The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War
Author: Nigel Cliff
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Gripping narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of a remarkable young Texan pianist, Van Cliburn, who played his way through the wall of fear built by the Cold War, won the hearts of the American and Russian people, and eased tensions between two superpowers on the brink of nuclear war. In 1958, an unheralded twenty-three-year-old piano prodigy from Texas named Van Cliburn traveled to Moscow to compete in the First International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviets had no intention of bestowing their coveted prize on an unknown American; a Russian pianist had already been chosen to win. Yet when the gangly Texan with the shy grin took the stage and began to play, he instantly captivated an entire nation. The Soviet people were charmed by Van Cliburn’s extraordinary talent, passion, and fresh-faced innocence, but it was his palpable love for the music that earned their devotion; for many, he played more like a Russian than their own musicians. As enraptured crowds mobbed Cliburn’s performances, pressure mounted to award him the competition prize. "Is he the best?" Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demanded of the judges. "In that case . . . give him the prize!" Adored by millions in the USSR, Cliburn returned to a thunderous hero’s welcome in the USA and became, for a time, an ambassador of hope for two dangerously hostile superpowers. In this thrilling, impeccably researched account, Nigel Cliff recreates the drama and tension of the Cold War era, and brings into focus the gifted musician and deeply compelling figure whose music would temporarily bridge the divide between two dangerously hostile powers.
Moscow Nights is a riveting photo essay on Moscow's nightlife by world- renowned photographer Antonin Kratochvil. It is a voyeuristic tour through the decadence and hedonism of the new "Golden Youth" as they enjoy their spoils. Kratochvil captures everything from go-go dancers-both performing for admirers and catching a cigarette behind the scenes-to club goers cavorting aboard a yacht that once was Stalin's and writhing on the dance floor. Through the nighttime journey, Kratochvil also exposes the reader to a much deeper social commentary on the new generation and its heritage.Deliberate desire describes Mother Russia's coldest credential. The emotion is at times cruel and other times wanton. It is a controlled dispassion that is, today, so apparent in the gilded circles of her "Golden Youth." The off spring of Russia's new Czars possess the suave indifference that is Mother Russia's true nature and that of her elite; a black mark of distinction worn like a beauty spot for maximum effect. It is a force that has existed without end-the foreplay equal to the climax, seduction dependent upon opulent wealth.This is the first photo essay on Moscow nightlife: powerful, uncensored, beautiful, and arousing.Antonin Kratochvil (born 1947, Czechoslovakia) is a founding member of VII, the esteemed cooperative picture agency. Over the past twenty-five years, his assignments have taken him around the world and on diverse assignments. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, Conde Nast Traveler, GEO, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Natural History, and the United Nations Choices magazine. His other books include Broken Dream, Incognito, and Vanishing.
In 1965, Commander Courtney, MP for Harrow East, was involved in a scandal: compromising and explicit photos of him and a certain Russian woman had been disseminated amongst the British national press. Who had sent them - and why? For the British businessman plying his wares behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960s, life was a constant game of cat and mouse with the security services. Feared and loathed in equal measure, the KGB and the STASI were supreme practitioners of the art of espionage with a singularly dispassionate view of killing and a willingness to mete out the harshest punishments to those unfortunate enough to cross their path. It was against this backdrop that Adrian McIntyre carried out his business dealings in the USSR and Poland. Victim of a relentless campaign of sexual entrapment, poisoned and threatened at gunpoint, he relates his experiences with charm and humour, as the true nature of the difficulties he encountered unfolds to reveal the deft manoeuvring required to keep him one step ahead of a one-way ticket to the gulags, or worse. Moscow Nights is an enthralling and pacy account of business life during the Cold War; a period of deep mistrust, political intrigue and unexplained disappearances, which, hopefully, can now be consigned to the history books.
The dramatic sequel to SEKRET, this psychic Cold War espionage thriller follows Yulia to Washington, DC, where she fights to discover the truth about her family without losing control of her mind. My mind is mine alone.Life in Washington, D.C., is not the safe haven Yulia hoped for when she risked everything to flee communist Russia. Her father is reckless and aloof, and Valentin is distant and haunted by his past. Her mother is being targeted by the CIA and the US government is suspicious of Yulia's allegiance. And when super-psychics start turning up in the US capitol, it seems that even Rostov is still a threat. Ultimately, Yulia must keep control of her own mind to save the people she loves and avoid an international SKANDAL.
This is the first comprehensive critical study of Anthony Asquith. Ryall sets the director's work in the context of British cinema from the silent period to the 1960s, examining the artistic and cultural influences which shaped his films. Asquith's silent films were compared favourably to those of his eminent contemporary Alfred Hitchcock, but his career faltered during the 1930s. However, the success of Pygmalion (1938) and French Without Tears (1939), based on plays by George Bernard Shaw and Terence Rattigan, together with his significant contributions to wartime British cinema, re-established him as a leading British film maker. Asquith's post-war career includes several pictures in collaboration with Terence Rattigan, and the definitive adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1951), but his versatility is demonstrated in a number of modest genre films including The Woman in Question (1950), The Young Lovers (1954) and Orders to Kill (1958).