The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

Author: David K. Randall

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393292932

Category: History

Page: 256

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"A true story of the battle for paradise…men and women fighting for a slice of earth like no other." —New York Times Book Review Frederick and May Rindge, the unlikely couple whose love story propelled Malibu’s transformation from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars, are at the heart of this story of American grit and determinism. He was a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she was a poor Midwestern farmer’s daughter raised to be suspicious of the seasons. Yet the bond between them would shape history. The newly married couple reached Los Angeles in 1887 when it was still a frontier, and within a few years Frederick, the only heir to an immense Boston fortune, became one of the wealthiest men in the state. After his sudden death in 1905, May spent the next thirty years fighting off some of the most powerful men in the country—as well as fissures within her own family—to preserve Malibu as her private kingdom. Her struggle, one of the longest over land in California history, would culminate in a landmark Supreme Court decision and lead to the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway. The King and Queen of Malibu traces the path of one family as the country around them swept off the last vestiges of the Civil War and moved into what we would recognize as the modern age. The story of Malibu ranges from the halls of Harvard to the Old West in New Mexico to the beginnings of San Francisco’s counter culture amid the Gilded Age, and culminates in the glamour of early Hollywood—all during the brief sliver of history in which the advent of railroads and the automobile traversed a beckoning American frontier and anything seemed possible.
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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

Author: David K. Randall

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393083934

Category: Science

Page: 304

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An engrossing examination of the science behind the little-known world of sleep. Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems. Why did the results of one sleep study change the bookmakers’ odds for certain Monday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder? This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You’ll never look at your pillow the same way again.
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American Trinity

Jefferson, Custer, and the Spirit of the West

Author: Larry Len Peterson

Publisher: Sweetgrass Books

ISBN: 1591521882

Category: Social Science

Page: 728

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In the spirit of Guns, Germs, and Steel, author and cultural historian Larry Len Peterson details the collision of European and Native American civilizations and the bloody aftermath that doomed a once-thriving people. Wide-ranging and brimming with fresh insights, American Trinity focuses on how the West was shaped by three implacable forces: Christian imperialism, Thomas Jefferson's Doctrine of Discovery, and George Armstrong Custer's hubris. As Peterson says, "History is important. When there is no knowledge of the past, there cannot be a vision of the future." Includes chapter endnotes, bibliography, and index.
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Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever, 1997

Author: Visible Ink,Visible Ink Press Staff,Craddock

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787607807

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 1600

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The alternative life raft in a sea of similarity, VideoHound competes on content, categories, and indexing, but the dramatic difference is the attitude. Irreverent, slightly tongue-in-cheek, the Hound never takes himself too seriously. The 1997 edition, fully expanded and updated with 1,000 new entries, provides information and opinions on 22,000-plus videos--more than any other guide on the market--including documentaties, made-for-TV movies, and animated features. Includes Web site entertainment directory.
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VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

2005

Author: Jim Craddock

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787674700

Category: Music

Page: 1655

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Describes and rates more than twenty thousand videos, and provides indexes by theme, awards, actors, actresses, and directors.
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VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 2000

Author: Martin Connors,Jim Craddock

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781578590421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1700

View: 4570

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Describes and rates more than twenty thousand videos, and provides indexes by theme, awards, actors, actresses, and directors
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