M-G-M's Greatest Musicals
By Hugh Fordin
M-G-M's Greatest Musicals (originally published as The World of Entertainment! Hollywood's Greatest Musicals ) is not a biography of Arthur Freed (1894-1973), producer of the most outstanding series of musicals in motion picture history, but a turbulent, behind-the-scenes, film-by-film account of the making of his movies (which, to the exclusion of all else, were his life). From 1940 to 1970, under the auspices of M-G-M's celebrated Freed Unit, Hollywood's master actors, writers, directors, choreographers, composers, and set designers created The Wizard of Oz, Girl Crazy, Meet Me in St. Louis, Annie Get Your Gun, An American in Paris, Show Boat, Singin' in the Rain, Gigi, and nearly forty others. The author brings to vivid life the unexpected crises and everyday magic of the Freed Unit. Richly detailed, profusely illustrated with hundreds of rare photos, this book describes the lives and careers Freed touched and often shaped,Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and others like Saroyan, Berlin, Kern, Gershwin,and in the process reveals how a romantic, sentimental man became the uncontested master of the movie musical.
The M.C. Beaton Regency Collection
By M.C. Beaton
Emily Goes to ExeterA dead employer's legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. She soon meets Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met.What the girl's darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking... MinervaRaven-haired Minerva, eldest daughter of an impecunious vicar, Reverend Charles Armitage, an impecunious country vicar in Regency England, announces that Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Minerva is despatched to Town under the wing of the disreputable old Lady Godolphin. Her task - to find a rich husband and thereby restore the ailing family fortunes.Refining FelicityWhen Amy and Effie Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on an inheritance, they place this advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones.Felicity Baronsheath, their first assignment, turns out to be more of a challenge than they could have ever imagined. Not only is Felicity indifferent to the idea of marriage, she is also a spoilt brat! And when, despite their best endeavours, Felicity insists on remaining unrefined and hoydenish, the Tribbles begin to fear that their new venture will end in disaster...The Miser of MayfairEvery Season No.67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death?Salvation seems to come in the form of Roderick Sinclair who confirms he wishes to rent the house for the current Season. The staff are overjoyed - until they find that Mr Sinclair is a terrible miser who is planning no parties. But it is Rainbird, No.67's clever and elegant butler, who sees through her façade and resolves to help in whatever way he can...
Mac & Cheese
By Ellen Brown
Creamy, cheesy, rich, and comforting, macaroni and cheese is the favourite side dish for all generations! From classics with various cheeses to more exotic fare- with lobster, vegetables, pancetta, beef, and many more combinations- this timeless standard deserves a second look.Consider the Goat Cheese and Boursin Mac and Cheese, Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese, or Mac and Cheese Soufflé with Country Ham for a dinner party, a book club meeting, or a holiday side dish. Start with Mac and Cheese Canapés or Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls, and then have Grand Marnier Orzo Pudding or Macaroni with Pecan Caramel Mascarpone for a sweet dessert!Author Ellen Brown has collected and developed more than 80 recipes, most of which are adapted from beloved dishes from restaurants around the country like Red Rooster in New York, Nosh in Dallas, and The Tipsy Pig in San Francisco. Recreate your favourite cheesy restaurant dishes at home: the sky's the limit for the humble mac & cheese.
Mac King'S Campfire Magic
By Bill King, Mac King
Renowned magician/comedian Mac King presents more than 50 amazing tricks and astounding (and often hilarious) feats of illusion for kids ages 9 to 12?perfect for the campsite or the great indoors! In a book as lively and appealing as the magician himself, Mac King's Campfire Magic features dozens of easy-to-learn magic tricks and stunts, with a focus on feats that can be performed with rope, hats, bandannas, knives, coins, twigs, and anything else found around the campfire (or in the kitchen junk drawer). Mac's humorous, easy-to-follow instructions (as well as the antics of his sidekick, Lewis the Monkey) are brought to life by well-known illustrator Bill King, who also draws the widely syndicated comic strip 'Mac King's Magic in a Minute.'Readers will learn how to bake a cake in a cap; tie a knot with one hand; read their friends' minds; grow a plant?instantly; transform a dead twig into a leafy one; and much more! And as a bonus, two full-length magic acts (complete with patter) are included. With its durable binding and compact size, Mac King's Campfire Magic is the perfect field guide to entertaining friends and family, whether on the trail or in the living room.
By Gavin Long
But his self-confidence, the breadth and depth of his thinking and his eloquence and commanding presence ensured that he filled with distinction the senior appointments into which he was swiftly elevated between the wars.When Douglas MacArthur returned to the U.S. after being relieved of command in Korea in 1951, he was setting foot on American soil for the first time since 1935. During his long sojourn in the Pacific he had fought against America's enemies in concert with a wide array of often contentious European allies and emerging Asian forces. In MacArthur Gavin Long examined one of the most complex personalities, thrust into some of the most complex situations, to be found in the "Military Commanders" series. It is scarcely surprising that he sometimes gave his subject mixed reviews. Long was editor of the Australian Official History of World War II and offers an interesting account of MacArthur's relationship with his Australian allies. Examples of MacArthur's initiative and leadership ability in Mexico and World War I, ignored in some studies, are given due attention here. Of particular interest, due to rapid changes of government throughout the world in recent years, is Long's insightful account of MacArthur's administration of post-war Japan. MacArthur himself later recalled that "Japan had become the world's greatest labouratory for an experiment in the liberation of a people from totalitarian rule and for the liberalization of government from within ...."
Macarthur at War
By Walter R. Borneman
World War II changed the course of history. Douglas MacArthur changed the course of World War II. MACARTHUR AT WAR will go deeper into this transformative period of his life than previous biographies, drilling into the military strategy that Walter R. Borneman is so skilled at conveying, and exploring how personality and ego translate into military successes and failures.Architect of stunning triumphs and inexplicable defeats, General MacArthur is the most intriguing military leader of the twentieth century. There was never any middle ground with MacArthur. This in-depth study of the most critical period of his career shows how MacArthur's influence spread far beyond the war-torn Pacific.
The MacGregor Grooms
By Nora Roberts
AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIMEThree MacGregor grandsons are heading for the biggest day of their lives in this heartwarming trio of interconnected stories from international bestselling author Nora Roberts.Fresh from the success of sending his granddaughters down the aisle, Daniel MacGregor turns his matchmaking sights on his stubbornly single grandsons: D.C., Duncan and Ian. And though each man will put up a good fight, they'll be no match for the women chosen by Daniel to tempt and tease them all the way to the altar. The MacGregor Grooms can be enjoyed as a hugely entertaining standalone book. It is also the seventh instalment in the classic The MacGregors series, which begins with Playing the Odds and continues with Tempting Fate, All the Possibilities, One Man's Art, The MacGregor Brides, The Winning Hand and The Perfect Neighbour - all available as Ebooks for the first time. And look out for the prequel For Now, Forever, the historical MacGregor novel Rebellion and its companion novella In from the Cold. Includes a preview of The Perfect Neighbour
The MacGregor Brides
By Nora Roberts
AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIMEA new generation of MacGregor women discovers their grandfather's matchmaking talent in this classic intertwined trio of stories from bestselling author Nora Roberts. There is nothing Daniel MacGregor would rather see than his three eldest granddaughters - Laura, Gwendolyn and Julia - married. But the three cousins are so focused on their careers that marriage is the last thing on their minds. Until Daniel handpicks three unsuspecting candidates for grooms - and throws them in their paths...The MacGregor Brides can be enjoyed as a hugely entertaining standalone book. It is also the fifth instalment in the classic MacGregors series, which begins with Playing the Odds and continues with Tempting Fate, All the Possibilities, One Man's Art, The Winning Hand, The MacGregor Grooms and The Perfect Neighbour - all available as Ebooks for the first time. And look out for the prequel For Now, Forever, plus the historical MacGregor novel Rebellion and its companion novella In from the Cold. Includes a preview of The Winning Hand
By Nick Brownlee
They call me the Headhunter...you may be familiar with my work.'It's Christmas and a machete-wielding predator with links to Kenya's most feared crime organisation is handing out severed heads as gifts. As The Headhunter's gruesome spree spreads to Mombasa, Inspector Daniel Jouma finds himself drawn once again into the island's toxic heart. Meanwhile, when an old friend becomes the killer's latest victim, fishing boat skipper Jake Moore decides it's personal - and sets out to avenge a grieving widow and her children.Two men. One target. Both set on a collision course with a conspiracy that threatens to turn Kenya into a tribal bloodbath. The stakes could not be higher. But can Jake and Jouma keep their heads - while all about them are losing theirs?
By Michael White
Machiavellian: a person who adopts the principles recommended, or supposed to have been recommended, by Machiavelli in his treatise on statecraft; a person who practises expediency in preference to morality; an intriguer or schemer. Usu. derogatory.'For more than five hundred years the name Machiavelli has resonated through the world of politics and power. He was an extraordinary man living in an extraordinary age: a brilliant thinker and theorist who was also a consumate diplomat. In this new biography of the Florentine political theorist and statesman, Michael White goes beyond our preconceptions to draw an objective picture of the author of THE PRINCE and THE ART OF WAR, who has been characterised for posterity as a corrupt, power-hungry demon whose works encouraged tyrants to kill and control. He does so by placing Machiavelli's remarkable life in the context of the Renaissance and its luminaries, such as the Borgias and Leonardo da Vinci.
Mad About the Boy?
By Dolores Gordon-Smith
It's the height of summer 1923 and Isabelle's parents are celebrating their Silver Wedding with a ball at their country house, Hesperus, in Sussex. Isabelle has a problem: two men, the glamorous, earnest Malcolm and the quiet, troubled Arthur are in love with her, but worry is soon replaced by tragedy. One of the guests apparently commits suicide at the ball. Jack Haldean, the hero of A Fete Worse Than Death, thinks it's murder, but everything is thrown into chaos when a group of Russian Revolutionaries become involved in the affair.In a case involving deception, greed, jealousy, kidnap, torture and more murder, Jack faces an agonizing choice on his journey to the truth - a journey which will change Isabelle's life forever.
Mad About the Man
By Tracy Anne Warren
Enemies-to-lovers romance from one of the best, New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren.After a devastating love affair broke her heart - and derailed her career - it's taken Brie Grayson a while to recover. Now she's back at a top New York City law firm, determined to rise above it all. And she'll have to - especially when a major new client turns out to be the boy who made the seventh grade a living hell.Luxury hotel magnate Maddox Monroe has clawed his way out of the ruins of his former life to build an empire. He knows what he wants and how to get it. But he couldn't have anticipated reconnecting with the girl of his boyhood fantasies - all grown up and more alluring than ever.But once Maddox breaks through Brie's barriers to find the fiery woman hidden underneath, will lust lead to something lasting? Or will past heartache and fresh betrayals tear their future apart before it even has a chance to begin?
Mad About The Girls
By Francesca Clementis
All Lorna has ever wanted is a husband and four children. And now she has just that - except they are someone else's husband and someone else's children. But Robert Danson and his kids are practically hers. After all, Robert's wife had walked out on the family ten years earlier, and, having fallen for Robert, Lorna has been happy to step into the breach.So now Lorna has everything a real mother should have (aside from the stretch marks) and couldn't be happier, until Robert's real wife returns into their lives. She's beautiful, assured and looking for forgiveness. But is that all she wants? Lorna can't help but feel that this family isn't big enough for both of them . . .
A Mad Catastrophe
By Geoffrey Wawro
The Austro-Hungarian army that marched east and south to confront the Russians and Serbs in the opening campaigns of World War I had a glorious past but a pitiful present. Speaking a mystifying array of languages and lugging outdated weapons, the Austrian troops were hopelessly unprepared for the industrialized warfare that would shortly consume Europe.As prizewinning historian Geoffrey Wawro explains in A Mad Catastrophe , the doomed Austrian conscripts were an unfortunate microcosm of the Austro-Hungarian Empire itself,both equally ripe for destruction. After the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, Germany goaded the Empire into a war with Russia and Serbia. With the Germans massing their forces in the west to engage the French and the British, everything,the course of the war and the fate of empires and alliances from Constantinople to London,hinged on the Habsburgs' ability to crush Serbia and keep the Russians at bay. However, Austria-Hungary had been rotting from within for years, hollowed out by repression, cynicism, and corruption at the highest levels. Commanded by a dying emperor, Franz Joseph I, and a querulous celebrity general, Conrad von Hötzendorf, the Austro-Hungarians managed to bungle everything: their ultimatum to the Serbs, their declarations of war, their mobilization, and the pivotal battles in Galicia and Serbia. By the end of 1914, the Habsburg army lay in ruins and the outcome of the war seemed all but decided. Drawing on deep archival research, Wawro charts the decline of the Empire before the war and reconstructs the great battles in the east and the Balkans in thrilling and tragic detail. A Mad Catastrophe is a riveting account of a neglected face of World War I, revealing how a once-mighty empire collapsed in the trenches of Serbia and the Eastern Front, changing the course of European history.
By Frank Fraser, James Morton
MAD FRANK is Frankie Fraser's own extraordinary story - the truth about the legendary villain who for fifty years was a key figure in Britain's underworld. A peer of the Krays and the Richardsons, arguably as influential and certainly as dangerous, Fraser has served over 40 years in prisons and mental institutions for his various crimes. MAD FRANK - A man who has been at the cutting edge of crime in this country, and who took the time to sharpen it while he was there.
Mad Hatter's Holiday
By Peter Lovesey
It's 1882 and Albert Moscrop is holidaying in Brighton, his time dedicated to taking in the seaside scenes, no matter how private. Marching down Queen's Road to the beach, he draws us straight into a compelling drama played out in the fashionable haunts of the nineteenth-century resort: beach, pier, promenade, swimming bath and Devil's Dyke. A keen observer, Moscrop is fascinated by one particular family - the Protheros; and in particular the beautiful Zena Prothero, excessively taken for granted by her husband. Gradually, Moscrop moves into the circle of the Prothero family, only to become involved in a sensational and gruesome murder which horrifies all of Brighton. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, provided in the persons of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray. Once there, they find themselves facing the strangest case of their careers, one just as mystifying as it is macabre.
Mad In America
By Robert Whitaker
Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America , medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book,now revised with a new introduction, Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of insanity," and what we value most about the human mind.
By Jane Bailey
A heart-warming and passionate tale from the author of Tommy Glover's Sketch of HeavenAt the age of five I ran into a wood, and nearly two years later I walked out of it and into the nearest house.In 1927, Gracie returns to her house to find a young girl curled up on her armchair: a feral, rather grubby gift of fate. With no knowledge of the child's origins and no children of her own, Gracie adopts her and names her 'Joy'. Despite the endless speculation about Joy's unusual ways, Gracie is happy to remain ignorant about her past in case anyone should come forward to reclaim her as their own. Time passes and Joy grows into a young woman at the advent of World War II. But when she becomes romantically involved with a fighter pilot the mystery of her past slowly unravels . . .Praise for Jane Bailey'A vivid and involving novel that reaches a truly page-turning climax' Barbara Trepido'Absorbing, compelling and intensely moving' Lesley Glaister, author of As Far as You Can Go'A gentle, poignant, achingly funny tale of displaced children, first love and the tragic secrets hidden behind so many respectable facades' Serena Mackesy, author of The Temp
A Mad Love
By Vivien Schweitzer
Opera is a visceral, emotional experience. No prior knowledge is needed to enjoy a soaring aria, or to be moved to laughter and to tears by popular operas like Carmen and La Boheme. But to fully appreciate this centuries-old art form, one must know its history and the many ways its component parts-music, poetry, theater-can be fit together. In A Mad Love, critic Vivien Schweitzer offers a lively introduction to opera, spanning from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1600, generally considered the first successful opera, to Dead Man Walking and Anna Nicole Smith in recent decades. Along the way, she introduces readers to the genre's most important composers, performers, and conductors, and to its key terminology, from coloratura to recitative. She recounts the longstanding debates about how best to pair story and song that have shaped opera over the centuries, highlighting some of the ways operas have shocked and delighted listeners. Dissecting opera's eclectic musical language, she equips readers to assess precisely how a particular performance succeeded or failed.There is undoubtedly a thrill to hearing a great opera singer fill a beautiful, historic theater with his or her unamplified voice. But today, opera ranges far beyond these traditional quarters; it is everywhere, from movie theaters to public parks and offbeat performance spaces to our earbuds. A Mad Love is an essential book for anyone who wants to appreciate this living, evolving art form in all its richness.
Mad Mobs and Englishmen?
By Cliff Stott, Steve Reicher
In August 2011, London and many other English towns and cities erupted into some of the worst rioting for decades. David Cameron blamed a broken society with a sick morality; Tony Blair a defiant underclass. Yet with no evidence to support their claims, their remarks were typical of the storm of uninformed comments that followed the riots, based largely on longstanding misconceptions of why people riot. With their extensive expertise in crowd behaviour and psychology, and years of research experience studying crowds, riots and hooliganism worldwide, psychologists Steve Reicher and Cliff Stott challenge the myths of the 2011 riots perpetuated in the media and elsewhere; consider the reality on the ground and how to avoid a repeat scenario.