Secret Lives of Great Authors

Secret Lives of Great Authors

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You laughed at Secret Lives of the Presidents (80,000 net). You cried at Secret Lives of the First Ladies (25,000 net). Now it’s time to leave the history classroom and go down the hall to English 101. Here are irreverent and fun-filled bios of all the writers you were forced to read in high school...[more]


Secret Lives of Great Composers

Secret Lives of Great Composers

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In the fine tradition of Secret Lives of Great Authors and Secret Lives of Great Artists comes the latest entry in Quirk’s successful series: Secret Lives of Great Composers. You’ve heard their scores in countless movies, from Fantasia to Apocalypse Now--now get the skinny on their tumultuous lives,...[more]


Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers

Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers

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On the heels of Secret Lives of Great Authors, Great Artists, and Great Composers comes Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers—a look at screen legends ranging from D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin to Martin Scorcese and the Coen Brothers. Learn behind-the-scenes bios and true tawdry tales of your favorite...[more]


Secret Lives of the Civil War

Secret Lives of the Civil War

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The author of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents and Secret Lives of the First Ladies returns with another bizarre look at history’s most celebrated personalities. With Secret Lives of the Civil War, Cormac O’Brien unearths a host of strange little-known facts about Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis,...[more]


Secret Lives of the First Ladies

Secret Lives of the First Ladies

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As children, we learned about the first ladies from dry, sanitized textbooks that emphasized all of history’s major milestones. But how much about these ladies do you really know? Consider: Dolley Madison loved to chew tobacco. Mary Todd Lincoln conducted seances in the White House on a regular basis....[more]


Secret Lives of the US Presidents

Secret Lives of the US Presidents

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The classic Quirk compendium of presidential biographies is back, revised just in time to include America's newest commander in chief. With presidential politics at a fever pitch these days, it's hard to keep fact from fiction--but throughout the history of our country, our leaders have had lives way...[more]


Secret Lives of the US Presidents--Card Game

Secret Lives of the US Presidents--Card Game

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Every election year, people start to brush up on their knowledge of presidential trivia. If you still can’t tell your Tyler from your Polk, then it’s time to play Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents trivia card game! Inspired by our book SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS (Feb. 2004), this deck...[more]


The Secret Lives of Great Artists

The Secret Lives of Great Artists

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Learn about the artists behind all your favorite works—and the works they’ve inspired: Michelangelo had such repellant body odor that his assistants couldn’t stand working for him; Gustav Klimt allegedly fathered at least 40 illegitimate children; Pablo Picasso did jail time for ripping off several...[more]