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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Priscilla S. Taylor
This engaging book lends new meaning to the term "close-knit family." Condoleezza Rice lived under her parents' roof until, as a senior in college, she was allowed to move into a sorority house at the University of Denver.
Roald Dahl (1916-1990), born in Wales of Norwegian parents and named for explorer Roald Amundson, is fortunate in his biographer. Donald Sturrock met Dahl in the course of making his first television documentary for the BBC in 1985.
Despite the fact that a nephew burned most of the personal archives of Jewish philanthropist and humanitarian Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), Abigail Green has managed to find enough other primary sources to produce this mammoth warts-and-all account of Montefiore and his times. Ms. Green, whose mother was born a Sebag-Montefiore, is a tutor and fellow in history at Oxford, and she has turned the story of a London stockbroker who retired rich at age 40 into a broader look at the Jews and their relationship with the rest of 19th-century society.
This superb biography of virtuoso pianist and conductor Hans von Bulow does for the 19th-century music scene what Alex Ross' "The Rest Is Noise" did for the 20th, leaving the reader awestruck at the author's command of his research and skillful storytelling.
There's no question that the Bach Suites for unaccompanied cello have a great following: Mstislav Rostropovich chose to play them at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, they comforted mourners at the funerals of Katharine Graham and Ted Kennedy, and now they top the classical music iTunes chart.
William Shawcross' history of the 20th century as reflected in the life of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon is delightful as well as dignified.
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's all-American life story is so compelling that it screams to be required reading for all young people, or anybody else who needs confirmation that courage, dignity and extraordinary competence can still be found in this land.
Lev Aronson is not exactly a household name in nonmusical circles, but the story of his survival in Nazi Germany and eventual emigration to America, where he became a respected orchestra cellist and teacher, if not the soloist he had once aspired to be, is gripping.
It may well be true, as Jon Krakauer's blurb has it, that "Nobody alive writes better about mountaineering than David Roberts," but his subject this time, his longtime friend and mentor Bradford Washburn, is one about which he has conflicting emotions.
Christopher Bigsby makes a valiant effort to remind us of the importance of Arthur Miller's vast body of work.
It makes no difference whether you start at the beginning of this book, with author Mark Adams' lively story of the bizarre life of America's original health guru, or with the appendix, where Mr. Adams reports on how he himself fared when he put some of Bernarr Macfadden's advice into practice (the author had no trouble with extreme exercise, raw foods chewed forever and even quite a bit of fasting, but he drew the line at the all-milk diet). It's a delightful read.