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Between 24th and 29th October 1929 American stock markets lost $30 billion. Jesse Livermore sold $450 million of shares short and made $100 million. It remains, adjusted for inflation, the most money ever made by any individual in a period of seven days. This is the story of that man.
As the sun set on the 1975 season, James Hunt was down and out of Formula One. He had no drive for 1976 and was all washed up. In contrast, Niki Lauda, the new world champion of 1975, was in an entirely different position, with a full year's contract ahead of him and Enzo Ferrari begging him to sign a new, more lucrative one for years into the future. Lauda was hot favourite to win the world championship again in 1976. No one but no one would have named Hunt as a possible contender, but in a life changing turn of events, Emerson Fittipaldi decided to break his McLaren contract and leave the team. It was the opportunity James Hunt needed and, with the help of his friend John Hogan at Marlboro cigarettes, he grabbed the drive with both hands. Fittipaldi had unwittingly set the stage for the greatest duel in sporting history. The two drivers fought an epic battle for the 1976 Formula One world championship, which, in the end, was decided by a single point over a 16 race season. It was all done in the name of glory.
Shunt tells the story of James Hunt's life, his victories on the track, the girls he loved and lost and the huge amounts of money he earned and spent. No stone has been left unturned, no fact too small to include, including his lifelong devotion to dogs and budgerigars. It is the first proper story of a man loved by all those that knew him well but despised by people who did not understand the rules by which he lived his life. It is a story of a man whose like will almost certainly never be seen again.
This book is about the life of Ayrton Senna, the three times Formula One world champion. It is the first proper story of a man the world revered and whose like will never be seen again. In this first full account of the life of Senna, the author and his collaborators examine each detail of the driving maestro's life - from his earliest days to his first race, his pole positions and his world championships - as well as his death and its aftermath. It is a story that has never been fully or properly told, and it is a story that needed to be told.
Dog Story is an anthology of eight stories of well-known people's dogs. They recount the lives, deaths, and extraordinary adventures of these wonderful creatures, and the happiness and ultimate sadness they brought to the lives of their owners. Lady Annabel Goldsmith, Sir Jackie Stewart, Lord Hattersley, Philip Treacy, Anna Pasternak, Petronella Wyatt, Edward du Cann and Tom Rubython share the stories of their beloved dogs in this heartwarming book.
A sweeping saga spanning 1898 to 1984 stretching from the mining fields of South Wales to the film sets of Hollywood and from the playhouses of Cardiff to the grand theatres of Broadway - this new and far reaching biography rakes over the coals of the life of Britain's greatest ever actor, Richard Burton. And how one extraordinary man had three fathers, three mothers, seven brothers, six sisters and four wives, and how he loved them all. And how that man earned US$75 million from the start of his career in 1951 to when he died in 1984; the equivalent of US$1.5 billion in today's money, making him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood history. From the Back Cover And God Created Burton is the first complete biography of the greatest Welshman ever to have lived. The man conquered Hollywood like no other British actor, before or since. His achievements were considered all the greater as they were accomplished in the era of such great British actors as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud as well as great American stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Cary Grant. Burton's achievement was even more pronounced as his prowess uniquely spanned theatre, film and television unlike any other actor before him. In the end, he became a genuine legend in his own lifetime and in the mid-sixties, for one year, he stood at the very pinnacle of Hollywood as the world's most bankable actor. He also loved and lost some the most beautiful and talented actresses of the era, including Elizabeth Taylor, Claire Bloom and Susan Strasberg. But he could have achieved even more if it had not been for his addiction to alcohol, a fate inherited from his father and which stayed with him right to the end of his days, eventually killing him and tarnishing an otherwise extraordinary career.
Fatal Weekend is the complete story of the events of the weekend of 30th April to 1st May 1994 and the few dayes before and after. It is the story of the last days of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger who died within 24hrs of each other.