Excellent Historical Biographies of Shakespeare, Darwin & Jefferson [Kindle Editions] - Free Downloads @ Amazon
Excellent  Historical Biographies of  Shakespeare, Darwin & Jefferson [Kindle Editions]  - Free Downloads  @ Amazon

Excellent Historical Biographies of Shakespeare, Darwin & Jefferson [Kindle Editions] - Free Downloads @ Amazon

Worth £7.99 Each as Paperback Edtions - These are well rated Biographies by Historian Alexander Kennedy.Separate Links To Each In Comments


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Shakespeare: A Life of Genius | The True Story of William Shakespeare (Short Reads Historical Biographies of Famous People) Kindle Edition


Shakespeare did more than any person to shape the English language, coining more than a thousand words and writing a host of poems and plays considered the finest of their genres. Yet the documentary record is of his life is surprisingly scanty; literary historians know more about the lives of ancient Greek tragedians like Aeschylus and Sophocles than they do about Britain’s greatest writer.

In this compact, highly readable biography, Alexander Kennedy separates truth from fiction, history from myth in the life of this enigmatic genius. Was Shakespeare gay or bisexual? Who were the recipients of his celebrated sonnets? Did another author write some or all of his plays? How could a single man’s work so thoroughly reshape our language, our literature, and our world? The answers lie within.

"To be, or not to be, that is the question." - William Shakespeare

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The scandalous circumstances of Shakespeare’s marriage.
How other great men, including Gutenberg, Copernicus, and Erasmus, shaped Shakespeare’s times and made his genius possible.
Christopher Marlowe’s espionage activities, and how they may have caused his assassination.
How the death of a son led to Shakespeare’s greatest work.
What we know about Shakespeare’s mistresses and sexuality.
The major themes of the Shakespearean canon, illustrated with examples from the plays.
The curse that Shakespeare laid on his own grave.


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Darwin: A Life of Genius | The True Story of Charles Darwin (Short Reads Historical Biographies of Famous People) Kindle Edition


In 1831, a young man set off from England to collect specimens and see the world. When he finally returned five years later, he brought with him the germ of a theory so explosive that he feared to tell it even to his wife: that species were not static things created by the hand of God, but were shaped by natural selection into ever more complex forms.

In this compact, highly readable new biography, Alexander Kennedy explores how Charles Darwin evolved alongside his theories, from a diffident failed clergyman to one of the great thinkers of human history. Kennedy insightfully probes Darwin’s childhood and young adulthood for the roots of his genius, and shows us how this genius finally flowered into the theory of natural selection, the basis of all modern biology. Darwin: A Life of Genius demonstrates how Darwin’s ideas not only changed his own life and world, but still continue to shape the science—and the controversies—of our own lives today...

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” - Charles Darwin

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Readable, layperson’s explanations of Darwin’s most important theories.
An exploration of Darwin’s lesser-known scientific work, including his studies of coral reefs, volcanoes, earthworms, and barnacles.
The unsolved mystery of Darwin’s decades-long illness.
The surprising influence of Darwin’s wife and children on his theories.
An examination of whether Darwin or Alfred Russel Wallace deserves the real credit for the theory of natural selection.
The sad fate of Robert FitzRoy, the captain of the Beagle expedition.
Darwin’s role in the rise of modern fundamentalist Christianity.


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Jefferson: A Life of Leadership | The True Story of Thomas Jefferson (Short Reads Historical Biographies of Famous People) Kindle Edition


Thomas Jefferson is justly remembered as one of the great presidents of American history. Yet his greatest accomplishments--the Louisiana Purchase, the First Barbary War, the Lewis and Clark expedition--almost all came in his first term in office. His second term saw a sharp reversal of fortunes, as catastrophe engulfed the nation and Jefferson slunk out of office, never to play a role in public affairs again.

While always giving a great man his due, this new biography explores the darker side of Jefferson's political legacy, examining how the flaws in both his personality and ideology led the nation to the brink of war and dissolution. It tells how Jefferson tossed aside legal norms in his pursuit of rival judges and his own vice president, and how his 1807 Embargo Act devastated the national economy, heightened section divisions, and made a subsequent war with Great Britain all but inevitable. Only when we understand the damage that Jefferson did to America, as well as his many achievements, can we begin to grapple with the complex legacy of our nation's most complex president.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson


Thanks Boz..

Very nice, thanks Boz!


Very nice! Cheers Boz

Another excellent selection. Thanks Boz!

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