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La mia settimana con Marilyn

Clark Colin

In 1956, fresh from Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble 'gofer' on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. This is the story of when Clark escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom. How he ended up sharing her bed is a tale too rich to summarise! Clark's extraordinary experiences on and off set have now been turned into a major film starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh and Dominic Cooper.
Italian version.

La Vita Segreta di J.Edgar Hoover

Summers Anthony

J.Edgar Hoover was FBI Director for almost 50 yrs [1924-1972 !!], working for 8 different US Presidents.. This book is an unauthorized biography covering all secret aspects of his life.
Italian version.

L'enigma della morte di Marilyn Monroe

Francesco Mari - Elisabetta Bertol - Barbara Gualco

Italian book.
Marilyn Monroe died in the night between 4th and 5th August of 1962 at Los Angeles.
This book is an enquiry on the  death of the most beautiful and admired woman ever. The three authros are professors at University of Florence.


De Lillo Don

Novel about JFK Assassination.
Italian version.

Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream

Kearns Doris

Lyndon Johnson - brilliant, formidable, generous, troubled - is captured in one of the most revealing portraits of an American President ever written. Rarely, if ever, has a public figure talked so intimately about his personal and private life and thoughts as this President did to Miss Kearns during the last five years of his life.


Signorini Alfonso

Italian book.
Marilyn's biography written from the Italian journalist Alfonso Signorini.
From the back cover : "Era questa la sua condanna : essere nata per amare ed essere incapace di farlo".


Mailer Norman

Italian version.
An extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe (originally published in 1973) by Norman Mailer, one of America's most important writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. Mailer, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy. When first published, this book was the subject of Time and Life magazine cover stories, was on The New York Times Bestseller List and became a full selection of the Book of the Month Club.

Marilyn - Three Volume Set Box

De Dienes Andre

This is Taschen Verlag's sumptuous, oversized (50x40 cm) three volume anthology of Andre De Dienes photographs of early Marilyn Monroe. A 2002 first edition containing one hardbound book, one volume of magazine cover reproductions and a facsimile of Marilyn's diary all housed in a facsimile of Andre De Dienes' Kodak photographic paper box.

Marilyn - The last take

Brown Peter Harry & Barham Patte B.

This book, based on thousands of newly discovered documents, hours of newly available footage from her final film, and over 300 revealing new interviews, is a detailed and astonishing account of what really happened during the last fourteen weeks in the life of Hollywood's legendary sex goddess.

Marilyn among friends

Shaw Sam & Rosten Norman

The photographer Sam Shaw introduced Norman Rosten to Marilyn Monroe in 1955. Their relationship grew : Marilyn's analyst, Dr Ralph Greenson, described Rosten as one of her "closest friends". She married another of his friends, Arthur Miller, and from then saw a great deal of Norman and his wife Hedda.
Photographer Sam Shaw met Monroe on the set of "Viva Zapata" when she was an out-of-work contract player. Shaw was to take many famous photographs of Marilyn, but he too became her friend and over many years took the kind of photographs that only friends can.
As her closest friends, both the author and the photographer are uniquely placed to reveal the real Marilyn. This book conveys its subject with greater authority, candour and, above all, affection than any previous book.

Marilyn & Me [Un memoir fotografico]

Schiller Lawrence

Italian version.
An intimate memoir recalling a young photographer's relationship with Marilyn Monroe just months before her death, with extraordinary photographs, some of which have never been published.

When he pulled his station wagon into the 20th Century-Fox studios parking lot in Los Angeles in 1960, twenty-three-year-old Lawrence Schiller kept telling himself that this was just another assignment, just another pretty girl. But the assignment and the girl were anything but ordinary. Schiller was a photographer for Look magazine and his subject was Marilyn Monroe, America's sweetheart and sex symbol. In this intimate memoir, Schiller recalls the friendship that developed between him and Monroe while he photographed her in Hollywood in 1960 and 1962 on the sets of Let's Make Love and the unfinished feature Something's Got to Give, the last film she worked on.
Schiller recalls Marilyn as tough and determined, enormously insecure as an actress but totally self-assured as a photographer’s model. Monroe knew how to use her looks and sexuality to generate publicity, and in 1962 she allowed Schiller to publish the first nude photographs of her in over ten years, which she then used as a weapon against a studio that wanted to have her fired—and ultimately succeeded. The Marilyn Schiller knew and writes about was adept at hiding deep psychological scars, but she was also warm and open, candid and disarming, a movie star who wished to be taken more seriously than she was.
Accompanying the text are eighteen of the author’s own photographs, some never previously published. Many writers have tried to capture her essence on the page, but as someone who was in the room, a young man Marilyn could connect with and trust, Schiller gives us a unique look at the real woman offscreen.

Marilyn Monroe

Leaming Barbara

Barbara Leaming's book is a complex, sympathetic portrait that will forever change the way we view the most enduring icon of American sexuality.
Told for the first time in all its complexity, this is a compelling portrait of a woman at the centre of a drama with immensely high stakes, a drama in which some of the other players are some of the most fascinating characters from the worlds of movies, theatre and politics.

Marilyn Monroe - La Vita, il Mito
Mercurio G. - Petricca S.

Wonderful book about the Life and the Myth of Marilyn Monroe.
Italian version.

Marilyn Monroe - L'eterno mito della bellezza
Verlhac Anne

This is the Italian version of the book "Marilyn Monroe: A Life in Pictures".
This  book brings together all of the most iconic images of the legendary bombshell. Glamorous shots by celebrity photographers mix with casual snapshots and childhood portraits to span Marilyn's luminous but too-short life. Hundreds of evocative images, both lush and poignant, are interwoven with quotations by and about Marilyn to create an elegant collective portrait like no other. Aesthetically arresting throughout, this volume illuminates the life of a legend, both onscreen and off.

Marilyn Monroe - Unseen Archives
Clayton Marie

Even many years after her death, Marilyn Monroe is still one of the greatest legends of the twentieth century. This book cahrts Marilyn's fascinating life, from her unhappy childhood, through her years as a superstar, to her tragic and untimely death in 1962. The collection of photographs documents the important events in her life.

Marilyn Monroe [Tesori e Ricordi di una diva che incanto' il mondo]
Glatzer Jenna

Italian Version of "The Marilyn Monroe Treasures" book.
With her ineffable combination of girlish innocence, glamorous sex appeal, and palpable presence on the silver screen, Marilyn Monroe bears an unmatched legacy marked by beauty, style, and mystique. This book, both a compelling biographical narrative and a collector’s delight, is a unique and meaningful addition to the Marilyn library. Featuring a number of unseen photographs, such as a soldier’s snapshots of Marilyn entertaining the troops in Korea, as well as many unpublished pieces of memorabilia, including an exquisite watercolor rose that Marilyn painted as a gift for President John F. Kennedy’s birthday, this book is a lavishly illustrated feast of beautiful imagery and ephemera from the life of one of the world’s most beloved stars.

Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller
Maerker Christa

Italian Version.
This is the story of the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, who met for the first time in 1951 and married on June 29 1956.

Marilyn Monroe Films - Set 1


Set with 7 Marilyn's movie (italian version) :
1. Fermata d'autobus
2. Niagara
3. Gli uomini preferiscono le bionde
4. A qualcuno piace caldo
5. La magnifica preda
6. La tua bocca brucia
7. The final day

Marilyn Monroe Films - Set 2


Set with 6 Marilyn's movie (italian version) :
1. Come sposare un milionario
2. Follie dell'anno
3. Quando la moglie è in vacanza
4. Gli spostati
5. Il magnifico scherzo
6. Facciamo l'amore

Marilyn Monroe - Bye Bye Baby


CD with 14 songs from Marilyn Monroe:
1. Diamonds are a girl's best friend. 2. Bye bye baby. 3.When love goes wrong nothing goes right. 4.You'd be surprised. 5.One silver dollar. 6.The river of no return. 7.After you get what you want, you don't want it. 8.Specialisation. 9.Heat wave. 10.Kiss. 11.She acts like a woman should. 12.I'm gonna file my claim. 12 Lazy. 14. Anyone can see I love you.


Martin Luther King - "I have a dream"

Italian DVD, focused on the speech "I have a dream" from Martin Luther King in Washington on August 29,1963, less than 3 months before JFK was assassinated.

Milton's Marilyn
Kotsilibas-Davis James

Marilyn Monroe's confidante, business partner, artistic consultant and dear friend, Milton H.Greene was also one of his era's most sought after celebrity photographers. His proximity to Marilyn enabled him to capture images of her in poses and attitudes inaccessible to the hundreds of other photographers who pursued this engaging beauty. Now available for the first time in a mini-hardcover edition, the photographs in this rich and dynamic volume comprise what are undoubtedly the most remarkable portraits ever taken of Marilyn Monroe.

My Story
Exner Judith

For 15 yrs, Judith Exner kept a tight lid on her secret love affair with John F.Kennedy in the White House - until a Senate investigation smeared the story across the nation's front pages. In 1977 Mrs Exner, after years of FBI harassment, broke her silence with this book, revealing her story - tender, intimate and unvarnished - of a passionate romance between a stunningly beautiful Los Angeles girl and the charismatic President of the United States, and of her close ties to Mafia chieftain Sam Giancana.
Special thanks to Yaacov (Itsyourturn.com) who sent me this book.

My week with Marilyn
Clark Colin

In 1956, fresh from Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble 'gofer' on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. This is the story of when Clark escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom. How he ended up sharing her bed is a tale too rich to summarise! Clark's extraordinary experiences on and off set have now been turned into a major film starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh and Dominic Cooper.

Nixon - A Life
Aitken Jonathan

The rise, fall and rebirth of Richard Nixon is perhaps the most fascinating story in American politics. Presidential chronicles and other outside sources have tried to capture it in full, but "Nixon: A life" is the first to succeed.
This book is the first entirely objective biography of Richard Nixon. Jonathan Aitken conducted over sixty hours of interviews with Nixon and was granted unprecedented access to thousands of pages of Nixon's previously sealed private documents.

Our Man in Haiti
[George de Mohrenschildt and the CIA in the Nightmare Republic]
Mellen Joan

"Our Man in Haiti" is a harrowing journey into the belly of the beast.
Following the trail of George de Mohrenschildt, an obscure character lurking in the shadow of the JFK Assassination, Joan Mellen uncoversthe CIA's destructive machinations in Haiti from the 1950s until today.

Signed book from author, when I met her in Dallas in November 2013.

Passion for Truth
Specter Arlen

From finding JFK's Single Bullet to questioning Anita Hill to impeaching Clinton.
In thus brutally honest book, Senator Specter analyzes these and other controversies, assessing each through both a legal and historical lens. Throughout, he tells the truth, naming names, identifying where the system worked and where it failed - and even admitting to his own mistakes. Arlen Specter brings all these events to life, taking the reader into the courtroom, the cloakroom, and the Senate Chamber, and offers a clear and honest vision for reforming the way Main Street and Wall Street are governed.

Path to War [He promised Peace. But chose War]
Frankenheimer John

As the successor to a martyred President, Lyndon B.Johnson sought to transform America into a "Great Society" of equal opportunity. Instead, he became the symbol of the most unpopular war in U.S. history.
Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland and Alec Baldwin star in a compelling drama of soaring ambition and shattered dreams, set inside the LBJ White House in the volatile years leading up to and during Vietnam.

President John F.Kennedy and the Berlin Wall
Peter M.Olsen

Novel written by Peter M.Olsen.
As written in his preface note "This story is part fictional, part historical fact and part non-fictional narrative".

Presidential Campaign TV Ads - VolI - 1952-1964

22 Commercials selling Candidates for the Presidency
On one hour long DVD Video

Kochmann Rachel M.

A picturial guide of Presidents' Birthplaces, Homes and Burial sites, including Presidential Libraries.

Presidents and Famous Americans

Volume 12 of "The American Heritage Book of Presidents and Famous Americans", dedicated to John F.Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Qui a tue' le President?
Jean-Pierre Pecau, Fred Duval and Fred Blanchard.

Jour J is an French Alternate History graphic novel series co-authored by Jean-Pierre Pécau, Fred Duval and Fred Blanchard. Each volume is stand-alone and explores a different counterfactual scenario, depicting how history could have turned out some years after the point of divergence.
Volume 5, Qui a tué le Président? (Who killed the President?) takes place in 1973, 13 years after Richard Nixon won the presidential election against John Kennedy and is beginning his fourth term.

Remembering America
[A voice from the Sixties]
Richard N. Goodwin

An advicer and speechwriter in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Richard N.Goodwin was an intimate collegue and friend of the leading public figures of the day - John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy - and an active participant in national politics. After the hardships of the1960 presidential campaign, he helped form the new Kennedy administration, conceived the Alliance for Progress and after the assassination of the President he was among the very few Kennedy men invited by Lyndon Johnson to join his circle of advicers.
Goodwin originated the Great Society concept, and in this memoir he portrays the master politician at closest range.
The alarming deterioration of Johnson's mind and spirit, and the acceleration of the war in Vietnam, led Goodwin to break with the Johnson administration and join Eugene McCarthy  in New Hamshire in a campaign to end that war. A dramatic chroncile of Goodwin's journey through the sixties, "Remebering America" is a memoir of the hopes, dreams and ideals of an extraordinary decade and of the inspiring men and women who sought to realze them.

Sette giorni a Maggio
Knebel Fletcher & Bailey Vharles W. II

Italian version of  the novel "SEVEN DAYS IN MAY", written in 1962 during JFK Presidency.
"Seven Days in May" is an authentic classic political thriller of the first rank. Authors Baily and Knebel present a scenario in which an unpopular President is targeted by America's top military brass for an actual military takeover of the government. The story is complex, but vividly presented with an authenticity that is both disturbing and plausible. The reader is brought to understand that it could happen here, and the story suggests how such a scenario could come about in these United States.
The novel is well-written and fast-paced, never drags, and absolutely holds the reader's interest throughout. The amazing thing about the story is that every bit of it hangs together without straining the reader's sense of credulity. The novel features excellent writing, and the authors weave the plot together towards a conclusion that is startling and believable.
This was a big budget movie in the 1960s featuring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.

Shooting Kennedy : JFK and the culture of images
Lubin David M.

David Lubin is Professor of Art at Wake Forest University. In this book he speculates on the iconic images of the Kennedys, using them to illuminate the entire American cultural landscape. He draws from a spectacularly varied intellectual and visual terrain to show how the public came to identify personally with the Kennedys and how, in so doing, they came to understand their place in the world.

Taking Charge - The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
Beschloss Michael R.

This book, edited by Michael R.Beschloss, whom "Newsweek" has called "America's leading presidential historian", brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, tells tales of Washington,D.C., and Texas, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.
The only President to record his private conversation from his first day in office, LBJ ordered the pates to be locked in a vault until year 2023. But new they have been unsealed, providing a close-up look at a President taking power such as we have never done before.

Texas in the Morning
Duncan Brown Madeleine

Madeleine Duncan Brown fills in a huge gap in our understanding of President Lyndon Baines Johnson with whom she had a long-term love affair. Johnson was one of the most complex figures in American history and the often severe conflict in his character and actions makes him most difficult to understand.

The Accidental President
[The Electio Year Blockbuster on LBJ]
Robert Sherrill

From back cover:
"Never has an American President ridden such a roller-coaster of popularity as has Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Sometimes LBJ's rating is up, sometimes it's down, but always the result is that a shocking proportion of the American people are not behind their President.
Why? What has appened to this countr's feeling about the Presidency?
THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT gives a vetern reporter's anser, in a stinging survey of LBJ's life and career, a book that has already raised a storm of rage and praise - a book that must be read in this crucial election year(1968)."

The Adamses 1735-1918 - America's First Dinasty
Brookhiser Richard

The Adamses were America's longest dynasty, the closest thing to a royal family USA has ever known. The Adamses played a leading role in America's affairs for nearly two centuries - from John, the self-taught lawyer who rose to the highest office in the government he helped to create; to John Quincy, the child prodigy who followed his father to the White House and fought slavery in Congress; to Charles Francis, the Civil War diplomat: to Henry, the brilliant scholar and journalist. Indeed, the history of the Adams family can be read as the history of America itself.

The Assassins
Donovan Robert J.

Robert John Donovan (August 21, 1912-August 8, 2003) was a Washington correspondent, author and presidential historian. He was the author of "PT-109" book.
He published in 1962 this book "The Assassins" about seven men who made decisions to kill US Presidents : three succeeded, four failed, all died themselves. Here are the fascinating, almost unbelievable stories of these men.
The following year, 1963, L.H.Oswald killed President J.F.Kennedy.

The Awful Grace of God
[Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy and the unsolved murder of Martin Luther King Jr]
Wexler Stuart and Hancock Larry

This book chronicles a multi-year effort to kill Martin Luther King Jr by a group of the nation's most violent right-wing extremist. Impeccably researched and thoroughly documented, this book examines a network of racist militants who were united in a holy cause to kill King.
"The Awful Grace of God" offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of the king assassination and presents a roadmap for future investigation.

The Battler with JFK and Other Individuals of Note
Fay Paul B. "Red" Jr

The book is about Paul B.Fay (Red's father) who had six children and twenty two grandchildren. He took his family to the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. He owned and operated a heavy construction company called The Fay Improvement Company, was generous to a fault and loved his gold game. He was influential in the growth of San Francisco and served as President of the wonderful Pacific Union Club.
There are sixty-three chapters in the book which highlights his encounters with the following individuals : Jack Kennedy, Bob McNamara, Bobby Kennedy, Rowland Evans, Ethel Kennedy, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy,Charles Lindbergh, Byron "Whizzer" White, Jesse Owens, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, David Brinkley and General Dwight Eisenhower, to name a few.
Paul B."Red" Fay Jr wrote the best selling book "The Pleasure of His Company", that chronicles his personal friendship with John F.Kennedy dating back to their time in P.T. Boats in the Pacific in World War II. 

The complete Marilyn Monroe

A collection of newsreel stories (B&W-28 minutes).
A collection of trailers for Marilyn's films (B&W/Color 45 minutes).
A complete collection of Marilyin Monroe's studio performances (24 songs).

The day Lincoln was shot
Bishop Jim.

This book is the complete record of the dramatic events that occurred on the day Mr Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre : the chapters start at 7 AM, April 14,1865 and close at 7AM, April 15, 1865.  The book opens with the President emerging from his bedroom, worried about a dream in which he saw himself dead, and ends with the Surgeon General placing two silver dollars on the President's eyelids.

The Fog of War
Morris Errol

**Academy Award Winner - 2003 Best Documentary Feature**
Former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influencial political figures of the 20th century. Now -for the first time ever - he sits down one on one with award-winning director Errol Morris to offer a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history.

The Innocent Man Script : Cui Bone - To Whose Advantage?
Durham T.Mack

Novel about JFK Assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Kennedy Assassination
Jensen J.Arthur

A historical novel by J.Arthur Jensen.

The Kennedy Plan  [A play]
Jensen J.Arthur

In this play of historical fiction, J.Arthur Jensen presents the story of Joseph Kennedy's service as Ambassador to England prior to and during the early months of World War II. This dramatization illustrates that negotiation rather than military conflict might have been used to address the Nazi threat.
In 1938, with tensions rising in Europe, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Joseph P. Kennedy to be the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James with instructions to support efforts to maintain the peace. Kennedy learned that much of the political tension was rooted in Nazi anger over the Treaty of Versailles-- the treaty which twenty years earlier had concluded the Great War. After he assessed the political choices, Kennedy supported Prime Minister Chamberlain's effort to maintain European peace by allowing the re-unification of the German people of the Sudetenland with Nazi Germany but he realized that the key to long term European peace was to create a mechanism for legal migration of Jews out of Germany. Kennedy lobbied for a plan which had been previously explored by British and American diplomats: allow Jewish migration to multiple different countries. Christened "the Kennedy Plan" by the press, the plan quickly brought condemnation from non-Jews who did not want new Jewish immigration and from Jews who favored only immigration to Palestine. As Hitler demonstrated the power of his new Luftwaffe and German Panzers, Kennedy urged negotiation and compromise. Voices to maintain peace were overwhelmed by voices for war and we are left to wonder if the Nazi threat was handled properly by the governments of the west. Might negotiation have avoided the massive loss of life that resulted from the Second World War?

The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe
Wolfe Donald H.

Donald H.Wolfe has written a startling portrait of the twentieth century's greatest film star that not only redefines her place in entertainment history but also reveals what the author thinks have been the secret conspiracy that surrounded her during her last days.

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