy who ran clear of domestic to affix the Canadian military on the outbreak of the second one international struggle in 1939. It describes the fateful adventures of 2 regiments dispatched to the Pacific to stand the japanese, and the braveness of 2 thousand younger infantrymen who, whilst confronted with an very unlikely job millions of miles from domestic, behaved with honour and contrast. although they misplaced the conflict of Hong Kong, they succeeded in exhibiting the area the mettle of which they have been made.

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The Wright Brothers

By David McCullough

The number one New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story in regards to the brave brothers who taught the realm find out how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a wintry weather day in 1903, within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed historical past. however it could take the realm your time to think that the age of flight had all started, with the 1st powered desktop wearing a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright have been males of remarkable braveness and resolution, and of far-ranging highbrow pursuits and ceaseless interest. once they labored jointly, no challenge insurmountable. Wilbur was once definitely a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever noticeable. they had not more than a public highschool schooling and little funds by no means stopped them of their challenge to take wing. not anything did, no longer even the self-evident fact that each time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast moving story” (The Economist), grasp historian David McCullough “shows as by no means sooner than how Ohio boys from a notable relatives taught the area to fly” (The Washington submit) and “captures the wonder of what the Wrights entire” (The Wall road Journal). He attracts at the vast Wright relations papers to profile not just the brothers yet their sister, Katharine, with out whom issues may possibly good have long past otherwise for them. crucial studying, this can be “a tale of undying significance, informed with unusual empathy and fluency…about what should be the main excellent feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The big apple occasions booklet Review).

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By David McCullough

The number one New York Times bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize—the dramatic story-behind-the-story in regards to the brave brothers who taught the realm find out how to fly—Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a wintry weather day in 1903, within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed historical past. however it could take the realm your time to think that the age of flight had all started, with the 1st powered desktop wearing a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright have been males of remarkable braveness and resolution, and of far-ranging highbrow pursuits and ceaseless interest. once they labored jointly, no challenge insurmountable. Wilbur was once definitely a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever noticeable. they had not more than a public highschool schooling and little funds by no means stopped them of their challenge to take wing. not anything did, no longer even the self-evident fact that each time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast moving story” (The Economist), grasp historian David McCullough “shows as by no means sooner than how Ohio boys from a notable relatives taught the area to fly” (The Washington submit) and “captures the wonder of what the Wrights entire” (The Wall road Journal). He attracts at the vast Wright relations papers to profile not just the brothers yet their sister, Katharine, with out whom issues may possibly good have long past otherwise for them. crucial studying, this can be “a tale of undying significance, informed with unusual empathy and fluency…about what should be the main excellent feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The big apple occasions booklet Review).

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Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives Series)

Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on a captivating journey via Elizabethan England and the oddities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a brand new creation by means of the writer to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

William Shakespeare, the main celebrated poet within the English language, left at the back of approximately one million phrases of textual content, yet his biography has lengthy been a thicket of untamed supposition prepared round scant evidence. With a gradual hand and his trademark wit, invoice Bryson kinds via this colourful clutter to bare the fellow himself. His Shakespeare is like not anyone else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his enticing skepticism, and a present for storytelling unequalled in our time.

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Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on a captivating journey via Elizabethan England and the oddities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a brand new creation by means of the writer to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

William Shakespeare, the main celebrated poet within the English language, left at the back of approximately one million phrases of textual content, yet his biography has lengthy been a thicket of untamed supposition prepared round scant evidence. With a gradual hand and his trademark wit, invoice Bryson kinds via this colourful clutter to bare the fellow himself. His Shakespeare is like not anyone else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his enticing skepticism, and a present for storytelling unequalled in our time.

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Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace

By David Beers

Beer’s “important...fascinating” book(Los Angeles occasions) indicates how suburban California got here to epitomize the yankee Dream-until its prosperous complacency used to be shattered by way of downsizing, anxiousness, and distrust.

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By David Beers

Beer’s “important...fascinating” book(Los Angeles occasions) indicates how suburban California got here to epitomize the yankee Dream-until its prosperous complacency used to be shattered by way of downsizing, anxiousness, and distrust.

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Franco: A Biography

By Paul Preston

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican govt within the Spanish Civil struggle till his quiet loss of life in 1975, is the topic of this ebook. The biography offers a mass of latest and unknown fabric approximately its topic, the culmination of analysis within the data of six nations and a plethora of interviews with key figures. Paul Preston is the writer of "The Triumph of Democracy in Spain" and "The Spanish Civil conflict 1936-9".

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By Paul Preston

Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Caudillo of Spain from the Nationalists' brutal, Fascist-sponsored victory over the Republican govt within the Spanish Civil struggle till his quiet loss of life in 1975, is the topic of this ebook. The biography offers a mass of latest and unknown fabric approximately its topic, the culmination of analysis within the data of six nations and a plethora of interviews with key figures. Paul Preston is the writer of "The Triumph of Democracy in Spain" and "The Spanish Civil conflict 1936-9".

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Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

Mixing fiction, historical past, psychoanalysis, and private delusion, Teresa, My Love turns a prior global right into a smooth surprise, following Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, educational, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint Teresa of Avila and turns into fed on with charting her lifestyles. touring to Spain, Leclercq, Julia Kristeva's probing adjust ego, visits the websites and embodiments of the well-known mystic and awakens to her personal hope for religion, connection, and uprising.

One of Kristeva's so much passionate and transporting works, Teresa, My Love interchanges biography, autobiography, research, dramatic discussion, musical ratings, and photographs of work and sculpture to have interaction the reader in Leclercq's―and Kristeva's―journey. Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila outwitted the Spanish Inquisition and was once a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her adventure of ecstasy, which she in detail defined in her writings, published her from her physique and ended in an entire awareness of her awareness, a kingdom Kristeva explores when it comes to present-day political mess ups, spiritual fundamentalism, and cultural malaise. Incorporating notes from her personal psychoanalytic perform, in addition to literary and philosophical references, Kristeva builds a desirable twin prognosis of up to date society and the person psyche whereas sharing extraordinary insights into her personal character.

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Mixing fiction, historical past, psychoanalysis, and private delusion, Teresa, My Love turns a prior global right into a smooth surprise, following Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, educational, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint Teresa of Avila and turns into fed on with charting her lifestyles. touring to Spain, Leclercq, Julia Kristeva's probing adjust ego, visits the websites and embodiments of the well-known mystic and awakens to her personal hope for religion, connection, and uprising.

One of Kristeva's so much passionate and transporting works, Teresa, My Love interchanges biography, autobiography, research, dramatic discussion, musical ratings, and photographs of work and sculpture to have interaction the reader in Leclercq's―and Kristeva's―journey. Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila outwitted the Spanish Inquisition and was once a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her adventure of ecstasy, which she in detail defined in her writings, published her from her physique and ended in an entire awareness of her awareness, a kingdom Kristeva explores when it comes to present-day political mess ups, spiritual fundamentalism, and cultural malaise. Incorporating notes from her personal psychoanalytic perform, in addition to literary and philosophical references, Kristeva builds a desirable twin prognosis of up to date society and the person psyche whereas sharing extraordinary insights into her personal character.

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James and Dolley Madison: America's First Power Couple

By Bruce Chadwick

This revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America’s first energy couple. utilizing lately exposed troves of letters on the college of Virginia, between different assets, historian Bruce Chadwick has been capable of reconstruct the main points of the Madisons’ own and political lives.

Chadwick argues that Madison used to be no longer a humdrum, normal president, as different historians have characterised him, yet a colourful, tricky leader—and a truly profitable commander in leader within the battle of 1812.

He contends that Madison, the architect of the structure, owed a lot of his good fortune to the political savvy of his charismatic, a lot more youthful spouse, whose events and backdoor politicking make for extraordinary tales. And Dolley, via her many social talents, created the dynamic position of First woman that we all know today.

regardless of their glamorous way of life, behind the curtain, the Madisons struggled with relatives drama: James and Dolley’s consistent investment in their captivating yet sociopathic son’s misadventures eventually ended in their very own monetary ruin.

mixing the private and the political, it is a attention-grabbing profile of a pair whose lifestyles jointly contributed rather a lot to the long run process our nation.

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By Bruce Chadwick

This revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison introduces the reader to America’s first energy couple. utilizing lately exposed troves of letters on the college of Virginia, between different assets, historian Bruce Chadwick has been capable of reconstruct the main points of the Madisons’ own and political lives.

Chadwick argues that Madison used to be no longer a humdrum, normal president, as different historians have characterised him, yet a colourful, tricky leader—and a truly profitable commander in leader within the battle of 1812.

He contends that Madison, the architect of the structure, owed a lot of his good fortune to the political savvy of his charismatic, a lot more youthful spouse, whose events and backdoor politicking make for extraordinary tales. And Dolley, via her many social talents, created the dynamic position of First woman that we all know today.

regardless of their glamorous way of life, behind the curtain, the Madisons struggled with relatives drama: James and Dolley’s consistent investment in their captivating yet sociopathic son’s misadventures eventually ended in their very own monetary ruin.

mixing the private and the political, it is a attention-grabbing profile of a pair whose lifestyles jointly contributed rather a lot to the long run process our nation.

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Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla

This was once the 1st full-length biography written at the genius inventor, Nikola Tesla. the writer was once a Pulitzer Prize-winner and private good friend of Tesla, who as soon as stated the writer understood him greater than any guy alive. it truly is mirrored good during this hugely distinct paintings. a lot of the data during this e-book used to be own and critical, yet may possibly differently no longer were recognized had O'Neill now not documented it. The tremendous genius of Tesla resulted from a brain which can see an invention in 3D, from each attitude, inside his brain prior to it was once simply equipped. His dimensions and half sizes have been continually excellent. He by no means verified elements; they regularly labored. such a lot of his innovations have been electric in nature, with dozens of his patents now getting used all over the world. a lot is printed on Tesla's eccentric character, his festival with Thomas Edison, and the way he made his first million prior to the age of 40. funds used to be now not very important to him, in spite of the fact that, nor used to be The Nobel Prize, which he refused to simply accept. It used to be consistently the technology that got here first. because of the author's friendship with him, we're allowed an up shut and intimate view into the brain of this genius inventor.

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This was once the 1st full-length biography written at the genius inventor, Nikola Tesla. the writer was once a Pulitzer Prize-winner and private good friend of Tesla, who as soon as stated the writer understood him greater than any guy alive. it truly is mirrored good during this hugely distinct paintings. a lot of the data during this e-book used to be own and critical, yet may possibly differently no longer were recognized had O'Neill now not documented it. The tremendous genius of Tesla resulted from a brain which can see an invention in 3D, from each attitude, inside his brain prior to it was once simply equipped. His dimensions and half sizes have been continually excellent. He by no means verified elements; they regularly labored. such a lot of his innovations have been electric in nature, with dozens of his patents now getting used all over the world. a lot is printed on Tesla's eccentric character, his festival with Thomas Edison, and the way he made his first million prior to the age of 40. funds used to be now not very important to him, in spite of the fact that, nor used to be The Nobel Prize, which he refused to simply accept. It used to be consistently the technology that got here first. because of the author's friendship with him, we're allowed an up shut and intimate view into the brain of this genius inventor.

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Steinbeck: A Life in Letters

By John Steinbeck

"Surely his best, plausibly his such a lot memorable, and . . . arguably his most sensible booklet" —The manhattan instances booklet Review

For John Steinbeck, who hated the phone, letter-writing used to be a instruction for paintings and a usual method for him to speak his options on humans he cherished and hated; on marriage, girls, and youngsters; at the of the area; and on his growth in studying his craft. beginning with letters written in the course of Steinbeck's early years in California, and shutting with a 1968 be aware written in Sag Herbor, manhattan, Steinbeck: A existence in Letters unearths the internal strategies and tough personality of this American writer as not anything else has and as not anything else ever will.

"The reader will notice as a lot concerning the making of a author and the artistic strategy, as he'll approximately Steinbeck. and that is a lot." —Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"A lucrative e-book of putting up with curiosity, this turns into an important a part of the Steinbeck canon." —The Wall highway Journal

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By John Steinbeck

"Surely his best, plausibly his such a lot memorable, and . . . arguably his most sensible booklet" —The manhattan instances booklet Review

For John Steinbeck, who hated the phone, letter-writing used to be a instruction for paintings and a usual method for him to speak his options on humans he cherished and hated; on marriage, girls, and youngsters; at the of the area; and on his growth in studying his craft. beginning with letters written in the course of Steinbeck's early years in California, and shutting with a 1968 be aware written in Sag Herbor, manhattan, Steinbeck: A existence in Letters unearths the internal strategies and tough personality of this American writer as not anything else has and as not anything else ever will.

"The reader will notice as a lot concerning the making of a author and the artistic strategy, as he'll approximately Steinbeck. and that is a lot." —Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"A lucrative e-book of putting up with curiosity, this turns into an important a part of the Steinbeck canon." —The Wall highway Journal

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