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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Richard Schickel. 1996
A portrait of the legendary silent film director, whose pioneering efforts set the stage for the modern movie industry. Traces… his childhood on a poor Southern farm, his 1908 entry into films, his meteoric rise to the top of his profession, and his failures and disappointments later in life. 1996.
This book features never-before-seen photos and interviews of the Duke. The legendary icon is made real through vivid anecdotes and… observations from the insiders who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with the outsized personality that was John Wayne. 2009.
By Ronald L Davis. 1998
Biography of movie star John Wayne, who began his Hollywood career as a summer prop mover for actor Tom Mix… at Fox Studios. Wayne was befriended by director John Ford and soon realized that a career as an actor was more interesting than that of the lawyer he had left home to become. After ten years of hard work, Wayne was a popular screen personality. 1998.
By Walter Lord. 1998
By Drew Carey. 1997
Drew Carey writes about beginning his career as a stand-up comic in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later starring… in The Drew Carey Show. Topics include the problems with censors and what costar Mimi is really like. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. c1997.
By Jonathan Franklin William Vance. 1997
Vance examines the reaction of Canadians to the First World War as a cultural and philosophical force, rather than a… political and military event. He argues that Canadians constructed a version of the war which stressed traditional values and the positive results of the war experience, and how this myth helped create within Canada a sense of nationhood. 1997.
By Theodore Barris. 1999
The story of the over 30,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve during the Korean war is often lost in the… shadow of other wars Canada has participated in. But from 1950-1953 Canadian men served a vital role in the war against Communism in Korea. All branches of the Canadian military were represented and they contributed greatly to the war effort. Here, the experiences of the Canadian men who fought are remembered and shared. 1999.
By John Bryden. 1989
By Pat Stacy, Beverly Linet. 1983
Frank, bittersweet account of the author's love affair with John Wayne. Stacy went to work as Wayne's personal secretary seven… years prior to his death, and the relationship eventually deepened. She offers a modest, endearing peek inside the life of a legend during his final years. 1983.
By Gunther Schuller. 1968
Jazz from its beginnings through the early 1930s. Schuller explores sound recordings made since the advent of jazz and responds… to hypothetical questions a musician might ask. He shows how elements of jazz grew out of African music, stresses the shift of emphasis from the music to the performer, and notes the difficulty of studying something as ephemeral as improvised sounds. Followed by "Swing Era". 1986. (History of jazz ; 1)
By Peter Wyden. 1984
The full story of the creation and use of the atom bomb. Reveals the scientific breakthrough that made the bomb… possible and the reality of "Day One" in Hiroshima where 130,000 people died. Bestseller 1984.
By Peter Townsend. 1991
The Battle of Britain was the collision towards which aviation developments on both sides had been heading for more than… twenty years. Group Captain Townsend traces the background of two air forces with a common past of rivalry and respect. This dramatic account vividly recalls the days when Britain's fate hung in the balance until allied airmen, the author among them, secured a victory which saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for Hitler's final defeat. 1991.
By Donald Shepherd, Dave Grayson, Robert F Slatzer. 1986
John Wayne started his career as a bit player in "B" movies. He went on to become one of the… undisputed stars of Hollywood, despite his many contradictions. He needed the security of a family and adored children but failed three times at marriage. He drank heavily and enjoyed womanising but he did not let it interfere with his work. The lasting impression was of a gentle, honest and outspoken man. 1986.
By John Lithgow. 2011
Autobiography of award-winning TV, stage, and big-screen star John Lithgow (born 1945). Traces the influence of Lithgow’s father, who was… an actor and director himself. Recalls Lithgow’s student days at Harvard and in England, his start in movies, and his life in New York City. Some strong language. 2011.
By Fred Taylor. 2004
Historian examines the World War II controversial Allied bombing of the ancient German cultural centre and industrial city, deemed a… "legitimate military target." Along with historical background provides a minute-by-minute account of the air raid and reviews the post-war moral debate over the magnitude of destruction and civilian casualties. c2004.
By Margaret Webster. 1972
The author has performed in the theatre since the age of five when her actress-mother, Dame May Witty, put her… on the stage. This account of her life-long love affair with the entertainment world includes reminiscences of friendships with other stars. 1972.
By Shirley MacLaine. 1970
By Doris Day, Aaron Edward Hotchner. 1988
The actress/singer candidly reminisces about her Pollyanna image, her triumphs and tragedies and her three disastrous marriages. Hotchner includes interviews… with her son Terry Melcher, her mother, her friends and actors James Garner, Jack Lemmon and James Stewart. 1988.
By Martha Harron. 1988
A daughter's humourous and intimate portrait of Don Harron, the actor, comedian, and writer best-known for his character Charlie Farquharson.… Martha describes her father's successful acting career on Broadway and in London's West End after which he returned to Canada. c1988.