In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times, becoming the first player in history to hammer five hundred home runs and three thousand hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron’s childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays—all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth’s all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron’s more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today’s tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball’s greatest scandal. Bryant reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time—fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progress—and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson’s mission to obtain full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. From the Hardcover edition.
A short but perfectly formed complete Discworld novel, fully illustrated in lavish colour throughout, THE LAST HERO is an essential part of any Discworld collection. It stars the legendary Cohen the Barbarian, a legend in his own lifetime. Cohen can remember when a hero didn't have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation, and when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons. But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth... So now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends - and they're very old friends - Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance. That'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.
Cohen the Barbarian. He's been a legend in his own lifetime. He can remember the good old days of high adventure, when being a Hero meant one didn't have to worry about aching backs and lawyers and civilization. But these days, he can't always remember just where he put his teeth... So now, with his ancient (yet still trusty) sword and new walking stick in hand, Cohen gathers a group of his old -- very old -- friends to embark on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain of Discworld and meet the gods. It's time the Last Hero in the world returns what the first hero stole. Trouble is, that'll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.
Portrays the life and career of the legendary baseball star, from his childhood in the mining towns of Oklahoma through his rise to baseball fame, and finally his tragic death from cancer
Last of the Tough Guys Wade Brillings: U.S. Navy. Hero with a capital H. Extremely practical. Wade found women a pleasant, occasional distraction. Until he met— Cassandra Lloyd: Beautiful but completely impractical. Why, he was surprised she could find her way out of a parking lot—which is where he first met her and saved her life. This sexy dreamer was all wrong for him. He also suspected she was part of a smuggling ring. Which meant he had to stick close. Real close. Problem was…he wanted her. The practical thing to do was to keep his hands off her. But for the first time in his life, Wade was following his feelings….
Simon Templar destroys a dangerous death ray, stopping the evil Dr. Rayt Marius and preventing the outbreak of a catastrophic war
Drawing on Donovan's personal papers and secret archives and on his wife's diaries, this profile depicts the remarkable man who was the most decorated figure in United States history and was the founder of the OSS, forerunner of the CIA
Biography of the sailor, mountaineer, and adventurer, called perhaps the greatest explorer of the twentieth century.
This is a new release of the original 1927 edition.
Depicts the life of a successful lawyer, soldier, and athlete who founded and helped direct America's intelligence operations during World War II
One of the greatest movie stars ever, Gary Cooper set the standard for the strong, silent type in a career that spanned from the Hollywood's Silents to the Golden Age. Films like High Noon and Sergeant York made Cooper famous, but his private life was just as legendary. This book pulls back the curtain on the life and legacy of this American icon.
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Born in December in a small cottage of Foreverland in Sydney the story of Rolland, nicknamed "DDH" who rose above odds and bullies to clinch a name in world history as "The Last Hero of Foreverland" ends up in the books of Peragon, the guardian of all great stories. To Peragon, the great dragon, the noble story of Rolland brought him strength. To Zuzu, the story made him a part of history, but for Rolland Forever has happened in Foreverland. The book is narrated by Zuzu Juanabelle, the gold puppy after Peragon's death.
One day high school student Hiro decides to apply as a monitor for a new gadget called JUNK. Soon he recieves a strange looking device in the mail. Upon activation, Hiro is encased in a powered armor JUNK suit granting him incredible strength, speed and agility. However, Hiro's repeat abuse at the hands of the school bullies leaves him hungry for revenge... not super heroism.
If readers haven't heard of Bill Arnett, the Atlanta art collector-dealer-patron whom Dietz reports on in this book, they'll certainly have an opinion about him by the time they close its covers. A self-made art expert who traveled the world and amassed a collection for himself, Arnett developed an interest in rural African-American folk art made by self-taught men such as Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley, both from Alabama. In the late 1980s, Arnett offered these artists what they believed were staggering amounts of money for their work. But in the early 1990s, people began to wonder whether Arnett's deals weren't just another example of a rich, white art dealer taking advantage of poor, uneducated black artists. Arnett's deal with Dial drew, and continues to draw, particularly strong fire since Dial is illiterate, Arnett owns Dial's house and maintains complete control over the artist's dealings with the public. Dietz chronicles a number of episodes surrounding Arnett and his folk artists, including various museum shows and accompanying disagreements, leaving readers to make their own assessment of whether Arnett is a visionary champion of a new artistic frontier or simply a wealthy hoarder who thinks everyone's against him.