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79 Park Avenue

By Harold Robbins
  • ISBN Code: : 8493700975
  • Publisher : Quaterni
  • Pages : 405
  • Category : Park Avenue (New York, N.Y.)
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79 Park Avenue es la dirección de una Agencia de Modelos. Pero tras esa inocente fachada se oculta el prostíbulo más lujoso de Nueva York, una agencia de contactos muy especial para un público muy especial: hombres poderosos dispuestos a pagar hasta 1.000 dólares por unas pocas horas en compañía de las más bellas mujeres. Al frente del negocio se encuentra Maryann Flood, una mujer bella, atractiva y muy inteligente que lo tiene todo para triunfar y sin embargo se ha visto obligada a sobrevivir en un mundo depravado y banal, un mundo corrupto del que nunca pudo escapar. Atrás quedó su verdadero nombre, Marja, como atrás quedaron los años 30, posteriores a la gran depresión, tiempos difíciles en los que el hambre, la pobreza y el desempleo vieron crecer a la exuberante adolescente de ascendencia polaca. Una joven que perdió su inocencia demasiado pronto, a la que no le está permitido amar, una mujer que no puede cambiar su vida y se ve obligada a empezar de nuevo una y otra vez valiéndose siempre de las mismas armas: su cuerpo y el deseo que suscita en los hombres. Esta vez se enfrenta a la que quizá sea su situación más complicada: está siendo juzgada por prostitución. De ser declarada culpable, su vida se vendrá de nuevo abajo, pues tendrá que pasar una larga temporada en prisión. Sin embargo, cuenta con el mejor abogado de la ciudad y guarda un as en la manga: conoce al ayudante del fiscal del distrito desde que eran niños… Harold Robbins, el más popular de los escritores norteamericanos contemporáneos, nos da en 79 Park Avenue una nueva muestra de su indudable capacidad narrativa. Una novela de acción constante que mezcla de manera espectacular elementos del thriller de juicios y de la novela romántica. Un relato que atrapa al lector desde sus primeras páginas gracias a su audaz tratamiento, al talento de Robbins y a su maestría como narrador.

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  • Pdf File: american-empress.pdf

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American Empress is a sweeping history of the dramatic life of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, daughter of breakfast-cereal magnate C. W. Post. As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Marjorie Post helped glue cereal boxes in her father's barn, later became a board member of his company, wed a diplomat and by late middle age was widely acknowledged as the unofficial "Queen of Washington, D.C." The glamorous and warm-hearted Mrs. Post was also mother to actress Dina Merrill. Throughout her life, she gave generously to hundreds of civic, artistic and philanthropic causes, among which were the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet and the Kennedy Center. By virtue of her brains, beauty and great wealth, Mrs. Post was a woman well ahead of her era, whose natural business acumen created the frozen foods industry and transformed the Postum Cereal Company into the General Foods Corporation.

De droomfabrikanten

By Harold Robbins
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  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • Book Code : 8726626233
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 775
  • Pdf File: de-droomfabrikanten.pdf

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Harold Robbins neemt je in ‘De droomfabrikanten’ mee naar waar de filmindustrie ooit begon: Hollywood. John Edge werkte er als conciërge, maar heeft uiteindelijk de top weten te bereiken als producent en machtige mediamagnaat. Maar in het bikkelharde Hollywood is het ieder voor zich en de concurrentie is moordend. Zelfs zijn vrouw lijkt hem het succes niet te gunnen en gebruikt hem voor haar eigen belangen. John Edge had alles bereikt waar hij als kind van droomde, maar maakt dit hem ook gelukkig? Duik in de wereld van macht, rijkdom en sluwe beloftes in het oude Hollywood. De in New York geboren Harold Robbins (1916-1997) is een van de meest gelezen auteurs ter wereld. Er zijn meer dan 750 miljoen exemplaren van zijn romans verkocht en zijn boeken zijn vertaald in 32 talen. In 1948 brak hij door met zijn allereerste roman ‘Hart zonder toegang’ dat door enkele expliciete seksuele passages de aandacht wekte onder het Amerikaanse publiek. Ook werden maar liefst twaalf romans verfilmd met niemand minder dan Elvis Presley in de hoofdrol in ‘King Creole’. In het boek ‘De droomfabrikanten’, later ook verfilmd, vertelt Robbins over de filmindustrie in Hollywood dat gedeeltelijk gebaseerd is op zijn ervaringen uit de tijd dat hij daar werkzaam was. Andere bekende werken zijn ‘79 Park Avenue’ (1955), ‘De duivel als leidsman’ (1961) en ‘De avonturiers’ (1966). Hoewel sommige romans bijna zeventig jaar oud zijn, komen hedendaagse onderwerpen aan bod zoals prestige, geld en macht.

The Mighty Wurlitzer

By Hugh Wilford
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Book Code : 0674045173
  • Total of Pages : 342
  • Category : History
  • Members : 478
  • Pdf File: the-mighty-wurlitzer.pdf

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Wilford provides the first comprehensive account of the clandestine relationship between the CIA and its front organizations. Using an unprecedented wealth of sources, he traces the rise and fall of America's Cold War front network from its origins in the 1940s to its Third World expansion during the 1950s and ultimate collapse in the 1960s.

Encyclopedia of Television

By Horace Newcomb
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135194793
  • Total of Pages : 2800
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 713
  • Pdf File: encyclopedia-of-television.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Encyclopedia of Television, second edtion is the first major reference work to provide description, history, analysis, and information on more than 1100 subjects related to television in its international context. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclo pedia of Television, 2nd edition website.

TV Gothic

By Howard Maxford
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476645531
  • Total of Pages : 417
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 715
  • Pdf File: tv-gothic.pdf

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Most horror film fans are familiar with the movie classics, from the early Universal archetypes to the Hammer landmarks--all of which have been celebrated in countless books and magazines. But what about the parallel universe of television horror? The series, made-for-TV-movies and specials? With detailed coverage of shows from Britain, America and Europe, this book chronicles the small-screen appearances of Dracula and Frankenstein's monster, adaptations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe and M.R. James, performances of beloved stars like Boris Karloff and Vincent Price, groundbreaking series like The Television Ghost, Lights Out and Dark Shadows, and such memorable movies as The Night Stalker, The Norliss Tapes and Salem's Lot, along with unearthed gems like The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre and Mrs. Amworth. The work of such key directors as Dan Curtis and Lawrence Gordon Clark is also examined.

Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors

By Jerry Roberts
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 0810863782
  • Total of Pages : 862
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 257
  • Pdf File: encyclopedia-of-television-film-directors.pdf

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From live productions of the 1950s like Requiem for a Heavyweight to big budget mini-series like Band of Brothers, long-form television programs have been helmed by some of the most creative and accomplished names in directing. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors brings attention to the directors of these productions, citing every director of stand alone long-form television programs: made for TV movies, movie-length pilots, mini-series, and feature-length anthology programs, as well as drama, comedy, and musical specials of more than 60 minutes. Each of the nearly 2,000 entries provides a brief career sketch of the director, his or her notable works, awards, and a filmography. Many entries also provide brief discussions of key shows, movies, and other productions. Appendixes include Emmy Awards, DGA Awards, and other accolades, as well as a list of anthology programs. A much-needed reference that celebrates these often-neglected artists, Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of the medium.

Assault of the Killer B's

By Jason Paul Collum
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786480416
  • Total of Pages : 197
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 247
  • Pdf File: assault-of-the-killer-b-s.pdf

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The women who starred in low-budget cult movies created many memorable experiences for those fans of late night flicks such as Saturday Night Frights, Movie Macabre and Up All Night. Brinke Stevens, who played Linda in The Slumber Party Massacre, recalls, "Suddenly I was riding in limos, flying to foreign countries for film festivals, appearing on dozens of popular talk and entertainment TV shows, and truly feeling like a glamorous movie star." This collection of revealing interviews provides insights into the lives of 20 cult film actresses. They discuss the pros and cons of making these movies and the directions their careers have taken since. Among the films they starred in are Night of the Living Dead, The Slumber Party Massacre, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Sleepaway Camp and Elvira's Haunted Hills.

Bestsellers

By C. Bloom
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230583873
  • Total of Pages : 425
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 275
  • Pdf File: bestsellers.pdf

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This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

The Accidental American

By Rinku Sen,Fekkak Mamdouh
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  • Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Book Code : 1609943082
  • Total of Pages : 259
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 498
  • Pdf File: the-accidental-american.pdf

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With one immigrant’s story, two authors analyze America’s immigration system and suggest better, more human policies. The Accidental American calls for a bold new approach to immigration: a free international flow of labor to match globalization’s free flow of capital. After all, corporations are encouraged to move anywhere in the world they can maximize their earnings. People shouldn’t have to risk exploitation, abuse, and even imprisonment when they try to do the same. Activist, journalist, and immigration expert Rinku Sen and organizer Fekkak Mamdouh examine the consequences of this injustice through Mamdouh’s own story. Born in Morocco, he was a waiter and union leader at Windows on the World, a restaurant in the World Trade Center. In the aftermath of September 11th, facing a rising tide of anti-immigrant bias, Mamdouh and others formed the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) to help their colleagues fight for decent jobs and fair treatment. ROC-NY was able to unite native-born and immigrant workers, helping each group realize they were involved in a common struggle for better working conditions. The organization has since expanded nationwide. Since 9/11, immigrants have increasingly been treated as presumptive criminals. As a counterpoint to these regressive, fundamentally un-American practices, the authors forcefully advocate more humane policies that would ease rather than restrict people’s movements, coupled with proposals for reforming globalization so that both sending and receiving countries can more equitably benefit from a more mobile international labor force. Immigrants enthusiastically contribute much more to our country than their labor. They ought to be welcomed, not marginalized. Citizenship should ultimately be determined by how willing people are to become a part of the social, civic, and political fabric of the country they live in, not by an accident of birth. “The Accidental American gives us the context, story and analysis we need for a just immigration policy. It is a must-read.” —Danny Glover, actor and activist “If you have ever had to struggle as an outsider or a newcomer (and all of us have), this book will touch your heart. It is a poignant story that points the way forward for us all.” —Van Jones, President and Founder, Green for All, and author of The Green Collar Economy “This book vividly highlights a seldom-mentioned side of recent immigrants’ experience: their willingness to struggle for better working conditions for workers of all ethnicities in their adopted nation.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, and Dancing in the Streets