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  1. John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words. Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure. In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen, plotting to take him and his family down. Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.About the Author John Ibrahim was born in Tripoli, Lebanon in 1970 (or maybe 1968, or even 1972), son of a civil war fighter and a merchant's daughter, and the second eldest of six children. John bought his first Kings Cross nightclub at 19 and still calls the Golden Mile home.
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  2. the true story of the greatest pastoral landholder in modern history As a barely literate youth of thirteen, Sidney Kidman ran away from home and worked as an odd-job boy in a grog shanty in outback Australia. He went on to become the greatest pastoral landholder in modern history, acquiring a legendary reputation both at home and abroad as the Cattle King. Kidman was much more than a grazier. In addition to his many successful business ventures and his contributions to the war effort, he was driven by a grand plan for the remote arid areas of Australia. this kept him locked in a battle with the land - and against drought. Wealth, power, fame and honours did not change Sidney Kidman. He remained the homespun, gregarious bushman for whom men worked with an almost savage loyalty. Greatly admired, he also had many enemies, and in his later years was dogged by controversies and untruths. this book explores the fascinating Kidman legend, and gives a balanced, thoroughly entertaining account of this larger-than-life Australian and his exceptional achievements. 'An addictive read, embracing the romance of the bush and the hardship of the outback.' SUNDAY tIMES
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  3. A treasure trove of information told with real feeling. Washington Post Book World Charming…honest…transcendent . It reads like a warm and lengthy conversation with a close friend. BillboardThe undisputed king of the blues, B.B. King puts his life into words in a story that spans tragedy, triumph, and everything in between and he tells it just how he plays it, straight from the heart. A true-to-life tale of overcoming monumental odds to succeed as an artist in an often unfriendly world, Blues All Around Me is also the story of how blues music changed during its migration from the Mississippi Delta to urban areas such as Chicago. Rolling Stone calls B.B. s memoir a very American success story [told] with the lyricism and leisurely pace of a born storyteller. “
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  4. John Ibrahim’s incredible life story told in his own words. Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia’s most notorious underworld figure. In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney’s rough and tumble west – before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile. Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire – partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen, plotting to take him and his family down. Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.
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  6. The Duchess of Cornwall's great-grandmother Alice Keppel was perhaps the greatest courtesan in history. She was extraordinary for a number of reasons, not least that she was for many years the lover of Edward VII, though managed to avoid the stigma...
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  7. For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media...
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  8. This richly varied account of a life spanning seven decades is more than a memoir about success in business. From the author’s early years growing up in a medium sized town in Western Victoria during and immediately after the Second World War it traces a career that culminates in a high profile in Australian sporting and corporate life during some of the wine industry’s most turbulent years.In between there are tales of the inevitable move to the city and the trials and tribulations of life in the big smoke, university studies, playing for Carlton Football Club, national service and marriage at twenty with fatherhood following soon after.Ray writes vividly of an incident-packed career embracing teaching, AFL umpiring, the pharmaceutical industry and the eventual move into a senior position with a leading winemaker.Along the way there are tumultuous times involving marriage break-up, single parenting and a fresh start on family life in bringing two families together. Mid-life crisis leads to despair, departure and an eventual reunion with the wine industry.The subsequent three decades of controversial top level involvement in the wine industry is an exhilarating journey of boosting profits, takeovers (and being taken over), mergers, bitter corporate battles, disasters and triumphs. With this comes numerous directorships, including seven years as chairman of St Kilda Football Club.It is a full and candid account of an incident-filled life that provides a lively and engaging read. About the AuthorFrom an early life in the family's bakery in a Victorian country town, Ray King rose to become one of the biggest movers and shakers in the Australian corporate world. During a thirty-year, often controversial career that began in 1970 he brought a fresh way of thinking to a wine industry steeped in tradition.He introduced to the world the now ubiquitous bag in box wine carton, initiated takeovers and mergers during the wine industry's most stormy years and lifted an ailing
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  9. The authorised biography of Jim Bull, New Zealand�s agribusiness leader who became the leading potato grower in Australasia. � Starting from scratch, his commitment to hard work and innovative research led to him adding value to his...
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  10. There were mythic sports figures before him - Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio - but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene from his native Louisville in the 1950s, he broke the mould. He changed the world of sports and went on to change...
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  11. James VI & I, the namesake of the King James Version of the Bible, had a series of notorious male favorites. No one denies that these relationships were amorous, but were they sexual? Michael B. Young merges political history with recent...
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  12. Subtitle: Edward VIII, Mrs Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis The previously untold story of the backroom politics that went on behind the handling of the abdication crisis of 1936. The King Who Had to Go deals in the harsh...
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  13. Alfonso X is a major but little known figure in Medieval European history. A philosopher king who reigned during the so called Dark Ages, Alfonso championed science,...
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  14. An original approach to Shakespeare's King Lear: Michael Pennington takes us on a fascinating journey through the play from the point of view of Lear himself and others. Although Michael also writes about his own New York acting experience in 2014,...
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  15. Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the 19th - a force of nature, a caustic, ruthless, brilliant military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent, and a...
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  16. The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller '[The book that] made headlines around the world.' Independent He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication,...
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