• Biography & Autobiography

Big Bill Tilden

The Triumphs and the Tragedy
Author: Frank Deford
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453220674
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 286
View: 8632
The classic biography of America’s first tennis starWhen he stepped onto the Wimbledon grass in 1920, Bill Tilden was poised to become the world’s greatest tennis star. Throughout the 1920s he dominated the sport, winning championship after championship with his trademark grace, power, and intelligence. He owned the game more completely than Babe Ruth ruled baseball, making his name, for more than a decade, synonymous with tennis. Phenomenally intelligent—he completed his first book on tennis in the three weeks before his first Wimbledon triumph—Tilden’s success came with a dark side. This classic biography by legendary sports writer Frank Deford tells of Tilden’s dominance, which was unlike anything the sport had ever seen—and the big man’s tragic fall.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Big Bill

The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr.
Author: H.A. Branham
Publisher: FENN-M&S
ISBN: 0771017685
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 5084
The first major authorized biography of NASCAR founder, Bill France Sr. Big Bill is the consummate "insider" book on the life and legend of NASCAR founder Bill France and tells the tale of a classic American success story. France Sr. brought his family to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1934, put down roots and immersed himself in the business of racing, both as a driver and an owner. Nicknamed "Big Bill" because of his 6-foot-5 stature, he made significant contributions to the racing world - he founded NASCAR in December 1947, built Daytona International Speedway in 1959 and built Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, and landed the landmark R.J. Reynolds/Winston sponsorship deal in 1971 that not only transformed NASCAR but also transformed corporate sponsorship of sports in America. The France family has spent the last 30 years gathering a vast collection of files and material about their family patriarch and has turned over countless interviews -- both written and taped -- as well as NASCAR documents, memorabilia, memos, letters and various other materials to the author for this definitive biography. Big Bill offers NASCAR fans a rich, entertaining, emotional, and detailed story about America's most recognized and admired racing family.

    • Biography & Autobiography

I Feel So Good

The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy
Author: Bob Riesman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226717453
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 324
View: 3926
Follows the life of musician Bill Broonzy who gained fame as a bluesman in 1930s Chicago.

    • Sports & Recreation

Real NASCAR

White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France
Author: Daniel S. Pierce
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807895726
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 360
View: 8231
In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s, when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. Real NASCAR not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Blue Smoke

The Recorded Journey of Big Bill Broonzy
Author: Roger House
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807138090
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 270
View: 6470
A contemporary of blues greats Blind Blake, Tampa Red, and Papa Charlie Jackson, Chicago blues artist William "Big Bill" Broonzy influenced an array of postwar musicians, including Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, and J. B. Lenior. In Blue Smoke, Roger House tells the extraordinary story of "Big Bill," a working-class bluesman whose circumstances offer a window into the dramatic social transformations faced by African Americans during the first half of the twentieth century.

    • Labor unions

'Big Bill' Haywood


Author: Melvyn Dubofsky
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719021633
Category: Labor unions
Page: 184
View: 3140

    • History

Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image


Author: Douglas Bukowski
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252066689
Category: History
Page: 273
View: 871
There are politics, politicians, and scandals, but only in Chicago can any combination of these spark the kind of fireworks they do. And no other American city has had a mayor like William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, not in any of his political incarnations. A brilliant chameleon of a politician, Thompson could move from pro- to anti-prohibition, from opposing the Chicago Teachers Federation to opposing a superintendent hostile to it, from being anti-Catholic to winning, in huge numbers, the Catholic vote. Shape-shifter extraordinaire, Thompson stayed in power by repeatedly altering his political image. In Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image, Douglas Bukowski captures the essence of this wily urban politico as no other biographer or historian has. Using materials accessible only thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Bukowski has fashioned an unforgettable story of a volatile Chicago leader and his era. And he does it with such grace and in such an irresistible style that readers will yearn to visit the local speakeasy and lift a glass to colourful politicians gone by.

    • Sports & Recreation

When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood

The Battle for Manchester, New Hampshire, 1912-1916
Author: Scott C. Roper,Stephanie Abbot Roper
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147666546X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 252
View: 6348
“An absorbing narrative of how baseball was used as an Americanization technique not only to forestall the threat of immigrant workers forming a labor union in the largest cotton textile mill in the world, but also to defend its dominant influence on public affairs in Manchester, New Hampshire. The authors have an engaging style, which effectively mixes scholarly research with clear prose to develop the narrative.”—Charlie Bevis, author of Red Sox vs. Braves in Boston “When Baseball Met Big Bill Haywood should be of great interest both to labor historians and baseball historians, particularly those who enjoy the history of New England.”—Krister Swanson, author of Baseball’s Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture In the early 20th century, immigration, labor unrest, social reforms and government regulations threatened the power of the country's largest employers. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company of Manchester, New Hampshire, remained successful by controlling its workforce, the local media, and local and state government. When a 1912 strike in nearby Lawrence, Massachusetts, threatened to bring the Industrial Workers of the World union to Manchester, the company sought to reassert its influence. Amoskeag worked to promote company pride and to Americanize its many foreign-born workers through benevolence programs, including a baseball club. Textile Field, the most advanced stadium in New England outside of Boston when it was built in 1913, was the centerpiece of this effort. Results were mixed--the company found itself at odds with social movements and new media outlets, and Textile Field became a magnet for conflict with all of professional baseball.

    • Industrial policy

Industrial Socialism


Author: Big Bill Haywood,Frank Bohn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Industrial policy
Page: 64
View: 2107

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Big Bill

The Life and Times of NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr.
Author: H.A. Branham
Publisher: FENN-M&S
ISBN: 0771017685
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 8580
The first major authorized biography of NASCAR founder, Bill France Sr. Big Bill is the consummate "insider" book on the life and legend of NASCAR founder Bill France and tells the tale of a classic American success story. France Sr. brought his family to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1934, put down roots and immersed himself in the business of racing, both as a driver and an owner. Nicknamed "Big Bill" because of his 6-foot-5 stature, he made significant contributions to the racing world - he founded NASCAR in December 1947, built Daytona International Speedway in 1959 and built Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, and landed the landmark R.J. Reynolds/Winston sponsorship deal in 1971 that not only transformed NASCAR but also transformed corporate sponsorship of sports in America. The France family has spent the last 30 years gathering a vast collection of files and material about their family patriarch and has turned over countless interviews -- both written and taped -- as well as NASCAR documents, memorabilia, memos, letters and various other materials to the author for this definitive biography. Big Bill offers NASCAR fans a rich, entertaining, emotional, and detailed story about America's most recognized and admired racing family.

    • Social Science

The Failure Factory

How Unelected Bureaucrats, Liberal Democrats, and Big Government Republicans Are Undermining America's Security and Leading Us to War
Author: Bill Gertz
Publisher: Crown Forum
ISBN: 0307449866
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
View: 4291
The U.S. government is in crisis. With America’s attention fixated on who will step into the Oval Office in 2009, no one has noticed where the real power has shifted—to a vast network of unelected officials whose authority has grown wildly out of control. In his latest blockbuster book, acclaimed defense and national security reporter Bill Gertz exposes these astonishingly powerful leaders and their enablers in the political class—and their devastating impact on America's national security. Gertz shows how entrenched liberal activists have become dominant even under an ostensibly conservative administration. And he names names of those who actively subvert official U.S. policy—including not only liberal Democrats but also a number of so-called Republicans who have joined this insidious “Blame America First” crowd. The Failure Factory reveals: • The shocking, previously untold story of the partisan bureaucrats who completely undercut the U.S. position on Iran’s radical Islamist regime • Barack Obama’s disastrous national security policies—and his stable of advisers who have already put America at risk • The recent showdown in the Pentagon that laid bare the U.S. government’s ongoing failures to tackle the threat of Islamist extremism • Flagrant cases of sabotage by top State Department officials that have emboldened dangerous states like Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Communist China • Stunning new intelligence failures—including one that may have allowed a terrorist group to penetrate the FBI and CIA • How even the Bush White House was overrun with Democrats and liberal Republicans • The legions of “Clinton generals”—top military brass whose careers blossomed during the Clinton administration—who make the United States more vulnerable • How Democrats are exploiting the antiwar movement for political gain, with little regard for the potentially devastating consequences • How the defense secretary’s public defiance of official U.S. policy could have gotten him fired—but instead went unchallenged Based on scores of exclusive interviews and displaying the groundbreaking reporting that has made Bill Gertz’s previous books smash bestsellers, The Failure Factory offers a chilling look at the threats to our national security that exist within our own government. From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image


Author: Douglas Bukowski
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252066689
Category: History
Page: 273
View: 4649
There are politics, politicians, and scandals, but only in Chicago can any combination of these spark the kind of fireworks they do. And no other American city has had a mayor like William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson, not in any of his political incarnations. A brilliant chameleon of a politician, Thompson could move from pro- to anti-prohibition, from opposing the Chicago Teachers Federation to opposing a superintendent hostile to it, from being anti-Catholic to winning, in huge numbers, the Catholic vote. Shape-shifter extraordinaire, Thompson stayed in power by repeatedly altering his political image. In Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image, Douglas Bukowski captures the essence of this wily urban politico as no other biographer or historian has. Using materials accessible only thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Bukowski has fashioned an unforgettable story of a volatile Chicago leader and his era. And he does it with such grace and in such an irresistible style that readers will yearn to visit the local speakeasy and lift a glass to colourful politicians gone by.

    • Biography & Autobiography

American Colossus

Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis
Author: Allen M. Hornblum
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 149620431X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 520
View: 7045
Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, and Bill Tilden were the legendary quartet of the "Golden Age of Sports" in the 1920s. They transformed their respective athletic disciplines and captured the imagination of a nation. The indisputable force behind the emergence of professional tennis as a popular and lucrative sport, Tilden's on-court accomplishments are nothing short of staggering. The first American‑born player to win Wimbledon and a seven‑time winner of the U.S. singles championship, he was the number 1 ranked player for ten straight years. A tall, flamboyant player with a striking appearance, Tilden didn't just play; he performed with a singular style that separated him from other top athletes. Tilden was a showman off the court as well. He appeared in numerous comedies and dramas on both stage and screen and was a Renaissance man who wrote more than two dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including several successful tennis instructions books. But Tilden had a secret--one he didn't fully understand himself. After he left competitive tennis in the late 1940s, he faced a lurid fall from grace when he was arrested after an incident involving an underage boy in his car. Tilden served seven months in prison and later attempted to explain his questionable behavior to the public, only to be ostracized from the tennis circuit. Despite his glorious career in tennis, his final years were much constrained and lived amid considerable public shunning. Tilden's athletic accomplishments remain, as he is arguably the best American player ever. American Colossus is a thorough account of his life, bringing a much-needed look back at one of the world's greatest athletes and a person whose story is as relevant as ever.

Starting Small and Making It Big

An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist
Author: Bill Cummings
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692995464
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 5107

    • Music

Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy


Author: Woody Mann
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
ISBN: 161911819X
Category: Music
Page: 24
View: 381
ÊBig Bill Broonzy's recording career spanned from 1927 until his death in 1958. His repertoire was well recorded, from solos and duets to ensemble playing. He was rediscovered just as the "folk-revival" began in the early 1950's. Broonzy was a master of ragtime and country blues guitar whose playing was highlighted by a strong pulsating bass and melodic lead lines. In this comprehensive new audio lesson, Woody Mann explores the ideas, techniques, and styles of this legendary musician who has influenced generations of guitarists. Includes access to online audio containing three full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction. Selections include: House Rent Stomp; Brownskin Shuffle; Moppin' Blues; Hey, Hey; Worryin' You Off My Mind; Stove Pipe Stomp; and Saturday Night Rub. Written in standard notation and tablature.

    • Social Science

The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy


Author: Kevin D. Greene
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469646501
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
View: 5790
Over the course of his long career, legendary bluesman William "Big Bill" Broonzy (1893–1958) helped shape the trajectory of the genre, from its roots in the rural Mississippi River Delta, through its rise as a popular genre in the North, to its eventual international acclaim. Along the way, Broonzy adopted an evolving personal and professional identity, tailoring his self-presentation to the demands of the place and time. His remarkable professional fluidity mirrored the range of expectations from his audiences, whose ideas about race, national belonging, identity, and the blues were refracted through Broonzy as if through a prism. Kevin D. Greene argues that Broonzy's popular success testifies to his ability to navigate the cultural expectations of his different audiences. However, this constant reinvention came at a personal and professional cost. Using Broonzy's multifaceted career, Greene situates blues performance at the center of understanding African American self-presentation and racial identity in the first half of the twentieth century. Through Broonzy's life and times, Greene assesses major themes and events in African American history, including the Great Migration, urbanization, and black expatriate encounters with European culture consumers. Drawing on a range of historical source materials as well as oral histories and personal archives held by Broonzy's son, Greene perceptively interrogates how notions of race, gender, and audience reception continue to shape concepts of folk culture and musical authenticity.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor
Author: Robert Schnakenberg
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594748012
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
View: 9314
"He s the sort of actor who can do Hamletand Charlie s Angelsin the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfieldbecause he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray s extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Liveand the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translationand Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill- part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murraychronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills, extraordinary fan art, and behind-the-scenes photography."

Big Bill


Author: N.A
Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing In
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 7567

    • Biography & Autobiography

Strikes, bombs & bullets

Big Bill Haywood and the IWW.
Author: Jules Archer
Publisher: Julian Messner
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 190
View: 7579
A biography of one of organized labor's first leaders known for the violence of his tactics and for founding the Industrial Workers of the World.