When Sam Cooke was shot dead in a cheap motel in Hollywood, he was one of America's most successful pop stars. This biography follows Cooke's life in a racist America where his voice was one of the first to reach beyond the segregated audiences and command a white following, Cooke himself becoming a player in the fledgling civil rights movement.
One night last winter, when Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his baby son, his wife Helene was killed, along with 88 other people, at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter to his wife's killers on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his baby son's life be defined by their acts.
`A stunning reappraisal of Henry VIII's fifth wife ... Gareth Russell's book is scholarly yet highly readable ... basing his account on exhaustive research into her household, he provides a portrayal that is fresh and compelling. It is a stunning achievement' Tracy Borman, Sunday Times
Millions of words have been spent and misspent on Adolf Hitler.Hitler fought at First Ypres and he saw something on the battlefields that eluded his fellow soldiers, something that would become the cornerstone of his later life. He saw this war as heroic, noble and natural - the last act of the fittest in the great drama of the human race.
How did the defining years of Hitler's life affect his rise to power? When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, his war record and his early political career, the author seeks the man behind the myth.